Las Estrellas de Ayer, Las Tesoros de Hoy: CD Release + Concert
February 7, 2016
The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center presents Las Estrellas de Ayer, Las Tesoros de Hoy [The Stars of Yesteryear, the Treasures of Today] CD release and concert.
Las Tesoros de San Antonio were four mujeres who were each individually renowned performers in the 1940s, 50s, and/or 60s. All grew up in the Westside of San Antonio and enjoyed incredible singing careers regionally, nationally and internationally. The Esperanza brought these four musical tesoros (treasures) out of retirement to sing and perform again in 2006.
Las Tesoros include Rita “La Calandria” Vidaurri, Beatriz “La Paloma del Norte” Llamas, Janet Cortez “Perla Tapatía” and Blanca “Blanquita Rosa” Rodriguez – four strong mujeres who helped build the foundations for San Antonio’s rich musical cultura in spite of the male dominated music industry and patriarchal families they came from. Even though they had their own musical trajectories, these women inspired and supported each other.
The CD, "Las Tesoros de San Antonio: Las Estrellas de Ayer," features original rancheras and boleros compiled from early recordings of those four mujeres. The CD is dedicated to Perla Tapatía, an original member of Las Tesoros who died on August 24, 2014.
The Esperanza, which produced this CD featuring the vintage voices of Las Tesoros, has also produced CDs of the current voices of Rita Vidaurri and Beatriz Llamas.
Las Tesoros are part of Esperanza’s Arte Es Vida project, which seeks to present and affirm the rich cultura and history of San Antonio’s Westside often overlooked in official accounts of the city. Each singer, with her personal style and grace, forms part of this unique ensemble that represents the important sound of the Mexico/Texas border and of San Antonio, Texas.
During the concert, Las Tesoros will perform the songs featured on the CD separately and will perform a few songs together. They will be accompanied by Mariachi Aguilar, headed by Henry Gomez.