Backbeat: Arthur Hanlon Films TV Special With Marc Anthony, Natalia Jimenz, Cheo Feliciano in Puerto Rico
Backbeat: Arthur Hanlon Films TV Special With Marc Anthony, Natalia Jimenz, Cheo Feliciano in Puerto Rico

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At the show after party, the conversation turned to editing and distribution. From the left, Pedro Guzmán,VP of A&R Universal Music Latino and Machete music; pianist Arthur Hanlon; Terrel Cass of Terrel Cass Productions, Terrel Cass, President Terrel Cass Productions, Producer and Distributor for Public Television; and Jorge Mejia, Senior VP Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Latin America/U.S. Latin.

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Hanlon stands next to his crated 9-foot blue Baldwin, shipped from Miami via Fed-Ex for the event.

Pianist Arthur Hanlon filmed his TV special "Encanto del Caribe" (Caribbean Fantasy), which he described as a "convergence of cultures," at the 450-year-old Fort of San Cristobal in Puerto Rico with guests Laura Pausini, Marc Anthony, Natalia Jimenez, Bernie Williams, Cheo Feliciano, Obie Bermudez and Ana Isabel.

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The special, produced by SBS Entertainment and JB Group with support from the Puerto Rican government, will air on public television in early 2012. The event, shot live and featuring nearly 50 musicians onstage, marked the first time the Fort of San Cristobal, which is a federal park, opened its doors to TV cameras. "This special illustrates that music isn't divided, and that all artists can perform music from all nations," said Hanlon, who is Irish American but signed to Universal Music Latino, which will release a CD/DVD of Encanto next year.

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Spanish star Natalia Jimenez chats during rehearsals with friend Marc Anthony.

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Hanlon rehearses classic tango La Cumparsita with Ana Isabel.

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Italian star Laura Pausini catches up with Arthur Hanlon, pre-shoot at her trailer. Pausini made a Puerto Rico stop to shoot the special in the midst of promotion for her new album, Inedito. Pausini and Hanlon have previously recorded and toured together.