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Opera Las Vegas poster for Celebracion Latina. An illustration of a woman singer in a traditional Mexican dress sings alongside a Mariachi band on a well-lit stage.

Celebración Latina

A Mariachi Fiesta

Location

Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, College of Southern Nevada

Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, College of Southern Nevada

3200 E Cheyenne Ave ∙ North Las Vegas ∙ 89030

Run Time

75 minutes

Intermission

No intermission.

Language

Sung in Spanish

Dress Code

Come As You Are

Now in its second year after a tremendously successful 2023 premiere, our unique partnership for Celebración Latina - A Mariachi Fiesta will find OLV collaborating with the College of Southern Nevada's Award-winning Mariachi Plata for a festive presentation of traditional music and Zarzuela (Spanish operetta), mingled with unique recent lyric theatre compositions, and operatic tributes to beloved stars like Placido Domingo, Montserrat Caballe, and Jose Carreras.

In additional to familiar popular hits, this Fiesta will explore recent Mariachi "operas" like Cruzar la Cara de la Luna by the legendary José “Pepe” Martínez, and selections from Zorro by Hector Armienta, among others. Celebración Latina promises to be an enchanting program of delights and discoveries, a Hispanic musical panorama that will entertain, enrich, and inform.

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¡Una colaboración única para Celebración latina - una fiesta de mariachi! Ópera Las Vegas estará colaborando con el Mariachi Plata del College of Southern Nevada para una presentación de música tradicional mexicana y zarzuela (ópera ligera española), mezclados con composiciones recientes de teatro lírico, y tributos operísticos a las amadas estrellas de la ópera como Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé, y José Carreras.

Además de las caniones populares, ésta fiesta explorará las nuevas óperas de mariachi como Cruzar la cara de la luna compuesta por el legendario José "Pepe" Martínez, y selecciones de la nueva ópera Zorro compuesta por Hector Armienta, entre otras. Celebración latina promete ser un programa encantador lleno de delicias musicales y descubrimientos, un panorama hispano de entretenimiento, enriquecimiento, e información. El programa se llevará acabo el 18 de febrero a las 3:00 pm de la tarde en el teatro Horn de la escuela CSN.

Mariachi Plata, posing in costume on a staircase.

FEATURING

Mariachi Plata

In four short years, CSN’s Mariachi Plata has earned a place as the finest Collegiate Mariachi in the United States. Mariachi Plata is comprised of students from CSN’s mariachi courses, part of its fine arts music curriculum. Founding Directors Fernando and Lupe Gonzalez have led this group of 17 highly accomplished student musicians to the very top of the mariachi world, winning the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Competition for the last two years in a row. This competition, held in San Antonio, Texas is widely acknowledged as the national championship of collegiate mariachi. CSN’s “Plata” is the first band from outside of Texas to win this prestigious title in the 28-year history of the competition.

This year, under the direction of nationally renowned Mariachi vocalist and guitarrón artist Perry Chacón, Jr., Mariachi Plata continues to be one of the points of pride of the College of Southern Nevada. They are an outstanding example of how we, at CSN, continue to empower our students and communities to achieve, succeed and prosper.

Violins
Ariel Perez*
Yasmine Dueñes
Isis Beltran
Jesus Contreras
Deborah Alexia Carrillo
Antonio Morales
Jessica Halili

Trumpets
Marco Garcia*
Rosalie Morales
Oscar Hassan Olea

Harp
Antonio Rodriguez

Guitarrón
Perry Chacón, Jr.
Jesus Ramos
Cristian Moreno

Armonia
Michael Padilla*
Brian Ferias
Jose Mejia
Michelle Acevedo
Michelle Garcia

* Section Leader

Cast

  • Mariachi Plata, posing in costume on a staircase.

    Mariachi Plata

    Mariachi Ensemble

  • Mariachi Plata, posing in costume on a staircase.

    Mariachi Plata

    Mariachi Ensemble

    In four short years, CSN’s Mariachi Plata has earned a place as the finest Collegiate Mariachi in the United States. Mariachi Plata is comprised of students from CSN’s mariachi courses, part of its fine arts music curriculum. Founding Directors Fernando and Lupe Gonzalez have led this group of 17 highly accomplished student musicians to the very top of the mariachi world, winning the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Competition for the last two years in a row. This competition, held in San Antonio, Texas is widely acknowledged as the national championship of collegiate mariachi. CSN’s “Plata” is the first band from outside of Texas to win this prestigious title in the 28-year history of the competition.

    This year, under the direction of nationally renowned Mariachi vocalist and guitarrón artist Perry Chacón, Jr., Mariachi Plata continues to be one of the points of pride of the College of Southern Nevada. They are an outstanding example of how we, at CSN, continue to empower our students and communities to achieve, succeed and prosper.

Creative Team

  • Perry Chacon, close up photo of a Latino man in a pink collared shirt.

    Perry Chacón, Jr.

    Director, Mariachi Plata

  • Perry Chacon, close up photo of a Latino man in a pink collared shirt.

    Perry Chacón, Jr.

    Director, Mariachi Plata

    Perry Chacón Jr. is a doctoral candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas under the tutelage of Dr. Alfonse Anderson. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Opera and Music Theatre performance from Arizona State University, where he studied with renowned operatic baritone Gordon Hawkins. Chacón began his musical studies as a guitarrón player and lead vocalist with the high school ensemble Mariachi Chula Vista in California. With Mariachi Chula Vista, he performed at the Tucson International Mariachi conference, Albuquerque Espectacular, the Encuéntro Nacional del Mariachi y la Charreria in Guadalajara, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington D.C. Chacón continued his musical studies with Mariachi educator and composer Dr. Jeff Nevin and is currently a guitarist and lead vocalist for Mariachi Champaña Nevin. As part of this ensemble, Chacón has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Symphony ,York Symphony Orchestra, and Santa Rosa Symphony among others. Chacon is currently one of the directors at one of the nation’s top Middle School Mariachi programs, Mariachi Los Gavilanes de Monaco Middle School and the director three-time college national champion Mariachi Plata from the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas.

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