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Mariachi, Opera & Baroque Music: Your Weekend's Here!

On Saturday, San Antonio's main plaza will be alive with music.

"This is our 6th annual Mariachi Corazon de San Antonio high school groups, festivals, and all-star competition," Jane Pauley Flores says. 

Area high school Mariachi music programs go head to head to determine who's best.

"They will also take home a $1500 cash prize," she says. "And then we also have individuals that are competing for a position on our all-star ensemble, which is Mariachi Corazon de San Antonio."

Competitors are required to keep a 3.0 grade point average and read music.

"They will walk away with a $5000 dollar scholarship to attend any college or university of their choice," Flores says.

Performances start at 4:30 p.m. and musician Flaco Jimenez will be honored as well.

For more information on Mariachi Corazon de San Antonio, click here.

Sunday at 3 p.m., UTSA's Bill McCrary invites you to a big musical collaboration on the Main university campus for the lyric theatre's "Opera on the Run" program for school aged children. 

"We're with orchestra for this one performance. We've been fortunate to wrangle Down For the Count, which is a local bluegrass band," he says about the upcoming production of "Beautiful Dreamer."

There's also a piano, a string quartet, and the collaboration doesn't stop there.  

"The UTSA students play the leads and we're bringing in Boone Elementary to be our 25-piece chorus," McCrary says. "Yeah, it's about 45 people onstage."   

For more information on "Beautiful Dreamer," click here. 

Also on Sunday afternoon, the Austin Baroque Orchestra plays Mission Concepcion. 

"We like to tell people that this is the best venue for this music anywhere in the state," the group's artistic director Billy Traylor says. 

They play Baroque-era music on period replica instruments. 

"It's a very different sound and a very different approach," Traylor says. "And this music was of course written for these cathedrals in Mexico and other parts of Latin America."

A full orchestra and chorus will create a unique musical experience. 

"We'll be presenting music from Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Peru and Spain," he explains.

A pre-concert talk starting at 3:30 p.m. is slated to give context to the performance, which starts at 4 p.m.

For more information on the Austin Baroque Orchestra, click here.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii