Listen to Puerto Rico's national instrument come alive at the Cuatro Festival.
celebration of puertorriqueño music highlights professional players of the ten-stringed
cuatro as well as introducing a new generation of players to this uniquely Puerto Rican instrument.
For many Puerto Ricans, the cuatro – developed and refined over hundreds of years by the island's rural population, or jibaros – represents the musical heart of their culture.
It was these memories of home that drove Orlando Rivera and his brother David to found the Chicago Cuatro Orchestra in 1996.
The first cuatro festival followed two years later and has blossomed since, packing the beautiful Chicago Theatre with thousands
of eager listeners.
See what else is going on in the Puerto Rican community at the
Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Illinois
Find cultural events in Chicago and surrounding cities at
Puerto Rican Power.