ACU faculty members to present inter-disciplinary recital

For Immediate Release
Feb. 23, 2000

Two Abilene Christian University professors will perform a joint recital March 4-5 at the Windsor Hotel Ballroom in downtown Abilene

Albert Haley, assistant professor of English and writer-in-residence, and Dr. Gustavo Tolosa, assistant professor of piano and theory, will present "The Thanatos Negotiations: A Concert of Music and Words."

This inter-disciplinary merging of talents represents the two artists' effort to deal with the difficulties posed by human mortality.

"We want this to be more than a recital, we want it to be a 'life experience' that the audience will never forget," Tolosa said.

Tolosa will be performing on the piano, while Haley has written poetry to accompany each musical piece.

Haley composed original poetry that serves as a bridge between Tolosa's classical selections (Schumann, Strauss, Mahler, Schubert, Brahms and Mozart).

Haley's poems include "Reacquaintance (With the Dark One)," "The Dead Speak," and "Inspired by 1 Corinthians 15:45-55."

At the concert's emotional highpoint, the darkly charged Schubert "Fantasy in F Minor," Haley's poetry will unfold in slide form as the music is performed.

"I like to cross the boundaries of disciplines because I believe that's when really uniquely creative things can happen," Haley said.

Special guest artists will participate in the concert includingTolosa's mother, Raquel Rigotti de Tolosa.

This is the second interdisciplinary recital performed by ACU professors. Last year, Tolosa and Robert Green, associate professor of art, performed the first concert in the series.

"The response was great, and that is why this year we are presenting two performances instead of one. We want to maintain an intimate atmosphere," Tolosa said.

The seating for the recital is limited to 70 each performance. The performances are March 4 at 8 p.m. (black tie dress optional), with a formal reception following, and March 5 at 3 p.m. (semi-formal dress requested). Tickets are $15 for March 4 and $12 for March 5. Tickets are available by calling the ACU Music Department at 674-2199 or visiting


Archived News Releases - Current ACU News and Events

If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Tom Craig, director of media and community relations, at or call 915-674-2692 (cell phone: 665-5469).

Last update: Feb. 23, 2000
This page is maintained by Tom Craig,