Cactus Pear Music Festival At University Thursday, July 8

Classical music fans will have special reason to celebrate this Thursday, July 8.

That's when the joy of chamber music will fill the halls at Texas A&M International University's Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library Great Room with the return of the Cactus Pear Music Festival at 7:30 p.m.

The Festival is a celebration of top-notch and inspiring chamber music performed by musicians from San Antonio and all across the U.S.

Admission will be $15 per person, $12 for groups of 10 or more and $7 per student. Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra subscribers pay a special price of $7. Tickets will be available at the door or by mail from CPMF, 403 Stone Wood, San Antonio, Tx. 78216-1625.

Artistic Director Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, first brought the Festival to Laredo last year.

The evening's program will include Bach's Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1034 for Flute, Cello and Harpsichord; White's The Nymph's Complaint for the Death of Her Fawn, A Poem for Oboe, Viola and Piano; Shoenfield's Trio in Three Movements for Clarinet, Violin and Piano; De Falla's Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Violin and Cello and Bartok's Contrast for Piano, Violin and Clarinet.

Artists scheduled to perform include clarinetist Paul Cigan; pianist Jeffrey Sykes; flutist Stephanie Jutt; harpsichordist Christina Edelen; cellist Fred Edelen; oboist Mark Ackerman and violist Ted Allred.

The Laredo program is one of 10 performances during the two-week festival which also takes the musicians to San Antonio, Austin and Kerrville.

For additional information, please contact the University's Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at 326.2180 or the Cactus Pear Music Festival offices at 210.824.5377.

University office hours are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-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