1-2-3 Andrés ​“A rock star for little language learners” returns to Des Moines

123 Andrés, the husband-wife team of Andrés and Christina. Photo by David Rugeles

123 Andrés are Andrés and Christina, an award-winning duo with catchy songs and a high-energy show that gets kids and families singing and dancing, in Spanish and English. 

123 Andrés, the husband-wife team of Andrés and Christina, has performed for audiences across the US and in Puerto Rico, Panama, Mexico and Colombia, at venues including Wolf Trap (Vienna, VA), Symphony Space (NYC), and the Coliseo in San Juan, Puerto Rico. And on Saturday, March 4, 2023, they will return to Des Moines, IA, at the Des Moines Civic Center. 

Andrés grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, and learned how to play the guitar from his father as a child. He studied clarinet at the Conservatory and had his first studio experience at age eight. He went on to earn a Doctorate in music and win first prize in the National Composition Contest in Colombia for one of his early songs. 

Christina was raised in the US, in a Spanish-speaking family hailing from Colombia, and studied theater and dance as a child. After serving as a classroom teacher in public schools and earning a Masters in Education from Penn, she found her mission in teaching through music. 


123 Andrés performs for students from early childhood through sixth grade, and also for family audiences at 

theaters, festivals, libraries and other venues, putting on joy-filled shows that get everyone singing and moving.  

123 Andrés, the husband-wife team of Andrés and Christina.
Photo by Dario Treviño

123 Andrés’ fourth album, Canta las Letras, is designed to help children learn about letters and letter sounds in Spanish with music and movement. Initially intended for the classroom, the collection of 38 songs and videos, a collaboration with Benchmark Education Company, is being made available to families everywhere, to join in the learning and fun. 


Their debut, ¡Uno, Dos Tres Andrés! en español y en inglés, was released in 2015 and nominated for a Latin Grammy later that year. Arriba Abajo followed in 2016, and won the Latin Grammy for Best Children’s Music Album, as well as the Parents’ Choice Gold Award. La luna is their third album and was lauded by Billboard: “Welcome daytime singalong songs as well as good-night music to put in steady rotation.” 

123 Andrés has been featured by outlets like NPR, the Boston Globe, Washington Post, CNN en Español, Univisión, Telemundo and SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live. 

123 Andrés has three children’s books that are published by Scholastic and are available at www.123andres.com 


On Saturday, March 4, 2023, he will perform at the Des Moines Civic Center at 11 am. Tickets are now available here  Don’t miss out on spending a fun-filled and educational afternoon with your little ones.

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