Michigan’s Holland Symphony performs free community concert with mariachi band

Posted on: August 12, 2021

“The Mariachi Celebration with the Holland Symphony Orchestra will showcase Hispanic culture and bring a new audience to the HSO [for its] annual free community concert … at the Kollen Park bandshell” on August 14, writes Andrea Goodell in Monday’s (8/9) Second Wave Media (Michigan). “Jimmy Cuéllar has created orchestral arrangements for traditional mariachi pieces, and this concert will be a chance to try those arrangements out. Guest conductor Mark Alpizar will lead the orchestra on Saturday. Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar will join HSO. Jimmy Cuéllar … will lead the band…. The combination of symphonic music and mariachi music [is] inspired by North, Central, and South America.… The nonprofit has a duty to reach out to everyone ‘not just those people who feel comfortable with and connect to European classical tradition,’ Holland Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Kay Walvoord says…. The HSO has also been working toward diversifying its board, inviting people of different ages, skill sets and races to the table. Recently elected 58th District Court Judge Juanita Bocanegra has been one of the most active HSO board members in promoting the mariachi concert…. The mariachi concert had been slated for 2020, but was delayed due to COVID.”