A presentation of "Musical Holiday Memories" by a faculty trio from The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Music highlights the Dec. 6 Faculty Forum at the Tower Club in McAllen.
Sponsored by the UTPA Alumni Association, concert pianist and department chair Dr. Dahlia Guerra will be joined by clarinetist Dr. William O'Neil and violist Dr. Marcus Smolensky for a program of classical and seasonal melodies, sprinkled with interesting facts about the music.
Guerra, a native of Edinburg, has taught at UTPA since 1984. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from then-Pan American University, a master of music degree from Southern Methodist University and doctoral of musical arts degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Guerra has given numerous piano recitals throughout South Texas and has performed with the Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonica de Nuevo Leon and the Sinfonica de la UAT in Tampico, Mexico.
O'Neil is associate professor of woodwinds in the UTPA Department of Music and principal clarinetist with the Valley Symphony Orchestra. A 1990 graduate of the University of Minnesota, he taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Utah State University before coming to UTPA in 1992. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony and the Masters Orchestra of Minnesota, where he was principal clarinetist and featured soloist.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music with degrees in music performance, Smolensky is a former member of the Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony and Harrisburg Symphony. Now principal violist with the Valley Symphony Orchestra, he has been the featured soloist with the VSO, the Central Pennsylvania Symphony in Hershey, the Genesee Symphony in Batavia, N.Y., the Lowell Philharmonic in Massachusetts and the University Circle Chamber Orchestra in Cleveland.
The Faculty Forums, which feature prominent UTPA faculty members sharing their expertise and research, are presented the first Wednesday of most months at the Tower Club, 200 S. 10th St., and are open to the public.
Tickets for the noon events are $12.50 a person and include lunch. Contact the Alumni Office at 956/381-2500 for reservations or more information.