Experience the music at El Pueblo History Museum. On Sunday, August 12, members of the Grupo Xochitl Aztec Dance group will present a workshop from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for children, teens and adults. Along with learning basic dance steps there will be storytelling, songs and drumming of Aztec songs. Cost for the workshop is $5. Register by calling the museum.
Hear Pueblo’s story with the “Song of Pueblo” on Saturday, August 18. The story begins with the American Indians as they roamed freely through the region following the buffalo migrations. Hear the song, “The Death of Cuerno Verde,” and learn of his fateful encounter with the Spanish soldiers led by Juan Bautista de Anza. The poignant “Death at Sand Creek” continues the heartrending saga of the native peoples.
When the town of Pueblo grew into a city with industries, immigrants swarmed into the region. Labor unrest also followed with unsafe working conditions, long hours and the monopoly of the company store. Tragedy struck evidenced in the poignant “Ludlow Field”. The song, “Elm Street,” earmarks a time when immigrants lived in the same neighborhoods, helping each other to adjust to a new country.
The Pueblo story concludes with the “Flood of ’21,” an event that continues to affect modern-day Pueblo as one realizes the hopes, dreams and determination that have been a part of Pueblo’s community, past and present.
Performed by El Pueblo Ensemble, the compelling music and dramatic narration make this a powerful story of Pueblo’s past. Written and composed by noted playwright, composer Daniel Valdez, the Oratorio tells Pueblo’s diverse and engrossing stories through song, narration, vignettes and historical images. A newly released CD by the Ensemble on the “Song’s” music is available for $17.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m., concert is at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.
For more information call the museum at 719/583-0453. The museum is located at 301 North Union, Pueblo.