"Cri-Cri" Concert Coming Friday, April 14

"Cri-Cri: El Grillito Cantor," the much-loved centerpiece of the whimsical world of musical legend Francisco Gabilondo Soler, will come to life at Texas A&M International University's Spring Dance Concert, Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m.

"Cri-Cri" will be performed by the A&M International Dance Performance and Flamenco Troupes for the University's annual Spring Dance Concert. The event is under the artistic direction of Bede Leyendecker, assistant professor of dance at A&M International.

Admission is free and the community is cordially invited to attend.

Mama and baby ducks, a cowboy mouse, a nimble goat, and comical cat, dog, and spider are among the colorful cast of costumed characters that will be brought to life on stage.

The costumed characters will be featured in a variety of dazzling dances, including numbers titled "El Gato del Barrio," "La Cotorra Viajera," "El Chivo Cyclista," "La Marcha de las Letras," "El Raton Vaquero," "El Fantasma," "La Muņeca Fea," and "La Maquinita," a rousing finale featuring the entire cast.

The entertaining evening will also include a special presentation of the Second Annual Terpsichorean Award, an honor bestowed to a loyal supporter of the arts, and the announcement of this year's recipient of the Blanche Flores Leyendecker Scholarship.

The Spring Dance Concert is one of several fine and performing arts events that showcase A&M International's growth in the arts arena in preparation for Phase III construction of the University's multimillion dollar Center for the Fine and Performing Arts.

For further information, please contact Leyendecker at 326-2640. University office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu