College of Fine Arts News Archive

November 2018

  • Delaney estate jewelry sale to benefit SFA scholarships

    Delaney estate jewelry sale to benefit SFA scholarships

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    The sale of jewelry in the collection of the late Nancy Delaney (left) will benefit two scholarships at SFA.

    November 29, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The estate of the late Nancy Delaney will fund two endowed scholarships for deserving students within Stephen F. Austin State University's School of Art and College of Fine Arts.

    The scholarships will be funded in part through proceeds from a jewelry sale planned for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    An artist and musician, Delaney, whose husband, Creighton, was chairman of SFA's art department in the 1960s, amassed an extensive jewelry collection during a lifetime of worldwide travel. It was her desire, as stipulated in her will, that her estate establish the Creighton H. Delaney Endowed Scholarship for a financially needy student in the Department of Art and the John N. Staley and Margaret Anderson Staley Endowed Scholarship for a financially needy female student in the College of Fine Arts. Her estate, along with proceeds from the sale of her jewelry, will fund the scholarships. The Staleys were Nancy Delaney's parents.

    The sale will accept only cash or check.

    SFA's historic art gallery, Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. Exhibitions showing through the end of this year include SFA's Biennial Juried Art Metals and Jewelry exhibition, "Kymia Nawabi: Not For Long, My Forlorn" and a vintage Christmas decoration, ornament and toy display.

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  • SFA Percussion Studio to coordinate 'Unsilent Night' interactive event

    SFA Percussion Studio to coordinate 'Unsilent Night' interactive event

    November 29, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Percussion Studio at Stephen F. Austin State University and its director, Dr. Brad Meyer, will host its 3rd annual interactive community performance of Phil Kline's "Unsilent Night" starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Wright Music Building's College Street entrance.

    Participants will enjoy an approximate 45-minute walk through the Pecan and Raguet streets neighborhoods north of SFA campus while listening to a recording of "Unsilent Night" that has been downloaded to play over a smart device connected to portable speakers or to a CD played over a boom box.

    Meyer encouraged community members to participate in the performance by following one of two steps:
    Download the app (https://itunes.apple.com/app/phil-klines-unsilent-night/id483509723?mt=8 or search "Phil Kline's Unsilent Night" in your app store) and play it over a smart device by connecting it to a portable speaker.
    Download one of the four mp3 tracks from http://unsilentnight.com/participate and burn it to a CD that can be played over a boom box.
    People can play the music from the app over their phone speaker, but this has a less-than-desirable sound quality and should only be used if the other options are not possible, Meyer said.

    "If inclement weather occurs, the performance will be canceled," he said. "To participate, simply be outside the music building before 6 p.m. and have a way to play the 'Unsilent Night' music. Music players are not supplied by the host, so please plan on bringing your own music player."

    Joe Woodard of The Los Angeles Times described the "Unsilent Night" event as, "A dreamy fruitcake of parts, tranquil even through its anarchy." And K. Leander Williams in Time Out New York said, "Kline's luminous, shimmering wash of bell tones is one of the loveliest communal new-music experiences you'll ever encounter, and it's never the same twice."

    Meyer further defined it as family friendly, with people often bringing their children with infants and toddlers in strollers.

    "'Unsilent Night' has in fact become a holiday tradition for many families," he said. "Some families have been doing it for 20 years, and their children have grown up walking 'Unsilent Night.'"

    For more information, go to http://unsilentnight.com/, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/ or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA to screen 'Chicken People'

    SFA to screen 'Chicken People'

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

    November 29, 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 "Chicken People" at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    "Chicken People" is a funny and uplifting look at the world of show chickens and the people who love them, according to information at imdb.com. Starting at the largest national poultry competition, likened to the Westminster Dog Show for chickens, "Chicken People" follows three top competitors over the course of a year as they deal with life's challenges while vying to win the top title. Both humorous and heartfelt, "Chicken People" is "an unforgettable celebration of the human spirit," the website says.

    Run time is 83 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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  • 'Christmas Chronicles' benefit canceled

    'Christmas Chronicles' benefit canceled

    November 27, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    A Dec. 2 fundraiser for the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre has been canceled.
    "Christmas Chronicles," originally planned by the Friends of Theatre and slated for 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Maklemore's Ale-House & Bistro, is canceled.
    For questions, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or the School of Theatre office at (936) 468-4003.

