Mariachi Las Estrellas is featured at the
Spring and Fall performances of Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble. Mariachi
is the most exciting and enchanting music in the world that has
to identify with Mexico. Mariachi Las Estrellas
ensemble has established itself as one of the most outstanding
performance groups based in the Nation's capital, performing to
audiences which have included diplomats and and governmental
dignitaries, television personalities, professional athletes and
lovers of folkloric music.
Wearing the traditional Traje de Charro, the
group weaves musical harmonies and rhythms as colorful as the
serapes of that Mexico
is famous for. They showcase the musical and rhythmic variations
which have developed in the different regions of Mexico from both
a historical and cultural perspective. And, in the tradition
of the Mariachi, they are able to perform request on demand.
As masters of their instruments, they expertly combine the contrasting
sounds of the violin, the sharp brassiness of the trumpets, the
deep voice of the Guitarron and the high-pitched voice of the vihuela
with a result that is the heart and soul of Mexico.
Performing a midnight serenade under a bedroom window, a wedding
or birthday, Mariachi Las Estrellas helps celebrate the major
milestones in the lives of all people.
MEANING OF THE WORD "MARIACHI"
The explanation that appears most frequently,
especially on record jackets and in travel brochures, is that
the word is a
variation of the French word "mariage", meaning wedding
or marriage, and comes from the time in the nineteenth century
when Maximillian, a Frenchman, was Emperor of Mexico. According
to this myth, the mariachi was named by the French after the
celebration with which it was most commonly associated. But
this explanation, always regarded as highly doubtful by linguists,
was totally discredited recently when a use of the word was found
that predated the time when the French arrived in Mexico.
Currently, the best scholarly opinion is that
the word Mariachi has native roots. One theory is that it comes from the name
of the wood used to make the platform on which the performers danced
to the music of the village musicians. But whatever its true
source (and the truth may never be discovered with absolute certainty)
the word today has one meaning that is crystal clear: Mariachi
is one of the most exciting and enchanting musical ensembles found
anywhere in the world today.