College of Fine Arts News Archive

September 2017

  • SFA's Swingin' Axes, Aces to perform music of Basie, Herman, Sinatra

    SFA's Swingin' Axes, Aces to perform music of Basie, Herman, Sinatra

    September 29, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present the Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces jazz bands performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The program will showcase a mix of classic and swing jazz favorites, according to Dr. Deb Scott, director of the Swingin' Axes.

    The Axes' program includes "April in Paris" as performed by Count Basie, "Greasy Sack Blues" as recorded by the Woody Herman Big Band, "All of Me," arranged by Billy Byers, "Sama De Haps" by Mark Taylor and "Tenderly," arranged by Mark Taylor.

    "Minnie the Moocher" as recorded by Cab Calloway, and "I Get a Kick Out of You" as recorded by Frank Sinatra will feature Barry Martin on vocals. Martin, a senior percussion major, recently completed a summer stint performing with the 2017 Disneyland All-American College Band on both percussion and vocals.

    "We will also perform 'Down to the Nightclub' by Stephen Kupka, Emlio Castillo and David Garibaldi, arranged by Paul Murtha," Scott said. "This was recorded by Tower of Power."

    The Swingin' Aces, directed by Dr. J.D. Salas, will perform music recorded by Woody Herman, Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA to present student-directed 'Thank You For Protesting'

    SFA to present student-directed 'Thank You For Protesting'

    September 29, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present Paul Adam Levy's one-act play "Thank You For Protesting" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Oct. 14, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    Directed by Mesquite senior theatre major Taylor Solice, "Thank You For Protesting" is a satire about a citizen's right to protest.

    "When a local government worker is tasked with replacing 'a thing' with another 'thing,' a nearby resident takes it upon herself to put a stop to it," Solice said in describing the play.

    The cast includes Cypress freshman Crayten Clendion as the resident; Hillister freshman Matthew Dean as the worker; El Campo freshman Cameron Wall as the protester; and Waller freshman Cassidy Kelly as the boss.

    The production staff includes Nicole Freyer, Corpus Christi senior, as stage manager; Isabel McNeil, Houston junior, scenic designer; Madison Rey, Mesquite senior, costume designer; Shelby Peterson, San Antonio junior, lighting designer; Maggie Strain, Port Aransas senior, sound designer; and Marian Midgett, Waco junior, properties designer.

    Along with prior directing projects, Solice has acted on SFA's Mainstage and Downstage productions. She is primarily a props master, having performed that role for 10 productions while at SFA. Solice will serve as props master for the upcoming School of Theatre presentation of "Mr. Burns" by Anne Washburn.

    Faculty production advisor for "Thank You For Protesting" is Dr. Inga Meier.

    The Downstage Theatre is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu.

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  • Red Mountain Trio to perform at SFA

    Red Mountain Trio to perform at SFA

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    The Red Mountain Trio will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. The string ensemble features, from left to right, Daphne Gerling, viola; Katherine Decker, cello; and Brent Willians, violin.

    September 29, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Red Mountain Trio will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The string ensemble features M. Brent Willians, violin; Daphne Gerling, viola; and Katherine Decker, cello. Their program will include "Introduction to the Dance" by C.M. von Weber, arranged by J.W. Kalliwoda; Serenade in C Major, op. 10 for violin, viola, and cello by Ernst von Dohnanyi; "Three Rags for Violin and Cello" by William Ryden; and String Trio in G Major, op. 9 no. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

    "We are so pleased that these wonderful musicians were able to include us on their tour of Texas universities this month," said Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola at SFA. "Our string students will also benefit from master classes that afternoon between 1 and 3 p.m. at the music school." The classes are open to the public.

    Williams is assistant professor of violin and viola at Fort Lewis College, on the faculty at the Music in the Mountains Conservatory, and concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony. A dedicated chamber musician, he is the violinist of the Inverness Chamber Players and violinist/violist of enhake, with whom he won the grand prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, first prize at the 3rd International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, and was a finalist at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan.

    Gerling is senior artist teacher of viola and chamber music and associate director of the Summer String Institute at the University of North Texas, where she has taught since 2011. Her performances and teaching engagements have taken her across the United States, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, England, Germany, Honduras, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal and Vietnam. She has been a guest performer and master teacher at 30 universities around the country and abroad. She appears with Dallas' Chamber Music International and Art Music series, as well as Sounds Modern in Fort Worth.

    Decker, assistant professor of cello at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, has performed at the Texas Music Festival (quartet artist in residence), Round Top, Meadowmount, and the Miami Quartet's Advanced String Quartet Seminar. As an orchestral musician, she has played with the Tallahassee, Columbus, Elgin, Albany symphony orchestras. She is also a member of the award-winning ensemble, enhake. As a member of the Eppes String Quartet, she performed throughout the United States and in Costa Rica.

    The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Renowned soloist Hitz to perform tuba recital at SFA

    Renowned soloist Hitz to perform tuba recital at SFA

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    Andrew Hitz

    September 29, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    As another guest artist recital celebrating the 2017 Octubafest at Stephen F. Austin State University, internationally renowned soloist Andrew Hitz will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Octubafest is a performance series held by many universities around the world to showcase the tuba and euphonium as solo and chamber music instruments, according to Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA.

    Hitz will collaborate with pianist Dr. Hsin-I Huang, a recent addition to the SFA School of Music faculty. Salas will also perform with Hitz on a piece called "Three Grooves for Two Tubas" by Tom Holtz.

    Other recital repertoire will include Gustav Mahler's "Songs of a Wayfarer," arranged by Eric Carlson, Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion," arranged by Greg Anderson, and Sam Pilafian's "Relentless Grooves."

    According to Salas, Mahler wrote the poetry for "Songs of a Wayfarer" himself. Heavily influenced by the folk verses in the collection "The Youth's Magic Horn," the poems are almost certainly autobiographical: Mahler casts the protagonist/himself as "a traveling journeyman who has met with adversity, setting out into the world and wandering on in solitude," Salas explained.

    One of Piazzolla's most popular tangos, "Oblivion" became widely known through the soundtrack of Marco Bellochio's film "Henry IV, the Mad King." The short piece has been recorded in many versions, including for klezmer clarinet, saxophone quartet, and oboe and orchestra. This arrangement will be for tuba and piano.

    Pilafian's "Relentless Groove" is a two-movement work that allows performers to "play world music on their instrument and explore their inner dancer," Salas explained.

    As a soloist, clinician and speaker, Hitz has appeared in more than 40 states and 30 countries, including Japan, Brazil, Russia and Singapore. He recently ended a 14-year tenure as the tuba player for Boston Brass. He has also appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound and the Marine Band of Mexico. Hitz hosts two podcasts through his latest venture, Pedal Note Media, a digital media company that provides products and programs to educate, entertain and inspire music teachers, players and fans, and "The Brass Junkies," a podcast interviewing the best brass players in the world.

    Other upcoming Otubafest performances at SFA include Stephen Kunzer, tuba (professor of tuba/euphonium at Oklahoma State University), on Oct. 27; the euphonium quartet fLOW on Oct. 11; and performances by the entire SFA Tuba-Euphonium Studio and the SFA Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.

