NUVHS Students Invited to NU Event Promoting Mariachi Music
March 1, 2013
San Diego, Calif. – The National University Center for Cultural and Ethnic Studies will be honoring two National University alumni who have played a key role in preserving Mexican heritage and advancing diverse arts and culture by promoting mariachi music throughout the San Diego region on Tuesday, March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at National’s Spectrum Business Park Campus in Kearny Mesa. All NUVHS students are invited to attend this incredible cultural event.
The two alumni being honored are Serafin Paredes, leader of the mariachi band at San Diego High School and founder of Mariachi Juvenil, a non-profit organization that focuses on the importance of music education, and Wendy Charines who teaches mariachi, choir and orchestra at San Ysidro High School. Paredes and Charines both earned Masters of Education from National University in 2002 and 2006, respectively.
During the event, Paredes and Charines will give an informative talk on the history and significance of mariachi and their students will perform live mariachi music.
The event coincides with Mariachi Week and the west coast premiere of Cruzar La Cara de Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon), billed as “the first mariachi opera.” Cruzar La Cara de Luna, which has already played to positive reviews in Houston and Paris, will make its debut in the region with two shows on Saturday, March 16, at the San Diego Opera.
“Music is one of the best ways to teach and learn about other cultures,” said Maryam Davodi-Far, Director of the Center for Cultural and Ethnic Studies and an assistant professor in the National University School of Professional Studies. “We are fortunate to claim many outstanding music teachers such as Serafin and Wendy as alumni, and the Center is proud to honor them. It is a great way to unite the community and celebrate our diverse cultures.”
The event is free and open to the public. National University’s Spectrum Business Park Campus is located at 9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123. To RSVP or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.