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Guest Performer Biography: Camille Zamora & The Mambo Kings

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Camille Zamora and The Mambo Kings

Camille Zamora and The Mambo Kings will be performing as guest artists with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at our Havana Nights concert on February 10, 2024. Tickets are available online or through our box office.


Hailed by NBC Latino and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as a leading interpreter of classical Spanish song, Camille’s performances of Spanish repertoire have been heard on five continents, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Zimbabwe’s Harare International Festival, and in live broadcasts on NPR, BBC, Deutsche Radio, and Sirius XM. 

 She has performed Tango Caliente and Sueños de España – her signature concerts of zarzuela arias, boleros, and more arranged for her by Grammy® Award winner Jeff Tyzik – with orchestras including Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Florida Orchestra,Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and more. She has performed and recorded principal roles in zarzuelas including La Verbena de la Paloma, La Revoltosa, La Tabernera del Puerto, and Luisa Fernanda, the latter in ten sold-out performances with LA Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.


Latin Jazz Ensemble

Rochester’s own MAMBO KINGS, together since 1995, are enjoying great success as Upstate New York’s foremost  Latin jazz ensemble, and have rapidly earned a national reputation for their explosive blend of Afro Cuban rhythms  and jazz improvisation. 

Since their orchestral debut in 1997 with the Rochester Philharmonic and Conductor Jeff Tyzik, Mambo Kings have  appeared at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and in Pops concerts with orchestras in Baltimore, Vancouver, Detroit,  Dallas, Naples (FL) and Portland (OR), among many others, performing original compositions and arrangements by  pianist Richard DeLaney. 

As a quintet, Mambo Kings have appeared as featured soloists at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest, the  Music In The Mountains Festival in Durango, (CO), the Lewiston (NY) Jazz Fest and the Big Sky Arts Fest in Boze-man,  MT. 

More recently, the 2019 season featured performances with the Alabama Symphony, a sold-out concert at the Grant  Park Music Festival in Chicago and a show with the Des Moines Symphony. The band weathered the 2020-2021 sea son with online performances with the Austin, Buffalo, and West Michigan Orchestras and a live performance with the  Virginia Symphony to wrap up the year. 

Mambo Kings released their third self-produced recording, Nostalgia, in July of 2008. Nostalgia, along with their pre vious releases –Live! (2005) and Marinera (2003) — continues to receive radio airplay throughout North America and  Puerto Rico. For more information, visit the band’s website at 

Musical Director Richard DeLaney, a native of Lima, Peru, has been active as a jazz pianist, arranger and composer in  Rochester since earning a Master’s Degree from the Eastman School Of Music in 1978. He has written and performed  music for film, television, the stage and the concert hall. He has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and the  Rochester Chamber Orchestra, as well as with Paquito D’Rivera, Bobby Sanabria and num-erous bandleaders in Roch ester. Richard joined the piano faculty of the Hochstein School Of Music in 1985 and has directed the school’s Jazz  Ensemble Program since 2001. He received the Faculty Service Award in 1996. 

Percussionist Wilfredo (Freddy) Colón (drums, timbales, bongos) has performed with Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente,  Soneros Del Barrio, Johnny Rivera, El Cano and Paquito Acosta. He has taught percussion at the Eastman School Of  Music’s Community Education Division and is much in demand as a percussion clinician in the Rochester area. 

Saxophonist John Viavattine has been an accomplished woodwind specialist in Rochester for many years. John has  toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, including a memorable performance in Washington, D.C. at President Rea gan’s 1980 Inaugural Ball. John has also performed with Chuck and Gap Mangione, Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Phil harmonic, The Temptations, Ray Charles, Patti Page, Connie Francis, Vic Damone and Lou Rawls. 

Percussionist Tony Padilla (congas) was born and raised in Rochester. A self taught percussionist, he began playing at  age 12 and has been performing professionally since the age of 14. Tony has played with such artists as Paquito De  Rivera, Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, Arturo Sandoval, Jerry Gonzalez, Lou Gramm, The Maelstrom Percussion Ensem-ble  and The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Since 1983, Tony has been conducting clinics/workshops throughout United States, including The Eastman School Of  Music, The New York State Teachers Music Association, The Percussive Arts Society, and a variety of colleges and high  schools. 

Bassist Hector Diaz has been playing with bands in the Western New York area since the age of thirteen. He has  performed with Ismael Miranda, Hector Tricoche, “El Cano” Estremera, Paquito Acosta, Zafra Negra, Luisito Rosario,  Wendell Rivera and Johnny Rivera. While in the Army, Hector toured with an All Soldiers show throughout Army  bases in South Korea.