Wishing you a Merry-Achi Christmas

Latin Grammy winners Mariachi Sol de Mexico play the Visalia Fox Theatre on Nov. 30

@TheSunGazette

VISALIA – The Visalia Fox Theater wants to wish you a Merry-Achi Christmas.

Mariachi maestro José Hernández and his world-renowned Mariachi Sol de México, 2018 Latin Grammy nominees for Best Mariachi Album, will perform Friday, Nov. 30 at the Visalia Fox Theatre. The show is part of the group’s annual Holiday Tour traveling to 17 cities throughout California and the Southwest beginning Nov. 29 and culminating Dec. 23. The tour will be accompanied by a new CD release: A Merry-Achi Christmas. The album includes selections from the show, which showcases the mariachi’s musicianship, playing complex compositions such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, performed mariachi-style by one of the most critically-acclaimed mariachi groups.

A Merry-Achi Christmas CD will go live at 9 p.m. PST on Nov. 29, in tandem with the kick-off of the tour in Monterey. Pre-order on Nov. 9 and receive an instant download of “Hallelujah Chorus.” Pre-order on Nov. 16 and receive instant downloads: “Hallelujah Chorus” and “Nutcracker Suite.” Pre-Order on Nov. 22 and receive instant downloads: “Hallelujah Chorus,” “Nutcracker Suite,” and “Silver Bells.”

“Our Holiday tour has become an annual tradition across the West,” says Maestro Hernández. “This is our 23rd year visiting our audiences across California, Nevada and Arizona. We are also happy to include four cities in Texas this year. We’re delighted to bring a great program of joyful music and a new CD to celebrate the holiday season. A Merry-Achi Christmas is an evening for families both young and old, and, you don’t have to speak Spanish to be part of the celebration!”

José Hernández is a fifth-generation mariachi and an eight-time Grammy Award nominee whose passion is to bring mariachi music to audiences around the world. He’s been nominated for a 2018 Latin Grammy for Best Mariachi Album for his sixteenth CD, Leyendas de mi Pueblo, an homage to the great Mexican Mariachi music icons Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Miguel Aceves Mejía, Javier Solís and Vicente Fernandez. He is a world-renowned musician, composer and music educator who continues to break new ground in the world of mariachi music. He is founder of the world-famous Mariachi Sol de México and America’s first all-female professional mariachi ensemble Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles.

In addition to leading two mariachi ensembles, Maestro Hernández works tirelessly to inspire and empower the next generation of musicians through the educational initiatives he has founded: The José Hernández’ Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute, a mariachi music Summer intensive and competition which brings together some of the country’s top student mariachi ensembles and the Mariachi Heritage Society, which teaches mariachi music and folk dancing to new generations. Maestro Hernández is also the Musical Director of many prestigious mariachi festivals and conferences around the world.

Maestro Hernández continues to advance the art of mariachi music with daring new compositions and arrangements. He has arranged and composed music for all sixteen Mariachi Sol de México albums. He sings and plays trumpet, violin, guitarrón, and vihuela. He has performed in prestigious venues around the world and recorded with some of the most respected names in the music industry including Selena, Vicente Fernandez, Lola Beltrán, Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Bryan Adams and the Beach Boys.

Tickets range from $22-$49 and can be purchased at the Visalia Fox box office at 300 W. Main St. in Visalia, by calling 559-625-1369, or online at www.foxvisalia.org. Discounts are available. Inquire at the box office.

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