College of Fine Arts News Archive

October 2018

  • Prince tribute The Purple Xperience coming to SFA

    Prince tribute The Purple Xperience coming to SFA

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    The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University will present The Purple Xperience at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    October 31, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets are selling quickly for The Purple Xperience, the most authentic Prince tribute show in the world, coming to Stephen F. Austin State University on Nov. 30 as a special Encore Event to complement the SFA University Series.

    A presentation of the College of Fine Arts and sponsored by Lehmann Eye Center, The Purple Xperience is a five-piece group that transports the spirit and sound of Prince direct from Minneapolis. Front man Marshall Charloff, who once recorded with Prince, channels the vocals and moves of the critically acclaimed icon in an unmatched, uncanny fashion, from his appearance to his multi-instrumental capacity, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series.

    "Marshall Charloff styles the magic of Prince's talent through his spot-on vocal imitation and brilliant performance on guitar and piano," Shattuck said. "This is going to be a full-on rock concert that no one will want to miss."

    The Purple Xperience has entertained well over 300,000 fans and shared the bill with The Time, Cheap Trick, Gin Blossoms, Cameo, Fetty Wap, the Atlanta Rhythm Section and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

    The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Prior to the performance, Herbert Midgley, music technology lecturer in the SFA School of Music, 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 performers and to honor the corporate sponsor.

    Encore Event tickets are $45 for Section A seating; $36 for Section B seating; and $27 for Section C seating. Discounts are available for seniors, students, children and SFA faculty and staff members.

    For 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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  • Fight, love scenes in 'Oklahoma!' require intricate timing, technique

    Fight, love scenes in 'Oklahoma!' require intricate timing, technique

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    Theatre students Richard Rogers of Kerrville as Jud and exchange student Thomas Falconar of Gillingham, Gabon Republic, Africa, as Curly rehearse a fight scene in “Oklahoma!” with Shane Reynolds of Cumming, Georgia, Trace Killian of Forney, Myles Sands of Rosenberg and Tommy Vest of Gunter in the background.

    October 31, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Oklahoma!" is known as the breakthrough musical of its time with songs like "Oklahoma!" and "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'" that have withstood time in popularity.

    Set in Oklahoma Territory at the turn of the 20th century, it tells the story of farm girl Laurey Williams and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain and farmhand Jud Fry. Between the story, the memorable music, the elaborate dancing and fight scenes that define "Oklahoma!," the show has something for every audience member, according to Angela Bacarisse, professor of theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University and director of the show for the School of Theatre's Mainstage Series.

    A collaborative production between the university's School of Theatre, School of Music and the Dance Program, "Oklahoma!" will seamlessly and artistically come to life nightly on W.M. Turner Stage Nov. 6 through 10. But the preparation behind the scenes, specifically fast-paced fight scenes and sweet love scenes, comes from a careful concentration on timing and technique. Slade Billew, assistant professor of acting and movement, is working with students on scenes that involve violence and intimacy.

    "There are some big fights, mostly fist, in the play, but the weapons that are used must be very carefully choreographed so that no one gets injured," explained Bacarisse. "And, you cannot imagine how awkward it can be the first time a young actor is asked to kiss someone who is, in truth, a stranger. There is a skill and a way of setting up those scenes that keeps it professional and relieves some of the tension. There are a lot of 'young loves' in this show who will be working on this aspect of the craft of acting."

    Fight choreography starts with discussions between the choreographer and the director about the style of the show and how the fights should feel to the audience, Billew said. Fight scenes in some shows will seem like real violence, while those scenes in others, like "Oklahoma!," are more stylized, he explained.

    "I like to create choreography in collaboration with the actors, so that I can better adapt to their abilities," Billew said. "We build each fight using a combination of the actors' understanding of their characters and my knowledge of both actual fighting and stage combat technique."

    Fight-scene safety is all about precision and control of distance, Billew said. The actors must do the moves the same way every time.

    SFA theatre students who take movement courses learn unarmed and rapier/dagger fighting for the stage. In rehearsals, students learn the specific fights they are performing. For "Oklahoma!," that included various punches, kicks and grappling maneuvers, depending on the fight. There are also some knife-fighting scenes and the use of some prop firearms, Billew said.

    "Students who perform in these fights or use these prop weapons learn a variety of details of handling them for both safety and the illusion of reality," he said "Also, in working on 'Oklahoma!,' we have used a heightened style that looks a bit more like the fights in a western movie from the 1950s as opposed to a more contemporary martial arts based style."

    Lastly, stage fights are performed a little slower than a real fight would happen. This is not necessarily for safety, but rather because faster movement makes it more difficult for the audience to follow the action, Billew explained.

    At the other end of the spectrum are the love scenes in "Oklahoma!" Choreographing intimacy is a relatively new process in the theatre, said Billew, adding that he has only been working in this arena for the last few years since first encountering the work of Tonia Sina and her organization Intimacy Directors International.

    "Stage intimacy, as I have learned to approach it, has five key elements: context, communication, consent, choreography and closure," Billew said. "Culturally, theatre artists of all kinds often feel uncomfortable even talking about, much less staging, moments of physical intimacy. This has often led to unsafe practices of various kinds. Many of these issues have been brought forward in the past few years.

    "Choreographing intimacy is about creating a rehearsal environment around intimate scenes that encourages open communication among the creative team," he said. "We choreograph the intimate moments so that everyone feels safe and has consented to the staging. This makes the actors better able to commit to playing the moment because they know what is going to happen and are comfortable with it."

    Lastly, it can be difficult for any actor, but especially student actors to separate personal feelings from character feelings, Billew said. The closure process gives actors a way to remind themselves that their relationship to their scene partner is professional, and they are more easily able to keep their personal daily life separate from the character life they are exploring on stage, he explained.

    For "Oklahoma," choreography was used to both nuance and heighten moments, Billew said.

    "Intimacy choreography allows us to explore details of intimate moments that we do instinctually in daily life, but that often gets left out on stage," he said. "Something as seemingly simple as the hugs between Laurey and Curly are choreographed as a series of 'moments' rather than just a hug."

    Similar to the fights, the romance in "Oklahoma!" is bigger than is normally found in life.

    "Oklahoma!" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 6 through 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive, on the SFA campus.

    Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for youth. Tickets for SFA students are $5. 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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  • Kambli exhibition to close with artist's lecture, reception

    Kambli exhibition to close with artist's lecture, reception

    October 30, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The exhibition "Priya Kambli: Color Falls Down" will close Thursday, Nov. 8, on the Stephen F. Austin State University with an artist's lecture and a reception.

    Kambli will discuss her digital photography at 4:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus. Following the lecture, a closing reception with the artist will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Griffith Gallery where her work has been displayed since the beginning of the fall semester.

    Kambli's photographs interweave early memories of her childhood in India with more recent experiences of her adult life in the United States, including marriage and motherhood. Her images are centered in a sense of longing that is not uncommon for those existing within two cultures and for whom the idea of home stretches over multiple places, according to John Handley, director of SFA art galleries.

    The exhibition is sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, The Flower Shop and William Arscott.

    Griffith Gallery is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. Hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA's Cello Club to present concert dedicated to peace

    SFA's Cello Club to present concert dedicated to peace

    October 30, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Cello Club at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a concert dedicated to peace at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Friends of Music Concert Series.

