The University of Texas-Pan American Mariachi and Folkloric Dance Company's "Alegria 98-99" concert series concludes with six performances during February.
Scheduled concerts will be Feb. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 19 and 26 at 7 p.m., all in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
The concerts will include authentic dances and songs from different regions and states of Mexico.
Canciones rancheras, canciones romanticas and huapangos Veracruzaros are some of the more popular folk tunes to be presented by the UTPA Mariachi.
A tribute to the Mexican state of Chiapas will include "El Niño Dormido," "El Alcaraban" and "El Sapo," all performed by the Folkloric Dance Company as a reflection of the natural environment appreciated by the Chiapans.
Also featured in the series is a new suite choreographed in 1998, titled Canciones de Mi Tierra, that pays tribute to some of Mexico's oldest tunes and melodies. The suite is performed by both the UTPA Mariachi and the Folkloric Dance Company.
Other suites performed by both groups will be La Boda de Luis Alonzo; Tamaulipas - Norte, Centro y Sur; La Revolucion de 1910, which depicts the era of the Mexican revolution and the people's struggle against the government; and a tribute to the Mexican state of Jalisco.
Ticket prices are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Tickets are available at the Chambers of Commerce in Edinburg, Pharr, Weslaco and Harlingen, and at the Rio Grande Valley Chamber of Commerce in Weslaco.
For more information, please call 956/381-3471 or 956/381-2230.