    The recital is part of the School of Music's Calliope Concert Series. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • FA music faculty joins harpist Mitchell in program of works by Debussy, Caplet

    FA music faculty joins harpist Mitchell in program of works by Debussy, Caplet

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    Emily Mitchell

    September 29, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Award-winning harpist Emily Mitchell, artist in residence in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music, will perform with music faculty colleagues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in Cole concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    In addition to Mitchell, the program titled "Mask of the Red Death" will feature Christina Guenther, flute; Melissa Nabb, viola; Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Alba Madrid Walburn, violin; and Evgeni Raychev, cello. Composers represented on the concert are Claude Debussy and André Caplet.

    "They were colleagues and friends in Paris," Mitchell said. "Caplet is best recognized as a fine conductor, but he also orchestrated many of Debussy's short piano pieces."

    The program includes Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp and Caplet's Conte Fantastique for Harp and String Quartet based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story "Mask of the Red Death," in which Mitchell plays the protagonist harp.

    "You wouldn't think of the harp as an instrument that could express fear and dread," Mitchell said, "but the compositional writing is complete with a terrifying account of an inevitable pursuit combined with the gaiety of ignorance, the clock striking 11 and 12, then the horrible knock on the door and ensuing chaos."

    The performance of the Caplet work will be staged with a reading of Poe's short story by Stephanie Murphy, assistant professor of acting/directing in SFA's School of Theatre.

    "It's going to be an elegant spook before All Hallows' Eve," Mitchell added.

    Emily Mitchell enjoyed a 30-year career in New York City where she was principal harpist for the incomparable Eos Orchestra. She was an established name in the television, motion picture and recording studios of New York and taught on the faculties of New York University and Purchase College. Mitchell toured the United States as a soloist and chamber musician for Columbia Artists' Community Concerts for many years. She relocated to Texas in 2008 and was appointed to the music faculties of SFA and Sam Houston State University. Mitchell performs with Saint Cecilia Chamber Music Society in Houston, Better Than One harp duo with Jaymee Haefner, and is director of The New Houston Harp Ensemble.

    The concert is part of the School of Music's Calliope Concert Series. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA' 'Tartuffe' to feature colorful, elaborate costumes

    SFA' 'Tartuffe' to feature colorful, elaborate costumes

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    September 27, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Creating costumes for a period play like Molière's "Tartuffe" takes time, skill and a great deal of preparation. The best designers do extensive research before creating sketches or starting construction.

    This past summer, Stephen F. Austin State University Professor of Theatre Angela Bacarisse happened to be in Europe with touring theatre students at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. She took the opportunity to visit France, as well, to do museum and gallery research for the School of Theatre's upcoming presentation of "Tartuffe."

    "I was able to see actual paintings up close, instead of in a book or on a website," she said.

    The next step was to begin designing specific costume details by working with the play and character analysis, she explained.

    "The clothing of this time period was described by one of my college professors as 'everyone looks like an upholstered ladder-back chair," Bacarisse said. "I couldn't agree more - stiff and upright, with lots of ribbon and froufrou."

    The School of Theatre will present "Tartuffe" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 3 through 7, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Set in the 17th century, the play depicts a con man (the title character) who has duped a wealthy businessman named Orgon. Impressed with Tartuffe's pretensions of moral purity and religious piety, Orgon invites the imposter to move into his lavish Paris home and take full advantage of his hospitality.

    Orgon's family can see that Tartuffe is a hypocrite, but when they urge caution, Orgon takes offense and offers Tartuffe still more access to his property - and even to his daughter and his sensible wife, Elmire. She lays a trap for the lecherous grifter, but not before her husband has been taken for all they're worth.

    Bacarisse's baroque-era costumes for "Tartuffe" will be beautiful and colorful, and matched with elaborate period wigs, according to Scott Shattuck, professor in the SFA School of Theatre and the play's director. "Just as much as the quick-paced acting style and designer Richard Ellis's richly decorative scenery, the costumes will be one of the most enjoyable features of the show," he said.

    Costumes for a play like "Tartuffe" are difficult to build from scratch, Bacarisse said. Two students have been assigned that task, and the costume shop supervisor, Barbara Blackwell, is re-building many costumes drawn from the School of Theatre's considerable storage. Additionally, the School of Theatre has rented a few costumes from the Texas Shakespeare Festival.

    "One of these is from the production of 'Tartuffe' that I worked on there," Bacarisse said, "but it's being worn here by a different character."

    Movement on stage while wearing the elaborate costumes can be a challenge for student actors, Shattuck said.

    "Folks in 17th century France dressed in ways that were more elaborate and restrictive than the T-shirts, shorts and sneakers that today's college students are used to," Shattuck said. "They'll need to learn to move as if they're accustomed to the period's long dresses and so forth.

    "Also, physical comedy always requires much more detailed planning and precision than the audience should realize," he added. "Keeping the tempo lively and the surprises coming will be crucial to our success."

    "But gosh, the costumes are pretty," Bacarisse said. "Assistant costume designer senior Danika Pettyjohn is doing a great job working with the decorations for each costume."

    Single tickets are $15 for adult, $10 for senior and $7.50 for student/youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu/. The play is recommended for mature audiences.

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  • Professional Houston bassist Whittaker to perform at SFA

    Professional Houston bassist Whittaker to perform at SFA

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    Dennis Whittaker

    September 26, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Houston bassist Dennis Whittaker will present a guest artist recital at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    His performance is a feature of the SFA School of Music's Calliope Concert Series and will highlight works by Francois Rabbath, J.S. Bach, Cesar Franck and other composers.

    The program includes Rabbath's "2 Miniatures" and "Breiz," Bach's Suite No 5 in B minor, and Franck's Sonata in A Major. The recital works also include the Texas premiere of Andres Martin's "Sueños" and Evan Premo's "Artemis in the Oak Grove."

    Whittaker wears many hats as a professional bassist and educator. He is the principal double bassist for the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, is the bass teacher for the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, and is a bass pedagogy consultant. He has appeared on eight world premiere recordings with the Houston Grand Opera, various recordings with Houston artists, and on recordings as principal bass with the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. He was the winner of the Gary Karr Foundation National Double Bass competition in 1987. He has performed recitals, concerts and master classes in Japan, China, Italy, Amsterdam, Germany, Switzerland, Los Angeles, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Texas and Louisiana.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/.

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  • Omojo Percussion Duo to perform guest recital at SFA

    Omojo Percussion Duo to perform guest recital at SFA

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    The Omojo Percussion Duo featuring Oliver Molina and Joe W. Moore III will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    September 26, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Omojo Percussion Duo will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University as part of the SFA School of Music's Calliope Concert Series.

    Oliver Molina and Joe W. Moore III will perform duo works by living composers. Their goal is to highlight living composers that are composing exciting and interesting works for the percussion duo idiom.

    Moore's four-movement "Secrets We Keep" was inspired by "the secret truths we all have but don't always share," the composer said. Each movement is individually titled: Whispering - speaking under your breath; Concealing - hidden agenda; Withholding - half-truths; Revealing - coming to light.

    "Ultimately, my goal was to write an intimate work of art that both the performers and the audience would enjoy on stage and in their seats, respectively," Moore said.

    Also featured is Ivan Trevino's "Hold Fast," a vibraphone and drum set duo commissioned by a consortium of 28 percussionists and colleges across the U.S.

    "The piece is groove-heavy and technically very challenging," Trevino said, "requiring each player to hold steady and be a foundation for the other."