    The concert's theme of peace commemorates 100 years since the armistice that ended World War I, according to Dr. Evgeni Raychev, instructor of cello in the SFA School of Music.

    "All of the compositions on the program are original arrangements and transcriptions from a wide range of genres; they will be heard for the first time in this ensemble form," Raychev said.

    The program will range from works by Franz Schubert and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to music by Heitor Villa-Lobos and the English rock band Deep Purple.

    "All arrangements will be familiar, and the listener will recognize tunes from the sweet lyricism of Schubert and Tchaikovsky all the way to the exotic sounds of Villa-Lobos and the heavy riff-based music of Deep Purple," Raychev said.

    Cello Club is an ensemble that has been prepared through one-on-one communication between each performer and Raychev, either in person or through the Internet. The performance will gather on Cole stage more than 30 cellists from throughout state of Texas.

    The concert is a presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Admission is free. For 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 art students plan photo booth for Día de los Muertos

    SFA art students plan photo booth for Día de los Muertos

    October 29, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Photography students at Stephen F. Austin State University will sponsor a pop-up photo booth at the Día de los Muertos festival on Nov. 3 in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Students will provide lighting and a backdrop set up outside the Cole Art Center, 320 E. Main St., to make professional quality portraits of costumed festival participants and print the photos on site.

    Portraits will be $5 for one 8-by-10 inch or two 5-by-7 inch prints. The event is a fundraiser for the SFA Photo Club's first juried exhibit of student photography, the Pineywoods Photography Exhibition, which opens on Nov. 14 in the Griffith Gallery. Photo booth proceeds from Día de los Muertos will be used to pay for reception refreshments and student awards.

    The photo booth and the festival run from 4-8 p.m.

    Día de los Muertos Fiesta is a fun annual event with dance and music performances, art displays and booths selling food and arts and crafts, as well as a competitive costume contest. It is presented by the Nacogdoches Public Library and supported by the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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  • Center Stage Brass to perform for Brass Day at SFA

    Center Stage Brass to perform for Brass Day at SFA

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    Center Stage Brass will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    October 29, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Center Stage Brass ensemble will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University in conjunction with Brass Day at SFA. The recital is also part of the Friends of Music Concert Series.

    Based in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, Center Stage Brass is dedicated to performing brass literature and promoting music education. The ensemble gives several recitals each year featuring standards in the repertoire as well as original arrangements and frequently plays in local church services and weddings. The group promotes music education with its members presenting clinics and master classes.

    "Center Stage Brass is a perfect guest artist for students at SFA," said Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba and euphonium studies. "Each member of the group is not only an accomplished performer, but also a freelance educator in the metroplex. This is in keeping with SFA's mission of producing artists/educators."

    Brass Day at SFA is an outreach event in which high school brass students work with SFA brass faculty to prepare for region and area auditions to qualify for the Texas All-State Bands. There will also be information for prospective music majors about the School of Music and its audition requirements for acceptance.

    All-Region clinics for 2A through 4A schools will be at 1 p.m., and clinics for 5A and 6A schools will be at 2:30 p.m. SFA brass faculty will perform at 2 p.m. and will feature Dr. Jake Walburn, trumpet; Dr. Charles Gavin, horn; Dr. Deb Scott, trombone; Dr. Danny Chapa, euphonium; and Salas, tuba. The clinics and faculty concert are free of charge.
    For more information about Brass Day, visit https://jdsalas.com

    Tickets for the Center Stage concert 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. Student who pre-register for Brass Day will receive free admission. Registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 5.

    All Brass Day events are located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

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  • Quintets of Elgar, Shostakovich highlight concert

    Quintets of Elgar, Shostakovich highlight concert

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    Elisabeth Adkins, Edward Newman, Misha Galaganov, and SFA faculty Jennifer Dalmas and Evgeni Raychev

    October 29, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Friends of Music Concert Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present "Remembrance: The Piano Quintets of Elgar and Shostakovich" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    "The concert is presented in remembrance of World War I, which ended 100 years ago this month, on Nov. 11, 1918," said Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, professor of violin and viola in the SFA School of Music.

    The program showcases works by English composer Sir Edward William Elgar and Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich performed by guest artists Elisabeth Adkins, professor of violin at Texas Christian University, and her husband, Edward Newman, pianist with a private teaching studio in Fort Worth, along with Dr. Misha Galaganov, chair of strings and professor of viola at TCU.

    Dalmas and her husband, Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello instructor at SFA, will join the guest artists in the performance. The ensemble will perform the same program the following week at TCU.

    Dalmas said the Elgar quintet was selected for the concert because it was actually written in the year WWI ended.
    "It was first performed the following year, in May of 1919," she said. "One of Elgar's finest works, it is an expansive, wonderful piece with a wide range of colors and moods."

    The Shostakovich quintet was written in 1940, near the beginning of WWII.

    "It is a powerful and moving piece composed in five movements, and it won the Stalin Prize in 1941," Dalmas said.
    The artists will conduct master classes with SFA string and piano students beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.
    Adkins served as associate concertmaster of the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., before joining the music faculty at TCU. She continues her orchestral career as the concertmaster of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as concerto soloist for the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Maryland Symphony and the Seattle Symphony, as well as numerous appearances with the National Symphony. Since arriving in Fort Worth, she has performed concertos with the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra and the TCU Symphony. She and her husband have presented concerts at the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery.

    Newman is a prizewinner in many major competitions, including the Robert Casadesus (Grand Prize, 1979), Gina Bachauer and University of Maryland International Competitions. He was a semifinalist in the 1981 Van Cliburn Competition. He has been featured soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Utah Symphony, and the Boston Pops, and with a number of European orchestras. As pianist of the American Chamber Players for 10 years, he appeared in concert throughout the United States. He has served on the faculties of The Catholic University of America, George Mason University, the Levine School of Music and the Washington Conservatory.

    Galaganov's solo and chamber music engagements have taken him to concert halls in the USA, Latin America, Europe and China. He has given lectures and master classes in major conservatories around the world, including Juilliard, Beijing Conservatory and Shanghai Conservatory. He has taught and performed in several European and American Festivals, such as EuroArts festival in Germany, Orlando Festival in Holland, Conservatory Music in the Mountains, Summit Music Festival, Wintergreen Music Festival and Mimir festival, among others.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the 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 visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • College of Fine Arts students, groups to participate in Día de los Muertos Fiesta

    College of Fine Arts students, groups to participate in Día de los Muertos Fiesta

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    Courtney Kent

    October 26, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    A number of exciting events, including an art auction, a film screening and the popular community altar display, will take place at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in conjunction with the annual Día de los Muertos Fiesta on Saturday, Nov. 3, in downtown Nacogdoches. Other College of Fine Arts students and organizations at Stephen F. Austin State University will also participate in the fiesta.

    Hosted by the Nacogdoches Public Library, the main fiesta will take place around the Convention and Visitor's Bureau and will feature food, fun and free entertainment. The Día de los Muertos observance is considered a cheerful celebration of life, honoring the souls of the deceased. Día de los Muertos is a Mexican term derived from the Roman Catholic All Saints' and All Souls' days, traditionally observed Nov. 1 and 2. An array of activities, ranging from decorating graves to creating home altars, typically highlight the celebration that can last for days.

    The Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, Fiesta is from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 3, but the Cole Art Center will open at 10 a.m. that day with a full slate of events planned, according to Alisa Steed, events coordinator for SFA art galleries. The gallery is also bringing back the popular community altar display and art auction that had been highlights of the Día de los Muertos Fiesta in previous years.

