April 25, 2017
Texas Tech University and Lubbock High School mariachi musicians will perform a free concert of Mexican mariachi music at 8 p.m. Friday (April 28) at Hemmle Recital Hall.
The performance will consist of two ensembles. The first ensemble, Mariachi del Oro, will feature 14 students from Lubbock High School performing three songs under the direction of Texas Tech graduate student Gregory Cavazos.
In the second ensemble, students from Texas Tech’s School of Music, Lubbock High School and South Plains College will perform as a part of Mariachi Los Matadores. The group will perform a collection of popular mariachi favorites like “El Herradero,” “Ella” and “La Mañanitas.” The ensemble is directed Lauryn Salazar, assistant professor of musicology.
Mariachi Los Matadores is part of an academic mariachi program in Texas Tech’s Vernacular Music Center. Established in 2001, the group focuses on a wide variety of styles and is influenced by the music and work of Grammy award-winning group, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano.
Jesus “Chuy” Guzman, Director of Mariachi Los Camperos, coaches the students in the program twice per year in traditional repertoire and contemporary practice. The students in the group represent a wide variety of majors. It is the aim of the program to display mariachi music as a pathway to higher education through recruitment and retention.
The School of Music is part of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.
With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.
Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.