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Tribute Feb. 25 and 26 to honor UTPA alumnus and famed euphoniumist Luis Maldonado
By Gail Fagan, Public Affairs Representative
(956) 665-2741
Posted: 02/15/2011
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The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Music and Dance will host a tribute Feb. 25 and 26 to the career of the late Dr. Luis Maldonado (1957-1995), a UTPA alumnus and internationally acclaimed euphonium soloist and low brass educator.


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- Dr. Luis Maldonado (1957-1995)

The tribute includes master's classes and clinics for area high school students by three of the country's leading euphonium and tuba educators, who will perform a guest artists recital at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 25. A grand finale concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26. The concert will feature the UTPA Symphonic Band, the UTPA Brass Ensemble and the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble along with the three invited guests artists — Dr. Matt Tropman, University of the Pacific; Fritz Kaenzig, University of Michigan; and Dr. Jerry Young, University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire. Both concerts will be held in the Fine Arts Auditorium and are free and open to the public.

Maldonado was a Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School graduate and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in euphonium performance and music education in 1980 from then-Pan American University. He went on to earn both a master's of music in euphonium performance and his doctorate of music arts from the University of Michigan. Maldonado not only taught locally in grades 6-12 for McAllen and the PSJA Independent School Districts but also at Central Michigan University as assistant professor of low brass. He served on the faculty at both Interlochen Arts Camp and Blue Lake Arts Camp and was a founding member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek as well as an executive committee member of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. Maldonado received many honors and recognitions during his career, including several awards for his performances at international euphonium competitions.

In 1988, he was one of two American clinicians/performers at the 8th Annual Hokkaido Tuba and Euphonium Camp in Sapporo, Japan. He was also a featured artist with the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium conference and a featured soloist with numerous university bands and symphonies nationwide in his lifetime. His original recordings include one for the soundtrack of "Secret Honor," a film directed by Robert Altman. In addition to his vast performance and teaching career, Maldonado was a prolific composer, arranger and music engraver. His arrangements are still performed in concert halls around the world and he engraved for publication many of the euphonium's most performed solo repertoire.

The two-day tribute will offer activities for musicians of all ages including a mass ensemble concert at 5 p.m. following the master classes and clinics being held 1:30-4:30 p.m., Feb. 26. Registration for area music students and teachers begins at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Scott Roeder, assistant professor of music, at (956) 665-7134 or roedersd@utpa.edu.