College of Fine Arts News Archive

February 2018

  • '(Biedermann and) The Firebugs' runs through Saturday

    '(Biedermann and) The Firebugs' runs through Saturday

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    February 27, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    A chorus of firefighters confront Cumming, Georgia junior Shane Reynolds as Gottlieb Biedermann in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre's presentation of Max Frisch's "(Biedermann and) The Firebugs." Curtain goes up at 7:30 nightly through Saturday, March 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Chorus members include Nychollete Easter, Houston freshman; Kaitlyn Kirby, Plano senior; Bayley Owen, Royce City sophomore; James Burns, Troup senior; and Caitlin Bice, Flint senior. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu. Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students/youth.

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  • Guest trumpet, piano recital slated for SFA's Calliope Concert Series

    Guest trumpet, piano recital slated for SFA's Calliope Concert Series

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    Rebecca Wilt and Craig Morris

    February 26, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The College of Fine Arts and School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a guest recital featuring Craig Morris, trumpet, and Rebecca Wilt, piano, at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in Cole Concert Hall.

    The performance is part of the School of Music's Calliope Concert Series.

    "We are extremely excited and fortunate to host Craig Morris and Rebecca Wilt here at SFA," said Jacob Walburn, assistant professor of trumpet in the School of Music. "Their recital will offer a diverse and eclectic program of music for trumpet and piano that is sure to dazzle and delight the audience."

    Morris is associate professor of trumpet at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. Wilt is a collaborative pianist and has been the featured pianist at every major instrumental conference or competition in the nation.

    Their program will include "Suite Bergamasque" by Claude Debussy; "Monkeyshines" by Roshanne Etezady; "Quatro Pezzi" by Giacinto Scelsi; and "Sonata for Trumpet and Piano" by George Antheil.

    One of Debussy's most famous piano solos, "Suite" includes four movements, the most recognizable being the third movement, known simply as "Clair de Lune." This arrangement by Morris allows both the trumpet and piano to act as soloist and accompanist.

    "Monkeyshines" is a contemporary tour-de-force for trumpet and piano that features five short movements, each building towards an "exciting and energetic conclusion," according to the program notes.

    Scelsi's "Quatro Pezzi" is his most famous work and one of the few performed to significant recognition during his lifetime. This version, for solo trumpet, features extended techniques like pitch bending, gliassandi and flutter tonguing.

    Antheil's "Sonata" was written in 1951 and has become one of his most popular instrumental sonatas. It is considered a standard part of the trumpet repertoire.

    Morris has been principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony and associate principal trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony. He has been featured soloist with ensembles and festivals around the world, including concerto appearances with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, the Frost School of Music Wind Ensemble and the Miami Bach Society.

    Wilt has worked with many of the world's prominent wind instrument performers, as well as some of the country's foremost vocalists. She has performed in many of the world's greatest venues in North America, Europe and Asia.

    The guest artists will teach a master class, which is free and open to the public, from 1 to 3 p.m. that day in Cole Concert Hall, located in Wright Music Building.

    Concert 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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  • Decades of popular music highlight 'Broadway, Movies and Classics' concert

    Decades of popular music highlight 'Broadway, Movies and Classics' concert

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    Brad Maule and John Ma

    February 22, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Fans of music made popular over the past 70 years won't want to miss the fourth installment of the concert series "Broadway, Movies and Classics" presented by Stephen F. Austin State University's Orchestra of the Pines at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    The program will take audiences through generations of music with the tunes of popular artists such as Journey, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Paul Simon and much more, according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA and of the Orchestra of the Pines.

    Special guest and emcee for the night is Brad Maule, acting/directing and filmmaking instructor at SFA known for his long-standing role as Dr. Tony Jones on the TV serial "General Hospital." Guest performer will be violinist John Ma, orchestra director at the University of Macau. Six student members of the Macau university orchestra will also perform.

    "We have very special guests flying from halfway around the world to join us," Moon said. "SFA has relationships with several universities in Hong Kong and Macau. Last year, 12 SFA students took the journey across the Pacific to collaborate in concert with the orchestra of the University of Macau. Now, six students from the University of Macau will make the journey to Nacogdoches and join the Orchestra of the Pines for our March 5 program."

    Ma will also join the orchestra in its performance of John Williams' "Por Una Cabeza," a tango for violin and orchestra popularized in many movies, but none so much as "Scent of a Woman," Moon explained.

    The concert will feature songs that every generation will recognize, Moon said.

    "Nearly every piece will be very well known," he said, "including 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' music from 'Star Wars,' and even a song from back in the '60s known as 'Pinball Wizard.'"

    Other favorites will include "Eye of the Tiger," "Mack the Knife," "Moonlight Serenade" and "Danzon No 2" by Arturo Marquez, along with a tribute to the "king" of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, and music by Cole Porter.

