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UTSA presents Bel Cuore Quartet for free Oct. 25 concert 'Bebop to Bagpipes'

Bel Cuore Quartet

Bel Cuore Quartet

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(Sept. 12, 2013) -- The UTSA Department of Music will present Austin-based saxophone group Bel Cuore Quartet (BCQ) for a concert performance of "Bebop to Bagpipes" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25 in the Arts Building Recital Hall on the UTSA Main Campus. The concert, their first of the 2013-2014 season, is free and open to the public.

The Bel Cuore Quartet performs everything from new and exciting music by contemporary composers to arrangements of jazz, pop, classical and rock. The concert offers something for everyone, from lovers of orchestral music and jazz aficionados to advocates of new music.

"Bebop to Bagpipes" will feature performances of a wide variety of music for saxophone quartet. Musical selections include the beloved orchestral piece "Le Tombeau de Couperin" by Maurice Ravel; a rock, funk and minimalist-inspired piece by Steven Snowden; "Drastic Measures" by Russell Peck; and "Fantasy Etudes" by William Albright. The group also will perform an original composition by UTSA music faculty member James Syler. Syler's "Saxophone Quartet" showcases the power, virtuosity and sensitivity that the group can deliver.

The quartet originated in 2007 when the band members met as doctoral students at the University of Texas at Austin. They have played together ever since. Members include soprano saxophonist Rami El-Farrah (UTSA music lecturer), alto saxophonist Sunil Gadgil, tenor saxophonist Spencer Nielsen and baritone saxophonist Michael Hertel.

BCQ has been nominated twice for Best Classical Ensemble by the Austin Critics Table and has performed at SXSW, the Fast Forward Austin Festival and Contagious Sounds in New York. The quartet completed a chamber music residency at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, and recorded "Over the Rainbow and Bach Again" on the Longhorn music label.

For more information, visit the UTSA Department of Music website.



Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.

The Impact of the 84th Texas Legislative Session on Public Schools: Any Rain in Sight or Are Those Smoke Clouds on the Horizon?

Join the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development for a discussion about what passed and what didn't in the last legislative session and what it means for Bexar County Public Schools. 
Durango Building Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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