Spaniard Opens Guitar Series, Students Show ‘Soul’ in New Exhibition

Enrique Munoz

Enrique Muñoz of Spain will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Jonsson Performance Hall. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-UT Dallas students and free for UT Dallas students with a valid Comet Card.

The School of Arts and Humanities welcomes the community to attend the opening reception of a graduate student art exhibition and then catch a classical guitar concert on Friday.

The 2014-15 guitar series starts this week with a visit from Enrique Muñoz of Spain. As part of his world tour, Muñoz comes to campus for a diverse program that includes works ranging from European masters such as J.S. Bach to the tango of Buenos Aires by contemporary composer Jorge Cardoso.

“Our first concert of the season presents an extraordinarily talented guitarist and dedicated educator. Muñoz hails from Andalusia, the region of Spain that produces great olives, grapes and guitarists,” said Dr. Enric Madriguera, Russell Cleveland Professor in Guitar Studies.

The concert will be at 8 p.m. Friday in the Jonsson Performance Hall.

Art by LeeDon Moore

“Matthew 7.1” by LeeDon Moore is among three students’ artwork on display in the new exhibit Reflex Soul.

At the 2013 International Guitar Festival “Villa de Anranda” in Burgos, Spain, Muñoz was awarded a special recognition for his “Career and International Labor for Guitar.” He has participated in various festivals — from Mexico to France. He is a founder of several international guitar programs and serves as a judge for several competitions. Aside from his roles as a concert guitarist and organizer, Muñoz is an educator, occupying teaching roles throughout Spain. In 2010, Muñoz recorded his first album, which is self-titled.

Tickets to the performance are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-UT Dallas students and free for UT Dallas students with a valid Comet Card. The UT Dallas ticket office is open from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before show time. Tickets may also be purchased online.

Texas Guitar Quartet

Guitar Quartet, Lute Virtuoso Next Performers in Series

The 2014-15 guitar series will include two more performances this semester.

The Texas Guitar Quartet (above) will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Alexander Clark Center. As soloists, they have garnered acclaim on concert stages around the world, and three of the four have won the Texas Guitar Competition. Together, Isaac Bustos, Jonathan Dotson, Alejandro Montiel and Joseph V. Williams II form a quartet that Guitar International praised for its “technical mastery … passion and intuitive ensemble playing.”

Hopkinson Smith will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Smith is renowned for his mastery of the lute and other early plucked instruments. He is regarded as one of the foremost interpreters of Renaissance and Baroque music.

Before the concert, there will be an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building for Reflex Soul, a newly installed art exhibition that features the work of three UT Dallas graduate students.

The show is curated by Professor John Pomara and includes pieces from PhD candidate Jillian Round, LeeDon Moore, who is finishing his master of fine arts degree, and Arts and Technology (ATEC) master’s student Donald Davis.

“When I started my MFA I had no idea what I was doing,” said Moore, who is also creative director of UT Dallas’ Marketing Department. “I had been in advertising so long that I found it very difficult to not have a client or brand determine the end-results of my work. The first thing I had to do was relax and get comfortable with expressing my own point of view. It was much harder than I expected.”

Moore, who is showing both photography and sculpture, representing both digital and analog, said he had earned enough credits to graduate the semester before the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building opened, but was inspired by the new space to stay in the program an extra year.

“This incredible new space inspired me to start creating digital work again. I took my newfound confidence and point of view and began creating video ‘spectacles’ in PowerPoint. These pieces I am most proud of. They are truly representative of what I learned during my time in the program. These will be shown as a seven-minute video loop during the show,” Moore said.

The opening reception is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be provided.

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