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Workshops, concert highlight 16th annual Feria del Mariachi

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
March 6, 2015

The Latin Music Studies area at Texas State University will host the 16th annual Feria del Mariachi conference May 1-2 at various locations in San Marcos.

The two-day schedule of events includes a mariachi competition for middle school and high school mariachis, workshops on vocal and instrumental techniques and a finale concert.

Mariachi workshops will take place at the Texas State School of Music 6-10 p.m. May 1. The mariachi competition will take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 2 at Evans Auditorium on campus. The finale concert will be 7:30 p.m. May 2 in Strahan Coliseum. Doors open at 7 p.m.

During the finale concert, Sebastien De La Cruz will perform and present Lifetime Achievement Awards to the members of Las Tesoros de San Antonio who have more than a century of performing experience among them. The concert will also feature the 2015 All State Mariachi, middle school and high school competition winners and Texas State’s own award-winning Mariachi Nueva Generación.

Tickets for the finale concert are $25 for preferred seating for adults, $20 preferred seating for students/seniors, $20 general admission adult and $15 general admission students/seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at www.txstatepresents.universitytickets.com, at Victory Cleaners in San Marcos or at the door on May 2 starting at 6 p.m.

Feria del Mariachi’s mission is to promote mariachi education and culture in schools and the community by exposing students to successful figures in the mariachi community and providing them a chance to meet other young musicians.

For more information on the festival, contact the Latin Music Studies program at (512) 245-2651, or visit the website, www.feriadelmariachi.com.