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Gilberto Santa Rosa To Play Madison Garden Theater
Published November 15, 2006

To be held November 22, the show finds the legendary salsa crooner surveying his 30 years of hits.

Gilberto Santa Rosa is, without a doubt, the most successful Salsa crooner of our time. His melodic voice his dancing ability and his great charisma and sense of humor have made this hard working son of Puerto Rico a favorite to all.

Now Santa Rosa will bring his show to The Theatre at Madison Square Garden on November 22 at 8 p.m. to celebrate thirty years in show business with thirty years of undisputable music hits. His top hits, his path, all, in an intimate affair with Gilbertito.

Known as the "Gentleman of Salsa", Gilberto has truly made a permanent mark in the afro Antillean music genre, almost since he began his career. With a school that includes the Escuela Libre de Mœsica where he started playing the trumpet, Gilberto's pilgrimage took him to the Mario Ortiz Orchestra. He then moved on to Orquesta La Grande, and during the two years Gilberto was with them, he met Mr. Elias LopŽs who later helped mold and polish the promising young singer, releasing three recordings.

He moved on to the Tommy Olivencia's "escuelita" (little school) were some of the best soneros honed their skills. After recording six records with the Willie Rosario Orchestra, another heavy Salsa band, he was ready to move on and the Gilberto Santa Rosa Orchestra was formed. Santa Rosa then signed with Ralph Cartagena's Combo Records. In 1986, he debuted on Good Vibrations fronting his own salsa orquesta. After releasing three more albums on Combo, including "De Amor y Salsa", he switched to CBS Records and issued the chart-topping salsa romantica set Punto De Vista in 1990, which went platinum and spawned the smash hits "Vivir Sin Ella" and "Perdoname." Santa Rosa's 1991 CBS/Sony follow-up, Perspectiva, was another monster hit.

In 1990, Santa Rosa was in the illustrious company of Andy Monta–ez and Pedro Brull (from Orquesta Mulenze), as one of the contemporary soneros assembled by bandleader Don Perignon for his all-star La Puertorrique–a project. In 1990, he won the Billboard Lo Nuestro award for Best Male Singer. He has also performed at New York's prestigious annual salsa festival. But 1990 was an important year in other respects. Santa Rosa made acting debut in the play "La pareja dispareja", where he was joined by Rafo Mu–iz and Luis Vigoreaux.

The hits continued dropping and a top rated crooner was born. We can confidently say that from the early "Botaron la Pelota" with Willie Rosario to the current "Locura de Amor", Gilberto Santa Rosa has not stopped making hits.

Santa Rosa«s efforts deserve the position he enjoys in the market today. He is arguably the top name in the Tropical music genre, and this well deserved tribute provides a unique opportunity for his fans to share with him a unique commitment to the Salsa industry.