    "A poll last year after the fiesta indicated that many attendees missed the altars and the art auction," Steed said. "So, the gallery will have a full schedule of events going on before and during the main fiesta."

    Day of the Dead altars celebrate the lives of those who have passed on. The community altar, where visitors can share a memory or photo of a departed loved one, will be displayed in front of the gallery through Nov. 16.

    A free screening of the film "Coco" will be at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3. An acquaintance of Dr. Jeana Paul-Urena, chair of the SFA Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication, is employed by Pixar and was involved in the production of "Coco." Pixar's Courtney Kent, who served as art director of the film, will be in attendance to introduce and discuss the film and take questions. She will talk about her production role and the importance of culture surrounding the Day of the Dead theme. Kent also worked on "Cars," "Brave," "Up" and "Inside Out."

    Day of the Dead-themed art pieces created by local artists and students will be auctioned. Silent bidding begins on Thursday, Nov. 1, and concludes at the end of the day on Nov. 3. Winners do not have to be present to win. They will be contacted the following week.

    The performance group "Arte Vivo" from Costa Rica will produce a vivid Day of the Dead tableau based on the film "Coco" that incorporates live people, including models that remain within the tableau as well as audience participants that leave and enter.

    Jeana Paul-Urena and Juan-Carlos Urena will also perform in the gallery starting at 4:30 p.m.
    The Friends of the Visual Art will man a booth in the main fiesta area where official festival four-color T-shirts will be sold for $20. Designed by SFA School of Art graduate Uriel Vega, the T-shirt artwork was taken from a photo by Bill Nieberding of Linda Mock and Pat Dolan, last year's Día de los Muertos Fiesta costume contest winners. Ceramic bowls made by art professor Piero Fenci's students will also be for sale.

    Sponsoring art events for the fiesta are R&K Distributing and William Arscott.

    The College of Fine Arts will register fiesta attendees to win tickets to the University Series performance of the Villalobos Brothers. The three brothers use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music, masterfully blending elements of jazz, rock and Mexican folk. The concert, sponsored by BancorpSouth, is at 7:30 p.m. May 9 in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    SFA theatre students will be offering sugar skull face painting and selling crafts and bundtlet cakes with proceeds benefiting students going on the biennial study abroad trip to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe next August.
    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-6557.

    For information about the fiesta, contact Crystal Hicks, Nacogdoches Public Library, at (936) 559-2944 or hicksc@ci.nacogdoches.tx.us.

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  • SFA's Friends of Music Series to present saxophone, piano faculty recital

    SFA's Friends of Music Series to present saxophone, piano faculty recital

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    Nathan Nabb
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    Hyun Ji Oh
    October 23, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University music faculty member Nathan Nabb and collaborative accompanist Hyun Ji Oh will present a saxophone and piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    A feature of the SFA Friends of Music Concert Series, the recital will showcase pieces that are either originally written or arranged for string instruments and are by French composers in the late 19th or early 20th centuries, according to Nabb, professor of saxophone in the School of Music. The performance also serves as preparation for an upcoming recording by Nabb and Oh of the works.

    The program includes Sonata in A by Cesar Franck.

    "Originally for violin, this work is dedicated to famed Belgian violinist Eugene Ysaye," Nabb said. "In my opinion, this is one of the truly great works of chamber music. It has beautiful harmonies and melodies, demanding technical passages, and delicate interplay between the violin (saxophone) and piano." The arrangement for saxophone and piano was set by French saxophonist Jean-Yves Fourmeau.

    The program also includes Sonate posthume by Maurice Ravel. Written in 1897, it is an early work by the famous French composer and pianist, written when he was only 22.

    "Yet, it is unmistakably Ravel," Nabb said. "It's a beautifully lyrical work. This is my first performance of this wonderful piece, and I recently completed the arrangement."

    The performance also features Sonate in C# by Fernande Decruck.

    "Though it fell out of favor after the composer's death, this piece has become very popular in the last 16 years, since the release of Calude Delangle's A la française recording," Nabb said. "Nick Bissen arranged the version performed on this concert. It takes much of the extended range published in the viola version of this work and incorporates it into the version for saxophone." Bissen teaches saxophone in the School of Music.

    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 to present student-directed 'The Women of Lockerbie'

    SFA to present student-directed 'The Women of Lockerbie'

    October 23, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present Deborah Brevoort's full-length play "The Women of Lockerbie" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Nov. 3, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    Directed by Lewisville senior Marie Phillips, the play takes place seven years after the tragic Pan Am 103 crash. Americans Bill and Madeline Livingston visit the site in Lockerbie, Scotland, to attend a vigil and mourn the death of their son, Adam. In an act of desperation, Madeline searches for her son's missing remains as Bill searches for Madeline, explains Phillips. That same night, the women of Lockerbie take on the American government in hopes of obtaining the clothes of the victims, washing them and returning them to the families in an effort called The Laundry Project.

    The cast includes Wichita Falls senior Travis Brasher as Bill Livingston; Frisco senior Aubrey Moore as Olive Allison; Houston senior Anais Saenz as Madeline Livingston; Baytown freshman Triston Haq as George Jones; Austin senior Abigail Junk as Hattie; and Austin senior Sarah Loveday, Winnsboro freshman Sarah Anne Ramsey, Katy freshman Avery Connor and Copperas Cove sophomore Bailey Van Hecke in the chorus.

    The production staff includes Ash Whiting, Houston sophomore, as stage manager; Kiara Hawkins, Tyler Junior, assistant director; Yair Zarate, Austin junior, assistant stage manager; Katie Irwin, Arlington junior, scenic designer; Savannah Lewis, Malakoff sophomore, costume designer; Kamron Key, Frisco junior, lighting designer; Cameron Wall, El Campo sophomore, sound designer; Drake Combs, Austin senior, makeup designer; Tyler Canada, Los Angeles senior, properties manager; and Alexis Grusecki, Baytown sophomore, assistant properties manager.

    Phillips has directed and acted in, designed for and served as dramaturg for more than a dozen SFA productions. She is a member of the Student Productions Advisory Committee, Alpha Psi Omega and Improv Strikes Back, and she is a member of the Turner Auditorium technical crew.

    Faculty production advisor for "The Women of Lockerbie" is Scott Shattuck.

    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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  • SFA to screen 'Everybody Street'

    SFA to screen 'Everybody Street'

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    A free, one-night screening of the documentary “Everybody Street” will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    October 23, 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 the documentary "Everybody Street" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    According to information at everybodystreet.net, the film "illuminates the lives and work of New York's iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. The documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists."

    Featured photographers include Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper and Boogie, with historians Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.

    "Everybody Street" is directed by Cheryl Dunn. The film depicts some nudity and gun violence, and profanity is used throughout. Run time is one hour and 23 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, 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 Madrigal Singers to perform music of love, passion

    SFA's Madrigal Singers to perform music of love, passion

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    SFA's Madrigal Singers will present “Music of the Heart” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    October 23, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Madrigal Singers at Stephen F. Austin State University will present "Music of the Heart," a program featuring choral music of love and passion, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The concert will include works by Morten Lauridsen, Cyrillus Kreek, Clément Janequin, Thomas Morley, John Dowland, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Jacques Arcadelt and others.

