The University of Texas-Pan American Music Department presents the nationally award-winning UTPA Mariachi Aztlan in a "Celebration of Mexican Folk Music" on Friday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 15 and 16 at 2 p.m.
Since 1989, the UTPA Mariachi has been one of the best known musical groups on and off campus. The UTPA Mariachi program was founded by Dr. Dahlia Guerra, dean of the UTPA College of Arts and Humanities, and is directed by Francisco Loera, who is on the faculty at the Department of Modern Languages and Literature and the Department of Music and Dance at UTPA.
The UTPA Mariachi was founded to promote Mexican Folk music and the culture of the Hispanic people for the benefit of the students and community of South Texas. The UTPA Mariachi has traveled throughout Mexico representing the United States and in their travels in America, they have served as musical ambassadors representing the beauty of Hispanic music and cultural traditions and creating a bridge of cultural understanding between two countries and two peoples. Their growing reputation for performance excellence initiated the recent invitation from the White House to perform at the Oct. 19 signing ceremony of an Executive Order renewing and enhancing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. At a recent performance with the Houston Grand Opera, the UTPA Mariachi Aztlan premiered the stage production of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (Crossing the Face of the Moon), the world's first "mariachi-opera."
Enjoy the beauty and exuberance of Mexican Folk music as the UTPA Mariachi program performs traditional Mexican folk music including Sones Jalisciences, Huapangos, Canciones Rancheras and Baladas Romanticas and some selections from Cruzar la Cara de la Luna.
All concerts will take place at the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium. Tickets are $5 per person at the door. For more information, call (956) 665-3471.