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World Stage, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, November 3, 2013


A video invitation from Cal Performances Director Matias Tarnopolsky

Preview video

Tickets for ages 16 and under are half-price for this performance!

One of the most influential ensembles in the history of mariachi, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán was founded over 100 years ago in a small city near Jalisco, Mexico. More than 50 recordings later, the 13-piece ensemble brings together five generations of musicians who continue to define the sound of modern mariachi while firmly rooted in the music's rich folk tradition. Sporting ornately embroidered charro outfits, the performers of Mariachi Vargas fill the hall with the vibrant sound of strings, brass, and strident vocals, performing their own takes on traditional and popular forms like the huasteco, waltz, popurri, polka, huapango, and cumbia.

Join us before the performance to celebrate Latin Culture
Outside of Zellerbach Hall, in Lower Sproul Plaza, there will be free face painting in the style of "Day of the Dead" from 5 pm until 7 pm, and a special dance performance by UC Berkeley Student Group, Ballet Folklorico Reflejos de Mexico at 5:30 pm. Plus — we'll also have some special menu items for ticketholders to snack on at Zellerbach Café!

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Discover, Engage: Education & Community Programs Education & Community Event: Sightlines
Sun, Nov 3, 6-6:30 pm
Zellerbach Hall
Pre-performance talk with Jesse "Chuy" Varela, music director of KCSM radio and host of the Latin Jazz show on Sundays 2-5 pm. Sightlines are free to event ticket holders.

Donor Event: Donor Intermission
Sun, Nov 3, 7pm
Zellerbach Room
(Donors of $1,500+)

During select performances throughout the season, Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments in our donor lounge, the Zellerbach Room, located on the north side of the Zellerbach Hall lobby. For especially popular events, find us on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall. Donor Intermissions are the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]


Matías Tarnopolsky invita a las audiencias a Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán (Matías Tarnopolsky invites audiences to Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán)


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Sun, Nov 3, 7 pm