    Moore is assistant professor of percussion at the University of Texas Rio Grand Valley. Prior, he was director of percussion studies at the University of Texas Brownsville. He has performed with the Rio Bravo Percussion Ensemble during their showcase performance at the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association Convention. He has performed in Ukemerge and Kaunas, Lithuania, as a soloist with the UCF Percussion Ensemble during the Ukemerge Annual Percussion Festival. Moore has also held performing positions at Walt Disney World, as a sub-list member of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of the Rhythm-N-Blue Drum Line for the Orlando Magic NBA team.

    Molina is an assistant professor of music and assistant director of bands at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He is a doctoral candidate in percussion performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa. Molina has worked with and arranged for many band programs throughout the United States. He has performed with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, and has worked with the front ensembles for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa, and the Magic Drum and Bugle Corps from Orlando, Florida. Before teaching at NSU, Molina was the associate band director at University High School in Orlando.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Award-winning film 'Landfill Harmonic' to be screened at Cole Art Center

    Award-winning film 'Landfill Harmonic' to be screened at Cole Art Center

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    Recycled Orchestra of Cateura

    September 26, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Landfill Harmonic" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    "Landfill Harmonic" follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight.

    Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their community, Chavez must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town, according to the website landfillharmonicmovie.com, which also describes the documentary as "a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit."

    The 84-minute film is directed by Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley and produced by Juliana Penaranda. The 2015 film won numerous awards at film festivals throughout the nation, including best documentary, best music documentary, best family friendly feature and several audience awards.

    This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by William Arscott, Nacogdoches Film Festival, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, David Kulhavy, Brad Maule, John and Kristen Heath, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens, Jim and Mary Neal, Richard Orton, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and Main Street Nacogdoches.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA music faculty recital to feature works for saxophone, piano

    SFA music faculty recital to feature works for saxophone, piano

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    SFA's Nathan Nabb, professor of saxophone and, Hyun Ji Oh, collaborative pianist, will present a works for saxophone and piano at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    September 25, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Fun and exciting works for saxophone and piano will be featured in a recital presented by Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music faculty member Dr. Nathan Nabb at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Nabb, professor of saxophone, will be joined by Hyun Ji Oh, collaborative pianist, for a program of established works for saxophone and piano that Nabb describes as "excellent chamber pieces in which the technical and musical characteristics of the saxophone and piano are both featured."

    "I am very pleased to be performing with one of our new pianists, Hyun Ji Oh," Nabb said. "She is a fantastic pianist and a really compelling musician. We have had a great time putting this program together, and I know it will be a fun and engaging performance!"

    Opening the program is Ida Gotkovsky's "Variations Pathetiques."

    "We chose the first piece because it is a thrilling work and is a standard in our repertoire," Nabb said. "It is a highly rhythmic and technical work, but is at the same time very audience-friendly and a powerful piece."

    Paul Creston's Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano is often studied by advanced high-school players and college students, so it is often considered a student work, Nabb said.

    "But this is an amazing piece of music, and one that deserves to be heard," he said. "In particular, I find the second movement to be so rewarding to study and perform, as it has such lush harmonies and beautiful, lyrical lines."

    The final piece on the program is actually originally for flute, but has found its place in the saxophone repertoire, Nabb explained. François Borne's "Carmen Fantasy" features all of the familiar tunes from George Bizet's famous opera, "and then explores them in a virtuosic contest for the soloist and pianist."

    The recital is part of the School of Music's Calliope Concert Series. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA's music faculty member Salas to present 'Muses and Dances' program

    SFA's music faculty member Salas to present 'Muses and Dances' program

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    J.D. Salas

    September 25, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present faculty member J.D. Salas performing a program titled "Muses and Dances" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    Salas, associate professor of tuba and euphonium studies, said each program selection is meant to highlight the tuba's ability to perform in several styles that are not commonly found in the repertoire.

    "Many people think of the tuba as a 'background' instrument in the band or as the bass line to a polka or a march," he said. "These recital selections each illustrate the beautiful tone and technical versatility of the instrument."

    Salas will collaborate with several musicians on the recital, including Dr. James Pitts, piano; Dr. Danny Chapa, euphonium; and Dr. Brad Meyer, Dr. Ben Tomlinson, and Spencer Jones, percussion.

    The program features "Sweet Dances" by Elizabeth Raum, which is a work for unaccompanied tuba that looks to emulate several of the collections of dances composed by Johann Sebastian Bach "but in completely updated fashion," Salas explained. Instead of traditional titles such as the Gavotte or Sarabande, Raum uses whimsical titles like "Blew Tango" or "Waltzn' Matuba," in addition to the jazz rock dance titled " A Hard Knight's Day."

    "Five Muses for Tuba and Piano" by John Stevens is a relatively new work in which Salas was part of the commissioning consortium with several other tuba performers and educators.

    "This piece explores the vast range the tuba can perform, which is about five octaves," he said. "Each movement depicts one of five of the nine muses found in Greek mythology: Euterope, song; Thalia, comedy; Melpomene, tragedy; Terpsichore, dance; and Erato, love."

    Also on the program, "Diversive Elements" by David Gillingham is a trio for tuba, euphonium and piano. It illustrates the complex rhythmic elements between the three instruments through five short movements.

    The recital is the first of several events for the 12th annual Octubafest at SFA, Salas said. Octubafest is an event that occurs at many universities around the world seeking to highlight the tuba and euphonium for their solo and chamber repertoire. Other events in the series include guest artist performances by Andrew Hitz, tuba (formerly of the Boston Brass), on Oct. 9; Stephen Kunzer, tuba (professor of tuba/euphonium at OSU), on Oct. 27; the euphonium quartet fLOW on Oct. 11; and performances by the entire SFA Tuba-Euphonium Studio and the SFA Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.

    The recital is part of the School of Music's Calliope Concert Series. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Beethoven's Seventh' program

    SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Beethoven's Seventh' program

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    Left to right: Juan Garza, baritone, and Scott Augustine, saxophone

    September 25, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Orchestra of the Pines at Stephen F. Austin State University opens its 2017-18 season with Ludwig van Beethoven's Seventh Symphony on Monday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The Orchestra of the Pines, in its 12th season with SFA's Director of Orchestras Dr. Gene H. Moon, continues the tradition of presenting classical orchestral concerts to the community, students and region.

    Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, considered to have "eclipsed" the renowned composer's prior six symphonies, was last performed by the orchestra in March 2009, which was the inaugural year when the orchestra became a wholly student orchestra. "So the work has a special place in my repertoire," Moon said.

    "All of Beethoven's symphonies are considered major works in the evolution of symphonic literature," Moon said. "For every argument that his greatest is the Fifth Symphony, an equal faction of arguments will be made to support the Seventh Symphony as the pinnacle representation of Beethoven's greatest symphony.

    "Regardless of the argument, most will agree that the Seventh Symphony is one of the most popularly programmed pieces of music by the composer," he added.

    The program will also feature Prelude to "Hansel and Gretel" by Engelbert Humperdinck.

    "'Hansel and Gretel' is arguably one of the most successful opera fairy tales ever penned to paper," Moon said. "It remains one of the most beautiful concert overtures performed onstage, chock full of soaring melodies and picturesque moments that portray its operatic characters."

    The concert will feature two guest artists who are winners of the School of Music's 2017 Concerto/Aria contests: Scott Augustine, saxophone, performing as soloist on Henri Tomasi's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra; and Juan Garza, baritone, performing as soloist on Ambroise Thomas' grand opera, "Hamlet."

