The legendary Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano announced its 50th anniversary this year and the Lancaster Performing Arts Center will play a big part in the celebration. The group will appear for an exclusive, one-day performance on Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m.

Mariachi Los Camperos will offer a lively tribute to the rich vocal traditions of Mexico in a dynamic program featuring some of the nation’s most popular songs. The Los Angeles-based group has won many awards during the past five decades in exploring the work of Mexico’s many internationally renowned songwriters.

Founded by Natividad “Nati” Cano—regarded as a traditionalist and musicial visionary—the group captures the heartfelt melodies Cano became famous for in both mirroring and shaping the history of mariachi music. The group features some of the genre’s best musicians and is noted primarily for demanding musical arrangements while being recognized as a driving force behind the popularity of mariachi music in the United States. Mariachi Los Camperos has appeared on the “Tonight Show,” the “Grammy Awards” and years ago played an integral role in Linda Ronstadt’s Spanish-language albums “Canciones de Mi Padre” (Songs of my Father) and her follow-up “Mas Caciones” (More Songs). The pop/rock legend described them as a “world class band with players of staggering abilities.”

Mariachi Los Camperos has recorded nine albums including “North of the Border” and “Viva El Mariachi.” They have received multiple Grammy nominations and awards, including a Grammy for their latest album “Amor, Dolor y Lagrima” (Love, Pain and Tears). The group employs rich operatic voices complimented by violins, guitar, vihuela (a Mexican guitarron), harp and trumpets.

Tickets are $29 and $19 and may be purchased at the LPAC box office, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd., noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. You may also order tickets online at www.LPAC.org or by phone at (661) 723-5950.