The universally renowned and acclaimed Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlan, with special guests Yolanda Del Rio and ballet folklorico group Los Mesitzos de San Jose, perform tonight. Internationally acclaimed as “the best mariachi in the world,” the group comes to City National Civic for a rare San Jose-area appearance.
Originally founded by Don Gaspar Vargas, Manuel Mendoza and two violinists in the town of Tecalitlan, Mexico in 1898, this mariachi group has since starred in more than 200 movies, recorded dozens of albums of pasodobles, valses, bailables, polkas, and danzones, as well as collaborated with various artists including Juan Gabriel and Linda Ronstadt.
Recently, the Houston Grand Opera turned to the ensemble’s legendary leader, Jose “Pepe” Martinez, to write the score and collaborate with librettist Leonard Foglia in creating the world’s first mariachi opera, “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” (“To Cross the Face of the Moon”), which premiered to sold-out houses in Paris, Houston, Chicago and San Diego.
Currently, Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlan continues to record and tour internationally.