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November 4, 2013
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Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 at 4 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 4, 2013 – This Grammy Award-winning Mexican mariachi ensemble, who delighted audiences when the band last performed in Fairfax, returns with a festive musical Christmas celebration complete with spirited dancing, authentic Mexican costumes and a joyful sing-along. Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano presents “Fiesta Navidad” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 at 4 p.m. This lively concert by one of the finest mariachi ensembles in the world features such traditional Mexican and American Christmas carols as “Feliz Navidad,” “Noche de Paz” (Silent Night), “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas” and much more. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Mariachi music was developed in western Mexico in the 19th century, but its roots date back to the early 16th century when Spanish colonists introduced European instruments such as horns, harps, vihuelas (a five-string guitar) and violins to the natives. African music was also brought to the natives through African slaves, and that is believed to have had an influence on the musical form. In the 19th century, mariachis wore peasant garb and had little interest in dressing alike until the Mexican Revolution in 1910, when mariachi music became recognized throughout Mexico as a symbol of nationalism and musicians began wearing uniforms of embroidered waist-length jackets, tight-fitting wool pants, riding boots and sombreros. In 1950s and 1960s, mariachi music became popular in America after a number of organized mariachi groups immigrated to Los Angeles. Contemporary mariachi bands are made up of musicians playing violin, trumpet, guitar, vihuela, guitarrón (a fretless six-string bass guitar) and sometimes harps. Mariachi bands frequently perform at celebrations such as weddings, baptisms, quinceañeras and other festive occasions.

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano was founded by Natividad “Nati” Cano, who was born into a family of mariachi musicians in Jalisco, Mexico, one of the communities in western Mexican that breathed life into the mariachi tradition. Cano immigrated to Los Angeles more than 50 years ago, and he and his band helped popularize mariachi music in the United States and abroad. The ensemble continued to garner acclaim when it appeared on Linda Ronstadt’s albums “Canciones de Mi Padre” (Songs of my Father) and “Mas Canciones” (More Songs), and throughout the years, it has been invited to perform on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” the Grammy Awards show and in a cameo role in the first “Sex and the City” movie. Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano has recorded nine albums, including “Amor, Dolor y Lágrima” on Smithsonian Folkways, which won the 2009 Grammy for Best Regional Mexican Album; the band also participated on the Grammy Award-winning “cELLAbration! A Tribute to Ella Jenkins” in 2005. The ensemble currently performs under the musical direction of Jesus “Chuy” Guzman.



Program subject to change.


Tickets for MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS DE NATI CANO’S “FIESTA NAVIDAD” are $50, $42 and $24. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with young children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.


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