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October 13, 6:00pm at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

 

As part of the Mexico Now festival, Paisajes Sonoros will play at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage. With original videos set to original compositions, Paisajes Sonoros is a multimedia, live performance by Mexican composers Carlo Nicolau (violin), Vicente Rojo Cama (electronics), and Vanessa Garcia Lembo video artist). It features amplified violins and electro-acoustic sounds, instruments, musical textures, ambiences, and images, telling us stories that range from urban industrial settings to different corners of the world to outer space imagination.

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Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566
October 13, 2017



October 12, 6:00pm at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

 

In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage will welcome the musical stylings of ensemble Tembembe.

Tembembe Ensamble Continuo is a group that strives to research, recreate and disseminate the relationship between music from the Baroque period and our traditional Mexican and Latin American music, breaking down the historical barrier that has been imposed between them, to offer new possibilities to enjoy, understand and interpret these musical traditions today. The group explores the similarities between the instruments and practices belonging to these musical manifestations.

Tembembe is Eloy Cruz, Enrique Barona y Leopoldo Novoa, in addition to guest artists Ulises Martínez, and Ada Coronel.

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Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566
October 12, 2017



October 1, 5:00pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Embassy of Mexico, through its Cultural Institute, invites you to a recital by Maestro Juan Pablo Horcasitas benefiting the victims of the September earthquakes in Mexico. The donations collected will go to the #FuerzaMexico trust set up to aid recovery and reconstruction efforts. We hope you will be able to join us for an evening of wonderful music to support those in need.

The #FuerzaMexico trust was created by representatives from the private sector with the support of the Mexican Ministry of Finance. Under the guidance of its board of directors, the trust will concentrate funds from both the Mexican Government and donations to apportion rapid, efficient, and transparent aid to those affected by the earthquakes.

Praised for a strong rapport and his superb cantabile, Mexican pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. Since his solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2009 he has been actively performing and collaborating with many artists. As the first-prize winner at the "Manuel de Falla" Piano Competition in Mexico City, he has performed in the main concert halls in Mexico including the Palacio de Bellas Artes and more.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 1, 2017



September 19, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

As part of the Middleburg Concert Series, the Mexican Cultural Institute will host Viva México.

A journey through the history of Mexico and its music, from the Virreinato until the golden times of the bolero, this concert will feature a roster of Mexican artists of great international stature including Dolores Martinez Rangel (Voice), Cynthia Saucedo (Violin), José Alfonso Valadez (Accordion/Piano), and Dr. Alan Saucedo E. (Cello). The group will interpret a number favorites including México Lindo y Querido, La Adelita, Bésame Mucho, A Media Luz, and Sabor a Mi, among many others.

This performance is presented in collaboration with the Middleburg Concert Series, for which Dr. Saucedo is artistic director.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 19, 2017



September 13, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute to honor Mexican-American accordionist Eva Ybarra for her receipt of an NEA National Heritage Fellowship.

Eva Ybarra, the "Queen of the Accordion," is one of only a few professional women accordionists in conjunto music. Conjunto originated in the late 19th century in working-class communities along Texas-Mexico border, and is distinct to that region. Using the accordion as the lead instrument, conjunto bands perform dance music based on Mexican and Czech-German folk forms such as the polka, mazurka, schottishe, waltz, and huapango. As the leader of Eva Ybarra y Su Conjunto, Ybarra has specialized in writing and composing original conjunto music while also exploring non-standard chord progressions, advancing the art form's evolution.

The NEA National Heritage Fellowships recognize the recipients' artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to the United States' traditional arts heritage.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 13, 2017



September 5, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute is happy to host Mexican musician and composer Ulises Eliseo for an evening of contemporary piano compositions. He will be playing songs from his album Opus 1.

Ulises Eliseo is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer/audio engineer born in Mexico City. He graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music with a major in music production in 2016. He studied music composition with Arturo Márquez, one of the greatest living Mexican composers, from 2000 to 2001 and in 2010, and was part of the Mix With the Masters seminar with Andy Wallace in France in 2016. He has a vast repertoire of music for piano, string quartets, electronic music, rock, orquestral, fusion and world music.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 5, 2017



June 19, 7:00 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute invites you to an evening of live chamber music as violist David Pedraza and pianist Annya Nizhegorosteva interpret a number of classical Mexican compositions, and more.

The duo will play select works by Mexican composers José Pablo Moncayo and Agustín Lara, as well as other pieces by Bach, Paganini, and Rebecca Clarke.

A Violist, born in Reynosa, Mexico, David Pedraza started his musical studies at 14 under Jose Vazquez. Later on he received a full scholarship to study the Bachelor of Music at Shenandoah Conservatory. From 2003 to 2005 he was part of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas under Plácido Domingo, Carlos Prieto and Gustavo Dudamel. David holds a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn University Conservatory of Music and recently he finished his Master of Music at the same institution on a full scholarship.Currently he is part of the Con Brio Quartet, and is Principal viola with the Symphony of the Americas.

Russian born pianist Anna Nizhegorodtseva has garnered prizes in numerous international competitions for piano and for chamber music. Anna began her piano lessons when she was 6 years old. She holds an Artist Certificate from Azusa Pacific University and her Doctorate in Musical Arts from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. Anna frequently performs in the US and abroad, as a soloist and collaborative pianist. Her performances in the US, France, Italy, Spain and Mexico, in venues like Carnegie Hall in New York and the American Cathedral in Paris, have established her reputation as a rising young star.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
June 19, 2017




May 27 at the Kennedy Center & in Arlington, VA

 

Voces Veracruzanas is a group of Latin American folk music performers internationally recognized for their musical and interpretative quality. Don't miss their two shows this Saturday around the DC region.

First, the group will perform from 12:00 - 1:00pm in the Family Theater at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at the all-day open house celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of John F. Kennedy. Later in the evening, Voces Veracruzanas will play alongside the Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble at 7:30pm in Arlington, VA. Neither are to be missed!

Voces Veracruzanas was founded in 1997 by its director Rafael Domínguez. In that same year they embarked on their first tour in the state of Texas and have since performed in 24 countries to date. Voces Veracruzanas is dedicated to spreading the music of Mexico and Latin America all over the world.

More info on the Kennedy Center Performance here.

More info on the performance with Los Quetzales here.




John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566
May 27

Wakefield High School
1325 S. Dinwiddies St
Arlington, VA, 22206



Friday March 24, 2017, 8:00pm at the Library of Congress

 

Experience the finest string quartet performing contemparary works that both challenge and inspire at the Coolidge Auditorium where the subtleties of this music resonate so powerfully. The fabled Arditti Quartet with Eliot Fisk, one of the greats of the classical guitar world, will play a new composition by leading Mexican contemporary composer Hilda Paredes, among other works. Paredes' piece, Son de mentes cuerdas is composed for guitar and string quartet and will be making its world premiere.

