The Island University Showcases String Players at ‘Caribbean Night’ during Hispanic Heritage Month

September 30, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Music presented its first concert series to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  The first concert, Caribbean Night with the South Texas Chamber Players, took place on September 24 in the Performing Arts Center.

“This concert is purely community service—to share the music with the community as part of Hispanic Heritage Month to give us the extra exposure with them that we don’t normally have during the rest of the year,” said Dr. Jose Flores, Associate Professor of Music. “We take advantage of that and try to make a special program.”

The performance, which featured string instruments such as the violin, viola, and cello, highlighted works inspired by Caribbean rhythms and sounds.

The South Texas Chamber Players, a group of internationally recognized musicians who gather every year during the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, promote the richness and variety of classical and popular Latin American music. The members of this unique chamber groups are professional string players who are in high demand as artists and educators in the United States and abroad.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi performers included Flores, Dr. Melissa Melendez, and Dr. Carrie Pierce. Other performers included Mia Hargarty, Del Mar College; Martha Placeres, the University of Texas-Brownsville; Veronica Salinas, Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Joel Pagan, the University of Texas-Pan American; Tulio Rondon, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire; and George Amorim, University of Texas-Pan American.