Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

MARIACHI USA GOES TO CUBA: Iconic Music Festival Unites Three Cultures This Fall

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

MARIACHI USA GOES TO CUBA: Iconic Music Festival Unites Three Cultures This Fall

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TUDIO CITY, Calif, and LA HABANA, Cuba - MARIACHI USA, the premier mariachi music festival in the U.S., is headed to Cuba for a historic performance this fall. Mariachi musicians, singers and dancers will converge in La Habana on October 4-11, 2016 as part of a seven-day, six-night tour offered by Cuba Tours and Travel, announced Rodri J. Rodriguez, MARIACHI USA founder and longtime concert producer. The show's company of 25 artists will perform on Sunday, October 9 at Teatro América, a historic theater built in the 1940s that has hosted international top talent over the years.

"My driving passion has always been to return to Cuba to entertain my people, to do what I do best," Rodriguez said. "I'm taking a version of what we've been presenting at the Hollywood Bowl for 27 years. Our sole purpose is to entertain the people of Cuba in a unique cultural exchange, uniting the heritage of three countries. We are creating a labor of love, celebrating music and the spirit of humanity."

In addition to the historic performance, MARIACHI USA's musicians, singers and dancers will hold workshops with local performers and students. …

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