2013-07-11 ¡VivaFest! Workshops Teach and Preserve Mexico’s Music and Dance

Registration open – folklorico dancers, mariachi musicians and singers train  to perform at Gala Concert

Press FolkloricoSan Jose, CA (July 11, 2013) – The 22nd Annual ¡VivaFest! kicks off Labor Day weekend with three days of mariachi and ballet folklorico workshops, preparing an anticipated 500 students to perform in the September 7th gala, The Romances of Mexico. The students, ages 8 to 80, will join gala headliner Fernando de la Mora, Mexico’s leading operatic tenor, making his San Jose debut, along with Mexican American icons Mariachi Sol De Mexico. Local folklorico maestros along with established masters from Mexico and members of the Los Lupeños de San Jose teach the dance classes. Members of Mariachi Sol de Mexico will lead the mariachi workshops.

When: August 31, September 1-2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: The Tech Museum, 201 South Market St., San Jose, CA

Cost: $75/person by 7/31; $85/person by 8/2; $150/person after 8/25

About ¡VivaFest!:

The 22nd Annual ¡VivaFest! is the country’s only month-long, multi-venue celebration of the best Latino music, art, dance, film combined with educational music and dance workshops and community conversations. This year’s ¡VivaFest! takes place August 31 to September 28. Produced by the non-profit Mexican Heritage Corporation, this destination event showcases and explores Latino culture, inviting a better understanding of its treasures and heritage. All ¡VivaFest! proceeds benefit the Mexican Heritage Corporation and San Jose Unified School District’s Joint Mariachi Youth Education Program which provides a rigorous standards-based music program in mariachi for students from diverse communities.

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For photos and information:

Trisha Clayton, 415-346-4565, t.clayton@comcast.net

Judy Rowcliffe, 415-456-4131, jlrowcliffe@comcast.net