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Concert to Benefit Scholarships

Published: November 21, 2016

SEATTLE, Washington - The fourth annual holiday concert, Encanto, featuring award winning Seattle opera and bolero tenor José Iñiguez, returns this fall to help raise scholarship money for students at Eastern Washington University and Central Washington University.

The special concert will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26, at Seattle's Moore Theatre. Tickets are now on sale through The Moore.

Iñiguez is the creator of Encanto. The program was written to merge his two favorite styles of music - classical opera and traditional Mexican Mariachi Bolero. The result is a fascinating cultural journey that pairs the ethereal beauty of Opera Aria and classical piano with the charm of Mariachi Bolero.

The concert will also feature Jeremy Neufeld, Piano Accompaniment, Violist Eddie Nicholson and Ballard Symphony Conductor Paula Nava Madrigal. A special guest performance will include students from Wenatchee High School's Mariachi Huenachi program.

Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez and fashion designer Niveen Heaton, founder of Adicora Swimwear, will co-emcee of the event.

Iñiguez, who has performed all over the United States as well as Europe, believes that through this blend of music he can help bring people together. He regularly uses his performances to help raise funds for community groups, scholarship programs and other local causes. He also uses his music as a tool to inspire others not only to appreciate the arts, but also to pursue higher education. His performances have raised more than $100,000 toward the arts, education and historic landmarks.

Encanto is presented by EWU, CWU, Univision Seattle, KCTS-TV (PBS), the Camino Foundation and Barghausen Consulting Engineering, Inc.

Click here to see pictures of last year's successful Encanto concert in downtown Seattle's Benaroya Hall.


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