UTPA Guitar Festival
Dr. Kurt Martinez, Artistic Director
The UTPA Guitar Festival is a celebration of the guitar and the unique place it holds in the culture of the Rio Grande Valley. This year will mark the fifth edition of the Guitar Festival. This year’s festival will include an impressive roster of international guitarists from Brazil, Venezuela and a Flamenco show with artists from Spain. The Festival will take place from April 9th to April 13th all of the concerts will be held at the Mayor Eugene A. Braught Memorial Theater, 525 South Kansas Ave. Weslaco, Texas 78596.
The first concert will be held on Tuesday April 9th at 7:30 and will feature the Brazilian guitarist Flavio Apro. Flavio Apro is professor of guitar at Maringa State University in Brazil, he has given master classes and performances throughout Brazil and internationally. Flavio Apro’s appearance at the UTPA Guitar festival has been
co-sponsored by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, through the Programa de Intercâmbio e Difusão Cultural -MINC
On Wednesday April 10th at 7:30 Luis Quintero will perform. Mr. Quintero is one of the most important Venezuelan classical guitarist’s who has achieved an impressive international professional career. Mr. Quintero’s purity of technique, exceptional musicality and great virtuosity has earned him recognition among the most discerning audiences. At the age of 14, Luis Quintero made his debut at Carnegie Hall, in New York. Since then, he has been invited to the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
The Festival will close with the UTPA Cuadro Flamenco show. On Friday April 12th and again on Saturday April 13th The UTPA Cuadro Flamenco is a concert choreographed by UTPA Professor of Dance, Fred Darsow, which features UTPA dance and guitar students performing alongside some of the most accomplished Flamenco artists. This year’s concert features special guest flamenco artists: Maria Bermudez-Dancer, Jose Tanaka-Guitarist and Vicente Griego- Flamenco singer.
For more info visit: www.utpa.edu/guitarmusicfestival
All Concerts are free and open to the public
For more Info contact Dr. Kurt Martinez 956-665-2992
The Festival would like to graciously thank its sponsors for making this event possible. Sponsors: The Marialice Shivers Endowment, The City of Weslaco, Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Aziz Showery of Farmer’s Insurance.
All concerts will be held at the Mayor Eugene A. Braught Memorial Theater, 525 South Kansas Ave. Weslaco, Texas 78596
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