College of Fine Arts News Archive

November 2018

  • SFA's 'Oklahoma!' continues through Saturday

    SFA's 'Oklahoma!' continues through Saturday

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    November 6, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre, School of Music and SFA Dance Program will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma!" at 7:30 p.m. nightly through Nov. 10 in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Among the show's performers are, front from left, theatre majors Sadie Mae Taylor, Arlington sophomore; Bayley Owen, Royse City sophomore; Richard Rogers, Kerrville junior; back from left, dance majors Christina White, Rockwall senior; and Sarah Boon, Ennis junior. 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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  • SFA Photo Club to host juried student exhibition

    SFA Photo Club to host juried student exhibition

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    The photo “Deer Blind,” taken by SFA student John Allen, is among the works selected for the Pineywoods Photography Exhibition showing Nov. 14 through Dec. 12 in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

    November 5, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University Photo Club will host its first juried show of student work, the Pineywoods Photography Exhibition, Nov. 14 through Dec. 12 in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

    Juror Priya Kambli selected work for the exhibit from more than 75 submissions sent in by students from across the SFA campus. Three awards will be announced during the opening reception, which is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the gallery.

    Kambli is a photographer and artist whose work has been shown nationally and internationally. Her work is featured in the exhibition "Priya Kambli: Color Falls Down," which shows in Griffith Gallery through Nov. 8.

    Born in India, Kambli emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 18 and often makes work informed by that experience. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and received a masters degree in photography from the University of Houston. She is currently professor of art at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. In 2008, PhotoLucida awarded her a book publication prize for her project "Color Falls Down," published in 2010.

    Griffith Gallery is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    The SFA Photo Club is a student organization open to all students interested in photography. Group members plan events and activities throughout the year, including workshops, field trips and exhibits. For more information, follow them on Instagram at @sfasuphotoclub or email sfaphotoclub@gmail.com.

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  • Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band concert celebrates Christmas traditions

    Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band concert celebrates Christmas traditions

    November 5, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Band at Stephen F. Austin State University will celebrate Christmas traditions from both at home and abroad when the bands perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Under the direction of Chris Kaatz, assistant director of bands, the Symphonic Band opens the concert with John Philip Sousa's "Hands Across the Sea." The piece was likely inspired by a quote Sousa read during the time of the Spanish-American War, which said, "A sudden thought strikes me - let us sear an eternal friendship."

    "The work was written as a token of friendship to America's early 20th century allies, and it was so well received at its premiere that the audience called for two encores," Kaatz said.

    Graduate student Gary Jones will conduct the second work, "The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol," which was written by Australian-American composer Percy Grainger. An avid collector of British folk music, Grainger originally set this traditional British carol for piano in 1905 and began sketches of an arrangement for band that remained unfinished upon his death, Kaatz explained. Famed 20th century bandleader Richard Franko Goldman completed Grainger's band arrangement for a performance by the renowned Goldman Band in 1965.

    The Symphonic Band will close its portion of the concert with Ron Nelson's "Courtly Airs and Dances." This composition is a setting of five Renaissance dances from five different European countries, according to Kaatz.

    "Nelson melds charming Renaissance counterpoint with the rich trends in orchestration of the mid-20th century," Kaatz said. "This work is a celebratory festival that merges musical trends across both time and continents, providing a pleasant close to the concert's first half."

    Directed by Dr. Tamey Anglley, associate director of bands at SFA, the Wind Symphony will open the second half of the concert with "Festive Overture" by Dmitri Shostakovich and transcribed for band by Donald Hunsberger. Shostakovich wrote "Festive Overture" in 1954 on a commission for the Bolshoi Theatre's celebration of the 37th anniversary of the October Revolution (in 1917). Shostakovich completed the piece in less than a week, Anglley said.

    "It opens with an exuberant, rising fanfare, which transitions to a spritely, lyrical main theme at a breakneck tempo," she said. "The overture speeds past, with a brief return to the fanfare figure before an energetic coda."

    The Wind Symphony will also perform "Russian Christmas Music" by Alfred Reed. Originally written in November 1944, the piece was first performed in December of that year at a special concert in Denver, Colorado, by a select group of musicians from five of the leading service bands stationed in that area, according to Anglley.

    "An ancient Russian Christmas carol - "Carol of the Little Russian Children" - together with a good deal of original material and some motivic elements derived from the liturgical music of the Eastern Orthodox Church, forms the basis for this musical impression of Old Russia during the jubilant Christmas season," Anglley said.

    The Wind Symphony will conclude the concert with Leroy Anderson's famous Christmas tune, "Sleigh Ride." In 2010, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers named "Sleigh Ride" the most popular piece of Christmas music in the USA based on performance data from 2,500 radio stations nationwide.

