SBS ENTERTAINMENT, MEGATV AND PUERTO RICO
TOURISM COMPANY PRESENT…
“ENCANTO DEL CARIBE” WITH ARTHUR HANLON AND FRIENDS
FROM THE SAN CRISTOBAL FORT IN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28TH, AT 10 P.M. (ET) – ON MEGATV IN
MIAMI AND 11 P.M. (ET) ON MEGATV NATIONALLY
—This mega special features international stars including: Arthur Hanlon, Laura Pausini, Cheo Feliciano, Natalia Jimenez, and Bernie Williams —
— Sunday, October 28th, at 10 p.m. (ET)- in Miami, Florida, 11 p.m. (ET) nationally you can enjoy this great exclusive TV special on MegaTV in the United States and Puerto Rico —
—“Prepare to be moved.”- The Los Angeles Times—
—“The Santana of Piano”. -Primer Impacto—
— “Under the name ‘Encanto del Caribe’ [‘Caribbean Enchantment’], the stars came together on the great stage that was created out of the San Cristóbal Fort in Old San Juan.” – Primera Hora —
— “The final touch of this enchanted evening was applied, as it could only have been, by Hanlon himself with his signature blue piano playing “Fiesta en Corraleja.” – Agencia EFE —
Miami, FL (October 26, 2012) – MegaTV, the television network owned by Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) (Nasdaq: SBSA), always at the forefront of great events, is pleased to announce that Sunday, October 28th, at 10 p.m. (ET) in MegaTV Miami, and 11 p.m. (ET) on MegaTV Nationally it will be presenting the extraordinary television special “Encanto del Caribe” [“Caribbean Enchantment”] produced by SBS Entertainment and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. The mega concert has Latin music artists in the magnificent setting of the historic San Cristóbal Fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which for the first time ever has opened its doors for filming.
“Encanto del Caribe,” a production of SBS Entertainment, has been arranged around the piano of maestro virtuoso Arthur Hanlon,who has brought together for this occasion a very special group of his friends. Laura Pausini, Cheo Feliciano, Natalia Jimenez, andBernie Williams, who accompanied Hanlon and his magnificent blue piano with their melodious voices on a journey through the very best of Hispanic music. This tremendous TV special will bring together the great stars of the world of music in a very special setting from the Island of Enchantment, Puerto Rico.
“It is a very great pleasure that we were able to bring together for this wonderful TV special an amazing group of figures from the world of song, musicians, actors, dancers, and the best Puerto Rican talent. We are making history, and we are showing the world what can be done in Puerto Rico. I’d like to give special thanks to the maestro, Arthur Hanlon, for his commitment to this project, and to the President of the Senate, Thomas Rivera Schatz for the unconditional support he has given us. The same goes for the Executive Director of the Department of Economic Development and Trade, Jose Perez Riera, and to the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Mario Gonzalez Lafuente,” said Mr. Raul Alarcon, Chairman, President and CEO of SBS.
For Arthur Hanlon, one of the most successful pianists in Spanish- and English-speaking markets, this is one of the most significant projects of his career.
“Encanto del Caribe is a musical project that celebrates the convergence of cultures, and Puerto Rico, more than any place in the world, is a musical center where in the course of history, countless cultures and influences have been joined together. It is a unique and inspiring place,” said Hanlon. “To get to do this TV special with a visionary company like SBS, in such a magical place and with such talented artists, is really a privilege,” he added. “From the bottom of my heart I want to thank Mr. Raul Alarcon and the Government of Puerto Rico.”Encanto del Caribe” demonstrates that music is not divided, that it’s not white or black, and as artists, all of us can interpret the music of any nation,” said the pianist, who recently released the recording of this event on CD and DVD, produced by Julio Reyes Copello under Universal Music label.
Jose Perez Riera, Secretary of Economic Development and Trade, noted that “this project, for an investment of $7.5 million, is an ideal platform for promoting Puerto Rico as a splendid destination for tourist investment, in addition to creating direct and indirect jobs, as well as the expenditures on hotel room occupancy that were generated as a result of this event.”
The special, to be broadcast by MegaTV Sunday, October 28th, at 10 p.m. (ET) in MegaTV Miami, and 11 p.m. (ET) on MegaTV Nationally in the United States and Puerto Rico, will be seen by more than 100 million people, and will give the Puerto Rico Tourism Company an opportunity to promote the island in the mass medium of television.
Mario Gonzalez Lafuente, Director of the Compañia de Turismo, emphasized that “to us it is a great honor that our Island, and particularly our iconic San Cristobal Castle in Old San Juan, will become the center for filming Encanto del Caribe, since music is a cultural element that unites different people and with an event of this magnitude, undoubtedly we will portray Puerto Rico as a destination steeped in history and as the musical center of the Caribbean.”
More about the special
Arthur Hanlon and his piano thrilled the senses of his audience in the heart of San Cristobal Castle, transformed into one of the largest TV studios ever set up in Puerto Rico.
Hanlon took his place on stage with his blue concert piano, shipped in from Miami especially for the occasion, surrounded by a magical atmosphere in which the presence of the actresses and actors, dancers, mimes and acrobats comprising the production shone forth. During the first few minutes of the special, the shots are concentrated on the stage and on the Fort exterior, filmed from a helicopter. His friends and special guests on this night were: Laura Pausini, Cheo Feliciano, Natalia Jimenez and Bernie Williams who joined him on stage.
The music featured maestro Cucco Pena conducting an orchestra of 41 first rate musicians. The overall production was by SBS Entertainment, executive production by Raul Alarcon, overall direction by Alejandro Santiago, producerIleana Ciena, PJ Lopez, Director of Photography, Pedro Villalon, Director’s Assistant, and Angie Olmedo, Costume Design.
The world premiere of the special is scheduled to be broadcast Sunday, October 28th, at 10 p.m. (ET) in MegaTV Miami, and 11 p.m. (ET) on MegaTV Nationally on MegaTV: channel 22 in Miami, channel in 55 Houston, TX, DIRECTV channel 169 in Puerto Rico. DIRECTV Channel 405 in the main cities of the United States, channel 25 in Dallas, TX Verizon Fios, channel 466 in Tampa, FL, Verizon Fios, channel 466 in NY, NJ and Greenwich, CT in Verizon Fios, Verizon Fios, channel 473 in Los Angeles, CA and channel 3008 of the AT&T U-verse in the main cities of the United States.