Presented by Southwest Airlines

2017 San Diego International Mariachi Summit Gala Concert

August 18, 7:30 PM
AT San Diego Civic Theater




Celebrate the beauty, passion and pageantry of Mexican culture with some of Mexico’s greatest artists! The glorious Ballet Folklórico from the University of Guadalajara and world-renowned Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán will join San Diego’s world-class Symphonic Mariachi Champaña Nevin, the Orquesta de Baja California and the San Diego Binational Symphony Orchestra for an unforgettable evening of traditional and classical Mexican music and dance.

Proceeds benefit the Mariachi Scholarship Foundation: celebrating 20 years of promoting mariachi education in San Diego and providing nearly half-a-million dollars in college scholarships to students who graduated from programs they support.

Ballet FolklórIco Internacional



mariachi nuevo tecalitlán


Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán are undoubtedly considered one of the best mariachis in the world. The legendary Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan was founded in 1965 by brothers Pepe Martínez Barajas and Fernando Martínez Barajas, carrying out tours around Latin America and the U.S. soon after. A second generation of musicians joined this 12-piece traditional Mexican outfit during the 1980s and 1990s, Fernando Martínez Jr. and Carlos Martínez among them. In 1997, Fernando Martínez Barajas' son, Angel Martínez Arreguin, became their leading member.



Mariachi Champaña Nevín is making a name for itself as a virtuoso ensemble of uncompromising quality with a multicultural aesthetic unique in the world of music. Led by accomplished classical and mariachi trumpeter, composer, professor and author Jeff Nevin, Ph.D., this ensemble's performances, recordings and workshops have thrilled and inspired mariachi and Classical-music enthusiasts alike. Turning effortlessly from classic, very traditional Mexican music to transcriptions of beloved works from Classical music literature, their skill and authenticity within both of these traditions is a thrill to behold.

With the creation of Symphonic Mariachi Champaña Nevín, Jeff Nevin has augmented the mariachi's string section, creating a lush sound that will truly delight and amaze. This is a unique ensemble of the finest "born and bred" mariachi musicians together with world-class classical musicians, combined to create a sound and spirit unlike any other. The only mariachi in the world of its kind, Symphonic Mariachi Champaña Nevín boasts current or former members of mariachis Vargas de Tecalitlan, Sol de Mexico, Los Camperos and others along with current or former principal strings and trumpets from orchestras such as the San Diego Symphony, Orquesta Filharmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico, Orquesta de Baja California, New Mexico Symphony, and many others.



Orquesta de Baja California (in English Baja California Orchestra) is an orchestra based in the Mexican State of Baja California

The ensemble is a chamber orchestra of variable size, composed of about 17 to 40 musicians, and conducted by Maestro Angel Romero and Armando Pesquiera. As of mid-2006, Maestro Romero is no longer Music Director of the OBC, and was succeeded as Music Director by Maestro Ivan del Prado who is also Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfonica National de Cuba. The orchestra players are primarily from Latin America, but there are also several regular orchestra members from the former Soviet Bloc, as well as extra players when necessary, from the USA. In April 2005, it toured under Maestro Romero's direction with American musician Sean Bradley and some other American orchestra players to perform at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York.



This event is made possible by Southwest Airlines