ALBUQUERQUE ― The National Hispanic Cultural Center is hosting a number cultural events in the month of November celebrating music, dance, rhythm and poetry.
The events include: Yjastros: A Nuestro Aire, A Celebration of 20 Years; Música del Corazón; the film; ¡COLORES! The Musical Adventures of John Donald Robb in New Mexico; and There Must be Other Names for the River concerts.
Yjastros: A Nuestro Aire, A Celebration of 20 Years
Friday & Saturday, Nov. 8 & 9: 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat. ) 2 p.m. (Sat.)
Albuquerque Journal Theatre
Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company presents A Nuestro Aire, A Celebration of 20 Years, celebrating peerless choreography and the two-decade artistic journey of the incredible company. This season reprises classic works by Artistic Director Joaquin Encinias, A Nuestro Aire and Caravana de los Zincalí, and premieres new works from master artists and choreographers Mercedes Ruiz and La Popi.
Música del Corazón: Sin Fronteras/Without Borders, Recovery and Celebration
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Albuquerque Journal Theatre
On the wings of melody, rhythm and poetry, ¡Música del Corazón! concerts, featuring new groups and different traditions each year, tell us as much about our past as about our future. The concerts honor the contributions of John Donald Robb, Sr., former dean of UNM’s College of Fine Arts and a recognized musical pioneer, and are dedicated in memory of his son, John Donald Robb, Jr., a driving force in the development of the UNM John Donald Robb Musical Trust. The sixth annual John D. Robb, Jr. concert and 30th anniversary celebration of the Robb Trust features Frank McCulloch, Cipriano Vigil, Bayou Seco and Lone Piñon. Emceed by Dr. Enrique Lamadrid, a nationally recognized folklorist and musicologist, the event also includes the presentation of the 2019 Robb Award for Excellence in Music of the Southwest.
7 p.m. – Pre-concert string instrument-making
7:30 p.m. – Concert
The New Mexico Musical Heritage Project offers a pre-concert string instrument-making demonstration and performances by UNM students. Free public event
Film: ¡COLORES! The Musical Adventures of John Donald Robb in New Mexico,
Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.
Bank of America Theatre
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show.
The late John Donald Robb loved and composed all kinds of music, but his passion for the songs of everyday folk is what he is remembered for most. Roaming the countryside of the Southwest during the ‘40s and ‘50s, Robb recorded and transcribed over 3,000 Hispano folk songs, the largest collection of its time. This documentary celebrates the life of this adventurous musician and modern ethnomusicologists who continue to record and archive New Mexico’s disappearing folk music traditions. Presented in partnership with New Mexico PBS and the John Donald Robb Musical Trust as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series (2008; NMPBS; English; 27 minutes; not rated.)
The screening will be followed by a live performance of selections from John D. Robb’s Joy Comes to Deadhorse, the precursor to The Fantasticks, narrated by V.B. Price and performed by the New Mexico Performing Arts Society under the direction of Franz Vote. There will be a dessert reception in the lobby after the performance.
There Must Be Other Names for the River
Saturday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Free public event
The National Hispanic Cultural Center is pleased to collaborate with 516 ARTS and the UNM Art & Ecology Program on the original sound art performance There Must Be Other Names for the River, to be presented by Marisa Demarco, Dylan McLaughlin, and Jessica Zeglin. The composition for six singers, embodying the Rio Grande physically and spatially and singing a score based on historic river flow data through the present day and into possible futures, connects our own trajectory with that of this lifeline of water in the desert—itself a living being that has its own experiences over time. There Must Be Other Names for the River is presented in conjunction with Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande, an exhibition currently on view at 516 ARTS.