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20171109 Alexa 3UTRGV School of Music Mariachi Aztlan will perform in concert for three days this weekend.

The UTRGV School of Music will hold a Mariachi Aztlan concert as part of its Special Events Series for three days this weekend.

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. both Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Performing Arts Complex, 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg. General admission tickets are $10.

The exuberance and raw beauty of the Mexican folk music and dance will be center stage as the UTRGV’s Mariachi Juvenil Aztlan and Ballet Folklorico will perform traditional music including sones, jalisciences, huapangos, canciones, rancheras and baladas romanticas.

Founded by Dr. Dahlia Guerra, assistant vice president of public art at UTRGV, in 1989 is one of the best known musical groups in their genre across the nation. The group is co-directed by Francisco Loera. The group has traveled throughout North America as musical ambassadors representing the beauty of the Hispanic music and cultural traditions

Their accolades is an impressive list, including being selected as the “Outstanding College or University Mariachi” in nationwide competitions through the past 20 years. Some of their highlights include performing at the White House, by invitation, during the signing ceremony of an executive order commemorating the renewal of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics where they performed for President Barack Obama.

They also performed with the Houston Grand Opera, where the UTPA Mariachi Aztlan premiered the stage production of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, the world’s first “Mariachi-Opera.”

The UTPA Mariachi Aztlán has also appeared at the Tucson International Mariachi Conferences, at the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan Extravaganzas in San Antonio and Houston, and has performed at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. The UTPA Mariachi Aztlán has performed with two symphony orchestras in Mexico, and has also performed several times with the Valley Symphony Orchestra in the Rio Grande Valley.

The UTPA Mariachi Aztlán has won first place in the “Best in Texas” Mariachi Invitational at the Houston Rodeo in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012, performing for more than 73,000 people on each occasion.

Most recently of note, Mariachi Aztlán premiered the newest mariachi opera El Pasado Nunca Se Termina with the Chicago Lyric Opera in 2015, and performed as guest artists at the Tucson International Mariachi Conference in 2015. In 2016, Mariachi Aztlán released a new CD, “Mi Nombre es México” to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the UTPA/UTRGV Mariachi Program.

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