Mariachi Hermosura is made up of mostly first-generation Mexican-American kids like Catalina, who are drawn to the cultural roots of their Mexican parents.
"Mariachi music, I don't know, it's just got so much spirit. And it's our traditional music from Mexico. It's our family's tradition; my grandparents love mariachi music. Most of us in the orchestra, our parents came from Mexico. My mom did not play, but my dad sang. This generation in my family, is a whole generation of musicians. I think it's important to keep our family's traditions -- the language, the music, everything." (Catalina's doing her part. Besides playing mariachi music, she's fluent in Spanish, and even opted to have her quiñcenera -- a traditional coming-out party -- in Mexico.)
What does Catalina hope people take away from Mariachi Hermosura's performances? "That we're intelligent kids," she answers quickly. "That we have a lot of talent, and we enjoy doing what we do. That we really love the music."
At Saturday night's performance, so did the audience.
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