    Moon described the the Tomasi concerto as "sensational work that brilliantly joins elements of jazz alongside the bombastic forces of the orchestra."

    "It's like Prokofiev meets Gershwin, all wrapped up in the subtle nuances of French compositional mastery," he said.

    Moon explained that 'O vin, dissipe la tristesse' is a melancholy aria from Thomas' opera in which the title character of name, Hamlet, sings of his love for wine and his desire for it to dissipate his sadness.

    A native of El Paso, Garza is a recent SFA graduate with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. While at SFA, he was a student of Dr. Scott LaGraff. During his studies, Juan performed the title role in "Gianni Schicchi," Kezal in "The Barterded Bride," Joe in "The Most Happy Fella," and Melchior in "Amahl and the Night Visitors." This past spring, he performed the role of Mr. Ford in "The Merry Wives of Windsor." He has performed leading roles in scenes from "La bohème," "Falstaff," "Le nozze di Figaro," "Rigoletto," "Don Giovanni," "Street Scene," "Kismet" and "The Merry Widow." He has also performed solos in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem, George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," Gabriel Faure's Requiem, and the "Seven Last Words of Christ" by Théodore Dubois. In 2014, Garza was accepted as an apprentice artist at Opera in the Ozarks. He has performed numerous roles with the Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso. Currently, Garza is a member of the Houston Grand Opera Chorus and teaches private voice in Houston.

    Augustine is a senior at SFA studying with Dr. Nathan Nabb. He is from Humble where he attended Atascocita High School. As the soprano chair of the Orphic Quartet, Augustine and his ensemble placed first in the 2016 State MTNA Chamber Competition, was a finalist in the Coltman Chamber Competition, and presented a recital in the Navy Band's 39th International Saxophone Symposium. The Orphic members were recognized as Top Scholars in the 2017 SFA Undergraduate Research Conference. Augustine has performed in master classes with Dr. Frederick Hemke, Professor Joseph Lulloff, and the Masato Kumoi Saxophone Quartet. He is working toward a Bachelor of Music Pre-Certification and hopes to pursue graduate studies in saxophone performance.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • 'Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs' coming to SFA

    'Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs' coming to SFA

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    Two performances of “Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs” on Friday, Oct. 13, will open the 2017-18 Children's Performing Arts Series at SFA.

    September 25, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Children's Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will open its 2017-18 season on Friday, Oct. 13, with a performance of the Virginia Repertory Theatre's "Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs."

    This musical adaptation of the classic Grimm's fairy tale comes to life with a talented ensemble of actors and wonderful puppets, according to Diane Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the series.

    "Follow along as Snow White meets her pint-sized friends, takes the apple from the Evil Queen, receives a kiss from the Prince, and lives happily ever after," Peterson said. "This faithful rendition of the fable will inspire young audiences to read the original."

    "Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs" targets children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium, located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

    This presentation of "Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs," based on the original story by the Brothers Grimm, is by Bruce Craig Miller and Ford Flannagan with lyrics by Bruce Craig Miller and music by Ron Barnett.

    Presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts, the Children's Performing Arts Series annually features five shows designed to entertain, educate and engage young audiences of all ages, according to Peterson. Study guides provide suggestions for pre- and post-performance activities and discussions for teachers to use in the classroom. A study guide for "Snow White" may be accessed at http://va-rep.org/tour/guides/snow_white.pdf.

    Other upcoming CPAS performances include "A Christmas Carol" on Friday, Dec. 1; "Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad" on Thursday, Feb. 1; Super Scientific Circus on Wednesday, March 7; and "The Ugly Duckling" on Friday, April 27.

    To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at http://www.cpas.sfasu.edu/ for additional information.

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  • Artist talks planned to showcase current exhibitions

    Artist talks planned to showcase current exhibitions

    September 22, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and its galleries will host two events to showcase exhibitions currently showing in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House and in Griffith Gallery.

    Bill Nieberding, assistant professor in the School of Art, will host an open forum gallery discussion and a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in the upstairs Reavley Gallery in Cole Art Center in conjunction with his show, "Personae in Places: The Photography of William Nieberding." The exhibition, which explores the artist's fascination with the human form in public spaces over the last two decades, will show through Oct. 21.

    The following week, Wayne Kimball will host an artist talk and reception from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in Griffith Gallery where "Fragmentation: The Lithographs of Wayne Kimball" is on display. The exhibition will show through Nov. 10.

    Kimball's work can be viewed from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 3 through 7, prior to the SFA School of Theatre's Mainstage Series presentation of Molière's "Tartuffe" at 7:30 nightly in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

    Griffith Gallery is located in Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Dr., on the SFA campus. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

    Admission to the exhibitions and receptions, which are sponsored in part by the SFA School of Art, Friends of the Visual Arts, The Flower Shop and Nacogdoches Junior Forum, is free. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA's Music Prep to host Middle School Choir Camp

    SFA's Music Prep to host Middle School Choir Camp

    September 20, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Music Preparatory Division in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will host its annual fall Middle School Choir Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    The choir camp is designed to help East Texas area middle school students learn their UIL all-region competition music, according to Pat Barnett, director of the Music Preparatory Division.

    Dr. Tod Fish, associate director of choral activities at SFA, is the combined conductor for the camp. Clinicians are Charlotte Davis, adjunct faculty, soprano I; Amanda Sheriff, graduate student, soprano II; Evelyn Shaffer, graduate student, alto; Nita Hudson, lecturer of voice and opera, tenor; and Dr. Chris Turner, assistant professor of voice, bass.

    Accompanists are Donna Dear, Nio Ajero, Kaden Harman, Alan Zamarron and Emma Terrell, piano, and Jonah Raychev, violin. The Music Preparatory Division's Advisory Board is in charge of arrangements. Nicole Stewart, vice-president of the advisory board, is the overall camp director.

    All participants should bring Region 21 All-Region music, pencil, water and a snack. Concessions will be available for purchase during scheduled breaks. The dining hall in the Baker Pattillo Student Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Cost per student is $20. Registration is accepted by calling (936) 468-1291 or by email at pbarnett@sfasu.edu.

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  • Former SFA twirler recalls special time at SFA nearly 70 years ago

    Former SFA twirler recalls special time at SFA nearly 70 years ago

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    Former SFA twirler Mary Jo Goodwin Morris performs for Lumberjack football fans during the pre-game show Saturday, Sept. 16, in Homer Bryce Stadium. Morris was among the Lumberjack Marching Band alumni who returned to campus for a reunion and meeting of the newly formed Lumberjack Band Alumni Association.

    September 20, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    With excitement and anticipation, Mary Jo Goodwin Morris made the five-hour drive from her home in New Braunfels to the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The 87-year-old former SFA twirler had been invited to attend the Lumberjack Marching Band and Twirl-O-Jacks Reunion and to perform with an SFA alumni band in Homer Bryce Stadium prior to the kickoff of the football game between the SFA Lumberjacks and the University of Incarnate Word.

    A number of Morris' family members, including some of the seven siblings in her family, two of her four sons and several of her nieces and nephews, either graduated from or attended SFA. Her baby brother, the late Judge Gerald A. Goodwin of Lufkin, was an SFA graduate. So the memories she carried with her back to campus for the reunion represented "some of the happiest times of my life," she said.

