07/17/2012 9:05 AM
MARIACHI VARGAS RETURNS TO SELENA AUDITORIUM FOR 5TH ANNUAL CORPUS CHRISTI MARIACHI MUSIC FEST
Tickets to see the world’s preeminent Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán at the American Bank Center Selena Auditorium are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. The performance is part of the 5th Annual Corpus Christi Mariachi Music Fest sponsored by State Farm Insurance and Volkswagen of Corpus Christi.
Audiences will have the opportunity to experience an international phenomenon with 13 of the greatest musicians and vocalists in the world on Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. El mejor mariachi del mundo, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, will perform in one unique concert that promises to entertain and mesmerize the audience beyond the imagination.
The Mexico City based Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán has performed for 115 years and 5 generations since 1897. They have recorded more than 100 CDs and have been featured in over 200 films. Their latest album, Mariachi Vargas Sinfonico 3, was recorded with the Orquesta Filarmonica del Estado de Queretaro. The 11-track CD includes mariachi classics like Amo Esta Tierra, Mi Ciudad, Amor Eterno and El Viajero. The success of Mariachi Vargas is attributed to the Maestro Ruben Fuentes who has served as leader of the group for over 6 decades and their musical director Jose "Pepe" Martinez, Sr. Together Fuentes and Martinez have written hundreds of songs and arrangements that give the modern day sound to traditional mariachi with operatic and symphonic influences.
Mariachi Vargas performs with the standard 6 violinists, 3 trumpets, 1 vihuela, 1 guitar, 1 guitarron and 1 harp. Eight of the 13 musicians serve as lead vocalists. Their elegant stage presence, formal mariachi attire, majestic voices and musicianship give a whole new meaning to the word mariachi.
“You haven’t seen mariachi until you’ve experienced Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán” says Michael Cicherski, State Farm Insurance AFE and sponsor of the event. “It’s amazing how this group can bring together multiple generations of youth and adults who are screaming, clapping and crying throughout their performance. These guys are in a league all on their own and their music and performance resonates tremendous cultural pride and appreciation.”
“Mariachi Vargas helps break the stereotype of mariachi music from the past” says Cynthia Muñoz, producer of the Corpus Christi Mariachi Music Fest. “Their music is a beautiful blend of traditional mariachi music presented in the most elegant artistic form one can imagine. This is the best of the Mexican culture.”
“Volkswagen of Corpus Christi is proud to be a presenting sponsor of the Corpus Christi Mariachi Music Fest and the Mariachi Vargas concert,” says Luis Perez, Owner. “We’re proud to support an event that promotes cultural preservation and higher education in our Hispanic communities.”
Mariachi Vargas has performed throughout the world including Spain, the Czech Republic, Japan and, most recently, Paris, France where they premiered the first mariachi opera "To Cross the Face of the Moon" with the Houston Grand Opera.
The Corpus Christi Mariachi Music Fest is the largest and longest running mariachi music festival in the Coastal Bend Area thanks to State Farm Insurance and Volkswagen of Corpus Christi. Additional support is provided by HEB, Budweiser, KORO-TV (Univision), The Corpus Christi Caller Times and NSIDE Magazine. Tickets start at $25 and are available at the American Bank Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.Ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Additional fees may apply. Visit AmericanBankCenter.com for more info.