    Concert 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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  • Theatre-music collaborations creating real-world opportunities for SFA students

    Theatre-music collaborations creating real-world opportunities for SFA students

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    Student chorus members for the SFA School of Theatre's presentation of "(Biedermann and) The Firebugs,” from left, Nychollete Easter, Houston freshman; Bayley Owen, Royce City sophomore; chorus leader James Burns, Troup senior; Kaitlyn Kirby, Plano senior; and Caitlin Bice, Flint senior, rehearse with junior music composition major Jesse Edwards, who has written the music for the show.

    February 22, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Collaboration among university departments and programs sounds like a good thing. Faculty members and students working together across disciplines and learning from each other creates better opportunity for all.

    But in reality, cross-discipline collaboration can be hard. Departments establish routines and schedules that can make it difficult to align with other programs. For example, in most cases, theatre rehearsals take place in the evening, while music rehearsals happen during the day, followed by performances in the evening.

    "Although these scheduling matters may seem trivial, they have the cumulative effect of often stifling collaboration," said Dr. Stephen Lias, professor of composition at Stephen F. Austin State University. "So there are many schools in which the composition students wouldn't get the opportunity to score live theatre - or films, or dance, or video games.

    "We're lucky at SFA in that we have a supportive dean and other like-minded colleagues who all work together to make these things happen regularly," he added.

    SFA junior music composition student Jesse Edwards of Tyler is working with Dr. Rick Jones, professor of theatre, to compose music for the School of Theatre's upcoming presentation of the play "(Biedermann and) The Firebugs." It is the second time Jones has called on Edwards to compose music for a play he was directing.

    "For whatever reason, I tend to be drawn to plays that aren't musicals but include singing: I must have done at least a half dozen shows like that at SFA," Jones said. "So when we were deliberating about the Mainstage schedule for 2016-17, I gave Steve Lias a call, as I'd done numerous times in the past. Did he have someone who could help with 'By the Bog of Cats?' We talked about the specific needs of the show, and he suggested Jesse."

    For that play, Edwards wrote music to existing lyrics for two songs.

    "We worked very well together and the songs were really good," Jones said. "Equally as important, Jesse understood, probably better than some other students I've worked with over the years, that the people singing the songs are theatre majors who can sing, not voice majors. I called Steve again last spring about '(Biedermann and) The Firebugs,' and when he said Jesse was available, I jumped at the opportunity."

    Edwards has been composing for about seven years, starting as a high school student in Tyler where he wrote music for three of his high school's plays. As a freshman at SFA, his piece "Shipwreck" was premiered by the Orchestra of the Pines, and he's had numerous student commissions since. He was a Composition Fellow at the 2017 Alba International Music Festival (Alba, Italy) and placed third in last year's Dmitri Shostakovich International Composers' Competition (Lviv, Ukraine). He was a finalist in the Alfred Schnittke International Composers' Forum and Competition. He is currently commissioned by SOLI Chamber Ensemble to compose a piece for the group to perform in the 2018 Alba International Music Festival.

    But with all these accolades, Edwards says composing for theater is "starkly different from composing for concerts."

    "For one, the other artists involved operate in quite a contrasting world," he said. "Actors think, speak, create and perform differently from musicians. The vocabulary is foreign. The methods are dissimilar. Admittedly, there's a common thread, as they both involve similar essentials - communication, expression, nuanced performance - but it's a different world. It's like moving to a different country and trying to figure out how things work. It takes a lot of watching, listening and waiting.

    "So for this project, in particular, my approach was pretty typical to the way I approach any new project," he explained. "I waited, and I listened a lot to what was being said by the production team about the script and by the script about itself. I've found it takes a great amount of time when writing music for theater to absorb what the whole thing is trying to accomplish. You give it time, and once those answers are clear, the purpose of the music typically is also."

    While composing for "The Firebugs" is more intense and involved than his work on "By the Bog of Cats," Edwards said both experiences have been "amazingly positive."

    "Rick's great to work with," Edwards said. "He allows for a lot of creative freedom while also giving very clear direction."

    Jones' musical direction for this play: "the demon spawn of Kurt Weill and an oompah band, with a sprinkle of Broadway." "And that's what I got," Jones said.

    "Jesse is the real thing," Lias said. "He is smart, creative, self-motivated and a great team player. The talent and initiative he has shown since his arrival at SFA has made him (quite deservedly) a leader in our studio."

    "Writing music for existing lyrics has got to be hard enough," Jones said. "But I suspect that working with a translation, which is the case here, and which is likely to have more irregular rhythms than the original, must be an added challenge.

    "I think this ongoing cooperation between our programs is mutually beneficial," Jones added. "Our shows are better, and student composers get an approximation of a real-world gig."

    The School of Theatre and School of Music are also collaborating again to present the upcoming SFA Opera Theater, featuring W.A. Mozart's "The Magic Flute." Opera performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 12 through 14 in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    Max Frisch's "(Biedermann and) The Firebugs" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 27 through March 3, in Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive, on the SFA campus.

    The play is appropriate for all ages; however, young children probably would not understand it, while those in mid-teens and up would comprehend its themes.

    Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students/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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  • Swingin' Axes, Aces to present evening of jazz at Fredonia Brewery

    Swingin' Axes, Aces to present evening of jazz at Fredonia Brewery

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    Join Stephen F. Austin State University's Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’ Aces jazz bands for a thrilling evening of jazz and fun at the Fredonia Brewery on Friday, March 2, starting at 6 p.m.

    February 21, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Join Stephen F. Austin State University's Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces jazz bands for a thrilling evening of jazz and fun at the Fredonia Brewery on Friday, March 2, starting at 6 p.m.

    From 6:30 to 8 p.m., hear music composed and arranged by the late Darrell Holt, a nationally recognized jazz arranger/composer and a former director of the Swingin' Axes. The Swingin' Aces, directed by Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba and euphonium studies, will open the set followed by the Swingin' Axes.

    "The weather will be beautiful for dancing under the stars. Sit at provided picnic tables or bring your own folding chairs and get comfortable," said Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone in the SFA School of Music and director of the Axes.

    Then, from 8 to 9 p.m., listen to SFA jazz combos as they perform a wide variety of jazz styles. "The small group jazz setting has really allowed the students to be innovative. They are composing and arranging some beautiful music that they are eager to perform," Scott added.

    At 9 p.m., the Axes will return to the stage to play some funk and rock favorites by Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau and many more.

    The Fredonia Brewery will serve beer and other beverages produced at its downtown Nacogdoches facility. Eat a Bite Food Truck will also be on site with sandwiches, burgers and other American fare for purchase.

    Proceeds will benefit the jazz area in the SFA School of Music.

    The Fredonia Brewery is located at 138 N. Mound St. Rain or shine, the event will be dry with a tent set up on site.

    Tickets at the door are $15. Pre-sale tickets are $10 and are available at the SFA Fine Arts Box Office, by calling (936) 468-6407 or by visiting http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/. Ticket prices do not include cost of food or beverages.

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  • Super Scientific Circus demonstrates how science can be fun

    Super Scientific Circus demonstrates how science can be fun

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    Super Scientific Circus will be presented at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in W.M. Turner Auditorium as part of the SFA Children's Performing Arts Series.

    February 21, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Area students will learn that science can be fun and exciting when the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series once again present Super Scientific Circus in two performances Wednesday, March 7, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    Widely popular among CPAS audiences, Super Scientific Circus features circus skills, magic tricks, comedy and mime to illustrate fundamental scientific concepts such as gravity, air pressure and ultraviolet light.

    The program, which targets students in kindergarten through 12th grade, is designed to "help students understand that science can be appreciated in everything we see and do," said Diane J. Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the Children's Performing Arts Series.

    Programs like Super Scientific Circus have been favorites among area students and their teachers and are almost always sell-out performances, Peterson said.

    "Teachers will want to make reservations for their classes as soon as possible to ensure their students have the opportunity to experience this fun and educational performance," she said.

    Performance times are 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for individuals and $7.50 per person for groups of 20 or more. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.cpas.sfasu.edu.

    This year's final CPAS performance is Virginia Repertory Theatre's "The Ugly Duckling," the Hans Christian Anderson fable of the swan who grows up "ugly" in a family of ducks, later to find his appearance changing as he discovers his true identity. Performances are on Friday, April 27, in Turner Auditorium.

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  • 'Beethoven and Bonn-Bons' to benefit voice scholarship

    'Beethoven and Bonn-Bons' to benefit voice scholarship

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    SFA music faculty members, from left, Evgeni Raychev, Jennifer Dalmas, Linda Parr and Andrew Parr will perform a concert that will benefit the Baumgartner Memorial Award at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Old University Building.

    February 19, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Four music faculty members at Stephen F. Austin State University will lend their talents to a fundraising concert that will benefit a voice scholarship.

    The concert, "Beethoven and Bonn-Bons," will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Old University Building and will feature Jennifer Dalmas, violinist; Evgeni Raychev, cellist; and Andrew and Linda Parr, pianists.

    The event is sponsored by the Nacogdoches Symphony Club, and proceeds from ticket sales will go toward funding this year's Baumgartner Memorial Award, which is given each year to an SFA student voice major.

    The program features two of Ludwig von Beethoven's most famous and beloved piano trios - the "Ghost" and "Archduke."

    A reception will follow the concert, and the Symphony Club will provide chocolate treats and coffee.

    The Old University is located at 515 N. Mound St. in Washington Square.

    Tickets are $20 with limited seating. For tickets or more information, contact Thelma Dalmas at jtdalmas@juno.com or (936) 205-5283.

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  • Guest pianist Phang to perform in SFA's Calliope Concert Series

    Guest pianist Phang to perform in SFA's Calliope Concert Series

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    May Phang

    February 19, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Guest pianist May Phang will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    Her performance is part of the SFA School of Music's Calliope Concert Series. She is currently on the piano faculty at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

    Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA, met Phang when he was attending the Interharmony Chamber Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy, in 2016.

