The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presents Fiesta Navidad, an annual holiday tradition featuring Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 7:30pm, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Ren?®e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
Under the direction of Nati Cano, Mariachi Los Camperos will take audiences on a musical journey through the various regions of Mexico with a "mariachi-style" holiday celebration. The night begins with the traditional petition for lodging (La Posada), followed by various mariachi music selections and a sing-along of holiday classics such as "Feliz Navidad," "Noche de Paz," and many more.
Born into a family of day laborers, Nati Cano's love for music started at a very young age when his father taught him how to play the vihuela, a guitar-like instrument, to help support the family by performing at various cafes and cantinas. By age 14, he was given the opportunity to join the Chamber Orchestra and tour the Mexican Republic, where he grew to understand the European roots of Mexican music and gained a greater appreciation of his culture. By his mid-twenties, Nati Cano found himself in Los Angeles where he founded Los Camperos.
A traditionalist and a visionary, Nati Cano has both mirrored and shaped the history of mariachi music through his leadership of Mariachi Los Camperos, making it a fixture in the Los Angeles area. He has taken this street-style music and brought it into prestigious concert halls throughout the United States. Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano blend the older, traditional rhythms of mariachi music with the complex harmonies of American and Mexican popular music, making it one of the finest mariachi bands in the world. In its 50 years of existence, Mariachi Los Camperos has continued to raise the mariachi tradition to new heights, gaining an audience of both Latino and non-Latino admirers.
In December 2006, Nati Cano's contributions to the American music landscape were recognized when he became one of the first artists nationwide to win a U.S. Fellowship from United States Artists. Nati Cano was one of only five musicians to be named a U.S. Fellow in the inaugural year. He has also been awarded Mexico's coveted Sylvestre Vargas Award for Artistic Excellence.
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano is noted for demanding musical arrangements that highlight the individual skills and voices of the players. The ensemble has recorded ten albums, including Sounds of Mariachi (1996), Fiesta Navidad (1997) and Viva el Mariachi (2003).
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Ren?®e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, is located at 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Ticket prices per concert are $65, $60, $55, $45, $25, and $95 (box seats) and are available at the Philharmonic Society box office at (949) 553-2422, online at www.PhilharmonicSociety.org, and at the Center box office at (714) 556-2787.
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