Firmly established as one of the leading Mexican composers of her generation, Hilda Paredes' work is performed widely around the world. She holds a PhD from Manchester University and, though she resides in London, is involved in the musical life of her native country, having taught at several music institutions in Mexico.

The quartet will also play other shows this spring around the US in Pittsburgh (March 26), Indianapolis (March 29), Buffalo (March 31), and Montclair (April 1).

This program is free and open to the public. Register to attend here.





The Library of Congress
Coolidge Auditorium
Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20540
Friday March 24, 2017, 8:00pm




Onix Ensamble

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:00pm at the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to kick off its fall musical programming with a performance by Onix Ensamble, an acclaimed group of Mexican musicians dedicated to promoting the best of Latin American contemporary music. In addition to their concert at the MCI, Onix Ensamble will be performing at the Kennedy Center's Family Theater on September 15.

Founded by Mexican musician Alejandro Escuer in 1995, the mission of the group is to be the voice of Mexican and Latin American composers under the honored principles of cultural diversity, high quality musical craftsmanship and artistic originality.

ONIX offers a unique panorama of exclusive dedicated works, which are often influenced by literature, theatre, the visual arts and new technologies. The ensemble works to build new forms of expression through the creation of special pieces that combine classical music with other genres and aesthetic traditions.

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More info on the Kennedy Center performance here


Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 13, 2016, 6:45pm
Free admission

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Family Theater
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
September 15, 2016, 6:00pm
Free admission, no free parking


Mexican pianist Rodolfo Ritter

Tuesday June 14, 2016, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss an evening of classical music as Mexican musician Rodolfo Ritter presents his Anthology of Mexican music for piano and orchestra with a concert at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Rodolfo Ritter's anthology was born out of the need to share the valuable pieces for piano and orchestra that abound in Mexican concert music. It contains works that have been chosen in order to rescue and recognize masterpieces by Mexican composers that paint a panorama of Mexico through music. The anthology includes concertos for piano and orchestra composed between 1904 and 1925 by Manuel M. Ponce, Julián Carrillo, and Ricardo Castro.

Mexican pianist Rodolfo Ritter has established himself as one of the most remarkable musicians to have emerged from Latin America in recent years. Ritter's poetic eloquent sound and masterful engaging performances demonstrate his commitment to strengthening Mexico's cultural image through music. His mastery of Mexican works alongside his expansive repertoire distinguish Ritter as one of the most awarded and significant Mexican soloists of his generation.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tuesday June 14, 2016, 6:45 pm
Free Admission


An Homage to Carlos Jiménez Mabarak

Thursday May 19, 2016, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

In collaboration with The Latin American Music Center at Catholic University of America (lamc.cua.edu), the Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present An Homage to Carlos Jiménez Mabarak. This concert will celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Mexican composer Carlos Jiménez Mabarak's birth featuring works by Blas Galindo, Silvestre Revueltas, Carlos Jiménez Mabarak and César Franck.

Carlos Jiménez Mabarak (1916-1994) was one of the most prolific Mexican composers of the 20th century. His music belongs to the transition from the Mexican nationalism to the avant-garde and his extensive catalogue of works encompasses all musical genres. The concert will be performed by LAMC students Enrique Reynosa (violinist) and Anna Nizhegoodtseva (pianist) with members of the Vitali String Quartet Cynthia Saucedo (violinist), David Pedraza (violist), and Alan Saucedo (cellist).

The Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music (LAMC) was created in 1984 to promote the study, research and performance of Ibero-American music. This includes the compilation of a complete and specialized library of scores, books and recordings of Ibero- American music and fostering the exchange of students, scholars, performers, composers, musicologists and music educators between Ibero-American countries, North America, and the Caribbean region.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 19, 6:45 pm


REDES and PostClassical Ensemble

Friday May 13, 2016, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss a night of film, music, and lecture as PostClassical Ensemble launches their musically remastered DVD of the classic Mexican Film Redes!

The 60 minute film Redes (1935) is an iconic product of the Mexican Revolution. Shot by master photographer Paul Strand, with a galvanizing score by Silvestre Revueltas and direction by Fred Zinnemann, it is a peak achievement in the history of music and the moving image. Until recently, Redes was not available in an acceptable format. A new Naxos DVD, produced by PostClassical Ensemble, mates a pristine print (created by Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation) with a freshly-recorded soundtrack. The result is revelatory.

The evening's program will begin with another Revueltas score - Ocho x radio - performed live by PCE and Angel Gil-Ordóñez and will continue with an exploration of the impact of the new print and soundtrack with reference to three key sequences from the film. Finally, Roberto Kolb (Mexico's leading Revueltas authority), Lorenzo Candelaria, and Paul Strand scholar Terri Weissman will explore Revueltas and Redes in the context of the Mexican Revolution, Revueltas in America, and cinematography as art.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington DC 20009
Friday May 13, 6:45 pm
Free Admission


Mexican tenor Javier Camarena

March 24, 2016, 7:00pm at the Kennedy Center

 

Mexican lyric tenor Javier Camarena took New York by storm with tumultuously successful performances in La sonnambula with Diana Damrau in 2013, and again opposite Joyce DiDonato in 2014 in La cenerentola, to a degree that, in the latter run of performances, the audience demanded an encore of his bravura aria, an extremely rare occurrence at any contemporary opera performance. The combination of sweetness and brilliance in Mr. Camarena's singing has made him the darling of European audiences in Vienna, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Salzburg, and Zurich. His debut solo CD, Recitales, recorded live in recital in 2013, is available on the urtext label; his Zurich performances, co-starring with Cecilia Bartoli, of both Rossini's Le comte Ory and Otello have been preserved on DVD by Decca. The program will include selections by Beethoven, Liszt, and Tosti.


Tickets | About Javier Camarena


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington DC
March 24, 7:00pm


Coral Cantigas - an end of year concert

December 8, 2015, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Celebrate the holiday season as the MCI proudly presents Coral Cantigas for the last concert of 2015!

Coral Cantigas is a chamber chorus based in the Washington, DC, area. Its mission has been to increase awareness and appreciation of the many rich styles of Latino (Latin American, Spanish, and Caribbean) choral music, and to unite communities through the joyful and transformative power of music. Coral Cantigas is known for its artistic excellence and creative programming in bilingual, cross-cultural, and collaborative performances to national and international audiences.

