Looking for something different to make this Motherís Day special for your mom? Treat her to a concert and chocolate at the Musuem of South Texas History! On May 10, from 2 to 4 p.m., MOSTHistory will be presenting a classical guitar concert featuring mariachi favorites and deliciously decadent chocolate treats. The classical guitar group Quartetto Ziyriab will perform, and Arte y Chocolate will have available for purchase, artfully prepared chocolate goodies that are sure to satisfy any momís sweet tooth.
Quartetto Ziyriab was formed in 2008 by UTPA Music professor Dr. Kurt Martinez. The quartet has performed at various universities and festivals throughout Texas, including MOSTHís own Pioneer and Ranching Crafts Day. Dr. Martinez has selected a number of mariachi favorites to perform for the Motherís Day concert. Martinez will also give a brief history on the art of classical guitar and its significance to South Texas. Quartetto Ziyriab is comprised of Dr. Marinez, Jaime Garcia, Jesus Garza and Gilbert Taunton.
Dr. Kurt Martinez completed the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; he also holds degrees in guitar performance from Georgia State University and the University of Miami. Martinez has studied with some of the finest teachers in the world including, Javier Calderon, John Sutherland, Angelo Gilardino and Juan Mercadal; he has also performed in master classes for many world-renowned performers including Christopher Parkening and Manuel Barrueco. His studies have taken him to Europe where he attended the Corsi Internazionali di Chitarra in Muzzano, Italy and also studied flamenco guitar in Madrid and Jerez, Spain with guitarists Enrique Vargas and El Carbonero. Martinez maintains an active performing schedule and has appeared in recitals throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico.
Jaime Garcia is a native of San Benito, Texas. He is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Guitar Performance at UTPA, he also assists Dr. Martinez in teaching a number of guitar courses.
Jesus Garza is a native of Rio Grande City. He is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Guitar Performance, while at the same time teaching for PSJA ISD.
Gilbert Taunton is a native of Edinburg, Texas. He is currently in his senior year of the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Guitar Performance. Aside from the guitar, his interests also include composing and arranging and the quartet performs many of his arrangements. Taunton is currently teaching beginners guitar lessons at the museum.
The Motherís Day program is included with admission to the Museum. As a benefit of FRIENDship, FRIENDs of the Museum are admitted free. For more information on the program, guitar lessons or becoming a FRIEND of the Museum, call 956.383.6911 or visit www.mosthistory.org. The Museum of South Texas History is located on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Edinburg.