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Celebrate the holiday season with UTPA's award-winning Mariachi Aztlán
Contact: Office of Public Affairs (956) 665-2741
Posted: 11/26/2012
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The University of Texas-Pan American invites the public to ring in the holiday season with the pageantry and beauty of the Mariachi tradition. Come and enjoy the beauty and exuberance of Mexican folk music as the Mariachi Aztlán celebrates the festive customs associated with a Mexican Christmas celebration.

- UTPA Mariachi Aztlán

The University's Department of Music presents the award-winning UTPA Mariachi Aztlán in Mariachi Christmas concerts and Spring concerts. All concerts are performed at the Edinburg City Auditorium with the exception of Nov. 30, which will take place at the UTPA Fieldhouse. The concerts will also feature performances by the Luz de Luna Folkloric Dance Ensemble.

Tickets for all concerts are $10 at the door or $8 in advance at UTPA Payments and Collections and at the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. Seating at the Edinburg City Auditorium is limited, so please buy your tickets ahead of time.

Scheduled performances include the following:

"Navidad Mexicana"

- Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. (UTPA Field house)

- Dec. 1 and 2 at 2 p.m.

- Dec. 20 and 21 at 7 p.m.

- Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.

"Sounds and Splendor of México"

- Jan. 11, 2013 at 7 p.m.

- Jan. 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

- Jan. 13, 2013 at 2 p.m.

The UTPA Mariachi program was founded by Dr. Dahlia Guerra, dean of UT Pan American's College of Arts and Humanities, and is directed by Francisco Loera, a faculty member of UTPA's Department of Modern Languages and Literature. Since 1989, Mariachi Aztlán has traveled throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada as ambassadors representing the beauty of Hispanic music and cultural traditions, and creating a bridge of cultural understanding between the two countries.

In 2010, Mariachi Aztlán bested top professional groups when they were named Grand Champions at the Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque national competition. Later that year the group performed for President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., and with the Houston Grand Opera in the premiere of the world's first Mariachi opera. In 2011, the Mariachi Aztlán won first place for the second consecutive year at the Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque and were invited to perform at the Hollywood Bowl, selected from professional groups across the nation. In 2012, the mariachi performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

If special assistance or accommodations are necessary, please call Voice TDD (956) 665-3471 three days in advance. For more information, call (956) 665-2175.