They will be performing a number of pieces from Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Spain, and more.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington DC, 20009
December 8, 6:45pm



The Mexico City Woodwind Quintet

September 30, 2015, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Be sure to witness Postcards from the Americas, the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet's performance at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Regarded as one of the foremost chamber music groups in Mexico today, the Quintet is formed of members of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra. The group's international backgrounds lend a unique sound to their performance of contemporary compositions.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 30, 6:45pm
Free Admission

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The Harp in Mexican and Latin American Tradition by Celso Duarte

September 17, 2015, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute as it welcomes Celso Duarte! A multi-talented musician, producer and arranger, Duarte is internationally recognized by artists and critics alike as a virtuoso of the Paraguayan and Mexican folk harp.

One of the top international performers of the Paraguayan harp, he began to study music at a very early age. Over the span of his career, Celso Duarte has been invited to perform with world famous artists such as Plácido Domingo, Wynton Marsalis, Mercedes Sosa, Lila Downs, The Chieftains and Ry Cooder among others.

He has represented Mexico and Latin America in international harp conferences in Japan, Colombia, Venezuela, the United States, Paraguay, Canada, France and Mexico and was the recipient of three Grammy awards for his collaborations with Mexican singer Lila Downs. Celso Duarte has performed at internationally recognized forums such as the Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, among others around the world and Mexico. Since 2010 he has represented Mexico in seven different cultural programs at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York.


Maestro Duarte will be Accompanied by Violeta Ortega - Voice, Jarana, Dance

Ortega studied at the Academy of Dance Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts and the National School of Music of the UNAM. In 2012 she was named a Fonca fellow as an interpreter of Son Montuno, a sub-genre of popular Cuban music.



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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 17, 6:45pm


Troker at the Rosslyn Jazz Festival

September 11, 2015, 6:00pm at the Rosslyn Jazz Festival

 

Reach out and touch the sky at a free concert atop the DC metro area's tallest building as Mexico's genre-bending jazz/funk fusion band Troker performs at the Rosslyn Jazz Festival Kickoff Party.

Morphing from jazz to rock, Troker has an explosive energy that international magazine All About Jazz described as "noisy, chaotic, sprawling, messy, all together wonderful". Their concerts are challenging, full of intense and relentless moments that traverse the lines between musical genres; a true fusion of jazz, rock, funk and hip hop - all with Mexican flair. Troker made waves in 2014, performing at both SXSW and WOMEX, and becoming the first band in history to play two consecutive years at the West Holts Stage at the legendary Glastonbury Festival in England. Don't miss this free event with great music, great views, and more!

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1812 North Moore Street
33rd Floor
Arlington, VA 22209
Free Admission
September 11, 6:00pm


Orquesta Mexicana

August 16, 2015, 2:00 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present the Orquesta Mexicana in collaboration with the Bard Music Festival.

The Pasatono Orquesta, masters of traditional music with more than 17 years of experience, will be performing as the new Orquesta Mexicana. Paying homage to composer Carlos Chávez's original 1933 Orquesta Mexicana, the group will be playing arrangements of traditional pieces by Carlos Chávez (1899-1978) and others from the concert series played by the original Orquesta at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1940.

The revival is rooted in the cultural heritage Chávez sought to preserve with his orchestra's singular performance. Drawn from the original show, the group will play works including Chávez's La paloma azul; Marcha, Vals, Canción; Cantos de México; as well as Sones de Mariachi (arr. Blas Galindo) and El venado (arr. Luis Sandi), among others.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
August 16, 2:00 pm


Encarnación Vázquez and Rodolfo Ritter celebrate 25 years of the MCI

June 23, 2015, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for an evening of music celebrating 25 years of the MCI. Mezzo-soprano Encarnación Vázquez and pianist Rodolfo Ritter and will play a selection of pieces by renowned Mexican and international composers such as Paul Juon, Carlos Guastavino, and Manuel M. Ponce.

Encarnación Vázquez has enjoyed great success since the start of her career thanks to the purity of her voice and her dramatic and musical sense. During her impressive 33 years as a singer she has performed at the Berlin Opera, Dresden Opera, the New York City Opera, San Diego Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, the Lyceum Theatre and Teatro Colon to name a few. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work and has recorded 18 studio albums.

Mexican pianist Rodolfo Ritter has established himself as one of the most remarkable musicians to have emerged from Latin America in recent years. Ritter's poetic eloquent sound and masterful engaging performances demonstrate his commitment to strengthening Mexico's cultural image through music. His mastery of Mexican works alongside his expansive repertoire distinguish Ritter as one of the most awarded and significant Mexican soloists of his generation.

This concert is made possible through collaboration with Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes-CONACULTA.





2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
June 23, 6:45 pm
Free Admission


DC Youth Orchestra Program

May 23, 2015, 2:00 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute as it welcomes the DC Youth Orchestra, the leading curriculum-based education program in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. The orchestra will be performing a number of classical pieces from universal composers like Haydn, Beethoven, Grieg, Handel, Mozart, and Dvorak.

For over 50 years, DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) has been a part of the Washington community by fostering the musical development and changing the lives of over 50,000 youth. DCYOP was the first youth orchestra to have the honor of performing at the Kennedy Center and has toured 20 countries. They have played for numerous US presidents and foreign diplomats and worked with esteemed musicians such as Aaron Copland, Lorin Maazel, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Marvin Hamlisch. Last summer, the Youth Orchestra travelled to South America for its Colombia tour.

Another way DCYOP distinguishes itself is through its inclusivity. The program welcomes all students that wish to participate, regardless of background, socioeconomic status or ability. DCYOP strives to make its program affordable to all by offering multiple tuition programs. This enables children from diverse backgrounds to experience the joy of learning and making music together.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 23, 2:00 pm


Conchita de Antuñano

May 9, 2015, 2:00pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Celebrate Mother's Day at the Mexican Cultural Institute with an afternoon of vocals and piano. The MCI will present Conchita de Antuñano as she performs a selection of pieces by universal composers.

An international Mexican Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano, Conchita de Antuñano has enjoyed a renowned and prestigious career in the opera world. Her work has been acclaimed by international critics who have conferred an outstanding stature upon her, at a worldly level, for possessing impressive interpretative power, vocal brilliance, outstanding range and an exuberant Verdian timbre of great beauty. She is highly praised for her magnificent and exciting operatic and concert interpretations in some of the most important venues in the United States, Europe, Mexico and Latin America.

