Tucson Pops Orchestra MUSIC UNDER THE STARS™ Celebrate Tucson! Sunday, October 2, 2022, 7pm DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, Reid Park
Khris Dodge, Conductor, Music Director Soloists: Justin Enriquez, Alberto Ranjel and Giselle Paris Aubrey Special Guest: Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum
"The Star Spangled Banner"..........Francis Scott Key
"Le cabri mexicain"..........Roger Roger
The Cowboys Overture..........John Williams Gift from Joe and Frances Bettinger
Western Suite for Orchestra, III. Rowdy..........Betsy Morgan World Premiere The Catalinas Suite, Ventana Canyon..........Khris Dodge World Premiere
Oklahoma – Selections..........Rodgers and Hammerstein, arr. Russell Bennett
Three Mexican Songs..........trad., arr. Jeff Haskell
Tómate Un Copa..........Javier Solis Soloist, Justin Enriquez
Bésame Mucho..........Consuelo Velázquez Soloist, Alberto Ranjel
Blue Bayou..........Ray Orbison Soloist, Giselle Paris Aubrey
"America the Beautiful"..........S. Ward, arr. Carmen Dragon
Justin Enríquez Justin Enríquez was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and is a proud graduate of Tucson High Magnet School (THMS). He has a B.A. in Mexican-American Studies from the University of Arizona with a focus on ethnomusicology from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is currently in his 8th year as director of Mariachi Rayos del Sol de Tucson High and for four years he served as Department Chair of the Fine & Performing Arts at THMS.
Justin has had the unique opportunity of being a member of the program he is now director of and attributes his current success to the formative years he spent as a member of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus from 1990-1997 under the directorship of Dr. Julian Ackerley. He has been in mariachi education for over 17 years, having started in the Mesa Unified School District, and continuing in places like Salpointe Catholic High School and various community youth mariachi groups in Tucson. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Tucson International Mariachi Conference (TIMC) and is an active member of Mariachi Sonido de México.
As a performing artist, Justin has recently had the privilege of sharing the stage with professional artists such as Los Tigres del Norte, Lupita Infante, Beatriz Adriana, and has traveled extensively to Spain, France, Italy, Mexico and throughout the United States. He is extremely humbled to be performing with the Tucson Pops Orchestra under the directorship of Conductor Khris Dodge.
Alberto Ranjel, III Alberto Ranjel, III has been a pillar of the mariachi community for nearly his entire life. Known for his dynamic stage presence, vocal prowess, and violin precision, he is also a respected arranger, composer and educator. Even in his teens, he was already sharing the stage with the best of the best: Adalberto Gallegos, Mariachi Cobre and Mariachi Los Camperos, to name a few. In the past decade, Alberto has dedicated himself to the training of young mariachis, becoming a champion of the art form that many gravitate to for his knowledge, experience, and insight. He has long served as the musical director of El Mariachi Tapatio de Tucson, where he has been a member for sixteen years. Alberto has overseen performances not only across the United States and Mexico, but organized tours in Japan, Italy and Austria, bringing the art form to dozens of cultures and peoples for the first time. A true ambassador of music, Alberto also arranged pieces for Mariachi Tapatio to perform with the Sons of Orpheus, one of Tucson’s prominent men’s choirs The resulting concerts were a truly unique and beautiful union of classical and folk music, praised by fans of both genres.
Alberto is also an alumnus of the revered Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos. Always eager to give back, Alberto served as co-director of the group from 2006 to 2011, with his brother Luis. Since 2000, Alberto has been a favorite teacher and clinician at both the Tucson International Mariachi Conference and the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference.
His greatest contributions to education occurred from 2008 to 2014. As a faculty member at Tucson High Magnet School, he was the director of Mariachi Ariztlan de Tucson High, and also taught music theory, guitar and choir.
Alberto’s musical achievements extend beyond the mariachi world, giving his technique and performances a one-of-a-kind perspective. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Arizona in 2005, a top student of world-renowned tenor Grayson Hirst. A tireless performer, he appeared in productions of many operas, such as “La Rondine,” “The Student Prince,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” and “The Medium.” Wanting to improve his teaching skills, he went on to earn Secondary Teaching Certification in Music and English for the State of Arizona in 2008, and then a Master of Education Leadership degree from Northern Arizona University in 2012.
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