UTPB, Juarez choirs to conduct cultural exchange

first_img Previous articleCHAPMAN: Presidents have only modest control over the economyNext articleFive things you need to know today, Feb. 6 admin Pinterest Twitter Facebook UPTB, Ciudad Juarez logos University of Texas of the Permian Basin and Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez will have a cultural exchange of their choirs in March.It took about a year to organize the exchange, which started with an exchange of emails between Director of Choral and Vocal Studies Frank Eychaner and Alonso Fierro, who is in charge of the Anaima choir at Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez.Eychaner and his wife, Karen, an accompanist, will travel to Juarez March 12 to March 14. Eychaner said they will perform for the students at and talk about different styles of performance.“The maestro shared that he’s got students that are interested in contemporary style jazz and Broadway, so we’ll do some of that. I’m really excited to spend some with the professor as he works with his recording and sound students,” Eychaner said.Interviewed via Skype, Fierro said he will come to Odessa March 21 through March 23 and bring his choir members. He said there are 10 members of the ensemble, including himself.Fierro said the choir performs some songs with puppets that would be good for audiences of children. They also will sing some religious and contemporary music.“… It’s a new thing that we’re trying. … We’re fairly close to each other (Odessa and Juarez). I think it’s going to be an awesome experience, just having the doctor (Eychaner) being here and visiting and also us trying to go over there and having the experience of being there. … Also, we can show that there’s no language barrier. Most of our students speak Spanish and most of your students speak English, but there’s something that gets us along which is music,” Fierro said.Fierro started conducted choral music for churches and community choirs when he was 15. He then started studying music.Some years ago, he said, he went to Cuba and learned more at Latin music.Eychaner said a concert is planned for 7:30 p.m. March 23 featuring the choirs of UTPB and Anaima. They will perform a couple of pieces together and Eychaner and Fierro will take turns conducting the combined choirs.“We’re going to do a number of public performances. I met with Hispanic Heritage of Odessa. They’re going to help us with a number of things. The choir is going to perform for a number of community organizations while they’re here. We’re also going to get them into some schools,” Eychaner said.Eychaner said he’s also going to ask Fierro to conduct a voice master class for all the vocal majors and have Fierro talk to the music education students about music education in Mexico and the similarities and differences between the U.S. and Mexico.“He’s going to rehearse and work with the choirs,” Eychaner said.Although they aren’t sure if there will be time, Eychaner wants Fierro to talk to instrumental students about different Latin styles and how you differentiate between a samba, a bossa nova and a cumbias, among other things.Eychaner said there will be a lot of benefits to having Anaima’s visit.“I think that any time we can see somebody else who is doing something successfully, but they’ve been on a different path to get to that success, they see possible pathways for their own future that might be different from what they’ve experienced but equally as valid. I love it when we’re able to bring in other scholars and experts from the field because that just enriches our students,” Eychaner said.“That’s what education is about. I love the fact that we’re going to hear a different cultural ideal of what excellence is about,” he added.More Information Twitter WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img By admin – February 6, 2018 UTPB, Juarez choirs to conduct cultural exchange Facebook Pinterest UTPB Music Program.Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez.UACJ Google translated. Local NewsEducationlast_img read more

Berger, on Fox Business, discusses tax reform, CU reg relief

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger, appearing Thursday on Fox Business Network’s Countdown to the Closing Bell with guest host Ashley Webster, talked about the association’s recent meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, tax reform and the importance of achieving regulatory relief for credit unions.Berger told Webster in the live television interview that he is “encouraged” by NAFCU’s meeting with Mnuchin and that the discussion was “extremely productive.”Webster also asked Berger about the importance of regulatory relief for credit unions. “Since Dodd-Frank passed in 2010, we’ve lost 1,500 credit unions,” Berger said, adding it’s time for some regulatory rollback.last_img read more

3 year-end tax moves you should make now

first_img 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Whether it’s keeping tabs on your holiday spending or thinking about your 2017 tax return, you may be super focused on your finances at this time of year. Here are three year-end tax moves you should make now to prepare for 2018.Be charitable: When purchasing Christmas gifts this year, don’t forget your favorite non-profits and charities. A sizable donation will be a nice deduction to your tax bill. Plus, you’ll be able to help out your favorite charity at Christmas time, and that’ll make you feel good.Max out your retirement: Maxing out your IRA or 401k is a great idea for two reasons. First, you’re boosting your nest egg, which will make you very happy when it comes time to retire. The second reason is that you’re lowering your amount of taxable income, and that will save you money on taxes this year.Know your FSA rules: Under the current rules for flexible spending accounts, you won’t necessarily lose your FSA balance at the end of the year. But, it’s important you know the rules for your company’s FSA plan. You may have one of two options with your FSA: A “roll over” of up to $500 into the next year’s account or a 2.5 month grace period. Find out if your company provides one of these two deadline extensions before it’s too late.last_img read more

Kidney shows faith in Murray

first_img Murray, who at 22 is the youngest member of the squad, won his two caps as a second-half substitute against France and England last month. It is a bold selection by coach Declan Kidney given that Murray only broke into Munster’s first team this year and has yet to play in the Heineken Cup. Conor Murray will make his full Test debut when Ireland open their World Cup campaign against the USA on Sunday. But he did enough in the warm-up Tests and during his time in camp this summer to secure a place alongside Jonathan Sexton at half-back, with Eoin Reddan dropping to the bench. “Conor’s been going well in training and we said we’d judge it off that. If we’re to know more about him, now’s the time to know,” said Kidney. “He deserves a go and we think he’s good enough to start. It’s a big call given it’s our first game in the World Cup, but what he’s been doing merits his inclusion.” Flanker Sean O’Brien and full-back Rob Kearney have been omitted from the 22 as a precaution. The Leinster duo have been passed fit from their respective knee and groin injuries but Kidney, mindful of the clash with Australia next Saturday, has given them another week to recuperate. Ireland team: Geordan Murphy; Tommy Bowe, Brian O’Driscoll, Gordon D’Arcy, Keith Earls; Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Tom Court, Rory Best, M Ross, Donnacha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell, Stephen Ferris, Shane Jennings, Jamie Heaslip. Replacements: Jerry Flannery, Tony Buckley, Donnacha Ryan, Denis Leamy, Eoin Reddan, Ronan O’Gara, Andrew Trimble. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more