Second Annual Noche Unidos Concert to Feature First-Generation Immigrant as Lead Conductor

Arts & Culture

Pictured: Acclaimed conductor, Ismael Sandoval, Photo courtesy of UnidosNow.

UnidosNow is honored to bring back to Sarasota for a one-night-only engagement, the “Rolling Stones” of mariachi music, Mariachi Cobre, fused with the 72-piece The Venice Symphony on April 28th at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. This year’s musicians will be led by acclaimed conductor, Ismael Sandoval, a first-generation Mexican immigrant who moved to the United States at the age of three. Sandoval currently serves as the assistant conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (CSO).  Giving back to the community by bringing people together through the beauty of music is central to Sandoval’s rhythmically-driven ethos. Throughout his illustrious career, his passion for diversifying beyond the traditional canon and harmonizing with conductors from different walks of life has led him to many opportunities - now including this unique engagement to lead in Sarasota. Performing alongside Sandoval is a magical fusion between a 52-year-old band known as Mariachi Cobre combined with the 72-piece The Venice Symphony. Presented by Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Czaia Law, NocheUnidos guarantees attendees a worldly evening of inspiring, creative, and captivating performances on a stage with over 80 professional musicians, including the globally recognized Mariachi Cobre group combined with the 72-piece The Venice Symphony. All funds raised will benefit UnidosNow to further empower the growing number of Hispanic/Latinx community members in our region through education, integration, and civic engagement to achieve the American dream. The experience begins at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 28 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236). Tickets for Noche Unidos are now available for purchase at www.vanwezel.org/boxoffice/noche-unidos-2023-presented-by-unidosnow/ For more information, visit www.unidosnow.org/nocheunidos-2023 or contact Julia Groom at julia@dreamlarge.org or by calling 941-786-8732.

Pictured: Acclaimed conductor, Ismael Sandoval, Photo courtesy of UnidosNow.

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