The nationally acclaimed repertoire ensemble Caliente brings some of Houston's hottest jazz and salsa sounds to The Grand 1894 Opera House for a special Centennial Sunday performance Sunday, April 13 at 3pm. Sponsored in part by Texas Commission on the Arts, Caliente is the only youth group to receive the prestigious Houston Press Award.
Under the direction of Jose Antonio Diaz, the ensemble has appeared with some of the music industry's biggest stars, such as Eddie Palmieri, Pete Escovedo, Nestor Torres, David Sanchez, John Santos, and the Buena Vista Social Club.

Caliente, the repertoire ensemble for Diaz Music Institute, has become one of the finest Hispanic youth music ensembles in the country. Caliente has been featured at Hispanic Day for the Houston Astros, the Houston World Trade Gala and the Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation's Cinco De Mayo Program. Caliente has appeared at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, the Oregon Music Educators Association Conference in Eugene, Oregon; and at the Music Educators National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The production has also appeared at the Chocolate Bayou Festival, the Bayou City Arts Festival, the Breakfast Klub, and mostly recently Dia de la Hispanidad at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Houston, Texas. Caliente is currently in the studio recording a CD to be released this October.

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