    "I heard her play and worked with some of her students," Parr said. "She is an excellent pianist, and I am pleased that she could come to SFA."

    Phang performs regularly as an international soloist and chamber musician in venues such as the Goethe Institute in Bangkok, Tianjin Conservatory Concert Hall in China, Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, Place-des-Arts in Montreal, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Chicago Cultural Center and the Detroit Institute of Art.

    She has also performed at the Singapore Festival of Arts, Montreal International Piano Festival, Karol Szymanowski Festival, Poland, and Festival de música de cámara de Aguascalientes, Mexico.

    A prizewinner of several competitions, Phang has performed with the Banff Chamber Players, Singapore Symphony, Montreal Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and she has also been featured on radio and television in Canada, Singapore and the United States. She frequently presents master classes and adjudicates competitions nationally and internationally.

    Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

    Concert 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 Friday Film Series to screen 'Queen Mimi'

    SFA's Friday Film Series to screen 'Queen Mimi'

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    A free screening of the film “Queen Mimi,” the story of Marie “Mimi” Haist, who found “home” at a Santa Monica laundromat, will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    February 19, 2018—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 "Queen Mimi" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Forced onto the streets in her 50s, Marie "Mimi" Haist found "home" at a Santa Monica laundromat. Taking shelter there for 20 years, Mimi's passion for pink, and living without looking back, has taken her from homelessness to Hollywood's red carpets and caused her to make some unlikely friends along the way, ranging from local loves to Hollywood A-listers Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger, according to information at imdb.com.

    Written and filmed over 5 years by barista/actor/director Yaniv Rokah while he worked at a cafe across the street, "Queen Mimi" is the story of an unlikely hero. Now 91, Mimi reminds viewers to never give in and never give up, and that if you ever find yourself in the gutter, to never stop looking at the stars.

    The documentary runs 76 minutes.

    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's Piney Woods Camerata to perform favorite Baroque Era compositions

    SFA's Piney Woods Camerata to perform favorite Baroque Era compositions

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    Members of the Piney Woods Camerata rehearse for their performance at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    February 16, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Piney Woods Camerata at Stephen F, Austin State University will perform great works from the Baroque Era when the faculty-student string ensemble performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The recital is part of the SFA School of Music's Calliope Concert Series.

    "As this year is the 10th anniversary of the Piney Woods Camerata ensemble, we wanted to plan a concert that featured some of our favorite Baroque composers," said Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, professor of violin at SFA and an ensemble member.

    Works by J.S. Bach, George Frideric Handel, Arcangelo Corelli, Georg Philipp Telemann and Henry Purcell will be represented in the program.

    Kerry Hughes, adjunct professor of oboe, and Dalmas will perform Bach's Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060. Hyun-Ji Oh, SFA pianist, will also join the group for the first time, playing the harpsichord.

    Bach's Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor was written around the same time as his Brandenburg Concertos and cello suites while he was living in Cothen, Germany.

    "This piece is in standard concerto form, with three movements in fast-slow-fast tempos and lots of wonderful interweaving melodies between the solo instruments and orchestra," Dalmas said.

    The Purcell Chacony in G minor is based on the French Chaconne, which is a set of variations over a repeating base line. "This work is one of the finest Baroque examples of this form," Dalmas added.

    Although Corelli was not the most prolific composer of the Baroque Era, his works were very influential, according to Dalmas.

    "His 12 concerti grossi really establish that form of composition, and the first of the set that we will play is a perfect example of his mastery," she said. "We also chose this work as it was featured on our very first Camerata concert 10 years ago.

    The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

    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 (888) 240-ARTS or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/.

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  • SFA to present student-directed 'Antigone in New York'

    SFA to present student-directed 'Antigone in New York'

    February 15, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the full-length play "Antigone in New York" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    "Antigone in New York" is written by Janusz Glowacki. Play translation is by Glowacki and Joan Torres.

    Directed by Plano senior Cecily Maucieri, the play is loosely based off the Greek tragedy "Antigone" and centers on the character Anita, a homeless woman who is searching for her boyfriend, Paulie, according to Maucieri. Anita ends up enlisting two Eastern European refugees to help her find Paulie.

    The cast includes Palestine senior Olivia Santone as Anita; Pearland junior EJ Villanueva as the Policeman; Lufkin senior Jacob Carr as Sasha; Leander freshman Zach Loveday as Flea; and Tyler sophomore Holden Guinn as Paulie.

    The production staff includes Jamie Carroll, Dallas sophomore, as stage manager; Connor Morrison, Princeton senior, assistant stage manager; Katie Irwin, Arlington sophomore, assistant director; Isabel McNeil, Katy junior, scenic designer; Anais Saenz, Houston senior, costume, makeup and hair designer; Kamron Key, Frisco sophomore, lighting designer; and Jessica Tinker-Akers, Marshall graduate student, sound designer.

    Faculty production advisor for "Antigone in New York" is Jack Heifner. The play is recommended for mature audiences.