    Lauridsen, who has been professor of composition for more than 40 years at the University of Southern California, is the most frequently performed American choral composer in modern history, according to Dr. Michael Murphy, director of choral activities at SFA and the Madrigal Singers' conductor.

    "His 'Four Madrigals on Renaissance Texts' features a variety of mixed meters, tempos and harmonic structures for choir and flute, bassoon, violin, cello and percussion," Murphy explained. This work was written for one of Murphy's major professors, Rodney Eichenberger.

    Janequin, a famous Renaissance French song composer, wrote the programmatic piece "Le Chant des oiseaux," or "The song of the birds," to prominently feature onomatopoeic sounds that feature lengthy passages of bird-like calls and chirps, Murphy said.

    This concert will feature the world premiere of Murphy's own "Ubi Caritas."

    "This work synthesizes chant inspired melodies, unmetered and metered sections with tone clusters and traditional harmony," Murphy said. "The work features the text that typically commemorates Christ's lesson in charity, humility and friendship."

    The concert is a joint presentation of the 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 visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA's theatre, music, dance programs pool talents for 'Oklahoma!'

    SFA's theatre, music, dance programs pool talents for 'Oklahoma!'

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    SFA senior Sarah Loveday of Leander and graduate student Jessica Tinker of Nacogdoches apply lace to the wedding dress for the upcoming presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's “Oklahoma!” The musical, presented by the School of Theatre, School of Music and SFA Dance Program, runs Nov. 6 through 10 in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    October 19, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Collaboration among theatre, music and dance programs at Stephen F. Austin State University will bring the beloved musical "Oklahoma!" to life Nov. 6 though 10 in SFA's W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    The innovative musical, based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, "Green Grow the Lilacs," is the first musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The original Broadway production opened in 1943, and the musical earned Rodgers and Hammerstein the Pulitzer Prize in 1944.

    Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, it was a logical choice for theatre professor Angela Bacarisse to direct as the biennial musical for the School of Theatre's Mainstage Series.

    "I was looking for a classical musical with equally strong parts for women as for men," said Bacarisse, who also recently directed the musicals "Spamalot" and "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," which were somewhat lacking in female roles. "I have always thought that 'Oklahoma!' would be a good family friendly choice for our local audiences. Now that it is the 75th anniversary, this was a great year to do it."

    With all the recent attention surrounding "Hamilton: An American Musical" by Lin-Manuel Miranda, entertainment reviews and articles have compared the two musicals, Bacarisse said.

    "There have been articles written about how 'Oklahoma!' was the 'Hamilton' of 1943," she said. "'Oklahoma!' was the breakthrough musical of its time, and it was just as popular then as 'Hamilton' is now."

    With the 75th anniversary observance, recent publicity has highlighted what "Oklahoma!" meant to Americans in 1943, Bacarisse said.

    "Our young men and women were fighting overseas, not unlike now, and this play is about what makes America worth fighting for," she said.

    The musical is about two headstrong romantics' bumpy road to true love and the high-spirited rivalry between farmers and cowboys at the turn of the 20th century. Set in Plains farm country outside the town of Claremore, Oklahoma Territory, in 1906, it tells the story of farm girl Laurey Williams and her courtship by two rival suitors, cowboy Curly McLain and farmhand Jud Fry.

    It's a big production with a large cast, which makes directing it a big challenge, even for a seasoned director like Bacarisse, who is not only directing, but also designing the costumes, making this show Bacarisse's first one in which she's tackled both jobs.

    "It is big! The cast is huge, the set is huge, there is music and orchestra and dancers and flying/rolling scenery," she said. "There is a lot to keep organized."

    With only three weeks set aside to rehearse as a full cast, those involved in music-dance scenes started those separate rehearsals a few weeks early.

    "It is a very tight schedule," Bacarisse said. "I still have a lot of musical numbers to stage as well as doing on-scene work with the actors."

    Working through the intricacies of the musical's famous dream ballet scene takes even more rehearsal time to guarantee the vision of original choreographer Agnes de Mille.

    "I am really excited that we will be doing the entire dream ballet," Bacarisse said. "We are collaborating with the dance program from the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences. They have cast students who are studying dance. And we are all working with videos of Agnes de Mille describing her process and style so that we can better serve the story."

    Working with Dr. Tod Fish, associate director of choral activities at SFA, Nita Hudson, voice instructor, and collaborative pianist Dr. Thomas Nixon is adding to the rewards of directing this particular show, Bacarisse said.

    "They are doing a great job with the music," she said. "We recently had a sing-through with the cast, accompanied by only a piano, and it was great. I am so excited to work with them and will honestly probably start crying when we add the orchestra.

    "To do a show this big, it takes a village," she added. "We have faculty from theatre, music and dance as well as students who study in all of those areas involved. It is great that we get to move out of our 'silos' and collaborate on such an exciting production."

    Between the music, the story, the dancing and the fight scenes that define "Oklahoma!," Bacarisse guarantees that the show will have something for every audience member.

    "They are going to love it," she said. "Really!"

    "Oklahoma!" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 6 through 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive, on the SFA campus. A matinee performance is at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

    Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for youth. Tickets for SFA students are $5. 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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  • Price to serve as juror for biennial Refined competition, exhibition

    Price to serve as juror for biennial Refined competition, exhibition

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    Refined, a biennial exhibition of jewelry and metalwork hosted by the art metals program in the School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University, will open with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in Reavley Gallery in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House. Juror for Refined Art Metals/Jewelry Competition and Exhibition is Perry A. Price, executive director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston. Price will give a lecture at 5:15 p.m. prior to the reception.

    October 18, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Refined, a biennial exhibition of jewelry and metalwork hosted by the art metals program in the School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University, will open with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in Reavley Gallery in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    Juror for Refined Art Metals/Jewelry Competition and Exhibition is Perry A. Price, executive director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston. Price will give a lecture at 5:15 p.m. prior to the reception.

    To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Refined will follow a theme of its namesake, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA. Based on Webster's definition, refined means free from impurities, fastidious, cultivated, precise and exact.

    "Each of these broad definitions could be considered through design, narrative content, social/political work, and other various representations," Handley said.

    Entries may include work that honors "refined" in the broadest sense while embracing the diverse field of metalworking and jewelry, he explained. Jewelry, vessels, utensils, installation and sculpture are considered.

    "We encourage the use of a wide variety of materials and techniques," Handley said.

    Refined has been a continuous presence in Texas allowing for talented jurors and participants to cross paths.

    "With an average of 60 works from all over the country (including international presence), this exhibition offers a diverse view of the field in an educational contemporary environment," Handley said. "Regional support as well as a short journey from Houston or Dallas ensures foot traffic through this unique exhibition."

    Price received a B.A. in the History of Art from the Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, State University of New York at Oneonta, and the New York State Historical Association. Prior to joining the HCCC, he served as director of education for the American Craft Council in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was responsible for developing and presenting programming and outreach providing thought leadership and cultivating critical thinking in the field of contemporary craft. He previously served as curator of exhibitions and collections for Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, where he developed and oversaw all aspects of the New England craft museum's exhibitions and collections initiatives. He is a scholar of contemporary studio craft, material culture, decorative arts and design.

    The reception is sponsored by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, The Flower Shop, Bill Arscott and the Nacogdoches Junior Forum. Admission to the exhibition and reception is free.

