HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas — Social distancing orders are not stopping the UTRGV School of Music from carrying on its tradition.
Although many of their concerts have been canceled, Dr. Dahlia Guerra, assistant vice president for public art at UTRGV said they are taking their Patron of the Arts series online for the first time.
“These are moments that would give us some comfort,” said Guerra. “When you’re listening to the music, you escape, you’re not only entertained, you’re comforted in a way that only music can do,” said Guerra.
Guerra said the online series will be showcasing performances that you wouldn’t be able to find on the web from faculty like Duo Aldebaran, Krista Jobson and Héctor Rodriguez who have performed around the world.
“We’re able to bring music from many different countries which is really important to us,” said Jobson.
And former students like Martin Cantu who performed with UTRGV Mariachi Aztlán in Chicago several years ago.
“A lot of the story lines are very relevant to our community,” said Cantu. “So, I feel like since a lot of people aren’t able to travel to Houston or Chicago to watch this opera, it’s a great opportunity for them to see it and that our stories are actually being held at the international and national level and they’re being heard by so many people.”
Rodriguez believes it’s important to keep the Patron of the Arts series going to keep students and faculty engaged.
“You know they need to keep listening to these concerts and to keep engaged with all the music and all the culture, it’s very important.” said Rodriguez. Their first concert aired Wednesday and they will continue to be sharing performances on Facebook.