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

    Tickets are $6. 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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  • North Forney High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble to perform at SFA

    North Forney High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble to perform at SFA

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    The North Forney High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    February 15, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The North Forney High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble will present a performance of the show "End of Days" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    A 5A school, North Forney High School opened in 2009 with only freshman and sophomore students. Jim Gist, the school's percussion director, began the program, which has experienced much growth and earned the reputation as a premier percussion program in the North Texas area.

    In addition to the group's performance at SFA, the ensemble's 2018 spring tour includes a performance at Tyler Junior College and culminates with the WGI Houston Regional competition at Klein Oak High School in Spring.

    The group is competing in the 2018 season with show "End of Days," which reflects on the tumultuous events surrounding the end times as told in the Book of Revelations.

    "The number seven is significant in the program, as it is in Revelations, including the pulse of much of the program being in seven and the seventh seal being broken as heard in a subtle bass drum roll," Gist explains. "The armies marching into the Battle of Armageddon, victorious scenes of redemption, and the final judgment as described in Revelations can all be heard and felt through the musical imagery."

    The program begins with Modest Mussorgsky's mysterious "Night on Bald Mountain" and transitions to Jacob Remington's "Prelude to Paradise." The final victory is portrayed by Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 Movement 5, also known as "The Resurrection Symphony."

    Admission to the concert is free.

    The North Forney Indoor Percussion Ensemble competed in the North Texas Colorguard Association circuit during the spring 2017 season. During its first year of competition, the North Forney Ensemble was promoted twice to a higher classification and earned first place at every contest the group entered. At the finals championship, North Forney earned the highest percussion score in NTCA history with a 93.5.

    For more information, contact Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies for the SFA School of Music, at meyerbe@sfasu.edu.

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  • Acclaimed printmaker Loughridge to demonstrate unique techniques at SFA

    Acclaimed printmaker Loughridge to demonstrate unique techniques at SFA

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    Denver, Colorado, printmaker Leon Loughridge will demonstrate his techniques in a residency Feb. 26 through March 2 on the SFA campus.
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    “Aspen Stand” is by Colorado printmaker Leon Loughridge, who will give a free public presentation of his work and techniques at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Art History Lecture Room B106 in the Art Building off Wilson Drive.
    February 15, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The printmaking and graphic design programs within the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will sponsor visiting artist Leon Loughridge the week of Feb. 26 through March 2.

    Loughridge, a printmaker from Denver, Colorado, and owner of Dry Creek Art Press, will work on an edition of handmade prints while in residency on the SFA campus, and he will teach classes in the Japanese Moku Hanga style of printing.

    A free public presentation of his work and unique techniques is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Art History Lecture Room B106 in the Art Building off Wilson Drive.

    Loughridge developed an affinity for the Southwestern landscape while growing up on a ranch in Northern New Mexico and then attended the Colorado Institute of Art. While stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and studied painting techniques of the old masters for two years.

    He is noted for his layered woodblock prints, which capture the atmospheric qualities of the southwestern landscape. His woodcuts are exhibited nationally and collected by museums and collectors. He has also developed a versatile ink base.

    As a printmaker, Loughridge states that he wants to record in printed form the "emotional connection" he has to his original plein-aire sketches and paintings.

    "While sketching is a very direct and invigorating process, creating a print in the studio is almost the opposite - slow and methodical," he writes in his artist statement. "The challenge of translating a painterly image into a block print is to capture the energy of the original into the print, not to merely duplicate the image. Using the technical aspects of relief printing as expressive tools, and not as limitations, allows for an intuitive and spontaneous print. To see that the passion of the original sketch has been translated into the print is the artist's reward."

    Art faculty members Neal Cox (printmaking) and Peter Andrew (graphic design) have organized Loughridge's residency. For more information, call the School of Art at (936) 468-4804.

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  • Nashville-based Barefoot Movement to bring bluegrass music to SFA campus

    Nashville-based Barefoot Movement to bring bluegrass music to SFA campus

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    The Barefoot Movement bluegrass band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the College of Fine Arts’ University Series.

    February 15, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Nacogdoches bluegrass fans have a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the freshest music on the bluegrass scene when The Barefoot Movement performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    Start your spring break celebration a little early with this Nashville-based group that has been heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene." The performance is the last in this year's College of Fine Arts' University Series.

    "When this up-and-coming, youthful quartet of superb musicians romps through pop-infused 'newgrass' medleys and country-flavored ballads, you can expect an evening of music with something for everyone," said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the series.

    Billboard Magazine describes their sound as "slices of bluegrass, country, folk and even a little bit of rock and roll."

    In September of 2014, they received a Momentum Award, naming them "Band of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association. They have been selected as showcase artists at both the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Americana Festival conferences and were first runners up at the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival's New Band Competition.

    The group has enjoyed almost non-stop touring including a trip to Burkina Faso, Africa, where they were guests of the American Embassy. Already this year they have played from coast to coast, in venues from California to Virginia's Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

    "Their show is as fun to watch as it is to hear," said Shattuck, who saw them perform in a showcase at the Arts Midwest conference in Milwaukee in 2016.

