Caramoor collaborates with Mexico Beyond Mariachi to bring a family-friendly afternoon of music and dance to celebrate the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Typically, the holiday involves the gathering of family and friends to pray for and to remember those who have passed, however instead of mourning, the day is filled with celebrations.
The afternoon takes place on Friends Field, and will include several traditional and regional dance performances leading to a vibrant final performance. Appropriate for all ages, the event includes arts and crafts. Food will be available – from the Flores Food Truck – for purchase. Hosted by Maricarmen Godoy.
This outdoor event will take place rain or shine. Please plan accordingly and bring your own seating.
For outdoor events, we are not requiring proof of vaccination or the use of a mask, though the CDC recommends wearing one in crowded locations with rising virus caseloads.
1:00pm / Pop-Up Performance with INTEMPO
Come early and begin your Día de Muertos celebration with a special pop-up presentation by some of our brightest lights from community music school, INTEMPO! (Location: Entry Circle)
Vivaldi / arr. Wagner: Autumn (From The Four Seasons)
Telemann / arr. Hopkins: Baroque Suite
Robles / arr. Cunalata: El Còndor Pasa
Piazzola / arr. Longfield: Oblivion
Pèrez / Luna De Xelaju (Vals)
2:00pm / Welcome Caramoor CEO Ed Lewis and host Maricarmen Godoy of La Voz Hispana welcome guests and families.
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2:00pm-4:00pm / Mexico Beyond Mariachi Our journey begins over 600 years ago in the land of the Meshica, with the sound of the drums, calling our ancestors. We pay homage and celebrate those who have crossed over to the great beyond before us — parents, grandparents, great-great grandparents — those who make us who we are today. Explore the haunting melodies of La Llorona and La Bruja from the states of Oaxaca and Veracruz. Dance with the “Viejitos,” a playful and traditional dance from the state of Michoacan that represents the changing of the seasons. Listen to the story of how Doña Panchita cheated Death, and so much more. This vibrant show interweaves traditional Mexican music and dance with the stories, myths, and legends of Day of the Dead.
Maricarmen Godoy is a news anchor and regional editor of La Voz Hispana de Connecticut and WNHH 103.5FM La Voz Radio. She is the Founder and Creative Director of En Vivo con Maricarmen Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to building equity in communication through live news, interviews, and music. A columnist for the Fairfield County Catholic newspaper, she was awarded the National Scholarship for Hispanic Journalism from the Organization of American States (OAS). She has 25 years of experience in print journalism, radio, and as a cultural promoter and international manager of emerging Latino artists, and she has held special assignments in Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, and the U.S. border.
Godoy has taught seminars in Hispanic journalism at the University of Guaranda-Ecuador and served as a teaching assistant of the International Meeting of Journalistic Studies at the University of Connecticut. She is the co-founder of the Stamford Ecuadorian Civic Committee and a board member of the Norwalk-Riobamba Sister Cities organization.
She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Communication from the Central University of Ecuador and an Early Childhood Development Certificate from Norwalk Community College.
Mexico Beyond Mariachi is a multi-cultural ensemble of professional musicians, actors, dancers, and teaching artists whose love of Mexican traditions and way of life shines bright in every performance. Its philosophy is rooted in the belief that art and culture are an integral part of the development of every individual’s outlook on life. Personal engagement, community experiences, and the celebration of commonality are themes Mexico Beyond Mariachi brings to its shows as well as to its extensive arts-in-education offerings (residencies, workshops, and lecture demonstrations).
Mexico Beyond Mariachi was founded in 2005 in New York City and was quickly established as one of the leading providers of Mexican performance and education programs for young people and families in the New York Tri-State area. Every year, Mexico Beyond Mariachi performs in dozens of schools, theatres, and museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museo del Barrio, Queens Theater, New Jersey State Museum, Newark Museum, and more.
In addition to its legacy of arts-in-education offerings, Mexico Beyond Mariachi also offers two theatrical productions, Trekking Mexico: Heartbeat of a Culture and its newest feature-length production SUGAR SKULL! A Dia de los Muertos Musical Adventure, which successfully performed 71 performances in 30 cities across the USA in Fall 2019.
Jose Manuel Chapaz