Well-known musicologist brings traditional Mexican folk music to Goshen

GOSHEN, Ind. ­ Jesus “Chuy” Negrete, one of the nation’s foremost musicologists and interpreters of Mexican-American folk music, will bring his guitar to Goshen College on Sept. 14 to perform traditional “corridos,” the music of his Mexican and Chicano heritage at 7 p.m. in the Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Born in Mexico to migrant farm workers, Negrete now lives in Chicago where he is the founder and director of the Mexican Cultural Institute. Through concerts and workshops performed at universities across the nation, Negrete instills in audiences an understanding and respect for the culture of his people.

Author Studs Terkel called Negrete the “Chicano Woody Guthrie.” Through his workshops Negrete takes the audience on a musical journey from Aztlan to the fields of Cesar Chavez, instilling in audiences an understanding and respect for the culture of his people.

The son of migrant farm workers who was born in Mexico and grew up in Texas and Chicago, Negrete earned degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Governors State University, and completed his doctorate coursework in educational anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana.

The event is sponsored by Plowshares and the Campus Health and Wellness Committee. Plowshares is a collaboration of Goshen, Manchester and Earlham colleges that strives to connect communities and educational institutions with imaginative ways to address the problems of violence and related challenges that confront America and the world today.

On Tuesday, September 14, 2004, Jesus "Chuy" Negrete presented "Songs & Images of Mexican Labor" in Rieth Recital Hall at the Goshen College Music Center

Negrete, with guitar in hand and an accordion sounding harmonica, performed traditional "corridos," the folk music of his native Mexico. The son of migrant farmworkers who later settled in Chicago, Negrete went on to become one of the nations foremost musicologists and interpreters of Mexican and Chicano music. He is the founder and Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Chicago and has performed at universities nationwide. Through concerts and workshops, Negrete took listeners on a musical journey from Aztlan to the fields of Cesar Chavez, instilling in the audience a deeper understanding and respect for the culture of our people.

Jesus "Chuy" Negrete with Sonny Carreño, director of Goshen College's Lavender Jazz.