Guitarras de Navidad Christmas Guitar Concert at TAMIU

Sixth Annual ‘Guitarras de Navidad’ Recital
Coming to TAMIU, Friday, Dec. 7

The sixth annual “Guitarras de Navidad” Christmas Guitar Concert returns to Texas A&M International University Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) Recital Hall. 

This event is free and open to the public.

The holiday program will feature the TAMIU Classical Guitar Ensemble, directed by Dr. Gilberto D. Soto, professor of music education/guitar.

Scheduled selections include the premier of several new pieces, including the theme and first variation from the “Goldberg Variations” by J.S. Bach, Raga and Buleria by José Luís Narvaez, “Leyenda de España” by Agustín Barrios Mangore, “Blackbird” and “Lady Madonna” from John Lennon/Paul McCartney.

The Ensemble is comprised of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, department of fine and performing arts students who share experience in reading and performing guitar literature for small instrumental ensembles. Among repertoire studied and performed by the Ensemble are classical, flamenco, new age, and contemporary music, in addition to selected works for the lute and guitar family, including original compositions by student composer-arrangers. 

The ensemble plays at many community/civic events throughout the year. Some of their recent performances include the Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebration at San Agustin Plaza, annual Red Mass, annual White Mass, United High School annual Madrigal Dinner and the Feast of Sharing, among several others. In addition, this past summer the ensemble was invited to perform in the city of Crestone, Colo.

Members of this ensemble include Aileen González, Miguel Durán, Rene Durán, Miguel Saito, Jorge García-Moreno, Karina Villalba, Audrey Esparza, Billy Thatcher, Israel López, Fred Barrera, Manuel Torres-González, Francisco Cavazos, Faustino Santos, José Sánchez and Joshua Orr.

For more information, please contact Dr. Soto at 326.3046, e-mail gsoto@tamiu.edu or visit offices in CFPA 216A.

For an online TAMIU fine and performing arts calendar, visit tamiu.edu/coas/fpa/coe

University office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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