Legendary recording artists Los Tigres Del Norte, who have sold more than 32 million albums in their enduring 33-year career, will become the first Mexican regional group to perform at the country?s most prestigious concert venue, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, with a one-time performance on March 17, 2003.
One of the most successful Spanish-language recordings acts of all-time, the performance is recognition of Los Tigres? groundbreaking musical contributions on a stage that has presented the great masters of music from all genres.
An important part of the Kennedy Center performance is a pre-event reception that benefits the Los Tigres Del Norte Foundation. Created in 2000, the Foundation supports the preservation and instruction of traditional Latino music and fine arts in the United States.
The Foundation made its initial gift of $500,000 to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center in 2000. The gift helped establish the Tigres Del Norte Fund at UCLA and one of the first projects is to digitize the largest Spanish-language collections in the world. Los Tigres Del Norte?s music is part of the exhibition ?Corridos Sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition,? currently on a national tour presented by the Smithsonian.
?We are extremely honored that the Kennedy Center is recognizing the artistic achievements of Los Tigres Del Norte through this presentation as part of its ArteAmericas series,? said Dwayne Ulloa, executive director of the Foundation. ?At the same time, the reception provides Los Tigres with an opportunity to further the work of the Foundation in preserving Latin music in this country.?
Established more than three decades ago in Rosa Morada, Sinaloa, Mexico, Los Tigres is acclaimed as the most popular Mexican norte?o band in the world that sells out venues in the U.S., Mexico, Latin America, Spain and Japan.
Under the Fonovisa label, Los Tigres has recorded more than 130 platinum and 125 gold albums. They have won two Grammys and are the recipients of many prestigious music industry awards.
The band?s library of more than 500 songs and corridos reflect the hopes, dreams, sacrifices and rewards of those who come to the U.S. in search of a better life. Their sense of altruism and sincere advocacy for social justice and respect for all cultures has earned their reputation as ?the band of the people.?
For ticket and reception information, contact the LTDN Foundation at (909) 931-3600 or visit its website at www.lostigresdelnortefoundation.org.