May 23, 2012
the television network owned by
Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) (Nasdaq: SBSA)
, always at the forefront of great events, is pleased to announce that today
Wednesday, May 23,
8 p.m. (ET)- 7 p.m. (CT),
it will be presenting the extraordinary television special
"Encanto del Caribe"
["Caribbean Enchantment"] produced by
Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
The mega concert has Latin music artists in the magnificent setting of the historic
San Juan, Puerto Rico
, which for the first time ever has opened its doors for filming.
"Encanto del Caribe,"
a production of
has been arranged around the piano of maestro virtuoso
who has brought together for this occasion a very special group of his friends.
Marc Anthony, Laura Pausini, Cheo Feliciano, Natalia Jimenez, and Bernie Williams
, who accompanied
and his magnificent blue piano with their melodious voices on a journey through the very best of Hispanic music. This tremendous TV special will bring together the great stars of the world of music in a very special setting from the Island of Enchantment,
"It is a very great pleasure that we were able to bring together for this wonderful TV special an amazing group of figures from the world of song, musicians, actors, dancers, and the best Puerto Rican talent. We are making history, and we are showing the world what can be done in Puerto Rico. I'd like to give special thanks to the maestro, Arthur Hanlon, for his commitment to this project, and to the President of the Senate, Thomas Rivera Schatz for the unconditional support he has given us. The same goes for the Executive Director of the Department of Economic Development and Trade, Jose Perez Riera, and to the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Mario Gonzalez Lafuente ,"
Raul Alarcon, Chairman, President and CEO
one of the most successful pianists in Spanish- and English-speaking markets, this is one of the most significant projects of his career.
" Encanto del Caribe is a musical project that celebrates the convergence of cultures, and Puerto Rico, more than any place in the world, is a musical center where in the course of history, countless cultures and influences have been joined together. It is a unique and inspiring place,"
"To get to do this TV special with a visionary company like SBS, in such a magical place and with such talented artists, is really a privilege,"
"From the bottom of my heart I want to thank Mr. Raul Alarcon and the Government of Puerto Rico." Encanto del Caribe" demonstrates that music is not divided, that it's not white or black, and as artists, all of us can interpret the music of any nation,"
said the pianist, who is getting ready to release the recording of this event on CD and DVD, produced by conductor
Julio Reyes Copello
Jose Perez Riera,
Secretary of Economic Development and Trade, noted that
"this project, for an investment of $7.5 million, is an ideal platform for promoting Puerto Rico as a splendid destination for tourist investment, in addition to creating direct and indirect jobs, as well as the expenditures on hotel room occupancy that were generated as a result of this event."
The special, to be broadcast by
MegaTV today Wednesday, May 23, at 8 p.m. (ET)- 7 p.m. (CT)
the United States
, will be seen by more than 100 million people, and will give the
Puerto Rico Tourism Company
an opportunity to promote the island in the mass medium of television.
Mario Gonzalez Lafuente,
Director of the Compania de Turismo, emphasized that
"to us it is a great honor that our Island, and particularly our iconic San Cristobal Castle in Old San Juan, will become the center for filming Encanto del Caribe, since music is a cultural element that unites different people and with an event of this magnitude, undoubtedly we will portray Puerto Rico as a destination steeped in history and as the musical center of the Caribbean."
More about the special
and his piano thrilled the senses of his audience in the heart of San Cristobal Castle, transformed into one of the largest TV studios ever set up in
took his place on stage with his blue concert piano, shipped in from
especially for the occasion, surrounded by a magical atmosphere in which the presence of the actresses and actors, dancers, mimes and acrobats comprising the production shone forth. During the first few minutes of the special, the shots are concentrated on the stage and on the Fort exterior, filmed from a helicopter. His friends and special guests on this night were:
Marc Anthony, Laura Pausini, Cheo Feliciano, Natalia Jimenez and Bernie Williams
who joined him on stage.
The music featured maestro
conducting an orchestra of 41 first rate musicians. The overall production was by
, executive production by
, overall direction by
Ileana Ciena, PJ Lopez
, Director of Photography,
, Director's Assistant, and
, Costume Design.
The world premiere of the special is scheduled to be broadcast today
Wednesday, May 23
8 p.m. (ET) - 7 p.m. (CT)
: Channel 22 in
, Channel 57 West Palm Beach, Channel 13,
, Channel 33.2
, Channel 55
, Channel 23 in
Salt Lake City, UT
, Channel 169 of DIRECTV in
. Channel 405 of DIRECTV in the main cities of
the United States
, Channel 25 in
, Verizon Fios, Channel 466 in
, Verizon Fios, Channel 466 in NY, NJ and
in Verizon Fios and Channel 3008 of AT&T U-verse in the main cities of
the United States
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About Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.
Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. is the largest publicly traded Hispanic-controlled media and entertainment company in
the United States
. SBS owns and/or operates 21 radio stations located in the top U.S. Hispanic markets of
, airing the Tropical, Mexican Regional, Spanish Adult Contemporary and Urban format genres. SBS has 3 of the top 6 Spanish-language stations in the nation including the #1 Spanish station in America, WSKQ-FM in
New York City
(WPAT is ranked #3 and KLAX is ranked #6). The Company also owns and operates MegaTV, a television operation with over-the-air, cable and satellite distribution and affiliates throughout the U.S. and
. SBS also produces live concerts and events throughout the country and operates
, a bilingual Spanish-English online site providing content related to Latin music, entertainment, news and culture. The Company's corporate Web site can be accessed at
About Puerto Rico Tourism Company
is one of the most striking destinations in the
, blending marvelous natural locations with the enchantment of a modern city. The Island offers numerous activities for different kinds of markets, such as natural resources, attractions and hotels. Each region has its own appeal, including "El Yunque," a tropical forest located in the eastern part of the island, extreme sports such as surfing and diving, as well as heavenly beaches and a vibrant and sophisticated cultural and entertainment life in the
area. During their visits to
, tourists have the pleasure of discovering 500 years of history in Old San Juan, hiking in the jungle, sampling the delicious local and international cuisine, going fishing or enjoying a show of international stars at Jose Miguel Agrelot Stadium. Luis Munoz International Airport is the main hub in the
is also the most important port of call for the large cruise ships that arrive here swiftly and easily. U.S. Citizens do not need a passport to visit
, and throughout the year, special discounts are available for hotels and plane fares.
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