(Sept. 23, 2011) --The UTSA Lyric Theatre will present the world premiere of "Navarro," an original composition based on the life of Jose Antonio Navarro, a statesman who fought for Texas independence. The opera performance is 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25 in the Buena Vista Theater at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
The music and lyrics are a composition by UTSA music professor James Balentine and local songwriter Joseph Labatt. William McCrary, UTSA associate professor of music, began his involvement in the project four years ago. He directs the production, which includes a cast of UTSA music majors and students from the San Antonio Independent School District.
"This will be a great opportunity for UTSA music students to interact with high school students and gain hands-on experience on how to teach teens how to perform musically and on stage," said Balentine. "I think it's very important for students and adults to know that there are new compositions being created all the time, both here at UTSA and in the San Antonio community."
Over the years, McCrary has spearheaded the effort to bring opera into schools by directing performances that have reached more than 30,000 students in the San Antonio area.
General admission is $10. Purchase tickets at the UTSA Department of Music website.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
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This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
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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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