The Island University Presents ‘¡Vivan Los Niños!’ Concert in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

October 02, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presented its third concert series to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this year.  The ¡Vivan Los Niños! concert took place on Saturday, Sept. 27, in the Performing Arts Center. The concert featured performances by young talented musicians ages 8 to 17 from our community under the direction of Dr. Jose Flores and Dr. Melissa Melendez, University string faculty.

“I think children having music in their lives is important,” said Fred Garza. My son is 12 and has been playing since he was four years old, and we see the discipline that music brings. 

The children, who played violins, violas, and cellos, represented the following elementary schools: the Early Childhood Development Center, Gregory Portland, Mireles, Kolda Windsor Park, Metro, and Mireles. In addition, students represented Kaffie Middle School, Baker Middle School, Emerle Smith Middle School, and Grant Middle School as well as King High School.

A fun sing along of “Las Mañanitas” also took place at the end of the presentation to honor our Hispanic heritage and culture through the music performed by these talented children. 

“I would definitely tell other parents to get their children involved with music,” said Garza. “It is something that is both entertaining and takes up the kids’ time in a very positive way.”