Iconic artists, music and dance conference and
New speaker’s series,
online exhibition, Dia de los Muertos
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
The organizers of ¡VivaFest!,
San Jose’s Latino destination festival, announced today its 2014
schedule. Appearances by Academy Award and Grammy Award winners Rita
Moreno and Paul Williams and Grammy award nominees Jose Hernandez and
Mariachi Sol de Mexico highlight the 2014 schedule which includes music
and dance workshops, a Gala mariachi concert, outdoor festivals, a
speaker’s series and concert recitals in the folk music of Mexico. Many
events, including the Gala mariachi concert, are free to the public.
A Mariachi Chorus Line celebrates the 2014 VivaFest! (Photo: Business Wire)
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
July 25 - mariachi and ballet folklorico conference with an
expanded 7-day schedule of workshops followed by a vibrant season of
music and cultural events. New this year is a class on the basics of
coding for musicians offered by software engineer and vihuela master
artist Juventino Mejia and a workshop on Jalisco harp offered by master
artist William Faulkner.
July 30 - ¡VivaFest! presents “An Evening of the Music of
Angels,” a concert recital by Jalisco Harp Maestro William Faulkner at
the San Jose Women’s Club.
August 1 - ¡VivaFest! and Symphony Silicon Valley present Grammy
nominees Mariachi Sol de Mexico headlining “Songs in the Key of Mexico,”
a free concert at San Jose State University.
September 14 - ¡VivaFest! and Mundo Fox celebrate Mexican
Independence Day at Discovery Meadow with a free day of family
September 16 - ¡VivaFest! opens an online exhibition of “The
Artistic Mestizaje,” a mural by Carlos Perez in a project co-presented
with the Google Art Institute. The exhibition features digital views of
the mural taken by Google’s street team and an in-depth examination of
the artistic heritage depicted by the artist in a panel discussion on
the modern convergence of culture with the artist and curatorial staff
September 26 - ¡VivaFest! and the Commonwealth Club of California
present a conversation with Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson, about
their new book, “Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change
Your Life.” Celebrating the theme that “recovery is not just for
addicts” the book provides insight on the benefits of the recovery
process. Williams is an Oscar-, Grammy-, and Golden Globe-winning Hall
of Fame songwriter and President of the American Society of Composers,
Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He is a major force in the recovery
movement and a graduate of UCLA’s Drug and Alcohol Counseling
Certification Program. His recent work also includes major Latino
creative projects with Guillermo del Toro. Tracey Jackson is a screen
writer, author and blogger and wrote the films “Confessions of a
Shopaholic,” “The Guru,” and “The Other End of the Line,” among others.
Her first book, Between a Rock and Hot Place: Why Fifty is Not the
New Thirty, was published in 2011. She runs GratitudeandTrust.com
with Paul Williams.
October 17 - ¡VivaFest! and the Commonwealth Club present a
conversation with Latina icon Rita Moreno. Moreno is one of the few
artists to win a Grammy, Oscar, Tony and Emmy awards and the National
Medal of Honor. She continues to maintain a busy performing schedule and
is the author of the recently published book, “Rita Moreno, A Memoir.”
October 25 - ¡VivaFest! and Milagro Marketing co-present Dia San
Jose, three days of cultural events celebrating Mexico’s Dia de Los
Muertos - a traditional celebration of heritage, family and ancestry.
More events and artists will be announced later this summer.
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Source: Mexican Heritage Corporation