Jóse Hernández: the Musician

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By: Ashmar Mandou

Internationally recognized musician, composer, and educator, José Hernández brings the world of mariachi music into the hearts of many across the globe.

A fifth generation mariachi, Hernández is the founder of two world-renowned ensembles: Mariachi Sol de México and Reyna de Los Angeles, America’s first all-female professional mariachi ensemble. Hernández’s love for mariachi music is contagious. Early this summer, Hernández conducted an intensive four-day mariachi training course with music educators at Chicago’s VanderCook College of Music. Hernández continues to promote the art of mariachi by creating new compositions and building relationships with various organizations across the country, including Chicago.

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As a fervent ambassador for mariachi music, Hernández is working to inspire future generation of musicians through educational initiatives he has developed: the Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute and the Mariachi Heritage Society. Recently, Hernández, along with the Mariachi Heritage Foundation, made news that next summer Mariachi Heritage Foundation will host Chicago’s first ever mariachi music festival. Hernández’s goal is to continue to promote the culture and heritage through the music of mariachi

On Thursday, Sept. 11th at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., the Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández will perform at a fundraising concert on behalf of the Mariachi Heritage Foundation (MHF). The funds raised will support the first year of the standards-based mariachi music program implemented by the MHF and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at five elementary public schools.

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