Sinfonia Mexicana presents its "Dia de los Muertos" Gala Concert Nov. 2 to celebrate Mexico's colorful holiday honoring the lives of our loved ones no longer with us and the beloved artists who forged the modern mariachi tradition.
The family concert celebration is set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino.
Featuring the music of Javier Solis, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Lola Beltran, Lucha Reyes, Agustin Lara, Maria Grever, Pedro Infante, and Jorge Negrete, the concert showcases the talents of Symphonic Mariachi Champana Nevin, a group of 23 mariachi and symphonic musicians from the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Jeff Nevin.
The program also features a special presentation of the Legend of La Llorona (the weeping woman) performed to music, poems, and dance, and narrated by former San Bernardino Mayor Judith Valles.
Also appearing are Rafael Palomar, former lead singer for Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan; Mexican tenor Jose Luis Duval; and Monica Abrego, direct from Carnegie Hall.
The evening offers people cultural enrichment, said Tony Bocanegra, Sinfonia executive director.
"With Maestro Jeff Nevin, we put this concert together in 2008. Now Jeff is all over the world," Bocanegra said.
"The show starts in Tijuana, moves on to San Diego Nov. 1, the California Theatre Nov. 2, and then to Phoenix on Nov. 3."
The Sinfonia Mexicana Mariachi Youth Academy and Ballet Folklorico Flores del Desierto round out the program.
The Mariachi Youth Academy has performed at the House of Blues in Anaheim and is the only mariachi youth group to have performed with the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra. The group has also performed at a variety of community events.
"People love what we're doing here at the California Theatre," Bocanegra said. "You bring in good shows and people will come to downtown San Bernardino."
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