To help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 16, Southern has invited the Grammy-nominated ensemble Sones de Mexico. The performance takes place on September 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Ackerman Auditorium.
Sones de Mexico is a folk music group based out of Chicago. They specialize in music known as Mexican ‘son’ and have been touring the country with their original and traditional arrangements since 1994. The ensemble is also a not-for-profit organization that works to educate people on traditional Mexican music and dance. To that end, the group will offer a pre-concert lecture from 6:30 p.m. on the history of Mexican music, and their pesonal musical journey.
Noemi Terrazas, a junior Spanish and history major, applauds Southern for bringing in such a prominent group.
“The concert is one more way the administration has shown that they care about our culture,” Noemi said.
And that culture represents an increasing percentage of Southern's culture as a whole. Hispanics are the fastest growing student demographic at the university, accounting for around 25 percent of the current freshman class.
“I didn’t choose to attend Southern because of how many Hispanics go here, but I do enjoy the diversity,” Noemi said.
The Latin-American Club will be hosting the Tuesday night event, which is free to students. Convocation credit is available for both the pre-concert lecture and the concert itself. The public is invited, with admission set at $5 for adults and $12 for families.
For more information contact Student Services at 423.236.2814.