Corridos y Cantares II
By Patricia Pérez (click on image to enlarge picture)
Alianza Latino Americana is back in full force and reading to present “Corridos y Cantares II.”
Its first and most-successful presentation took place in 2012 and now this much-awaited follow-up song-and-dance musical production with a Mexican flavor is almost here.
Among the many performers will be Monterrey-native Héctor Hernández, who from an early age demonstrated an aptitude for music and singing. Although he studied to be an Aeronautical technician, his passion is music. Hence, that is why, as a teenager, he participated as a vocalist with the Harlandale High School’s mariachi group.
The local established artist’s resume includes performances with the Horwath Production Company and the Luminaria Festival. Hernández also alternated with Rodrigo de la Cadena in his presentation at the Mexican Cultural Institute and as a special guest of maestro Alejandro Ramírez at the Folk Life Festival.
To hone his vocal skills, he studied with famed soprano singer Cristina Ortega where he learned the mission and objectives of the Hispanic Heritage Society. Since then he has participated in several of their annual events to educate the San Antonio community by promoting the Hispanic musical culture. Hence, he has been a featured soloist in Voces de San Antonio since 2009.
Another Hispanic Heritage Society alumnus is Rachell Rivas, who has been involved in all that is related to the arts since he was merely four-years-old. Now thirteen and in the sixth grade at Bradley Middle School, where she plays second violin in the school orchestra, the Los Angeles-native takes great pride in her culture by singing at school festivals and events.
Then there are the Ladies of the Chorus for Voces of San Antonio. They are Irma Longoria and Silvia Goodman.
Longoria has been with Voces since it was established in 1993 thus making the professional nurse a founding member. A sales executive and instructor in Lanmark Education, Goodman moved here from Salamanca, Guanajuato, México in 1993 and has been an enthusiastic member of Voces since 2001.
Another featured performer will be the beautiful, vivacious Valerie Pérez-Arrieta plus our gorgeous producer, moi.
This year’s “Corridos y Cantares” featuring many more of San Antonio most talented singers and dancers is sponsored by StreetTalk Magazine, La Prensa, SA Arts, La Gloria, Our Lady of the Lake University, Club Monterrey, Instituto de Los Mexicanos En El Exterior, the San Antonio Charro Association and Ramiro Mojarro Comunidades.
The curtain for this magical night of entertainment will go up at 7 p.m. and the production will come to live on Saturday, May 4 at Our Lady of the Lake’s Thiry Auditorium.
Advance tickets are $7 and for more information, call (210) 431-3922 or 385-3877. See you there.