    Composed in 1948 and with lyrics by Mitchell Parish added in 1950, there is no mention of any specific holiday. Leroy Anderson had intended it to be a musical vignette of an old-fashioned winter's day, 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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  • Juror Price selects Refined competition winners

    Juror Price selects Refined competition winners

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    From left to right: Aric Verrastro's first place entry, “Zafiro;” Melissa Lovingood's second place entry, “Barnacle Pin;” and Amanda Bartlett's third place entry, “As Above, So Below."

    November 2, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Artwork by Aric Verrastro of Menomonie, Wisconsin, took first place in this year's Refined Art Metals/Jewelry Competition and Exhibition at Stephen F. Austin State University.

    Refined is a biennial exhibition of jewelry and metalwork hosted by the art metals program in SFA's School of Art. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the event. Perry A. Price, executive director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, served as juror.

    Verrastro's piece, titled "Zafiro," was designed with steel, sterling silver and mixed media. Melissa Lovingood of Greensboro, North Carolina, took second place with "Barnacle Pin," a design of sterling silver and shell. Third place winner was Amanda Bartlett of San Antonio with "As Above, So Below," a design of brass, steel and mixed media.

    Refined opened Oct. 26 and will show through Dec. 29 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. The Cole Art Center is SFA's historic downtown gallery. Admission to the exhibition is free.

    For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA's Stone Fort Wind Quintet to present tour concert

    SFA's Stone Fort Wind Quintet to present tour concert

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    SFA's Stone Fort Wind Quintet includes, from left, Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Christina Guenther, flute; Lee Goodhew, bassoon; Abby Yeakle Held, oboe; and Charles Gavin, horn.

    November 1, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Friends of Music Concert Series.

    The program includes works by Josef Foerster, Valerie Coleman, David Solomons, Matthew Bruemmer and Astor Piazzolla.

    The quintet includes SFA School of Music faculty members Charles Gavin, horn; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Abby Yeakle Held, oboe; Christina Guenther, flute; and Lee Goodhew, bassoon. Brad Meyer will join his music colleagues as guest narrator and percussionist.

    The Quintet, op. 95 by Foerster is a Romantic work in four-movements, according to Guenther.

    "Thickly orchestrated, it is a large-scale work using the wind quintet in a very symphonic setting," she said.

    Solomons' "Thalia's Rag" is a wind quintet with added limericks for speaker. The limericks are interspersed throughout the piece, each coupled with one of the instruments. Meyer will provide narration.

    Coleman's "Red Clay and Mississippi Delta" is a rhythm-and-blues-inspired work, largely featuring the clarinet. She describes it as "a light scherzo work for wind quintet that references my family's background of living in Mississippi."

    "The solo lines are instilled with personality, meant to capture the listener's attention as they wail with 'bluesy' riffs that are accompanied ('comped') by the rest of the ensemble," she writes. "The result is a virtuosic chamber work that merges classical technique and orchestration with the blues dialect and charm of the South."

    Bruemmer describes his work "The Violent Rain's Mambo" as a "fast-moving, dance-like piece that is sure to catch the attention of every audience member." Focusing on the nuances of each instrument, the piece creates effects and sounds of a storm.

    Written while Piazzolla was living in Rome, "Libertango" is one of his most well-known pieces. He described it as "sort of a song of liberty." A hard-driving piece in his unique nuevo tango style, it has been transcribed for many different instrumental and vocal combinations and was on his first Italian album, also titled "Libertango." Meyer performs on this piece.

    The quintet will perform selections from this program on the group's Houston-area tour Nov. 7 through 9.

    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 Percussion Ensemble to perform works of Beall, Werth, Roldán

    SFA Percussion Ensemble to perform works of Beall, Werth, Roldán

    November 1, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Percussion Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform the music of Andrew Beall, Nick Werth, Amadeo Roldán and other favorites in a concert at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Directed by Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA, the Percussion Ensemble will also perform works by Eric Sammut, Austen White, Eckhard Kopetzki and Bill Alves.

    According to the program notes, Beall's "Rancho Jubilee" came from the name of a Dominican restaurant near the composer's home in Washington Heights.

    "Its fun décor and lively atmosphere mixed with Latin and Caribbean influences provide a nice setting for this - what is most likely the first of its kind - trio for cajons," Beall writes. "Cajon is a Spanish word meaning 'box.' The instrument originated in Peru and later became popular in Spanish Flamenco music. Because of the wire strings extending across the cajon, it has a fantastic sound, much like a drumset, with snare and bass."

    In hip-hop culture, "Boom Bap" refers to a onomatopoeia for the prominent percussive sounds in the style?kick ("boom") and snare ("bap"). From the golden era of the '80s and '90s to modern trap music, this groove-based drum sextet pays homage to the evolution of hip-hop, according to "Boom Bap" composer Werth.

