ALBUQUERQUE – In partnership with dancer, choreographer, and producer Frances Lujan, the National Hispanic Cultural Center premieres an exciting new Centennial production on Saturday, May 5 at 7 PM in the Albuquerque Journal Theatre. “Noche de Oro” celebrates the rich, unique, and evolving culture of the Southwest through music and dance. Beginning with our Native American roots, the show moves on through New Mexican history with Spanish and Mexican influences and the “Go West, young man” culture of the cowboys and miners. It culminates in the vibrant mix that is 21st century New Mexico, and adds to the rich diversity of programming that the NHCC has presented in conjunction with Cinco de Mayo.

Featured performers in this exciting extravaganza of music and dance include the Mexican, Spanish, and Latin dance company Ballet en Fuego; award-winning Native American song stylist Shelley Morningsong and traditional Native American dancer Fabian Fontenelle; acclaimed recording artist Antonio Reyna; versatile mariachi group Los Primos; Cielo Los Rumberos with their jazz-influenced “nuevo flamenco” style; and contemporary Mariachi Raíces de América. Arturo Sandoval’s narration ties it all together for a “Night of Gold,” indeed!

Tickets are $12, $17 and $22, and are available at the NHCC Box Office, at
505-724-4771, or on the Center’s website, The NHCC is located at 1701 4th Street SW on the corner of 4th Street and Avenida César Chávez.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center, a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs, is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Hispanic art and culture at the local, state, national, and international levels.