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Vietnamese Violinist Breaking Barriers With Mariachi Nuevo Capistrano

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Kurt To is music to a mariachi fan’s ears. But if you couldn’t see him, you’d be hard pressed to picture the Vietnamese violinist singing in perfect Spanish.

“When I’m playing the music and I’m singing … if there was a wall in front of me you probably could not tell that I’m Vietnamese American. And that’s the whole point,” said To, of San Juan Capistrano.

To, who studies marketing in the College of Business and Economics, began  playing mariachi in high school. He’s been playing orchestral music since he was 5 years old, and when his best friend asked him to play mariachi together, he found the change of pace he was looking for.

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