June 29, 2023 — 7:00 PM
King Street corner of the Capitol Square
Madison, Wisconsin


¡Viva Tiempo Libre!

Concerts on the Square® is back celebrating our 40th year of incredible music! You’ll be tapping your toes with the return of Tiempo Libre, last with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in 2012. This three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group is one of the hottest Latin bands today, featuring an irresistible mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities, and seductive Latin rhythms. Playing alongside our world-class WCO musicians, don’t miss the grand opening of the 40th anniversary season.

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About Tiempo Libre

Classically trained at Cuba’s premier conservatories, the members of 3x Grammy®-nominated Tiempo Libre are true modern heirs to the rich musical tradition of their native Cuba. The Miami-based group is celebrated for its sophisticated performances of timba music, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of Latin jazz and Cuban songs. Tiempo Libre has introduced Cuban music to new audiences through appearances on shows such as the Tonight Show, Live from Lincoln Center and Dancing With the Stars and concerts worldwide including performances at Tanglewood, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Hong Kong’s Kwai Tsing Theatre and Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy.

Tiempo Libre collaborated on “Para Ti” with violinist Joshua Bell for his At Home with Friends album and frequently plays with leading orchestras, including concerts this season with the Cleveland Orchestra and the San Francisco and Houston Symphonies.

“The people in our audience are always a cultural mix. While our Spanish-speaking audience goes because they want to hear and feel Latin rhythms, we always have a lot of native English-speakers at our concerts. They appreciate this culture, this rhythm.”
– – Tiempo Libre founder and musical director Jorge Gómez


BACH | Air on a G-String
TRADITIONAL | Cha-Cha-Cha Medley
BACH | Baqueteo
TRADITIONAL | Sones Medley
GOMEZ / GONZALEZ | Tu Conga Bach
MURCIANO | Mambo Medley
MURCIANO | Bolero Medley

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