Mariachi Fresno State will provide romantics with a musical “Noche de Amor,” a Valentine’s Day concert, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 in the Music Building Concert Hall.

The 11-member group is from a mariachi class taught in the Department of Music by Dr. Donald Henriques, associate professor of music and director of the ensemble. It consists of music and non-music majors.

The one-hour performance, open to the public, will consist of traditional mariachi as well as non-traditional mariachi love songs, said Henriques, who joined the Fresno State faculty in 2006 and re-established the class that had first been taught in the 1990s by Dr. Manuel Peña, a renowned ethnomusicologist.

Henriques earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance from California State University, East Bay; a master’s in music composition from Indiana University, Bloomington; and a doctorate in ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mariachi Fresno State has performed at a number of university events including César Chávez Day and Cinco de Mayo as well as selected events sponsored by the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for employees and $5 for seniors and students.

Advanced ticket purchase will also be available online.

For more information, contact Henriques at 559.278.2620.

(University Communications news interns Ashlie Day and Juana Mosqueda contributed to this report)

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