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Mariachi Herencia de México

Mariachi Herencia de México

Location: Imperial Theatre

Date: October 6, 2019

Show Starts: 7:30 PM

Tickets: $45 adults / $40 subscribers / $25 youth

Mariachi Herencia De Mexico are a grammy-nominated group of students from Chicago’s Mexican-American barrios. for Cesar Maldonado, founder of the education program that nurtured these young mariachi musicians, success meant much more than accolades and media attention. It meant new horizons and elevated ambitions for these 12- to-18-year-old children from working-class, immigrant households.

“Their lives have completely changed,” says Maldonado, an investment banker who runs the non-profit music program, the Mariachi Heritage Foundation. “They now view the world as a whole globe, as opposed to just the four-block radius where they live. The success of the first CD was amazing, but the true win is the transformative experience they get to live.”

For the students, gaining a global platform provides new opportunities to share their passion for the music.

“We were challenged during the recording process, but I learned so much,” says guitar player Melanie Juarez. “I hope people that never listened to mariachi music can enjoy the album. They’ll realize just how beautiful and diverse mariachi music is.”

At a time when immigrant communities are under increased stress, the mariachi experience has been a positive force for these students.  “When they tell you their stories, it makes you want to cry,” says Limón. 

“Mariachi music has helped these kids mature and evolve emotionally,” says Cesar Maldonado. “It’s not just about music, it’s also about learning discipline, time management and teamwork. There’s a compañerismo (friendship) these kids have built. They’re each other’s best friends, brothers and sisters.”

So this is the story of a musical ensemble that feels like a family: Sharing disappointments and triumphs, and moving forward together.

“Mariachi is my life,” says Daniel Bautista, who plays vihuela. “It’s an honour to play this beautiful music.”

Imperial Theatre