Does history echo to the present? We are proud to bring back Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán after an extremely popular UMS debut in November 2010. Mariachi Vargas is one of the most highly regarded ensembles in the history of mariachi, decisively shaping the art form. Founded in a small city near Jalisco by Don Gaspar Vargas in the 1890s, this band basically invented the modern mariachi, and five generations later, is still playing today. They have recorded over 100 CDs, with original songs and arrangements that set the standard for mariachi music. Masters at melding the old world style of mariachi music with new, innovative pieces, Mariachi Vargas is appealing to audiences across all generations.
Please note: Spanish speakers will be available on phone (734-764-2538) Monday, January 21 (1-5PM), Tuesday, January 22 (2:45-5PM), Thursday, January 24 (11AM-12:45PM, 2:45-5PM), Friday, January 25 (12-2PM, 3-5PM), and Saturday, January 26 (10AM-1PM). Spanish speakers will be available in person at our Ticket Office on the north end of the Michigan League building (911 N. University Avenue) on Wednesday, January 23 (12-2PM, 3-5PM) and Saturday, January 26 (11AM-1PM), as well as at Hill Auditorium the day of the concert.
Atención: hispanohablantes estarán disponibles por teléfono (734-764-2538) lunes, el 21 de enero (1-5PM), martes, el 22 de enero (2:45-5PM), jueves, el 24 de enero (11AM-12:45PM, 2:45-5PM), viernes, el 25 de enero (12-2PM, 3-5PM) y sábado, el 26 de enero (10AM-1PM). Hispanohablantes estarán disponibles en persona en nuestra Oficina de boletos en el parte norte del edificio de Michigan League (911 N. University Avenue) miércoles, el 23 de enero (12-2PM, 3-5PM) y sábado, el 26 de enero (11AM-1PM), y además en Hill Auditorium el día del concierto.
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The internationally acclaimed Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán is based out of Mexico City and has performed throughout the US and Latin America and most recently in Spain and the Czech Republic. Their music continues to shape cultures, influence people, attract multiple generations, and entertain audiences throughout the world.
Much of the success of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán is due to the phenomenal talents of Maestro Ruben Fuentes, the groupʼs leader since the 1950s, and Jose “Pepe” Martinez, Sr., musical director for Mariachi Vargas. Together Fuentes and Martinez have written numerous songs and arrangements that have resulted in the sound mariachi music is known for today.
This concert marks the second appearance of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán under UMS auspices. The group last performed in Hill Auditorium in November, 2010.