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Texas State hosts 7th Annual La Feria del Mariachi

Date of Release: 04/19/2006

SAN MARCOS—The 7th Annual La Feria del Mariachi Concert will be held 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29 in Evans Auditorium at Texas State University-San Marcos.

This year’s concert presents three top mariachi performers: Trio San Antonio de Chepe Solis; Mariachi Mariachi Campanas de America; and of course, Texas State’s own award-winning mariachi ensemble Nueva Generación.

More than 250 middle school and high school student participants will be on campus during the weekend for two days of instructional seminars focusing on various aspects of the mariachi musical art form. Everything from personalized instruction on the various instruments used in mariachi music and vocal technique to stage presence, arrangement and the traditions of mariachi are included in the two-day event. Participants come from high schools, middle schools and community colleges around the state.

The mariachi competition begins at 11 a.m. Sunday and is free and open to the public.

The weekend is organized by John Lopez, a professor in the School of Music as well as Director of Multicultural Music Ensembles. Additional help was provided by the members of Mariachi Nueva Generación.

Texas State students may purchase tickets at the door for $5 with a university ID the night of the concert. Tickets ($15 for preferred seating, $10 regular seating) for all others may be purchased in advance at two locations in San Marcos, Taqueria El Charro and Los Cucos Mexican Restaurant as well as the music office.

For additional information, visit the Texas State Multi-Cultural Music Home Page at www.txstate.edu/mcmusic.