"It was an uplifting and emotional performance that brought our audience to their feet and marks the beginning of a new tradition for the San Diego Symphony, to be continued for years to come."

-Drew Cady, General Manager, San Diego Symphony

"All of the musicians in [Mariachi Champaña Nevín] are truly top-notch and [they] have succeeded in "winning-over" the respect of the players in the San Diego Symphony. Personally, I am not only impressed by the instrumental and vocal quality that [they] display, but also the highly expressive nature of the music that [they] perform. It has been a joy for me to have the opportunity to share the stage with [Jeff Nevin] and Mariachi Champaña Nevín, and I look forward to having many more opportunities to do so again in the future."

-Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director, San Diego Symphony: Letter dated 12/7/1999

"Programming such as [the Concerto for Mariachi and Orchestra, Pasión Mexicana], which both respects and revitalizes our core repertoire, is not just satisfying to us and our adventurous audience: it is of tremendous significance to music in its ongoing evolution and relation to community life."

-Harvey Sollberger Music Director
La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Association
Composer, Flautist, Professor
Remarks made in "Tutti", a newsletter by and for the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Association May 10, 1999

"With [his] credentials, [Jeff Nevin] just might be the person to bring mariachi and symphonic music together."

-Ernesto Portillo Jr. San Diego Union-Tribune Sept. 10, 1998

"A world-class mariachi in our midst."

-F. Chester, La Jolla Light Mewspaper

"Mariachi music for a new millennium... something completely original."

-Dirk Sutro, KPBS Radio Host, Author "Jazz for Dummies"

"Headed by trumpeter Jeff Nevin, the exuberantly accomplished group of instrumentalists and singers [in Mariachi Champaña Nevín] brimmed with spirit and skill."

-Valerie Scher, Classical Music Critic
San Diego Union-Tribune, July 30, 2001

"You touched our souls...."

-Brenda & Lou Alpinieri, audience members


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