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UTSA hosts world-renowned Los Angeles Guitar Quartet for Feb. 9 benefit concert

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

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(Jan. 23, 2014) -- The UTSA Department of Music in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will host the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) for a special performance benefitting the UTSA String Project at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9 in the Arts Building Recital Hall on the UTSA Main Campus.

Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the UTSA String Project, which is celebrating its 11th anniversary. The educational outreach program led by UTSA music majors provides low-cost music lessons in violin, viola, cello, bass and classical guitar to elementary school students at both UTSA campuses.

Recognized as one of America's premier instrumental ensembles, the LAGQ has thrilled audiences in major concert venues worldwide for three decades. Their breathtakingly diverse repertoire ranges from Bluegrass to Bach and includes music of many cultures.

In 2009, the LAGQ and San Antonio Symphony sold out the Majestic Theater with the world premier of "Interchange" for guitar quartet and orchestra by Sergio Assad, commissioned by the Southwest Guitar Festival. The piece was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2010.

The LAGQ has released many highly acclaimed recordings on the Telarc and Sony labels including the Grammy Award-winning album "Guitar Heroes," which features commissioned compositions dedicated to guitarists of several music genres including Django Reinhardt, Chet Atkins and Jimi Hendrix.

The LAGQ includes William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant, Matthew Greif and John Dearman. Each musician is a veteran of the concert stage and has contributed innovative arrangements to the group.

Tickets for the concert are $20 and can be purchased at the UTSA Department of Music website. For more information, contact Cindy Solis at 210-458-5685.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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