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June 19, 2001

Musical Masters and Their Memories:
Mexican Folk Concert at CSUS

"Four Masters of Our Mexican Heritage," a celebration of Mexican cultural traditions and folk music, hits the stage at California State University, Sacramento at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 26. The theatrical concert takes place in the University Union Ballroom.

The performance will feature four elder folk artists accompanied by the youth group Los Cenzontles. The artists will discuss their respective Mexican and Mexican American heritage and its relationship to the rich cultural diversity of California.

The four artists are the foremost, and in some cases, the only remaining proponents of this heritage. The artists will also discuss the history and traditions associated with each musical genre.

The traditions represented, rural in their origins, have had a tremendous affect on contemporary Mexican music. The CSUS concert celebrates the passing of cultural traditions from one generation to the next, as well as, the release of an Arhoolie Records CD featuring the four folk artists and Los Cenzontles.

The program includes Julian Gonzales performing the traditional mariachi music of Jalisco, Mexico accompanied by dancers; Atilano Lopez performing the traditional Pirekuas of the Purepecha people, sung in Spanish and Purepecha; Andres Vega Delfin, a member of the renown group Mono Blanco, performing the traditional music of southern Veracruz accompanied by zapateado dancers; and Santiago Jimenez, Jr. performing traditional Tejano music.

The CSUS concert is part of a two-week tour of six cities in California and is directed by Eugene Rodriguez and Gilberto Gutierrez - both of whom have a long history of collaborating on projects aimed at reintroducing Mexican folklore to young people. Their work has been funded by the U.S. Mexico Fund for Culture, the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

A bilingual program will be available at the concert and tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the CSUS Tickets office at (916) 278-4323.

For more information about the concert call the CSUS Multi-Cultural Center at (916) 278-6101. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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