April 08, 2005

Local Mariachi Professor, Jeff Nevin, to Conduct Orchestra in Aguascalientes for National Fair of San Marcos

Chula Vista -- Southwestern College Mariachi Professor and Composer Jeff Nevin, director of Mariachi Champaña Nevín, will conduct and solo with the Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra on April 17 in the city and state of Aguascalientes—site of the Feria de San Marcos, or National Fair of San Marcos, a legendary season of carnival in México which mariachi music made world-known with the classic song “Pelea de Gallos.”

The concert is part of a series of annual festivities including art exhibits, music concerts, theater, Mexican rodeos, bullfights, a gambling casino, industrial-agricultural-livestock expositions, outdoor festivities and pageants that will be held from April 15 to May 10, 2005.

“It’s such an honor for me, both personally and professionally, to have been invited to participate in—let alone direct—this concert that is part of such a prestigious, historic, culturally iconic festival as this, and in the true heart of Mexico,” Nevin commented.

Nevin, who also plays with the La Jolla and San Diego Symphonies, integrated his background in classical music into several pieces he arranged for both the Aguascalientes Orchestra and invited guests Mariachi Imperial de Nochistlan from the Mexican State of Zacatecas. Nevin’s arrangements for the evening performance include the classics “La Estrellita,” “Cucurrucucu Paloma,” and “La Malagueña.”

“It is an opportunity to demonstrate how much respect we give mariachi music today, even outside of Mexico. These arrangements and compositions of mine that we will perform demonstrate the true soul of this music while elevating its presentation, making mariachi more than worthy of being performed in venues and by musicians usually dedicated to the likes of Beethoven, Debussy, and Mahler,” explained Nevin, who earned his doctorate in music composition at the University of California, San Diego.

Initially begun as a livestock expo in 1604, the Feria de San Marcos has become a Mexican national favorite. Today the fair attracts 250,000 visitors each year. For more information about the fair, please go to the website (in Spanish) http://www.feriadesanmarcos.com.

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