Sonia de los Santos (Hyphen Photography)
— “Best Latin Children’s Music,” says Billboard —
— This event is a part of the month-long Queens Rising celebration, showcasing the best of the borough’s cultural and creative diversity —
On Friday, June 24 at 4:00 PM and 7:15 PM, the Latin GRAMMY-nominated Sonia de los Santos brings her bilingual songs to Flushing Town Hall, ready to make audiences smile with uplifting messages and a focus on cultural and community pride.
The family-friendly concerts offer parents and children a musical celebration to conclude the end of a challenging school year amid Covid. Those in attendance will enjoy songs that tell a story, featuring Latin rhythms, body percussion, and traditional, Mexican folk-dance demonstrations.
“Flushing Town Hall is excited to welcome families to celebrate our city’s school children with this fun concert. We are all so proud of their resilience and accomplishments this past school year! It’s time to kick off summer with these amazing and engaging performers,” says Ellen Kodadek, executive & artistic director of Flushing Town Hall. “We are grateful for 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 De Los Santos (vocals, guitar, jarana), Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza (leona, jarana), Elena Moon Park (violin, trumpet), Erica Kika Parra (drums), Berta Moreno (sax, clarinet), Fernando Brindis (bass), and Argelia Arreola (zapateado, jarana).
Sonia’s songs have been earning rave reviews around the country since 2015 when she released her first solo family music album, Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the 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, ¡Alegría!. She has been hailed by Billboard as “one of the Latin Children’s music artists you should know” and named to Billboard’s “Best Latin Children’s Music”list. She has performed with her band in renowned venues and festivals throughout the country, including at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, The Getty Museum, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and many more.
In 2020, Sonia launched “En Casa con Sonia”, an online musical series recorded from her home, and in 2021 debuted “¿Qué Pasa, Sonia?,” a new radio segment featuring some of her favorite songs at Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live.
Sonia recently released her third album, Esperanza, 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 light within ourselves.
The Monterrey, Mexico, native first moved to New York City shortly after earning her college degree in communications and discovered her calling — writing and performing songs for children — when she started touring with Grammy-winning, kids’ music troubadour Dan Zanes in 2007, with whom she toured for roughly 10 years.
You can catch a glimpse of two of Sonia’s colorful and vibrant performances below:
Sonia and her group will perform two shows at 4 PM and 7:15 PM. Tickets to the performance only are $12/$8 Members & Children. (There is an additional workshop, beginning at 6:30 PM, that has already sold out.)
This engagement of Sonia De Los Santos is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of 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 Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot—located a short distance from the 7 train—at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.
For the venue’s full schedule of 2022 Spring and Summer events, 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 Town Hall will maintain its prior policy for the safety of its audiences, artists, and staff. This policy will remain in effect until further notice: Flushing Town Hall requires all visitors, performers, and staff to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with matching identification. Additionally, masks will be required 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), a Smithsonian affiliate, presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City in order to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts. As a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of Jazz, by presenting the finest in Jazz performance. We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for the arts-curious, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists. We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.
Flushing Town 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 across all five boroughs with a distinct private-public partnership with the City of New York and a commitment to serving all New Yorkers.
Flushing Town Hall acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the Matinecock People, one of the original tribes of New York, and the first people of Flushing, Queens. The Matinecock continue to live and work on this land to this day. Flushing Town Hall honors their elders who have stewarded this land throughout generations.