Mariachi MECA Presents the 2nd Annual Viva el Amor

Mariachi MECA Presents the 2nd Annual Viva el Amor



ADVISORY for Friday February 14th, 2003

On Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 at 7:30 p.m., Mariachi MECA will host the 2nd annual Viva el Amor: Homenaje a Juan Gabriel. The concert will pay tribute to renowned musician and composer Juan Gabriel. One highlight of the evening will be Mariachi MECA’s opening number, Popurri a Juan Gabriel, an original medley arrangement by Jose Nino of Juan Gabriel compositions.

Juan Gabriel burst onto the Mexican music scene in 1971 at the age of 20. Since then he has composed approximately 450 songs. Mariachi MECA Director Jose Nino chose to honor Juan Gabriel at this year’s concert because; “Juan Gabriel has made a tremendous impact on our music. Everyone knows and loves his works.” MECA’s Executive Director Alice Valdez adds, “Juan Gabriel is an international star. His music is played and listened to by people around the world. When the first MECA Mariachi group performed in Nice, France, at the Carnival, people from all over the world, not just Spanish-speaking people, were continuously asking us to perform Juan Gabriel music. This was back in 1990.”

Proceeds from this concert will be used to fund MECA’s after school mariachi program. Viva el Amor will be a 90-minute show with a reception to follow.

MECA’s intermediate mariachi students will also be performing on the program.


Mariachi MECA


2nd Annual Viva el Amor: Homenaje a Juan Gabriel


Friday, Feb. 14, 2003

At 7:30 p.m.



1900 Kane

Houston, Texas 77007


$10.00 per person

Tickets now on sale at MECA.

For more information please visit MECA’s Web site at which is generously designed and hosted by Idea Integration.

Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) is a community-based, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the healthy social, cultural, and academic development of at-risk, inner-city youth through education in the arts. MECA offers classical and ethnic arts education, sports, and recreation, and support services to approximately 2,500 students a year through the In-School, After-School, and Summer Arts Programs.

The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts administers the MetLife Youth Music Project. It is made possible through the support of the MetLife Foundation.



MECA, Houston

Clarissa L. Valdez, 713/802-9370 ext. 16

Mariachi MECA Presents the 2nd Annual Viva el Amor