The Teatro Tacón was a theatre in Havana, Cuba, opened in 1838. Its auditorium contained 2,750 seats.It was built by Pancho Martí . In 1847 Bottesini's opera Cristoforo Colombo premiered at the theatre. By 1855 so many attended events that the city issued parking regulations for carriages on performance nights.
Havana is the capital city, largest city, province, major port, and leading commercial center of Cuba. The city has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants, and it spans a total of 781.58 km2 (301.77 sq mi) – making it the largest city by area, the most populous city, and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean region.
Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is a country comprising the island of Cuba as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos. Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean meet. It is east of the Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico), south of both the U.S. state of Florida and the Bahamas, west of Haiti and north of both Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Havana is the largest city and capital; other major cities include Santiago de Cuba and Camagüey. The area of the Republic of Cuba is 110,860 square kilometres (42,800 sq mi). The island of Cuba is the largest island in Cuba and in the Caribbean, with an area of 105,006 square kilometres (40,543 sq mi), and the second-most populous after Hispaniola, with over 11 million inhabitants.
Giovanni Bottesini, was an Italian Romantic composer, conductor, and a double bass virtuoso.
The Teatro Tacon had excellent acoustics such that the Gran Teatro de La Habana was built around the old hall of the Teatro Tacón. The architect Paul Belau and the U.S. firm Purdy and Henderson, Engineers kept the original theatre and built the Centro Gallego, a European styled addition and renovation for the purpose of enlarging the functions supporting the theatre and a means of introduce an elaborate system of circulation into an otherwise simple, and architecturally modest, preexisting box.
The Gran Teatro de La Habana is the former Centro Gallego. Designed by the Belgian architect Paul Belau and the U.S. firm of Purdy and Henderson, Engineers, was paid for by the Galician immigrants of Havana to serve as a their community- social center. Located in the Paseo del Prado, the theatre has been home to the Cuban National Ballet and to the International Ballet Festival of Havana. Its facilities include theatres, a concert hall, conference rooms, a video screening room, as well as an art gallery, a choral center, with several rehearsal halls for dance companies.
In the early 1890's Corydon Tyler Purdy and Lightner Henderson started their engineering office in Chicago, IL, by the name of Purdy and Henderson, Engineers. In 1896 they transferred their headquarters to New York City. They eventually had branch offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Seattle, Washington; and Havana, Cuba at 32 Calle Empedrado. Purdy and Henderson were a patron of the Seattle Architectural Club in 1910. Lightner Henderson died prematurely in 1916, but the firm continued to operate under the name of Purdy and Henderson well after his death. Purdy and Henderson, Engineers, collaborated with architect H. Craig Severance (1879-1941) on the Bank of Manhattan Trust Building, which, for one month (04-05/1930), was the tallest building in the world. The firm most likely closed at about the time of Corydon Purdy's death in 1944. They worked on the Agen, John B., Warehouse, Downtown, Seattle, WA. in 1910 and the Royal Insurance Company, Limited, Headquarters Building #2, Financial District, San Francisco, CA, among others. Purdy and Henderson designed several buildings in New York City including New York Times Building at Times Square, Macy's Building on thirty four street, and the Flatiron Building at twenty third street and fifth avenue, among others.
Paseo del Prado, is a promenade in Havana, Cuba, on the dividing line between Centro Habana and Old Havana. Technically, the Paseo del Prado includes the entire length of Paseo Martí, including:
Alfredo de Zayas y Alfonso, usually known as Alfredo de Zayas under Spanish naming customs and also known as Alfredo Zayas, was a Cuban lawyer, poet and political figure. He served as prosecutor, judge, mayor of Havana, secretary of the Constitutional Convention, Senator 1905, president of the Senate 1906, Vice President of Cuba 1908–1913 and President of Cuba from May 20, 1921 to May 20, 1925.
The guaracha is a genre of music that originated in Cuba, of rapid tempo and comic or picaresque lyrics. The word had been used in this sense at least since the late 18th and early 19th century. Guarachas were played and sung in musical theatres and in low-class dance salons. They became an integral part of bufo comic theatre in the mid-19th century. During the later 19th and the early 20th century the guaracha was a favourite musical form in the brothels of Havana. The guaracha survives today in the repertoires of some trova musicians, conjuntos and Cuban-style big bands.
Old Havana is the city-center (downtown) and one of the 15 municipalities forming Havana, Cuba. It has the second highest population density in the city and contains the core of the original city of Havana. The positions of the original Havana city walls are the modern boundaries of Old Havana.
Juan de Ariza was born in Motril, Granada, Spain on December 11, 1816 and died in Havana, Cuba on July 20, 1876. He was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright whose work falls largely into the literary tradition of Romanticism. He is listed in the "Spanish Authors Collection".
The Teatro Nacional de Cuba is a theatre building and associated theatre company in Havana, Cuba, on Plaza de la Revolución.
The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is a luxury hotel in Havana, Cuba. It is located in the historic Manzana de Gómez building, an early-20th-century building that was originally Cuba's first shopping mall.
Francisco de Albear y Fernández de Lara was a Spanish engineer from Cuba.
The Acueducto de Albear is the name of a water supply system of the city of Havana, Cuba, built in the 19th century by Francisco de Albear.
Rita Aurelia Fulcida Montaner y Facenda, known as Rita Montaner, was a Cuban singer, pianist and actress. In Cuban parlance, she was a vedette, and was well known in Mexico City, Paris, Miami and New York, where she performed, filmed and recorded on numerous occasions. She was one of Cuba's most popular artists between the late 1920s and 1950s, renowned as Rita de Cuba. Though classically trained as a soprano for zarzuelas, her mark was made as a singer of Afro-Cuban salon songs including "The Peanut Vendor" and "Siboney".
Cuban musical theatre has its own distinctive style and history. From the 18th century to modern times, popular theatrical performances included music and often dance as well. Many composers and musicians had their careers launched in the theatres, and many compositions got their first airing on the stage. In addition to staging some European operas and operettas, Cuban composers gradually developed ideas which better suited their creole audience. Characters on stages began to include elements from Cuban life, and the music began to reflect a fusion between African and European contributions.
The following is a timeline of the history of Havana, Cuba.
Felicia Chateloin Santiesteban is a Cuban architect specialized in conservation and rehabilitation of built patrimony and in urban historic preservation.
The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Camagüey, Cuba.
The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Matanzas, Cuba.
The Sociedad Económica de los Amigos del País de la Habana or Real Sociedad Patriótica de la Habana is a learned society in Havana, Cuba. It was initially organized to promote agriculture, commerce, education, and industry, modelled on the Sociedad Económica de los Amigos del País in Spain. Founding members included Diego de la Barrera, Francisco Joseph Basabe, José Agustín Caballero, Luis de Las Casas, Juan Manuel O'Farrill, Tomás Romay y Luis Peñalver, and Antonio Robledo. In its early decades the group produced publications, maintained a library in the Convento de Santo Domingo (1800-1844), and arranged educational programs. Around the 1790s the group built the Hospicio o Casa de Beneficencia in Havana.
The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain.
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