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March 2018

Festival Ballet Albuquerque: Sacred Journeys with Robert Mirabal

March 10March 11

Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm

Sacred Journeys, presented by Festival Ballet Albuquerque in partnership with the NHCC, is a reflection of our New Mexican cultures and storytelling through dance, music, and spoken word. Our Hispanic culture is prominent in the story “Las Soldaderas,” choreographed by Dominic Guerra and depicting the story of the young lovers and the many brave women who fought in the Mexican Revolution. Two-time Grammy award-winning Taos Pueblo musician Robert Mirabal joins FBA onstage, integrating Native American Pueblo culture of northern New Mexico with the Hispanic culture of the region. Choreographers for the project include featured choreographer Jock Soto, Patricia Dickinson Wells, Trey Pickett, and Natalee Maxwell, presenting Robert Mirabal favorites from the albums Songs from the Painted Cave, The River, and others. Mirabal, a world-renowned musician, composer, poet, actor, and screenwriter, is dedicated to keeping alive the centuries-old customs of Taos Pueblo, as well as merging his Indigenous American sound with the music of Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean in a world music style that defies categorization.

Jock Soto was born on the Navajo reservation in Gallup, NM to a Navajo Mother and a Puerto Rican father.  Following in the footsteps of his mother, he first learned to hoop dance — an early foundation for what became one of the most celebrated careers at the New York City Ballet.  On the eve of his retirement from stage 2005, The New York Times wrote “Ballet is a man called Jock.”

Of Jock Soto’s memoir “Every Step You Take,”ten-time Tony Award winner and recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Tommy Tune said “Airborne in spirit, earthbound in truth, the words are moving and masterful.  Like the dancer himself.”

$14, $20, $29, $38, $47 w/ $2 off for seniors, children 10 and younger and NHCC members.
Group rates available.

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Yankwik Xiwitl/Aztec New Year

March 10

10 am

Kalpulli Ehekatl, Kalpulli Izkalli, y Danza Mayahuel invita la conformidad de Danzas Aztecas de NM y la comunidad a celebrar Yankwik Xiwitl/Año Nuevo Azteca/Mexika Azteca New Year.

Join us for a Mexika (Aztec) New Year ceremony, ushering in Xiwitl Chicwasen Tochtli/Año Seis Conejo/Year Six Rabbit. The schedule is as follows:

10 am—Arranging the tlamanalli/ofrenda/offering
12 pm– Mitotiliztli/Danza/Ceremonial dance

At 3.30 pm, the ceremony will be followed by a tlakwalli/comida compartida/potluck at Kalpulli Izkalli, 1028 Ann Avenue (Isleta and Lopez Road). Please bring your favorite dish to share/traiga su favorito plato de comida para compartir.

If you wish to donate flowers, please bring them to the NHCC before 10 am.

For more information call Kalpulli Izkalli at: 452-9208 or 804-4602.

Kalpulli Izkalli—“Celebrating 20 years of Cultura, Healing, and Justice.”
Free public event

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Jenny and the Mexicats St. Patrick’s Day Dance Party

7:30 pm
Education Building Grand Hall

NHCC and Pop Fizz invite you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a night of dancing and fun with the world-renowned Jenny and The Mexicats. Known for their infectious style of genre-bending music that borrows from pop, flamenco, reggae, mariachi, jazz, folk and cumbia this band will knock your socks off and keep you moving all night.  Pop Fizz will have food, paletas, beer and alcohol for sale.  This concert is a part of the Revolutions Festival and supported by AMP Concerts.

Check out some Jenny and the Mexicats videos HERE.

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Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company 32nd Season

March 30March 31
Albuquerque Journal Theatre
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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Friday-Saturday, March 30-31, 2018

8 pm

Mystical and innovative, Yjastros 32 is a flamenco epic featuring world premiere choreographic masterpieces. This breathtaking season features new dances and music by Spanish flamenco master artists Jesús Carmona, Pedro Córdoba, Daniel Doña, and Adrián Santana, who intertwine the roots of flamenco dance with modern interpretations to create a visually exquisite tapestry of stunning and powerful choreography. 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.

Celebrating their 32nd season, the members of Yjastros come together after a year of profound individual growth. Within the past year, company members have honed their artistic expression both through the spontaneous, improvisational world of the tablao and through their own artistic projects. This season’s choreographies, simultaneously traditional and innovative, perfectly embody the company’s triumphant return to the stage.
$20, $30, $40, $50 w/ $5 discount for students/seniors/NHCC members

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

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April 2018
Bellini’s NORMA

Opera Southwest Presents Bellini’s Norma (Rental)

April 8April 15
Albuquerque Journal Theatre
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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April 8, 11, 13, 15, 2017
2 pm — Sundays
7:30 pm—Wednesday & Friday

Bellini’s Norma is a fully-staged opera with orchestra, sung in Italian with English supertitles and presented in two acts with one intermission. This will be the New Mexico premiere of Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece.

