Niyaz: The Fourth Light Project

7:30 pm

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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Festival Ballet Albuquerque Presents The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment

7 pm—Friday, Saturday & Sunday
2 pm—Saturday & Sunday

Festival Ballet Albuquerque is partnering with the National Hispanic Cultural Center to present an original production, The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment.  The beloved holiday classic is transported to territorial New Mexico in the late 1800s, with added elements of the state’s heritage and traditions including Spanish dancers, southwestern snakes, sheep and shepherdesses, a lively fandango, a storyteller doll with children, and lavish western Victorian-era costumes. Now in its seventh year at the NHCC, the production showcases New Mexico heritage and traditions while maintaining the classical grace and family appeal of its origins.  A live orchestra performs under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, former music director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and an internationally renowned conductor and violinist who was a 2012 Latin Grammy nominee.

$14, $20, $29, $39, $49 w/ $2 discount for seniors, children 12 and younger, and NHCC members

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

Christmas Joy

1 pm & 5 pm Saturday
2 pm Sunday

Come…Experience the Miracle!….Awaken your heart to the true Spirit of Christmas in dance as The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company will present the 35th Anniversary season of its Bravos Award-winning holiday production, Christmas Joy. Over fifty classically-trained dancers will once again inspire audiences in the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Albuquerque Journal Theater with a collection of moving and inspirational classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance performances choreographed to traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

$22, $33 w/ $3 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members

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Baila! Baila! and the NHCC Present Christmas in New Mexico® 2019

2 pm—Saturday & Sunday
7 pm—Saturday

Baila! Baila!’s annual holiday show is a whirlwind extravaganza, taking audiences on a journey through the sights and sounds of Christmas in New Mexico. Music, song, and dance with the traditional Southwestern flair that has been cultivated in our state over the generations, as well as unique segments saluting Christmas traditions from around the world, will delight theatregoers of all ages. In 2019, Baila! Baila! will be celebrating their 30th year in spectacular fashion. Christmas in New Mexico features a large multigenerational cast including dancers as young as six, as well as Baila! Baila!’s professional company dancers. Special guest performances include a live mariachi and an appearance by company founder Israela Garcia.

$22, $27, $32 w/ $2 discounts for students, seniors and NHCC members

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¡HAH! Happy Arte Hour

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

On the first Thursday of the month, NHCC invites adults for artistic fun in a relaxed social setting, which includes snacks, refreshments, and beer & wine for sale from Pop Fizz. This is a great opportunity for friends to hang out, a unique date night option, or a place to come solo and connect with fellow art enthusiasts.
Please pre-register using the link HERE (so we know how many materials to prepare)

For more information please call or email Elena Baca at 505-246-2261 or ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us

Free, $5 donations are encouraged to support the artists & purchase supplies

There Must Be Other Names for the River

7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)

516 ARTS, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and UNM Art & Ecology Program artists Marisa Demarco, Dylan McLaughlin, and Jessica Zeglin present There Must Be Other Names for the River. This composition for six singers is based on streamflow data from the river known today as the Rio Grande. Each singer channels the river, representing a point where flows were observed and recorded. Arranged in the shape of the water body within the performance space, the singers’ voices change in intensity with the flows and distort over time as human interference is felt along the length of the river. After embodying past decades, the singers project possible futures for the voice of the river and the bodies through which its waters flow. The artists say, “The Rio Grande is itself a living being who has experiences over time including birth, growth, and possibly death…. By listening and embodying, can we change our relationships with the river and see beyond its uses to humans? Can we hear the river as more than a resource?” The original sound art performance is presented in conjunction with Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande, an exhibition currently on view at 516 ARTS.

Free public event

For more information on Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande click HERE.

To download a Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande program click HERE.

Film: ¡COLORES! The Musical Adventures of John Donald Robb in New Mexico

7 pm

The late John Donald Robb loved and composed all kinds of music, but his passion for the songs of everyday folk is what he is remembered for most. Roaming the countryside of the Southwest during the 40s and 50s, Robb recorded and transcribed over 3,000 Hispano folk songs, the largest collection of its time. This documentary celebrates the life of this adventurous musician and the modern day ethnomusicologists who continue to record and archive New Mexico’s disappearing folk music traditions. Presented in partnership with New Mexico PBS and the John Donald Robb Musical Trust as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

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Música del Corazón: Sin Fronteras/Without Borders, Recovery and Celebration

7 pm—Pre-concert string instrument-making
7:30 pm—Concert

On the wings of melody, rhythm, and poetry, ¡Música del Corazón! concerts, featuring new groups and different traditions each year, tell us as much about our past as about our future. The concerts honor the contributions of John Donald Robb, Sr., former dean of UNM’s College of Fine Arts and a recognized music pioneer, and are dedicated in memory of his son, John Donald Robb, Jr., a driving force in the development of the UNM John Donald Robb Musical Trust. The sixth annual John D. Robb, Jr. concert and 30th anniversary celebration of the Robb Trust features Frank McCulloch, Cipriano Vigil, Bayou Seco, and Lone Piñon. MC’d by Dr. Enrique Lamadrid, a nationally recognized folklorist and musicologist, the event also includes the presentation of the 2019 Robb Award for Excellence in Music of the Southwest.

The New Mexico Musical Heritage Project offers a pre-concert string instrument-making demonstration and performances by UNM students.

Free public event

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

Yjastros: A Nuestro Aire, A Celebration of 20 Years

8 pm—Friday & Saturday
2 pm—Saturday

Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company presents A Nuestro Aire, A Celebration of 20 Years, celebrating peerless choreography and the two-decade artistic journey of the incredible company. This season reprises classic works by Artistic Director Joaquin Encinias, A Nuestro Aire and Caravana de los Zincalí, and premieres new works from master artists and choreographers Mercedes Ruiz and La Popi. A unique treasure in the American cultural landscape, Yjastros 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/ $5 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members

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

¡HAH! Happy Arte Hour

¡HAH! Happy Arte Hour is cancelled for the month of November but will resume on December 5, 2019.

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

On the first Thursday of the month, NHCC invites adults for artistic fun in a relaxed social setting, which includes snacks, refreshments, and beer & wine for sale from Pop Fizz. This is a great opportunity for friends to hang out, a unique date night option, or a place to come solo and connect with fellow art enthusiasts.
Please pre-register using the link HERE (so we know how many materials to prepare)

For more information please call or email Elena Baca at 505-246-2261 or ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us

Free, $5 donations are encouraged to support the artists & purchase supplies