Tumacácori National Historical Park will once again join the state of Sonora in celebrating the life and missions of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino during the Mexican state’s annual Festival Kino.
As part of this cultural celebration, TNHP will host a solo program of classical guitar inside its historic mission church at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 17, featuring Ignacio Mondaca García.
Mondaca has studied at the Universidad de Sonora and University of Arizona, performed as first guitar of the group “Staccato” and has won several musical awards, most recently the Leonard and David Schaffer Annual Memorial Guitar Competition organized by the School of Music at the University of Arizona. This will be his sixth year as an invited musician for Festival Kino in Sonora, and his third at Tumacácori.
The park’s admission fees will be waived from 10:30 a.m. to noon for the presentation. For more information, call Tumacácori National Historical Park at (520) 377-5060.
The Festival Kino takes place this year throughout northern Sonora from May 16 through 19. For more information on events in Sonora, visit the Sonoran Institute of Culture website at isc.gob.mx/festivalkino.php.
In its eighth year in Arizona, the Kino Festival has been an annual event in Sonora since 1967. Beginning in Magdalena on the first anniversary of the discovery of Father Kino’s remains, the event has grown to include all of northern Sonora, and now includes three historic sites in Southern Arizona: TNHP, Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Mission San Xavier del Bac.
(News release submitted by the Tumacácori National Historical Park.)