Cinco De Mayo Celebration & Colden Reopening

On Saturday, May 4, Kupferberg Center for the Arts (KCA) at Queens College will present its second annual Cinco De Mayo family celebration "Viva El Cinco De Mayo" at the newly renovated 2, 000-seat Colden Auditorium. This festive program will showcase world-renowned ensembles presenting traditional Mexican music and dance, including Tlen Huicani from Veracruz, Mexico, Mariachi Real De Mexico, and Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Nueva York, joined by special guest José Adán Pérez. Audience will experience lively rhythms, colorful costumes, and the rich cultural heritage of Mexico in this family fiesta of music and dance!

The 2, 000-seat Colden Auditorium, Queens' largest indoor venue, is about to become even cooler with the completion of an extensive one-year HVAC project and other enhancements. Celebrating this milestone, KCA presents the Viva El Cinco De Mayo event as the kickoff of the grand reopening.

"After the success of our first Cinco De Mayo event in 2023, we are thrilled to bring back this family celebration again in 2024, " said Jon Yanofsky, Director of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. "Our goal is to create a fun and inclusive event for all ages that celebrates Mexican culture and brings people together through the power of music and dance."

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, from the capital city of Veracruz, Jalapa, Tlen-Huicani is one of the most faithful interpreters of the traditional folk music of that state and also that of much of Latin America. Tlen-Huicani, which means "the singers" in the indigenous Indian language of Nahuatl, has taken the beautiful "harpa jarocha" or folk harp, and has made it the centerpiece of their music. Founded in 1973, the group was named best folk group in Mexico by the union of music and theater critics. Group director, Alberto de la Rosa, is one of the most respected musicians in all of Mexico and is considered among the most outstanding folk harpists in the world.

Mariachi Real De Mexico was founded in 1991 by Ramon Ponce and his son Ramon Ponce Jr. This year Mariachi Real De Mexico is proudly celebrating 33 years. The GRAMMY winning ensemble is considered to be the ambassador of mariachi music and the most important and sought after mariachi ensemble in New York City and the North East of the United States.

The Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Nueva York (BFMNY) is celebrating 41 years of sharing their passion for Mexican folkloric dance with the New York community. The BFMNY is a Non-profit organization committed to sharing Mexican traditions and cultural heritage by showcasing regional dances that have shaped Mexico's culture. The BFMNY has performed in world renowned halls in front of countless enthusiastic audiences throughout the northeast.

A native of Mazatlán, México, José Adán Pérez is a dramatically expressive singer possessing a rich, ample baritone of significant presence. José Adán Pérez is an alumnus of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program of LA Opera, Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Aspen Opera Theater, IVAI Israel, andSIVAM Opera Program.

This event is presented in partnership with Consulate General of Mexican in New York. "Queens College and the Kupferberg Center for the Arts (KCA) have been instrumental in fostering cultural exchange and understanding. This Cinco de Mayo celebration, featuring Tlen Huicani, Mariachi Real De Mexico, and Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Nueva York, exemplifies the power of collaboration and the beauty of our shared heritage. We are honored to partner to bring Mexico's vibrant traditions to life, creating a memorable and enriching experience for families in New York, " said Jorge Islas, Consul General of Mexico in New York.

Tickets for the Cinco De Mayo celebration are available for $20, with no additional fees. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit or call the box office at 718-793-8080.

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