This visionary performance brings the community together to experience a magical evening of creative fusion
Sarasota, Fla. (March 7, 2023) – After a successful inaugural concert in 2022, UnidosNow is bringing their second installment of Noche Unidos – a visionary evening that fuses celebrated Old and New World music by combining the dynamic exuberance of traditional mariachi with the emotional power of a classical symphony – right to the Van Wezel stage.
As UnidosNow’s flagship fundraising event, presented by Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Czaia Law, the event guarantees attendees a worldly evening of inspiring, creative, and captivating performance on a stage with over 80 professional musicians, including the globally recognized Mariachi Cobre group combined with the 72-piece Venice Symphony. Tickets for this year’s event are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.vanwezel.org/boxoffice/noche-unidos-2023-presented-by-unidosnow/
“At the bedrock of the Sarasota/Manatee region is a foundation committed to arts and culture,” says Kelly Kirschner, UnidosNow Co-Founder and Board Chair. “After such overwhelmingly positive feedback last year, the board, staff and families of UnidosNow realized that this concert needs to be an annual event. It’s a metaphor for the work of UnidosNow – integrating our immigrant population into the fabric of the ManaSota community – with the concert demonstrating that the fusion of seemingly disparate sounds is not only harmonious but creates something new and beautiful. To host the event at the Van Wezel, the center of the region’s art scene and amidst The Bay, is all the more special as we seek to bring the entire community together again for such a special celebration.”
All funds raised will benefit UnidosNow to further empower the growing number of Hispanic/LatinX community members in our region through education, integration, and civic engagement to achieve the American dream.
“Gulf Coast Community Foundation is honored to support UnidosNow and again be the Presenting Sponsor for this innovative experience, which demonstrates and encourages inclusivity, creativity, and connection,” said Mark Pritchett, President|CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
Tickets for Noche Unidos are now available for purchase at www.vanwezel.org/boxoffice/noche-unidos-2023-presented-by-unidosnow/
The experience begins at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 28 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236). For more information, visit www.unidosnow.org/nocheunidos-2023 or contact Julia Groom at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 941-786-8732.
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Founded in 2010, with a mission to elevate the quality of life of the growing Hispanic/Latinx community through education, coalition building, advocacy and civic engagement, UnidosNow has established itself as a leader in the field of postsecondary education attainment. To date, UnidosNow has served more than 3,000 low-income Hispanic/Latinx students and their families through its elementary, middle, and high school initiatives, and has assisted high school students in earning more than $14 million in scholarships and grants.
About Mariachi Cobre
Mariachi Cobre, founded in 1971, is celebrating its 51st anniversary as a musical ensemble. For 39 years they have been the mariachi ambassador to the world performing for millions of visitors at Epcot Center, Disney World in Orlando, Florida since 1982. Originally based in Tucson, Arizona, the group was formed by Randy Carrillo, a veteran of the first mariachi youth group in the U.S., Mariachi Juvenil Los Changuitos Feos De Tucson. In addition to Randy, the original group included his brother, Steve Carillo, on trumpet and Mack Ruiz on violin. The members of Mariachi Cobre are: Steve Carrillo – Director (trumpet), Miguel Molina (trumpet), Joe Baca (violin), Hector Gama (violin), Israel Molina (violin), Aaron Piedra (violin), Roberto Romo (violin), Carlos Gama (violin), Louie Ranjel (vihuela), Omar Olivas (guitar) and Alex Garcia (guitarron). The group has accompanied a wide range of mariachi and non-mariachi artists including Linda Ronstadt, Lucha Villa, Lola Beltran, Ana Gabriel, Guadalupe Pineda, Julio Iglesias, and Vikki Carr. They have also performed with nearly 50 symphony orchestras across the U. S. and Mexico.
About Venice Symphony
Founded in 1974, The Venice Symphony is a 501(c)(3) organization, a professional orchestra deeply rooted in the community, offering concerts from November through May at the Venice Performing Arts Center, Patriotic Pops at Cool Today Park on Memorial Day Weekend, special events, a chamber music program and long-standing music education programs throughout the year.