The University of Texas-Pan American Folkloric Dance Company and University Mariachi will combine their talents for six joint concerts in February in the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium.
Concerts are scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, 21, 22 and 28 and at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27. The two final concerts will be sponsored by NationsBank. Tickets for the events are $5 in advance at the Edinburg, Pharr, Mission, Weslaco and Harlingen chambers of commerce; Melhart Music Center in McAllen; and the Rio Grande Valley Chamber of Commerce in Weslaco. Admission will be $7 at the door.
The Alegria '98 concerts will include authentic dances and songs from different regions and states of Mexico.
Canciones rancheras, canciones romanticas, sones falisciences, huapangos Veracruzanos, polkas, redovas, schotises and canciones Huastecas will represent the more visible and popular folk tunes and dances of Mexico, while those from the State of Chiapas will represent the traditional dances of a people whose dynamic spirit is nurtured by an appreciation of nature.
A suite entitled Tamaulipas - Norte, Centro y Sur will combine the music and dance of northern, central and southern Tamaulipas in a festival setting characteristic of a Mexican fiesta.
Dances and music from the state of Zacatecas and Nayarit will also be presented.
The company of mariachi and dancers also will present the color, drama and excitement of Spain's famous, La Boda De Luis Alonzo. The celebrated dance, choreographed in honor of the marriage of famed maestro Luis Alonzo to the fair Maria Jesus, will bring to life the grace and elegance of 19th century Spanish music and dance.
Members of the UTPA Folkloric Dance Company, directed by Francisco and Maria Muñoz, are Janie Aguinaga, Silvia Briales, Azucena Castro, Erica Delgado, Raul Galvan, Adrian Garza, Martin Hinojosa, Rodrigo Leal, Sandra Leal, Claudia Mar, Juan Lopez, Naila Martinez, Priscilla Olivares, Amy Ordonez, Afife Pestana, San Juanita Reyes, Blas Rodriguez and Anissa Romo.
Directed by Dr. Dahlia Guerra, the UTPA Mariachi includes Juan Pablo Aguilar, Juan Garcia, Marco Garcia, Mayra Garcia, Rachel Garcia, Steven Garcia, Juan Garza, Leslie Gonzalez, George Guerra, Oscar Hernandez, Saul Hernandez, Frank Loera, Jaime Lopez, Mayra Olivares, Olga Ramirez, Rachel Rodriguez, Gabriela Sandoval, Emilio Santos, Abigail Segovia and Julie Zamora.
Guest performers will be Victoria Carrera on the marimba and Oscar Urdiales on drums.