At the Vancouver Playhouse
Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre presents ¡Viva México!
A Celebration of Women in the World of Mariachi – With Las Estrellas de Vancouver, Melinda Salcido, and Nahualli Folklore
In a rare showcase of female-led Mexican music, Las Estrellas de Vancouver join forces with Los Angeles-based guest singer Melinda Salcido, and the dancers of Nahualli Folklore for an evening of melodic rancheras, intense sones, and romantic boleros.
More than just a concert, this not-to-be-missed experience is a journey through the contributions women have made to the world of mariachi. From the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema—beginning in the 1930s and lasting until the 1960s—to Las Adelitas, the first all-female group in Mexico City in the 1940s, the impact of women on Mexican mariachi music has been extraordinary.
Based on the experiences of living musicians, and informed by research of Mariachi Women’s Festival producer Dr. Leonor Xóchitl Perez, Las Estrellas de Vancouver (led by founder Michelle Cormier) will perform pieces that capture this evolving musical. Melinda Salcido will perform with the group, while Vancouver’s Nahualli Folklore Ensemble highlight the connections between Mexican folk dance (baile, or ballet, folklórico) and mariachi music.