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Musco Center for the Arts presents Nochebuena: Christmas Eve in Mexico

In its expanding mission to both celebrate and engage the many diverse cultures that comprise its surrounding community, Musco Center for the Arts will present the all-Latin Nochebuena: Christmas Eve in Mexico on Wednesday, December 11. The festive evening will feature the music, dance, and costumes of Ballet Folklórico De Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar.

“Musco Center is honored to work with these two distinguished performing ensembles,” said Musco Center Executive Director Richard T. Bryant. “Nochebuena is a cultural celebration that beautifully captures Mexican-American holiday traditions in a way that will resonate with many cultures within our North Orange County community.”

In Nochebuena: Christmas Eve in Mexico, a blend of music and dance from across the diverse regions of Mexico are brought together in a single exciting night of festive family fun. These are traditions celebrated on Christmas Eve, in a country where Christmas is not just one day but an entire season. Traditions of indigenous culture, Spanish heritage, and other influences blend together for Nochebuena, an evening when Mexican families traditionally attend midnight mass before returning home to a late-night feast that includes foods like bacalao, ham, turkey, tamales, and molé, with ponche to drink and lots of music!

“Nochebuena promises to stir warm Christmas memories for our Mexican-American audience members as it introduces others, whether their holiday heritage is from another Latin country or anywhere else in the world, to a rich new way to celebrate together,” said Bryant.

Nochebuena: Christmas Eve in Mexico will be presented on Wednesday, December 11 beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets, beginning at $25, are available online at www.muscocenter.org or by calling Musco Center at 844-626-8726 (844-OC-MUSCO). To enhance the Musco Center experience, Chapman University has implemented a new no-charge parking system. Detailed information is included for patrons who choose print-at-home tickets.

Musco Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Chapman University at 415 North Glassell, Orange, Calif.

The artists of ‘Nochebuena’

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kareli Montoya, Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles catapulted to international fame when they danced at the 90th Annual Academy Awards in celebration of the Pixar movie Coco. They have also performed at the D23 Expo, the Coco premiere at the El Capitan Theater, and “Disney Night” on “Dancing With The Stars,” sharing the stage with Natalia Lafourcade, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Miguel as they sang the award-winning “Remember Me.” Founded by Montoya in 2011, BFLA has worked on stage with Grammy Award-winners Lila Downs, Pepe Aguilar, Mariachi Divas, and Mariachi Camperos. The versatile group performs traditional and modern regional dances in world-class venues with as many as 48 dancers, as well as in smaller halls with just two dancers. While accompanying prestigious groups like Mariachi Vargas and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar onstage, their precise movements and colorful costumes leave audiences spellbound. Avid proponents of dance education, the group teaches folklórico dance for all ages at their own Academy for Performing Arts (https://thee-academy.com/).

Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar has also captivated and delighted audiences at both intimate venues and major theaters throughout the United States. Founded in 1994 by Jaime Cuéllar, the ensemble of 8-12 mariachi musicians is now led by his son, Jimmy K. Cuéllar, a three-time Grammy Award-winner and a frequent collaborator with artists such as Pedro Fernandez, Ana Barbara, and Angela Aguilar. Their 2017 video with Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, which recreated “Tale as Old as Time” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, went viral with over 15 million views. Most recently, the group were the featured artists in Center Stage Opera’s 2019 production of Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro. They share an emphasis on music education with BFLA, teaching mariachi for all ages at their academy (https://thee-academy.com/).

Nochebuena was workshopped in Northridge, CA and premiered at Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts at California State University Northridge.

Tickets and additional information

Tickets, beginning at $25, are available online at www.muscocenter.org or by calling Musco Center at 844-626-8726 (844-OC-MUSCO). To enhance the Musco Center experience, Chapman University has implemented a new no-charge parking system. Detailed information is included when choosing print-at-home tickets.

Musco Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Chapman University at 415 North Glassell, Orange, Calif.

This article was released by the Musco Center for the Arts.