Brought to you by Houston Grand Opera, HGOco & Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), “Viva El Amor” is an annual Valentine’s Serenade dedicated to the Houston inner-city community. The students, alumni & guests of MECA perform romantic selections that promise to tug on your heartstrings. Returning for a follow-up performance to last year’s successful concert is beloved MECA alumnus, Vanessa Alonzo. Ms. Alonzo has wowed audiences all over Houston and beyond with her soaring voice and style rooted in the mariachi tradition. Also returning to perform are mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte and tenor Octavio Moreno, the three singers will present a program of romantic song from Latin America. Pianists Ana-María Otamendi and Joseph Li will accompany the vocalists.
Tickets available online at
Reserved Seating – $13.00 online/presale
General Seating – $18.00 at the door
Students and Seniors – $10.00
MECA Dow School Auditorium
1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007
Viva el Amor Corazon Visual Art Exhibition
February 2-13, 2015
Exhibit opening will be Friday February 13 at 7 pm, followed by the Viva el Amor concert.
MECA’s Annual Valentine’s Day visual art exhibit presents heart-shaped art-pieces made by local artists, students, and community members. All artwork will be sold by silent auction to benefit youth arts programs.
Vanessa Alonzo’s musical career has its roots as a student of MECA’s mariachi program. She began her training with the late Alfonso Guerra at Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA). Ms. Alonzo has been a featured performer with mariachi ensembles throughout Texas since 1998. In 1999, Vanessa was named the “Best of Show Vocalist” in Ford-Lincoln Mercury’s Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Vocal Competition. Her notable credits include tours to Ireland, Mexico, Norway and Vietnam. In 2002, Vanessa performed for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Vanessa is also a former student of Houston Grand Opera Studio Alumnus, Gabriel Gonzalez.
In 2010, Vanessa made her Houston Grand Opera (HGO) debut in the role of “Lupita” in Cruzar la Cara de la Luna; she reprised her role for tours of the production, including a 2011 performance at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and a 2013 HGO main stage production.
Vanessa will perform the role of “Juana” in the 2015 HGO premiere of “El Pasado Nunca Se Termina”.
Television credits include:
‘Cristina’ as a participant in the Festival de Rancheras ~ Univision
FINALIST on the hit show, ‘Tengo Talento Mucho Talento’ ~ Univision
Viva La Manana ~ Telefutura (Interview)