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Traditional Filipino Music Concert Set for Sunday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. at U of M, Crookston
November 8, 2006

Contact: Rae French, international coordinator, 218-281-8339 (; Krista Lemos, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (

CROOKSTON, MN. (November 8, 2006) – Violinist Joe Ortiguera and pianist José D. Uriarte will be performing traditional Filipino music on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The concert kicks off International Education Week during which universities across the nation celebrate the benefits of international exchange and global perspectives. The event is free and open to the public. Dress is casual.

Ortiguera studied in the Philippines as an International Student Exchange Program scholar, attending the University of the Philippines. While there, he performed numerous recitals throughout the country. His teachers overseas included Alfonso "Coke" Bolipata and Sergio Esmilla.

Ortiguera's musical credits range widely from playing in a music video with country music artists, the Dixie Chicks, to performing in the Schubert Club Recital Series. He performs regularly with the Huntsville, Ala., and Tupelo, Miss., symphony orchestras in addition to his specialty of Filipino music recitals. Currently, he is pursuing the Master of Music degree at University of Louisville under the tutelage of J. Patrick Rafferty.

Uriarte is an active performer and teacher in the Twin Cities, and he has given solo and collaborative performances in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China and the Philippines with the Philensemblia and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.
Uriarte has taught at the University of Minnesota, the Conservatory of the University of St. Thomas, St. Joseph's School of Music and the Philippine Women's University. His doctorate of musical arts thesis: "The Piano Works of Lucrecia Roces Kasilag" won first prize, the Marian Davidson Award, in the recent Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity's Musicological and Research Contest. He is currently the piano department chair of East Metro Music Academy.
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pianist José D. Uriarte