Festitivies included food, games, crafts and a DJ
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.
Community member Salma Aviña sings as part of the ASU Mariachi Ensemble at the “¡Viva México!” concert at ASU Gammage.Photo by Tim Trumble
Mexico Deputy Consul Armando Manuel Esparza Miranda holds the flag of Mexico and performs "El Grito," a call-and-response tradition reenacting the 1810 call for Mexico's independence, at “¡Viva México!”Photo by Tim Trumble
Professor Micha Espinosa, from ASU’s School of Music, Dance and Theatre, performs during “¡Viva México!”Photo by Tim Trumble
ASU student Tzu-I Yang plays the cello in “¡Viva México!” at ASU Gammage, the first concert in the ASU Symphony Orchestra’s season.Photo by Tim Trumble
Alicia Garcia plays one of the games at the after-concert party celebrating Mexican Independence Day.Photo by Tim Trumble
Isabella Valdez plays badminton at the after-concert party celebrating Mexican Independence Day.Photo by Tim Trumble
From left: Irene Larios, Dagney Aguilar and Felicitas Larios play a game together at the after-concert party celebrating Mexican Independence Day.Photo by Tim Trumble
Herberger Institute Dean Steven Tepper greets Jimmy Cuellar and other members of Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar while ASU Orchestras conductor Julie Desbordes and Heather Landes, director of the School of Music, Dance and Theatre (in red), look on.Photo by Tim Trumble
From left: Heather Landes celebrates at the after-concert party with Melita Belgrave, Herberger Institute associate dean for culture and access, and Paola Hidalgo, ASU’s executive director of Mexico relations.Photo by Tim Trumble
From left: ASU doctoral student Sergio Freeman, Jimmy Cuéllar of Mariachi Garibaldi and conductor Julie Desbordes celebrate at the after-concert party on the lawn next to the Music Building.Photo by Tim Trumble
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