Conchita de Antuñano will be accompanied José Ramos Santana, one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation. He performs a wide and diverse repertoire while being an acknowledged master of Spanish Music. Prof. Ramos Santana has appeared as a guest soloist with such major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, among many others. A gifted Julliard graduate, Ramos Santana has performed all over the world.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 9, 2:00pm
Free Admission


Julia Vari

May 4, 2015, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute in welcoming the astounding vocals of Julia Vari and instrumentals of pianist Fred Hughes and bassist Amy Shook.

Julia Vari is a jazz singer, pianist and arranger. Her thoughtful and unique musical interpretations have her garnered high praise and afforded her the opportunity to perform at festivals and venues throughout North America, Latin America and Europe, including el Lunario del Auditorio Nacional and the Festival de Jazz de San Miguel de Allende, among many others. Having just released her third album, Julia Vari has become one of the major talents of the Mexican music scene.

Fred Hughes has performed, conducted and presented workshops nationally and internationally for over three decades. His compositions and arrangements can be found not only on his recordings such the Fred Hughes Band's New Day Dawning but also on the PBS Great Performances Television Special. In addition to maintaining a busy performance schedule, Hughes is also conductor of the Chesapeake Bay Community Band and has performed with the Baltimore and Chicago Symphony Orchestras among many others.

Amy Shook has become one of the most in-demand upright bassists in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, coveted for her huge sound and infectious, driving groove. She is also an accomplished composer whose first album with her quartet, The Shook/Russo Quartet featuring Greg Gisbert was released on Summit Records in July 2006. She has played at many venues throughout the mid-atlantic including the Kennedy Center and the White House.


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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 4, 6:45 pm


The Chernicoff-Rácz-Vasco Trio

March 26, 2015, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Experience the contemporary sounds of the Chernicoff-Rácz-Vasco Trio at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Graduates of the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music (LAMC), the group is violinist Lydia Chernicoff, cellist Dorotea Rácz, and pianist Rodrigo Vasco. The trio will play a selection of 20th and 21st century pieces by both Spanish and Mexican contemporary composers.

The Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music (LAMC) was created in 1984 to promote the study, research and performance of Ibero-American music. This includes the compilation of a complete and specialized library of scores, books and recordings of Ibero-American music and fostering the exchange of students, scholars, performers, composers, musicologists and music educators between Ibero-American countries, North America, and the Caribbean region.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 26, 6:45 pm


Mexico at the Kennedy Center's Iberian Suite Festival

March 3 - 24, 2015, at the Kennedy Center

 

This season, the Kennedy Center presents IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix, a vibrant three-week festival celebrating cultures of Portuguese and Spanish-speaking peoples, the impact they've had throughout the world, and the vast influences they've embraced from other cultures.



Eugenia León y Las Voces de Mujeres, Voces del Pueblo
March 14 - 15 at the Eisenhower Theater


Over the course of her illustrious career spanning more than three decades, singer Eugenia León has become a Mexican cultural icon. She began her career in the 1970s, singing with groups that reflected the political concerns of young students. In 1982 she had her first solo performance and began building up her repertoire with songs by the Mexican song-writers of her generation. By 1985 she had won the OTI Festival in Seville, Spain and has since continued her career, becoming one of the most respected music artists in Mexico.

In this special multimedia performance, she pays tribute to the greatest Ibero-American female singers. The concert features composers from 13 countries, including Mercedes Sosa (Argentina), Violeta Parra (Chile), Chavela Vargas (Costa Rica/Mexico), Lola Beltrán (Mexico), Jesusa Rodríguez (Mexico), Concha Méndez (Mexico), Maristela (U.S./Mexico), Nina Simone (U.S.), and more. Ms. León is joined onstage by artist Cecilia García Amaro who will paint live.

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Metales M5
March 4 at the Millennium Stage


Since its founding in 2005, METALES M5 MEXICAN BRASS have established themselves as Mexico's leading Brass Quintet with international recognition. Combining their skills at virtuoso chamber music, non-stop interaction with the audience, inborn showmanship, and inimitable Latin American charm, M5 concerts are unique musical-theatrical experiences.

The group has been touring the US and Canada extensively since 2008 and even made its South American debut in Colombia 2012 and its African Debut in 2013 in Algeria. Their music synthesizes classical, contemporary, folk, film, and pop arrangements to produce their very own sound.

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Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
March 3 - 24


Pasatono Orchestra at the Kennedy Center

December 20, 2014, 6:00 PM at the Kennedy Center

 

Pasatono Orchestra will be performing music from their new album "Maroma". The music has some surprising references to dixieland jazz, which was popular in Mixtecan villages many years ago, as well as danzón, rumba, and melodic lines that come from Hungary via the gypsy caravans that used to take cinema to the indigenous villages of the region. There's also the chilena, considered to be 'traditional Mixtecan music' as well as the polkas, paso dobles, marchas and mazurkas that came from Europe and took root in the local repertoire. Musical director Rubén Luengas adds his own personal journey to this mix with pieces he calls "Mixtecan-haiku," that reflect his interest in minimalism, the tonality of his native Mixtecan language and environmental sounds.

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Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
December 20, 6:00 pm


Gliese 229 Guitar Duo

December 16, 2014, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Gliese 229 Guitar Duo
December 16th | 6:45 pm

The Mexican Embassy, through its Cultural Institute, invites you to enjoy the music of the Gliese 229 Guitar Duo. Members Rosalia and Lalo's visually stunning and aurally seductive performance is not to be missed! Combining the power of the electric guitar with the elegance of the acoustic guitar, this duo fuses various Latin rhythms to explore contemporary and classic styles.

The duo will be playing some original compositions and even be premiering a few new songs!

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2829 16th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20009
December 16, 6:45pm
Free Admission


Pianist Santiago Piñeirúa

December 11, 2014, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Pianist Santiago Piñeirúa
December 11th | 6:45 pm

Born in Mexico City, Santiago Piñeirúa began his musical studies at age four. He has a Masters degree in Music from the Manhattan School of Music in New York and is the recipient of a number of music awards and scholarships, having played in cities all over the world.

Piñeirúa will be playing selected works from Beethoven, Guillaume Lekeu, and Mexican composers Manuel M. Ponce, Samuel Zyman, and José Pablo Moncayo among others. Don't miss your chance to see him and attend one of our last concerts of the year!

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2829 16th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20009
December 11, 6:45pm
Free Admission


Na'Rimbo

November 17, 2014, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

To kick off the exhibit "Chiapas: Land Of Woven Colors," the Mexican Cultural Institute invites you to a concert with the marimba group Na'rimbo on Monday November 17 at 6:45 pm.

