Hilos Culturales presents Traditional Folk Artist Award at concert


The Hilos Culturales 2011 Traditional Folk Artist Award "Premio Hilos Culturales," recipients are Antonia Apodaca and Father Alfonso Muniz. The annual award is presented to folk artists from New Mexico and Colorado who have distinguished themselves in their communities as folk musicians or folk dancers of traditional southwest styles of "Canciones Del Pasado" or "Bailes Antiguos." The award presentations will take place during the Hilos Culturales "Musica Viva Concert" on Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Adams State College Theatre Building.

Senora Apodaca of Rociada, New Mexico, is a member of Trio Jalapeno and has been recognized for her musical talents for several decades. She tours throughout the region performing regional folk music on the accordion and guitar. Recognized by her peers and faithful audiences as a "Living Musical Legend," Apodaca has also performed in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife. She will be accompanied by Ray Casias, a well recognized musician from Espanola, New Mexico.

Apodaca, Casias and Bernardo Jaramillo have performed at various Folk Festivals including Chamizal Border Folk Festival in El Paso, Texas, Border Book Festival in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington and the University of Colorado Folk Festival in Boulder. She has received numerous awards over the years and continues to win the hearts of music lovers everywhere she performs.

A lifelong musician, Muniz, originally from Capulín in the San Luis Valley and now residing in Longmont, Colo., performs a wide range of music; attributed largely to his travels throughout South America, including Ecuador, where he spent the majority of his priesthood with the Catholic Church. While also living in Puerto Rico, Muniz' knowledge and appreciation of music of Latin America was expanded, adding to his vast musical repertoire. He gives guitar lessons and still performs live throughout Northern Colorado.

Apodaca and Muniz will perform during the Hilos Culturales "Musica Viva Concert" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Adams State Theatre Building, located on Edgemont Blvd. and Main Street in Alamosa, Colo. Tickets are $10 for general admission and may be purchased in advance from Papers Of Distinction, San Luis Valley Federal Bank and Adams State College Office 0f Extended Studies.