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  • Tickets still available for The Purple Xperience

    Tickets still available for The Purple Xperience

    November 27, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets to The Purple Xperience, the most authentic Prince tribute show in the world, are still available for the group's Nov. 30 concert at Stephen F. Austin State University.

    A special Encore Event in the College of Fine Arts' University Series and sponsored in part by Lehmann Eye Center, The Purple Xperience is a five-piece group that transports the spirit and sound of Prince direct from Minneapolis.

    Featuring front man Marshall Charloff, who once recorded with Prince, 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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  • Exhibition explores wonder of Christmas celebrations from bygone eras

    Exhibition explores wonder of Christmas celebrations from bygone eras

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    Antique ornaments, decorations, dolls and toys from days gone by will be featured in a vintage Christmas display showing at Cole Art Center Dec. 1 through Dec. 30.

    November 27, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will host a holiday exhibition that provides a glimpse into the celebrations of Christmas from bygone eras.

    The Christmas display, which shows Dec. 1 through Dec. 30, includes vintage and antique ornaments, decorations, dolls and toys from days gone by. The vignette will offer a glimpse into how this favorite holiday was celebrated 100 years ago, according to John Handley, director of art galleries for Stephen F. Austin State University.

    "This will be the third year we have featured a vignette in the center of the Ledbetter Gallery at the Cole Art Center," Handley said. "Several museums around the United States put up holiday displays as a family-friendly feature. The Taft Museum in Cincinnati does a series of elaborate displays each December, highlighting the artistry and history of Christmas celebrations from a century ago."

    Mike Moore with the Nacogdoches Public Library will present family-friendly Christmas stories at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, with some simple craft projects to follow.

    Sponsors for the display are The Flower Shop, SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, William Arscott and Nacogdoches Junior Forum. Admission to exhibitions is free.

    SFA School of Art's historic downtown gallery, The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA School of Music to present Lauridsen's 'Lux Aeterna' and other seasonal favorites in annual holiday concert

    SFA School of Music to present Lauridsen's 'Lux Aeterna' and other seasonal favorites in annual holiday concert

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    SFA's A Cappella Choir (pictured), Men's Choir and Women's Choir, with Dr. Michael Murphy and Dr. Tod Fish conducting, will present the annual “Christmas Celebration” concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    November 27, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The choirs at Stephen F. Austin State University, along with many guest musicians, will present SFA's traditional holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the university campus.

    The highly anticipated "Christmas Celebration" concert will feature "Lux Aeterna" (Light Eternal) by acclaimed contemporary composer Morten Lauridsen, along with other seasonal favorites, according to Dr. Michael Murphy, director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music.

    SFA's A Cappella Choir, Men's Choir and Women's Choir, with Murphy and Dr. Tod Fish conducting, will be accompanied by organist Dr. Christina Harmon.

    The program also features Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" and a Christmas carol audience sing-a-long.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 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 Music Prep to present several December recitals

    SFA's Music Prep to present several December recitals

    November 27, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Music Preparatory Division in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present its students performing in a number of upcoming fall recitals.

    Piano students of SFA music major instructors and students of Dr. Mario Ajero will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Music Recital Hall in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    A harp and saxophone recital will feature the students of Susanna Campbell and Nicholas Bissen at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the Music Recital Hall.

    Two performances will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8, beginning with the violin and cello students of Drs. Jennifer Dalmas and Evgeni Raychev at 1 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. Beginning at 2 p.m. in the performance hall of the Music Prep Building, 3028 Raguet St., will be a guitar and ukulele recital by students of Chance Moore and Joseph Booth and a violin and viola recital by students of Alba Madrid.

    The Piney Woods Youth Orchestra, directed by Raychev, will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The SFA Young Violinists, featuring students of Brenda Josephsen, will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in the Music Recital Hall.

    A piano recital featuring the students of Linda Parr will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Music Recital Hall.

    The final fall recital will feature the piano students of Mary Cooper performing at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Music Recital Hall.

    All recitals are open to the public.

    Music Prep offers musical training on any level of proficiency. Overall musicianship is stressed in addition to the study of an instrument. Private music lessons are offered in piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, classical guitar, voice, trumpet, ukulele, clarinet, saxophone, composition and flute. Other instruction can be added upon request.