Preserving and exploring the musical traditions of Chiapas for more than 15 years, Na'Rimbo fuses marimba with a blend of traditional and contemporary music styles including jazz, bossa nova, salsa, and many others. The group has released three albums and has played for audiences all over the world. Their performance is not to be missed!

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2829 16th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20009
November 17, 6:45 pm
Free Admission


Cafe Tacuba at the Lincoln Theater

October 18, 2014 at the Lincoln Theater

 

Be sure to see Mexico's Cafe Tacuba at the Lincoln Theater!

The band employs a standard rock lineup of guitar/bass/drums with vocals, certainly, but the members also incorporate electronics as well as exotic instrumentation into their music, which encompasses styles as divergent as punk and ballads, as well as regional Mexican and ambient electronica. No Café Tacuba album sounds quite like another, for the band generally pursues a grand artistic vision for each project that goes all the way from the scope of the album to which musical styles will be fused, to which collaborators are best suited for the performances, to the actual packaging design of each release. For such creative reasons, Café Tacuba is beloved by critics and cultural observers who appreciate such ambition and originality. On the other hand, legions of followers worldwide are enamored with the band simply because of the music, which is broadly appealing not only because of its distinction but also because of its fun, madcap, and ever-changing manner.



1215 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 18
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Las Cafeteras

October 10, 2014, 8:00pm at Artisphere

 

Las Cafeteras seamlessly fuse traditional Son Jarocho, Afro-Caribbean music from Veracruz, Mexico with modern rhythms and lyrically rich storytelling to create a new Urban Folk sound from the streets of East Los Angeles. Their debut studio album "It's Time" has received great reviews across the country and has been featured on BBC, NPR, KCRW, and the LA Times.







1101 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
October 10, 8:00pm


Silvia Navarrete

October 7, 2014, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Experience the beautiful work of Silvia Navarrete, renowned as one of the most emblematic Mexican pianists. Her emotional expression, quality of sound, and deep understanding of styles have won her great acclaim. She has studied her craft all over the world and has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the principal orchestras of Mexico and the National Orchestra of China, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Shanghai, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina.

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2829 16th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20009
October 7, 6:45pm
Free Admission

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Mexico City Woodwind Quintet

September 24, 2014, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Be sure to witness México Mágico, the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet's performance at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Regarded as one of the foremost chamber music groups in Mexico today, the Quintet is formed of members of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra. The group's international backgrounds lend a unique sound to their performance of contemporary compositions.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 24, 6:45pm
Free Admission

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Cuarteto Latinoamericano

September 11, 2014, 7:00pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Do not miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Latin Grammy award winning Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Famed for their extensive repertoire of Latin American work, the Cuarteto brings an elegant and refined touch to string quartet compositions. The group has released a number of records and received numerous awards including a 2012 Latin Grammy for Best Classical Recording. They will be performing works from composers such as George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, Mario Lavista, and many more.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 11, 7:00pm
Free Admission

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Bel Canto concert to celebrate 'Florencia en el Amazonas'

September 9, 2014, 7:00 PM at the Mexican Cultural Institute

September 20 - 28, 2014, at the Kennedy Center

 

Join opera director Francesca Zambello and other special guests on September 9th at the Mexican Cultural Institute for a discussion on this modern operatic classic. Singers from the production will preview the opera in a musical program following the discussion. The complete opera will play at the Kennedy Center on September 20, 22, 24, 26, and 28.

Inspired by the magical realism of Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez (Love in the Time of Cholera), Florencia in the Amazon was the first-ever Spanish-language commission by major U.S. opera companies, and an instant audience smash when it premiered in 1996. Don't miss the groundbreaking opera when it comes to the Kennedy Center for a limited engagement this September!

Two-time Grammy Award-winning American soprano Christine Goerke stars as a famous opera singer who embarks upon an enchanted riverboat journey in late Mexican American composer Daniel Catán's mesmerizing opera. Returning after 20 years to her South American homeland of Brazil, Florencia Grimaldi boards the El Dorado in disguise and heads up the Amazon to sing at an opera house in the capital. Along the way, she hopes to track down her long-lost lover, a butterfly hunter who has disappeared in the jungle. Beset by storms and a cholera outbreak, Florencia and her fellow travelers are carried deeper into the rain forest, while Ríolobo, a mystical river creature, guides them to life-changing revelations.

2829 16th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20009
September 9, 7:00pm
Free Admission

To RSVP to the Bel Canto Concert, click here

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC 20566
September 20 - 28
For tickets to the opera, click here


Eblen Macari Trio

July 24, 2014, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss De Beirut a Cosamaloapan, a summer concert event featuring the Eblen Macari Trio, laureled Mexican artists boasting a unique fusion of improvisation and world music. Comprised of the talented Eblen Macari, Olga Martínez, and Kabalan Macari, the group uses myriad instruments to uncover the baroque and levantine influences in Mexican music.

Come to the Mexican Cultural Institute for an unforgettable evening of avant-garde world music and summer spectacle!

One of the most outstanding Mexican fusion experiences is that of the Eblen Macari Trio. This group is comprised of the talent of Eblen Macari, composer and guitarist, Olga Martínez, harpsichordist, and Kabalan Macari, percussionist. Macari has explored a vast spectrum of sounds, utilizing modern technology to explore classical guitar possibilities, transforming the sounds of this integral instrument. The group surveys sounds of classical guitar, ethnic roots, and the freedom of jazz and electronic experimentation. Using both eight- and six-string guitars with electronics, synthesizers, and Arabic percussion, the sound of the Eblen Macari Trio is unlike any other.

Having performed at festivals throughout Mexico, the U.S. and Europe, they have made important contributions to music, developing and consolidating trends in music. The sound of the Eblen Macari Trio melts time and territory, taking its audience on an audio tour of Mexican land and tradition.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
July 24, 6:45pm
Free Admission


Music: Summer Concert with Tzotzil Rockers 'Sak Tzevul'

June 19, 2014, at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss a summer concert event featuring popular practitioners of Mexican indigenous rock Sak Tzevul! Using a mixture of languages (Tzotzil, Tzeltal, Tojolabal, and Spanish), Sak Tzevul weaves the musical traditions of their native Chiapas into a rocking, rollicking set!

Click here to check out their newest official video, and RSVP below to attend this unique summer event celebrating indigenous rock from Mayan Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico with Sak Tzevul!







2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
June 19, 7:00pm
Free Admission


Eugenia Leon and PostClassical Ensemble: Redes

April 5, 2014, 10:30am at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Mexico's iconic Eugenia León sings songs from the Mexican Revolution as part of a multi-media presentation combining music by Revueltas with murals, paintings, and photographs. The second half of this unique program presents Mexican film masterpiece Redes (1936) with Silvestre Revueltas' searing score performed live by a 50-piece orchestra and unforgettable cinematography by Paul Strand. Pre-Concert Presentation with Roberto Kolb at 6:30 pm at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, MD.

