Posted: 9/20/23

TAMIU’s Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Hosts Several Events


Center for the Fine and Performing Arts exterior

As the semester at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) began, several events were on the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) calendar.

Scheduled events included:

  • Closing Reception for Seeking a Way Out – Friday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. in the CFPA Gallery
  • Annual Faculty Opening Concert – Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the CFPA Recital Hall
  • Tributo a Jovita Idar: Honoring a Laredo National Icon Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the CFPA Theatre
  • Celebration with Love Concert – Friday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the CFPA Recital Hall 

All events were free and open to the public. 

The work of Iranian artist Omid Shekari was celebrated during a closing reception of his exhibit, “Seeking a Way Out,” which is currently on display at the CFPA Gallery. Shekari’s artwork delves into several mediums, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations. Through his work, he explores how force and violence determine the rhythms of power structure while exploring the power dynamics under capitalism.

The annual Faculty Opening Concertwill included performances by the entirety of the University’s music faculty, including Dr. Mark Boseman, Dr. Colin Campbell, Carlos Castañeda, Dr. Javier Elizondo, Dr. Fritz Gechter, Dr. Tatiana Gorbunova, Melissa Hinojosa, Dr. Yu-Mei Huang, Dr. Jiyeon Hwang, Dr. Michael Mann, Dr. James Moyer, Jerry Quintero, John Reimund, Dr. Gilberto Soto, Dr. Emily Vanchella and Dr. Xiaohu Zhou. Performances included renditions of well-known classical pieces and popular music by Simon and Garfunkel and Sam Cooke.

Additionally, a University celebration honoring native Laredoan Jovita Idar for her noteworthy contributions as a Mexican-American journalist, activist, and suffragist was scheduled. The evening’s festivities included a lecture by Dr. Irma Cantú, TAMIU associate professor of Spanish, and Rebekah Arenaz, University College lecturer. A special presentation of the U.S. Mint's Jovita Idar Quarter was made by the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar to the University's Special Collection in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library.

Highlighting the program was the performance by the TAMIU Ballet Folklórico of “Tributo a Jovita Idar,” a multimedia/dance performance selection under the direction of Nayeli Lopez Diaz

A Celebration of Love concert featuring TAMIU faculty members Dr. Yu-Mei Huang and Dr. Xiaohu Zhou rounded out the month’s performances. They were joined by their daughter, Alina Zhou. The concert included performances of works by Henri Busser, Mikhail Glinka, Felix Mendelssohn, and more. 

A full list of CFPA events can be accessed at go.tamiu.edu/fpaevents. 

While events are offered at no cost, donations are gladly accepted at the door to support scholarships and programming for TAMIU Fine and Performing Arts students.

Keep up with the latest information on upcoming performances by following TAMIU Fine and Performing Arts Center on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TAMIUCFPA and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/txamiuperformingarts/.

For more event information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Events Hotline at 956.326.3044 for recorded information, or visit offices in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, room 217.