It's fiesta time in the Aitken Arts Plaza at Chapman University and I wanted to make sure this exciting event was on your radar! Free activities and performances saluting the glorious music and culture of Mexico will be on the plaza all afternoon on Sunday, May 29, ​courtesy of The Musco Center for the Arts in association with Chapman University Latino Staff & Faculty Forum and Mariachi Women's Festival/Foundation.

This first offering from Musco World CAFÉ honors Mexican culture, tradition and family, and encourages everyone, from all ethnic backgrounds, to share in the beauty of Mexico’s rich history, music and art. It’s all topped off by an evening concert inside Musco Center, starring top mariachi ensembles in Southern California. 

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Here's the best part, you can enter below to WIN 2 tickets for the 6pm concert!! Good Luck!

“The Heartbeat of Mexico”
Sunday, May 29, 2016 – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
1-5 p.m. – FREE Mexican Arts and Culture Fiesta – including performances, crafts booths, food, local information and much more.
M.C.: Hector Rivera.  FREE and open to everyone!
1 p.m. – Presentation and panel discussion: “¡Viva el Mariachi Femenil!” – Ties in to the exhibition of the same name depicting the history of women in mariachi, opening in one hour in Chapman’s Leatherby Libraries, first floor. Talk and panel presentation by Dr. Leonor Xochitl Perez of The Mariachi Women’s Foundation; Dr.  Lauryn Salazar, Texas Tech University and Dr. Jessie Vallejo, Cal Poly Pomona.  Panel will take place inside Musco Center, followed by a mariachi-led audience procession to Leatherby Libraries for the ceremonial opening of the exhibition.
2 p.m. – Follow the mariachi band from the front of Musco Center to the Ribbon-cutting ceremony opening the exhibition in Leatherby Libraries: “¡Viva el Mariachi Femenil!,” presented by the Mariachi Women’s Foundation, showcases photos and artifacts depicting the history of women in mariachi from 1903-2016. The trials and tribulations of the pioneers of women in mariachi and the evolution of all-female groups into the present day will be demonstrated through historic photographs, documents, artifacts and displays of mariachi suits. Curated by Leonor Xochitl Perez, Ph.D. Exhibit runs through Aug. 1.
2:30 p.m. — Zumba on the lawn. Join us for an energetic Zumba class!
Aitken Arts Plaza lawn
2:45 p.m. — Performance: Grupo Folklorico Alma y Corazon
Aitken Arts Plaza Stage
 3 p.m. — Performance: Grupo Bellas
Wells Fargo Stage in front of Leatherby Libraries
3:15 p.m. — Performance: Macondo Ballet Folklorico
Aitken Arts Plaza Stage
 4 p.m. —  Performance: Herencia Mexicana
Wells Fargo Stage in front of Leatherby Libraries
4 p.m. — Performance: Relámpago del Cielo
Aitken Arts Plaza stage
4:40 p.m. — Performance: Grupo Folklorico Alma y Corazon
Aitken Arts Plaza stage
5 p.m. — Performance: Calle4 Combo
Wells Fargo Stage
5:10 p.m. — Performance: Macondo Ballet Folklorico
Aitken Arts Plaza Stage
6 p.m. – Ticketed Event: Musco World CAFE presents
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
With dancers from Folklor Pasion Mexicana
Mariachi Reyna de los Angeles
With dancers from DanzaArts – Sabor Mexico Dance Company
Tickets: $20 to $35 – available in advance at or 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726)

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, based in Los Angeles, is a Grammy Award-winning ensemble founded in the 1960s by musician Nati Cano. The group went on to perform with singer Linda Ronstadt and rose to become of the world’s best-known mariachi bands, playing Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall, Segerstrom Hall and the Kennedy Center. Nati Cano died in 2014, but his legacy truly lives on in this group.
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles is enriching the medium as America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble.  Founded in 1994, the group has now recorded three albums and has shared the stage with world-renowned musicians like Vicki Carr, Guadalupe Pineda and Lucha Villa.  It also has performed for some of the world’s highest-profile celebrities, including Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, and Barack and Michelle Obama.

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