Santa Fe Music Week 2019

Santa Fe Music Week 2019

Santa Fe Music Week kicked off with the new Mexico Platinum Music Awards on Friday August 23 at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center.

In an amazing night showcasing local talent and honoring six special people who have contributed o the music and arts culture in the New Mexico area.

Singer-songwriter Joe West will be the event’s master of ceremonies and will lead the evening’s house band. There is a special appearance from 12-year-old classical music piano prodigy Kayden Kelly.

The Honorees

Honorees: Jim BonnellBert DaltonNoberta FresquezRobert Mirabal, and Cipriano Vigil.

Lee Berk Foundation Award: The Candyman Strings & Things. This award is selected and conferred by the New Mexico Music Commission Foundation Board.

▼  A music educator and professional violist, Jim Bonnell spent some 30 years as a music teacher, beginning with his first job in Artesia, New Mexico, and continuing with the Albuquerque Public Schools until 1989. As a violist, he’s performed with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Roswell Symphony, Opera Southwest and the New Mexico Chamber Orchestra, among others. He’s conducted youth orchestras during his career. And he is vice-chairman of the University of New Mexico’s John Donald Robb Musical Trust Board of Directors. (The trust is dedicated to the appreciation of Southwestern music.) Bonnell is honored with a performance from members of the Santa Fe-based New Mexico Performing Arts Society.

▼  Bert Dalton is a jazz pianist, arranger, and the co-founder of the New Mexico School of the Arts jazz program. Dalton is a well-regarded pianist in Santa Fe

jazz circles and is the 2013 winner of the Mayor’s Award For Excellence in the Arts, for his achievement in performing arts. He is honored by the New Mexico School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble and by the National Dance Institute of New Mexico (NDI-NM), where he has served as music director since 1998. (Catherine Oppenheimer, founder of NDI-NM and former member of the New York City Ballet, won a 2017 Platinum Award.)

▼  Noberta Fresquez is a mariachi champion and producer of the annual Mariachi Spectacular in Albuquerque for 29 years, as well as the annual Mariachi Christmas program at UNM’s Popejoy Hall. Antonio Reyna and his mariachi band pay tribute to her from the stage.

▼  An internationally recognized Pueblo musician and flute crafter, Robert Mirabal was featured on the 2006 Grammy-winning release Sacred Ground: A Tribute To Mother Earth, winner for Best Native American Music Album. Mirabel composed the music and performed for the 1998 PBS special Spirit: A Journey in Dance, Drum, and Song. He is honored by a special performance of the Benito Concha Project. Concha, like Mirabal, is from Taos Pueblo.

▼  Cipriano Vigil, the Hispano folk legend and instrument builder, is well-known among generations of New Mexican school children for the cigar-box guitars he builds with them. Vigil, who earned two master’s degrees (in bilingual education and ethnomusicology), has collected and recorded a host of historical and regional music styles that he has used in classes at UNM and in presentations at the Smithsonian Institution. He will be honored by the duo of guitarist Chuy Martinez and harpist Otilio Ruiz.

About the Awards
The Platinum Music Awards are the State of New Mexico’s highest honor for the music industry. Five “Platinums” are presented annually to living musicians and music supporters who have demonstrated lifetime achievement in their music genre or have made significant and distinguished contributions to New Mexico’s music industry. Nominations are invited from organizations and the public. A jury of music industry experts appointed by the Music Commission selects the honorees. The Lee Berk Foundation Award is selected by the NMMC Foundation(NMMCF). Recipients are honored at a fully staged music variety show produced by the NMMCF. The show celebrates New Mexico’s rich and diverse music industry and showcases some of the state’s top talent; it’s not to be missed!The freedom associated with cyber space, and the eventual loopholes that come with it has given rise to situations where the creative content stakeholders in the industry are relegated to the backseat when it comes to rewards. By creative content stakeholders we mean singer/songwriters, musicians, bands, filmmakers and podcasters.


indieOn was proud to sponsor the 2019 event and looks forward to 2020 being another stellar year for the awards and performers.

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