In honor of Disney and Pixar’s Coco and Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a number of experiential activations have been announced for the upcoming live-to-film concert experience taking place at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, November 8 & Saturday, November 9. The previously announced all-star lineup of specials guests is an international ensemble of Mexican, Latino and Hispanic artists coming together to celebrate Coco and Mexican culture, and includes Benjamin Bratt, Eva Longoria, Carlos Rivera, Miguel, Alanna Ubach, Alex Gonzalez, Jaime Camil, Lele Pons, Rudy Mancuso and Natalia Jímenez who will appear throughout the evening as the beloved film plays on the Bowl’s movie screen accompanied by a full, live orchestra. Mariachi Divas will also entertain the audience with traditional Mariachi music throughout the night. Tickets for both dates are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.
· Featured both nights on the Hollywood Bowl concourse, renowned Mexican-American artist and Chicana altarista (altar maker) Ofelia Esparza and her daughter Rosanna Esperanza, will design and build a spectacular three-level ofrenda (altar), which will include photos of loved ones from the community. In 2018 Esparza received the National Heritage Fellowship, a lifetime honor presented to master folk and traditional artists by the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received many recognitions, including the Art Legend Award from Watts 3rd World Art Festival, Pueblo de Los Angeles People’s Choice Awards, and grants from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts and the California Arts Council. She also worked as a cultural consultant on Coco.
· Additionally, the concert event has partnered with La Monarca Bakery, which makes hand-crafted, all-natural Mexican baked goods. All 12 locations throughout Los Angeles have concert signage, special edition cup sleeves and customers will have a chance to have photos of their loved ones who have passed featured on the altar at the Hollywood Bowl. The altar will include La Monarca’s scratch-made Pan de Muerto and samples of traditional Cafe de Olla will be available to all attendees entering the concerts. Angelenos will also have the chance to win tickets from the bakery via their Instagram account, @LaMonarcaBakery.
· Disney Music Group’s new composer podcast series, For Scores, also recently released a new episode where host Jon Burlingame talks about Coco with composer Germaine Franco, who co-wrote several of the film’s songs. She reveals how they achieved the authentic sonic landscape of Mexico by recording there with local musicians and indigenous instruments, as well as weaving in musical styles like mariachi bands, banda
and jarocho. The series can be downloaded wherever podcasts are enjoyed and at ForScores.com.
About Ofelia Esparza
Ofelia Esparza is a Mexican-American altar maker, or Chicana altarista, whose work is informed by a deep spiritual belief in the traditional process, which pays homage and evokes memory of people, events, or places through multilevel structures embellished with photos, traditional foods, flowers, and handmade and found adornments. For nearly 40 years, Esparza has shared her knowledge and art about el Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with people in schools, museums, community centers, prisons, and parks throughout the Los Angeles region and beyond.
In 2018 Esparza received the National Heritage Fellowship, a lifetime honor presented to master folk and traditional artists by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Esparza’s altars—which range from personal ofrendas, or offerings, to assemblages that address larger issues facing the Chicano community—have been exhibited widely, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Japanese American National Museum, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and internationally at the first Day of the Dead exhibit in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2018, she installed a monumental permanent altar in the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.
She has received many recognitions, including the Art Legend Award from Watts 3rd World Art Festival, Pueblo de Los Angeles People’s Choice Awards, and grants from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts and the California Arts Council. She also worked as a cultural consultant on the film Coco.
About La Monarca Bakery
La Monarca’s founders grew up in Mexico enjoying the pastries and cakes from their hometown in Mexico. In 2006, they created La Monarca Bakery to bring the The Sweet Flavor of Mexico™️ to the U.S. La Monarca’s products are made with top-quality fresh ingredients, without preservatives or trans fats. La Monarca Bakery has been recognized as Best of LA Weekly 2011, Best of Sunset Magazine 2012, Best of Los Angeles Magazine 2013 and LA Times’ 2017 Guide to Great LA Bakeries. lamonarca.com
Disney and Pixar’s Coco features an original score from Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino, “Remember Me” by Oscar® winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and additional songs co-written by Germaine Franco and co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina. The film won Academy Awards® for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song.
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Disney and Pixar’s Coco is directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist Monsters University) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3).
About Disney Concerts
Disney Concerts is the concert production and licensing division of Disney Music Group, the music arm of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Concerts produces concerts and tours, and licenses Disney music and visual content to symphony orchestras and presenters on a worldwide basis. Disney Concerts’ concert packages include a variety of formats, such as “live to picture” film concerts and themed instrumental and vocal compilation concerts, and range from instrumental-only symphonic performances to multimedia productions featuring live vocalists and choir. Current titles include the Star Wars Film Concert Series (Episodes IV-VII), Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Fantasia, Pixar In Concert, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice In Wonderland, Frozen, Ratatouille, The Pirates of the Caribbean series (Episodes I-IV), and Silly Symphonies, which last year collectively accounted for over 575 performances in many of the world’s top concert venues, including Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Forum and the Hollywood Bowl. Numerous new concert packages and touring productions from Disney’s portfolio of studios, including Disney’s feature animation and live action studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel, are currently in development.
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