Master Performers @ TAMIU Features Guzman  Tonight
Apr08

Master Performers @ TAMIU Features Guzman Tonight

Special to the Laredo Sun Master performer and pianist Christopher Guzman will perform a varied program at the upcoming Texas A&M International University (TAMIU)  Master Performers @ TAMIUWednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Fernando A Salinas Charitable Trust, TAMIU Residential Life and the National Endowment for the Arts. Guzman will perform a varied program which includes the lush and expansive Sonata in G Major by Franz Schubert as well as a short piece by American composer William Bolcom  and Scriabin’s White Mass Sonata. Guzman regularly performs for audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia, as soloist and chamber musician. He is a multiple prizewinner in many international competitions, including the Walter M. Naumburg Competition, the Seoul International Music Competition and the Isang Yun Competition of South Korea. He recently garnered the grand prize and several special prizes at the 10th Concours International de Piano d’Orléans of Orléans, France. As a result, he regularly travels to France to perform in Paris and throughout the Loire Valley. Guzman released a CD of German and Austrian music from the past 100 years, “Vienne et après,” in 2014. He has performed in several venues including Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and London’s Wigmore Hall and he has performed with members of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. A Texas native, Guzman studied for many years with Kenneth Thompson, of the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio. He later worked with Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald at the Juilliard School, Anton Nel at the University of Texas at Austin, and the late Patricia Zander at the New England Conservatory. He is currently assistant professor of piano at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. For more information contact Brendan Townsend, assistant professor of music at 326.3039 or btownsend@tamiu.edu. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Additional information is available at www.tamiu.edu and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube....

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Memory Of Art Instructor Lives On In Gallery Naming, Art Show
Mar29

Memory Of Art Instructor Lives On In Gallery Naming, Art Show

Special to the Laredo Sun In memory of her outstanding influence on the students and community of Laredo, Martha F. Fenstermaker will be honored in a reception to officially name the Visual Arts Gallery in her honor and to unveil an art exhibit offering a retrospective of her art work on Wednesday, April 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The former art instructor and head of the Visual Arts Department, who taught various forms of visual arts for more than 30 years, incorporated her passion into humanitarian work by becoming involved  in the city’s and state’s historical and nature preservation endeavors. Along with her two sisters, Fenstermaker devoted time and effort into showcasing the beauty of native Texas while combating those whose projects posed environmental threats. She also joined forces with state and national entities, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Native Plant Society, to preserve and promote the growth of wildlife species vitally tied to Texas’ history. This includes the Texas Longhorn and juniper trees that sustain much of the bird species that make Laredo exclusive for avian aficionados. Fenstermaker is survived by her sisters, Bebe and Sissy Fenstermaker, who collaborated with her in illustrating the masterpiece that is Texas, its sceneries, and its natural gifts. Their work, Enduring Women: A Photography and Oral History Exhibit, is treasured at the Bob Bullock State History Museum in Austin in thanks to the Texas Legacy Project. The Visual Arts Gallery inside the Visual and Performing Arts Center at the Fort McIntosh Campus serves as an appropriate memorial for the cherished college instructor. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate the life and achievements of Fenstermaker at this event. For more information, please contact the Visual Arts Department at 721.5224. CUTLINE: The lifetime achievements and contributions of retired Laredo Community College art instructor Martha F. Fenstermaker will be celebrated during a special reception to name the college’s Visual Arts Gallery in her name and to unveil a special retrospective art exhibit.  The community is invited to join the LCC family at this event on Wednesday, April 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts...

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Carlos Morton Offers Insight On Chicano Theater At LCC

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – Author and playwright Carlos Morton enlightened Laredo Community College students with the origin and stages of Chicano theater before the start of the socio-cultural movement of the 1960s during a special talk on Wednesday, March 18 at the Kazen Student Center. The former Laredo Junior College instructor discussed the struggles Latinos and Latinas, not just Mexican-Americans, faced within and outside their cultural sphere. The presentation was hosted by the Office of Student Life and the Quality Enhancement Plan at...

