5th Annual South American Folk Festival

2 pm

The 5th 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 representing Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and/or Ecuador. A headlining salsa band or solo artist will also be featured, along with local musicians. Added attractions for the entire family include children’s art workshops and opportunities for souvenir photos featuring the festival banner.
$14 in advance, $16 day of show w/ $2 discount for NHCC members; free for children age 12 and younger

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

Ballet Folklórico Santa Fe, Raíces de Mi Tierra

2 pm & 7:30 pm

Raíces de Mi Tierra is a folkloric dance showcase featuring three New Mexico ensembles, including Santa Fe’s Ballet Folklórico de Santa Fe, Albuquerque’s Grupo Folklórico Desoluna, and Española’s Baile Ilusión, each with a large local following, accompanied by Mariachi Luna Azul from Albuquerque. The participating groups will focus on presenting traditional pieces that represent the beautiful, authentic dances and music of Mexico.
Saturday afternoon – $12 with a $2 discount for Children 12 years old and younger and NHCC members
Saturday evening – $17 with a $2 discount for Children 12 years old and younger and NHCC members

Thank you to our event sponsor, Home Instead Senior Care and to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

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New Mexico Philharmonic: The Latin Spirit! (Rental)

3 pm

New Mexico Philharmonic presents The Latin Spirit!
Roberto Minczuk Music Director
Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4, Golijov Last Round, lbert Divertissement, Bizet Carmen Suites 1 & 2
Heitor Villa-Lobos merges Baroque and Brazilian essences in the impressive and innovative final suite of his renowned Bachianas Brasileiras. Golijov ‘s 1996 homage to Astor Piazzolla-Last Round­ is a passionate tribute to the tango master. And Bizet’s scintillating Carmen Suites will leave you breathless!
$24, $35, $46, $68

  • The title, content, photos/images and description for this event were provided to the NHCC by the organization renting the NHCC venue for the event. By serving as a venue and posting the event on its website, the NHCC is not endorsing any views expressed in the title or description of the event, nor is it endorsing the content of the event.

NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival

9 am – 4 pm

Presented by the NHCC in partnership with National Día de los libros/Children’s Day/Book Day; Albuquerque Public Schools; ABQ Reads; Artful Life; Bookworks; the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute, Native Realities and the University of New Mexico Press

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) will host its first annual NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival. Coinciding with National Poetry Month, Dia de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Arbor Day, and Semana Cervantina/Poesía eres tu, this festival will celebrate children’s books written in Spanish and English and Native languages and English.

The focus on Spanish-English and Native Language-English books and authors makes this festival particularly meaningful and vibrant, reflecting the identities of many children in New Mexico and the Southwest. We want to encourage children to see themselves in contemporary children’s literature as well as introduce a bilingual body of work to a wider audience.

The festival will also launch a summer reading program for children struggling to read. Twenty scholarships will be given to children who live within walking (or cycling) distance from the NHCC. Each will be given $100 in books, a festival poster and swag, and s/he will be matched with a summer reading tutor who will keep him/her reading over the summer, including regular reading sessions at the NHCC.

The one-day festival will feature:

  • Half-hour “Read to Me” sessions featuring Native and Latinx authors reading to children and families, including a special Arbor Day tree book reading
  • A keynote reading and Q & A with children’s author Pat Mora
  • Teachers workshop
  • Parents workshop
  • An author and exhibitor book emporium (book and book-related sales)
  • Poesía eres tu winner and runner-up performances (children reciting poetry in Spanish) HERE
  • Drop-in art, book-making, and other creative activities
  • Food, music and more

Suggested Donation: $5 per family

Vendors, apply for the book emporium HERE.

For more information, please contact Valerie Martínez, Director of History and Literary Arts, National Hispanic Cultural Center: valerie.martinez@state.nm.us; 505-383-4724.

