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Enjoy the Full Mariachi Experience At Macey Center

SOCORRO, N.M. December 8, 2015 – Treat your family to an evening devoted to the complete mariachi holiday experience, from traditional music to a graceful and delightful ballet folklorico, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at New Mexico Tech's Macey Center Auditorium.

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 Ballet Folklorico Pado del Norte returns to Socorro for the annual Mariachi Christmas. 

 

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Mariachi Chihuahua will perform at Macey Center this year. 

 

The Performing Arts Series (PAS) will host Noberta Fresquez's "Mariachi Christmas," now in its 15th year, featuring El Mariachi Nuevo Chihuahua and Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte, showcasing the work of choreographer Rodolfo Hernandez.

Prior to the performance, Tech Club – Club Macey is open to members (free) and guests ($5) 21 and older from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Join the group for beverages served with mini-tamales, a salsa bar, red chile pork posole and biscochitos.

"Noberta Fresquez has become the First Lady of Mariachi Music in New Mexico, and we're pleased that once again she is bringing the traditional holiday classic to town," said PAS Director Ronna Kalish.

"She started the first mariachi music program in Albuquerque, and has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for her expertise in cultural entertainment and programming," Kalish said.

El Mariachi Nuevo Chihuahua, comprised of both young musicians and seasoned professionals, has had the good fortune to have worked with a number of well-known mariachi masters including Aída Cuevas, Vicente Fernández Jr., Estela Núñez, Beatriz Adriana, Fernando de la Mora, José Luis Ordóñez and Julion Álvarez.

Stateside, the troupe performed earlier this year at the Rocky Mountain Festival of the Dance in Pueblo, Colo., and has headlined the Mariachi Spectacular in Albuquerque for three years, in addition to concerts across Mexico.

"The colorful costumes are part of the charm of mariachi music and its accompanying ballet folklorico," said Kalish. The musicians wear a distinctive style modeled after the charro, or Mexican horseman, including sombreros, heavily embroidered jackets and conchos.

Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte, rich in tradition and history, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. The award-winning dance troupe is under the artistic direction of choreographer and professor Rodolfo Hernandez.

Both the dancers and choreographer are recognized for their excellence in choreography and performance from both the country of Mexico and the U.S.

Paso del Norte has traveled extensively throughout both countries, and has proudly represented the City of El Paso at major community, national and international events.

The Governors of the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Zacatecas have repeatedly invited the group to perform in several of their major cities. Paso del Norte has the distinction of being the first American Folkloric dance group to be invited by the Instituto Mexicano Norteamericano de Relaciones Culturales in Mexico City.

Choreographer Hernandez has a degree from the University of Chihuahua in Elementary Education; he also completed his Master's degree in Mexican History. He has been honored for excellence as a maestro, artistic director, choreographer and dancer, and designs many of the costumes worn by his dancers.

Noberta Fresquez received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Mexico Hispano Music Association; the Mark Ipiotis Award from the New Mexico Hispano Entertainers Association; and the Creative Bravo Award and De Colores Award for excellence in cultural education programming.

She also has been recognized by the N.M. State Board of Education for her outstanding work in providing mariachi music education to public school children in the state. In 2010, she was recognized by the New Mexico Business Weekly as one of that year's 25 influential Women of New Mexico.

In 2011, Fresquez received the highest award the Mexican government gives to non- Mexican citizens, El Premio OHTLI, and remains one of three New Mexicans to have received the prestigious award.

Most recently, she received the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award from Governor Susana Martinez.

Sponsors for the performance are Presbyterian Socorro General Hospital, EMRTC and Wells Fargo.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $10 for youths 17 and under, and are available online at www.nmtpas.org, or at the N.M. Tech Cashier's Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Socorro County Chamber of Commerce, Sofia's Kitchen Drive-up, or at the door.

-- Valerie Kimble for NMT --