Hispanic Heritage Concert opens tonight

Hispanic Heritage Concert opens tonight
University of Texas at Brownsville

POSTED: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 3:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 3:09pm

Faculty of the Department of Music at The University of Texas at Brownsville will kick off the 29th season of Patron of the Arts with the annual Hispanic Heritage Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27.

“This is one of our favorite performances of the year,” said Dr. Jonathan Guist, Associate Professor of Clarinet and Director of Patron of the Arts. “It gives us a chance to collaborate and explore new pieces and arrangements together. We all put a lot of heart into this show knowing all proceeds from the evening go to music scholarships.”

The Hispanic Heritage Concert will take place in the TSC Arts Center. This year’s selections represent musical traditions from Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina and Texas.

The show will begin with “Peruvian Dance Suite” by Texas composer Alice Gomez. Dr. Sue Zanne Williamson Urbiš, Professor, and Dr. Carol McNabb-Goodwin, Professor, will perform on recorders. They will be joined by adjunct instructor Mark Eichenberger on marimba and Dr. Tomas Nevill, Associate Professor and Department of Music Chair, who will play the cajon, a box-like drum brought to Peru from Africa.

“We usually think of recorders as being used in Renaissance music, but the composer uses them here to imitate the simple wooden flutes played in Peru and in many other cultures,” McNabb-Goodwin said.

Dr. Michael Quantz, Professor of Guitar and Associate Department Chair, will be joined by senior music education major Daniel Flutur from McAllen to play “Canto de Ossanha” by Brazilian composers Vinicius De Moraes and Baden Powell.

“This piece is the quintessential Brazilian bossa nova,” Quantz said. “It is based on a rhythmic set of repeating chords with a hypnotic melody above. In its original version, the words reference ‘Ossanha,’ an Afro-Brazilian spirit that is responsible for the witchcraft of love. I thought it would be great to improvise in this arrangement, so I invited Dan to ply his jazz skills on this selection. Two guitars sound really smooth for bossa.”

Quantz will then team up Dr. Cristina Ballatori, Assistant Professor of Flute, for a performance of “Quebra Queixo,” a traditional Brazilian choro, a genre of Brazilian popular music characterized by virtuosity, improvisation and syncopation that were commonly played on flute and guitar in their originalform.
Ballatori and Quantz will continue with “Three Cuban Dances” arranged by the Cuban guitarist Elias Barreiro.

Fans of the piano will have plenty to enjoy with performances by piano faculty. Dr. Juan Pablo Andrade, Assistant Professor, will perform works by Argentinian and Brazilian composers. Richard Urbiš will present his own arrangement of “Solamente Una Vez” by Augustin Lara of Mexico, and the ever-popular “Malagueña” by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona.

For the final keyboard selection, Urbiš will be joined by Dr. Sue Zanne Urbiš for a one piano, four-hands rendition of “Danza Ritual del Fuego” by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla.

Dr. Nicole Asel, mezzo-soprano, and Dr. Daniel Hunter-Holly, baritone, both Assistant Professors of voice, along with Laura Brumbaugh, staff pianist, will perform “La Paloma” by Spanish composer Sebastián Yradier.

‘La Paloma’ is a habanera and among Yradier’s most popular songs,” Hunter-Holly said. “It is thought to be one of the most recorded songs in the history of music.”

Another vocal selection will be the “South Texas Geographical Fugue,” originally written by German composer Ernst Toch. Dr. Susan de Ghizé, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, has arranged it to incorporate locations from UTB and the RioGrande Valley. Joining de Ghizé, Asel, Hunter-Holly, Nevill, Guist, and Andrade in the fugue will be Carol Sachs, Voice Instructor and Director of the UTB Master Chorale, and Martha Placeres, Instructor of Strings and Director of the UTB Symphony Orchestra.

“A fugue is a strict compositional technique that involves imitative polyphony—imagine four people saying different things at the same time,” de Ghizé said. “In Toch’s Geographical Fugue, he omitted pitch, or musical sounds; instead, each part is spoken. For the South Texas Geographical Fugue, I substituted locations from the area, such as the Rio Grande, South Padre Island, Boca Chica, and HEB. Even if you don’t have a musical background, the familiarity of the words will give you a general idea of this seeminglycomplex and intricate form that achieved its peak in the Baroque era.”

The well-loved, traditional Spanish tune “Amparito Roca” by Jaime Texidor Dalmau will burst forth gloriously by the UTB Faculty Brass Quintet consisting of Dr. Art Brownlow, Professor, and Adam Decker, adjunct instructor, on trumpets, Dr. Susan Hurley-Glowa, Assistant Professor, on the Horn, Allen Clark, Associate Professor on trombone, and Dr. Stephen Shoop, Assistant Professor, on tuba.

The Faculty Jazz Combo will bring the show to a climax with the all-time favorite “The Girl from Ipanema” by Brazilian Antonio Carlos Jobim. The combo consists of Urbiš on piano, Nevill and Eichenberger on percussion, along with long-time UTB jazzguru, Terry Tomlin, on woodwinds, and Matt Johnson on bass.

“We are really looking forward to kicking off the new Patron of the Arts season with this event,” said Guist. “While we all have a great time performing this music, the bigger highlight for us is the fact that this concert is a fundraiser for music scholarships that will help future generations of music students realize their dreams of becoming performers and music educators. So, we invite everybody to join us on Friday night.”

Entrance to the concert is free for all Patron of the Arts members. For nonmember adults, the entrance fee is $15; for seniors and children, $10; and for UTB students with a valid ID, $5.

All proceeds from this event go to fund music scholarships.

For more information on the concert or becoming a member of Patron of the Arts, call 956-882-7025 or visit Patron of the Arts online.

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