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UTSA Mexico Center hosts Nov. 22 performance by Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto

Carlos Prieto

Carlos Prieto

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(Nov. 20, 2013) -- Respected throughout the world for what the New York Times calls impeccable musical instincts, cellist Carlos Prieto will perform at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 in the Buena Vista Theater (1.326) at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The free concert, presented by the UTSA Mexico Center and La Casa de España, will be in Spanish and will showcase Prieto's "The Adventures of a Cello," a book he wrote about his Stradivarius. A reception and book signing will follow the UTSA performance.

Prieto, a native of Mexico and a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has performed with orchestras around the world including the American Symphony Orchestra in New York and London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. "The Adventures of a Cello" is one of nine literary works Prieto has written.

The story of Prieto's cello is divided into three sections: its history, an autobiography of Prieto's travels throughout the world and a survey of the music that has been written for the instrument. More than 100 works have been dedicated to the cellist including several from composers throughout Latin America and Spain, among other places. The survey focuses primarily on music from Latin America, Spain and Portugal because it has largely gone ignored.

Prieto has received numerous recognitions throughout the world including becoming an honorary member of the Fine Arts Advisory Council at the University of Texas at Austin, being awarded the National Award for the Arts by Mexico and receiving the Order of Merit by King Juan Carlos of Spain.

Free parking will be available in lot D-3 under Interstate 35. Attendees also can park in unmarked spaces in the Cattleman Square lot on Buena Vista Street.

For more information, contact Olivia Lopez in the UTSA Mexico Center at 210-458-2923.

 

 

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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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