    In addition to the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra, Music Prep offers two adult piano classes, the Raguet Strings adult ensemble and Music Theory Adventures classes. Music Prep teaches all ages, from infants to 80 and beyond.

    For a complete listing of classes and types of instruction available, visit http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep or contact Director Pat Barnett at (936) 468-1291.

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  • Amethyst Saxophone Quartet to perform at SFA

    Amethyst Saxophone Quartet to perform at SFA

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    The Friends of Music Series at SFA will feature a performance of the Amethyst Saxophone Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in Cole Concert Hall.

    November 26, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The award-winning Amethyst Saxophone Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    One of the premier American saxophone chamber ensembles, Amethyst Quartet includes Dr. Nathan Nabb, professor of saxophone in the SFA School of Music, along with Sean Hurlburt, Masahito Sugihara and Johnny Salinas. The quartet has won first prizes in the most prestigious chamber music competitions across the nation, including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the Music Teachers National Association. Amethyst Quartet is known and celebrated for its performances of works by composers ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel, to contemporary composers such as György Sándor Ligeti, David Maslanka and Iannis Xenakis.

    Amethyst will present works by Maslanka, Carter Pann and Joel Love on their concert at SFA. Amethyst has had a long relationship with Maslanka and his music, being the first American quartet to present his now famous work "Recitation Book."

    "Maslanka's final composition for saxophone quartet, 'Songs for the Coming Day,' is a joint commission between Amethyst and nine other groups, and, while the entire piece is nearly 47 minutes long, we have chosen a few select movements to present on this concert," Nabb said.

    Pann's "The Mechanics" is a short, six-movement work that features music representative of the activities and objects that might be found in an auto mechanic's shop. According to Nabb, names like "Flywheel," "Belt," "Hoist" and "Trash" are just some of the titles meant to stir images in one's imagination while listening.

    Finally, Amethyst will perform a work that is new to the group. Love, a Houston composer, wrote "In Memoriam" after the passing of his father, and is an especially stirring piece, according to Nabb.

    "Though only about 12 minutes in length, it is a highly dramatic work, vacillating from moments of anger to delicate tenderness," he said.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a part of the Friends of Music Concert Series. 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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  • Community sing-along of Handel's 'Messiah' to benefit choir's European tour

    Community sing-along of Handel's 'Messiah' to benefit choir's European tour

    November 15, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    A community sing-along of George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" will raise funds for the A Cappella Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University to travel to Europe in 2020.

    The community event, with guest conductors, organist, pianist and soloists, and featuring the audience and SFA A Cappella Choir as the chorus, is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The fundraiser is designed to help defray the costs of the choir's 2020 Italy tour, according to Dr. Michael Murphy, director of choral activities in the SFA School of Music.

    "Ring in the holiday season with the perennial favorite, Handel's 'Messiah,'" Murphy said. "The SFA choral area is hosting a community sing-along for Nacogdoches and surrounding communities. Bring your 'Messiah' score or rent one for $2 from the SFA choral area and sing or listen to Handel's glorious masterpiece."

    The program will feature guest artists Dr. Ron Anderson, Tommy Butler, Dr. Debbie Dalton, Dr. Tod Fish, Jacob Rivas, André Simon, Mary Turner and Murphy as conductors; Dr. Thomas Nixon, pianist; Greg Simmons, organist; and Megan Bucher, E.J. Grayson, Michael Nanney, Grant Peterson, Nathan Ponder, Summer Price and Viveca Richards, soloists.

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

    Tickets are $15 adults, $10 senior citizens, $5 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 Contemporary Ensemble to present R&B program

    SFA's Contemporary Ensemble to present R&B program

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    The Contemporary Ensemble at SFA will perform the music of the Temptations; Earth, Wind & Fire; Stevie Wonder and other R&B favorites when the student ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Music Recital Hall on the SFA campus.

    November 15, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Contemporary Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform a rhythm and blues concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Music Recital Hall on the SFA campus.

    The program will feature R&B music from multiple decades starting with the 1960s, according to Nick Lambson, instructor in the Sound Recording Technology program in the SFA School of Music.