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

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  • SFA Women's and Men's Choirs to present 'Mars and Venus'

    SFA Women's and Men's Choirs to present 'Mars and Venus'

    October 18, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The first concert for the Women's and Men's Choirs at Stephen F. Austin State University will feature the theme of "Mars and Venus" when the two choirs perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Dr. Tod Fish, associate director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music, chose the theme "because it is the inaugural concert for the Women's and Men's Choirs as completely separate entities," he said.

    "Our choral area decided to dissolve the long-time mixed choir, the SFA Choral Union, and create a new ensemble, the SFA Men's Choir," Fish explained. "This decision has bolstered the identities and morale of both ensembles. We are pleased with the progress and productivity of both groups."

    Performing with the choirs will be faculty members Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Dr. Charles Gavin, horn; and Dr. Nathan Nabb, saxophone.

    The Women's Choir will perform "Gloria Kajoniensis" by Hungarian composer Gyöngyösi Levente.

    "It is a high-powered setting of an unorthodox setting of the 'Gloria in excelsis Deo' text from a collection of Transylvanian Catholic songs entitled 'Cantionale Catholicum,'" Fish said. "You will hear a great deal of Hungarian influence, particularly that of Levente's teacher, Györgi Orbàn." Dalmas will join the choir for this selection.

    The Women's Choir will also perform Franz Schubert's ethereal setting of "Der 23. Psalm."

    "'Psalm 23' is one of only seven settings for women's choir from Schubert's compositional output," Fish said. "It is a lovely setting of Moses Mendelssohn's (Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn's grandfather) translation of the text."

    Paul Basler's "Alleluia" will close out the Women's Choir's performance. Basler is a professor of horn and composition at the University of Florida.

    "His setting of 'Alleluia' enjoys international popularity and is especially popular with All-State and festival choruses," Fish said. "This selection is taken from a large-scale, multi-movement work entitled 'Songs of Faith.' 'Alleluia,' like many of Basler's choral works, displays an equal partnership between the piano, horn and chorus." Collaborative pianist Hyun Ji Oh and Gavin will perform with the choir on this work.

    The SFA Men's Choir is singing a varied program, Fish said.

    "We are pairing two contrasting settings of the traditional 'Ave Maria' text by Renaissance composer Jacques Arcadelt and contemporary composer Joshua Himes," he said. "The Arcadelt is a lovely homophonic setting that was arranged by my very dear friend, Michael Ware, past TMEA president and member of the Sam Houston State University choral faculty. Himes' setting is lovely and contains many of the lyrical and harmonic elements associated with 21st century choral compositions. It is also a 2019 Texas All-State Tenor-Bass Choir selection."

    The Men's Choir will also perform Howard Helvey's setting of the traditional spiritual, "Steal Away." Nabb will join the choir for this performance.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the 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 visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Cole Art Center to exhibit 'Kymia Nawabi: Not for Long, My Forlorn'

    Cole Art Center to exhibit 'Kymia Nawabi: Not for Long, My Forlorn'

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    An exhibition of works by artist Kymia Nawabi will be exhibited Oct. 25 through Dec. 30 in the Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    October 16, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University and its art galleries will present an exhibition of works by artist Kymia Nawabi Oct. 25 through Dec. 30 in the Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    "Kymia Nawabi: Not for Long, My Forlorn" features a series of large-scale drawings that "acted as meditations on life and death channeled through ravenous, otherworldly beings and animals that inhabit a purgatory-like space," according to the artist. An exhibition reception is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.

    Wesley Berg, assistant professor of art at SFA, studied with Nawabi when they were graduate students at the University of Florida.

    "I first met Kymia at the University of Florida where we both pursued graduate degrees in painting and drawing," Berg said. "At UF, we had the privilege of studying under the great Arnold Mesches, who imparted to us his knowledge of line and gesture. Arnold quickly noticed, and championed, Kymia's skill and affinity for line work.

    "Kymia translates her personal mythology through a language of specificity - an ethos of mark-making," he said. "Her work maintains its boldness while sharing a vulnerability with the viewer. It speaks to our togetherness, our isolation and our collective need for the tactile - the touch of a hand."

    Of the individual piece titled "Not for Long, My Forlorn," Nawabi writes, "Here, we are introduced to the Egyptian god, Thoth. Thoth was believed to be half man, half an ibis bird. Thoth is a god of many things, but most importantly he is who holds the universe in balance and who greets you in the afterlife. In, 'Not For Long, My Forlorn,' there is a buried man who has gone back into the earth. This soul has taken form above as blades of grass that have momentarily taken human shape. This possessed patch of earth has dug up itself in both senses - the earth has undone itself, as well as this former being excavating himself.

    "As we look closer, Thoth appears in an embrace in the grave, in tears and in all its wonder. The title, 'Not For Long, My Forlorn,' is what I hear Thoth communicating to the grass figure … that it will not be long before you are to go on with the next life, and this mourning will pass. I love the use of 'forlorn' here because it suggests the most sad and alone state one can be in, and in this case, one's death. But for another to speak to you and console you in such a state reminds us we are never alone."

    Recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant and Fellowship in Drawing in 2017, Nawabi has exhibited her work widely in both group and solo exhibitions. This particular exhibition has been shown at The Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, North Carolina, and The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York.

    Nawabi earned first prize on season two of Bravo's "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist," taking home $100,000 and earning a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. On the final episode of "Work of Art," she organized her works for this exhibition.

    She is represented by Abmeyer and Wood in Seattle, Washington.

    Admission to the exhibition and reception, which is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, William Arscott and The Flower Shop, is free. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA music series features Fehlauer's 'Carnival!' recital program

    SFA music series features Fehlauer's 'Carnival!' recital program

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    Janice Fehlauer

    October 15, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Pianist Janice Fehlauer will present her "Carnival!" recital program in a guest performance at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    The recital is a feature of the SFA Friends of Music Concert Series, and the program is "a celebration of carnival traditions all over the world," Fehlauer said.

    "The 'Carnival!' recital program owes its genesis to the time I've spent contemplating traditions and the challenge of planting oneself in a new culture," Fehlauer's website states. "My daughters were born in Houston, and because my husband and I are both immigrants to the United States, I've thought about the ways in which their cultural upbringing differs from my own. I've been careful not to allow my daughters to feel 'placeless,' meaning I don't want to immerse them in the traditions and culture of their parents' origins to the exclusion of the place where they themselves were born."

    One way in which Fehlauer tried to give them roots in the Gulf Coast is by celebrating Mardi Gras. "Musicians since time immemorial have always loved a good party, so it's no surprise that the classical tradition offers a great deal of Carnival-related music," she said.

    The program includes Francois Couperin's "Onziême Ordre de Clavecin," Robert Schumann's "Faschingsschwank aus Wien," Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 9, Carnival in Pest," Igor Stravinsky's "Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka" and Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Carnaval das crianças."

    The selections span many centuries and many different countries, according to Fehlauer.

    "Whether it's called Shrovetide, Fasching, Mardi Gras or Carnival - from Couperin's satirical pageantry to Villa-Lobos' mischievous characters - across France, Austria, Germany, Russia and Brazil, the celebration of this holiday is musically rich," she said.

    "Please join me at this performance to enjoy some of the piano's greatest classical party music."

