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This Month in History
12-4-1914: Lyric soprano María Barrientos makes her debut at the Luisa Martínez Casado Theater.
The Spanish singer performed that night the opera Lucía.
Inauguration of the Avellaneda Theater in Paseo de Vives (Prado), corner Argüelles.
The tragedy in four acts Alfonso Munio, by Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, was presented at the inauguration. The poetess from Camagüey attended the event, as her husband, Cavalry Colonel Don Domingo Verdugo, was at that time the Governor of the Cienfuegos Villa.
9-4-1919: The Municipal Concert Band performs for the first time the Cienfuegos Anthem.
It was composed by Spanish musician José Mauri for the first centenary of the city's foundation. The Municipal Band interpreted it on the night of April 9 in an evening that took place in the Tomás Terry Theater, where it was sung later by the Orfeón attached to the Philharmonic Section of the Association of Dependents, which at the end of the act sang it again in the José Martí Park in front of the monument of the Apostle. The Anthem was interpreted in each of the events that took place during those celebrations.
10-4-1912: Tenor Florencio Constantino makes his debut at the Luisa Martínez Casado Theater.
8-4-1930: Spanish writer Federico García Lorca visits the city of Cienfuegos for the first time.
Invited by the Branch of the Hispanic-Cuban Institution of Culture, this evening he gave a lecture on the work of Luis Góngora at the Spanish Casino of the city. According to the criteria of the newspapers of the time, this dissertation served García Lorca to expose his own criteria on poetry. The following day the Spanish writer took a stroll along the bay, visited El Castillo de Jagua, was honored at the Cienfuegos Yacht Club and attended a meal in his honor at the Hotel San Carlos. That same night he returned by train to the Cuban capital.
6-4-1914.Troubadour and interpreter of peasant music Guillermo Portabales was born in the municipality of Rodas, Cienfuegos.
6-4-1914 Troubadour and interpreter of peasant music Guillermo Portabales was born in the municipality of Rodas, Cienfuegos.
He began in 1935 singing as a troubadour on the radio in the city of Cienfuegos and offered serenades, singing at parties accompanied by his guitar or ensemble where he intoned with his beautiful voice songs, boleros, tangos, guajiras and guarachas. He was the creator of the so-called Guajira de Salón. In 1937 he went to Puerto Rico and then toured Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and the United States. In 1940 he returned to Cuba, and in Havana he created his own group and performed in radio programs on the then radio station RHC Cadena Azul. His popularity spread throughout the Caribbean countries, especially Cuba and Puerto Rico, where he died in San Juan in 1970 in an automobile accident while traveling to Islas Verdes.