(Nov. 21, 2012) -- The UTSA Department of Music will open the holiday season with "Winterlude," a series of musical concerts featuring choral and student instrumental ensembles Thursday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 2 on the UTSA Main Campus. UTSA Department of Music faculty members Charles Kuentz, Donald Miller, Ron Ellis and John Silantien will conduct the groups.
At 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29 in the UTSA Arts Building Recital Hall, the UTSA University Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will take the audience on an instrumental tour with "Holiday Fantasy." Student song selections will include "Santa's Journey," "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "O Magnum Mysterium," "Ave Maria," "Hanukkah Festival of Lights," "The Bells of Christmas" and "Sleigh Ride."
At 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30 in the UTSA Convocation Center, the UTSA Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band will perform musical and choreographed compositions from the 2012 Roadrunners football season. The 200+ member marching band also will feature holiday musical favorites.
At 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 in the UTSA Arts Building Recital Hall, the UTSA Orchestra and the UTSA Women's Choir will perform Daniel Pinkham's "Christmas Cantata." San Antonio Symphony harpist Rachel Harris will accompany the singers in a performance of Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols." The evening will close with the UTSA Chamber Singers rendition of Conrad Susa's "Carols and Lullabies."
The "Winterlude" concert series will conclude at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2 in the UTSA Arts Building Recital Hall with a "Messiah" sing-a-long. The interactive concert will offer audience members the opportunity to sing Handel's masterpiece with various choirs and a featured organist.
Tickets to the concerts in the UTSA Arts Building Recital Hall are $10 and can be purchased 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.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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