Meet Kareli & Jimmy

Published December 9, 2020
Kareli and Jimmy posing in costume and smiling.

Nochebuena: Christmas Eve in Mexico is coming straight to your home on December 19th. Meet Kareli of Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles and Jimmy of Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar in our online pre-show Q & A at 6:30 p.m. PT on Dec. 19!

Kareli Montoya is the founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles. Since 2011, she’s led the renowned ensemble to performances at the 90th Annual Academy Awards, the Hollywood Bowl, and on stage with Grammy Award winning performers. Beyond precise choreography and spellbinding dance, Ballet Folklórico is known for exquisite costumes that dazzle. They’re designed by Kareli and her grandmother Teresa!

Jimmy Cuéllar is the Music Director of Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar, now celebrating their 25th season. A three-time Grammy award winner, Jimmy has led the ensemble across stages in the U.S. and in collaborations with renowned performers—and even as featured artists in Center Stage Opera’s production of Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro! Beyond performance, Jimmy helms the ensemble’s Thee Academy, where the group teaches the art of mariachi to all ages.

Tune in to our Q & A with Kareli and Jimmy on Dec. 19!  Receive an automatic reminder about Nochebuena: Christmas Eve in Mexico on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. PT by signing up here.