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School of Music hosts 10th annual La Feria del Mariachi

By Lauren A. Lamb
University News Service
April 21, 2009

The 10th annual “La Feria del Mariachi Concert” will be held April 25 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum at Texas State University-San Marcos.
This year’s concert will be hosted by master of ceremonies Alberto Alegre and presents the Mariachi Los Arrieros del Valle, Texas State’s own mariachi ensembles, Nueva Generación and Mariachi Infantil, as well as the winners from the Mariachi competition held earlier in the day.
A lifetime achievement award, “La Voz De Oro,” will also be presented to Pedro Fernandez for his achievements and contributions to Mariachi music in the United States and Mexico. Fernandez will also present the trophies to the winners of the mariachi competition, which is held in his honor each year.
More than 150 middle and high school student participants will be in the coliseum beginning at 10 a.m. for a competition and instructional seminars focusing on various aspects of the mariachi musical art form. Participants for the competition portion of the event travel from high schools, middle schools and colleges throughout Texas.
Texas State students may purchase tickets at the door for $5 with a university ID the day of the event. Tickets ($15 for preferred seating, $10 regular seating and $5 for children ages 13 and under) for all others may be purchased at the door or the main office in the School of Music.           
For more information please visit the Texas State Multi-Cultural Music home page at