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University Students Host Last Summer Concert: The Beatles

Brownsville, Texas – August 6, 2013 – Tafflemusik String Quartet, a group of University of Texas at Brownsville music education students, will conclude its summer concert series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

The final concert, to be held at the TSC Arts Center, will treat the audience to a selection of favorites from The Beatles.

Taffelmusik String Quartet is an independent organization of musicians who promote artistic excellence through music performance in the local community. Their repertoire includes classical music, jazz, blues, rock, pop, Mexican classics and contemporary music.

CAPTION GOES HERE ALSO Anahil Suarez(left) and Diana Mendoza (right) with Tomas Alvarado. The three are music education majors at UTB.

The founders of Taffelmusik are Tomás Alvarado Vérastegui, Anahíl Suárez, Irán Bautista, and Diana Mendoza Ramirez. A portion of the proceeds from the events will benefit scholarships for local university music education students and the Carlotta Petrina Museum.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.taffelmusik.com or call 956-589-9893.

LAST CONCERT IN SERIES:

Concert No. 6 - Saturday, Aug. 10 – A Tribute to the Beatles        

Recording artist Ana Laura Chavez and “Surrealistas,” a group of up-and-coming vocalists, will join Tafflemusik to perform Beatles selections including “Let it Be,” “Across the Universe,” “Hey Jude,” and “A Day in the Life.”

BIOGRAPHIES:

Tomás Alvarado Vérastegui

Tomás began his musical studies at age of 16 with classical guitar and at the age of 18 started his professional studies on cello under the direction of Professor Patricia Eugenia Lopez. He continues his studies of music education with a concentration on the cello at UTB. Besides his orchestral experience, he has participated in many recitals as a soloist and on chamber music (trio on piano, string quartet, soloist with chorus, etc.) in Tamaulipas, Mexico, and in Texas. Tomas has a vast experience in education, being a consultant for ear training, solfeggi, music history, and music theory at UTB. He has also taught classes in cello and piano at private and group levels in several music academies. He has worked as a private cello instructor in the Mercedes and Harlingen School Districts. He is one of the organizers and an active member of Taffelmusik String Quartet.

Anahíl Suárez

Born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, on August 7, 1989, Anahil started studying music at the age of 15 years at Escuela Superior de Música del Colegio San Juan XXI in Matamoros with violin as her main instrument. She later received a scholarship on behalf of the Music Department at UTB where she is also a member of the Symphonic Orchestra, the String Ensemble, and Mariachi Ocelotetlán. Anahíl has been a part of several ensembles such as The DIF Symphonic Orchestra and the Tampico International Company Chamber Orchestra. She has traveled to Vienna, Austria, while studying at UTB and has taken intensive courses in music history and operatic literature. In May 2013, Anahíl traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, to participate in a series of concerts with Mariachi Ocelotetlán at the Herzen State Pedagogical University. She is currently a senior majoring in music education and is a member of the Taffelmusik String Quartet.

Irán Bautista

He started his education at Orquestra Juvenil de Matamoros from 1993 to 1998 and then eventually attending South Texas Youth Symphony and South Texas Chamber Orchestra in Edinburg, Texas. In 2001, he attended the Music School at Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila. He became a student in 2002 at the University of Veracruz Music School and in 2007 traveled to Paris, France, and Neerpelt, Belgium, to participate at the 55th Europes Festival Boor Jeud as a member of the Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil de Guadalajara obtaining first place as summa cum laude. In 2008, he traveled to France as part of México Mágico Tour with the Youth Orchestra of the State of Veracruz. He was awarded by the City of Matamoros with an incentive to begin his solo performance in violin and chamber music at several cultural points across the city in 2009. Three years later he founded Ensamble de Cuerdas de Matamoros with music students in order to be able to participate in concerts, recitals, and tours to rural communities across town. He has participated in master courses with recognized violinists such as Michael Bochmann, Kathleen Sebestyan, Wilfredo de Glans, Elisa Kawaguti and Craig Mumm. Irán is a graduate of Universidad de Veracruz with a Bachelor’s in Music. He is also an active member of The World Orchestra, organization which together with UNESCO and FUNDACION DE PAZ, which gave him the title CULTURAL AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE and functions as Chief Executive Officer of Taffelmusik Quartet.

Diana Mendoza Ramírez

Diana Mendoza Ramírez started violin studies at the age of 15 at Colegio San Juan Siglo XXI under the instruction of Professor Joaquin Ruiz. She is currently a senior majoring in Music Education at the University of Texas at Brownsville where she is member of the UTB Symphony Orchestra and String ensemble, under the direction of Martha Placeres, and the UTB Mariachi Ocelotetlan under the direction of Mr. Antonio Briseño. As member of the diverse music ensembles the University of Texas offers, Diana has had the opportunity to perform in a variety of scenarios in the United States and Mexico. She has studied music history in Vienna Austria under the instruction of Dr. Arthur Brownlow and has had the opportunity to receive master classes by international renowned musicians such as the Dali String Quartet and The Turtle Island Quartet. Diana starts her career in music eduction as a private violin instructor and in 2012 she joins the team of instructors at The UTB Music Academy. Diana is a violinist and co-founder of the Taffelmusik String Quartet as well as a member of the board of directors of Taffelmusik LLC. Taffelmusik has given her the opportunity to grow as a chamber musician and entrepreneur in the US and in Mexico. It has also given her the opportunity to work towards her goals inspired by social change to bring the music to the people and promote the arts and music education in our community.​

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