"Cri-Cri" Concerts Set at TAMIU April 16
The magical creation of musical legend Francisco Gabilondo Soler will
take children and adults alike to the dazzling world of "Cri-Cri:
El Grillito Cantor" (Cri Cri: The Singing Cricket) in a presentation
scheduled on Friday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in Texas A&M International
University's Kinesiology/Convocation Building (Gym).
The event is made possible by support provided by TAMIU, the City of
Laredo, County of Webb and the Texas Commission for the Arts. Additional
support has been provided by the Laredo Women's City Club and the D. D.
Performers include all students currently enrolled in the dance program.
The concert features costumed characters who come to life in a variety
of dances including "El gato del barrio" (The Barrio Cat), "El
chivo ciclista" (The Cycling Goat), "Caminito a la escuela"
(The Little Walk to School), "Los ratones bomberos" (The Firefighter
Mice), "La rusiana" (The Russian Bear),and "El ratón
vaquero" (The Cowboy Mouse). (photos)
The event, under the artistic direction of assistant professor of dance
Bede Leyendecker, is free and open to the public. The program has been
designed to incorporate various types of dance including ballet, modern,
jazz, tap, and Spanish dance into the realization of "Cri-Cri's"
In addition, two separate 'children's only' presentations will be held
for more than 3,000 local school children on the same date at 9:00 a.m.
and 11:00 a.m. in the Kinesiology/Convocation Building.
A special performance, to benefit Hecho en Encinal, is scheduled at
4 p.m. on Saturday, April 24 in the county park in Encinal. Hecho en Encinal
is a non-profit arts and cultural organization and this event will be
part of the Spring Garden Party to raise funds for the program. Other
children's activities at the Party include face painting, spin art and
a showing of a video created by Encinal kids. In addition, there will
be a silent auction, featuring local artists.
"Cri-Cri," originally created by the Mexican-born Soler as
a radio educational show teaching children positive values, reached its
fame in Mexico and Latin America in the 1940s and has continued to be
a popular icon since. "Cri-Cri's" story starts with Pancho and
Teté, two children who must spend the weekend at their grandmother's
house. At first, they are not convinced they will have a good time at
their grandmother's, but are intrigued by her attic, full of forgotten
objects like dolls, old jars, furniture and an old radio. Soon, they meet
Cri-Cri, a cricket who guides them through a world of adventures, mischief
and unique places.
Another highlight of the event will be the presentation of the 2004
Blanche Flores Leyendecker Scholarship and the 2004 Terpsichorean Award.
For further information, please contact Leyendecker at 326-2625. University
office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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