Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment

7 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 2 pm Saturday and Sunday

Festival Ballet Albuquerque is partnering with the National Hispanic Cultural Center to present an original production, The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, choreographed by Patricia Dickinson Wells.  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, Mr. Coyote, Ms. Roadrunner, and lavish western Victorian-era costumes. This tenth anniversary year will see the addition of Zozobra, with the production showcasing 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, Principal Conductor of the Santa Fe Symphony and an internationally renowned conductor and violinist who was a 2012 Latin Grammy nominee.

$49, $39, $29, $20, $14 w/ $2 discount for seniors, children12 and younger, and NHCC members

Christmas Joy

2 pm & 6:30 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday

Magnify Dance Ensemble presents Christmas Joy. Come…Experience the Miracle!….Awaken your heart to the true Spirit of Christmas in dance as Magnify Dance Ensemble presents the 37th season of its Bravos Award-winning holiday production. Over sixty-five classically trained dancers will once again inspire audiences with a repertoire of moving and inspirational classical ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance performances choreographed to traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

$25, $33 w/ $2 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members. Group rates available.

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3X Grammy Award Winner: Spanish Harlem Orchestra

7 pm

Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the three-time Grammy®-winning salsa and Latin jazz band, sets the gold standard for excellence in authentic, New York style, hard core salsa.

Whether in a concert hall or at an outdoor jazz festival, there is no easing you in—they come at you full force, from start to finish. Their energy on stage and their rich sound and musical precision leave audiences mesmerized until the last note is played. With an unwavering respect for the music’s storied history, the ensemble’s thirteen world-class musicians and vocalists come together to create an unparalleled musical experience.

$17, $27, $37 w/ $2 discount for NHCC Foundation members, children 12 years old and younger free

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Baila! Baila!’s Christmas in New Mexico 2021

7 pm Friday, 2 pm & 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 2021, Baila! Baila! will be celebrating their 32nd 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.

Baila! Baila! Dance Academy was founded in 1990 with the mission of educating students solely in traditional Mexican folk dance. The school’s curriculum has expanded to additional dance genres including country western, salsa, hip hop, classical ballet, and Danza Azteca.

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

Festival Oralidad

Workshop, Matilde Machiavello—1 pm, Wells Fargo Auditorium
Presentation, Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez—4 pm, Wells Fargo Auditorium
Concert, Perla Batalla—6:30 pm, Bank of America Theatre

Workshop and presentation free to the public; concert tickets $17, $27, $37 w/ $2 discount for NHCC members, purchase Here

Instituto Cervantes and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, with the collaboration of AMP Concerts and the support of the New Mexico Humanities Council, present the first Festival Oralidad on November 18, 20, and 22, 2021. The festival combines workshops, lectures, panel discussions, storytelling performances, and musical performances connected to the oral tradition and storytelling. It was created with two essential purposes: the promotion of the oral tradition of storytelling and the establishment of a collaborative relationship among artists from New Mexico, other parts of the United States, Spain, and Latin America to create new works together and contribute to the advancement of the genre.

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The Musical Adventures of Oliver Twist

2 pm (MST)

New Mexico Young Actors presents The Musical Adventures of Oliver Twist. Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, this musical follows the orphan Oliver from his escapades during a life of thievery with Fagin’s criminal gang to the loving home of Mr. Brownlow.  The tuneful score is by Scott DeTurk, who is the composer of the music from our popular 2016 production of Pocahontas.

$14; $2 discount for children 12 and younger

School matinees on Thursday and Friday, November 18 and 19, at 10 am both days. To reserve tickets for the school matinees, please call NM Young Actors at (505) 821-8055.

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Festival Oralidad

Interactive Recital Workshop for Children, Michelle Adam—12 pm, Wells Fargo Auditorium
Workshop, Emmy Tither—1:30 pm, Wells Fargo Auditorium
Round Table Discussion, Nicolasa Chávez & Orlando Romero—4 pm, Wells Fargo Auditorium
Concert, Shkeme and Native Roots—7 pm, Bank of America Theatre

All events free to the public; previous registration for the workshops required by e-mail at ext-priscila.lopez@cervantes.es

Instituto Cervantes and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, with the collaboration of AMP Concerts and the support of the New Mexico Humanities Council, present the first Festival Oralidad on November 18, 20, and 22, 2021. The festival combines workshops, lectures, panel discussions, storytelling performances, and musical performances connected to the oral tradition and storytelling. It was created with two essential purposes: the promotion of the oral tradition of storytelling and the establishment of a collaborative relationship among artists from New Mexico, other parts of the United States, Spain, and Latin America to create new works together and contribute to the advancement of the genre.

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Festival Oralidad

Reception—6 pm, Cayetana Romero Lobby
Introduction to Festival Oralidad—6:30 pm, Wells Fargo Auditorium
Concert, Nacha Mendez Trio—7:30 pm, Bank of America Theatre

Reception and festival introduction free to the public; concert tickets $17 w/ $2 discount for NHCC members, purchase Here

Please note: Both the festival introduction and the concert will require either a proof of vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to the event or a negative COVID test administered by a health care professional within 72 hours of the event. Originals or photos of documents with a matching ID will be accepted. Masks are also required while inside the NHCC.

Instituto Cervantes and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, with the collaboration of AMP Concerts and the support of the New Mexico Humanities Council, present the first Festival Oralidad on November 18, 20, and 22, 2021. The festival combines workshops, lectures, panel discussions, storytelling performances, and musical performances connected to the oral tradition and storytelling. It was created with two essential purposes: the promotion of the oral tradition of storytelling and the establishment of a collaborative relationship among artists from New Mexico, other parts of the United States, Spain, and Latin America to create new works together and contribute to the advancement of the genre.

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Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company Presents Yjastros By Design

8 pm—Friday
2 pm & 8 pm—Saturday

Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company Presents Yjastros By Design, the seasonal culmination of the company’s progression and evolution. This season’s performances show the company’s resurgence from a challenging period that has deepened the members’ resolve to continue honing their flamenco expression in new ways. Yjastros By Design features intricate re-imaginings of choreographic masterpieces set on Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company by Artistic Director Joaquín Encinias, together with guest artist Lidón Patiño from Castellón, Spain, and other choreographers. Both Encinias and Patiño will take the stage with the company in this production.

This season highlights tradition and innovation in the world of flamenco and features choreographies created by artists at the global forefront of the art form. Yjastros is the flamenco company in residence with the University of New Mexico Dance Program.

$30, $40, $50, $60 w/ $5 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members

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