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Award-winning UTPA Mariachi and Mariachi Femenil to perform concerts
Posted: 12/04/2006
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The Department of Music at The University of Texas-Pan American presents the UTPA Mariachi and the UTPA Mariachi Femenil in "A Celebration of Mexican Folk Music" Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007 at 3 p.m. All concerts will take place at the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium.

Since 1989, the UTPA Mariachi has been one of the best known musical groups on campus and off. The UTPA Mariachi program was founded by Dr. Dahlia Guerra, dean of the UTPA College of Arts and Humanities, and is co-directed by Francisco Loera, a UTPA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures faculty member. The UTPA Mariachi was established to promote the Mexican folk music and culture of the Hispanic people for the benefit of the students and community of South Texas.

- UTPA Mariachi Femenil
The UTPA Mariachi consists of music students and students of other disciplines who are preparing to be educators in the South Texas public schools. The study of the music and culture of the Hispanic population in Rio Grande Valley schools, which are comprised of predominantly Hispanic students, promotes pride in heritage and is used to inspire the students to pursue a higher education. Many of the students in the UTPA Mariachi will be teaching Mexican musical traditions and culture to public school students in the near future.

The UTPA Mariachi presents multiple performances each semester throughout Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. In addition to local performances, the UTPA Mariachi has appeared at the Tucson (Ariz.) International Mariachi Conferences; at the Fifth International Mariachi Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico; at the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan Extravaganzas in San Antonio and Houston, Texas; and at events in Ottawa, Canada and Los Angeles, Calif. They have also been invited to perform in Washington, D.C. and at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas. In addition, the UTPA Mariachi has performed with two symphony orchestras in Mexico, including performances in Monterrey, Pachuca, and Tampico. Over the years, the UTPA Mariachi has been selected as the "Outstanding College or University Mariachi" in nationwide competitions in San Antonio and Albuquerque, N.M.

The UTPA Mariachi Femenil, described as the "Most Beautiful Mariachi in South Texas," won first place "University Level" in the Albuquerque Mariachi Competition 2005 and first place in the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan Extravaganza in San Antonio in December 2005. In March 2006, the Mariachi Femenil opened for the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan in Austin and also won first place in the "Best in Texas" Mariachi Invitational at the Houston Rodeo, performing there for more than 70,000 people.

Enjoy the beauty and exuberance of Mexican folk music as the UTPA Mariachi performs traditional Mexican folk music including Sones Jalisciences, Huapangos, Canciones Rancheras and Baladas Romanticas.

Tickets are $5 per person at the door. Call 956/381-3471 for information. If special assistance or accommodations are necessary, call Voice TDD 956/381-3471 three days in advance of the performance.