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Del Mar College Cultural Programs announces spring events

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Del Mar College’s Cultural Programs brings to Corpus Christi select artists whose talents define the fine arts across the country. The program has scheduled several events this spring with guests representing music, art and drama. All Cultural Program events are open to the public with most free of charge.

Spring 2019 events include the following:

Thursday, February 28
Classical Guitarist Gabriel Ayala in Concert

A member of the Yaqui people of Southern Arizona, guitarist Gabriel Ayala studied at Del Mar College and Corpus Christi State University and earned a master’s degree in music performance from the University of Arizona. Ayala performs regularly throughout the United States and internationally. A featured artist at President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Ball, Ayala was recognized by the former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. He was also the featured performer at the “Festival Internacional de la Guitarra Academica” in Venezuela with performances in Caracas, Guarenas, Guatire and on National Public Television throughout that country. Ayala has received numerous music awards, including the Native American Music Awards “Best Instrumental CD.” Currently, he has released 10 CDs.

  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Wolfe Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center Music Building, Del Mar College East Campus, Ayers at Kosar, free.
  • For more information, contact Philip Hii at 698-1686 or phii2@delmar.edu.

Saturday March 2
Guest Trombonist Douglas Yeo and Trumpeter Raquel Rodriguez in Concert as Part of the South Texas Brass Symposium

Del Mar College will host the FourthAnnual South Texas Brass Symposium, a two-day event featuring guest trombonist Douglas Yeo and trumpeter Raquel Rodriguez. Yeo is former bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony, and Rodriguez is trumpet professor at the University of North Texas. As part of the symposium, performances and masterclasses are scheduled all day Saturday with activities culminating with a final concert featuring Yeo and Rodriguez at 7:30 p.m. To view a schedule and for more information, visit www.delmar.edu/stbs.

  • Saturday, March 2,7:30 p.m., Wolfe Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center Music Building, Del Mar College East Campus, Ayers at Kosar. Tickets are $10 for the general public; free for DMC students, faculty and staff. 
  • For more information, contact Dr. Donald Pinson at 698-1604 or dpinson@delmar.edu.

Monday, March 25
Internationally-renowned Sculptor Chris Valle Presenting Guest Lecture, “Artistic Evolution”

Join Del Mar College Cultural Programs, along with the College’s Art program, for guest lecturer Chris Valle’s presentation, “Artistic Evolution.” Dedicating his life to art and exploring the influence that entertainment and advertisements have on our perceptions, Valle uses classical and experimental approaches in his work. Featured across the globe, his artwork and paintings have hung in over 130 exhibitions from New York to Germany, along with 17 solo exhibitions in 16 years. Valles’ work is also in several impressive collections that includes the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, the Sienna Art Institute Library and the HESS Corporation. To learn more about the artist and to view his work, visit chrisvalleart.com

  • Monday, March 25, 11 a.m., Room 326, Coles Classroom Building, Del Mar College East Campus, Ayers and Baldwin, free.
  • For more information, contact DMC professor of art Cynthia Perkins at 698-1503 or cperkins@delmar.edu.

Monday, March 25
Del Mar College New Music Symposium Chamber Music Concert

Come enjoy an evening of contemporary music featuring works by renowned composer James Ogburn. The guest artist’s work embodies synthesis and is emblematic of today’s cross fertilization of styles. The program will also feature world premiere performances of works commissioned by DMC faculty and ensembles.

  • Monday, March 25, 7:30 p.m., Wolfe Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center Music Building, Del Mar College East Campus, Ayers at Kosar, free.
  • For more information, contact Roger Petersen at 698-1619 or rpetersen@delmar.edu.

Thursday, April 11
Guest Lecture by Former Del Mar College Student Lydia Blanco Garza “Perspective as a Latina Actress in Hollywood”

Del Mar College’s Art and Drama Department will host special guest speaker Lydia Blanco Garza, celebrity actress and producer. Blanco Garza will share her perspective as a Latina actress in Hollywood. Born in Albuquerque, NM, Blanco Garza is known for her roles in “Little Birds” (2011), “The Holiday” (2006), “The Naked Ape” (2006), “The Terminal” and “Dial M for Maria” (1999). She has also appeared in numerous television series, including “Desperate Housewives,” “Monk,” “Prison Break” and “Forgotten Memories,” among others. She once lived in Austin, worked in independent film and did voiceovers for Japanese cartoons. After studying drama at DMC, Blanco Garza earned a degree in communications with an emphasis in theater from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

  • Thursday, April 11, 1 to 2 p.m., Room 164, Fine Arts Center Music Building, Del Mar College East Campus, Ayers at Kosar, free.
  • For more information, call Carl Yowell at 698-1154 or cyowell@delmar.edu.
About Del Mar College

Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.