TAMIU Presents Gilberto Soto and Sylvia Hazlerig in Concert

Texas A&M International University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts invites the community to a concert presenting Sylvia Hazlerig on harpsichord and Dr. Gilberto D. Soto on classical guitar Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium.

The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.

Those attending the event can expect to hear interpretations of music by Claude-Louis Daquin, Bendetto Marcello, Francisco Tárrega, Isaac Albeniz, Sylvia Hazlerig and Antonio Vivaldi.

Dr. Soto, associate professor of music and fine and performing arts chair, said the concert will bring old and new friends together as Hazlerig, a former Laredoan and long-time Laredo Community College faculty member, visits the city from Colorado with a special gift.

"Ms. Hazlerig, who is going to be shipping a harpsichord from Canada for this concert, has generously decided to donate the instrument to our University," Dr. Soto said, "We thank her for her kindness and for returning to Laredo to grace us with her musical talent."

Hazlerig was born in Wyoming, but spent most of her life in Texas. She holds a master of arts degree in music literature from Central Missouri State University and a bachelor of music composition and theory degree from the University of North Texas. She formed part of the music and dance department faculty at LCC for 19 years, where she taught piano, strings, music theory, music appreciation and music literature.

Upon retiring in 1997, she moved to the mountains of Colorado, where she remains active as a performer and composer.

Soto holds a Ph.D. in music education and a master of music performance degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg . His bachelor's degree in education was earned from the University Autónoma del Noreste in Torreón, México.

In addition, he holds a bachelor of music degree from Abilene Christian University in Texas. Prior to joining TAMIU, Soto served as chairperson of the music and dance department at LCC, where he also taught bass, guitar, music appreciation, aural training, music literature and music for early childhood and directed several music ensembles. He has received numerous awards and has played concerts throughout the United States and Mexico, including the White House and Disney World.

For further information on the concert, please contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 326-2649, e-mail gsoto@tamiu.edu or visit offices located in Pellegrino Hall, 215B. University office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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