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A passionate Chaka Khan belting out a tune into a vintage microphone, expressing emotion through her powerful performance.

Chaka Khan

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA is honored to present the legendary Queen of Funk, Chaka Khan. Commemorating her 50th anniversary in the music industry, this golden celebration will be an experience filled with surprises and once-in-a-lifetime moments that will add to the tapestry of her groundbreaking impact in music.

Chiquis in a stylish red sequined suit and matching wide-brimmed hat poses confidently against a vibrant red background, exuding glamour and fashion-forward flair.


Following the success of her album Abeja Reina, two-time Latin Grammy-winning recording singer/songwriter Chiquis will perform songs from her acclaimed catalog of hits spanning nearly 15 years.

Nutcracker 2023

Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

The Marat Daukayev Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker features dancers whose artistry and poise belie their young ages. This full-length ballet complete with battling mice and soldiers, an enchanting snowy forest, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, is an audience favorite.

A solitary Julieta Venegas, caught in a contemplative moment, bathed in a sliver of light against the surrounding darkness.

Julieta Venegas

An icon on the Latin pop music scene, Julieta Venegas has made a significant impact as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer — garnering international recognition and acclaim throughout her illustrative career.

A poised individual with a dramatic pose against a dusk-colored sky backdrop.


Acclaimed Fado singer Carminho takes her 2023 album, Portuguesa, on tour. The daughter of the renowned Fado singer Teresa Siqueira, Carminho explores her origins and identity in her work—combining reverence for the traditions of Fado with a modern vision all her own.

Man with a beaming smile posing confidently against a green background, dressed in a vibrant orange shirt, blue scarf, and a stylish straw hat, exuding charisma and joy.

Sergio Mendes

From his pioneering contributions to the foundations of Bossa nova, through the era-defining latin-pop sound of his iconic group Brasil ’66; his 21st-century reinvention with Black-Eyed peas, John Legend or his Oscar®-nominated theme song from the animated hit Rio: an infectious spirit of joy pervades everything Mendes has ushered into the ears of listeners.

A mariachi band in traditional attire posing confidently against a dark red background.

Mariachi Herencia de México

Simultaneously honoring the past, celebrating the present, and creating the future of mariachi music, Mariachi Herencia de México presents an unforgettable experience of Mexican music and culture.

Two boys with earnest expressions, one resting his head on the other's shoulder, share a moment of camaraderie in a stark, monochromatic setting.


California-based photojournalist Cristina Salvador Klenz brings a collection of rare, intimate photographs featuring the Roma families living along the West Coast. Beginning in 1990 and working as a staff photographer for the Press-Telegram, Salvador Klenz spent nearly 30 years earning the trust of a number of families belonging to various “nations” of Roma and documenting their lives on black-and-white, 35mm film.

Raiford Rogers Tetyana Seeds

Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet: Études

The Luckman will present the world premiere of Études by choreographer Raiford Rogers, set to Philip Glass’ Études 5 & 12, and Prophecies from Koyannisquatsi (a Hopi word meaning “life out of balance”).

Études, a coda for Rogers’ acclaimed ballet Seeds of Rain, are constantly evolving abstract narratives. Glass described them as being about the language of music itself. Performed by pianist Hui Wu.

An encore performance of Seeds of Rain will complete the program. The ballet is set to Philip Glass’ masterwork Mad Rush with Mark Alan Hilt (organ) and Czech composer Zbyněk Matějů’s Three Stones Concerto featuring pianist Helena Suchárová-Weiser and the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra (created specifically for this ballet collaboration).

The artwork (painting progressions) for both ballets is by painter Mike Nava.


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