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The Lesher Center for the Arts will no longer require proof of vaccination or masks to be worn for entry, beginning July 1, 2022. However, wearing a mask in an indoor public setting continues to be strongly recommended by Contra Costa Health Services.

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Wed – Sun: Noon – 6:00pm
Mon – Tues: Closed*

Calls: 925-943-7469

Walk Up: 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA  94596

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*In addition to the hours noted, the Ticket Office is also open one hour prior and thirty minutes after curtain for ticketed performances, including performances on Mondays, Tuesdays, and most City holidays.

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Mariachi Meets the Symphony

Mariachi Meets the Symphony

Ticket Office

Open Tuesday – Sunday

Closed Monday*


Open for Calls

Tuesday – Sunday: Noon – 6:00pm

Friday – Saturday: Noon – 7:30pm
(925) 943-7469


Open for Walk Up

Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Friday – Saturday: Noon – 7:30pm

Sunday: Noon – 6:00pm
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94596


*In addition to the hours noted, the Ticket Office is also open one hour prior and thirty minutes after curtain for ticketed performances, including performances on Mondays.

Presented by Diablo Symphony Orchestra
February 19, 2017
Music Direction & Conducted by Matilda Hofman
featuring El Mariachi Alegre

Experience an afternoon of music from Mexico and Brazil--intense, passionate, lyrical, rhythmic, and humorous.  El Mariachi Alegre joins us for a festive finish!  We are also proud to present the Premiere of a work by local Walnut Creek composer Justin Levitt.

Arturo Marquez - "Danzon" No. 2
Heitor Villa-Lobos - "Bachianas Brasilieras" No. 4
Justin Levitt - "From Another Time"
Carlos Chavez - "Sinfonia India"
Silvestre Revueltas - "Janitzio"
Fiesta Mexicana con El Mariachi Alegre

Running Time: approx. 1 hour 45 mintues, with one intermission
El Mariachi Alegre
Esteban Steve Zapiain, Joe & Olegaria Ole Domínguez of El Mariachi Alegre first performed together as members of El Mariachi Tequilatlán under the direction of Mark Fogelquist in December 1971 as accompaniment to the ballet folklorico Los Lupeños de San Jose. By 1972 they had become an independent group and performed as El Mariachi Alegre until 1976. One of our highlights was performing at Frontier Village in San Jose. The band split up as day jobs took different members to various parts of California. In 2009 Steve, Joe & Ole reconnected and began performing with other former and new members with Los Lupeños and independently. Mariachi Alegre has performed with Los Lupeños at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco as well as the Mexican Heritage Plaza. El Mariachi Alegre has also performed for schools, churches, Dia de los Muertos and Holiday functions throughout the Bay Area. We bring experiences from Mexican music, American music, our faith traditions, rock, jazz, country, classical, ballet, Broadway and opera. Our members have been exposed to languages, customs and traditions from Mexico, Central America, South America, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Sweden, Israel and then some. Mariachi music sings of love, loss, doubt, joy and so much more. The harmonic structure is classical, the singing style is Bel Canto while the rhythmic elements are uniquely Mexican. 

Guitarrón: Esteban Steve Zapiáin, Music Director
Guitarra: Joe Domínguez, Tomás Sandoval Klassen
Trompeta: John Escalera
Vihuela: Carolyn Fiori
Violín 1: Dorothy Morgan
Violín 2: Gary Osias
Violín 3: Olegaria Ole Domínguez
Arpa Jalisciense: Salvador “Chava” Vázquez

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