For the first time, Mason’s Center for the Arts welcomes Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, who will present a festive holiday performance on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m. called “Fiesta Navidad.”
This Christmas concert will celebrate and honor the cultural traditions of Mexico with mariachi, a music genre that is indigenous to Mexico.
Mariachi Los Camperos is led by Natividad “Nati” Cano, who was born in 1933 into a mariachi family. Following in his family’s footsteps, his career took him first to nearby Guadalajara, Mexico, and then to Los Angeles, where he and his band helped introduce mariachi music to American audiences.
The band employs the finest musicians from Mexico and the United States and has performed worldwide. The ensemble was one of four mariachi bands to be featured on Linda Ronstadt’s 1987 album, “Canciones de Mi Padre” (Songs of My Father), as well as 1991’s “Mas Canciones,” which won a Grammy Award.
This talented group has recorded nine critically acclaimed albums, including four in the past 10 years with Washington, D.C.-based Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. The ensemble’s 2008 album “Amor, Dolor y Lagrimas” earned a Grammy Award, and last year Smithsonian Folkways released the band’s first instructional DVD “The Sounds of Mariachi: Lessons in Mariachi Performance.” In 2008, the ensemble was also featured on the silver screen in the “Sex and the City” movie.
Tickets are $23, $38 and $46; tickets for youth through grade 12 are half price when the child is accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu.