October 16

Chicago's premier, GRAMMY® nominated Mexican folk music group, SONES DE MÉXICO ENSEMBLE will put on a special family-friendly, community outreach performance on the Friday of LEAF, October 16, 2009. Sones de México features accomplished musicians and educators specializing in Mexican son. The group formed in 1994 in Chicago, a city that boasts a Mexican community that is quickly nearing one million people, to keep the tradition of son alive in its many regional forms, true to its roots and old masters, and current and fresh at the same time. Over twenty-five folk instruments are featured along with lush vocal arrangements and dance demonstrations embarking on a journey through Mexican music and traditions. The ensemble has been nominated for both a Latin GRAMMY® for Best Folk Album of 2007 and a GRAMMY® for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album of 2007. The group has been featured on NPR's "Morning Edition," PRI's "The World," and "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor. "...a dazzling array of Mexican folk-music forms with a preservationist's care... burst[ing] with energy, and novel arrangements and ideas are everywhere." —The Chicago Reader LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival) brings many international and acclaimed artists to the festival. Through LEAF in Schools & Streets (LSS), many of the artists also REACH OUT to our local community through workshops, residencies, and enrichment programs. This special event is focused on creating arts and cultural opportunities for families, school groups and the general community. This performance is funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the NC Arts Council. LSS has provided special pricing to make this performance accessible for schools and families.

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