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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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Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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