Mexican American History

Peer-Reviewed Article

“Mexican Folk Music and Theater in Early Twentieth-Century Southern California: The Ramona Pageant and the Mexican Players,” Journal of the Society for American Music 9, no. 1 (2015): 26-60. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1752196314000534


Book Reviews

1. Anthony Macías, Mexican American Mojo: Music, Dance, and Urban Culture in Los Angeles, 1935-1968 (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008), in American Historical Review 114, no. 5 (2009): 1486-87.

2. Craig H. Russell, From Serra to Sancho: Music and Pageantry in the California Missions (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), in Southern California Quarterly 92, no. 4 (2010): 425-47.


Films and Recordings

1.  The Arias Troubadours: A Musical Dynasty. DVD. Kenneth Marcus, historical consultant and co-producer. Story of 20th century Mexican American guitarist, singer and bandleader José Arias and the Arias Troubadours. Alfonso Arias and José Arias, violins; Fred Herrera, bass, guitarrón; Carlos Corral, accordion; Joe Bruley, guitar, mandolin. Wilkman Productions, Inc. 2006.

2. Music of California and the West by the Arias Troubadours. CD. Kenneth Marcus, historical consultant, co-producer, and writer, liner notes. Hispanic folk and dance music of the 19th and 20th century Southwest. Alfonso Arias and José Arias, violins; Fred Herrera, bass, guitarrón; Carlos Corral, accordion; Joe Bruley, guitar, mandolin; Armando Corral, guitar; Carolina Russek Corral, castanets; Ernie Hernandez and Cecilia Camancho, vocals. Fred Herrera Music, BMI, 2007.

3. The Ramona Pageant: Myth, History and Community. DVD. Kenneth Marcus, historical consultant, commentator, and associate producer. Story of the oldest, continuously-run historical pageant drama in American history. Wilkman Productions, Inc. 2012.


Grants

1. Research Grant, University of La Verne, 2005

2. Research Grant, University of La Verne,  2012


Presentations

1. “Ethnic Identity on Stage: The Mexican Players and the Ramona Pageant,” American Musicological Society Meeting, Southwest Chapter, Azusa, CA, February 26, 2005

2. “Ethnic Identity on Stage: The Art of the Mexican Players and the Ramona Pageant,” American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch Meeting, Corvallis, OR, August 5, 2005

3. “Ethnic Identity in Drama:  The Cases of the Ramona Pageant and the Mission Play,” Western History Association Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, October 16, 2005

4. “Ethnic Identity on Stage: The Cases of the Mexican Players and the Ramona Pageant,” panelist, commentator, and chair of panel, “Crossing the Line: Music and Ethnicity in America during the 1930s and ’40s,” American Historical Association Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, January 2006

5. “Documenting Pageantry: An Analysis of Three Historical Dramas in Modern America,” invited speaker, Faculty Research Lecture, University of La Verne, November 5, 2012


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