KLRU expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television with a special presentation of Mariachi High as part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival. This documentary showcases a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in South Texas. As they compete and perform with astonishing musical virtuosity, these teens, and the music they make, will inspire, surprise, and bring you to your feet. This documentary airs at 9 pm June 29 and 3 pm July 1 on KLRU (broadcast 18, cable 9).
Mariachi High is part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival and each week KLRU will present a local story to accompany the PBS program. Stay tuned after Mariachi High for Austin High’s Ballet Folklórico project. Austin High’s Ballet Folklórico is a for-credit dance program. While it may be just a class to some students, this dance program allows its participants to grow academically and socially through collaboration and leadership opportunities. These students proudly representing their art, culture and school in dozens of performances throughout the community each year. Here’s just a little teaser about Ballet Folklórico
The Summer Arts Festival line-up, part of PBS’ ongoing commitment to arts content on-air and online, features films that celebrate the contributions of independent filmmakers including a behind-the-scenes profile of actor/playwright John Leguizamo, a film that chronicles a year in the life of talented teenage Mariachi musicians, a look at priceless museum collections and a concert documentary profiling a world-renowned mezzo-soprano. The Festival explores international arts, including a historic concert by four Cuban music greats and a journey into Islamic art narrated by acclaimed actress Susan Sarandon. Slated to run for seven weeks, an additional program will be announced at a later date.