The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Music and the dance program will present the award-winning ensembles – the Mariachi Juvenil Aztlán and the Ballet Folklórico – in a special Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at UTRGV’s Performing Arts Auditorium on the Edinburg Campus.

The concert will kick off a weeklong tour, leaving Dec. 10 to perform in New Mexico in cities including Albuquerque, Socorro and Artesia, and returning Dec. 17. One of the venues is the Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque.  

The concerts will highlight traditional folk music and dance that celebrate the Christmas traditions of Mexico, featuring lively violins, joyous horns and swirling dresses.

Dr. Dahlia Guerra, UTRGV’s assistant vice president of Public Art and founder and co-director of the university’s Mariachi Program, said the mariachi and dance groups were invited to perform on the concert tour because of the accolades they have received and their national reputation.

“Both performing ensembles have demonstrated throughout the years that they consistently work hard and strive for excellence,” Guerra said. “They bring honor to UTRGV and pride to our community.”

The dance ensemble is under the direction of Francisco Muñoz III, artistic director and Dance Program director; and Miguel Peña, Dance Program lecturer.

The Mariachi Program is under the direction of Guerra and Francisco Loera, School of Music lecturer.

Tickets are $10, available online at http://patron.utrgv.edu/events or at the door.

For more information or special accommodations, contact (956) 665-3881 or (956) 665-2353