La noche de los Mayas*
Bachianas brasileiras no. 5 A389*
Fantasia para un gentilhombre*
Concerto for Two Guitars in G Major*
Danzón No. 2*
ETSO kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with music from Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Brazil and the USA. This performance is in partnership with the Hispanic Professionals Association of Tyler.
* Denotes first performance by ETSO
Classical guitarist, pedagogue and educator ISAAC BUSTOS, enjoys an extensive performing career that has taken him to Canada, Central America, Europe and all over the US. Dr. Bustos has made several Radio and Television appearances and is in demand as clinician and master class teacher invited to perform in some of the most prestigious festivals including the Guitar Foundation of America Annual Convention, Portland Guitar Festival, St. Joseph International Guitar Festival, Southwest Guitar Festival, Brownsville Guitar Festival, Classical Minds Festival, Festival Internacional de Guitarra Monterrey, Festival Ramon Noble and Festival del Noreste in Mexico. Isaac has also appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of New Spain, The Baytown Symphony Orchestra, The Nicaraguan National Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro JoAnn Falletta.
Isaac holds an impressive number of top prizes in over 12 major international competitions, 7 of which are first prizes. In the fall of 2008, Isaac released his debut CD titled Caprichos y Sonatas which Soundboard magazine described as "…one of the best…it has everything one could want." Bustos is a featured artist for the Vgo Recordings label and has just released his second album titled "Canciones a mi Madre". The album contains Latin American guitar from Brazil, Cuba, Nicaragua and Argentina. Additionally, Isaac has premiered new guitar works by composers Nico Muhly, Frank Wallace, Mark Cruz, Joe Williams II and has recently recorded the world-premiere recording of Peter Lieuwen’s Sonata for guitar on the MSR Classics label. Chamber music collaborations have included performances with the Grammy award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Grammy Award-Winning Conspirare Choir, the Turtle Creek Chorale and legendary Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto. Bustos is also a founding member of the award-winning Texas Guitar Quartet. Their critically acclaimed debut album titled "RED" was released in the spring of 2012.
Bustos holds a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from the University of New Hampshire, where he was the only guitarist to ever hold a full scholarship, a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he also completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of world-renowned American guitarist Adam Holzman.
As an educator, his commitment to teaching is reflected in the success of his students whose prize-winning performances have included victories in the Eastfield Guitar Festival and competition, Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition, "Classical Minds" Guitar Competition, Houston Young Artist, East Carolina University Competition, Rosario Competition, Appalachian State Competition, Boston Guitar Fest International Competition and Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition. Since 2005, Dr. Bustos serves on the faculty at Texas A&M University Department of Performance Studies where he is head of guitar studies and artistic director of the Texas A&M International Guitar Symposium and Competition.
Soulful and virtually flawless.The Portland Oregonian
DR. SOOAH PARK has performed operatic roles of Oscar, Countess, Susanna, Michaela, Salud, Boy, Pamina, Antonia , and Goldentrill . Houston Arts Week praised her Oscar from Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, “Sooah Park shines as Oscar, and her singing is utterly delightful.” Houston Chronicle commented, “Sooah Park is excellent as Oscar the page and provides comic relief throughout the opera with her bright coloratura and her fine acting.”
Dr. Park’s performance experience includes a broad array of musical idioms and styles. She has performed in the countries of Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Finland, and South Korea. In 2015-16 season, Ms. Park performed a soprano soloist in Bach’s Cantata 140 with the Tyler Civic Chorale and a soprano soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with East Texas Symphony Orchestra. The universities she performed in guest recitals include UT Arlington, Stephen F. Austin, Pennsylvania State University, Providence College, and others.
She is also an avid presenter at conferences. Dr. Park presented a workshop, “Feasibility of offering blended music lessons” at the College Music Society International conference in Sydney, Australia in 2017. She also performed a recital at the CMS International conference in Sweden and Finland in 2015 in which she presented songs by Jean Sibelius. Dr. Park presented a lecture at the National Opera Association convention in Indianapolis in 2016 and a lecture recital at NATS Texoma region conference in 2015 and 2017.
Aside from her performing career, the operas Dr. Park has directed include The Gondoliers, The Merry Widow, Hansel and Gretel, Mysteries on the Dock, A Muskrat Lullaby, The Old Maid and the Thief, and The Magic Flute. Her directing scene from The Old Maid and the Thief was one of four finalists in the Collegiate Opera Scene Competition graduate category at the 2015 National Opera Association convention in Greensboro, NC.
Currently, Dr. Park is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Texas at Tyler. She holds a Doctoral and a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Eastman School of Music. She studied with Rose Taylor at the University of Texas at Austin. Her former teachers include William McIver, Irene Gubrud, and Masako Toribara. She worked with Teresa Zylis-Gara, Grace Bumbrey, Mary Dunleavy, Renee Fleming, and Lucy Schaufer in Master Classes at the University of Texas at Austin.
The mission of the Hispanic Professionals Association of Tyler is to promote the participation, collaboration, and education of the Hispanic community in Tyler by bringing together like-minded professionals for networking, cultural, volunteer, and leadership opportunities that will inspire progress for generations to come.
Did you know...?
Music on this concert - all first-time performances by ETSO - celebrates Hispanic heritage from Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Spain and the USA
The TJC Guitar Ensemble, directed by Frank Kimlicko will feature a dozen current and former TJC guitarists playing Vivaldi's concerto for two guitars arranged by Mr. Kimlicko!
International prize-winning guitar soloist Isaac Bustos hails from Texas A&M University Department of Performance Studies where he is head of guitar studies and artistic director of the Texas A&M International Guitar Symposium and Competition