PHOTOS: Performers dazzle at the Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival
Grammy-nominated Lupita Infante joins some of Colorado's most talented young performers for annual extravaganza.
Some of the state’s youngest and best Mariachi performers joined a Grammy-nominated headliner for an evening of traditional Mexican music at Levitt Pavilion on Sept. 25.
The fifth-annual Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival, organized by MSU Denver’s Department of Music and the Latino Cultural Arts Center, featured Lupita Infante, whose album “La Serenata” was nominated for a Grammy. And for the first time, all-state youth ensemble Mariachi Estelares de Colorado also performed.
Twelve student musicians were selected for the ensemble after completing a rigorous audition process, said Lorenzo Trujillo, Ed.D., J.D., affiliate professor of Music at MSU Denver and founder of the University’s acclaimed mariachi ensemble, Mariachi Los Correcaminos. The high school students came from Denver, Commerce City, Longmont, Pueblo and Westminster and were coached by MSU Denver Music students.
For more information on the partnership, see the full story, “Viva Southwest scores a new ensemble.”