    Morris had returned to campus many times for events that celebrated the SFA Twirl-O-Jacks' rich history. Most recently, she attended events last year that celebrated The Lumberjack Marching Band's 90th anniversary and the Twirl-O-Jacks' 60th anniversary.

    After graduating from Lufkin High School, Morris was a freshman at SFA in the fall of 1948 and made the twirling line that year and the following. She recalls wearing the "freshman cap," living in Gibbs Hall, "doing a lot of crazy things" and riding around in roommate Doris Smith's convertible.

    The rivalry between what was then Sam Houston State Teachers College was strong even in those days, she said, recalling when a group of guys from Sam Houston "painted up campus," were caught and sentenced to serving meals in the dormitories and leading SFA cheers outside the dorms.

    "One who had attended SFA before going to Huntsville was put in a wooden and screened box and put on the train to ride back to Huntsville," she said. "It was unbelievable."

    She was a member of the Pine Burrs (now Chi Omega), whose initiation attire remains vivid in her mind.

    "We wore these old tow sacks that had pine cones all around them," she said. "We had a clock hanging around our necks, wore pigtails with purple bows in our hair and no makeup, and wore one high heel and one low heel shoe. There was a photo of us in the annual.

    "I loved SFA and had a wonderful two years there," she said. "SFA was real special."

    Her college and twirling career was sidelined when she met Ferrell Morris of Pasadena while she was working during summers in the Houston area. The two married in the fall of 1950, and Mary Jo had a large wedding party, including her roommate from college and many of her twirling colleagues. Mary Jo and Ferrell had a long and happy life together and were blessed with four sons and a lifetime of adventurous careers and extensive travel, including a few years in the Middle East. Throughout the years, Morris has enjoyed working with children, often as a teacher and now as a "reading buddy" for students in the New Braunfels area and as a kindergarten Sunday School class teacher.

    She stays active by working out at area gyms, including participating in water aerobics. She still mows her own lawn, and not with a riding lawnmower, she points out.

    "My kids fuss at me for that," she said, "but all I have to do is turn the key and follow it. As long as I can keep doing what I'm doing, I want to keep going as long as I can."

    Morris enjoyed reconnecting with her past at Saturday's reunion. She said event organizers and representatives of the SFA Alumni Association "have been so precious to me."

    "They have reached out to me, and I feel so flattered," she said, adding that she enjoyed meeting SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo and sitting with him and his wife, Dr. Janice Pattillo, during the game. Prior to the weekend, she said she was looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.

    "It's exciting at my age to get this attention," she said. "It's flattering. They treated me like I was special, when I'm just another human being, just passing through this world."

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  • SFA's Calliope Series to present unique horn, fiddle performance

    SFA's Calliope Series to present unique horn, fiddle performance

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    The Calliope Concert Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present guest artist Jacquelyn Adams performing a horn recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    September 20, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Calliope Concert Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present guest artist Jacquelyn Adams performing a horn recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Adams, who is assistant professor of horn at The University of Southern Mississippi, will perform with her husband, award-winning fiddler Thomas Jenkins, accompanied by SFA School of Music faculty member James Pitts, piano.

    "Jacquelyn Adams is a rising star in the horn world as a pedagogue and performer," said Dr. Charles Gavin, professor of horn at SFA. "It will be great for our students and the students of East Texas to experience her."

    Adams, who is also a faculty member at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp, plays principal horn with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra and Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra; she is also third horn with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Additional orchestral experience includes performances with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Albany Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic.

    She has performed with renowned artists representing an array of genres from Kanye West to Luciano Pavarotti. A former New York City resident, her on-Broadway experience includes "Beauty and the Beast," "South Pacific," "West Side Story," "Lion King" and "Legally Blonde." Television and movie appearances include CBS's "The Early Show," Disney's "Step Up 3D" and BET's Music Awards 2007.

    The SFA program will include standards of the horn repertoire, new works written for Adams and musical collaboration with her husband, who is an expert at improvisation, Gavin said.

    "They will combine to present a unique genre of music for horn and fiddle," he said. "This will be a unique and engaging performance!"

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA theatre students to present 'Pitching to the Star'

    SFA theatre students to present 'Pitching to the Star'

    September 18, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Playwright Donald Margulies' "Pitching to the Star" will open the fall semester of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre's student-directed plays.

    Directed by Plano senior Cecily Maucieri, the one-act play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus. The play is about a writer who finally gets a good break for his Hollywood script and pitches it to the star of the pilot show, according to Maucieri. Promised control over something on which he's worked long and hard, Peter finds his integrity and his storyline attacked every time the star makes a suggestion to completely change his script and make the lead character exactly like herself.

    The cast includes Lufkin senior Jacob Carr as Dick; Needville junior Alex Duty as Peter; Windsor. U.K., American Theatre Arts student Sophie Todd as Lauri; Copperas Cove freshman Bailey Van Hecke as Jennifer; Leeds, U.K., American Theatre Arts student Keely Runton as Tyne; and Red Oak freshman Beau McAfee as Dena.

    The production staff includes Jamie Carroll, Dallas sophomore, as stage manager; Marie Phillips, Lewisville senior, scenic designer; Jordyn Averitte, Baytown sophomore, costume and makeup-hair designer; Gabriel Penaloza-Hernandez, Austin junior, lighting designer; Victoria Medrano, Edinburg senior, sound designer; and Jessica Benson, Chandler senior, properties master.

    Maucieri is a senior teacher certification student. Past SFA productions she has worked on include "Intimate Apparel," "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" and "MacBeth."

    "Pitching to the Star" is recommended for mature audiences. Faculty production advisor is Dr. Inga Meier.

    The Downstage Theatre is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA's Guenther, Petti to present 'Song and Dance' recital program

    SFA's Guenther, Petti to present 'Song and Dance' recital program

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    SFA's Christina Guenther, flute, and Ron Petti, piano, will present the program “Song and Dance” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    September 18, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present faculty members Christina Guenther and Ron Petti in a recital at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Calliope Concert Series.

    Guenther, professor of flute, and Petti, director of accompanying at SFA, will perform the program "Song and Dance" featuring works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Franz Schubert, Grigoras Dinicu, Samuel Barber, Eugène Bozza, Philippe Gaubert and Eldin Burton.

    The program opens with Bach's "Hamburger Sonata," which was written in Hamburg, Germany, in 1786. "While neither movement is technically a dance, the second, Rondo, is dance-like in character," Guenther explained. C.P.E. Bach is the most famous son of the great Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach and falls into the period between Baroque and Classical known as the Empfindsamer Styl (sensitive style).

    "During this period, one can see, read, and hear what is known as Sturm und Drang (storm and stress) in visual art, literature and music," Guenther said. "This is featured in proto-Romantic ways through subjectivity and freedom of emotion and expression."

    The program also includes Theobald Boehm's arrangement of two Schubert Lieder - Der Lindenbaum and Ständchen, followed by Romanian composer and violinist Dinicu's Hora Staccato. "Dinicu wrote this piece in 1906 for his graduation from the Bucharest Conservatory," Guenther said. "A lively dance written in the Romanina hora style, it is a famous piece originally written for violin."

    The program continues with three songs that are not related, Guenther said, "but we find them to make a lovely set together; each of the three pieces has a title that means 'song.'" The set features Barber's Canzone, Bozza's Aria, and Gaubert's Madrigal. The recital concludes with Burton's three-movement Sonatina.

