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2015 MSU Denver Richard T. Castro

Distinguished Visiting Professorship

Ervin Lucero
Ervin Lucero

September 21-22, 2015

Featuring Ervin Lucero

       Musica Mezclada: Jamming on the Borderlands


Renowned Chicano musical director, songwriter, educator and youth activist Ervin M. Lucero’s life work reflects the experiences of people of Latina/o ancestry through the preservation of traditional and contemporary cultural and musical forms. His commitment to human and civil rights tells the stories of impacted populations who continue to struggle in American society. 

Lucero’s band The Mood Express has opened for such celebrities as Gloria Estefan, the late Tito Puente and WAR. He has performed at national conferences as varied as National REFORMA, the National Conference of Black Mayors, the American GI Forum, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, Libertarian Party, National Association of Bilingual Educators and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

Lucero has coordinated entertainment for several national conferences including the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (2004), Search Institute (1999), and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (1995) and was a guest artist in 1997 at the International Worship Institute Choir where he performed with Martha Munizzi and Tommy Walker. He was a 1997 guest artist at the Tejano Music Awards and also performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the legendary Robert Shaw at Mackie Auditorium in Boulder, Colorado. Recently he was inducted into the 2014 Colorado Chicano Music Hall of Fame by Su Teatro Cultural Arts Center.

Join us for the following community events:

Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

Opening Reception | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Casa Mayan | 1020 9th Street, Denver, CO 80204
Richard T. Castro Exhibition on Colorado's State Legistlators

Food, music, and cultural entertainment


Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Latino Welcome | 9:30 a.m.
National Latina/o Heritage Month Celebration with Guest Artist
St. Cajetan's, Auraria Campus

Keynote Address | 11:00 a.m.
Ervin Lucero lecture and presentation on music on the borderlands
St. Cajetan's, Auraria Campus

Luncheon | 12:15 p.m.
with entertainment
St. Cajetan's, Auraria Campus

Evening Performance | 6 p.m.
Please join us for a live performance and dance featuring this year's distinguished professor, Erv Lucero, and his band, the Mood Express.
Tivoli Turnhalle, Auraria Campus


 All events are free and open to the public.



Visit Casa Mayan

The Casa Mayan houses exhibits, cultural workshops, and tours for any interested parties.

Please contact Gregorio Alcaro for further information:
Phone: (303)477-9220



For more information, contact Mercedes Salazar at 303-556-3124