Alegria '97-98, a series of joint performances by the UT Pan American Mariachi and Folkloric Dance Company, will end this month with concerts Feb. 21, 22 and 28 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
The concerts will feature authentic dances and songs from different regions and states of Mexico. Dance and music from the state of Chiapas will include the traditional dances that show an appreciation of nature, while canciones rancheras, canciones romanticas, sones Jalisciences, huapangos Veracruzanos, polkas, redovas, schotises and canciones Huastecas will represent the more visible and popular folk tunes and dances of Mexico.
A suite titled "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 states of Zacatecas and Nayarit also will be presented.
In addition, the company of 21 mariachi and 21 dancers will perform Spain's famous La Boda de Luis Alonzo, which depicts nineteenth century Spanish music and dance.
The UT Pan American Mariachi is under the direction of Dahlia Guerra and the Folkloric Dancers are directed by Francisco and Maria Munoz. The two final concerts of the season, Feb. 27 and 28, are sponsored by NationsBank.
General admission is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Tickets are available at the chambers of commerce in Edinburg, Pharr, Mission, Weslaco and Harlingen and Melhart Music in McAllen. For more information, call Guerra at 381-3475.