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Colorado Symphony pays tribute to La Reina del Tejano
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By Joshua Pilkington

Hispanic Heritage Series Part IV of V

As the nation continues to pay tribute to its Hispanic Heritage through Hispanic Heritage month, La Vida Latina continues its Hispanic Heritage Series with a focus on the Colorado Symphony and its continued efforts to promote diversity in music.

One such effort is in the symphony’s upcoming concert The Music of Selena, in which the Colorado Symphony will pay tribute to the legendary Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla. The weekend event will take place at Boettcher Concert Hall with performances on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

“I think it’s fantastic that they would think to put on a performance based on one of the greatest treasures of Tejano music,” said Martin Navarro, a resident of Aurora and long-time fan of the Selena. “Her music brings so much joy to people and to see it reenacted on such a big stage with a full orchestra…it’s going to be a remarkable event.”

Navarro purchased his tickets shortly after the performance was announced in August, and wisely so as few tickets remain to the Saturday performance, while the Sunday matinee’s seats are moving fast.

Accompanying the Colorado Symphony in its homage to the “Queen of Tejano Music” is soloist Isabel Sánchez, who has been recording for Q-Zone Records, the label founded and owned by Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla.

A burgeoning star in her own right, Sánchez has appeared on Telemundo’s La Voz Kids and most recently performed with the Houston Symphony in her home state of Texas during their Bank of America summer Sounds Series.

“I’m super honored to be a part of it and sing some of the songs that she, unfortunately, wasn’t able to sing on stage,” Sánchez said in preparation for that Houston performance. “Being a part of the record label of the Quintanilla family and having done my fourth album with them, it really is truly an honor for me to do it. I’m really exited for the fans to come and enjoy the music and remember her life.”

At the height of her fame, Selena was shot and killed by her friend and former manager Yolanda Saldívar in March of 1995. Her career has lived on, however, posthumously through multiple tributes and homages.

The Music of Selena is the first such tribute with the backing of a full-internationally known symphony orchestra.

“As a fan of her music, it’s a no-brainer,” Navarro said regarding his decision to purchase tickets the day they went on sale. “Outside of being able to see her perform live, which, sadly, is not an option, a tribute like this with a talented singer and a full symphony orchestra is going to be as good as it gets.”

The symphony will be under the direction of resident conductor Christopher Dragon. The performance also features the backing of the Mexican Cultural Center.

As for what fans can expect from the performance, the Colorado Symphony has said the iconic hits like “Dreaming of You,” “Como La Flor,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “No Me Queda Más” and “I Could Fall in Love” will play front and center in this “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity of a performance.

“It is truly going to be a remarkable experience,” Navarro said, adding that he’ll be bringing his two teenage daughters to see the Colorado Symphony perform for the first time. “They’ve been to a few concerts before, but we’ve never been to one of this magnitude. They also love Selena’s music, so I think it is going to be a great experience for them to see it performed live in this way. A truly artistic experience all around.”

Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday performances are still on sale and can be purchased by calling 303.623.7876 and in person at the Boettcher Concert Hall Box Office. Tickets are also available online at





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