EDINBURG – On Sunday, Aug. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Museum of South Texas History will host the presentation by UT-PA professor Mary Ann Escamilla, Importance of Music in Movies during the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema. 

This program introduces the first of several programs in the Sunday Speaker Series complementing the museum's upcoming exhibit, La Época de Oro: The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema in the Rio Grande Valley, opening on Sept. 11 in the Upper Old Jail Gallery.

The Golden Age of Mexican movie history is often remembered as much for its music and singers as for its many famous actors or story lines. Escamilla said, "Once seen, the movies of this time are difficult to forget as they tackle universal themes such as racism, forbidden love, and classism. But what makes these films unforgettable is the music that these situations inspired."  Escamilla's discussion focuses on the significance the films' music had on generations of audiences and their cultural memory of the era. The public is invited to take part in this presentation and discussion on the importance of music during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

 The Sunday Speaker Series is included in the regular museum admission.  FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDships. For information on the event or becoming a FRIEND of the Museum, call 956-383-6911 or visit www.mosthistory.org. The Museum of South Texas History is located at 200 N. Closner Blvd. on the County Courthouse square in downtown Edinburg.