The concert series, called "Alegria 98-99," will continue with six additional performance dates in February.
"The concerts will include authentic dances and songs from different regions and states of Mexico," said Maria Muñoz, codirector of the Folkloric Dancers.
Also featured in the series is a new suite, choreographed in 1998, that pays tribute to some of Mexico's oldest tunes and melodies.
"It depicts the era of the Mexican Revolution and the people's struggle against the government, especially focusing on the role of women in the revolution," said Dr. Dahlia Guerra, associate professor of music and director of the University Mariachi.
The program will begin with Canciones Mexicanas such as "El Pasajero," "Contigo Aprendí" and "Popurri Ruben Fuentes II." Next on the program is "Chiapas Marimba," to be performed by guest artist Victoria Carrera, a UTPA graduate.
The two groups also will perform such Mexican Revolution-era songs as "Intermezzo and Gavotte" and "Rondinelas," selections from the Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Jalisco, and "Bodas de Luis Alonzo," which depicts 19th century Spanish music and dance.
Other concert dates in the "Alegria 98-99" series are Feb. 13, 14 , 21, 22 and 27 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.
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 contact Guerra at 956/381-3471 or Muñoz at 956/381-2230.