Love at First Listen

This summer, KHC features daily posts about the speakers and topics in the Humanities catalog. Today’s featured presentation is “Música es mi Primer Amor (Music Is My First Love)” by Gene T. Chávez.

"K.C.'s Most Respected Band," the Lupe M. González Dance Orchestra. Image courtesy of Gene T. Chávez.

“K.C.’s Most Respected Band,” the Lupe M. González Dance Orchestra. Image courtesy of Gene T. Chávez.

“Music is my first love,” stated Lupe González in a 2002 interview with Gene T. Chávez for “Voices From the Past — Mexican-Americans Tell Their Stories,” an KHC-supported oral history project. Kansas Citian Lupe González developed his love for music by performing in the Rio Grande Serenaders, the Gay Rancheros, and eventually the Lupe M. González Orchestra, playing to audiences throughout the Midwest.

González was born in the Argentine district of Kansas City, Kansas, where his family immigrated to work railroad and meat packing jobs after fleeing the turmoil of the Mexican Revolution. As the Mexican immigrant population grew in the early and mid-twentieth century, weddings, baptisms, birthday parties, and fiestas called for music, and González’s distinct sound became synonymous with life during that period. Gene T. Chavéz’s Speakers Bureau presentation “Música es mi Primer Amor (Music Is My First Love)” explores González’s contributions to the music and culture of the region and is available in both English and Spanish

Gene T. Chávez

Gene T. Chávez

Gene T. Chávez, Ed.D., is the founder and president of Chávez and Associates. He consults with groups throughout the country on bilingual education and cultural diversity. In addition, he has taught at the secondary and post-secondary levels in Kansas and other states.

You can bring Gene T. Chávez’s “Música es mi Primer Amor (Music Is My First Love)” or one of the other presentations in the Humanities catalog to your community for FREE with a Resource Center Support Grant. It’s quick and easy! Visit the Speakers Bureau page to get started or contact Leslie Von Holten, director of programs, at leslie(at)kansashumanities.org for more information.