    The "movement" can be traced back to the teen years of singer-songwriter and fiddler Noah Wall, of Oxford, North Carolina. Just as she had begun penning her first compositions, she met mandolinist Tommy Norris their senior year of high school. Convinced of their musical chemistry and driven by mutual ambition, they continued to build the band from the ground up throughout their college careers.

    While Norris studied classical music and recording engineering at Western Carolina University, Wall chose East Tennessee State, particularly for its Bluegrass, Old-time and Country Music Program. With the addition of versatile guitarist and singer Alex Conerly of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 2013, and most recently, Katie Blomarz of Frankfort, Illinois, on the upright bass, the lineup was complete with all the elements that make up the Barefoot sound: lush harmonies, thoughtful instrumentation and memorable melodies, according to information at http://www.thebarefootmovementofficial.com.

    Over the past seven years, The Barefoot Movement has appeared in Country Weekly Magazine, RollingStone.com, Music City Roots, and Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Their original music was featured on the Outdoor Channel's program "Huntin' the World: Southern Style," and their music video for their popular song "Second Time Around" has been seen nationally on the Zuus Country Network.

    The band's University Series performance is sponsored in part by Commercial Bank of Texas.

    Prior to the performance, artist, musician and SFA Professor Emeritus Charles D. Jones 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.

    Tickets 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 tickets or more information, 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 School of Theatre to present '(Biedermann and) The Firebugs'

    SFA School of Theatre to present '(Biedermann and) The Firebugs'

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    "(Biedermann and) The Firebugs” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 27 through March 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive, on the SFA campus.

    February 9, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    There's a line in the show: " … the best camouflage of all, in my opinion, is the plain and simple truth. Because nobody ever believes it."

    Dr. Richard Jones had long forgotten that line in Max Frisch's play "(Biedermann and) The Firebugs," but he remembered this theme from when he first read the play more than 30 years ago.

    "I was thinking about some specific episodes in my own life, but especially about the political climate today," he said. "Ultimately, I was intrigued by the fact that the major surprise in this play is that there are no surprises in this play."

    Jones, professor of theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University, will direct "(Biedermann and) The Firebugs" when the School of Theatre presents it as part of this year's Mainstage Series.

    According to Jones, businessman Gottlieb Biedermann opens the play muttering about how arsonists ("firebugs") have had so little trouble finagling their way into people's houses, only to burn them down. And then the doorbell rings…

    "Really, everyone knows what's going to happen within the first 10 minutes," he explains. "The play is not so much about where we're going as how we get there."

    The play was originally written as a response to Nazism/Fascism, Jones explained.

    "It comes from a moment in time when absurdism took on a political element and, in this case, overlapped with the more overtly political form of epic theatre," he said. "Playwright Max Frisch was not infrequently accused of Communist sympathies. Certainly his politics leaned a little to the left, but he was really more anti-Nazi than pro-Marxist."

    The play presents its share of challenging moments for a director, Jones said, one of which is that it moves in and out of presentational vs. representational style.

    "That is, there are moments when the characters explicitly acknowledge the audience, and moments when the actors pretend not to notice the audience at all," he said. "It's also a very funny play, but if it lapses too far into farce, the themes of ethical behavior, moral courage and critical thinking are subordinated."

    Jones said another challenge is the number of new theatre students the play will feature in its cast.

    "It's always a challenge to work with new people," he said. "I've previously directed only two of the 13 actors in this play, and over half the cast wasn't at SFA a year ago. The newcomers are all great to work with, but it inevitably takes a little more time for them to know what to expect from me, and for me to figure out how to help them do their best work."

    Student actors will learn from the mix of styles in the play, and from the many lines (more than usual, according to Jones) that can be interpreted in fundamentally different ways.

    "That's especially challenging, because the temptation is to split the difference, and we end up losing the sense of the moment altogether," Jones said.

    Jones hopes the audience will appreciate and enjoy the humor in the play.

    "I hope they have a good time and share a few laughs with us," he said. "If they leave a little more likely to confront their fears and do the right thing, even at a risk, so much the better."

    The play is appropriate for all ages. However, young children probably would not understand it, but those in mid-teens and up would comprehend its themes.

    "(Biedermann and) The Firebugs" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 27 through March 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive, on the SFA campus.

    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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  • SFA School of Theatre hosts UIL One-Act Play Festival

    SFA School of Theatre hosts UIL One-Act Play Festival

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    February 8, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre hosts the 2018 UIL One-Act Play Festival Thursday and Friday, Feb. 8 and 9, in Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. Ten East Texas area schools are participating in the event, which includes storytelling, stage combat, lighting design, makeup and other workshops. The festival allows the high school theatre students to "practice perform" their one-act plays, which are critiqued by SFA theatre faculty, before students compete in UIL events later this semester. School of Theatre Director Cleo House Jr. offers suggestions to Central High School students following their performance of "Hansel and Gretel" Thursday morning. The festival also serves as a recruiting tool, and students have the opportunity to audition for admission to the School of Theatre at the festival's conclusion.

