October 8-10 – West Side Story performed by the South Bend Civic Theater and South Bend Symphony Orchestra.
October 30 – (Free) Concert at the Morris Performing Arts Center, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The South Bend Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Latinx composers. Folklorico dancers and special guest artists Vanessa Alonzo and Trio Chapultepec will also perform.
Oct 30 - Nov 1 - Live mural painting by Karlos Ramirez at 115 W. Washington St.
October 31 at 5:00 P.M.– Performance at the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center.
November 1 – Performance at La Casa de Amistad.
Through music, dance, food, and fun, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Civic Theater, St. Joe County Public Library, Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center, La Casa de Amistad, South Bend Community School Corporation, and Morris Performing Arts Center unites to bring the community together to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.
Experience the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, along with South Bend's Folklorico Dancers, mariachis Vanessa Alonzo, and Trio Chapultepec at 3 p.m. on October 30 at the Morris Performing Arts Center.
The free concert, open to the public, and is proudly presented by Shein Trust Community Series.
Houston native, Vanessa Alonzo created the role for three mariachi operas. She has performed with first class mariachi musicians including Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Los Camperos, and Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan. She studied mariachi and voice under the direction of the late Alfonso Guerra at the Houston community-based program Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA). In 2019, Alonzo created the role of Lupita for the world premiere of Houston Grand Opera’s El Milagro del Recuerdo/The Miracle of Remembering, which is a prequel to Cruzar la Cara de la Luna/To Cross the Face of the Moon, the first mariachi opera in the world. In 2021, she reprised the role for Arizona Opera’s production of El Milagro.
Trio Chapultepec is a traditional Mexican Trio ensemble who focus on their unique style of American and Mexican Folk genres including Jazz, Mariachi and Trio Romance. The members formed the Trio in late 2019 after several years of knowing and working with each in Central Texas. The Trio is based out of San Antonio, Texas and have worked professionally since their debut, including several concerts and Opera shows in the Texas and Arizona Opera communities. After the primary Covid lock down in the United States, Trio Chapultepec’s live performances and concerts were at an all-time low, however this gave the Trio the opportunity to focus on their first CD, accompanying Houston based Mezzo-Soprano Cecilia Duarte on their Collaborated Album: Reencuentros Set to be released in 2022. This will be Trio Chapultepecs’ second year accompanying Vanessa Alonzo for the Viva el Amor concert for MECA.
Day of the Dead Celebration Mural
More information coming soon!
Artist Karlos Ramirez designed a mural specifically for South Bend's Dia De Los Muertos celebration. His work blends traditional cultural images, including sugar skulls, with an abstract approach that pays homage to the American artist Basquiat.