    "A lot of music in this genre has a large instrumentation, so in addition to vocals, guitars, bass and drums, we have keys, violin, trumpet and trombones," Lambson said.

    Among the selection highlights are "My Girl" by the Temptations; "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire; "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder; "Smooth Operator" by Sade; "He Wasn't Man Enough" by Toni Braxton; and "Good Man" by Raphael Saadiq.

    Lambson did the transcription arrangement for "Good Man," and SFA student Travis Wattingly provided the arrangement for the Braxton piece.

    The concert is a joint 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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  • 'Christmas Chronicles' to benefit SFA theatre students

    'Christmas Chronicles' to benefit SFA theatre students

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    Brad Maule and Rhonda Plymate Simmons

    November 15, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre and Friends of Theatre will host a fundraiser to benefit theatre students at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Maklemore's Ale-House & Bistro.

    "Christmas Chronicles," a program of sentimental songs and stories, features local talents and beloved performers Brad Maule and Rhonda Plymate Simmons. In addition to the holiday-themed entertainment, the audience will be treated to a full meal that includes a dinner entree, drink and dessert, according to Cleo House Jr., director of the SFA School of Theatre.

    "Our purpose with this event is to raise money for our Friends of Theatre fund, which goes to support student scholarships, student travel to conferences and student research," House said. "This is a great way to bring in the holiday season, support SFA students and be entertained. It is a good cause that gives back to others and to you."

    "Christmas Chronicles" was originally conceived by Dr. Alan Nielsen, professor emeritus in the School of Theatre, who died in March of this year. Nielsen directed 25 productions at SFA, from "Lovers and Other Strangers" in 1991 to "She Stoops to Conquer" in 2011, when he retired. Nielsen created the traveling musical troupe The Original Cast and both composed and produced their shows throughout his years at SFA.

    "This nostalgic holiday presentation is meant to offer a little music, a little poetry, and a lot of fun," according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, professor of theatre and director of this presentation of "Christmas Chronicles."

    Maule is a faculty member of the schools of Theatre and Art at SFA. Before returning to his alma mater in Nacogdoches, he spent 22 years as a star of television's "General Hospital," earning two Daytime Emmy nominations for his acting, and as a guest star on dozens of primetime series. He is well known in Deep East Texas for his television and commercial appearances and his support of countless local charity events and businesses.

    Simmons was a professional actor and singer in Dallas and New York City for several years before coming to Nacogdoches to start a family, open a business, and earn a master's degree in theatre at SFA. As a student here, her roles included Mama Rose in "Gypsy" and Portia in "The Merchant of Venice." She later appeared with SFA faculty and staff members in "Murder at the Howard Johnson's" and later in the Summer Repertory Theatre production of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane." She is also owner of Express Employment Professionals serving Nacogdoches and Lufkin.

    Simmons and Maule acted together in the 2015 SFA presentation of "August: Osage County" and hosted a reading of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters" in the fall of 2016.

    The Friends of Theatre is the local community support organization for SFA's School of Theatre. Generous Nacogdoches community members contribute and raise funds for scholarships, awards and other projects that benefit theatre students and the school's theatre productions. Simmons is the longtime president of the Friends of Theatre.

    Tickets for "Christmas Chronicles" are $50 per person. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

    Seating is limited.

    "So book for you and your guests soon as possible," House said, "but don't assume if you're late buying tickets that you're too late. You never know."

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  • Cole Art Center announces Thanksgiving hours

    Cole Art Center announces Thanksgiving hours

    November 15, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University's historic downtown gallery, will be open during a portion of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, gallery officials have announced.

    Cole Art Center will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 20 through 22. The gallery will be open during regular hours Friday through Sunday, Nov. 23 through 25.

    Exhibitions currently showing feature artwork by Kymia Nawabi and the SFA School of Art's biennial exhibition of jewelry and metalwork.

    "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.

    Works selected for inclusion in the 10th annual Art Metals/Jewelry Competition and Exhibition can be seen in the upstairs Reavley Gallery.

    A vintage Christmas display featuring antique ornaments, decorations, dolls and toys of bygone eras will be added to the exhibitions Dec. 1 through 30.

