Led by pianist and musical director Rafael Ithier, El Gran Combo
de Puerto Rico is hailed as one of Puerto Rico’s greatest dance bands. With a rich legacy
spanning six decades, this 13-piece ensemble has become synonymous with the irresistible
rhythms of salsa. Their music is vibrant with horn-infused melodies, infectious beats, and
lush vocal harmonies that continue to captivate audiences worldwide.
Officially bestowed the title of “Ambassadors of Our Music” by the Puerto Rican Senate, El
Gran Combo has left an indelible mark on the genre. With a repertoire brimming with timeless
classics such as “El Menu” and “Timablero,” they have become the soundtrack of joyous
celebrations and lively dance floors. Their music embodies the spirit and essence of Puerto
Rican culture, infusing every song with passionate rhythms that define the island’s musical
Prepare to be transported to the streets of Puerto Rico as El Gran Combo fills the Kennedy
Center Concert Hall with the vibrant sounds of salsa. Whether you’re a seasoned fan or new to
the genre, this is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rhythmic tapestry woven by one of
Puerto Rico’s most iconic musical ensembles.