    Fehlauer is a sought-after collaborative artist who has performed for chamber recital series in Boston, Little Rock and Dallas. She was on staff of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria for two summers. She served as répétiteur and assistant chorus master at The Dallas Opera, and she has also played and coached for Fort Worth Opera, UNT Opera Theater, Moores Opera Center and the Houston Symphony Chorus. She has been a vocal coach and music director for Houston Grand Opera's educational programs. Fehlauer lives in Houston and teaches at the Kingwood Music School. For more information, visit http://www.janicefehlauer.com.

    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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  • Cole Art Center to host NEA Big Read Nacogdoches contest reception

    Cole Art Center to host NEA Big Read Nacogdoches contest reception

    October 15, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will host a reception for works submitted to the NEA Big Read Nacogdoches' "A Novel Response" contest sponsored by the Nacogdoches Public Library. The reception is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.

    The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This program seeks to broaden understanding of the world and its communities, and of oneself, through the joy of sharing a good book.

    The NEA Big Read in Nacogdoches has focused on the book "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel. The book was winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and finalist for the National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award. Free copies of the book are currently available at the library. Many activities in connection with NEA Big Read Nacogdoches are taking place throughout October, including the contest and subsequent Oct. 25 reception at Cole Art Center.

    The library's NEA Big Read Contest encourages readers to share their understanding of and personal connections to "Station Eleven" through poetry, art and photography. Entries will be displayed at the reception, and poets are encouraged to read their entry at the event. Contest winners will also be announced.

    For more information, contact Crystal Hicks, assistant director of the Nacogdoches Public Library, at (936) 559-2970, or Lisa Steed, events coordinator for The Cole Art Center, at (936) 468-6557.

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  • SYBARITE5 to perform Lias' 'Electric Blue Sand'

    SYBARITE5 to perform Lias' 'Electric Blue Sand'

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    The new work “Electric Blue Sand,” composed by Stephen Lias, professor of music at SFA, will be performed by SYBARITE5 when the string quintet performs in the College of Fine Arts’ University Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Photo: Brian Braun
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    Stephen Lias
    October 11, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The exciting string quintet SYBARITE5 will perform the newly composed "Electric Blue Sand," written by Stephen Lias, professor of composition in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music, when the ensemble performs at SFA in the College of Fine Arts' University Series.

    The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in W.M. Turner Auditorium and is sponsored in part by Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical/Medical Arts Surgery Center.

    SYBARITE5 is known for its eclectic repertoire - from Piazzolla to Brubeck to Radiohead - and its unconventional approach to music performance, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the series.

    "This group of passionate young performers, all top professionals based in New York City, grabs and holds audiences in a way that's truly special," Shattuck said. "They keep audiences on the edge of their seats."

    In conversations with SYBARITE5's booking agent last spring, Shattuck suggested the ensemble consider performing a piece that would be written by Lias, whose works are regularly performed throughout the United States and abroad, specifically for SYBARITE5 and its wide-ranging repertoire.

    "I was, of course, delighted that they agreed," Lias said, "and I wrote the piece for them in June of this year."

    Lias describes "Electric Blue Sand" as "a fun little piece" that the audience may find a little out of the ordinary. Its name, which Lias chose following the work's completion, came from NASA's "mind-blowing" discovery this past summer of a bright blue sand bar on Mars.

    "Knowing that SYBARITE5 specializes in genre-bending music that is often fun and/or unconventional, I just decided to write a fun little piece that was slightly funky and irreverent," Lias said. "I had nothing particular in mind when I wrote it other than to capture energy in an enigmatic way. Thus, when I finished it and was looking for an enigmatic title that also sounded like it had energy, the headline 'NASA discovered an electric blue sand dune on Mars' seemed to give me exactly what I wanted."

    Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the U.S., Shattuck said.

    "I hadn't heard of them until they were recommended to me," Shattuck confessed, "but when I heard their recordings, watched their videos, read their reviews and saw how quickly they had conquered the classical charts and the nation's most prestigious venues, I knew they would absolutely thrill our audience. They truly are the cutting edge of string music in America today, and knowing how much they love to collaborate with innovative composers like Steve, I wanted to see if we could make a connection that would create a unique opportunity for our audience."

    Prior to the performance, Lias and Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola in the SFA School of Music, 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 performers and to honor the corporate sponsor.

    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 Fine Arts Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • 'Oklahoma!' preview, fundraiser slated for Nov. 1

    'Oklahoma!' preview, fundraiser slated for Nov. 1

    October 10, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Reservations are still being accepted to attend the "Oklahoma!" preview and fundraiser presented by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre and SFA Culinary Café from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the café on the SFA campus.

    "What a great way to support the cast and crew of 'Oklahoma!' while enjoying a delicious lunch at the Culinary Café," said Angela Bacarisse, professor of theatre and director of "Oklahoma!"

    The School of Theatre will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma!" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 6 through 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Another performance is at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

    Based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, "Green Grow the Lilacs," "Oklahoma!" is the first musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, features choreography by Agnes de Mille.

    Patrons attending the fundraiser will have the opportunity to meet the student stars of the show and hear a preview of the familiar songs from "Oklahoma!" Guest host will be Brad Maule.

    Only 50 seats are available for the event, which costs $25 per person. Reservations: https://payment.sfasu.edu/C20200_ustores/web/classic/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=722

    The Culinary Café is located in the College of Education Annex (former Early Childhood Lab), 1620 Raguet St. For additional information, contact Bacarisse at (936) 468-1126.

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  • SFA's A Cappella Choir to present 'Music of Our Time'

    SFA's A Cappella Choir to present 'Music of Our Time'

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    The SFA A Cappella Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    October 10, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University's A Cappella Choir will present "Music of Our Time" when the choral ensemble performs its first concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The program features choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries, according to Dr. Michael Murphy, director of choral activities in the SFA School of Music and conductor of the A Cappella Choir. The performance will showcase works by Norman Dello Joio, Samuel Barber, Alfred Schnittke, Michael Ostrzyga, Zdenek Lukáš, Jake Runestad, Jocelyn Hagen, Carol Barnett, Joan Szymko and others.

    "This concert focuses on distinctive and important choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries from the United States, Germany, Russia and the Czech Republic," Murphy said. "Another important focus in this concert will be on American women composers."

    "Agnus Dei" is Barber's own 1967 arrangement of his popular Adagio for Strings that was composed in 1936. In this setting of the text "Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us," Barber captures a sense of universal and timeless spirituality, Murphy explained.

    The choir will perform Dello Joio's 1946 "A Jubilant Song," which exhibits frequent meter changes and syncopations, Murphy said.

    "The work is best described as pantonal, or not in just one particular key, but shifts freely in many keys," he said. "Dello Joio sets Walt Whitman's cheerful poem 'A Song of Joys,' which describes the many wonderful things that life has to offer."

    Schnittke's "Three Sacred Hymns" is also on the program.

    "In the 1970s, Alfred Schnittke moved away from his radical and avant-garde compositional style and began to write with more traditional harmonies," Murphy said. "His 1984 'Three Sacred Hymns' is on this program and features a double choir, rich harmonies and frequent meter changes."

    The concert is a joint presentation of the 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 visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Tuba, euphonium recital to celebrate SFA's 14th annual Octubafest

    Tuba, euphonium recital to celebrate SFA's 14th annual Octubafest

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    J.D. Salas (left) and Daniel Chapa

    October 10, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University music faculty members J.D. Salas and Daniel Chapa will present a tuba and euphonium recital with collaborative pianist Hyun Ji Oh in the opening event of the 14th annual SFA Octubafest celebration.