This event is part of a constellation of events comprising PostClassical's Mexican Festival Redes.

THE CONFERENCE
Fri Apr 11
Georgetown University
curated by John Tutino


THE TALK
Wed May 7
Mexican Cultural Institute
A multimedia presentation by the preeminent Revueltas scholar Roberto Kolb.


Clarice Smith Center
University of Maryland, College Park
May 10, 6:30pm


Pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas in Concert

March 6, 2014, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The celebrated Mexican pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas visits the Institute just after the release of his new disc, Among Songs and Dances. Featuring interpretations of European greats Bach, Schubert, and Gluck alongside classical and contemporary Mexican and Latin American composers, Horcasitas' concert at the Mexican Cultural Institute figures to be a wonderful evening of worldwide song, with one of Mexico's world-renowned soloists.

Praised for a strong rapport and for his superb cantabile, Mexican pianist Juan Pablo Horcasitas is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. Since his solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City he has been actively performing and collaborating with many artists. He has performed in the main concert halls in Mexico including Palacio de Bellas Artes, Carlos Chávez and Blas Galindo concert halls as well as at the Mexican Fine Arts Museum Center in Chicago, the Banesco Auditorium in Caracas, Teatro Nacional in San Salvador and the Steinway Hall and Museo del Barrio in New York.

As a soloist he recently performed with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also been invited by important Mexican orchestras, such as Camerata de Coahuila and Orquesta Sinfónica de Aguascalientes. He has participated at several international festivals such as the Suolahti International Music Festival in Finland and the Latino Music Festival in Chicago. His future engagements include recitals in Bangkok and El Cairo. He completed the recording of his first solo piano album in 2013 in New York.

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 6, 6:45pm
Free Admission

RSVP to rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


CEPROMUSIC in Concert

February 4, 2014, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss the CEPROMUSIC Ensemble, the 10-piece contemporary music ensemble from the Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico, when they visit the Institute for the 2014 season's first concert event! CEPROMUSIC will guide us through the landscape of new Mexican music, featuring interpretations of works by Julio Estrada, Víctor Ibarra, Ricardo Zohn, Jorge Torres and Georgina Derbez.

CEPROMUSIC was formed to promote the creation, performance, and dissemination of new music and sound experimentation. The CEPROMUSIC Ensamble is the center's first project and responds to the need for a professional, full-time group for new music. Led by José Luis Castillo, the professional ensemble had its debut in November 2012 in a program of music by Manuel Enríquez and Gyorgy Ligeti.

The evening promises to be a wonderful, uniquely Mexican kickoff to the Institute's 2014 cultural program -- join us for an evening of avant-garde and contemporary music with some of Mexico's finest practitioners!

Watch a recent performance

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
February 4, 6:45pm
Free Admission

RSVP to rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


Estudiantina La Salle in Concert

December 14, 2013, 12:00pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss the Mexican Cultural Institute's exciting end-of-year and Christmas concert featuring the world-renown Estudiantina La Salle! The estudiantina, an ensemble of university students, are important to the musical tradition of Mexico, Spain, and Latin America, where these groups roam the streets playing music as a traveling party.

The Estudiantina La Salle comes from Universidad La Salle in Mexico, and are one of the more celebrated estudiantinas in all of Latin America. At the Mexican Cultural Institute, they'll perform a selection of holiday and non-holiday themed songs in a unique, festive atmosphere. Embrace the wonderful traditions of the Latin American estudiantina through a scintillating performance from some of its finest practitioners!

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
December 14, 12:00pm

RSVP to rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


Roberto Hidalgo in Concert

November 21, 2013, 6:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss the album release concert of celebrated Mexican pianist Roberto Hidalgo's Lineage, featuring presentations from Ángel Gil-Ordóñez and Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez, interspersed with Hidalgo's performances of Lineage standouts from Aaron Copland, Carlos Chávez, and West Side Story. Known for his ability to seamlessly combine Latin American works with a more traditional Western repertoire, Hidalgo's performance of selections from Lineage is sure to please a diverse audience of musical enthusiasts!

Roberto Hidalgo has participated at festivals across the world, and has appeared at such renowned American concert halls as the Bing Auditorium at the LA County Museum Los Angeles; Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Bruno Walter Auditorium in New York City.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
November 21, 6:30pm
RSVP: rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org



Arturo Márquez Lecture and Performance

October 25, 2013, 6:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss famed Mexican composer Arturo Márquez during his visit to the Mexican Cultural Institute on Friday, October 25th! The composer of perhaps one of Mexico's most iconic twentieth-century pieces, "Danzón #2", will give a special lecture on the long, colorful history of of Mexico's most important composers. The lecture will be followed by a performance of his piece "Zarabandeo" by pianist Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez and clarinetist Jeremy Eig.

Arturo Márquez was born in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico in 1950. He began his musical training in California in 1966, later studying piano and music theory at the Conservatory of Music of Mexico and composition at the Taller de Composición of the Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico and the California Institute of the Arts In recent years, Marquez has written a series of danzons, works based on an elegant Cuban dance that migrated to Veracruz, Mexico. His Danzon No. 2 is among the most popular Latin American works to emerge since the 1950s. In February 2006, Arturo Marquez received the "Medalla de Oro de Bellas Artes" (Gold Medal of Fine Arts), the highest honor given to artists by Mexico's Bellas Artes. That evening the concert "El Danzon según Márquez" (The Danzón according to Márquez) was presented at the Palacio de Bellas Artes. The concert included six danzons, are all contained on a forthcoming CD.

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This event is presented in conjunction with the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the Organization of American States and the New Orchestra of Washington.






Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
October 25, 6:30pm
Free Admission, RSVP recommended:
rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


Concert for Piano featuring Armando Merino

October 10, 2013, 6:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for an evening with world-renowned Mexican pianist Armando Merino. Maestro Merino will perform a concert entitled "The Charm of the Romantic Language in Piano Music", featuring works by romantics Felix Mendelssohn (Germany) and Ricardo Castro (Mexico). Bridging the gap between Mexico and Europe, Armando will interpret the beautiful language of two important romantic composers an ocean apart.

Armando Merino studied piano at UNAM's National School of Music and later at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He has released several albums, among them the notable Azulejos, México y España a través del siglo XX, which featured little-known music from Mexico and Spain, much of it never before recorded.

