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In their fourth performance at the NHCC, the New Mexico Jazz Latino Orchestra will present a two-part show featuring Latin jazz, cha cha, salsa, and rumba and showcasing the versatility of the group’s musicians. The 13-piece ensemble seeks to highlight the great musical talents of New Mexico residents, while bringing in international guest artists to introduce audiences to traditional instrumentation and rhythms from Latin America and demonstrate how jazz fusion can provide a harmonious and exciting blend of ancestral and contemporary tones. This year’s concert salutes the Quiñones family, “¡La familia de la salsa!”—Marc Quiñones, percussionist for international salsa band sensation Ocho y Más, and Tony and Camilo Quiñones—and features César Bauvallet, Jackie Zamora, Paul Gonzales, Doug Lawrence and Steve Figueroa, Adolfo Acosta, Lester Rodriguez, Maud Beenhouwer, and Alex Murzyn.
$25 & $27 with a $3 discount for NHCC members
February 2, 7 & 9, 2020
Opera Southwest presents Daniel Catán’s Il Postino, a fully staged opera with orchestra, sung in Spanish with both Spanish and English translation supertitles, and presented in two acts with one intermission.
Presented in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Il Postino is based on the novel Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skármeta, as well as the film by Michael Radford. When exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda arrives on a tiny Italian island, he receives so much fan mail that Mario is hired as his personal postman. Mario soon becomes Neruda’s student, learning the art of poetry to woo a local barmaid. Inspired by Neruda, Mario’s poetic voice continues to take wing as he expresses the struggles of his fellow working class villagers. A firm friendship develops, and the postman is forever a changed man.
$19, $39, $59, $79, $99; discounts for groups of eight or more and patrons 30 and younger
7:30 pm—Friday & Saturday
Carnaval, the festive season occurring before Lent in many countries, is one of the world’s most widespread celebrations and one of its biggest parties. Frank Leto Musical Ventures and the NHCC continue their annual partnership to celebrate Carnaval at the Center with a festive and colorful evening of music, dance, and theatre, featuring the Odara Dance Ensemble and the musical group PANdemonium. Carnaval 2020, a dazzling spectacle of vibrant dance, engaging music, and beautiful costumes, showcases the Carnaval traditions of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil, and New Orleans and marks the 15th annual Carnaval Celebration at the NHCC.
$17, $22, $27with a $2 discount for seniors, children 12 years old and younger & NHCC members
Notable electroacoustic group Niyaz present The Fourth Light Project: a cutting-edge, immersive, multi-sensory show unlike any other. This groundbreaking multi-media experience combines live musical and dance performance with interactive technologies and advanced projection/ body-mapping techniques that respond to sound and movement in real time. Guided by the mystical poetry of legendary Sufi poets and the ancient wisdom of traditional Middle Eastern folk songs, Niyaz steps into a future that is ancient, inviting listeners to embark upon a philosophical quest into the human depths.
$12, $22, $32 w/ a $12 ticket for kids 12 years old and younger
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AMP Concerts presents iconic Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning singer Lila Downs, one of the world’s most singular and powerful voices whose compelling stage presence and poignant storytelling transcend all language barriers. Raised in Minnesota and Oaxaca, this global superstar’s exquisite artistry bridges traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America to U.S. folk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop. On her new album, Al Chile, Lila pays homage to chile and to the complicated relationship Mexicans have with the fiery fruit that brings them happiness, suffering, sweat, and tears.
$46, $61, $71
2 pm & 8 pm—Saturday
Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company presents Yjastros 36. Yjastros 36 exemplifies the professional company’s identity as both a culturally authentic disseminator of the Spanish/Andalusian art form of flamenco and a uniquely American flamenco repertory company, rooted deeply in its New Mexican and Hispanic provenance. The production features new choreography and repertory, advancing understanding of the depth and complexity of this art form. A unique artistic treasure in the American cultural landscape, Yjastros proudly brings the creative visions of world-renowned flamenco artists to the American public, while cultivating the living art of flamenco in the United States.
$30, $40, $50, $60 w/ a $5 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members
March 22, 25, 27 & 29, 2019
7:30 pm—Wednesday & Friday
Opera Southwest presents Verdi’s La Traviata, a fully-staged opera with orchestra, sung in Italian with English translation supertitles and presented in three acts with one intermission.
One of the most famous of the great classic operas, La Traviata is a sweeping love story set against the backdrop of decadent Paris high society, where the celebrated courtesan Violetta eschews her wealthy suitors for the simple life with poor Alfredo.
$19, $39, $59, $79, $99; discounts for groups of ten or more and patrons 30 and younger
AMP Concerts presents Loudon Wainwright III. Wainwright’s long and illustrious career is highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, movie and TV credits, and his 2017 autobiography Liner Notes. In 2010, he won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project, and his 2012 recording Older than My Old Man Now was named one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of the Year. In 2018, he released his 27th career album to date, Years In The Making, a retrospective double CD with more than 45 tracks—live performances, demos, outtakes, and unreleased songs spanning 50 years.
Approximate time of event: 2 hours including intermission.
New Mexico Philharmonic presents Music from Within Our Midst. Composer Robert Alexander was appointed choirmaster at St. Salvator in Vienna in 1935 and served as organist at the Vienna Augustinian church. In 1939, he immigrated to New York, continuing his career. His grandson, Dr. Ron Bronitsky, lives in Albuquerque. Alexander’s striking Concerto Grosso for Strings, Op. 164 begins this program. Then, from well-known composer, conductor, singer, and former Professor of Music at UNM—a marvelous work that’s been heard in some of the world’s great concert halls: Bradley Ellingboe’s Requiem.
$24, $35, $46, $68