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Four faculty to perform 18th century Spanish music in San Antonio

By Ann Friou
University News Service
March 21, 2012

Four Texas State University-San Marcos faculty will perform Spanish music of the 18th century at the annual meeting of the Ibero-American Eighteenth Century Studies Society, Friday, March 23, in San Antonio.

The faculty performers include oboist Ian Davidson, professor of music; pianist Jason Kwak, associate professor of music; composer and multi-instrumentalist Charles Ditto, senior lecturer in music; and vocalist Yuri Porras, associate professor of Spanish. They will perform 18th century instrumental compositions and songs by Marin Marais, Georg Asmas Döring, Manuel Blasco de Nebra, Manuel García, Pablo Esteve, P. Antonio Soler, Fernando Ferandiere and Antonio Rosales. The full program is available at

The performance, from 7:15 to 8 p.m., will be held in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the West Hyatt Regency on the San Antonio River Walk. It is free and open to the public.

The program honors the 200th anniversary of the Cortes de Cádiz, whose deliberations led to the Spanish Constitution of 1812 and the beginnings of the Latin American independence movements. The program is co-sponsored by Texas State’s Department of Modern Languages and by Trinity University, the University of Texas at Austin and Sam Houston State University.