Fine Arts dean, guest to present concert Thursday

Emily Simmons

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Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour

Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities Sept. 15. Photo by Izziel Latour

Martin Camacho, dean of the Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts, and Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva will present a free concert in Akin Auditorium: Latin American Evening – Songs to Remember, at 7 p.m.

“This concert will allow people to be aware of and engage in Hispanic culture,” Camacho said.

Villalva is a rising star in the Mexican opera world, Camacho said. He is one of the most-talented young tenors he has heard.

“We’re very lucky that he’s coming to us in the early stages of his career,” Camacho said.

This concert marks the beginning of events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Camacho anticipates a positive reaction from the audience, and hopes the event will bring more notice to the growing Hispanic population on campus.

“I appreciate the connection Dr. Camacho has to the Latin music because of his background, and I’m excited to see him perform again after his recital last year,” Nahye Byun, piano performance junior, said.

The music is Hispanic in origin, and Camacho said he is confident the cultural divide will not prove to be an obstacle for the audience. Camacho says music has the power to transcend generations and cultures, and can be appreciated by all who listen to it.

“Music is music, and what we will be performing is very accessible to people whether they speak Spanish or not,” Camacho said.

Camacho says music is cumulative and any experience students gain over time stays with them and goes into each performance.

“I can’t wait to see Dr. Camacho perform, and I’m sure the Latin music will be fun to listen to,” Deidre Nicholes, music education sophomore, said.

Camacho said an increase in the number of events both support visibility of the fine arts in the community and support the growing number of majors and strengthen their resources.

This November, Camacho will be traveling to Cuba to perform on the piano, and he said this represents an increase in cooperation between nations in regards to musical collaborations.

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Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour
Mexican tenor Edgar Villalva and Midwestern State University Fine Arts Dean and pianist Martin Camacho will perform an evening of Latin American music to open local Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Photo by Izziel Latour

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