Flor y Canto
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Teachers & Poets :
Rodolfo Vega Garcia | Born in Hayden, Arizona in 1938, and earned his degrees in Art and Spanish at Claremont Associated Colleges and Arizona State University. He served in the US Peace Corps. in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and began a teaching career in Sacramento in 1965, until retiring in 2000. He taught elementary, high school, community college, and extension course at the University of the Pacific--preparing teachers in Mexican language and culture. He has been writing poetry and creating art with Mexican and Chicano cultural point of view for many years. Some accolades include Founder of Los Artistas Del Valle, Co-Founder of the Mexican Heritage Center, Co-Founder of the Latino Graduation Ceremony, Past President of the San Joaquin County Arts Council, and Inductee into the Mexican Hall of Fame.
Richard Rios | Rios is a retired English and Chicano Studies teacher after 33 years at San Joaquin Delta College. Born in Modesto in 1939, son of Mexican immigrants, he graduated from Modesto High School, in 1957, went on to study art at the College of Arts in Oakland, earning a Master’s Degree in 1962. In 1985, he received a 2nd Master’s Degree in English at California State University, Turlock, Ca. He was inducted into Stockton’s Mexican American Hall of Fame in 1992 and received the S.T.A.R. (Stockton’s Top Artist) Award in 2008. He is a published author of a memoir, “Songs From the Barrio: A Coming of Age in Modesto, Ca.” and a contributing writer to Joaquin magazine for over four years. He is an artist, poet, musician, and one of the founding members of The Mexican Heritage Center in Stockton.
Singers:Special Guest; award-winning performer, Dinorah Klingler | Born and raised in Mexico City, Dinorah began her journey into the music world at the age of three when she sang in church and in front of family and friends. While attending a Fine Arts High School at 15 years old, (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes) Dinorah joined the first of many versatile and traveling bands that played Salsa, Bolero, Ballad and contemporary music throughout Mexico. At the age of 23, she moved to Los Angeles, CA where she founded the first all-female Mariachi Band "Las Alondras." Dinorah has traveled all over the U.S. performing with magnificent artists like Mariachi Vargas, Mariachi Camperos, Patti Labelle, Stevie Wonder, Celia Cruz, Jon Secada, Sheila E. and Mariachi Sol de Mexico. She currently resides in Sacramento, CA where she manages and performs with her several groups which include a Flamenco Trio, a Latin, Blues, Jazz, and R&B band "Dinorah and Crosswinds," a duet and as a soloist. Dinorah is also a three-time Sacramento News & Review SAMMIES Awards recipient in the Outstanding Latin Artist and World Music categories in 2010, 2012 and 2017. Dinorah has two albums, "Querido Huapango" and "Ojos de Amor" which include beautiful renditions of Mexican music, and is currently writing her third album which will be recorded in Mexico City in the fall of 2017.
Anissa Flores | Flores is an accomplished singer and performer from Stockton and derives from a long family tradition of popular Latin music performers. She currently is the lead singer for the Latin tribute band MAYA of Sacramento and was the lead female singer for ten years with the Latin Magic Band. Anissa has participated in the Spanish choir for the Cathedral of Annunciation and volunteers to promote music and faith within our community youth. Her singing inspiration stems back to her late grandfather Antonio Olivarez of La Nueva Reunion, uncle Henry Olivarez of Los Vampiros, and her father Juan Flores of La Segunda Reunion of Mexico, Grupo Mezcla, and Reflejo Norteño. Anissa is also very dedicated to her familia and her profession as a Marriage & Family Therapist in the non-profit sector.
Adan Serrano Zuñiga | Serrano Zuñiga has been singing mariachi music for 15 years and his passionate singing has gained him increased acclaim from the public. He is currently the Spanish Youth Choir Director at the Cathedral of Annunciation and has participated in the choir for 12 years. Adan actively contributes to his community alongside his wife and children.
Musicians:Flute - Adriana Martinez: UOP graduate; working with children on the autism spectrum.
Acoustic Guitar – Juan Flores: Grupo Reflejo Norteño
Artwork provided from ArtExpressions of San Joaquin & The Mexican Heritage Center Artists:Jorge Elizalde
Charro Performer:Floreado de Salon; Demonstration of rope tricks: Fabian Lemus
Event Host:Eleazar Caballero | Recent display artist at Haggin Museum; teacher at Lammersville Unified School District; ArtExpressions of San Joaquin Board of Directors
Me siento muy honrado de ser el anfitrión de Flor y Canto de este año en el Museo Haggin acompañado de mis amigos y educadores, Richard Rios & Rudy Garcia! Una tarde para celebrar nuestra herencia Mexicana con Historia, Poesía, Arte y Música. Una bienvenida especial a nuestra invitada visitante, la galardornada Dinorah Klingler que nos deleitará con sus bellas canciones acompañada con guitarra! La música de bienvenida será interpretada por la flautista Adriana Martínez, del ministerio de música de la Catedral de la Anunciación y graduada reciente de UOP. Y también tendremos el gusto de poder recibir a nuestros queridos cantantes; la la voz angelical de Anissa Flores del grupo musical MAYA de Sacramento, y la voz poderosa al estilo mariachi de Adan Serrano Zuñiga!! Arte será exhibido por Jorge Elizalde y Saul Serna de ArtExpressions of San Joaquin.