This concert is made possible through collaboration with Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes-CONACULTA.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
October 10, 6:30pm
RSVP:
rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org





Pianist Leticia Gomez Tagle in Concert

September 20, 6:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss celebrated Mexican pianist Leticia Gómez Tagle at the Mexican Cultural Institute on Thursday, September 20th. Her performance will cross the Atlantic with pieces from European composers Chopin, Ravel, Verdi, Paganini and Liszt, before interpreting a number of pieces by Mexican composers such as Otey, Esteva Loyola, and Márquez.

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for a ravishing evening of music at the intersection of worlds old and new!

Born in Mexico City, Leticia Gómez Tagle studied under Manuel Delaflor and Angel Esteva Loyola. By the age of thirteen, she began to perform in different cities of Mexico, winning several prizes in national competitions in Mexico, on radio, TV, and at the University of Puebla, as well as in the Sala Chopin competition, for which she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna, Austria.

Since then she has performed in many different countries and participated in many Music Festivals in Europe and Mexico, where she has been also soloist with the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, Orquesta Sinfónica del I.P.N. and Orquesta Filarmónica de Querétaro, México.



2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
September 20, 6:30pm
Free Admission

RSVP: rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


Ensamble Tierra Mestiza in Concert

July 12, 2013, 6:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

On the heels of Mercedes Gómez Benet's sold-out concert at the Mexican Cultural Institute in November, the Ensamble Tierra Mestiza makes its debut at the Mexican Cultural Institute this summer. Featuring Gómez on harp, Gerardo Tamez on guitar, Carlos Garcia on flute and vocals, and Natalia Arroyo on violin and vocals, the award-winning group will play selections from their first two albums, 2008's Folia y Son and 2012's Ida y Vuelta.

Ensamble Tierra Mestiza's repertoire is wide enough to allow baroque originals as well as more recent pieces composed by musicians such as Astor Piazzolla, Heitor Villalobos and Arturo Márquez. The group has performed in prestigious venues in Mexico City, the United States, and Brazil. Check back soon for more information on this evening of music with Ensamble Tierra Mestiza.

Ensamble Tierra Mestiza will follow their concert in DC with a performance at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis on Saturday, July 13th. For more information on this concert, co-sponsored by the Institute and Annapolis' World Artist Experiences, click here.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
July 12, 6:30pm
Free Admission, RSVP required:

rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
July 13, 7:00pm
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Concert for Solo Guitar with Roberto Limon

May 23 2013,, 6:30pm, 2013 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss guitarist Roberto Limón in concert at the Mexican Cultural Institute! The celebrated, Latin Grammy-nominated Mexican guitarist will interpret an eclectic range of selections from Latin America, Spain, and the US. From traditional pieces by Mexican greats Manuel M. Ponce and Carlos Chavez, to a contemporary piece by noted film composer Brian Banks, Roberto Limón's concert at the Mexican Cultural Institute promises to appeal to diverse generations of listeners.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 23, 6:30pm
Free Admission, RSVP required:

rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


Mexico Bello: A Concert with Tenor Jesus Daniel Hernandez

March 8, 2013, 7:00pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss a fascinating evening with celebrated Mexican tenor Jesús Daniel Hernández at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Accompanied on piano by Alejandro Hernández, Jesús will guide viewers through a beautiful and romantic musical history of Mexico, interpreting Agustín Lara, Manuel Ponce, and María Grever, among others.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Jesús Daniel Hernández was discovered by Plácido Domingo, who then became his mentor. Working through the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program, Daniel's star has risen tremendously in past years, with several Washington National Opera productions under his belt. Recently, he played Rodolfo in European productions of Puccini's La Bohème, and the Washington Times said of a recent performance with mentor Domingo: "When [he] sang with the Mr. Domingo it seemed, if only for a moment, that the Three Tenors were in a process of rebirth."

Alejandro Hernández is an acclaimed solo and chamber pianist, orchestral and choral conductor, composer and arranger. In addition to serving as the Artistic Director of the New Orchestra of Washington he serves as Director of Music at Westmoreland Congregational, UCC in Bethesda, Maryland where he leads and oversees a dynamic and widely respected music program. Among other awards, in 2011 Cantigas honored Alejandro, alongside Septime Weber and Placido Domingo, with the first-ever Award for Talent in celebration of their twentieth anniversary.

A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Alejandro initiated his music studies under the tutelage of his father and his brother. Alejandro holds a Master and Doctor of Music degrees from the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.




2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 8, doors at 6:30pm, concert at 7:00pm


Concert for Solo Harp with Mercedes Gomez

November 2, 2012 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join us for an evening of intimate and alluring music with Mercedes Gomez, a world-renowned harpist from Mexico City. The event, funded in part by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, will feature Gomez, a member of Mexico's UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra, performing a repertoire that incorporates diverse strands of Mexico's rich musical history. Alongside arrangements of traditional Oaxacan music, Gomez will interpret famed Mexican composer Ponce's "A Pesar de Todo" and perform "SONOROSON", an electro-acoustic piece by contemporary Mexican composer Javier Alvarez.

In addition to the Philharmonic, Gomez is a harp professor at Mexico's National Conservatory of Music and has enjoyed residences at UC-Davis and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Among others, she has premiered harp concertos for Mexican, Argentine, and Chinese composers and is an accomplished and laurelled author, whose autobiographical texts, children's literature, and plays have garnered much praise in Mexico and abroad. In particular, Her play "Panteón de Fiesta" (Graveyard Fiesta), for toy-theater and two musicians, was commissioned by the Disney Music Center in LA 2008, and has traveled to France, Spain, Poland, Germany, Mexico in subsequent years.

This engagement is a DC Performing Arts Presenters Initiative project, made possible through funding by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.







Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
Doors open at 6:30pm, Concert at 7pm
Free Admission, RSVP recommended:
rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


Flute and Piano Concert with Marisa Canales and Roberto Hidalgo

September 21, 2012, 6:30pm, at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Come enjoy a night of beautiful and compelling music from Mexico, Spain, and Argentina with flutist Marisa Canales and pianist Roberto Hidalgo, as they unite their talent to invite us to a journey through Spain and Latin America with music by Toldrá, Oltrá, Ponce, Zyman, and Piazzolla.
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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
September 21, 6:30pm
Free Admission, RSVP recommended:
rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


Radio Jarocho at the Kennedy Center

September 16, 2012, 6:00pm at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

 

An ensemble of 5 musicians, Radio Jarocho plays music inspired by the towns, the musicians, and the swampy countryside of Veracruz, Mexico. Writing predominantly in the son jarocho style, Radio Jarocho tailors their sound with diverse influences to create a unique and contemporary repertoire. The band has championed son jarocho over the past decade in dozens of concert venues in several cities, including New York, Washington DC, and Boston. Their second album, Café Café, which the NY Daily News calls a "vibrant collection [and] dizzying ride", was released in May 2012.

