July 26 2002

Fourth Annual ¡Viva El Mariachi! Festival An Evening of Traditional and Classical Mariachi Music

San Diego Symphony to Accompany World-Renowned Mariachi Vargas

Local families and residents can enjoy performances by world-renowned mariachi groups and colorful ballet folklorico groups at the fourth annual ¡Viva el Mariachi! Festival, Sunday, August 11, at the Navy Pier in downtown San Diego.

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán

“This year’s festival will be an unforgettable evening of traditional and classical Mariachi music. We are proud to have the opportunity to bring this beautiful cultural event to our region,” said chamber president Elizabeth Bustos.

“The Fourth Annual Viva el Mariachi Festival will raise funds to strengthen the Hispanic Chamber’s educational programs for Hispanic youth, including scholarships and mentoring opportunities. Funds raised will also support Hispanic Chamber membership benefit programs.”

The festival begins at 4 p.m. with performances by youth ballet foklorico groups, as well as up-and-coming mariachi groups from the Sweetwater Unified School District distinguished mariachi program. The concert starts at 6 p.m., including half-hour individual performances by celebrated mariachi groups:

- Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán: In 1898, four visionary musicians whose original arrangements have become part of the Mexican way of life formed Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán.

Mariachi Vargas enters a new stage of their transcendental history with aesthetic dignity, clear musical beauty and the quality of magnificent symphonic orchestra. It can truly be said that Mariachi Vargas is a genuine exponent of the soul of the Mexican people.

- Campanas de America: This premier, American musical ensemble is made so distinct by its ability to combine traditional Mexican Mariachi music with contemporary Latin Rhythm and American mainstream pop. From the traditional folkloric “La Negra” to the toe tappin’, boot-scootin’ “Lone Star Melody,” Mariachi Campanas de America typifies the essence of what it means to be a Mexican American.

- Mariachi Las Adelitas: A unique ensemble of talented young musicians that embody style and beauty. In a music genre long dominated by men only, these talented young women are pioneers in the music world of mariachi.

Highlighting the festivities will be a special performance by Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, accompanied by the San Diego Symphony.

Tickets for ¡Viva el Mariachi! Festival are now available at TicketMaster outlets and at the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce offices, with prices ranging from $25 to $75. Call (619) 702-0795 for more information.


Voted “Largest Hispanic Chamber, Region I”, two consecutive years, the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce promotes a favorable business climate, advances economic development, enhances the social and cultural environment of the community and encourages responsible and cost effective government.

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