    "This piece was written in 1948 as a composition project while Burton was at the Juilliard School," Guenther said. "It is his only published work and won the 1948 New York Flute Club's composition contest. Burton's only other known work is an unpublished flute concerto."

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/.

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  • McDonald-Lysinger Piano Duo to perform at SFA

    McDonald-Lysinger Piano Duo to perform at SFA

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    Dallas pianists Catharine Lysinger and Alex McDonald will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    September 15, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present the McDonald-Lysinger Piano Duo in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Alex McDonald and Catharine Lysinger, both of Dallas, will present "The Orchestral Piano: Virtuosic Transcriptions," which features works by Johannes Brahms, Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel.

    Brahms' Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56b is now also called the Saint Anthony Variations, or the St. Anthony's Chorale, according to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.

    "Although the work is better known in its orchestral version, Brahms wrote the two-piano version first," he said.

    Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite," arranged by McDonald for two pianos, was written for Stravinsky's first collaboration with Sergei Diaghilev, the famed choreographer, in 1910. The story is based on Russian fairy tales of a magical glowing bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner, according to Parr.

    The program also features Ravel's "La Valse." "This difficult solo work was also arranged for two pianos by the composer," Parr said. "It recreates the 19th century Vienna of waltzes and balls, but with a sinister twist."

    Lysinger is widely sought after as pianist, teacher and lecturer. A collaborator in chamber music concerts with duo-piano partner McDonald, she maintains an ongoing collaboration with Voices of Change, a Dallas-based professional ensemble comprised of members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, which features chamber music written by living composers. She was recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Teaching Achievement Award for pre-collegiate teaching by Texas Music Teachers Association. She is professor of practice at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts where she teaches piano pedagogy and applied piano. She is also head of the piano pedagogy area and director of the Piano Preparatory Department.

    McDonald is the festival director for Basically Beethoven, a thriving summer concert series in downtown Dallas' Arts District now entering its 38th season. He also teaches privately, often in collaboration with his mother, Marcy McDonald. He was recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Achievement Award for pre-collegiate teaching by Texas Music Teachers Association. He has soloed with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Utah Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has performed across the United States as well as in Israel, Mexico, Canada, Japan and South Korea; additionally, he has been a featured performer on PBS.

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  • Funny, sexy, satirically relevant 'Tartuffe' comes to SFA's Turner stage

    Funny, sexy, satirically relevant 'Tartuffe' comes to SFA's Turner stage

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    Retha Powers, in foreground, senior theatre major from Nacogdoches, wears a special rehearsal skirt and corset created for her to wear in preparation for the elaborate costume she will wear as Madame Pernelle in the School of Theatre's production of Molière's "Tartuffe."

    September 15, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Every theatre season needs a few good laughs. The 2017-18 Mainstage Series at Stephen F. Austin State University achieves that with the fall presentation of Molière's "Tartuffe."

    One of the funniest plays ever written, "Tartuffe" is both timeless and timely, according to Scott Shattuck, professor in the SFA School of Theatre and the play's director.

    "Because of its insights into human behavior and its broad look at the forces that shape society, its humor and satire are as fresh today as they were when the play was written in 1664," Shattuck said. "At the same time, the play confronts questions that dominate current events in America today: How can we tell what's real and what's 'fake?' What is a social good and what's bad? Why are some people taken in by fraud that seems obvious to others?"

    The School of Theatre will present "Tartuffe" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 3 through 7, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Set in the 17th century, the play depicts a con man (the title character) who has successfully duped a wealthy businessman named Orgon. Because he is so impressed with Tartuffe's pretensions of moral purity and religious piety, Orgon has invited Tartuffe to move into his lavish Paris home and take full advantage of his hospitality.

    "Orgon's family smells a rat, but when they urge caution, he takes offense and offers Tartuffe even more access to his property - and even to his daughter and his sensible wife, Elmire." Shattuck explained. The wife lays a trap for the lecherous imposter, but not before her husband has been taken for all they're worth.

    Whenever the School of Theatre produces a great classical play such as "Romeo & Juliet" or "Tartuffe" or even a Greek tragedy, directors hope that audience members leave with a sense that "these wonderful literary art works aren't dusty museum pieces," Shattuck said.

    Shattuck believes audiences will be "pleasantly surprised" by how vital and seemingly contemporary "Tartuffe" is and how funny, sexy and satirically relevant it is in 21st century America.

    "Our production will feature beautiful and colorful baroque-era costumes with elaborate wigs, highly decorative scenery, and a quick-paced and energetic acting style from the appealing young performers," he said. "And there is bawdy physical comedy that never goes out of style."

    Because Tartuffe is a 17th-century sex maniac as well as a greedy grifter, there will be some funny moments that aren't appropriate for kids or those with "delicate sensibilities," Shattuck said.

    "Otherwise I think everyone will enjoy the show - some mostly for its witty language, some especially for the historical costumes, and many for the hilarious way the story unfolds," he said. A content advisory may be viewed at http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu.

    Single tickets are $15 for adult, $10 for senior and $7.50 for student/youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu.

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  • Taylor 2 dancers conduct classes with SFA students, community studios

    Taylor 2 dancers conduct classes with SFA students, community studios

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    September 14, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Taylor 2 dancer Amanda Stevenson applauds the work of Stephen F. Austin State University dance students during a master class the company conducted Wednesday on campus. Taylor 2 opens the College of Fine Arts' 2017-18 University Series with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Taylor 2 also conducted educational outreach classes with local dance studio students.

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  • Lumberjack Marching Band alumni to perform Saturday

    Lumberjack Marching Band alumni to perform Saturday

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    Plans are in place for the SFA Lumberjack Marching Band and Twirl-O-Jacks Reunion on Saturday, Sept. 16, with a pre-game show at 5:30 p.m. in Homer Bryce Stadium to feature band alumni and twirlers from several decades. Rehearsing for the performance are, from left, Brandon Beavers, Kristen Badders Conklin, Paige Pattillo-Brown, Chelsey Chandler Brewer and Candice Curbow. The SFA Lumberjacks will take on Incarnate Word at 6 p.m.

    September 13, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Generations of Lumberjack Marching Band musicians and twirlers will take the field Saturday at Homer Bryce Stadium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus when they perform at 5:30 p.m. prior to the football game between the SFA Lumberjacks and Incarnate Word.

    The Lumberjack Marching Band and Twirl-O-Jacks Reunion will feature a fun day of "friendship and fellowship" among alumni band members, according to Paige Pattillo-Brown, former SFA feature twirler and an organizer of the reunion and the newly established Lumberjack Band Alumni Association.

    Last year, a reunion was held to celebrate the band's 90th anniversary and the Twirl-O-Jacks' 60th anniversary, but an official alumni organization did not exist at that time. Brown, along with Kristen Badders Conklin, assist each year in judging SFA twirling tryouts, and following last year's tryouts, the two volunteered to help plan another reunion for 2017. They soon found themselves creating a new organization, Brown said.

    There had been an SFA alumni band created years earlier by legendary East Texas band director Jim Hagood. Its purpose was to promote the band and provide scholarships, but the organization had become defunct, Brown said.

    "I was a member of that organization, joining it in 2000 when I graduated from SFA," Brown said. "But over the years, it ceased to exist. So we have had to create a new one from scratch. We created bylaws and contracts, so hopefully, we will now have a sustaining Lumberjack Band Alumni Association that will raise funds for the current band."