Son jarocho is a traditional music and dance from southern Veracruz, Mexico. The genre finds its roots in diverse Spanish, Mexican, and Afro-Caribbean musical forms, resulting in a uniquely American expression of song and dance. For more information and music clips, visit radiojarocho.com.


The John F. Kennedy Center Millenium Stage
2700 F Street, NW DC
Free Admission


Los Tres Reyes in Washington

September 13, 2012, 12:00pm at the Library of Congress and 6:00pm at the Millennium Stage

 

Los Tres Reyes, a trío romántico from Texas consisting of the traditional three suave male voices backed by guitars, sings romance-drenched lyrics in lush harmony. Don't miss them as they play twice this Thursday, once at the Library of Congress, and once on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Part of Homegrown: The Music of America concert series. Read more at the LOC website.




The John F. Kennedy Center Millenium Stage
2700 F Street, NW DC
Free Admission

The US Library of Congress
Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First St. SE DC
Free Admission


Panteon Rococo and El Gran Silencio in Concert

July 23, 2012 at the Howard Theatre

 

Don't miss Latin fusion rockers and ska specialists Panteón Rococó, appearing at the historic Howard Theatre. Veterans of the Mexican rock circuit, Panteón Rococó is touring the U.S. on the heels of its critically lauded studio album, Ejercito de Paz. With support from fellow rockers El Gran Silencio, the show promises to bring a lively, energetic atmosphere to the newly renovated Howard Theatre.










Makochi Dulcemelos Children's Orchestra

July 13, 2012 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join us for an afternoon of dulcimer renditions of contemporary and classical music performed by the children's orchestra Makochi Dulcemelos from Queretaro, Mexico. Mentored by teachers Marta García Renart and Francisco Núñez, this group of talented and passionate young children has performed on several renowned European and US stages, and is currently scheduled to participate in the 30th International Society for Musical Education World Conference in Greece. Their charisma and superb musical arrangements have initiated a new method of musical education with great success in Mexico.


A Celebration of the Mariachi Tradition

June 29, 2012 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

In November, 2011 the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) inscribed Mexico's Mariachi, string music, song and trumpet, on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, joining traditional Mexican Food and the Day of the Dead celebration in such a prestigious list. Transmitted from generation to generation and continuously recreated during festive, religious and civil events, Mariachi music strengthens the sense of identity and continuity of its communities, within Mexico and abroad.

Join us for a conversation between great Mariachi traditionalist and innovator Natividad "Nati" Cano and ethnomusicologist Daniel Sheehy, director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, followed by a concert by the Grammy award winner Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano.


Harpsichord Recital

June 14, 2012 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join us for a delightful evening of 18th Century French and Mexican harpsichord music by Claudine Gómez-Vuistaz (Mexico), with a program featuring works by Gaspard Le Roux, Jean Philippe Rameau, Joseph Nicholas Pancrace Royer, Jacques Duphly and Joseph de Torres y Vergara.

Claudine Gómez-Vuistaz studied harpsichord with Professor Luisa Durón at the National Conservatory of Music of Mexico, where she presently teaches. She started performing at a very young age under the direction of her mother and teacher, Emma Gomez, has attended master classes with Gustav Leonhardt, Bob van Asperen and Jacques Ogg, and has participated in the Key International Competition in Bruges, Belgium, as well as in major baroque music festivals in Mexico and abroad. Since 2003, she has coordinated the harpsichord concert series of the Miguel Lerdo de Tejada Library at the Historic Center of Mexico City, which is increasingly recognized as the premier venue for harpsichord music in Mexico, having presented the best harpsichord players from around the world. Since 2000, she has been the harpsichordist for ENSEMBLE KAIRÓS, a group dedicated to the interpretation of Baroque vocal and instrumental music (their album "Due alme innamorate", released under the Urtext label featuring works by Forqueray, Couperin and Strozzi, received critical accolades). Since 2007, she has also been the harpsichordist for the chamber music ensemble La Capilla Virreinal de la Nueva España, under the direction of Maestro Aurelio Tello.


Mexican Institute of Sound

March 17, 2012 in Arlington, VA

 

One of Mexico's most exciting up and coming bands: DJ and producer Camilo Lara, an Indie Music Award winner, is the one man dynamo behind the electronic music project, the Mexican Institute of Sound. M.I.S is part of a growing Mexican electronic movement, mixing mariachi and cumbia with hip-hop, rock and thunderous beats --all with just his computer, his imagination, and his collection of more than 45,000 vinyl albums. With critical acclaim in publications like Spin and Rolling Stone, M.I.S's Indie Music Award winning third release, Soy Sauce, was recorded with a live band and vocals and is being hailed for pushing eclecticism to a new level.












Rana Santacruz Concert

January 29, 2012 at Artisphere in Arlington, VA

 

As part of the Frida Kahlo: Her Photos exhibit, popular bandleader Rana Santacruz will lead his troupe in a wildly eclectic concert that touches on ranchera, rock, bluegrass, mariachi, nueva canción, Irish music, and more.





















The Music of Carlos Chavez

January 29, 2012 at The Mexican Cultural Institute

 

This special presentation, co-organized with the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music of Catholic University, will include a lecture and concert in honor of Dr. Robert L. Parker, a distinguished scholar of Mexican music. The afternoon will begin with a lecture entitled "Carlos Chávez and Modernism" delivered by musicologist Dr. Christina Taylor Gibson, followed by a concert featuring music by Carlos Chávez -including his early piano pieces, Madrigal for cello and piano, Soli No. 1 and the String Quartet No. 3 (Mov. I)- and selected songs by Silvestre Revueltas.

The program will feature music school faculty members José Ramos Santana (pianist) and Michael Mermagen (cellist) , Nicolas Catravas (piano); alumna Rachel Barham (soprano); and current students Anamer Castrello (mezzo soprano), Flor Maryory Serrano Prada and Nicholas Perry (violinists), Hsiao-Chun Lin (viola), and Fanny Nemeth (cellist).


Duo Amaral

January 21, 2012 at Westmoreland Congregational Church, Bethesda MD

 

We enjoy the performance of one guitarist. How about two? This young husband and wife duo has been gaining momentum and attracting fans throughout the US and abroad. Their reputation grows with each concert and master class they give.

Their Marlow Guitar Series debut will offer you the magic of two talented guitarists playing on twelve strings with four gifted hands.