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A UTSA quartet that went to Cuba to perform made a connection that went beyond performing. For the students and their professor, Matthew Dunne, music became the universal language.

The students spent a week in Havana, Cienfuegos and Pinar Del Rio, playing concerts in each. Besides their formal appearances, the group also played in several schools. Before performing for students though, the students would perform for them.

"A pretty emotional moment for me was seeing the kids play.”

Jack Morgan

Four UTSA guitarists are taking their guitars to exotic locales to make beautiful music and represent San Antonio. They are Ashley Lucero, Dan Schumacher, Abram Fernandez and Aaiden Witten. 

And what they do is this. (Hit Listen to hear them play) Their teacher is Matthew Dunne.

"It's quite complicated to tour Cuba," Dunne says.

From Texas Standard:

A handful of musical instruments are so closely associated with certain artists that the instruments themselves are known by their first names.

Nathan Cone / TPR

Two years ago, President Obama began softening U.S. relations with Cuba, and earlier this year, more travel restrictions were eased, allowing educational travel to the island nation which had been cut off from America for six decades. Matt Dunne, a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, saw an opportunity for him, and his students.

Natalia Ferreira

A world class guitarist is coming to San Antonio on Friday. UTSA's director of guitar program Matt Dunne says Berta Rojas is highly acclaimed.  

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