Los Pastores de Belén

3 pm

Los Pastores, the New Mexican Shepherds Play, was brought to New Mexico in 17th century from Spain. The play follows the adventures, antics, and battles of shepherds, angels, and devils. On their journey to Bethlehem to take their presents, the shepherds are waylaid by Demonio. The audience is amused by the mischief of Bartolo, the lazy shepherd, and the rhetorical prowess and swordplay of San Miguel.

Before it was revived in 1973, when a manuscript was discovered in a home in Las Nutrias, the last time that Los Pastores had been performed in this area was in 1929. Filomena Baca and a group of parishioners of Nuestra Señora de Belén have been performing the play ever since.

(taken from Enrique Lamadrid’s “Reflections on Los Pastores“)

Free public event

A discussion and Q&A session before the performance will be led by Filomena Baca and Dante Berry, one of the actors in the play, which has been performed by members of his family for generations.

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 Mariachi Tapatio from El Paso, Texas and an appearance by company founder Israela Garcia.

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

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UNM Choirs and Orchestra

7:30 pm

The UNM Choirs and Orchestra present music of South and Central America. The UNMSO will present the mystical “itinerarios” by Silvestre Revueltas. The UNM Choirs and UNMSO will present “Cantata Criolla,” a setting by composer Antonio Estevez of the epic Venezuelan poem by Alberto Arvelo Torrealba.

$12 w/ discounts for students and seniors

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Diwali: The Festival of Lights

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Diwali is one of the biggest Hindu festivals, celebrated in India with great enthusiasm and happiness for five continuous days. The third day is celebrated as the main Diwali festival, or “Festival of Lights,” and different varieties of colorful fireworks are always associated with this festival. On this auspicious day, people light diyas (lamps) and candles all around their houses. They perform Laxmi Puja in the evening and seek divine blessings from the Goddess of Wealth. The festival of Diwali is never complete without the exchange of gifts, as people present Diwali gifts to all near and dear ones.


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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.

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

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!

New Mexico Philharmonic: Glorious Vivaldi!

3 pm

New Mexico Philharmonic presents Glorious Vivaldi! Enjoy three of the Italian Baroque concerto master’s finest—Vivaldi’s Concerto Grossi in d minor and g minor, along with the much-loved Concerto for Two Violins in a minor with star violinists Sarah Tasker and Gabriela Fogo. The second half of the program features Albuquerque’s own marvelous Coro Lux and the NMPhil—in Gloria, Vivaldi’s blissful sacred masterwork.

Sarah Tasker, violin
Gabriela Fogo, violin
Coro Lux and Soloists

$24, $35, $46, $68

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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!