Local Venezuelan musician Alex Moreno to perform concert at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
The concert, titled, "Latin Romance in Concert" will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. on the A. Roy Smith Mainstage at Uptown in West Chester, Pa.
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From the time he was a child, Alex Moreno discovered that he had a passion for communicating through music.
Growing up in Venezuela, he remembers his mother often playing traditional Venezuelan music around the house. Over the years, Moreno immersed himself into music, joining the university choir and developing different skills by playing the various instruments, including the Venezuelan Cuatro, piano and guitar.
“But later, I discovered the magic that the human voice can make while listening to Placido Domingo’s voice,” Moreno told AL DÍA in an interview. “At that moment, I knew that I wanted to explore that world.”
The Spanish-born opera singer and conductor became one of Moreno’s biggest musical influences, along with prolific Venezuelan grand composer and singer Simon Diaz, and notable American musician Frank Sinatra.
Throughout his time in Venezuela, Moreno sharpened his overall musical skills, engaging in operatic singing, acting and theater directing. He even started his own band, “3 y Cuatro,” whose first album “Que si,” was pre-nominated for a 2018 Latin Grammy.
Moreno describes his musical style as “eclectic, but classic.”
As a fan of everything from Latin American rhythms to American musical standards, and everything in between, Moreno tries to combine the two worlds together.
His performances are often bilingual.
“Some songs are in English, some songs in Spanish [and] some songs, I mix the two languages,” said Moreno.
“Good music comes from everywhere, in every language and from many influences,” he added.
On Saturday, Sept. 17, Moreno will be performing at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center for a concert titled, “Latin Romance in Concert.”
He describes his upcoming concert as a cross between romantic Latin American music and world music.
“This will be a celebration of the integration of cultures,” Moreno said of the upcoming concert. “Hispanics, Americans and people from every nationality are welcome to listen to this music that can make us travel all over the continent.”
For Moreno, the two most important elements of putting together a concert are discovering the concept, and connecting it with the inspiration behind it.
The upcoming concert marks a return for Moreno in collaboration with Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center.
In December 2020, he performed a virtual concert that also served as a fundraising gala to benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
“Even though it was being streamed, he brought the house down! We’re thrilled that audiences will be able to experience this full concert live on our Mainstage,” said April Evans, Uptown executive director, in a press release.
When asked about what he is most looking forward to, Moreno says it’s the way the performances will make people feel.
“To see how happy everyone gets when they get to listen to the music that me and my band makes for them, and especially celebrating Hispanic Heritage in a place like the Uptown! Knauer Center,” he said.
The concert will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. on the A. Roy Smith Mainstage at Uptown located at 226 N. High Street in West Chester, Pa.
Tickets for Moreno’s “Latin Romance in Concert” cost $25 in advance, and $30 at the door.