Christopher Arispe Named New Flamenco Guitarist at Las Canarias

Omni La Mansión del Rio is pleased to welcome aboard Christopher Arispe as he takes on the role of flamenco guitarist at Las Canarias. Arispe replaces the late Willie “El Curro” Champion, a member of La Mansión’s family for over 30 years, and who passed away in August at the age of 79.

“San Antonio is my home,” said Arispe. “El Curro taught me about flamenco music and how to be a strong, passionate musician, and I am honored to carry on his spirit in a role that was so important to him.”

Born and raised in San Antonio, music has played an integral part of Arispe’s life since he first picked up a guitar at age 15. What began as a hobby quickly evolved into a full-fledged passion, sparked by the performance of a classical guitarist on the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

In 2005, Arispe began studying flamenco under Jose Perello, and subsequently learned the art from El Curro and Los Flamencos de San Antonio. He has played alongside some of the top dance companies in the region including the Fandango Dance Company of the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreations, Fiesta Noche del Rio and Ballet Folklorico de San Antonio, among others.

Arispe helped share his love for flamenco and guitar by teaching classes of various styles and levels for nine years with San Antonio Parks and Recreation. He currently resides in the city with his daughter.


About the Omni La Mansión del Rio

Situated on the tranquil River Walk in downtown San Antonio, the historic Omni La Mansión del Rio marries Spanish Colonial architecture and old-world charm with modern comforts.  Hallmarks of this authentic experience include 338 comfortably appointed guest rooms and suites, the award-winning Las Canarias restaurant and its Texas Hill Country-infused menu, flexible meeting and event space and unparalleled service standards. In September 2010, the hotel’s celebrated companion property, the Watermark Hotel & Spa, was re-named Mokara Hotel & Spa.  This signature brand from Omni Hotels & Resorts is where the exceptional is always included.  For more information about the Omni La Mansión del Rio, please visit or call (800) The-Omni. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at or


About Mokara Hotel & Spa

The Mokara Hotel & Spa, formerly known as the Watermark Hotel & Spa, is the companion property to the illustrious Omni La Mansión del Rio, both of which have been owned and operated by Omni Hotels & Resorts since 2006.  With its stunning views of the tranquil River Walk in downtown San Antonio, Mokara blends a serene setting with relaxed sophistication to bring a guest experience where the exceptional is always included.  In addition to the acclaimed 17,000-square-foot Mokara Spa, the property features 99 elegantly appointed guest rooms and Ostra, an unrivaled seafood epicurean experience.  For more information, call 866-605-1212 or visit


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