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11/19: 50th Anniversary Tribute dedicated to President John F. Kennedy

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   Tuesday, Nov. 19

7:30 p.m.   •   Thiry Auditorium

$25 suggested donation   •   OLLU students free (with student ID)
  About the Performer: Fernando Herrera

On Nov. 21, 1963, Fernando Herrera performed for President John F. Kennedy in Houston on the evening before the president’s assassination in Dallas. Struck by the president’s death, Herrera composed “A New Frontier,” which he performed at an invitation-only concert at Our Lady of the Lake College on Nov. 21, 1965. The piece was recognized in a personal note of gratitude from Jacqueline Kennedy. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the loss of President Kennedy, Herrera will perform his tribute piece to the late president and other pieces from his repertoire. A San Antonio native, Herrera honed his skills under the tutelage of Sister Elaine Gentemann, CDP, at then Our Lady of the Lake College. In addition to classical piano, Herrera studied the flamenco guitar and developed his signature “tremolino” technique, which reproduces the flamenco guitar’s tremolo on piano. This technique opened doors to many opportunities, most notably a concert at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York and two appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Herrera has continued to charm audiences for nearly 80 years. He is scheduled to perform a tribute concert to President Kennedy in Houston on Nov. 21, 2013, and is also being featured in the National Geographic documentary, "JFK: The Final Hours," marking 50 years since his most memorable performance.


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Contact Information

Date & Location
Date: 11/19/2013
Time: 7:30 PM
OLLU Thiry Auditorium
411 S.W. 24th Street
San Antonio, Texas 78207