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UTSA presents international classical guitarist Jason Vieaux Oct. 10 at Main Campus

Guitarist Jason Vieaux

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By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Oct. 4, 2011) -- The UTSA Department of Music will present a performance by internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Jason Vieaux at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10 in the Arts Building Recital Hall on the UTSA Main Campus.

Vieaux began studying guitar at age 8 in Buffalo and continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. At age 19, he recorded his first CD and two years later released his highly successful "Laureate Series Guitar Recital" on the Naxos label.

Noted for his engaging virtuosic live performances and imaginative programming, Vieaux has been featured at top venues around the world, performing as a solo artist and with chamber orchestras.

Recent highlights include concerts at the Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and with the Auckland Philharmonia of New Zealand, Boston Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Florida Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and Charlotte Symphony.

A concert favorite at international music festivals, Vieaux has established connections with his audiences and received return invitations to perform at music festivals in Toronto, Kalamazoo, Greenville and Chataqua.

Vieaux has recorded 10 CDs and has more to come under his multi-record deal with Azica Records. In 2003, His recording "Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz"was rated one of the "Top 10 Classical CDs of the Year" by the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. His CD "Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1" ranked No. 13 in the Billboard Classical Chart and received rave reviews by Gramophone magazine and Absolute Sound magazine.

In 2005, renowned American jazz guitarist Pat Metheny noted, "I am flattered to be included in Jason's musical world," following the release of his compilation CD "Images of Metheny."

Vieaux is the youngest first prizewinner in the history of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition. He took top honors at the Naumberg International Guitar Competiton. In 1995, Vieaux was recognized as an Artistic Ambassador of the United States to Southeast Asia. In 1998, the Cleveland Institute of Music awarded him with their Alumni Achievement Award.

Vieaux's music and live performances have been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." The New York Times praised him as one of the "youngest stars of the guitar world", and Absolute Soundmagazine named him "one of the leading guitarists of his generation."

Currently, Vieaux serves as department head in the Cleveland Institute of Music guitar department and is the youngest department head to serve at a prestigious conservatory.

For the UTSA concert, general admission is $20; $10 for seniors, military and students with UTSACard. Purchase tickets at the UTSA Department of Music website.


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As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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