Posted: 1/05/23

TAMIU College of Arts and Sciences Continues Arts Celebration this Spring


Dr. Claudia San Miguel

This Spring, the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) College of Arts and Sciences will continue to celebrate the arts by providing performance opportunities for students and the public to enjoy. 

The Spring will see the return of the critically-acclaimed Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT), a favorite dance group that has previously visited TAMIU in 2013, 2014 and 2022. DBDT, founded in 1976, is the oldest continuously operating professional dance company in Dallas. The ensemble, a contemporary modern dance company, is comprised of professional, full-time dancers performing a mixed repertory of modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works by nationally and internationally-known choreographers. 

Also returning to TAMIU will be Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, longtime partners with TAMIU and past visiting Artists in Residence.  Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán was founded in 1965 by brothers Fernando Martínez Barajas and Pepe Martínez Barajas, and toured Europe, Latin America and the U.S. A second generation of musicians joined the 12-piece traditional Mexican group during the 1980s and 1990s. The group continues to regularly tour the US, Latin America and Europe.

A public concert by Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán is the capstone event of the two-day 7th International Mariachi Festival at TAMIU, which also attracts high school mariachi groups from across Texas for learning workshops with the group. 

Continuing her 2022-2023 Artist in Residence is globally-acclaimed percussionist and longtime member of NBC's Saturday Night Live Valerie Dee Naranjo. Naranjo is a percussionist, vocalist, composer and clinician, known for her pioneering efforts in West African keyboard percussion music. She performs in Broadway's The Lion King and has recorded with several well-known musical acts like David Byrne, Philip Glass Ensemble, and Tori Amos, among others.

See an interview with Dr. Claudia San Miguel, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences as she shares additional insight on the Spring Semester for 2023.

Registration for TAMIU’s Spring Semester 2023 is underway online. A special online preview of the Spring Semester at TAMIU is available at: https://www.tamiu.edu/newsinfo/spring-preview.shtml

The University will observe the Martin Luther King Holiday on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023.

Spring Semester Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. Late registration continues through Jan. 23. For registration information, visit the Registration hub at https://go.tamiu.edu/registration. 

For those wanting to recall the past year, digital and print versions of the 2022 edition of TAMIU’s Annual Report are now available and shared on social media channels. To read or access a downloadable PDF file, go to: https://www.tamiu.edu/annualreport/

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