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2015

10 Thursday, 7pm—CHICAGO, IL: Sones de México Ensemble starts its fall season with a joint project for the International Latino Cultural Center's 10th Latino Music Festival, featuring Chicago’s famed Redmoon Theatre, guitarist/composer Gustavo Leone, several Chicago-based Andean musicians and celebrated Chilean actor and writer Alejandro Goic, performing the Cantata Santa Maria de Iquique, written by Luis Advis for the celebrated Chilean group Quilapayún. The piece, which commemorates the massacre of striking Chilean salt mine workers in 1907, will be staged at Redmoon’s dramatic performance space at 2120 S Jefferson St, Chicago. It will be a multi-media presentation with video projections and 16 artists on stage. Tickets for this performance are available in advance at cantata.eventbrite.com

13 Sunday, 2pm—DES PLAINES, IL: the group performs at the Des Plaines, IL Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St, for the library’s Culture of Mexico presentation in observance of Mexican Independence Day. They will be joined there by Chicago’s own Mexican Dance Ensemble. Admission is free.

15 Tuesday, 1pm & 2:30pm—WASHINGTON, DC: Sones de México Ensemble travels to the nation’s capital on for a series of workshops and performances that begin with a lecture and a workshop on the Mexican "corrido" in the Whittall Pavilion at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, D.C.

A. LECTURE: (1pm-2pm) “CORRIDOS: The Story of a Mexican Ballad Tradition about Outlaws and Heroes”—attendees will learn about the fascinating history of this 150 year old ballad tradition and listen to musical samples, including some from the arichives of the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center that were collected in the 1930s by John Lomax.

B. WORKSHOP: (2:30pm-5pm) "CORRIDOS: Mexican Tragic Ballad Songwriting Workshop" (Pre-registration required)—participants will learn the customary rules that govern corrido poetry and will participate in the writing of an original tragic ballad in the "corrido" style. Sones de Mexico Ensemble will perform the ballad at the end of class. The class will also learn about the Copyright process that the Library of Congress administrates inthe U.S. and the group will go through the process of registering its song for the record. Our new U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will join Sones de Mexico members at this special edition of their ongoing educational initiative. He will be in town to read accept his award and has offered to read part of the newly created ballad during his inauguration speech that evening. Herrera explains, "I grew up with my mother's border Corridos - without them my poetry would have suffered or not existed at all.”

Both programs are FREE and open to the public, but the workshop has limited capacity and requires pre-registration. These programs on the "corrido" are sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information and workshop registration visit www.loc.gov/concerts/folklife/corridos.html

16 Wednesday, 12pm—WASHINGTON, DC: Sones de México Ensemble continues its visit to the Library of Congress and will perform a lunch hour concert for the Center for American Folklife at the Library of Congress's Coolidge Auditorium. The concert will be recorded and preserved at the library as a historical record of American music in 2015. This program will be followed by a Q&A oral history session at 2:30pm with the members of the ensemble providing a context for the earlier concert, which will also be recorded as part of this time capsule. The Library of Congress is located at 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC. Admission is FREE and open to the public. For more information visit www.loc.gov/concerts/folklife/sones.html.

16 Wednesday, 6pm—WASHINGTON, DC: Sones de Mexico Ensemble concludes its visit to Washington, DC, which coincides with Mexican Independence Day, with a festive performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage, 2700 F Street NW. The Kennedy Center concert will be live streamed at www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/schedule.html (note that the start time is 6pm US eastern time.) This concert is FREE and open to the public.

18 Friday, 4pm—CHICAGO, IL: Sones de México Ensemble returns to Chicago for a free concert in the 215 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Grant Park featuring a special collaboration with the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago. For more information and a full schedule visit chicago.triathlon.org. Admisison is FREE and open to the public.

20 Sunday, 2pm—HOLLAND, MI: Sones de México heads for Holland, Michigan for a series of workshops and special concert presentations for the Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival. They begin with a free presentation of the Corrido: Mexican Tragic Ballad Songwriting Workshop will at Holland Area Arts Council, 150 E 8th St, Holland. Admission is FREE and open to the public. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

21 Monday, 11am & 1:30pm—HOLLAND, MI: Sones de Mexico continues its visit to Holland, Michigan with two presentations of Fiesta Mexicana, an interactive young audience concert based on the award-winning Sones de México Ensemble album of the same name at the DeWitt Theatre at Hope College, 141 E 12th St, Holland, Michigan. Schools interested in bringing their students to these performances need to contact Nery Garcia at (616) 405-7267.

21 Monday, 7:30pm—HOLLAND, MI: The group completes their visit to Holland at 7:30pm September 21 performing a newly conceived live film score to the lost Sergei Eisenstein silent film classic ¡Qué Viva México!, also at the DeWitt Theatre at Hope College, 141 E 12th St, Holland, Michigan and presented by the Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival. Sones de México premiered this project earlier this year for the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival and LakeFX Chicago 2015 with two, sold-out performances at Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art. “¡Qué Viva México! is a classic of silent cinema and an important reflection on Mexican history and struggle,”—says Juan Díes—“However, we found that the music did not always match the regional culture of the Mexican indigenous groups represented in the film. We re-scored the film with more accurate representations.” The score includes traditional songs, improvised incidental music and sound effects created by the whole group, and original compositions by Sones de Mexico member Zacbé Pichardo, music director on the project.

22 Tuesday, 7pm—McHENRY, IL: Sones de México Ensemble returns to the Chicago area for a Danza de Viejitos: Mask Making and Dance Workshop for families with Ensemble members Juan Díes & Juan Rivera at the McHenry Public Library, 809 Front St, McHenry, IL. Admission is FREE.

22 Tuesdays, 4pm & 5pm—CHICAGO, IL: On Tuesdays, starting September 22 through December 8, at 4pm & 5pm Sones de Mexico Education will offer a new, 12-week session of guitar classes for children ages 9-14 at Casa Juan Diego, in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, 2020 S. Blue Island Ave. The classes will be available in levels 1 & 2, respectively with Gonzalo Córdova, guitarist for Sones de México. Registration for 12 weeks is $120 and can be made at www.sonesdemexico.eventbrite.com

24 Thursday, 7pm—DIXON, IL: Sones de México Ensemble will be in concert at Sauk Valley Community College’s Jerry Mathis Theatre, 173 IL Rt. 2, Dixon, IL. Admission is FREE.

28 Monday, 7pm—LOS ANGELES, CA: Juan Díes, the group’s co-founder, will travel to the West Coast to present the Corrido: Mexican Tragic Ballad Songwriting Workshop at The Floricanto Center for the Performing Arts, 4232 Whiteside St, Los Angeles, CA. Admission is FREE and open to the public. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information visit www.danzafloricantousa.com

16 Friday, 2pm—ZION, IL: Sones de México will offer the free Corrido: Mexican Tragic Ballad Songwriting Workshop which is designed for all ages, will also be presented at Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center, 1 Lakefront Drive, Zion, IL as part of The Children's Music Network annual conference. ADMISSION IS FREE and open to the public. Space is limited and pre-registration is required: click here to register. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

25 Sunday, 11am—WOODSTOCK, NY: Sones de México presents the Corrido: Mexican Tragic Ballad Songwriting Workshop at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Kleinert-James Center, 34 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY. Admission is FREE and open to the public. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

25 Sunday, 2pm—WOODSTOCK, NY: Sones de México, who between them own and play over 70 traditional Mexican instruments, will perform The Extended Family of Mexican Guitars: A Showcase of Mexican Folk Stringed Instruments, a special concert showcasing regional Mexican folk stringed instruments at the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers' Showcase at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Kleinert-James Center, 34 Tinker St, Woodstock, NY. For more information visit www.woodstockinvitational.com

1 Sunday, 4:15p—CHICAGO, IL: Sones de México Ensemble return home to perform a Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Concert in Harrison Park, directly behind the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street in Chicago’s historic Pilsen neighborhood, the artistic heart of the city’s Mexican community, where the group was formed over 21 years ago. The concert will honor all the people who have died this year. For more information visit nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org

8 Sunday, 7pm—CHICAGO, IL: Sones de México Ensemble will perform at the closing ceremony for the 2015 Chicago Humanities Festival Closing Party at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport, also in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. For more information visit chicagohumanities.org

19 Thursday, 6pm—CHICAGO, IL: Sones de México Ensemble will hold its Annual Gala Fundraising Dinner at the National Museum of Mexican Arts, 1852 W. 19th St, Chicago. Admission is $100 for a wonderfully exclusive dinner and concert. Tickets will be available at sonesdemexico.eventbrite.com. All proceeds support Sones de Mexico’s educational programs and are deductible to the extent provided by U.S. tax code.

5 Saturday, 7pm—CHICAGO, IL: Sones de México Ensemble will close out 2015 with an encore performance of their live film score to Sergei Eisenstien’s ¡Que Viva México! at The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave, Chicago, presented by the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest). For more information visit cimmfest.org

 

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