UCR’s Chicano Student Programs to Host 20th Annual Noche Cultural

Chris Reza y Mariachi highlights this family-friendly evening of music and dance

poster for the show

The 20th annual Noche Cultural will take place at UC Riverside's University Theatre on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. —  The Chicano Student Programs office at the University of California, Riverside, will host an evening of family-friendly musical entertainment at the 20th annual Noche Cultural. It will be held at the UCR University Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 25. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; the show starts at 6:30 p.m.

“We are very excited to be celebrating 20 years of this beloved event, which features culturally rich music and dance,” said Arlene Cano Matute, social/cultural programmer for Chicano Student Programs. “Having such event shares our Chicano/Latino culture, traditions, and the spirit of La Raza with our campus and community. Our office is very pleased to reach this anniversary, and we look forward to many more years of celebrating and educating audiences on our cultura. We, along with the growing audience, look forward to it every year.”

This year’s lineup includes a featured performance by Chris Reza y Mariachi. Reza  began singing at the age of 19 with renowned vocal instructor Gualtiero Negrini and who has performed professionally at various venues such as Encuentro Internacional Del Mariachi y Charrería, as well as Mariachi USA Festival, and alongside international artists such as Beatriz Adriana and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. He recently released his debut album, titled “Chris Reza,” on iTunes.

Admission is $12 general / $10 students.  Tickets can be purchased through the Fine Arts Box Office by calling (951) 827-4403. Tickets can also be bought in-person at the University Theatre Box Office window from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Due to limited seating, advance ticket purchase is recommended. Parking is $5 per car in Lot 6.

Other scheduled performers include:

  • Grupo A.S.O.S.A.L, home of the Ballet Folklórico Nacional de El Salvador. A.S.O.S.A.L. was established in Los Angeles in April 1991 as a nonprofit organization to support the growing Salvadoran community. Their mission included Salvadoran cultural preservation, education and celebration through the teaching of visual and performing arts. The group will perform “El Xuc Salvadoreño” composed of música y danza tropical.
  • Ballet Folkórico Mi Linda Nicaragua, founded by Miriam Arroyo who serves as the director of the group. Created in December 1991 with the goal of honoring and preserving Latin American culture as well as engaging the youth in a positive activity, the group is a regular performer on local and national stages.
  • Sean Oliu, an 11-year-old Anaheim native who appeared as a contestant on La Voz Kids. Sean began singing at the age of seven with the Ritmó Mariachi Academy and is a solo artist with a love of cultura y música.
  • Conjunto Xi is a son jarocho group from Los Angeles composed of four talented musicians who have a love for música Jarocha y Huasteca.
  • The local familia Los Romero will be making their 20th appearance at the show with their very special renditions of romantic ballads and rich history of music sharing and storytelling.

For additional information, contact Chicano Student Programs at (951) 827-3821.

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