"  Lively holiday spectacular... " 

 -Los Angeles Times


This concert features an all-star cast of music and dance, with the esteemed Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar, presenting traditions and customs that people in Mexico celebrate during the Christmas season.

This spectacular show focuses on Nochebuena (Christmas Eve), where Mexican families attend midnight mass before returning home to a late-night feast that includes foods like bacalao, ham, turkey, tamales, and mole, with ponche to drink and lots of music! In Mexico, Christmas is a whole season of Christmas-related celebrations, representing a blend of indigenous culture, Spanish heritage, and influences from other cultures.

   "On behalf of Chico Performances, CSU Chico, and our entire community, I wanted to thank you and all of the men and women who performed, for a wonderful show here in Chico on December 21st. " 

     -Stephanie Yunker, Production Manager 


About the groups:

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, also performing at the D23 Expo, the Coco Premiere at the El Capitan Theater, and “Disney Night” on Dancing With The Stars, working alongside Natalia Lafourcade, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Miguel as they sang the award-winning “Remember Me.” Founded in 2011 by Kareli Montoya, BFLA has worked on stage with Grammy Award winners Lila Downs, Pepe Aguilar, Mariachi Divas and Mariachi Camperos. This versatile group performs both traditional and modern regional dances in world-class venues including the Dolby Theatre, the Greek Theater, and the Ford Amphitheater with as many as forty-eight dancers!

   "(Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles) merged the American Christmas songs with Norteno Polkas to fit the performance theme, “La Navidad or Noche Buena” a level of savviness uncommon in other dance troupes. " 

     -Benjamin C. Hernandez, Professor Emeritus in Dance, East Los Angeles College

Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar has captivated and delighted audiences at both intimate venues and major theaters throughout the United States, including the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Bakersfield Fox Theatre, and the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. 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 in his own right. Frequently collaborating with other artists such as Pedro Fernandez, Ana Barbara and Angela Aguilar, a 2017 production by the “mitú” network where they teamed with Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles to recreate “Tale as Old as Time” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, went viral with over 15 million views! Most recently, Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar were featured artists in Center Stage Opera’s 2019 production of Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro. Avid proponents of music education, the group teaches mariachi for all ages at their own Academy for Performing Arts.

   "The show at the Soraya was seamless thanks to the master musical arrangements by Jaime Cuellar and his Mariachi Garibaldi." 

     -Benjamin C. Hernandez, Professor Emeritus in Dance, East Los Angeles College

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