Sonia de los Santos (Hyphen Photography)
– “Best Latin Music for Children”, says Billboard –
— This event is part of the month rising queens celebration, showcasing the best of the borough’s cultural and creative diversity —
On friday june 24 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.Latin GRAMMY nominee Sonia de los Santos brings his bilingual songs to Flushing City Hall, ready to bring a smile to the audience with uplifting messages and an emphasis on cultural and community pride.
The Family Concerts offer parents and children a musical celebration to wrap up the end of a difficult school year amid Covid. Attendees will enjoy songs that tell a story, with Latin rhythms, body percussion, and demonstrations of traditional Mexican folk dancing.
“Flushing City Hall is delighted to welcome families to celebrate our city’s schoolchildren with this fun concert. We are all so proud of their resilience and accomplishments over the past school year! It’s time to kick off the summer with these amazing and captivating artists,” says Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing City Hall. “We are grateful to the generosity of the Mid Atlantic Arts Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts for making these events possible.”
The band will feature Sonia DeLos Santos (vocals, guitar, jarana), Sinuhe Padilla-Isunza (leona, jarana), Elena Moon Park (violin, trumpet), Erica Kika Parra (drums), Berta Moreno (sax, clarinet), Fernando Brindis (bass), and AlgeriaArreola (zapateado, jarana).
Sonia’s songs have received rave reviews nationwide since 2015, when she released her first solo album of family music, Mi Viaje: From Nuevo León to New York Island (Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award Winner), a reflection on her experiences growing up in Mexico, moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and preserving her own heritage.
In 2019 Sonia was nominated for a Latin Grammy with her second family music album, ¡Alegria!. She was greeted by Billboard as “one of the Latin children’s music artists you should know” and named to Billboard List “Best Latin Music for Children”. She has performed with her band at renowned venues and festivals across the country including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Getty Museum, Smithsonian Folklife Festival and many more. .
In 2020, Sonia launches “En Casa con Sonia”, an online musical series recorded from his home, and in 2021 debuted “¿Qué Pasa, Sonia?”, a new radio segment featuring some of his favorite songs to Kids Place Live from Sirius XM.
Sonia has just released her third album, Hope, a bilingual collection of songs about hope, cherishing our cities and homes, being grateful to one another, dreaming of a better future, marveling at nature, and finding the light within ourselves.
The native of Monterrey, Mexico, first moved to New York shortly after graduating from college in communications and discovered her calling – writing and performing children’s songs – when she began touring with children’s music troubadour Dan Zanes in 2007, with whom she toured for about 10 years.
You can catch a glimpse of two of Sonia’s colorful and vibrant performances below:
Sonia and her group will give two shows at 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Tickets for the show only are $12/$8 for members and children. (There is an additional workshop, starting at 6:30 p.m., which is already sold out.)
This engagement by Sonia De Los Santos is funded by the Mid Atlantic Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets can also be purchased at www.flushingtownhall.org or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.
Flushing City Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and on foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility is available.
For the full Spring and Summer 2022 event schedule, visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/events
Although as of March 7, 2022, New York City has relaxed its COVID policies for indoor arts and entertainment events, Flushing City Hall will maintain its previous policy for the safety of its audiences, artists and its staff. This policy will remain in effect until further notice: Flushing City Hall requires all visitors, performers, and staff to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination with matching ID. In addition, masks will be mandatory at all times. For more details on Flushing Town Hall’s Covid safety measures and vaccine requirements, please visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/covid-safety.
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About Flushing Town Hall
Flushing Town Hall (FTH), an affiliate of the Smithsonian, presents multidisciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates for equity in the arts since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that strengthen our efforts. As a member of the New York City Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the 1862 Landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates Queens’ history as the home of jazz, presenting the finest jazz shows. We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for art lovers, art lovers, and professional artists. We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusivity that has defined our community since the Flushing Admonition of 1657.
Flushing City Hall is a proud member of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG)a collective of 34 nonprofit museums, performing arts centers, historical societies, zoos and botanical gardens in the five boroughs with a distinct private-public partnership with New York City and a commitment to serve all New- Yorkers.
Flushing City Hall recognizes that we are on the traditional land of the Matinecock people, one of New York’s original tribes and the original people of Flushing, Queens. The Matinecocks continue to live and work on this land to this day. Flushing City Hall honors its elders who have stewarded this land for generations.