    Regular gallery hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

    The exhibitions are free and open to the public and are sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, William Arscott, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and The Flower Shop. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • The gift of music: University Series, Encore Event tickets make unique presents

    The gift of music: University Series, Encore Event tickets make unique presents

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    The Purple Xperience comes to the SFA campus on Friday, Nov. 30, as an Encore Event. The performance is sponsored by Lehmann Eye Center.
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    Dailey & Vincent will present “A Springer Mountain Farms Christmas” on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. The performance is sponsored by Commercial Bank of Texas.
    November 15, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Finding that special gift for the person who has everything may not be as difficult as you think, especially if that certain someone likes live music.

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and its University Series will present two concerts prior to Christmas, and purchasing tickets as gifts is as easy as going online to finearts.sfasu.edu or picking up the phone to call the Fine Arts Box Office.

    The options are as varied as a full-on rock concert to a bluegrass holiday show. But you need to act quickly, because tickets to The Purple Xperience, the most authentic Prince tribute in the world, on Nov. 30 and award-winning bluegrass sensations Dailey & Vincent on Dec. 11 are going fast, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series.

    "Fans of musical variety will want to see both of these knockout concerts," Shattuck said, "but many people will instantly know that one or the other is just right for them. What the two evenings have in common is incredibly high quality. These are all nationally known, world-class musicians who have played and recorded with the top superstars."

    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, Shattuck said. The Purple Xperience is presented as a special Encore Event, and 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.

    A little closer to Christmas, Dailey & Vincent will present "A Springer Mountain Farms Christmas," featuring holiday favorites performed as only this bluegrass duo can. Known from their Saturday night show on RFD-TV, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent have won 13 International Bluegrass Association Awards, including three for Entertainer of the Year, three for Vocal Group of the Year, two for Album of the Year and one for Male Vocalist of the Year (Jamie). Individually, they have performed or recorded with Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, Bruce Hornsby, the Gaither Vocal Band and others. Dailey and Vincent have been nominated for two Grammy Awards and won a Dove Award for Bluegrass Album of the year. Commercial Bank of Texas sponsors the University Series performance.

    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.

    University Series and Encore Event performances are at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

    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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  • Saxophonist Casso to perform at SFA jazz bands' concert

    Saxophonist Casso to perform at SFA jazz bands' concert

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    Carlos Casso

    November 14, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces jazz bands at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform the music of Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, Sammy Nestico, Thelonius Monk and other jazz artists when the student ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 29, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Directing the Swingin' Axes is Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone at SFA. Swingin' Aces director is Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba and euphonium.

    Guest saxophonist Carlos Casso will perform with the Swingin' Axes on Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood," arranged by Mike Tomaro, and "Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear From Me," arranged by Tommy Newsom.

    Casso is a professional saxophonist who is active in the Amarillo area music scene. His small jazz group, The Martinis, performs regularly at many jazz events, including Amarillo College's "June Jazz," Center City's "Jazztober" and Chamber Music Amarillo's "Jazz on 6th Street," as well as a variety of other private and public performance engagements.

    Under his leadership, the Amarillo Jazz Orchestra has shared big band literature with a wide array of fans and was featured on two PBS specials for KACV-TV. Casso's eclectic style is influenced by his vast playing experiences ranging from jazz to classical, country swing to rock and roll. He received his music business degree from West Texas State University and owns Audio Refinery, a professional recording studio in Amarillo.

    Casso will be joined on stage by his son, Dan, who is a senior music education major at SFA, trumpet player in the Swingin' Axes and a recipient of the Sidnell Memorial Dean's Award in Music Education. Together, they will perform "Emancipation Blues" by Oliver Nelson.

    The Axes will also perform "Channel One Suite" made famous by the Buddy Rich Big Band and arranged by Bill Reddie; an arrangement of an African song, "Mra Khali" by Dudu Pukwana, arranged by Julien Arguelles; "Tall and Lanky" by Jeff Coffin; and "Show Up" by Michael Davis.

    The Swingin' Aces will perform "Blue Chip" from the library of The Count Basie Orchestra and "Tangerine," from the 2009 Sammy Nestico album "A Portrait of Sammy. Maximo Mucino, jazz teaching assistant, will also conduct Mark Taylor's arrangement of "Well You Needn't" by Thelonius Monk.