Opera Southwest Presents Wagner’s Lohengrin (Rental)

March 31 and April 3, 5 & 7, 2019
2 pm — Sundays
7:30 pm—Wednesday & Friday

Opera Southwest presents Wagner’s Lohengrin, a fully staged opera with orchestra, sung in German with English translation supertitles and presented in three acts with one intermission. This will be the New Mexico premiere of Wagner’s bel canto masterpiece.

Our pioneering reconstruction of the lost orchestration from the 1850 Weimar premiere of Lohengrin, conducted by Franz Liszt, will revisit the intimate and historically accurate masterpiece for an epic close to this season. Maestro Anthony Barrese conducts.
$15, $29, $45, $59, $75, $89; discounts for groups of ten or more and patrons 30 and younger

  • The title, content, photos/images and description for this event were provided to the NHCC by the organization renting the NHCC venue for the event. By serving as a venue and posting the event on its website, the NHCC is not endorsing any views expressed in the title or description of the event, nor is it endorsing the content of the event.

Revolutions International Theatre Festival: Migrant Songs

7:30 pm 

Migrant Songs is a choral piece based on stories of migration, both human and non-human. Specifically, the project explores the relationship between the songs of human and bird migration, through oral interviews gathering stories and songs from migrants who currently live in the Albuquerque area and research and field recordings of birds in northern New Mexico, and bringing the songs of migrants into inter-species dialogue through the creation of a choir performance. The work highlights the stories and songs that cut across different migration histories, tying Hispanic culture in historic and contemporary relationships to Asian, African, and Middle Eastern culture within the New Mexican context.

Free and open to the public 

New Mexico Philharmonic: Beethoven & Schumann (Rental)

3 pm

New Mexico Philharmonic presents Beethoven & Schumann
Roberto Minczuk Music Director, Antonio Chen Guang piano
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 Schumann Symphony No. 3
Two of the finest works by two late-1Bth­ and early-19th-century classical giants! The warm emotional depth and drama of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in c minor is unsurpassed. Experience its virtuosic performance by Olga Kern International Piano Competition First-Prize Winner, Antonio Chen Guang! Schumann’s majestic Third Symphony includes French horns, trumpets, and timpani, bringing sumptuous sound to this late-winter Sunday afternoon.
$24, $35, $46, $68

  • The title, content, photos/images and description for this event were provided to the NHCC by the organization renting the NHCC venue for the event. By serving as a venue and posting the event on its website, the NHCC is not endorsing any views expressed in the title or description of the event, nor is it endorsing the content of the event.

ABQ Philharmonic presents “Art and Music Combined” (Rental)

3 pm – 4:30 pm

The ABQ Philharmonic under the baton of Byron Herrington present their annual Art Music Concert. The evening begins with the stunning overture from Richard Wagner’s opera Der Fliegend Hollander. We will continue the evening with music from beloved film composer Max Steiner with his suite from the classic film “Casablanca.” We complete the evening with two rarely performed pieces by Ottorino Respighi (La Boutique Fantasques, after Rossini) and Zoltan Kodlay (Háry János Suite, Op. 15.)
Free event, donations appreciated

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DNAWORKS and the NHCC Present The Real James Bond Was…Dominican!

7:30 pm—Thursday-Saturday
2 pm—Sunday

What happens when a Dominican boy in Queens—with an imagination far beyond his shell, who won’t go anywhere without his nerf gun and is obsessed with James Bond—finds out that the real James Bond was Dominican? Written and performed by Chris Rivas, The Real James Bond Was…Dominican! is a true story, about how Porfirio Rubirosa was Ian Fleming’s inspiration for Bond, and how this discovery sets off a whole tragi-comic journey for a young Dominican actor-to-be. It is a young man’s guide to love, sex, color, code-switching, whitewashing, success, fake-it-till-you-make-it, and the roller coaster ride of finding one’s true self.
$25 adults; $20 NHCC members; $12 students, seniors, unemployed persons, & artists

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