    The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Cole Concert Hall and is part of the SFA Friends of Music Concert Series.

    Octubafest is an international concert and recital series started by the Harvey Phillips Foundation to showcase the tuba and euphonium as solo instruments, according to Salas.

    "Throughout the month of October, universities around the world will host celebrations, including guest artist recitals, chamber music concerts and other tuba-euphonium related events," he said.

    Salas will perform J.E. Barat's "Introduction and Dance" and Frank Gulino's "Onwards and Upwards," which is a piece commissioned in 2017 by a consortium in which Salas was involved. He will also perform "Squareman's Jazz" by Ben McMillan.

    "This is a piece for unaccompanied tuba that I will be interpreting a little differently by using several effects pedals to further highlight the various styles in the piece," Salas said.

    Chapa, performing on euphonium, will showcase one of his favorite arrangements of Felix Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words (Op. 53 No. 4)."

    "I first encountered this piece in one of my music theory classes during my time as a graduate student at the University of North Texas," he said. "After analyzing and listening to the beautiful melodic line, I also noticed the melody stayed in the upper voice for the entirety of the song. This type of scoring made Mendelssohn's song and several others very easy to arrange and a lot of fun to play!"

    On trombone, Chapa will perform "Song for Ina" by Philip Sparke. The piece was originally composed for euphonium solo with brass band. There have been several adaptations of the piece including this particular arrangement of solo trombone with a tuba-euphonium quintet.

    Chapa will also perform McMillan's "Tomes of Hardened Steel," which was composed for tuba and CD. The composer writes, "Initially I wasn't intending to create an orchestral sound, but the more I played around with the gems of ideas, the more I found it leaning towards an epic fantasy film score in three movements - 'Across the Plains,' 'Fountain of Dusklight' and 'Juggernaut.' Though the title suggests a vague story, I prefer to leave the specifics up to the listener."

    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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  • School of Theatre's 'Sweat' continues through Saturday

    School of Theatre's 'Sweat' continues through Saturday

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    October 5, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University will present Lynn Nottage's 'Sweat' at 7:30 nightly through Saturday, Oct. 6, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Pictured in a fight scene in the show are theatre students, from left, Cullen Dyer, Daniel David Hicks, Edwin Villanueva, Alex Duty and Sarah Wiseman. Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for youth. Tickets for SFA students are $5. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu. Because of its themes, "Sweat" is recommended for age 13 and up.

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  • Attorney, ceramicist to discuss art, law in lecture at SFA

    Attorney, ceramicist to discuss art, law in lecture at SFA

    October 4, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Attorney and ceramicist Chris Balch of Atlanta, Georgia, will visit the Stephen F. Austin State University campus to deliver a lecture on art and the law at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Room 106 of the Art Building.

    "Everything You Didn't Know You Needed to Ask a Lawyer - for Visual Artists" is free and open to the public.

    In more than 25 years of practicing law, Balch has advised cities, counties, large and small companies and individuals in a broad range of legal disputes and questions. His private clients have sent him around the world in defense of claims, and he has tried more than 100 cases to verdict before a jury.

    Prior to becoming an attorney, Balch served in the United States Marine Corps, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1993. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal in 1989. Upon graduation from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law with honors in 1992, Balch clerked for United States District Judge Duross Fitzpatrick. His duties and responsibilities brought him intimate knowledge and understanding of federal civil rights statutes and their litigation. Assisting with more than 15 jury trials and more than a dozen non-jury trials during his two-year clerkship, Balch said he "learned important lessons for the young lawyer on preparation, integrity and tenacity."

    Balch is married to artist and metalsmith Victoria Lansford, author of the "Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters" series of books and videos. They live in Atlanta with their college freshman son, Skyler.

    For more information about the lecture, call the School of Art office at (936) 468-4804. The Art Building is located off Wilson Drive.

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  • 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' coming to SFA

    'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' coming to SFA

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    Two performances of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” on Wednesday, Oct. 17, will open the 2018-19 Children's Performing Arts Series at SFA.

    October 4, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Children's Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will open its 2018-19 season on Wednesday, Oct. 17, with two performances of the Virginia Repertory Theatre's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

    Based on the classic story by Washington Irving, this musical version with book, music and lyrics by Paul Deiss takes audiences to Tarry Town to join Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, the lovely Katrina Van Tassel and, of course, the Headless Horseman, as they live the story made famous by the legend.

    "This autumnal classic is faithful to the original story written in 1819 and will thrill and perhaps chill audiences," said Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children's series. "But we promise it is not too scary for young audiences."

    "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" 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.

    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 comprehensive study guide for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" may be accessed at cpas.sfasu.edu.

    Other upcoming CPAS performances include "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" on Tuesday, Nov. 27; "I Have a Dream" on Friday, Feb. 1; "Madeline and the Bad Hat" Wednesday, March 6; and "The Jungle Book" on Thursday, May 16.

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

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  • SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to present 'From Dawn to Dusk'

    SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to present 'From Dawn to Dusk'

    October 4, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band at Stephen F. Austin State University will present "From Dawn to Dusk," a program of works that features music by Viet Cuong.

    Cuong, a rising composer, will be in-residence with the SFA bands in mid-October, just prior to this concert, which is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The program will also showcase Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone at SFA, as soloist.

    The concert's first three works draw a connection between the composers who all studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

    The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Assistant Director of Bands Chris Kaatz, will open the concert with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon's "Rhythm Stand."

    "This work is a tapestry of intriguing rhythmic grooves that incorporate sounds of 'ordinary objects' not typically utilized in ensemble performances," Kaatz explained.

    The Symphonic Band will perform Vincent Persichetti's "Pageant," which has become a cornerstone in the wind band repertoire. Persichetti made a lasting impression on the wind repertoire through his numerous works for the medium and by encouraging fellow Juilliard faculty members to write for the ensemble through the mid-20th century. "Pageant" opens with a pastoral chorale prelude, which gives way to an exuberant "street parade" featuring bitonality and a host of exciting characters, Kaatz said.

    Professional trombonists and a consortium of high schools and middle schools across the United States commissioned Cuong's "Howls and Hymns," which features Scott as soloist. She begins with a mysterious c minor "hymn," which quickly gives way to an aggressive, high-energy section of "howling" between the soloist and ensemble, according to Kaatz.

    The Symphonic Band will conclude its performance with a march by Henry Fillmore. Dubbed the "Father of the Trombone Smear," Fillmore wrote 15 marches highlighting this novel trait of his native instrument.

    "'Lassus Trombone' is a pseudo encore to our guest soloist and her instrument," Kaatz said.

    The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Associate Director of Bands Dr. Tamey Anglley, will open the second half of the concert with Carolyn Bremer's "Early Light." Originally written in 1995 for orchestra, the band version was composed by Bremer in 1999, and it is her best-known composition to date, according to Anglley.

    "The material for 'Early Light' is largely derived from 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' drawing on Bremer's happy anticipation at hearing the anthem played before baseball games as a child," Anglley said.

    The Wind Symphony will perform Cuong's new piece "Lasting Light," a composition commissioned by The Consortium for the Advancement of Wind Band Literature and completed in the summer of 2018.

    The ensemble will perform Steven Bryant's "Dusk," a piece that "captures the reflective calm of dusk, paradoxically illuminated by the fiery hues of sunset," the composer writes. "It is intended as a short, passionate evocation of this moment of dramatic stillness."