    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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  • Holiday favorite ''Twas the Night Before Christmas' coming to SFA

    Holiday favorite ''Twas the Night Before Christmas' coming to SFA

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    Two performances of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas” will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 27, as part of the 2018-19 Children's Performing Arts Series at SFA.

    November 13, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Children's Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present two performances of the holiday classic "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" on Tuesday, Nov. 27, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Inspired by the timeless poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" and the real life of its author, Clement Moore, this funny musical introduces Santa Claus in a particularly beneficent light, according to Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children's series.

    "This classic tale has been charming audiences nationwide for many years," Peterson said.

    Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre with book, music and lyrics by Bruce Craig Miller, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" targets children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

    Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building. 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 "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" may be accessed at cpas.sfasu.edu.

    Other upcoming CPAS performances include "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 Trombone Choir to perform program of beautiful chorales

    SFA's Trombone Choir to perform program of beautiful chorales

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    The Trombone Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    November 13, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Trombone Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The 32-piece Trombone Choir, under the direction of Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone in the SFA School of Music, and Dr. Danny Chapa, low brass instructor, will play several beautiful chorales.

    The program features "Hear the Voice and Prayer" by Thomas Tallis, transcribed by Robert P. Holland, and The Beatle's "Yesterday," arranged by Dr. A.C. "Buddy" Himes, dean of the SFA College Fine Arts.

    Another highlight of the program is an arrangement of "Rakoczy March" by Hector Berlioz.

    Scott will conduct a smaller group of 10 players performing "Concertante Antiphonale" by David Uber.

    The program will conclude with David Kneupper's arrangement of "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin and "Good King Wenceslas" arranged by Tommy Pederson.

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

    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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  • Opera Workshop performance to feature 'Bernstein on Broadway … and More!'

    Opera Workshop performance to feature 'Bernstein on Broadway … and More!'

    November 13, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University voice students will present a program of musical theatre and opera scenes in a performance that features the Broadway hits of Leonard Bernstein at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    "Bernstein on Broadway … and More!" will showcase students enrolled in the Opera Workshop class taught by Dr. Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice and director of opera.

    The first part of the program features the Opera Ensemble in scenes from selected Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, including "Carousel," "Oklahoma!" and "The Sound of Music." Pianist Shirley Watterston will accompany.

    "I chose to do an all-Bernstein program with Opera Workshop in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth," Dalton said. "This program consists of duets, quartets and quintets as well as full company performances. There are 13 scenes and 25 singers on the program."

    Selections from "West Side Story," "Candide" and "On the Town" will be performed with piano accompaniment by student pianists Rachel Clark and Parker Dickenson.

    "The most well-known scenes are from 'West Side Story,' a modern take on 'Romeo and Juliet,'" Dalton said. "Two rival gangs, the Jets - native New Yorkers led by Riff - and the Sharks - Puerto Rican immigrants led by Bernardo - claim the same turf. Tony, formerly of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, Bernardo's sister. Unfortunately, the story ends in tragedy."

    The balcony scene features the song "Tonight," in which Tony searches for Maria and then climbs up the fire escape to talk to her after they met at a dance. In the "Tonight" quintet, the principals are getting ready for an exciting evening. The scene features Tony and Maria, because they planned a meeting; Anita, who has a date with her boyfriend, Bernardo; and Riff and Bernardo, who are getting worked up for a fight between the strongest boys in their respective gangs. In "A Boy Like That," Anita finds out about Tony and confronts Maria. She makes sure Maria knows "this" kind of boy is bad news.

    "There are some lovely surprises to be discovered in scenes from the less well-known shows," Dalton added.

    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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  • Reception planned for artist Kymia Nawabi

    Reception planned for artist Kymia Nawabi

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    An exhibition of works by artist Kymia Nawabi is showing through Dec. 30 in the Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House. An exhibition reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.

    November 13, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    A reception for artist Kymia Nawabi whose work is showing at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House through the end of the year is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the art center 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.

    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.

    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's 'Oklahoma!' drawing audience accolades

    SFA's 'Oklahoma!' drawing audience accolades

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    November 8, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Audiences are giving rave reviews of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" presented by Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre, School of Music and SFA Dance Program. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. nightly through Saturday, Nov. 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Pictured are junior Thomas Falconar, Rose Bruford American Theatre Arts student from London, England, as Curly, and senior Sidney Lowell of Huffman as Laurey. 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'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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