South Texas Conjunto Association to present at MOSTHistory Dec. 17

With its strong connections to the working class, conjunto music has greatly influenced the culture of South Texas. Lupe Saenz from the South Texas Conjunto Association will present a program about the history of conjunto music during the Sunday Speaker Series Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

Conjunto music was born in the Rio Grande Valley during the settlement and development of many towns growing along the railroads as the tracks crossed the Rio Grande Valley in the 1920s. The presentation will explain the beginnings and the evolution of conjunto music in South Texas including how it spread among the migrant field workers. In addition, Saenz will share examples of the music as it evolved and credit those pioneers who are responsible for creating the genre, including Narciso Martinez.

During his school years in the mid-1960s, Saenz worked at KSOX 1240 AM. In 1998, after many decades in public education at Weslaco ISD and Donna ISD, he founded the South Texas Conjunto Association. Since then, he’s written, produced and directed conjunto culture documentaries and television shows. Saenz currently lives in Weslaco.

Sunday Speakers Series is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.