The award winning Mariachi Aztlán was founded in 1989 by Dr. Dahlia Guerra, Assistant Vice-President of Public Art at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and is co-directed by Mr. Francisco Loera, who is on the faculty of the School of Music at UTRGV. The Mariachi Aztlán has been selected numerous times as the “Outstanding College or University Mariachi”. In collaboration with the Houston Grand Opera, Mariachi Aztlán premiered the stage production of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, the world’s first “Mariachi-Opera” in 2010. Other concerts include appearances at the Hollywood Bowl, the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, the White House, and a premiere performance of the mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna in 2013 and a second opera in 2015 with the Opera of Chicago. El Paseo Arts brings this group to the Island as a Christmas gift for its patrons with all tickets priced at $15.