April 20, 2015, Las Colinas-Irving, TX.- The United States – Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation, and the Irving Symphony Orchestra are pleased to announce the 5 de Mayo Celebration Concert, with the performance of the renown Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán.

The concert will take place May 5th, 2015 at 7:00 pm, at the Irving Conventions Center at Las Colinas. Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and the Irving Symphony Orchestra will team up for the second time, under the direction of Maestro Héctor Guzmán. This incredible ensemble will present traditional songs from Mexico, making it the perfect event to celebrate 5 de Mayo in the Dallas Metroplex Area.

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán was created in 1897, and is considered the best Mariachi in Mexico. In the decades that followed, it became the quintessential mariachi. It has made numerous recordings and appeared in more than 200 films. The music that they play now ranges from traditional songs to classical works, as well as potpourris that continue to delight audiences around the world. Mariachi Vargas has also been an active supporter in promoting the formation of Mariachi bands in the United States, as well as other countries, such as Colombia and Venezuela.

The Irving Symphony Orchestra originated as the Irving String Orchestra in 1961, performing chamber music concert for friends at the University of Dallas. Through the years, the size of the orchestra grew as local musicians with a love for classical music volunteered their talents. As the symphony matured, its focus shifted to employing professional musicians. In 1991, Héctor Guzmán was appointed music director of the symphony. Maestro Guzmán holds degrees from the Conservatory in Mexico City, the University of North Texas, and Southern Methodist University. In addition to his duties in Irving, he also conducts three other symphonies and guest-conducts orchestras around the world.

The USMCEF mission is to provide activities that promote an enhanced knowledge and understanding of the educational and cultural differences between the two countries in order to establish closer and stronger ties. “Music is an extraordinary way to connect with other countries’ culture. Mariachi music, being representative of Mexico, will help us connect with our neighbors” says Albert Zapanta, Chairman and CEO of the USMCEF.

This concert is made possible with the support of the City of Irving, and our partner Mito Group. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

Tickets will be available at the Irving Arts Center and online at

For further information, please contact Gabriela Kenny at