Concert features regional music and folk dance


An evening of regional music and folk dance entertainment is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 4 at the Adams State College Theatre Building, located on Edgemont Blvd. and Main Street in Alamosa, Colo.

Musical groups will include La Familia Vigil of El Rito, NM, a highly recognized guitar trio consisting of Cipriano Vigil and his daughter Felícita Pinon and son Cipriano Jr. Together, they have entertained audiences throughout the Río Grande region for the past 20 years. Their interpretation of Hispano Ritual and Folk Ballad Music has earned them several invitations to the Smithsonian's Folk Life Festival in Washington, D.C. Valley artists Rose Vialpando and her uncle Salomon Lopez will showcase "ranchera" music from their recent recording "Dos Voces Dos Guitarras." Another San Luis Valley family duet on the schedule includes Glenda Maes, her son Luis Madrid and his cousin Joseph Arellano. They are known for their "serenata" music tradition and versatile popular music repertoire of regional folk music.

The folkdance group Los Coloniales formed in Santa Fe, N.M., in 1948, will perform a variety of "valses" and "polcas" with accompaniment by La Familia Vigil. This performance by the group's 12 couples will be their first ever in the San Luis Valley. Los Coloniales are directed by Benjamín and Deluvine Baca.

Also featured will be the Southwest Musicians of Westminster, Colo., who have realized several recordings through the years and will present a variety of songs and musical melodies recognized in the region as "Musica del Pasado," dating back to the 20s and 30s when early recordings and radio broadcasts began to filter on to the air waves to musical aficionados and musicians throughout the communities along the Rio Grande. They will be followed by Roberto Martinez and his son Lorenzo Martínez and Tony Orduno, who have established an enthusiastic fan base since the 1960s as members of Los Reyes de Albuquerque. Roberto founded this highly recognized ensemble that has recorded on Roberto's recording label MORE Records over the past 50 years. In 2003, Roberto and Lorenzo were co-recipients of the prestigious NEA National Heritage Fellows Award of New Mexico by the National Endowment of the Arts. Roberto and Lorenzo have performed and taught several generations of young musicians, including at the Hilos Culturales Conference at Adams State in 2000.

Special honorees at this year's Hilos Culturales Concert will be two musicians who have distinguished themselves among their peers throughout the years. They include Antonia Apodaca, a performing artist of Rociada, NM, and Fr. Alfonso Muñiz of Longmont, Colo., who grew up in Capulin. They will be recognized during the concert with the Premio Hilos Culturales, the Traditional Folk Artist Award, for their contributions to the folk arts of the Upper Rio Grande region.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Adams State College Theatre Building, located off Edgemont Blvd. and Main Street in Alamosa, and is being co-sponsored by Adams State College, the San Luis Valley Comprehensive Mental Health Center and Kavley's Business and Tech Center. Tickets are $10 per person (limited seating), and are available for purchase at Adams State Office of Extended Studies, Papers of Distinction and SLV Federal Bank. Music CDs will be on sale before and after the concert.