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Hear Nora Murillo and the Mariachi Juvenil Monarcas

By C. Fenton

Nora Murillo, a 21-year-old native of Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, is a naturally talented singer who puts her all into her music. She sings to express herself whether she is singing in the cafés of Pátzcuaro or belting out her amazing voice with the Mariachis. You can hear her in the Bellas Artes courtyard at 1pm on Saturday, February 13, with the Mariachi Juvenil Monarcas 10-member group. Mariachi Juvenil Monarca was recently reunited. They are based in Morelia, Michoacán. The original group once played and toured with the late Spanish singer Rocío Durcal as well as Mexican singer Ana Gabriel.

Mariachi Concert
Music Under the Trees concerts
with Nora Murillo and the Mariachi Juvenil Monarcas
Sat, Feb 13, 1pm
Bellas Artes

Prepare to be swept away by Murillo’s range and control as well as the clear beauty and passion of her voice. Murillo sings for the pure joy of it. Her vocal ability is absolutely outstanding. As she says, she sings because it’s what she loves to do. She started singing at home and by 13 years old was winning contests both locally and statewide. She is halfway through the rigorous training at the Bellas Artes University Music School in Morelia, Michoacán.

Mariachi means one of the most exciting and enchanting musical ensembles found anywhere in the world. Let the richness of violins, trumpets, guitars (including classical guitar), a round-backed guitar called the vihuela, a guitarrón, and a Mexican folk harp fill your being. The resulting sound is the heart and soul of Mexico.

Mariachis often help celebrate the great moments in the lives of the Mexican people. The serenata sends a message to the beloved. Or you might hear Las Mañanitas played on a saint’s day or a birthday. Mariachis are also commonly hired for baptisms, weddings, patriotic holidays, and even funerals.

The Music Under the Trees concert series is sponsored by Festival Internacional de Música and Belles Artes every second Saturday at 1pm in the courtyard of Bellas Artes, thus the name “Music Under the Trees”/Música bajo los Árboles. A variety of music, both classical and traditional, are presented. Audiences have enjoyed a string quartet, clarinet quartet, and a local ensemble during the last three months and have grown to over 200 people attending. On Saturday, February 13, plan to attend to hear Nora Murillo, a face and a name you will be hearing more about. It’s her voice and presence and passion for the music that you won’t forget.


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