In conjunction with this year’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibit, which will observe the 100th anniversary of the death of the iconic Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), The National Museum of Mexican Art presents a dance fiesta and costume masquerade for the living and the dead with a live music production prepared for the occasion by Latin GRAMMY Award and GRAMMY Award nominated Sones de México Ensemble, Chicago’s premier Mexican folk music group. Special guests include Civic Orchestra of Chicago Brass Quintet and professional dancers in costume. The Day of the Dead Ball will take place on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608. Tickets are $35 and include program, free sugar skull, appetizers and open bar. 18+ For more information, call 312-738-1503.
Dress up for the occasion and come ready to dance waltzes, polkas, danzón, son and zapateado. Visitors of all ages will be able to immerse themselves in a deeply rooted cultural experience as soon they walk in the museum. They will be able to learn and participate in different Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) traditions from decorating sugar skulls and altars, to writing calaveras (poems for the dead), tasting pan de muertos (bread for the dead), and of course, visiting José Guadalupe Posada’s iconic work.
Sones de México Ensemble: Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY Nominated Sones de México Ensemble is a premier folk music ensemble specializing in Mexican “son”, including the regional styles of “huapango,” “gustos,” “chilenas,” “son jarocho,” and more. The group formed in 1994 to keep the tradition of Mexican “son” alive in its many regional forms through innovative performance, education, and dissemination. As a performer and recording artist, the ensemble has developed and popularized many original arrangements of Mexican traditional songs. Some of its original work has experimented cross-culturally with symphonic, Irish, folk, C&W, jazz, and rock music, though never abandoning its roots in Mexican “son”. The ensemble is also committed to teaching and has a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to quality education programs for children and adults of all ages. All band members reach out to young and old with award winning educational programs nationwide.
National Museum of Mexican Art: The National Mexican Museum of Art is a vibrant and welcoming place where one can experience authentic Mexican art and culture outside of Mexico. Its mission is to stimulate and preserve knowledge and appreciation of Mexican culture through events and exhibitions that exemplify the rich variety of visual and performing arts in Mexican culture. Located in Chicago’s Pilsen community, the Museum provides an authentic cultural experience while following the highest standards of other local museums. Its curators and educators are experts in Mexican Art and their passion for the museum inspires and enlightens visitors. Over the years, the Museum has inspired, educated and empowered tens of thousands of children and youth through arts programs.