New Mexico folk traditions, old and new, will take center stage during an afternoon of captivating music at ¡¡Música del Corazón, A Celebration of Nuevo Mexicano Music!!

The annual John D. Robb, Jr., Concert will begin at 3 p.m.on Sunday, Oct. 4 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW in Albuquerque.

Preceding the concert, at 2:15 p.m., guest curator and UNM Professor Emeritus of Spanish/Portuguese Enrique Lamadrid shares his deep knowledge of the state's rich musical traditions in global context in a pre-concert talk.

Also at 2:15 p.m., Sylvia Ernestina Vergara, an academic colleague at the UNM John David Robb Music Trust, will present a pre-concert demonstration of Spanish-Colonial dances that have been popular in New Mexico for centuries. She will encourage public participation.

The lineup for this year's concert includes:

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Familia Ruiz
  • Albuquerque singer Frank McCulloch will bring his favorite historic songs;
  • Rob Martinez and his brother, National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow Lorenzo Martínez, with special guest Lorenzo, Jr., will present folk and mariachi music;
  • The energetic couple from Villanueva, Ramón and Lydia Saiz, known as Dueto Alegre will perform popular and folk tunes;  
  • Master harpist Oti Ruiz and his family will be joined by Chuy Martínez to perform a selection of Mexican melodies from Veracruz.

All activities are free and open to the public. Tickets can be picked up beginning at 2 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center box office. The event is being presented by the UNM John Donald Robb Musical Trust and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. 

The John Donald Robb Musical Trust was established at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1989 by John D. and Harriet Robb. Robb served as dean of the UNM College of Fine Arts from 1942 to 1957. He collected traditional songs and dances from the Southwest, Nepal and South America.

His collections can be accessed at the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections at University Libraries and Learning Sciences.