The CHS Outdoor Concert series presents the work of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP), a statewide initiative that documents diverse cultural traditions and shares the artistic creations and community cultural practices of folk artists living throughout Connecticut.
On June 15 (rain date June 16) we present Mariachi Mexico Antiguo, a Connecticut mariachi group of fourteen men and women playing a variety of instruments and vocal arrangements of traditional mariachi music. The group moved to Connecticut from Las Vegas in 2016 to lead an established mariachi academy for young people in Wallingford. Since then the group has become well known for its joyous and authentic performances in festival, concert, church, and community settings, and they have established three additional academies – in Hartford, Bridgeport, and West Haven. Rodbel Virula is teaching guitarron (bass guitar) to a young musician under the CHS Southern New England Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. Mariachi Mexico Antiguo has produced two CDs of their music.
All concerts are free. Grounds open at 5:00 pm and concerts will play from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.
Please bring your own camp chairs and picnics.
The Outdoor Concert Series is supported by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America N.A., Trustee, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD, and the Connecticut Historical Society.
Photo credit: Carlos Hernandez Chavez