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International classical guitarist to perform in San Antonio Nov. 3

Ostojic Concert

Classical guitarist Nemanja Ostojic

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(Oct. 30, 2009)--2009 Southwest Guitar Festival and International Competition winner Nemanja Ostojic returns to San Antonio for a concert performance at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3 in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall at Trinity University.

Ostojic, a 24-year-old Serbian native, captured the $5,000 first-place prize at the festival when he defeated 34 of the world's top student guitarists representing 15 countries at the international competition in San Antonio last February.

Considered to be one of the finest young classical guitarists of his generation, Ostojic has captured first-place prizes at classical guitar competitions in Greece, Romania, Germany, Italy, France and the United States. He graduated from the Belgrade Academy of Music and is pursuing an advanced degree at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

The Southwest Guitar Festival and International Competition was organized by UTSA Assistant Professor Matthew Dunne, in conjunction with the UTSA Department of Music, ARTS San Antonio, San Antonio Chamber Music Society and the San Antonio Symphony. Support was provided by the City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, Shiner Beers, the Augustine Foundation and the UTSA Office of the President.

Tickets for the Nov. 3 concert are $19 and can be purchased by calling ARTS San Antonio at (210) 226-2891.

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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