    Roldán's "Ritmica No. 5" is based on the Cuban son (pronounced "sewn") with a montuno section. This is evident in the overall form, instrumentation and rhythmic complexity of the work. The Cuban son originated as a rural song and dance style, and it was performed in a duple meter at a moderate to rapid tempo. The tempo marking for "Ritmica No. 5" is in the tempo of a son, and all the instruments except for the timpani are traditional Cuban instruments, Meyer explained.

    Other works on the program include Kopetzki's "Canned Heat," Sammut's "Four Rotations Pour Marimba" and Alves' "Gandrung."

    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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  • Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony!'

    Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony!'

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    Gary Jones (left) and Jack Thorpe

    November 1, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Orchestra of the Pines at Stephen F. Austin State University will present "Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony!" in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Dr. Pierre-Alain Chevalier, the orchestra's music director, has selected a program that not only showcases the work of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky but also pieces by Johannes Brahms and Lars Erik Larsson.

    The program highlights are Brahms: "Academic Festival Overture," op. 80 (composed 1880) with Gary Jones, graduate conductor; Larsson: Concerto for saxophone and string orchestra, op. 14 (1934) with Jack Thorpe, saxophone; and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36 (1877-78).

    The director of bands at St. Cyprian's Episcopal School in Lufkin, Jones is currently earning a master's degree in wind conducting and an artist diploma in clarinet performance at SFA. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education with a focus on multi-woodwind pedagogy and a minor in piano from SFA. Jones is active as a conductor and recitalist. He has performed throughout the United States, notably in New York and Oregon. He is the principal clarinetist of the SFA Wind Ensemble and Orchestra of the Pines. He has also presented master classes and has been an adjudicator throughout Texas and Louisiana. Jones also maintains a private teaching studio compromised of all woodwind students. This year, he founded the Nacogdoches Winds, which promotes music education in schools. He serves as the graduate teaching assistant for the Lumberjack Marching Band, conducts the University Band and serves as the director of music at Johnson Chapel CME Church in Nacogdoches.

    Thorpe holds a Bachelor of Music degree in saxophone performance from Georgia State University (summa cum laude) where he was the recipient of the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. As a soloist and chamber musician, Thorpe has performed throughout the United States and Japan and has been featured as a concerto soloist with the Georgia State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. In 2018, Thorpe was named one of the winners of the SFA Concerto Competition, and he has recently competed as a semi-finalist in the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Soloist and Quartet competitions. As the alto chair in the Akira Saxophone Quartet, Thorpe has recorded music by composers Stephen Wood and Matthew Quayle. He is the teaching assistant for saxophones at SFA where he is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in saxophone performance. Thorpe's main teachers include Jan Berry Baker and Nathan Nabb with additional study under Frederick L. Hemke.

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

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  • SFA Wind Ensemble to perform 'Legacies' concert

    SFA Wind Ensemble to perform 'Legacies' concert

    November 1, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the program "Legacies" in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    According to Dr. David Campo, director of bands at SFA and the Wind Ensemble, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines legacy as "something transmitted by or received from an ancestor, predecessor or from the past."

    "Spirituals are among the musical legacies we have inherited in America," Campo said, "and to celebrate this connection, the Wind Ensemble trumpet section will perform Terry Everson's arrangement of the spiritual 'There's a Great Day Coming.'"

    The Wind Ensemble will also perform John Barnes Chance's "Blue Lake Overture."

    "Chance was a native Texan whose legacy was cut short by his untimely death in 1972, but he left the band world richer because of his compositions," Campo said. "Blue Lake Overture" was the first commission by Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in 1970, and the Western Michigan University Wind Ensemble premiered the work in early 1971.

    American composer Anthony Iannaccone's work "After a Gentle Rain" is also on the program. In the opening woodwind statements, the audience will hear the influence of Iannaccone's teacher, Aaron Copland, Campo said.

    "Iannaccone's legacy includes a Ravel Prize, C.F. Peters Prize and an Ostwald Award for 'Sea Drift,'" Campo added.

    The Wind Ensemble will perform Robert Russell Bennett's "Suite of Old American Dances," which offers a nostalgic look at the dances that were popular at the turn of the century and in which Bennett reminisces about Electric Park, an amusement park touted in the early 1900s as "Kansas City's Coney Island." Bennett stated, "Electric Park was a place of magic to us kids because of the tricks with big electric signs, the illuminated fountains, the big band concerts, the scenic railway and the big dance hall. One could hear in the dance hall all afternoon and evening the pieces the crowd danced to."

    Closing the concert will be Samuel Barber's "Commando March," which was written in 1943 and was his first work for wind band and his first work subsequent to entering the U.S. Army.

    "There is no extant documentation regarding a formal commission or a direct military order," Campo said, "rather it appears Barber was inspired to compose for the military bands he must have come in contact with during his basic training."

    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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