This free mariachi concert will mark the launch of programs at Cal Lutheran dedicated to the Mexican musical genre. Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas will perform. Marisa Ronstadt will join them for the last half hour, and mariachi students from Cal Lutheran and local high schools will perform in the finale.
Founded in 1999 by trumpet player Cindy Shea, Mariachi Divas won the 2009 and 2013 Grammy Awards for Best Regional Mexican Album of the Year. The group has received seven Grammy nominations after releasing 14 albums. Mariachi Divas has been Disneyland Resort’s official mariachi since 2003. With Shea’s Italian and Irish heritage and her ensemble of women from diverse backgrounds performing in a male-dominated genre, Mariachi Divas demonstrates that music has no boundaries.
Ronstadt returned to her rich cultural roots in mariachi last year. She performed at the Mariachi Festival in Phoenix, at the renowned Teatro Metropolitano in Mexico City with the mariachi touring show “Mano a Mano Ranchero,” and in the Los Angeles production commemorating the 30th anniversary of her cousin Linda Ronstadt’s multiplatinum-selling mariachi album, Canciones de Mi Padre.
Leading the university’s new mariachi program is renowned violinist Rocio Marron, who has performed with Marc Anthony, Randy Newman, Usher, Jennifer Hudson and Josh Groban. She was recently featured on the soundtrack to the Disney Pixar film Coco.