25th Anniversary Gala - Thursday, November 14, 6pm-9pm

@National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 18th Street, Chicago.

A fundraising gala to support the work of Sones de Mexico. The evening includes a gourmet dinner, a special award, an auction, and live music.

About this Event

Join us at our annual gala dinner event and help us fund the programs that you know and love.

We want to thank you and our closest supporters for allowing us the opportunity to bring the beauty of Mexican folk music and culture to anyone and everyone for a quarter century, so far.

Our Mission

The mission of Sones de México Ensemble is to promote greater appreciation of Mexican folk and traditional music and culture through innovative performance, education, and dissemination.

Gala Event: what is in the program?

All event attendees will be treated to an evening of music, food and celebration while raising funds for a good cause.


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Sones de México Ensemble will do a special live performance to observe 25 years since their very first gig in 1994. The project brought together musicians and educators who wanted to develop a new voice in Chicago. The band has toured 30 U.S. States, produced 6 albums, 2 Grammy™ nominations and won 4 Chicago Music Awards for Best Latin Band. As educators, they have taught tens of thousands in schools around the country and recently opened their own Mexican Music School in Chicago


Chef Dudley Nieto, a graduate of the renowned Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts school, hails from Puebla, Mexico. He is a long-time friend of the Ensemble and a culinary counterpart when it comes to honoring Mexico’s folk traditions. As a creative artist in his own right, he will prepare a special, five course regional Mexican dinner inspired by the group’s mission to surprise and please the senses. He is currently the Executive Chef at Sabores Auténticos de México.


We will honor Carlos Tortolero with our second  “Keepers of Culture Award” for his leadership and life-long support of Mexican arts and artists. In the mid 1970s Tortolero began his career as a History teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. By 1987, he was involved in establishing the National Museum of Mexican Art where he has remained as President and CEO, tirelessly promoting the work of hundreds of Mexican artists around the world.

Silent Auction

Bid on items that resonate with the mission of the organization. Items include Veracruz folk jarana guitars in mint condition, collector books on Mexican folk art, food, music, and culture, bargain Mexican vacation getaways, and gourmet dinner packages. You can even commission your own authentic corrido written by us for you, and more.

See all items and bid early at Bidding will be concluded at the event.

Call us if you have a unique item you wish to donate to our auction.

Why give?

For 25 years, the majority of Sones de Mexico Ensemble’s programming has been free and open to the public. It has had an educational component accessible to all audiences across linguistic, ethnic, economic, and age barriers. It has traveled to communities across the nation. It always promotes a greater appreciation of the diversity of Mexican music and culture. Many children now receive scholarships to study Mexican music with us. Help us keep this tradition alive and growing. Our gala dinner will celebrate the creativity and excellence you have come to expect from us.

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Any questions? 

Call (773) 728-1164


Sones de México Ensemble is a not-for-pro t organization under section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided under U.S. tax law.

Sones de México Ensemble PO Box 13261 Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 728-1164