During these difficult times, we turn to music to lift our spirits and bring comfort to our friends and patrons. We're excited to share the musical talents of our School of Music faculty, students, and guest artists our Patron of the Arts Online Concert Series.

You can watch past performances right here! Make sure to to subscribe to our email list to receive weekly emails with information about upcoming concerts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duo Aldebaran

This concert features UTRGV School of Music professors, Krista Jobson and Hector Rodriguez, who have given performances all over the world together as the flute/guitar duo "Duo Aldebaran."

 

 

 

 

 

UTRGV Mariachi Aztlan

 

This concert is a throwback to some wonderful memories from our nationally recognized mariachi program. Enjoy a sampling of performances of the UTRGV Mariachi Aztlan when they performed with the Houston Grand Opera in 2010 and 2012 and the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2013 and 2015.

 

These are excerpts from the premiere performances of two original mariachi peras, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna and El Pasado Nunca Se Termina, both compsoerd by Jose "Pepe" Martinez with libretto by Leonard Fogalia. They were taped live during a television broadcast of Chicago Tonight! in Chicago, Illinois, in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

Juan Pablo Andrade with the
University of Costa Rica Symphony Orchestra

 

This performance was part of the closing concert for the 2017 concert season of the University of Costa Rica Symphony Orchestra. The program chosen for that evening was dedicated to works by Beethovena nd featured his Piano Concert No. 5, known as "Emperor", and his Ninth Symphony.

 

It was presented at Costa Rica's National Theatre as the gala concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of the National Conservatory of Music (now School of Musical Arts of teh UCR), and the 120th anniversary of Costa Rica's National Theatre. Dr. Juan Pablo Andrade, as distinguished alumni of that institution, was invited as the soloist.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Diana Seitz
A Refugee's Journey from Carnegie Hall

 

Dr. Seitz came to America in 1993 as a refugee. She landed in the United States with only her violin and her mother's famous pots and pans. While there were many moments when it would have been easy to give up, she continued to believe in her dreams and pursue her passion. Dr. Seitz shares her journey from carnage to Carnegie Hall.

 

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxMcAllen, an independent event.

 

 

 

 

 

UTRGV Opera Theater Presents
Carmen in Spanish, Part 1

 

Join us for this special two-night performance as UTRGV Opera Theater presents one of the greatest operas of all time, "Carmen," featuring music and spoken dialogue in Spanish. Set in 1820 in Sevilla, Spain, it is offered in opera comique style - that is, with spoken rather than sung dialogue. It's a simple plot - boy gets girls, boy loses girl, boy gets revenge - but the wonderful, dramatic melodies made this 1875 opera the most performance in the world. Almost everyone can hum the Habanera and Toreador Song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UTRGV Opera Theater Presents
Carmen in Spanish, Part 2

 

Join us for this special two-night performance as UTRGV Opera Theater presents one of the greatest operas of all time, "Carmen," featuring music and spoken dialogue in Spanish. Set in 1820 in Sevilla, Spain, it is offered in opera comique style - that is, with spoken rather than sung dialogue. It's a simple plot - boy gets girls, boy loses girl, boy gets revenge - but the wonderful, dramatic melodies made this 1875 opera the most performance in the world. Almost everyone can hum the Habanera and Toreador Song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UTRGV Symphony Orchestra

 

This is a performance by the UTRGV Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of South Texas College's Assistant Dean for Fine and Performing Arts, William Buhidar. Watch as the symphony orchestra performs Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 “Haffner”, K. 385 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major, two exciting and inspiring compositions considered standard works found on any professional symphony orchestra’s performance list.

 

 

 

 

 

J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier
Brendan Kinsella, Piano

 

Faculty Artist Dr. Brendan Kinsella offers the perfect stay-at-home listening experience: J.S. Bach's complete Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I. Lasting nearly two hours, this monumental collection of Preludes and Fugues ranges in character from hushed reverence to energetic dances that are sure to delight and inspire.

 

 

 

 

 

UTRGV Wind Ensemble featuring Dr. Mark J. Ramirez

 

Please enjoy a performance of Joseph Schwantner's "Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra" by the UTRGV Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Saul Torres, featuring Dr. Mark J. Ramirez!

 

 

 

 

 

Movie Night with Patron featuring the UTRGV Wind Orchestra

 

Grab your popcorn and join us as the UTRGV Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Saul Torres, performs music from West Side Story and The Lord of the Rings!

 

 

 

 

 

Mariachi Aztlán and Ballet Foklórico UTRGV

 

Enjoy this performance by Mariachi Aztlán and Ballet Foklórico UTRGV at the 24th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza as they opened opened for world-renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán in San Antonio, Texas.

 

Video by Solarshot

Courtesy of Cynthia Muñoz

 

 

 

 

 

UTRGV Summer Saxophone Ensemble Concert

 

Enjoy our throwback to summer 2017 with a unique presentation that features the Summer Saxophone Ensemble. Over 30 musicians perform selections that showcase many styles and a full range of these versatile instruments, from the sopranino saxophone to the bass saxophone. Dr. Cynthia Cripps, Associate Professor of the School of Music, is the founder and director of this annual summer program that features middle school, high school, and UTRGV students as well as community musicians.

 

This concert includes Where Spirits and Demons Dance by Nigel Wood and conducted by Dr. Saul Torres; Bohemian Rhapsody by Freddy Mercury, arranged by C. Tomsett and conducted by Dr. Cripps; and Bamboleo, by the Gypsy Kings, inspired by a Venezuelan folk song and arranged for saxophone ensemble by local music educator Rick Lopez, who also conducts the selection.

 

 

 

 

 

Acoustic Guitar Recital

 

The UTRGV School of Music presents an online guitar recital performed by Eduardo Lopez, Eric Espino, Julio Diaz, and Isaac Rodriguez. These guitarists had been preparing for their degree recitals for two years and, like so many of us, were informed that all such events had been cancelled.

 

They were each given the opportunity to play their programs in front of a camera and microphones in one take only! So, there was some “healthy” performance pressure along with the feeling that they were truly sharing their work even while performing in an empty recital hall.

 

They play a big range of musical styles including Jazz arrangements, Baroque lute music, Bossa, lively Classical “standards” in the repertoire, and one dark and mysterious selection that is pretty far out. The audience will discover many different moods in a span of 55 minutes that shows off the accomplishments of these performers.