In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo represents the great victory of the Battle of Puebla – a David and goliath fight that pitted Mexico against a much larger, better trained French force during the reign of Napoleon III. But in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has become a festive celebration of Mexican-American culture. Denver Brass is proud to celebrate this important holiday with a spectacular music and dance performance on Friday, May 5 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.
What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with brass and dance! With that in mind, Denver Brass will bring to the stage Fiesta Colorado, the premier Hispanic dance company of Colorado. For over 30 years, Fiesta Colorado, founded and directed by Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero, has presented Mexican folk, flamenco and Spanish classical dance with color, festive flair and high energy.
This isn’t the first-time Denver Brass and Fiesta Colorado have joined forces. They found each other initially in 2012 when their artistic spirits came together on a Denver Brass season series concert at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. These two ensembles will perform together on four pieces – España Cañi, El Son de la Negra, El Toro Mambo and, of course, Hot! Hot! Hot!
“Denver Brass loves this holiday,” says Kathy Brantigan, Denver Brass founder, president and tuba player. “Latin music is so brass friendly and we love the richness, energy, rhythmic drive and melodic beauty of this music. It fits what we do so well and to top it all off with the vibrancy of Fiesta Colorado, this concert will be the place to be on Cinco de Mayo!”
Denver Brass will pull several other great pieces from its vast Latin repertoire to fill out this concert. You will hear Hugo Montenegro’s Fanfare for the New made famous by the Stan Kenton Neophonic Orchestra, The Brave Matador, a trumpet trio arranged by world renowned Mexican trumpeter, Rafael Mendez, Danza Final from Estancia by Alberto Ginastera, Music from Zorro, Bizet’s opera masterpiece, Carmen Suite and the famous Stan Kenton version of Malagueña amongst other Latin favorites.
The Denver Brass and Fiesta Colorado come together for a celebration of music and dance that will make the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St.
Tickets are available at lonetreeartscenter.org or call 720-509-1000
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