Mariachi Corazon de San Antonio receives The GRAND PINNACLE AWARD 2016!!
Also: 2016 SILVER PINNACLE - MARIACHI CORAZON DE SAN ANTONIO, BEST EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Prior year - MCSA received two (2) 2015 PINNACLE AWARDS for Best Educational Program and Best Presentation Piece!
MAIN PLAZA CONSERVANCY
MARIACHI CORAZON de SAN ANTONIO FESTIVAL, HIGH SCHOOL GROUP
AND ALL-STAR COMPETITION 2016
Saturday, October 29th from 12:00 noon to 5pm you will be able to hear local Mariachi bands performing on Main Plaza to include:
Mariachi Los Palominos (Palo Alto College), Mariachi Sol Y Luna, Mariachi Milagro de Noche, Mariachi Alma de Mexico, Mariachi Los Conquistodores and see the incredible dance troupe, Bailando Sin Fronteras! Meet and greet with Mariachi Corazon de San Antonio throughout the afternoon, on plaza. The afternoon will be just a sample of the competition to follow at 5pm.
Starting at 5pm you are invited to attend the high school mariachi competition at its best! Area high schools compete for the title "Best High School Level Mariachi in the San Antonio Area" and the $1,500.00 cash prize! This evening will not disappoint you, rather, expect to hear the best mariachi around and when it's a competition it only gets better!
These are the schools currently on the performance list: Brackenridge, Southwest Varsity, Southwest Jr. Varsity, South San, Fox Tech, Holmes and others TBA!
The evening ends with the international award winning San Antonio|The Saga video/art projection onto the facade of historic San Fernando Cathedral.
Make it a day on beautiful Main Plaza where the atmosphere is second to none, enjoy the historic significance through reading the 30 engraved pavers on the plaza, visit the oldest cathedral in the United States, San Fernando Cathedral, across the street is the oldest courthouse in Texas, Bexar County Courthouse, read the many historic markers/plaques on the area buildings and site back to relax to the Tobin Fountains splashing, birds singing and the city sounds that make San Antonio the place to be.
Many food options to include Blue Star Icehouse on Main Plaza, El Oasis Cafe #2 and the Food Truck Program. Food items to include: Brisket sandwich, funnel cake, hamburgers & fries, fruit drinks, hotdogs, sodas and craft beer. In celebration of and to commemorage this event partnered with Dia de los Muertos, t-shirts will be available for sale. You will also be able to purchase memorabilia of San Antonio|The Saga in our gift shop, Tienda Corazon, located on Main Plaza!
There is something for everyone, great music and great fun to be found on beautiful, historic Main Plaza!! Main Plaza is family focused and bike friendly. Bring the whole family to the plaza on Saturday, October 29th!!
MAIN PLAZA CONSERVANCY iS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE
WINNERS OF THE 4TH ANNUAL
MARIACHI CORAZON de SAN ANTONIO FESTIVAL,
HIGH SCHOOL GROUP & ALL-STAR COMPETITION
"BEST HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL MARIACHI IN THE SAN ANTONIO AREA"!!!
BRACKENRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MR. JOHN NIETO THREE TIME WINNER!!!
SECOND PLACE: SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL
THIRD PLACE: HOLMES HIGH SCHOOL
ALL-STARS WINNING TO BECOME MARIACHI CORAZON DE SAN ANTONIO.
Stephanie Jimenez - John Jay High School
Luis Rivas - John Jay High School
lOREN TORRES - SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL
ANNABELLE MARTINEZ - JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL
Luis Romero - Southwest High School
Braulia Morales - John Jay High School
ARMONIA (GUITAR, VIHUELA, GUITARRA DE GOLPE
Christian Medellin - John Jay High School
Jessica Salazar - MADISON High School
Bryan Florino - Edison High School
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!! THANK YOU TO ALL AREA SCHOOLS THAT PARTICIPATED FOR A VERY SUCCESSFUL AND ENERGETIC COMPETITION... WHAT A NIGHT ON THE PLAZA!!!
BRACKENRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
Best Mariachi Level High School
in the San Antonio Area
VIOLINS: Alan Lawson, Brackenridge HS, Elizabeth Buentello, John Jay HS, Stephanie Molina, John Jay HS, Kira Reyes, Southwest HS, Kiana Verteres, Southwest HS, Ariana Garza, Brackenridge HS
GUITAR: Brienne Flores, South San HS, Vanessa Huerta, Southwest HS (alternate)
VIHUELLE: Jude Perez, Brackenridge HS, Alejandro Cerrillo, Southwest HS (alternate)
GUITARRA de GOLPE: Gilbert Zavala, Southwest HS
ARPA: Kevin Givens, Southwest HS
GUITARRON: Jacqueline Molina, John Jay HS, Alexis Reyes, Brackenridge HS (alternate)
Known as the “heart of the city”, Main Plaza is the “original” historical city center and the heartbeat of San Antonio. Main Plaza Conservancy, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing San Antonio and its visitors with the cultural and historical “heart of the city.” How better to bring an awareness of family and community combined with history and heritage than by showcasing San Antonio’s finest resources its youth and great Mariachi tradition. The musical spirit found in San Antonio runs deep through its veins and what better place to experience Mariachi Music at its finest than in the “HEART” of the city, Main Plaza, where we take pleasure in presenting music, rich in Latino heritage that is the essence of the Texas-Mexican border region.
At Main Plaza Conservancy we are as vested in preserving tradition and heritage as we are in promoting the cultural and educational enrichment of San Antonio Area students. It has been proven that those students who participate in the fine and performing arts have a tendency to score higher on standardized tests and the like and that it is in the ninety percentile that those who participate in musical ensembles while in a high school matriculate into colleges and universities. It is the premise of MPC that all youth should have the opportunity to participate in an ensemble of the caliber of an all-area youth choir or orchestra and that Mariachi music is every bit as credible an art form as is a symphony orchestra.
Therefore, we have added a component to our festival that provides the opportunity for a select group of students to continue past the one day festival and participate in an all-area mariachi, “Mariachi Corazón de San Antonio” that will be groomed to be ambassadors for MPC and the City of San Antonio. Students selected for Mariachi Corazón will study under the direction of Dr. Rachel Yvonne Cruz, who with an award-winning history in mariachi as well as academe, being a founder in the creation of the first Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a Specialization in Mariachi performance and pedagogy, will team with MPC to facilitate a smooth transition for Mariachi Corazón members into colleges and universities through scholarship incentives and possible travel and university credit opportunities. To be nominated for this select group will be an honor but to be included as one of the best in the All-Star ensemble will offer incredible opportunities to each individual as well as the collective group. MPC recognizes the significance of tradition, culture and education in Mariachi music and are vested in preserving the integrity of this musical phenomenon.
The High School Level Mariachi Competition will be adjudged by professional musicians with a vested interest in mariachi education to ensure integrity of scoring in regard to musicianship, technique and style. There will be a $1,500.00 cash award as well as the designation Best High School Level Mariachi in the San Antonio Area for the ensemble that wins first place. Choose up to three of your students (see attached for criteria for All-Star nominees) to showcase in our competition (list these students on registration form), and those students will be in the running for a place in the all-star mariachi that will become “Mariachi Corazón de San Antonio”. Main Plaza Conservancy is poised to become the “Plaza Garibaldi” of the United States and trendsetter in the arena of mariachi festivals and education.
At the MPC Mariachi Festival, Texas University Interscholastic League policy will be observed; the competition is limited to High School Mariachi ensembles, but schools and private schools that do not have mariachi programs will be allowed to nominate students for the All-Star Mariachi competition that will be accompanied by a professional mariachi; middle school, high school, private school, university and community mariachis are welcome and encouraged to showcase throughout the day of the festival competition.