Four Generations – Son Mexicano In California
Performance August 10, 2012 At Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles

A performance highlighting the talent from San Fernando Valley’s art nest, titled Four Generations Son Mexicano In California, will be held on August 10, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Using theatre, dance and music, this unique show, celebrates the community’s art, history and activism. With a wide net, the show seeks to highlight California’s Mexican history and the Mexican American folkloristas and artists who have contributed to its evolution. Representing a blend of two cultures, California’s Mexican American and Chicano artists, have kept Mexican art forms and traditions alive over many decades and popularized them making them U.S traditions and part of the American fabric

Four Generations Son Mexicano In California honors the skill and artistry of Ballet Folklorico Ollin, based in Panorama City, is one of the most accomplished and oldest folklorico dance troupes in California, and Master Musician, CSUN Professor Fermin Herrera with Conjunto Jarocho Hueyapan, who has mentored hundreds of young musicians celebrates 40 years of performance and teaching. Both esteemed groups, who were born out of the Chicano movement, have performed and collaborated over the years, and have come together again once again for this performance. For years, Ollin has now trained four generations of dancers. They share their story with music, dance and theatre from four generations of their family and community tree. In this performance, the youngest dancer is 8-years-old and the oldest is 93-years-old. Senior dancers from the troupe, Hilos de Plata, Juilliard School-trained Actor Rene Rivera, the multi-talented Los Hermanos Herrera and the youngsters from the nationally acclaimed Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando will all share the stage. “It will be a beautiful performance,” said Javier Verdin. You will see our senior dancers performing with our youngest dancers and it will be the same with our musicians. Master musicians will play alongside the children from the Mariachi Masters Apprentice Program. You’ll be amazed at how good these kids are.”

Four Generations Son Mexicano In Calfornia, is expected to be a powerful performance offered by artists young and old who share their love of the regional music and dance of Mexico expressing these traditions as Mexican American and Chicano performers. This performance will also honor those artists who paved the way many generations ago and hopes to build awareness in the program, by including the challenges and struggles today including the fight for education, cultural, artistic, and literary freedom in the state of Arizona.

Tickets prices start at $30 and $12 for full-time students with ID and children 12 and under. Tickets are available at or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323 GO 1-FORD). For groups of 8 or more, please call 323 769- 2147.

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About the Ford Amphitheatre

The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. The grounds open two hours before showtime for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink.

The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows and $1 per vehicle for morning family shows. For evening shows only, FREE non-stacked parking serviced by a FREE shuttle to the Ford, for evening amphitheatre performances only, is available at the Universal City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The shuttle, which cycles every 15-20 minutes, stops in the “kiss and ride” area.

This event is part of the Ford Amphitheatre 2012 Season, a multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles Countybased arts organizations. For a complete season schedule, directions to the theater and parking information, log on to

Written by San Fernando Valley Sun
Thursday, 26 July 2012