Guitarist Edgar Cruz at UTD Sept. 9

RICHARDSON, Texas (Aug. 17, 2006) — Renowned guitarist Edgar Cruz will perform from his diverse repertoire of acoustic works at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) on Saturday, Sept. 9 at      8 p.m. in the University Theatre.

Cruz, who puts on more than 200 concerts yearly, has held the title of Oklahoma’s Best Performing Artist/Acoustic Guitarist for three consecutive years.  Cruz has headlined the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville since 1995 and has played throughout America and Europe.

Cruz grew up playing rock-and-roll standards by ear.  In college, he received his first formal training in classical guitar.  He has steadily increased his mastery of styles including classical, rock, Latin, flamenco, jazz and mariachi.  His catalog now consists of more than 400 songs from “The William Tell Overture” to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 

According to Cruz, “my dream is to see guitar literature grow to the proportions that piano music has and I would like to contribute personally to this expansion.”

More information about the event is available at http://ah.utdallas.edu/season0607/cruz.htm.

Tickets for the show are $15 for general admission and free at the door to UTD students with valid identification.  Discount tickets are available to students from other campuses and high schools.  UTD ticket office hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at the door one hour prior to show time.  To purchase tickets in advance using Visa, MasterCard or Discover, please call 972-883-2552.

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UTD, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787), e-mail utdarts@utdallas.edu, or visit the School of Arts and Humanities’ Web site at http://ah.utdallas.edu/.  Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls nearly 14,500 students.  The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.