Tech Macey Center offers seasonal mariachi experience

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“Mariachi Christmas,” provides a complete mariachi holiday experience, from traditional music to a graceful and delightful ballet folklorico, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center Auditorium.

Submitted photo: Mariachi experience in the form of “Mariachi Christmas” comes to Socorro Friday. See Page 3 for details.

Mariachi Jalisciense del Valle and Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte, features a troupe of the fine musicians and dancers in the final Performing Arts Series program of the calendar year.

Before the show, Tech Club – Club Macey holds a social in the Macey Center Galena Room from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and at intermission, with traditional posole and natillas (rice pudding). TCCM is a social club for people 21 and over. There is a $5 cover charge if you are not a member of TCCM.

The Mariachi Christmas production is under the management of Noberta Fresquez of Albuquerque, whose work with the company helped earn her a New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award last month.

“We are just thrilled to close out the year with such a spectacular program,” said PAS Director Ronna Kalish. “The last couple years the locally produced ‘Merry-achi Christmas’ did not take place, and people were disappointed, so we’re hoping to draw a huge audience from up and down the valley.

“For many people in this part of the Southwest, the holiday season isn’t complete without the color and culture of traditional mariachi music and the exquisite choreography of ballet folklorico. This is a holiday gift from the Performing Arts Series to everyone.”

Mariachi Jalisciense del Valle, established in 2010, joins a new generation of mariachi groups with an ensemble of musicians.

The group has assembled an extensive repertoire, with numerous performances in venues throughout North and South America. With their fresh and innovative ideas, they have become crowd favorites, and yet they are very traditional in their performances.

“Mariachi Jalisciense accurately represents the beauty and color of the Hispanic culture, which is why they’ve become one of the finest mariachi groups in this region,” Kalish said. “Members travel throughout the U.S. and Mexico, inspiring thousands of school children to take pride in their culture and the beauty of the music of Mexico.”

The term “ballet folklorico” has been defined as traditional Mexican folk dance that reflects the beliefs and legends of people living in the small towns and villages of our southern neighbor. The sombrero is a traditional costume accessory used in ballet folklorico performances.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for youth 17 and under, and are available at the New Mexico Tech Cashier’s Office, second floor of Fidel Center, Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Sofia’s Kitchen Drive-up, by calling 835-5688, or at the door.