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Encanto Holiday Concert to Raise Funds for CWU Scholarships

SEATTLE, Washington — Award-winning Seattle opera and bolero tenor José Iñiguez headlines the fourth annual Holiday Concert, Encanto, which supports scholarships for first-generation college students.

“We have teamed up with Central Washington University and Eastern Washington University to host this unique concert in Seattle,” said Letica Lucero, president of the Camino Foundation, which is also co-sponsoring the event.

“In no other theatre in the country will you hear this blend of music. This will be the first time that Aria and Bolero music will be performed with a symphony orchestra in the Northwest,” Lucero said. “It is an honor to work with someone so unbelievably talented like José Iñiguez.”

The concert, which begins at 6 p.m., will take place on November 26 at Seattle’s Moore Theatre. Tickets are now on sale at

Iñiguez is the creator of Encanto, a program that merges 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 and energy of Mariachi Bolero.

The concert will also feature Jeremy Neufeld, classical pianist, Philharmonic violist Eddie Nicholson, Tacoma Symphony violinist Teo Benson, and Ballard Civic Orchestra Conductor Paula Nava Madrigal. There will also be a special guest performance by students in 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 the event.

Iñiguez, who grew up in Mattawa, Washington, has performed throughout the Northwest, California, New Mexico, and Wisconsin, as well as in Europe. He believes that his style of music can help bring people together. He regularly uses his performances to help raise funds for community groups, scholarship programs, and other local causes.

He said he also tries to use 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 $125,000 for programs benefiting the arts, education, and historic landmarks.

Encanto is presented by the Camino Foundation, CWU, EWU, Univision Seattle, KCTS-TV, Barghausen Consulting Engineering, Inc., and the Arts Institute of Seattle.

Media contact: The Camino Foundation, 206-310-5198.