    Among the goals is to raise money to help feed band members who arrive on campus for three-a-day band practices weeks before SFA cafeterias open. Brown said the band alumni association hopes work with Dr. David Campo, director of The Lumberjack Marching Band, to identify other needs the alumni group can support.

    "Dr. Campo has grown the band to 370 members, and that's a lot of people to feed before the cafeterias open," Brown said. "Hopefully, over time, we will be able to raise and save money to give out scholarships, perhaps eventually full scholarships. Our numbers are such, that if people come back and participate, this is a true possibility."

    Approximately 115 band alumni have registered as participants in Saturday's reunion. Of those, 70 will perform in pre-game activities. Among them will be 87-year-old former SFA twirler Mary Jo Morris of New Braunfels, who was on the SFA twirling line in 1948 and 1949.

    "So far, the alumni band members who have registered represent a combined 280 years of service to the Lumberjack Band," Brown said.

    Kappa Kappa Psi, SFA's band service fraternity, will provide a hamburger-hotdog cookout lunch, alumni band association members will have a business meeting, and band alumni will participate in the SFA Alumni Association's tailgating activities at the alumni tent. The alumni band will also attend The Lumberjack Marching Band's performance at the Ag Pond prior to the pre-game show.

    Reunion registration is open through Friday, Sept. 15. Annual membership is $45; lifetime membership is $250. Online registration is at http://www.sfaalumni.com/event/LMBTOJ17, or call the SFA Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407 for additional information.

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  • SFA School of Music donates items to C.E. King High School

    SFA School of Music donates items to C.E. King High School

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    Stephen F. Austin State University students, from left, Jacob Rivas of The Colony, Gregory Garcia of San Antonio and Kenny Waldrop of Abilene assisted with collecting donations for storm victims. Members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity dedicated to advancing music and inspiring musicians in America, collected the donations.

    September 12, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music recently sponsored a hurricane relief project to benefit students at C.E. King High School.

    "The band directors, who are SFA alums, requested help, and we jumped right in," said Fred Allen, SFA director of bands. "It was a way for us to help a specific high school that we knew needed help."

    The two alums, Michael Murdock and Ronnie Ross, said flooding at the school had damaged equipment and requested color guard equipment, percussion equipment and reeds used with woodwind instruments.

    "We posted the list, and many of our students and faculty members responded with items that we could send them right away," Allen said.

    For more information about the SFA School of Music, visit sfasu.edu/music.

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  • SFA music faculty to present Pi Kappa Lambda Faculty Showcase

    SFA music faculty to present Pi Kappa Lambda Faculty Showcase

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    Faculty members of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will be the featured performers during the annual Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    September 12, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Faculty members of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will be the featured performers during the annual Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The concert showcases the talents of the diverse School of Music performing faculty, according to Nita Hudson, instructor of voice and opera. All concert proceeds benefit the Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship the School of Music gives each year to the sophomore music major with the highest grade point average.

    "This is always a fun and exciting night for our music faculty," Hudson said. "Not only do we get to perform for the Nacogdoches community, but we also raise funds for music scholarships.

    "Twenty-four music faculty members will perform a wide variety of concert repertoire, ranging from a traditional vocal spiritual to a Mozart operatic duet," Hudson added.

    The program also features a barbershop quartet, a mellow brass quintet, a string quartet and saxophone and percussion performances. Traditional folk songs will be played on an Irish harp. An audience favorite, SFA piano professor Mario Ajero will perform a piano piece for six hands with his children, Antonio and Olivia.

    Other faculty performers include Debbie Berry, soprano; Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Charlotte Davis, soprano; Tod Fish, tenor; Charles Gavin, horn; Christina Guenther, flute; Nita Hudson, mezzo-soprano; Scott LaGraff, baritone; Brad Meyer, percussion; Emily Milius, soprano; Emily Mitchell, harp; Melissa Nabb, viola; Nathan Nabb, saxophone; Hyun Ji Oh, Andrew Parr, Ron Petti and James Pitts, piano; Evgeni Raychev, cello; J. D. Salas, tuba; Deb Scott, trombone; Chris Turner, baritone; Jacob Walburn, trumpet; and Gary Wurtz, trumpet.

    The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a feature of the 2017-18 Calliope Concert Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building at 2210 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/ or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA band alumni honored at state convention

    SFA band alumni honored at state convention

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    Left to right: Corey Graves and George Little

    September 12, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Two Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music alumni were recognized this past summer at the Texas Bandmasters Association convention in San Antonio.

    It was announced at the convention that Corey Graves, a 2007 summa cum laude graduate, was named "Young Bandmaster of the Year" by Phi Beta Mu Honorary Band Fraternity, and George Little, a 2002 graduate, was elected to serve on the TBA board of directors.

    "These two alumni are excellent representatives of SFA in everything they do," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA. "They are shining examples in our profession and even to our current students."

    Phi Beta Mu is a service organization whose goals are the promotion of school bands, school musicians and the furtherance of school bands in the eyes of the public. Graves, who currently teaches in Roma ISD, said he was "humbled" by the recognition.

    "Considering the incredible list of previous recipients, and the numerous music educators across the state of Texas who are making such an impact on the lives of their students and communities, it is quite humbling to be even put in the same category," he said. "I am grateful for the recognition of what the students and faculty of Roma ISD do daily."

    Graves earned a Master of Music in Euphonium Performance from The Ohio State University as a graduate fellow in 2008. He is in his 10th year of teaching and has been with the Roma ISD since 2010. Prior to moving to Roma Middle School, he taught two years with La Joya ISD.

    Graves is a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar and the Region XV Middle School Coordinator. Bands under his direction have consistently received superior sweepstakes ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest and have also earned high levels of recognition on state, national and international stages.

    Mike Brashear, TBA executive director, welcomed Little to the organization's board, stating, "We look forward to his leadership and expertise as he represents the fine band programs from East Texas."

    "Being elected to the TBA board of directors is a very humbling and exciting experience," Little said. "I am thrilled to have the chance to serve with such an outstanding group of fellow directors. Professionally, I know that I will learn a lot during my years on the board, and I hope to be able to contribute to best of my ability."

    TBA board members start as sergeant-at-arms, then move up through the offices of secretary, treasurer, vice president, president-elect, president and past president. Board members serve on the board for seven years and oversee all activities of the TBA, including the annual TBA Convention/Clinic held in San Antonio at the end of July.

    Little is director of bands at Lufkin ISD. He is entering his 16th year of teaching and his second year at Lufkin. He taught for eight years at New Diana High School and six years at Henderson Middle School. His bands consistently earn top rankings in UIL and invitational competitions.

    Both Graves and Little credited SFA with preparing them to be successful as band directors and music educators.

    "SFA provided so many great opportunities for learning," Graves said. "I have always felt that the staff was giving of their time, even after graduation, to help propel their students to success. It is a great student-centered environment that I am proud to call my alma mater."

    "SFA is, in my opinion, one of the top music schools in the state," Little said. "There are many successful band directors that graduated from SFA. The faculty is very purposeful in what students learn as they progress through their degree plan. One thing about SFA that aids in the success of their future band directors is that professors are available for mentorship, even after you have graduated. The professional help network that Lumberjack Band alumni enjoy is second to none."