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  • Video works of artist Sarkisian to be exhibited

    Video works of artist Sarkisian to be exhibited

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    “Cup 'a Joe” is among the works featured in “Peter Sarkisian: Video Works” showing Feb. 15 through April 21 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    February 7, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    "Peter Sarkisian: Video Works" will open with a reception and gallery talk by the artist from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University's downtown art gallery.

    The exhibition, which features video projections on sculpture, will show through April 21 in Reavley Gallery. Sarkisian is an American new-media artist whose work combines video projection and sculpture to create a hybrid form of multi-media installation, according to John Handley, director of galleries for the SFA School of Art.

    "I first saw Peter's work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art many years ago," Handley said. "I saw his work again at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Oregon a few years back and contacted the artist after that."

    Sarkisian's work is "grounded in the idea that video, in its ubiquitous and most popular form, is an experientially void medium, and that by depriving ourselves of experience in favor of information-based images, we have become unable to grasp the meaning of consequence or to coexist with mutual understanding," according to information on the artist's website: http://www.petersarkisian.com/.

    His installations attempt to "steer the world's most influential medium back on a collision course with the viewer in order to reintroduce an element of experience to the viewing process."

    "If the filmmaker's traditional goal is to distract viewers through the suspension of self-awareness, then Sarkisian's goal is to create a sense of heightened self-awareness by engaging the viewer in constructed environments that blur the line between what is real and what is mediated," the site says.

    The underlying premise of his work remains committed to using video as an instrument against commercialized media, namely television, in order to transform the act of watching video from an experience-killing endeavor to an experience-creating one. He accomplishes this by joining sculptural elements with projected video imagery to create audio/visual illusions that trap the viewer between conflicting interpretations, thereby forcing a state of self-awareness that is otherwise absent while watching television.

    Named a Master Video Artist in 2007 by the National Endowment for the Arts, Sarkisian has exhibited widely throughout the world in major museums and public venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Musée Picasso, France, the Hammer Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Sarkisian's work has been featured in many international exhibitions and festivals, including the Istanbul Biennial in Turkey, the Vidarte Festival in Mexico City, the Whitney Biennial in New York, and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

    Admission to all art exhibitions and receptions is free. The reception is sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and The Flower Shop.

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

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  • Wind Ensemble, Orchestra of the Pines representing SFA at TMEA

    Wind Ensemble, Orchestra of the Pines representing SFA at TMEA

    February 7, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University will be well represented at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association annual clinic/convention Feb. 14 through 17 in San Antonio.

    The SFA Wind Ensemble, directed by Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA, and the Orchestra of the Pines, directed by Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras, will perform before the nation's premier music educators' convention that historically draws more then 26,000 attendees.

    "The SFA Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the convention following a competitive round of adjudicated recordings last April," Allen said in a previous interview. "We are proud to represent SFA before this large gathering of music educators."

    The Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform before TMEA audiences on numerous occasions, but this is the Orchestra of the Pines' first invitation, according to Moon.

    "The unique part about SFA's involvement in the TMEA performances is that, historically, the invited university orchestra involved a consortium of the largest schools: UT Austin, University of Houston, Texas Tech, Baylor and Rice," Moon explained. "Smaller-sized schools' orchestras, in comparison, have never had a stage at TMEA. This invitation for SFA, including the fact that this is the first time, ever, that the SFA Orchestra of the Pines has been invited to TMEA, is a big hallmark event for us."

    Moon said that, historically, TMEA has invited one university orchestra to perform a concert on Thursday or Friday evening of TMEA. Then, the same university orchestra would become the orchestra for the All-State choirs that same weekend. The double duty became too much for the same university orchestra, so this year, for the first time, TMEA invited two university orchestras: one to perform the regular concert and another to be the All-State choirs' orchestra. Orchestra of the Pines will perform with the choirs, Moon explained.

    "TMEA asked me this past May, and I graciously accepted on behalf of our university," he said. "It is a great honor and a wonderful opportunity for our students."

    With the All-State Mixed Choir, the orchestra is performing the "Gloria" by Frances Poulenc, the fourth movement from George Frideric Handel's "Te Deum" and several other works. With the All-State Small School Choir, the orchestra is performing Joseph Haydn's "Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo." And with the All-State Women's Chorus, the orchestra will perform "Arise, My Soul, Arise" by Dan Forrest and Ola Gjeilo's "Ae Generosa."

    The All-State choir performances are at noon, 2 and 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Lila Cockrell Theater.

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  • North Texas Euphonium Quartet to perform at SFA

    North Texas Euphonium Quartet to perform at SFA

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    The North Texas Euphonium Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    February 2, 2018—Robbie Goodirch

    The North Texas Euphonium Quartet will fulfill its goal of bringing new euphonium quartet music to the spotlight when the ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    The NTEQ is comprised of Dr. Danny Chapa, adjunct professor of low brass at SFA; Dr. Irving Ray, euphonium player in the United States Army Band; Vince Kenney, assistant director of bands/assistant professor of low brass at Drake University; and Chris McGinty, director of instrumental studies at North Central Texas College.