Norma tells the story of the Druid priestess who sacrifices it all for love and loyalty, despite ultimate betrayal. Watch one of the most challenging, and breathtakingly beautiful, roles in the soprano repertoire. From Casta Diva to Mira to Norma, there’s not a second of music in the opera that won’t leave you feeling awestruck and inspired. Maestro Anthony Barrese conducts.
$15, $29, $45, $59, $75, $89; discounts for groups of 8+ and patrons 30 and younger

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Son Como Son 25th Anniversary: A Retrospective Celebration of Salsa in Albuquerque, New Mexico

April 21
Albuquerque Journal Theatre
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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8 pm

This 25th anniversary concert is Son Como Son’s tribute to the rich lineage of Cuban music. It is a tribute to the dance—the dance between the Yoruban spiritual world and the Spanish colonialists, the dance between the past and the future, the dance where the ocean meets the desert. Most of all, it is a tribute to the dancers of Albuquerque—to each and every one who has buoyed this ship for the past 25 years and helped to put Albuquerque on the salsa map.
$24, $25, $27 w/ $2 discount for seniors/children 12 and younger, and $3 discount for NHCC members


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May 2018
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Una Celebración de México with Antonio Reyna

May 6
Albuquerque Journal Theatre
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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2 pm

The NHCC and Haverland Carter Lifestyle Group present Una Celebración de México, paying tribute to the beautiful song and dance of Mexico with award-winning, internationally renowned mariachi recording artist Antonio Reyna and a cast of talented musicians and performers. Reyna is joined by Mariachi Femenil Flores Mexicanas, with special guests Reynaldo Maestas and Baile Ilusión.
$22 w/ $2 discount for seniors, children 12 and younger, and NHCC members


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Opera in the Museum

6 pm

Enjoy a sampling of music from the sold-out opera based on Rudolfo Anaya’s beloved novel Bless Me, Ultima, surrounded by the artwork from the exhibit La Ultima Exhibición. This brand new opera, performed at the NHCC in February of this year, was commissioned by Opera Southwest, the NHCC, and San José-based Opera Cultura. The composer, Hector Armienta, worked with Mr. Anaya on the libretto.
$20 (limited to 50)

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Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra: Season Finale (Rental)

May 12
Albuquerque Journal Theatre
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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7:30 pm

The Albuquerque Philharmonic begins the night with a composition by guest conductor Dan Cummings, the Summer Run Overture. We continue the evening with the beautiful and lyrical Cello Concerto in A minor by Camille Saint-Saens performed by Joan Zucker. We conclude the evening with the powerful and emotional Symphony No. 4 in f minor by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky. A stunning conclusion to the philharmonic’s 2017-2018 season.
Free Ticketed Event, Tickets available one hour prior to curtain

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4th Annual South American Folk Festival

2 pm

The 4th Annual South American Folk Festival seeks to unite Albuquerque’s South American community in a day of cultural experience and connection through music, dance, and food. In addition to food vendors from participating countries, the festival will feature traditional dancers from Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and Ecuador.

Highlights of the event include local band Baracutanga performing a traditional batucada and performances by Argentine Tango instructors Eva Garlez and Pablo Rodriguez, Peruvian dance/choreographers Fiorella Vera Adrianzen and Yessenia Lentz, and the Odara Dance Ensemble. The featured band will be Houston-based Bamuayā, led by Venezuelan percussionist Reinaldo Araujo. A Latin fusion group with musicians from all over Latin America as well as the United States, Bamuayā will be releasing their latest CD in Albuquerque.

And, proudly representing the Colombian culture, this event will again welcome Raices Colombianas who, for the past four years have delighted us with their traditional dances, folkloric costumes, and energetic choreographies. They will be presenting two songs, both of which have folkloric rhythms with roots in the African cultures that integrated with the native Colombian culture.  These dances reflect the themes of courtship and slavery, but, at the same time, tell the stories of ordinary activities like fishing and agriculture. The costumes have a Spanish influence.  Men’s costumes in general are white and in light materials with hats and scarves. The women use wide skirts called polleras.  In addition, women wear big floral arrangements in their hair to complete the costume.  Instruments commonly heard in this music include drums, flutes, marimbas, and maracas.

$14 in advance, $16 day of show w/ $2 discount for NHCC members; free for children age 12 and younger

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