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Monterey County Pops! Performs Music from the Triqui Culture of Oaxaca, Mexico at Greenfield HS

FREE FAMILY CONCERT Thursday, May 9, 2023, 6:30PM

Student Union of Greenfield High School

225 South El Camino Real, Greenfield.

Monterey County Pops! has been working with Greenfield school music programs since 2017, presenting workshops and shared community concerts in the high school and presentations of “Peter and the Wolf” live in Greenfield elementary schools.

The day-long musical event in Greenfield on May 9, 2023 will include –

  • Morning and early afternoon presentations of Peter and the Wolf live in

  • Greenfield elementary schools.

  • Afternoon workshops, instrumental clinics, and rehearsals for music students at Greenfield High School.

  • A free Family Concert featuring the Monterey Count Pops! professionals combined with the high school musicians at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited!! The concert will be hosted and conducted by Pops! Assistant Conductor Candidate Micah Candiotti.

The FREE FAMILY CONCERT will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union of Greenfield High School, 225 South El Camino Real, Greenfield.

The public is invited!! No tickets are required. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The program will consist of light classics, marches, movie music, and traditional music from Mexico. The Greenfield High Band 1, Band 2, Mariachi, and Guitar Class conducted by Greenfield High music faculty Matt Huot and Michael Hardt, will be performing side-by-side with the Pops! The program will conclude with everyone performing two Chilenas from the Triqui culture of Oaxaca.

Triqui Music from Oaxaca

Monterey County residents are probably aware that there is a large group of indigenous people from Oaxaca living in the Greenfield area. The Pops! is in contact with the State Band of Oaxaca which has provided us with arrangements of traditional Oaxacan music but this music did not seem familiar to the Greenfield community.

We have since learned that the Oaxacan community in Greenfield is mostly from the Triqui ethnic group in Oaxaca. There are 16 formally registered indigenous communities in Oaxaca. The two largest are Zapotec (357,000) and Mixtec (290,000). The Triqui number only about 18,000 and they live in the remote western area of Oaxaca near the Pacific ocean. Senderos, a Santa Cruz community arts education organization, provided us with links to performances of some Triqui music

On this concert we are proud to present our arrangements of two Triqui Chilenas: “La Chilena de San Juan Mixtepec” and “La Culebrita.”

The chilena is a Mexican musical genre from the Costa Chica coastal regions of the Mexican states of Guerrero and Oaxaca, although its influence also reaches other nearby regions. Its origins lie in the cueca of Chile, whence its name. The cueca is a dance that was brought by Chilean sailors in 1822 and later by Chilean immigrants between 1848 and 1855, during the height of the California Gold Rush. They passed through the ports of Acapulco in Guerrero and Puerto Ángel, Huatulco, and Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca.

Peter and the Wolf

In the morning and early afternoon, the Woodwind Quintet of the Monterey County Pops!, consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, and bilingual narrator will present a lively, interactive program in several elementary schools.

The performance will include a mini-concert, instrument demonstrations, and the interactive musical tale for children, Peter and the Wolf. In this musical adventure, a narrator tells the story while each instrument represents a character. The presentation will conclude with a question and answer session

Instrument Clinics and Workshops

In the afternoon the twenty professional musicians of the Monterey County Pops! will be in residence at Greenfield High School conducting instrument clinics, workshops, and rehearsing with the students.

Workshops will be offered by flute, clarinet, sax, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion professionals.

The following Greenfield High musical groups will rehearse and perform side-by-side with the Monterey County Pops! professionals – Concert Band 1, Concert Band 2, Mariachi, Guitar Class.

This and other free Pops performances are made possible by generous donations, sponsorships, and foundation grants. La Plaza Bakery will provide refreshments for the participants between the afternoon workshops and the evening concert.

Learn more at or call 831 484-5511


Board President – Steve DeCarli (831) 596-7329

Board Vice President - Doug Lee (831) 373-8550

Conductor - Carl Christensen (831) 484-5511

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