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Ballet Nepantla presents Valentina

Ballet Nepantla presents “Valentina”: a collection of stories that speak to the strength and resilience of women during Revolutionary Mexico. By fusing contemporary ballet with traditional Mexican folklorico, “Valentina” tells stories of wealth and power, hope and despair, struggle and loss, and triumph.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center: Songs We Love

For over three decades, Jazz at Lincoln Center has been a leading advocate for jazz, culture, and arts education globally. Under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center has brought the art form of jazz from the heart of New York City to over 446 cities in more than 40 countries. Songs We Love was first presented as the 2016 season opener at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The program is a journey through the first 50 years of jazz song. Under the musical direction of trumpeter Riley Mulherkar, vocalists Vuyo Sotashe, Brianna Thomas, and Shenel Johns join Mariel Bildsten on trombone, Lucas Pino on reeds, Mathis Picard on piano, Barry Stephenson on bass, and TJ Reddick in this all-star ensemble celebrating the American art form of jazz. Combining their distinct talents, the group will sing their way through four decades of music, beginning with the early blues and jazz of the 1920s and ending in the early 1950s. Iconic singers to be explored include Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland.

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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. Her exceptional talent and versatility have allowed her to captivate audiences on prominent stages and festivals worldwide, resulting in Gold and Platinum-certified albums in Mexico, the United States, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, and Spain.

Her artistry has been recognized with 2 Grammy Awards and 11 Latin Grammy Awards, as well as 2 Billboard Music Awards and 7 MTV Awards, among thirty other awards. Julieta continues to conquer hits collaborating with notable artists such as Tainy, Bad Bunny, Sen Senra, Dom La Nena, No Te Va a Gustar, and more.

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Mariza

Gifted with an expressive and powerful voice, Mariza is inarguably the genre’s best-known global representative for the 21st century. Mariza’s approach to singing fado (a traditional Portuguese genre full of exquisite contradictions) embraces the new while never forsaking the old. Her early recordings of classic fados, such as “Primavera,” mixed new and traditional instrumentation in support of soaring, emotionally searing vocals.

Though her work remains within the Portuguese tradition’s boundaries, she has distinguished herself by gradually incorporating elements from other folk and popular traditions into her music. These include sounds from Mozambique where she was born and Portugal where she grew up, Brazilian samba and MPB, Cape Verdean mornas, R&B, and soul music.

With the release of her six-time-platinum debut album, Fado em Mim, her reputation reached beyond Portugal and spread internationally with greater success than ever, with an array of multi-platinum album releases, and appearances on some of the most important stages in the world.

Mariza has received dozens of awards including her most cherished: Best Artist from the Amália Rodrigues Foundation. Mariza is a humanitarian who also serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

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CocoRosie

In the nearly five years since CocoRosie released their last album, sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady have been far from idle. In addition to composing for theater pieces, collaborating with legendary theater director Robert Wilson, performing with the Kronos Quartet, and, more recently, popping up on Chance the Rapper’s The Big Day, they have been heavily engaged in the messy business of life. Created in fits and starts over the course of four years, amidst the backdrop of death, divorce, mental illness, falling in love, and copious amounts of healing, CocoRosie’s seventh album — the aptly titled Put The Shine On — is a study in extremes, balancing some of the freshest and most adroit pop songs the band has ever crafted, while simultaneously exploring the most extreme states of human feeling and being — resulting in an album that is both pristine and, at times, harrowing.

Nearly two decades deep into a career marked by experimentation and bucking convention, the duo has made what is arguably the most well-considered, emotionally complicated, and sonically adventurous record of their career.

“CocoRosie is still supremely subverting the mainstream, but that hasn’t stopped the world from listening.” – V Magazine

Special guest: Miss Ginger
Miss Ginger is a multi-disciplinary artist, project producer, and community organizer who collaborates with artists and grassroots organizations globally to inspire human connection and intersectionality while activating restorative justice and practices of witnessing. Dunnill has organized numerous exhibitions, social engagement projects, and cultural programs around the world, supporting mindful direct actions and carving out brave spaces for narratives that center QTNB+BIPOC+Women & Femme communities and their voices, as told on their terms.

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Isabella Rossellini

Legendary actress Isabella Rossellini returns to the Luckman stage for two evenings with her new one-woman show, Darwin’s Smile, which reconciles two worlds that are often at opposite ends: art and science. Reading Charles Darwin’s book “The Expression of Emotions on Man and Animals” revealed to her that the continuity between humans and animals can also be detected in the expression of emotions. Isabella explores how empathy, which is the base of acting, is also necessary for the studies of animal behavior (ethology).

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Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet | Seeds of Rain

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex will present the world premiere of Seeds of Rain by choreographer Raiford Rogers, with musical compositions by Philip Glass and Zbyněk Matějů — featuring organist Mark Alan Hilt and pianist Helena Suchárová-Weiser. The performance will feature guest dancers Tetyana Matyanova (Ukraine) and Tigran Mkrtchyan (Armenia).

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Pablo Sáinz Villegas

Praised as “the soul of the Spanish guitar”, Pablo Sáinz Villegas has become a worldwide sensation known as this generation’s great guitarist. With his “virtuosic playing characterized by irresistible exuberance” as described by The New York Times, his interpretations conjure the passion, playfulness, and drama of Rioja, his homeland’s rich musical heritage. He is known for his passionate, emotive and open-hearted playing, whether he is performing at intimate recital halls, or playing with Plácido Domingo to an audience of over 85,000 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, where maestro Domingo hailed him as “the master of the guitar”.

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