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Recital by UTRGV music students Cedillo and Rivera a hit with Brownsville audience

UTRGV music students Doris Cedillo and Clemente Rivera, both seniors, have been invited to participate July 29 through Aug. 13 in “Festival de Opera San Luís” in San Luís Potosí, Mexico, where they will be singing in three operas. Their fundraising recital, held June 25 at the Carlotta K. Petrina Cultural Center in Brownsville, offered up a variety of musical selections and styles. (UTRGV Photo by Veronica Gaona)

UTRGV music students Doris Cedillo and Clemente Rivera, both seniors, have been invited to participate July 29 through Aug. 13 in “Festival de Opera San Luís” in San Luís Potosí, Mexico, where they will be singing in three operas. Their fundraising recital, held June 25 at the Carlotta K. Petrina Cultural Center in Brownsville, offered up a variety of musical selections and styles. (UTRGV Photo by Veronica Gaona)

By Steven Masso

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JUNE 27, 2017 – UTRGV music students Doris Cedillo and Clemente Rivera captivated the audience at the Carlotta K. Petrina Cultural Center on Sunday, June 25, during an early evening recital.

Both Cedillo and Rivera have been invited to participate July 29 through Aug. 13 in “Festival de Opera San Luís” in San Luís Potosí, Mexico, where they will be performing in three operas.  

For the Brownsville recital, piano accompaniment for the soprano and baritone vocals was by Josué Medellín, a friend and UTRGV music graduate. Music selections ranged from classical opera to traditional Spanish ballads, including Rivera’s acoustic guitar rendition of “Squares Suspended” by Andrew York, and Cedillo’s vocal performance of the aria “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle,” more popularly known as “Habanera,” from the opera “Carmen” by George Bizet. 

Cedillo and Rivera currently are seniors at UTRGV majoring in music education. Cedillo, an international student from Matamoros, Mexico, said she is grateful for the countless opportunities UTRGV has provided.  

“I have gained knowledge and learned so much from the professors,” Cedillo said. “And the voice faculty has guided me so much in developing my vocal capabilities.”   

Both artists said hard work and many hours of practice have been critical to achieving their current level of expertise.  

“How much is just natural ability, I can’t say,” said Rivera, who studies guitar as well as voice, “but there’s no doubt I devote 100 percent to my music.”

Cedillo said part of the thrill of performance is the opportunity to transform oneself.

“When I take on a role, I no longer feel like myself,” she said. “I become the character I’m portraying.”

Both students said the Brownsville community has encouraged and supported them, especially with monetary support to help them travel to the opera festival in San Luís to perform.  

“We’re very excited about this opportunity that has been granted to us,” Rivera said. “We know this experience will have us grow as musicians.”

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