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Hispanic Standout:  Celebrating the Great Composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez


Today in 1946 the great composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez was born in San Antonio, Texas. The musically gifted Rodriguez trained in piano and harmony in his native San Antonio and then proceeded to train as a composer at prestigious institutions like the Fontainebleu Conservatoire Americain.

The classical composer has written music in all genres but is most recognized for the many operas he has produced. Rodriguez’ Frida two act opera is based on the life of painter Frida Kahlo and has been performed to great acclaim by the Houston Grand Opera, Jalisco Filharmonica, among other classical theaters. One of Rodriguez’ most acclaimed operatic compositions is a children’s production Monkey See, Monkey Do based on a traditional Mexican folk tale that has been performed nearly 2000 times.

Latinos are amongst some of Rodriguez’ biggest fans especially enjoying his compositions that are steeped in Hispanic culture and traditions, compositions that include: El Dia de los Muertos, Sinfonia a la Mariachi, Caprichos for piano and Musica, por un tiempo.

Rodriguez remains a highly sought after composer with many of today’s great music houses having commissioned Rodriguez to compose for them including the Chicago Symphony, the National Opera of Mexico and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. And music lovers across the global anxiously await to hear what this musically gifted composer will offer them next.

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