“Music is My First Love”
Lupe M. González Orchestra Exhibition
December 1, 2019—February 22, 2020
Wyandotte County Museum
631 N 126th St, Bonner Springs, KS 66012
“Music is my first love” was Lupe’s statement in a 1994 interview. The interview was one of fourteen conducted Gene T. Chávez, Ed.D. as part of “Voices from the Past—Mexican Americans Tell Their Stories,” an oral history project funded by the Kansas Humanities Council.
The Lupe M. González Orchestra was a popular Kansas City, Kansas dance orchestra heard far and wide in various towns and cities in the Midwest. The music they played reflected Mexican musical standards, and the popular swing and show music of the day-- often with a Latin flavor. Lupe developed a friendship with the great Mexican composer Carlos Campos who showed him ways to enhance the style and performance of his group.
This exhibit documents the Lupe M. González story through photographs, newspaper articles, and musical memorabilia. The exhibit’s themes focus on Lupe’s strong family and musical origins; his own musical development; the “life and times” of the Lupe M. González Orchestra, and Lupe’s contributions to the community.
This exhibit is provided through a partnership with the Hispanic Committee of the Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum, Inc and is based on an exhibit originally displayed at the Kansas City Museum. Text panels are written in both English and Spanish.