By Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media
There was just a lot of happiness going around at this year’s 3rd annual Latin Beats Sonidos de las Americas concert at the Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. People were just happy to see one another and renew acquaintances while making new ones as well. Several international and local performers joined together with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra to fill the ears of the sold out audience with music and songs from throughout the Americas. At times there were nearly 100 musicians on the Boettcher Concert Hall stage. Latin Life Denver Media was a proud sponsor for the evening.
The evening’s program put together by the Mexican Cultural Center (MCC) and its Executive Director Ana Valles was spectacular. Highlights included performances by singer/songwriter Sergio Silva who came in from Mexico City to delight the audience with his songs, “La Campana” & Primavera en la Guerra del Sonido”.
Ozomatli founders Raul Pacheco & Asdrubal Sierra along with the Colorado Symphony energized everyone with their tunes “Cuando Canto” & Temperatura.
Plus, the symphony playing Cumbia. Well it happened when La Fiebre del Sabor got into the action. The group has twice won first place at the thee Radio Latina Music Awards in 2017 & 2018. Among the local performers where Las Dahlias, an all female mariachi group along with Mariachi Sold De Mi Tierra. Dance troupes included Studio Colombia, Omawari Mexican Folkloic Dance Group and CSU Pueblo Ballet Folklorico.
In a special recognition, The Mexican Cultural Center presented an award to Angela R. Davidson for her longtime support and commitment to the MCC. The award presented by MCC Board Chair Marcela de la Mar recognized Davidson, who is also the Regional Operations Manager for U.S. Bank, not just for her volunteer work with the MCC, but for her many accomplishments including receiving awards as the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award in 2016, The Junior Achievements USA Leadership Award in 2019 and many others.
All in all it was a night to remember. Not only for the fabulous entertainment but for happiness and joy it brought to everyone who attended. The 3rd annual Latin Beats Sonidos de las Americas is part of the Biennial of the Americas summit taking place through September 28, 2019.