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Guitar workshops, concerts part of TWU’s Latino Dance and Music Festival;
Early registration ends June 23
DENTON — A new work by internationally acclaimed composer Ernesto Garcia de León will receive a double premiere during the Latino Dance and Music Festival, presented July 17-18 by the Texas Woman’s University School of the Arts on the university’s Denton campus.
The festival includes classes, workshops, concerts, lectures and a Gran Competencia (grand competition), all focusing on folkloric dance and classical guitar music representing various Latin countries. The music segment of the festival is designed for intermediate and professional students of the classical guitar as well as students of Latin American music. Cost of registration is $150 through June 23; registration after that date is $175. The cost to attend one day of the event is $99. To register, visit www.twu.edu/lifelong.
Mr. Garcia de León, professor of composition and guitar at the Music School of the National Institute for the Fine Arts in Mexico City, will present the world premiere of his commissioned work “Fantasia Tropical” in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, July 18. The work will be premiered with choreographed dance during the gala concert Saturday, July 19.
The music segment of the festival includes master classes with Mr. Garcia de León and guitarist Antonio López. Critically acclaimed guitarist Carlo Pezzimenti, director of the guitar programs at TWU and Brookhaven College in Dallas, also is a featured artist at the festival. Additional artists and presenters include Enric and Sabine Madriguera, Pedro Haley, David Tercero, Mitch Weverka, Aaron Cotton, Oscar Arturo Osorio and Robin Tercero Montgomery.
The event also includes a dance festival scheduled July 15-19. Information about artists and instructors is available on the TWU Lifelong Learning Web site.
The Latino Dance and Music Festival will include evening guitar concerts and dance events that are free and open to the public. Works by Texas Latina artists Sara Cardona and Maria Teresa Garcia-Pedroche will be on display in the TWU Fine Arts Building throughout the festival. A free public reception to meet the artists, sponsored by the TWU Department of Visual Arts, the Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and LULAC Council 4366, will be held July 19 prior to the gala performance that will conclude the festival.
The gala dance and music performance will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 19 in the Margo Jones Performance Hall. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and students. For additional performance or ticket information, call (940) 898-3721.
Tel: (940) 898-3456