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  • Choreograph your evening with Taylor 2

    Choreograph your evening with Taylor 2

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    Choreograph your evening on Sept. 14 to include a 7:30 p.m. performance of Taylor 2 dance company in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus, an art exhibition opening and special dining discounts when you show your Taylor 2 tickets at select local eateries. Photo by Tom Caravaglia.

    September 8, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    As if attending the opening performance of the 2017-18 University Series at Stephen F. Austin State University isn't exciting enough, there are other events before and after the dance program to whet an appetite for good food and great entertainment.

    New York City-based dance company Taylor 2 opens the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Taylor 2's performance is sponsored in part by Cataract, Glaucoma & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical/Medical Arts Surgery Center.

    "This is dance for everyone: accessible, athletic, emotionally powerful and sexy - with a sense of humor, too," said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series.

    "Today's audiences want choices that allow them to create their own unique night out," Shattuck continued. "We're inviting series-goers to 'choreograph' the rest of the evening with options for dining, enrichment and additional entertainment to design a stimulating, richly social multi-arts experience."

    The possibilities start with attending the opening reception of the annual SFA School of Art Faculty Exhibition at 6 p.m. in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Visual Arts and the Nacogdoches Junior Forum as well as the Texas Commission on the Arts, SFA art openings are free and typically feature hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

    "Be sure to leave the art reception in plenty of time to park and be comfortably seated for the dance performance in Turner Auditorium at 7:30," Shattuck said.

    As an "informance" prior to the Taylor 2 performance, Heather Samuelson, assistant professor and co-coordinator of dance in the SFA Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, will present an informative talk at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is inside the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet the dancers and to honor the event's corporate sponsor.

    Showing in Griffith Gallery will be the new exhibition "Fragmentation: The Lithographs of Wayne Kimball."

    "During intermission, enjoy a refreshing glass of lemonade, compliments of the SFA College of Fine Arts," Shattuck said. "We're still working on another surprise treat for University Series patrons at the show."

    An additional pre-show option is dinner at Maklemore's Ale House and Bistro, where showing a Taylor 2 ticket to a server will get patrons a 10-percent discount on food only.

    After the Taylor 2 performance, audience members may also consider heading downtown to the newly renovated Nine Flags Bar and Grille for "Jazz on the Patio" until 10 p.m. at The Fredonia Hotel & Convention Center. Show your Taylor 2 ticket to get half off the price of an appetizer.

    Alternatively, Chilly Fillmore's in Nacogdoches will also offer 20 percent off the price of a frozen yogurt to customers showing a Taylor 2 ticket before they close at 10 p.m.

    "Make a night of it," Shattuck said. The discounts are valid only on the date of the show.

    Single event ticket prices for the University Series are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA College of Fine Arts Dean's Circle to honor Van Horn, award recipients

    SFA College of Fine Arts Dean's Circle to honor Van Horn, award recipients

    September 8, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Members of the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts Dean's Circle will recognize former Nacogdoches Mayor Dr. Roger Van Horn for his contributions to the community at the annual Winners' Circle reception and fundraiser planned for 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, in The Old Tobacco Warehouse in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Van Horn will be honored for his service to the City of Nacogdoches, SFA, the College of Fine Arts and the Dean's Circle, according to Dr. A.C. "Buddy" Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts.

    "Former Mayor Van Horn has continually promoted and supported the activities of the Dean's Circle and has served as emcee at our annual programs," Himes said. "We hope the community joins us at our Winners' Circle reception to publicly thank him for his service to Nacogdoches and SFA."

    The "Fall Festival of SFA Artists" also recognizes the 2017 Dean's Circle student award recipients. Sarah Jentsch, art major from Etoile, received the Cole Dean's Award in Art; Tyler Thormählen, music performance major from Kyle, received the Ledbetter Dean's Award in Music; Arjang Abrarpour, music education major from Katy, received the Sidnell Memorial Dean's Award in Music Education; and Margaret "Maggie" Strain, theatre major from Port Aransas, received the Schmidbauer Dean's Award in Theatre. The students were selected by the faculty of their respective schools on the basis of their potential to further develop their artistic goals and serve as role models, according to Himes. Student award recipients will perform and exhibit their work.

    The awards were established by the Dean's Circle, an external support organization of community members founded in 2008 and "dedicated, in part, to nurturing potential young artists within the College of Fine Arts," Himes said.

    The Dean's Circle will also recognize Dr. Charles Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music in the School of Music, and Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA, who have been awarded endowed professorships.

    A faculty showcase will highlight the artistic work of Neil Cox, printmaker and photographer in the School of Art; swordsmanship and stage combat techniques of Slade Billew, assistant professor in the School of Theatre; and Moon with SFA's Orchestra of the Pines.

    An auction featuring contributed items from local businesses will raise funds for Dean's Circle projects, including student awards and expanding endowed professorship opportunities. Among the auction items are a membership to Meadow Ridge Archery and Gun, tickets to the upcoming performance of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, and a studio recording session with the CFA's newly renovated recording studio.

    Event sponsors include Cal-Tex Lumber Company, Nacogdoches Medical Center, First Bank & Trust East Texas, The Daily Sentinel, Suzanne Warlick, Regions Bank, Nacogdoches Film Festival, Meadow Ridge Archery and Gun and CBH Insurance.

    Tickets for the event, which includes entertainment and hors d'oeuvres, are $100 per person/couple. Participation includes membership in the Dean's Circle. Responses are requested by Sept. 15. To RSVP by phone, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

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  • Guest percussionist Hamilton to perform at SFA

    Guest percussionist Hamilton to perform at SFA

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    Sean Hamilton will perform a guest percussion recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    September 6, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Percussionist and composer Sean Hamilton will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus as part of the School of Music's Calliope Concert Series.

    The program is entitled "LOCI" and is comprised of a single evening-length composition for solo drum set and electronics. "LOCI" is one work from a series of pieces for this instrumentation that are written to explore the symbiotic possibilities of acoustic and electronic sound in an improvised setting, according to Hamilton, who began working on these pieces in 2015 and has performed them throughout the U.S. and in the United Kingdom.

    "Since its completion in July 2016, I have performed 'LOCI' approximately 40 times," Hamilton said. "In an average performance, audiences can expect a dynamic concert featuring combinations of intense and visceral drumming contrasted with soft and delicate percussion, static electronic ambient passages and noise-based textural passages.

    "In addition to the use of traditional sticks and mallets, they will also find a wide array of alternative playing techniques and methods of sound production," he added, "including moments when I may be producing sound with things such as a modified electric toothbrush, thin chains and aluminum foil, or by placing household objects (sheet metal, tin cans, nuts and bolts, etc.) on the drums in an effort to alter their natural sound."

    The SFA recital will be part of a large eight-week tour that will take Hamilton from Tampa, Florida, to the Pacific Northwest and back, with performances at a wide variety of venues, including Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and Selectors Records in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    Hamilton has presented performances as an artist-in-residence with Leeds Improvised Music and Experimentation (LIME) in the United Kingdom and as a featured performer at the Orlando and Asheville Fringe Festivals, the Anxious Sound Series in New Orleans, and WKCR-FM New York's Afternoon New Music. He has given numerous lectures on improvisation and composition at universities throughout the U.S. and abroad. His original compositions include works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, electroacoustic mediums, and fixed media that have been performed in the U.S. and Europe.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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