Mariachi Santa Cecilia is a guest of the symphony

Mariachi Santa Cecilia will be in Gilroy on Saturday.

In a concert sponsored by South Valley Symphony, the popular
group Mariachi Santa Cecilia will bring its traditional Mexican
music to the South Valley on Saturday.
In a concert sponsored by South Valley Symphony, the popular group Mariachi Santa Cecilia will bring its traditional Mexican music to the South Valley on Saturday.

“They have a wonderful ensemble,” said symphony Vice President Al Navaroli. “They have an exciting broad spectrum of their native homeland music from love ballads to tangos to folk music. Music is an international language.”

Mariachi Santa Cecilia, which performs regularly at the Berryessa Flea Market, joined the symphony for a concert last May. This time, the group will be performing without the symphony musicians.

Each year, South Valley Symphony holds six concerts – one of which is performed by a group without the symphony. And the symphony booked this group a year in advance, Navaroli said.

Organizers are hoping to have more than 600 people attend the hour-and-a-half concert at St. Mary Catholic Parish.

The price is low for this type of performance, Navaroli said. The cost is $5 thanks to grants from Calpine Energy Services and the Raymond Family Foundation for the show.

“St. Mary’s sold 111 tickets in one day,” said symphony Vice President Alfred Navaroli. “Normally tickets for a group like this would cost $30, $40 or $50.”

The concert begins at 8pm. Tickets are available at Rosso’s Furniture, Porcella’s Music, Estate Furniture Gallery, Carole’s Hallmark shop and St. Mary Catholic Parish office in Gilroy; at Rosso’s Furniture, BookSmart and The Music Tree in Morgan Hill; at Dorothy McNett’s Place in Hollister and at Mission Gallery in San Juan Bautista.

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