A biographic exhibit dedicated to the career of Malena Cano will be up at the EPCC Administrative Services Center from now until August 3.
Malena Cano's 50 plus years in the performing arts can be viewed at the front lobby of ASC Building A.
PHOTO BY DRAKE WILLIAMS
Malena Cano’s legacy of music and performance span over 50 years of art, trailblazing, and perseverance nationally and internationally.
Cano’s most memorable performance was here in El Paso where she put on a free concert. The crowd was estimated to be 500 people and turned into 2,000.
“You can feel it on the recording. You can actually feel the energy of the people—I can feel a wave of heat coming from the people,” described Cano.
Cano’s time here at EPCC included pioneering the Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte dance group. Cano and her partners initiated a dance group that would start off with an appearance in Las Vegas.
However, the funding for that event did not go through. Cano persisted and accumulated the funds in a very short period of time, which resulted in the dance group making it to the event in Las Vegas.
Cano was also involved in EPCC’s first mariachi group that was directed by Professor, Dr. Harry Elias. The mariachi band was invited to Washington D.C. to receive national recognition as the first mariachi group at EPCC.
Currently, Cano is the instructor and director for EPCC’s Coro “Epoca Dorada,” a Senior Adult Program choir group. The Choir of Senior Citizens does performances all over El Paso under the leadership and experience of Cano.
Cano’s biographic exhibit allows participants to explore Cano’s career. From a photo of a seven-year-old Cano performing with her father to many certificates of accomplishment from the state of Texas as well as the city of El Paso, one can fully explore Cano’s life.
“I have lived a beautiful life very active. I’ve done everything that I wanted to do. I even wanted to do theatre—and I did,” said Cano who believes her exhibit shows exactly that.
Cano would go on to direct and star in numerous plays which would solidify her artistic nature. During this time Cano ventured into designing charro costumes which will be displayed at the biographic exhibit.
Cano would not stop there. Cano took on the challenge of fulfilling a dream dear to her heart.“I have this dream of doing a show about the history of Mexico—a musical. We did a lot of research. Starting with the Aztec’s we would move chronologically with songs and dances. And that was my biggest pride,” said Cano.
ASC will have a biographic exhibit on Malea Cano on display through August 3.
PHOTO BY DRAKE WILLIAMS
A musical based on 500 years of Mexico’s history was her dream. This dream challenged her musical and theatre prowess but nonetheless, Cano would manifest her dream into the musical “Viva Mexico.”
The “Viva Mexico” musical would enrich and enlighten viewers of Mexico’s history for 20 years. Cano has been recognized by The Smithsonian for her contribution to Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies.
In March 2017, Cano was inducted into the Texas Commission for Woman Hall of Fame in the Arts and Entertainment Category.
The Malena Cano Biographical Exhibit will also be displayed at the El Paso Library Main Branch from August 5 to September 5.
For more information about Malena Cano go to malenacanos.es.tl,. Here, images and a link to the Viva Mexico musical can be found.