LAMusArt Debuts Mariachi Ensemble at 2nd Annual POPs Concert

The Los Angeles Music and Art School hosted its second annual POPs Concert featuring performances by four tuition-free music ensembles on Sunday August 13th for over 150 family members, friends, and members of the East Los Angeles community. The concert marked the debut of the newly formed Mariachi Ensemble, formerly the Junior Orchestra, headed by violinist and LAMusArt alumna, Maira Solis. The Mariachi Ensemble, consisting of 21 student members, premiered with two new pieces, “Cerca Del Mar,” by Los Dandys and the Mexican folk song, “De Colores.”

“With the evolution of the Junior Orchestra to the Mariachi Ensemble, we really wanted to capture and reflect the culture of East LA, and embrace the music our community has traditionally celebrated,” says Executive Director, Manny Prieto. “It’s an added bonus that our instructor and alumna, Miss Solis, is an acclaimed Mariachi artist and member of Grammy-nominated Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles.”

The POPs Concert also presented the astounding repertoires of the LAMusArt Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and Youth Orchestra, conducted by Ensembles Director Austin Chanu. The show began with the Choir’s performance of “Seize the Day” by Alan Menken, followed by “Sing to Me,” by Andrea Ramsey, a Lion King medley, and a lovely rendition of John Lennon’s “Blackbird.” The Jazz Ensemble of eight members followed with classics like ‘Stompin’ at the Savoy,” and “Caravan.” The Youth Orchestra closed the evening with popular pieces including “Symphony No. 5 Mvt. 1” by Beethoven, the “Pink Panther Theme,