Overture Center and Madison Symphony Orchestra recognize Hispanic Heritage Month with a jaw-dropping array of performances, visual arts and other programming, starting in early October. The Madison-based organizations will continue to feature Hispanic artists and bilingual events throughout its 2023/2024 season.
“Our hope is that everyone has access to the arts and feels represented by artistic offerings at Overture Center,” says Ida Balderrama-Trudell, Overture Center’s director of equity and innovation, in a press release. “Representation is incredibly valuable in reaching younger and more diverse audiences. We want to create lifelong patrons of the arts while also creating extraordinary experiences.”
Wednesday, Oct. 4 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Live in Concert showcases the animated movie with a live orchestra and DJ that takes the audience on a journey with Miles Morales into the Spider-verse.
Friday, Oct. 6 – ¡Greg Zelek y Amigos! is a show curated by Greg Zelek, MSO principal organist, with his childhood guitar instructor that celebrates his experience growing up in Miami, and honors Hispanic and Latin composers and musicians. Zelek will be joined by Cuban musicians Magela Herrera (flute), Yarelis Gandul (percussion) and Alex Hernandez (bass), along with Colombian guitarist, Alvaro Bermudez. The performance will be bilingual.
Friday, Oct. 6 – Overture Center’s Education and Engagement team will bring area school-aged guests to Overture Center to listen to Mariachi Herencia de México as part of the OnStage student field trips program.
Saturday, Oct. 7 – Tickets to the public performance of Mariachi Herencia de México are available at overture.org. Prior to the performance, there will be an Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with Latinos Organizing for Understanding and Development (LOUD), a statewide initiative focused on promoting collaboration between Latino arts and service organizations, artists and the communities in which they operate.
Beyond Hispanic Heritage Month, Overture Center celebrates Hispanic artistry with a variety of awe-inspiring events. Among a long list of events that span into Summer 2024, Nicholas Rodriguez, a Texas native of Hispanic heritage, returns to Overture Center for a one-night-only cabaret performance of some of Stephen Sondheim’s best works on Oct. 19. Come Nov. 4, Danz Trad (showcasing traditional Mexican dance) performs at Kids in the Rotunda, a free, family-friendly program on Saturdays (9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) held on Rotunda Stage on the lower level of Overture Center. Eliades Ochoa and Magos Herrera will both take the Capitol Stage this spring.
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