    The Wind Symphony will conclude the concert with J.C. Heed's march "In Storm and Sunshine." Categorized as a "circus march," the piece alternates between major and minor modes, hence the "storms" and the "sunshine," Anglley explained.

    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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  • Tickets still available for 'An Evening with Branford Marsalis'

    Tickets still available for 'An Evening with Branford Marsalis'

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    October 4, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets are still available for "An Evening with Branford Marsalis," which takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. The SFA College of Fine Arts presents the Grammy Award-winner and his jazz quartet in an Encore Event sponsored by Elliott Electric Supply. Encore Event tickets are $45 for Section A seating; $36 for Section B seating; and $27 for Section C seating. Discounts are available for seniors, students, children, SFA faculty and staff members and SFA students. For 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. Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson

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  • Renowned pianist Ayesh to perform in SFA concert series

    Renowned pianist Ayesh to perform in SFA concert series

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    October 3, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Concert pianist Kevin Ayesh will perform at Stephen F. Austin State University at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the SFA Friends of Music Concert Series.

    Ayesh, who has presented concerts and master classes throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Hong Kong, will present a varied program featuring the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Gabriel Fauré and Frédéric Chopin.

    Among the works on the program are Beethoven's popular Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13 (the "Pathetique"), Chopin's majestic late Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58, and some lesser known "caprices" by Viennese-born American composer Robert Starer, who was a faculty member at the Juilliard School from 1949-1974.

    Ayesh has taught music at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, North Carolina, since 1992. As a North Carolina visiting artist for four years, he appeared before thousands across that state, performing as many as 50 recitals in a season.

    He is a recipient of the Naftzger Piano Award and Baltimore Music Club Award and winner of both the JCC Baltimore Piano Competition and the Maryland State Music Teachers' Elizabeth R. Davis Memorial Piano Competition. Ayesh was awarded second prize at the Wideman International Piano Competition and won both third prize and composer's prize at the New Orleans International Piano Competition.

    This past summer, Ayesh was a guest artist at the Lindlar International Piano Festival in Germany, and he has recently served as a recitalist and clinician for the Gene Marcus Piano Festival at Purdue University-Fort Wayne in Indiana, the Star Valley Junior Music Festival in Wyoming, and the USA Piano Camp at the University of South Alabama.

    According to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA, Ayesh will present a master class for SFA student pianists in Cole Concert Hall at 10:30 a.m. the same day as the concert. The class is open to the public and free of charge.

    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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  • Cole Art Center teams with public library to screen 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

    Cole Art Center teams with public library to screen 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

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    A free, one-night screening of Casey Wilder Mott's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” is at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Cole Art Center.

    October 2, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will partner with the Nacogdoches Public Library and its NEA Big Read Nacogdoches project to present a screening of a new William Shakespeare film adaptation by Casey Wilder Mott.

    A free, one-night screening of Mott's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Cole Art Center. This production is a fresh and stylish reinvention that takes an entirely different approach to one of Shakespeare's most beloved creations.The story takes place in present-day Hollywood - a place where "glamorous stars, commanding moguls, starving artists and vaulting pretenders all vie to get ahead," according to the film synopsis at edu.passionriver.com.

    "Hollywood is sometimes called 'The Dream Factory,' and like the world of Shakespeare's 'Dream,' it's a place where fantasy and reality collide.

    "In the tradition of Baz Luhrmann's rapturous re-imagining of 'Romeo + Juliet,' this modern vision breathes new life into a classic tale," the synopsis continues. "Combined with a cast of established and emerging stars, as well as a pulsing original soundtrack, the film will appeal to ardent fans of the Bard as well as audiences discovering Shakespeare for the first time."

    The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This program seeks to broaden understanding of the world and its communities, and of oneself, through the joy of sharing a good book.

    This screening of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is just one of many events the Nacogdoches Public Library has planned during October as part of the Big Read initiative.

    "I want to thank Cole Art Center for being involved with our city-wide program this year," said Crystal Hicks, assistant director of the library. "We're so glad to have such a wonderfully engaged and supportive community."

    There will be time for discussion of the film and the NEA Big Read novel, "Station Eleven," following the film.

    The Cole Art Center is Stephen F. Austin State University's historic downtown art gallery, located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA jazz bands' concert to offer 'Something For Everyone'

    SFA jazz bands' concert to offer 'Something For Everyone'

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    The Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’ Aces at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform “Something For Everyone” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    October 2, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces at Stephen F. Austin State University have "Something For Everyone" in store when the jazz bands perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    In the bands' first concert of the fall semester, Axes Director Dr. Deb Scott and Aces Director Dr. J.D. Salas have planned a varied program that ranges from traditional swing to Latin tunes to old jazz standards and guarantees the concert theme: "Something For Everyone."

    The Swingin' Axes will perform "Corner Pocket" by Freddie Green. "This is a traditional swing chart made famous by the Count Basie Big Band in 1955 and then recorded again by Harry James in 1976," Scott said.

    The Axes will also perform "Machito" by Pete Rugolo, which was recorded on Stan Kenton's album "Cuban Fire" in 1947 and honored an influential musician from Cuba, Machito, who performed with the Kenton band, Scott explained.

    Also on the Axes' program are several Gordon Goodwin selections, including "Backrow Politics" featuring the trumpet section, "Horn of Puente" and "The Check's in the Mail," along with "Show Up" by Michael Davis and Cole Davis, a modern funk tune recorded recently by the Hip-Bone Big Band.

    "Special guest joining us to play on the two Latin tunes is Paco Morales, our own SFA piano tuner," Scott said.

    A number of old favorites are on the Aces' part of the program, including Sammy Nestico's arrangement of "Satin Doll" by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn; "Love for Sale" by Cole Porter; "There Is No Greater Love" by Isham Jones and Marty Stymes; and a great arrangement of "Softly, As In Morning Sunrise" arranged by Dave Rivello.

    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 to present student-directed "Trifles"

    SFA to present student-directed "Trifles"

    October 2, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed play "Trifles" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    Macy Rhodes, a senior theatre major from Center Point, directs the one-act play written by Susan Glaspell. It explores the psychological differences between men and women, their social roles, isolation and perceived justice.

    A murder occurs in a rural farmhouse in early 20th century America, and a group of people arrive at the farmhouse to investigate, Rhodes explains. While the men search the crime scene for evidence, the women begin to uncover the events that led up to the murder.

    "What ensues is a struggle between morality and legality and masculinity and femininity," she said.

    The cast includes Leander senior Josh Warren as George Henderson; Nacogdoches freshman Jason Couch as Lewis Hale; Mont Belvieu junior Ty Carter as Henry Peters; Waxahachie freshman Emmeline Sullivan as Mrs. Peters; and Red Oak junior Beau McAfee as Mrs. Hale.

    Stage manager for "Triffles" is Splendora senior Karagan Haber. Student production assistants are San Antonio sophomore Hannah Pittman and North Richland senior Cortney Francisco.

    Rhodes is the president of the student organization Speak Up Devised Theatre. She previously directed "Perfect" by Mary Gallagher and "The American Workplace" by SFA playwright Mickey May.

    "Trifles" is recommended for mature audiences. Faculty production advisor is Dr. Inga Meier.

    Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu. The Downstage Theatre is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

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