A Concert to Honor Father Mojica at Casa Hogar Mexiquito
By Jesús Ibarra
José Mojica was a good-looking Mexican tenor who sang with the old Chicago Opera from 1919 to 1930. He recorded many famous songs and made a good number of films for “Latin” Hollywood and a few for the Mexican cinema. Mexican composer Maria Grever composed the popular song “Júrame”—one of his great successes—for him, and Agustín Lara composed the famous song “Solamente una vez” especially for him. Mojica sang this song in the last movie he made before retiring from show business and becoming a priest, under the name of Fray José de Guadalupe Mojica.
Fundraising Concert and Art Show
To benefit Casa Hogar Mexiquito
Tenors: Roberto Ramírez and Xavier Hernández
Pianist: Mauro Ledesma
Sat, Mar 19, 6:30pm
Casa Hogar Mexquito
Salida a Dolores, across from the entrance to San Luis Rey
Tickets: Presale 200 pesos
Café Lavanda, Hernández Macías 87
La Tienda de La Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25
At the entrance on the day of the event: 250 pesos
Father Mojica came to San Miguel de Allende and founded a house for orphan children in 1967. It is known today as Casa Hogar Mexiquito, which currently lodges 29 boys.
In order to pay homage to Father Mojica and to give him tribute as a benefactor of San Miguel, Casa Hogar and the University of León are working on a project that will benefit both Casa Hogar and the community. The project includes a museum with a mural by the renowned local artist Edgardo Kerlegand and a book about Father Mojica, as well as facilities for giving psychological assistance to the boys in Casa Hogar. The income from both the museum and the book will be used for the benefit of the Casa Hogar. In order to finance the project, Casa Hogar and the University of León are arranging a concert that will be sung by local tenors Roberto Ramírez and Xavier Hernández, accompanied by pianist Mauro Ledesma. They will perform songs from Father Mojica’s repertoire, such as “Júrame” and “Solamente una vez.” Kerlegand’s mural will be shown after the concert.
Roberto Ramírez is also a renowned lawyer, besides being a tenor. He has been studying music since 1992. He has taken singing classes with baritone Carlos Sánchez (a disciple of Plácido Domingo) and with the German baritone Lorenz Mielich. Ramírez is a musician, choir director, singing teacher, artist and poet.
Xavier Hernández studied at the Music School of the Universidad de Guanajuato. He is the founder of the group Ensamble San Miguel. In 2010, he was hired to create arrangements of Mexican music for the New York Choral Society.