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California Theatre of the Performing Arts
562 W. Fourth Street San Bernardino, CA 92401
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5.0 / 5 Rated by 3 members
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The California Theater San Bernardino is a great venue. Very small and intimate. Every seat is a great seat. The concert was great!

reviewed May 08 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
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I personally did not attend this function. It was a Mother's Day gift for my mother and father. They absolutely loved it. My parents said this was the best gift I could have given them and that it was the best way to celebrate this special day....continued

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Sinfonia Mexicana presents_ Concierto Para Las Madres_ at the beautiful and historic California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino.  Headlining the concert is the world’s greatest mariachi, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan.  An added attraction is a special performance by Sinfonia’s Academy Youth Academy.

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, the world’s greatest mariachi, was formed in 1898 by four visionary and intuitive musicians. The mariachi was led by Gaspar Vargas who not only gave his name, but more importantly, his inner strength and devotion making him and his mariachi become part of the Mexican way of life. From the 1920s to the 1940s, under the direction of his son Silvestre, Mariachi Vargas rivaled the most popular orchestras by employing the newness of the Tecalitlan sound. Utilizing ten elements, guitarron, vihuela, guitarra, guitarra de golope, harp, four violins, and trumpet, Silvestre Vargas popularized and transformed the Jaliscan sound with original arrangements and interpretations. This was the realization of the second generation. In 1937 Mariachi Vargas recorded their first phonograph record and appeared in the first of nearly 200 motion pictures, “Asi es mi Tierra”. By the end of the decade, they had signed an exclusive contract with RCA Victor. The box office success of films in which mariachi accompanied singer idols continued to grow, setting the stage for such artists as Amalia Mendoza, Jose Alfredo Jimenez and Miguel Aceves Mejia, all of whose careers were linked to their association with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan.

No one imagined that the first International Mariachi Conference in San Antonio, Texas in 1979, featuring Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, would signal the birth of a movement. Mariachi festivals and conferences in the States have proliferated since and Vargas has always been their most prestigious headliner.

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