Chan Centre Launches Dynamic 2018/19 Series with Grammy Award-winning Aida Cuevas
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts22 Sep '18 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) welcomes Grammy Award-winning Mexican superstar Aida Cuevas joined by her illustrious band Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán on September 22, 2018, at 8pm in the Chan Shun Concert Hall. Hailed as ‘The Queen of Mariachi’ and renowned for her elegance, charisma, and stunning vocal range, Cuevas will sing traditional Mexican songs by the late singer-songwriter and musical icon Juan Gabriel in this hotly anticipated season opener.
A master of the ranchera genre, Cuevas has been celebrated both in her home country and on the world stage for more than four decades. She “is to Mexico what Aretha Franklin is to the United States: a powerful voice that encapsulates the essence of her nation’s spirit” (The Kansas City Star). Her distinguished musical career began as an 11-year-old child, when she was discovered while performing in amateur singing contests. Cuevas was soon performing live on national radio programs and began to tour internationally in 1976, gracing stages across four continents. She has performed for world leaders such as Pierre Trudeau, Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, and every Mexican president since 1975, and has captivated audiences from Madison Square Garden to the Hollywood Bowl.
Her unique voice and style have left a significant imprint in the history of Mexican music, with 39 albums selling more than eight million copies worldwide. This year, Cuevas broke barriers by becoming the first female singer in the mariachi genre to win a Grammy Award, an unprecedented honour in a typically male-dominated space.
The concert will pay homage to Gabriel, who passed away in 2016. The influential musician was not only Cuevas’ personal mentor, he was also Mexico’s best-selling recording artist of all time, a Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame inductee, and six-time Grammy award nominee. Cuevas is the only artist authorized by Gabriel’s estate to tour his music, and she will perform a selection of his beloved classics, including “Te Lo Pido Por Favor,” “La Diferencia,” and “Te Sigo Amando.” She will be backed by Mexico City-based Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán, alongside special guest musicians on requinto guitar, accordion, percussion, and keyboard.
A series of ancillary events programmed in conjunction with Chan Centre performances, exploring the role of arts and artists in society.
• Film Screening: Dos Tipos de Cuidado (Two Careful Fellows) — Thursday, September 13, 7pm, at The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.). Indulge in nostalgia for the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema with this beloved black and white film that follows the trials and tribulations of two best friends turned enemies. Featuring iconic Mexican singers and actors Jorge Negrete and Pedro Infante with music by Manuel Esperón. Presented in partnership with The Cinematheque and The Consulate General of Mexico in Vancouver. There will be a short pre-screening talk by local mariachi musician Alex Alegría.
• Pre-Show Talk with Ricardo García — Saturday, September 22, 7:15pm in the Royal Bank Cinema at the Chan Centre. Ricardo García, a UBC graduate student from the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, will be discussing the way in which female identity and empowerment is negotiated within Mexican music, with a special focus on mariachi and the legacy of Aida Cuevas.
Chan Centre Presents Aida Cuevas: Totalmente Juan Gabriel
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 8pm
Ticket Prices: From $46
Address: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts University of British Columbia