Food for the Soul UTRGV Patron of the Arts launches online concert series during COVID-19

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The UTRGV Patron of the Arts kicked off their premier concert during the COVID-19 pandemic on Facebook Live to help raise the spirits of those sheltering at home. In this premier concert, UTRGV School of Music professors Krista Jobson (flute) and Hector Rodriguez (guitar) performed Duo Aldebaran UTRGV Screen Capture by David Pike

Texas Border Business

By Letty Fernandez

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – APRIL 10, 2020 – UTRGV Patron of the Arts has unveiled an online concert series designed to lift the spirits during this COVID19 pandemic.

The first online concert was Wednesday, April 8, on the UTRGV Patron of the Arts Facebook page. In coming weeks, the concerts will feature faculty, guest artists and student ensembles on Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. The concerts will include premieres as well as concerts from years past. 

“During these difficult times, we turn to music to bring comfort to our students, friends and patrons,” said Dr. Dahlia Guerra, UTRGV assistant vice president for Public Art. “Our Patron of the Arts Online series will share the musical talents of our School of Music faculty and students with a variety of wonderful concerts that everyone can enjoy in the comfort of their homes.”

The second concert – scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, April 10, will feature the award-winning UTRGV Mariachi Aztlan and will be a look back at some wonderful memories from the university’s nationally recognized mariachi program.

The concert will include a sampling of performances of when the mariachi students performed with the Houston Grand Opera in 2010 and 2012, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2013 and 2015. There will be excerpts from the premiere performances of two original mariachi operas – Cruzan la Cara de la Luna, and El Pasado Nunca Se Termina, both composed by Jose”Pepe” Martinez of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and libretto by theater director and novelist Leonard Foglia. The performances were taped live during a television broadcast of Chicago Tonight! in Chicago in 2012.

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“This will be a great way to keep the concert series going and also give folks an outlet to be inspired by great music diverting their attention from the health crisis we are facing,” said Dr. Kurt Martinez, UTRGV professor of Music.

The online concert series launched on Wednesday with UTRGV School of Music professors Krista Jobson and Hector Rodriguez, who have performed all over the world together as the flute and guitar duo “Duo Aldebaran.”

The online concert series will be broadcast via, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

For information on future concerts, visit

Pictured is UTRGV’s Mariachi Aztlan performing with the Houston Grand Opera on December 3, 2010. The mariachi ensemble will be the next featured performance, April 10, on the online series. (Courtesy Photo by Houston Grand Opera).
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