    "Currently, the bulk of euphonium quartet repertoire is comprised of arrangements and pieces written from trombone quartet," Chapa said. "Part of our goal, as mentioned in our mission statement, is to promote/advocate new works originally composed for four euphoniums."

    The program will feature three pieces composed for NTEQ: "NiTor EQuus" by Takahiro Iwamitsu, "Airplane" by Yuji Ono and "Goldberg's Machine" by Ben McMillan.

    "NiTor EQuus" won the 2017 The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" Tuba Euphonium Work-Shop Composition Competition. According to the composer, "NiTor EQuus" is Latin for "brilliant horses," and the piece was inspired by his first impressions of the vast and open landscapes of the DFW area upon his arrival to America from Japan.

    "He also customized the parts specifically for each player of the group according to their personalities as well as their strengths as euphonium players - high range, low range, expressive playing, etc., for example," Chapa explained.

    The program will also include Iwamitsu's arrangement of Claude Debussy's "Claire De Lune," which Chapa describes as "absolutely breathtaking."

    "Anyone who knows this piece will be delighted to hear the group's delicate and tasteful interpretation," he said.

    Felix Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words," arranged by Chapa, is an adaptation of piano solos for euphonium quartet.

    "I adapted these particular piano solos for euphonium quartet because of Mendelssohn's beautiful melodic and choral style part writing," Chapa said. "Each song is fairly short and programatic, depicting a character or mood which is quite indicative of the romantic time period. Mendelssohn composed over 50 of these songs, and I believe they will provide us with many more beautiful arrangements."

    NTEQ members have all been finalists in the world-renowned Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition. The quartet has become one of the most active young chamber ensembles in the country through performances at numerous universities and music conferences throughout the United States, the commissioning and performing of works written specifically for the ensemble, and educational outreach with younger euphonium players.

    "We have been together for five years, and these guys are some of my closest friends," Chapa said. "I am very excited to have them at SFA, and I know our students will be, as well."

    Visit http://nteq.weebly.com/ for more information about the artists and their music. The group will conduct a masterclass with SFA students at 1 p.m. Saturday in Cole Concert Hall.

    The SFA chapter of the International Tuba Euphonium Association was awarded a $500 grant from the ITEA organization to bring the North Texas Euphonium Quartet to SFA. 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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  • Guest artists Lin, Braddock to perform at SFA

    Guest artists Lin, Braddock to perform at SFA

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    Ching-Yi Lin, violin, and Andrew Braddock, viola

    February 2, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Guest artists Ching-Yi Lin and Andrew Braddock will perform music for violin and viola in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The concert will feature primarily duets for violin and viola, as well as a solo work for violin, according to Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, professor of violin in the SFA School of Music.

    The program includes Violin and Viola Duo No. 1 in G major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Three Caprices by Michael Alec Rose; Violin Solo, Op. 27 Ballade by Eugène Ysaÿe; and Three Madrigals by Bohuslav Martinu.

    The first, second and last pieces are duets for violin and viola, Dalmas explained.

    "The Mozart duet, composed in 1783, features the two instruments quite equally and is a staple in the violin-viola repertoire," she said.

    The Ysaÿe Sonata No. 3 is from a set of six sonatas that Ysaÿe wrote, each dedicated to a different great violinist of the day. This one, the "Ballade" is dedicated to the Romanian composer and violinist Enescu, who later taught Yehudi Menuhin.

    The Three Madrigals by Czech composer Martinu is one of the most well-known and frequently performed 20th century compositions for violin and viola duet.

    "Inspired in part by the Mozart duets, the piece also shows the influence of the English Madrigal, for which the composition is named," Dalmas said.

    Lin is associate professor of violin and director of the Pre-College Strings Program at Western Kentucky University. Recent performances and master classes have taken her to the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Norway, Shenyang and Xi'an Conservatories in China, Northwestern University, the University of British Columbia, and Louisiana State University. During the summer months, Lin serves on the faculty at the Indiana University (IU) Summer String Academy and WKU Summer String Institute, and she has also served on the faculty of the Sommersymfoni i Kristiansand in Norway and University of North Texas Summer String Institute in Texas.

    Braddock is currently on the faculty of Western Kentucky University and its Pre-College Strings Program. He teaches viola at the university and maintains a full pre-college studio of young violinists and violists. He also serves as the director of the Summer String Institute. In addition to his many recital performances in the Kentucky area, Braddock has performed in Israel, Austria, Indiana, New York and Colorado. He is the principal violist of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, and he has been a member of the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras.

    The guest artists will teach a master class, which is free and open to the public, at 2 p.m. that day in the Music Recital Hall, located in Wright Music Building.

    Concert 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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