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The Arts Bring Day of the Dead Celebrations to Life

Performances by 2013 Grammy Winners La Santa Cecilia and Latino Arts’ annual Ofrendas Exhibition keep the traditional holiday fresh and vibrant for the whole family

By - Oct 16th, 2014 01:59 pm

MILWAUKEE – October 16, 2014 – Latino Arts, Inc. offers a complete and authentic Día de Los Muertos celebration for the whole family, including student matinee performances and an evening concert by 2013 Grammy winners La Santa Cecilia and Latino Arts’ own annual Day of the Dead Ofrendas Exhibition. As an added bonus, La Santa Cecilia’s evening show on Friday, November 7 will feature an opening performance from the award winning Latino Arts Strings Program & Mariachi Juvenil. Share in Latino Arts’ long and decorated history of bringing Milwaukee’s Day of the Dead celebrations to life!

Hot off winning the Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album Grammy in January, La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock, and world music. The six-member group draws inspiration from all over the world, including cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock, and klezmer music. Their unique sound and the experience of their colorful, passionate performance leaves fans and new listeners mesmerized. La Santa Cecilia consists of accordionist and requintero Jose “Pepe” Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, and lead vocalist La Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss, and heartbreak. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. Their common love of music and openness to all genres led them to the concept of La Santa Cecilia in 2007 – named after the patron saint of musicians.

In 2013, the band released their major label debut Treinta Dias (30 Days), which featured a captivating collaboration with fan Elvis Costello on “Losing Game.” Now, just after their Grammy win for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album, the band presents their new album Someday New. The album features seven new tracks, which include a heartfelt Spanglish rendition of The Beatles iconic “Strawberry Fields Forever”, plus the unforgettable new Mexican classic “Como Dios Manda”; as well as a fresh new radio-edit of their single “Monedita” and the full version of their moving and militant “ICE – El Hielo.” La Santa Cecilia will perform in the Latino Arts Auditorium on Friday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. with a brief performance by the Latino Arts Strings Program & Mariachi Juvenil preceding their set. La Santa Cecilia will also perform in student matinees on Thursday, November 6 at 10:30 a.m. and Friday, November 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets to evening performances in the Latino Arts Auditorium are available at great new prices this season: $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors 60 and over and full-time students, and $8 per student in groups of 10 or more. Our Dinner & A Show special features Café el Sol’s Friday fish buffet before the performance (beverage and gratuity not included) for $25. Tickets for events in the Latino Arts Auditorium can be purchased online safely and conveniently through an exclusive collaboration with

Latino Arts’ annual Day of the Dead Ofrendas Exhibition celebration features a bright and eclectic collection of altars prepared by local, regional, and international artists. Exhibiting presenters share their tributes to lost loved ones as a celebration of their lives and accomplishments, often decorating their altars with their loved ones’ personal effects and favorite items. Día de los Muertos celebrations frequently feature colorful floral arrangements, photographs, and skeleton iconography. The exhibition’s opening reception will take place in the Latino Arts Gallery on Friday, November 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The ofrendas will be on display from October 20 through November 21.

Exhibitions in the Latino Arts Gallery are open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for a donation of $1.

For additional information about performances and exhibitions in the Latino Arts Auditorium and Gallery, call (414) 384-3100 or visit The Latino Arts Auditorium & Gallery is located in the lobby of the United Community Center at 1028 South 9th Street in Milwaukee.

About Latino Arts, Inc.
With roots going back more than 20 years, Latino Arts, Inc. was formally established in 1997. Since then, the organization has brought cultural awareness, artistic and educational experiences, and a diversity of Hispanic artists from throughout the Spanish-speaking world to share their talents with the greater Milwaukee community. More information is available at

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