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Mariachi: The Passion and Pulse of a People Oct 14, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 10:00pm (Tucson)

During this lecture demonstration, the audience will be treated to an in depth exploration of mariachi by leading mariachi scholars and performers. By the end of the lecture, audience members will have a complete understanding of the origins, development and elements of mariachi. This educational event will be fun and energetic as music and conversation collide and illuminate this great artistic tradition.

Arizona Opera will open its 2014-2015 season by presenting the world’s first mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna. This emotional work revolves around a modern immigrant family struggling with issues of home, family and identity. This opera is sung in both English and Spanish, and audiences will be enthralled as the passionate worlds of mariachi and opera join together to become one electric, theatrical experience.

In conjunction with this groundbreaking work, Arizona Opera will be presenting a Hispanic Heritage Festival in both Phoenix and Tucson leading up to the performances. During these events, Arizona Opera will be facilitating conversations, providing demonstrations, and hosting celebrations of Hispanic culture. Members of our community will be brought together to celebrate our cultural differences in order to find the common ground that unites us all.

Hispanic Heritage Festival is generously supported by JP Morgan and Chase, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and APS!


Leo Rich Theater
260 S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701


Richard Haefer (ASU Prof. of Musicology) and Mariachi!