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Meet a Roadrunner: Ethan Wickman reflects on musical tribute to JFK

Ethan Wickman

UTSA Assistant Professor Ethan Wickman at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
>> View video excerpts from "Let the Word Go Forth," Ethan Wickman's musical tribute to John F. Kennedy.

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(Nov. 20, 2013) -- Meet Ethan Wickman. Last January, the UTSA assistant professor of music composition and theory was at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., listening to the 23-minute original musical tribute, "Let the Word Go Forth," which he composed to honor the nation's 35th president, John F. Kennedy.

Wickman spent nearly two years composing the commissioned selection, which incorporates orchestral music and a 330-member choir with excerpts from Kennedy's most memorable speeches.

Wickman researched Kennedy's speeches and listened for snippets that he felt could be poetic and meaningful. Then, he started writing segments for piano and vocals, orchestra and instrumentals.

After the composition was complete, Wickman published and distributed it to choir singers representing high schools and universities in five states.

After months of preparation, the flawless performance was presented to a Kennedy Center crowd of approximately 1,700.

"I wanted to compose a piece that would show that there is real meaning in public service, and that there are universal messages that we can share that go beyond whether someone is a conservative or progressive," said Wickman. "We should all try and come together to make our country a better place."

On April 5, 2014, Wickman will host a performance of his 23-minute musical tribute to John F. Kennedy in the UTSA Arts Building Recital Hall at the Main Campus.

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

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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