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¡Que Florezca! (Let it Bloom) 2017 Sones de Mexico Gala Dinner

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National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 West 19th Street

Chicago, IL 60608

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This is our first gala dinner fundraising event since 2014. It is themed around "flowers" and "blooming." Flowers have a symbolic meaning in Mexican culture: they represent poetry, song, or a compliment. Flowers have a symbolic meaning in Mexican culture: they represent poetry, song, or a compliment. In 1994, a seed was sown. We bloomed to champion Mexican folk music and culture, to promote excellence, to recognize the contribution of immigrants, and to teach everyone about the wealth of our musical heritage. Help us keep on blooming!



WHAT'S IN THE PROGRAM?


All event attendees will be treated to an evening of music, food and celebration while raising funds for a good cause.

MUSIC—Sones de México Ensemble will do a special live performance to observe 20 years since the debut of their first album ¡Que Florezca! (Let It Bloom). The project symbolized the artistic rebirth of a group of seasoned musicians in 1994 who sought to develop a new voice in Chicago. Three of those four musicians are still in the group. The album explores the Indigenous, African and Spanish roots of Mexican music.

FOOD—Chef Dudley Nieto, a graduate of the renowned Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts school, hails from Puebla, Mexico and is a long-time friend of the Ensemble. He will prepare a very special, five course regional Mexican dinner themed around “flowers and blooms”: think meat and vegan entries seasoned with pollen crystals, saffron, squash blossoms, hibiscus, and more. He is currently the executive chef at Rojo Gusano in Albany Park.

AWARD—We will honor Henry and Juanita Roa with our first “Keepers of Culture Award” for their life-long contribution to Mexican folk music and dance in Chicago. In the early 1980s, Henry and his late wife were instrumental in the growth and development of seminal Mexican folk groups like Cuerdas Clásicas and the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, among others. Henry has been on Sones de Mexico Ensemble’s Board since 1998.

SILENT AUCTION—Preview and bid early on items that include

  1. mid-1980s Roberto Morales guitarron in mint condition,
  2. an original print [31/100] by David Alfaro Siqueiros,
  3. a five night stay at Simplemente María, a three bedroom vacation home with stunning views of Puerto Vallarta.
  4. much more

See all items and bid early at sonesdemexico.com/auction Bidding will be concluded at the event. Thank you!


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:


WHAT IS THE NOT-FOR-PROFIT MISSION OF SONES DE MEXICO ENSEMBLE?


The mission of Sones de México Ensemble is to promote greater appreciation of Mexican folk and traditional music and culture through innovative performance, education, and dissemination.



WHY GIVE?


For almost 24 years, the majority of Sones de Mexico Ensemble’s programming has been free and open to the public. Every year hundreds of school children are exposed to the music and culture of Mexico. The educational component inherent in all of the group's programming is accessible to all audiences across linguistic, ethnic, economic, and age barriers. Sones de Mexico covers a wide territory traveling to communities across the nation to aproximately 10 states each year. In our new Mexican music school project several children now receive scholarships to study Mexican music with us. Help us keep this tradition alive and growing. Our gala dinner will celebrate the creativity and excellence you have come to expect from us.



ARE MY TICKETS AND DONATIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE?


Yes. Sones de México Ensemble is a not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. All donations above the retail value of the items received in exchange are tax deductible to the extent provided under U.S. tax law. Gala tickets are deductible in the amount exceeding the fair market value of the dinner (i.e. $40).

Sones de Mexico Ensemble is supported in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Chicago Community Trust, and the generosity of individual donors like you.



WHAT IS THE PARKING SITUATION AT THIS EVENT?


There will be no valet parking available at this event. Free, street parking is available along the perimeter of Harrison Park. We also recommend the convenience of using CTA or ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft.



HOW CAN I CONTACT THE ORGANIZER WITH QUESTIONS?


Call Juan Díes, Executive Director at (773) 728-1164.

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National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 West 19th Street

Chicago, IL 60608

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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