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ASU celebrates Mexico through music

Festitivies included food, games, crafts and a DJ

Man singing in front of a group of musicians.
September 29, 2023

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU Gammage and Educational Outreach and Student Services at Arizona State University worked together to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 16 with a sold-out concert celebrating the music of Mexico, followed by an after-party with food, games, crafts and a DJ.

“¡Viva México!,” the opening concert of the ASU Symphony Orchestra season, paired the symphony orchestra with ASU Mariachi Ensemble and special guests Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar from Los Angeles. Telemundo was the media sponsor for the concert, and Veronica Quintero served as the MC for the evening, with additional performances by Micha Espinosa, faculty in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, and renowned mask-maker and performer Zarco Guerrero.

The symphony orchestra was conducted by Julie Desbordes, with Sergio Freeman as assistant conductor, and the ASU Mariachi Ensemble was conducted by Scott Glasser.

Top photo: ASU student Christian Armanti performs to a sold-out audience as part of the ASU Mariachi Ensemble at the “¡Viva México!” concert at ASU Gammage on Sept. 16. Photo by Tim Trumble

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