Poster Cinco de Mayo
Dancers with Mexica Ballet Folclorico perform during Cinco de Mayo festivities at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Site in downtown Los Angeles.
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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo: A celebration of Mexican and Chicano heritage

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

On May 5, 1862, the Mexican Army defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla. The battle was considered a great success, specifically because the Mexican troops were able to fend off an army more than twice their size. This battle resulted in a great morale boost for Mexico at the time and has since been celebrated in the Puebla municipality, where the battle took place.

But how did the Battle of Puebla become such a prominent celebration in the United States?

Find out more about the historical and cultural roots of Cinco de Mayo as we celebrate Mexican and Chicano heritage through music. Enjoy pieces by composers such as Manuel Ponce, Jose Pablo Moncayo, Arturo Marquez and many more who reflect the rich culture and history of Mexican classical music on Celebrating Cinco de Mayo by APM.


Manuel Ponce: Tres Canciones Populares Mexicanas No. 2
Victor Gardoqui, guitar

Blas Galindo: Sones de Mariachi
Enrique Bátiz, Mexico Festival Orchestra

Melesio Morales: Netzahualcoyotl
Son Dos (Harp Duo)

Maria Teresa Prieto: Cuadros de la Naturaleza: II. El valle de Mexico
Jose Luis Temes, Isel Rodriguez, Cordoba Orchestra

Angela Peralta: Romanza Les larme (The Tears)
Józef Olechowski, Martha Molinar

Manuel Ponce: Sonata Mexicana: I. Allegro Moderato
Arturo Hernandez, guitar

Jose Pablo Moncayo: Huapango
Alondra de la Parra, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas

Silvestre Revueltas: 8 X Radio
Enrique Bátiz, Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México

Arturo Marquez: Conga de Fuego
Gustavo Dudamel, Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar 

Consuelo Velasquez: Besame Mucho
Orquesta Romántica de La Habana


Host: Ines Guanchez

Producer: Daniel Nass

Technical Director: Cameron Wiley

Technical Assistance: Alex Simpson

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