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Fiesta Finale

Venue: Overture Hall

Friday, May 3, 2024
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 4, 2024
8:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 5, 2024
2:30 p.m.

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Message from John DeMain — English

Cinco de Mayo served as an inspirational springboard for this unique concert celebrating both Spanish and Mexican music. The concert opens with José Pablo Moncayo’s Huapango, a lively and joyful tribute to the popular music of the Mexican state of Veracruz. Manuel de Falla’s gorgeously orchestrated Nights in the Gardens of Spain featuring the debut of young Mexican pianist Rachid Bernal will immerse us in Spanish Impressionism. Silvestre Revueltas is one of the giants among Mexican composers, and I am very excited to introduce to you his suite from the movie La Noche de Los Mayas, featuring a multimedia presentation of Mayan art. And finally, a great mariachi ensemble Mariachi Los Camperos will play selections of Mexican songs with the Madison Symphony. A truly unique concert designed to lift your spirits and bring my 30th anniversary celebration to a rousing and joyful finale.  – John DeMain, Music Director

Leerlo en Español

El Cinco de Mayo sirve como la inspiración para este concierto único que celebra la música española y mexicana. El concierto empieza con Huapango, compuesto por José Pablo Moncayo, y es un animado y alegre homenaje a la música popular del estado mexicano de Veracruz. Noches en los Jardines de España, orquestada hermosamente por Manuel de Falla e incluyendo el debut del joven pianista Mexicano Rachid Bernal, nos sumergirá en el impresionismo español. Silvestre Revueltas es uno de los compositores mexicanos más famosos, y estoy muy entusiasmado de presentar su Suite de la película La Noche de los Mayas, acompañado por una presentación multimedia del arte maya. Y finalmente, el fabuloso mariachi, Mariachi Los Camperos, tocará selecciones de canciones mexicanas con nuestra propia sinfonía. Este concierto especial está diseñado para levantar el ánimo y celebrar mis 30 años como director con una gran y jubilosa culminación.John DeMain, Director Musical


José Pablo Moncayo, Huapango
Manuel de Falla, Noches en los jardines de España (Nights in the Gardens of Spain)
Silvestre Revueltas, Suite from La Noche de los Mayas* (The Night of the Maya), compiled by José Yves Limantour
Selections by Mariachi Los Camperos and the Madison Symphony Orchestra
*Synchronized imagery assembled by Peter Rodgers

Program Notes will be available in August 2023.


John DeMain, Music Director
Rachid Bernal, Piano
Mariachi Los Camperos


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Enormous and energetic talent of this young interpreter, who, with each movement, filled the atmosphere with notes that made each of the attendees reverberate with multiple and pleasant emotions.

– Rock 101 Online Mexico

Watching this magnificent mariachi band play with a power and passion that I’d never seen before. It was amazing.

– Style Weekly

Meet the Performers

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John DeMain, Conductor

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Rachid Bernal, Piano

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Mariachi Los Camperos

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Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors!

Major funding provided by

university research


Irving & Dorothy Levy Family Foundation, Inc.


Carla and Fernando Alvarado

Additional funding provided by


Patricia Brady and Robert Smith


The Burish Group at UBS


DeWitt LLP


An Anonymous Friend

with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts


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Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703 United States