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Upcoming Casino Night Benefits St. Augustine School
Mar24

Upcoming Casino Night Benefits St. Augustine School

Special To The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – St. Augustine School will hold its 3rd annual Casino Night on Friday, March 27 at the Laredo Center of the Arts at 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This is St. Augustine’s largest fundraiser in which the community is invited to a fun-filled evening at the Casino tables without leaving the city. Guests will enjoy live music, open bar, delicious food, and amazing prizes! All proceeds  will directly benefit student programs at the elementary, middle, and high...

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Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade Winners
Feb25

Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade Winners

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, Texas – Hundreds of Laredoans, out-of-town visitors and tourists once again lined up along San Bernardo Ave. and Victoria St. on Saturday, February 21st to witness the annual Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade at 9 a.m. Through their creative efforts, participants emphasized the importance of tradition and patriotism by highlighting patriotic celebrations throughout the country with this year’s parade theme Star Spangled Celebrations. Over 185 float entries and parade units found inspiration in the customs and traditions of the many faces of America from various parts of the globe. Parade entries were creative and colorful and showed off all those things that make America beautiful. “With much enthusiasm and energy, our participants marched, played, cheered, danced, and smiled their way down San Bernardo Avenue,” said WBCA President Veronica Castillon. “Everywhere you looked, spectators were delighted by the talent and beauty on display in our parade, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather than the one we were blessed with this weekend.” The winners are: Best Dance Squad, Martin High School Tigerettes; Best Cheerleading Unit, Martin High School Cheerleaders; Best Band High School, Martin High School Band; Best Military/Law Enforcement Unit – High School, United High School AF JROTC; Best Military Unit/Law Enforcement (Community), Laredo Police Dept.; Best School Float (High School), St. Augustine High School Cheerleaders and Student Council; WBCA Special Merit Award, Best ‘Lil Schoolhouse; Grand Marshal’s Award, International Bank of Commerce Employee Advisory Board; President’s Award, Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales; Sweepstakes Award, United High School Larriettes; International Award, Escuela Secundaria #9 Miguel Hidalgo. The crowd voted 95.7 for the Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade People’s Choice Award. This was created as a bonus category where spectators and television viewers voted for their favorite entry via the WBCA text Club. “Thank you, Laredo, for turning out in record numbers to our annual patriotic extravaganza,” Castillon said. The 2015 WBCA Ambassadors who rode on the floats were: the Abrazo Children, as well as George and Martha Washington, young debutantes of the Society of Martha Washington and their escorts.  As is the tradition, the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales began the festivities, right after Mayor Pete Saenz handed the key to the City to Princess Pocahontas in front of the WBCA Grand Stand. The Anheuser-Busch proudly sponsors the Washington’s Birthday Parade. “Anheuser-Busch along with L&F distributors is proud to be able to continue to be the title sponsor of WBCA’s flagship event, The Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade,” said Steve LaMantia, owner of L&F Distributors. Leonard Martin, President and Manager of 20th Century Rides, served as the 2015 Parade Marshal for the Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade. Martin’s carnival heritage spans three generations,...

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WBCA™ Youth Song & Dance Festival
Feb05

WBCA™ Youth Song & Dance Festival

Special to the Laredo Sun The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association™ (WBCA™) together with Macy’s and Sames KIA will showcase some of Laredo’s talented dance teams, cheerleaders and vocal artists.  Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to two deserving seniors, courtesy of Macy’s.  Sames KIA will donate $500 to three lucky participating teams through a drawing.  Event is open to the public and will take place on Feb. 7 at the L.I.S.D. Civic Center. Founded in 1898, the Washington’s Birthday Celebration is the largest Celebration of its kind in the United States. The month-long Celebration includes parades, a carnival, an air show, fireworks, live concerts, a Jalapeño Festival and many other fun and exciting events for every member of the family. Combined, WBCATMevents attract nearly 500,000 residents and visitors, and yearly contributes an estimated $14 million to the local economy. The 118th Washington’s Birthday Celebration will take place January 22 – February 23, 2015. For additional information, visit www.wbcalaredo.org, emailwbca@wbcalaredo.org, contact the WBCA TM office at (956) 722-0589, or visit the office located at 1819 E. Hillside...

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