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Resiliencia y Más Corazón: Las Tejanas, The Soul of Mexican American Music

Tuesday, April 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

| Free

Esperanza Peace and Justice Center proudly presents: “Resiliencia y Más Corazón: Las Tejanas, The Soul of Mexican American Music,” a community event hosted by the UTSA Mexican American Studies Program and facilitated by Dr. Rachel Yvonne Cruz. It is a lecture/performance that examines the contributions of Tejana musicians to the evolution of Mexican American music. This conversation focuses on the roles played by influential Tejana artists, highlighting their unique blend of talents and cultural expressions, as well as the challenges they have faced in an industry shaped by heteronormative and gender-normative precepts.

The plática will include a discussion with prominent figures in Tejano music: Patsy Torres, who has used her platform to address social issues, education, and identity, inspiring cultural pride; and Shelly Lares, known for challenging conventional heterosexual Tejano music models.
Dr. Cruz explores Torres’s musical journey, emphasizing her innovative blend of traditional Tejano rhythms with contemporary sounds and her intrinsic motivation to complete a doctoral degree. Moreover, Cruz speaks with Shelly Lares about her courage in paving the way for future generations of female and hetero/gender nonconforming artists to pursue careers in the music industry.
The lecture will be complemented by a performance from Mariachi Las Valquirias, a group renowned for their fusion of mariachi traditions with modern sensibilities. This performance promises to not only entertain but serve as a practical demonstration of the lecturer’s themes, showcasing the vibrant and evolving nature of Mexican American music.
Dr. Cruz’s lecture offers a comprehensive look at the resilience and creativity of Tejana musicians, illustrating their vital role in both preserving and innovating Mexican American music and heritage.

Dr. Rachel Yvonne Cruz is an assistant Professor of Mexican American Studies/Music Specialist in the Department of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s College of Education and Human Development. Dr. Cruz is also Director of MÁS Corazón de UTSA and a UTSA Honors College Faculty Fellow.


Tuesday, April 16
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
922 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, TX 78212