College of Fine Arts News Archive

November 2019

  • SFA School of Theatre presents ‘Titus Andronicus’ through Saturday

    SFA School of Theatre presents ‘Titus Andronicus’ through Saturday

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    November 13, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will continue to present William Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” at 7:30 nightly through Saturday, Nov. 16, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. “Titus Andronicus” chronicles Rome’s honored general as he returns home from war and begins a cycle of revenge filled with bloody deaths as punishment for a series of committed wrongs. Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and non-SFA students 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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  • Rockin’ Axes to perform favorites by Rush, Black Sabbath, Edgar Winter

    Rockin’ Axes to perform favorites by Rush, Black Sabbath, Edgar Winter

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    The Rockin’ Axes at SFA will perform at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Kennedy Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    November 12, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Rockin’ Axes at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a rock concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Kennedy Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    The Rockin’ Axes is directed by Nick Lambson, a Sound Recording Technology faculty member within the School of Music. One of three SRT performance groups, the Rockin’ Axes will perform “YYZ” by Rush, “Schism” by Tool, “Part III” by Crumb and “Frankenstein” by Edgar Winter, among other rock favorites.

    The SRT program added a new, third ensemble this year to meet overwhelming student demand. “We have also made each ensemble smaller,” Lambson said. “This allows each student to perform on more songs, and it also became more competitive.

    “As a result, we are working on some more advanced music like ‘YYZ’ and ‘Schism,’ which are technically and musically complex, with challenging rhythms, like changing meters,” he said. “We are also using music technology for special effects and using timbales for Winter’s ‘Frankenstein.’”

    Music students attending this concert will receive recital credit. For additional information about the Rockin’ Axes, visit https://www.facebook.com/RockinAxesOfSFAStateUniversity/.

    Admission to the concert 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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  • Vienna Boys Choir concert tickets still available

    Vienna Boys Choir concert tickets still available

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    Tickets are still available to a performance of the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir, conducted by Choirmaster Manuel Huber, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. This special College of Fine Arts Encore Event performance is sponsored in part by Commercial Bank of Texas. Photo: Lukas Beck

    November 12, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets are still available to the Vienna Boys Choir concert on Nov. 21 on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    A special Encore Event presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts, the concert is sponsored in part by Commercial Bank of Texas. The renowned vocal ensemble will present “Journey Through the Americas” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The program includes favorite Strauss waltzes, classical masterpieces by Verdi and Beethoven, modern-era works by Bernstein and Gershwin and folk songs from around the world. A performance of “Amazing Grace” arranged by John Coates will be among the concert’s highlights.

    “With so many discounts available for seniors and youngsters, especially in alternative seat locations, we hope that every East Texas family will jump on the chance to experience this world-famous choir,” said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series. “This is a rare opportunity for generations to come together to hear some of the greatest music ever written, sung by the angelic voices in one of the greatest ensembles ever assembled.”

    Prior to the performance, Dr. Tod Fish, assistant professor and associate director of choral activities 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 honor the show’s corporate sponsor.

    On the night of the concert, the College of Fine Arts will team up with the SFA Office of Student Engagement to collect non-perishable food items for The Pantry at SFA, which is the food pantry designed to assist SFA students in need. Any non-perishable food item will be accepted, but current special needs are canned fruit, variety boxes of oatmeal packets, canned entrees such as Chef Boyardee ravioli, spaghetti, etc., and 1.5 gallons of fruit juice.

    Encore Event tickets are $45 for Section A seating; $36 for Section B seating; and $27 for Section C seating. Discounts are available in all sections for seniors, students, children and SFA faculty and staff members, ranging from $3 (for SFA students) to $36 tickets, depending on discount type. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA’s concert bands, wind faculty to present ‘Kaleidoscope’

    SFA’s concert bands, wind faculty to present ‘Kaleidoscope’

    November 11, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Band Department in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will feature several of its student and faculty ensembles in presenting “Kaleidoscope” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    “This unique concert format will feature all of the concert bands as well as the wind faculty members of the Stone Fort Wind Quintet and the Pineywoods Brass Quintet in a seamless evening of musical entertainment,” said Dr. David Campo, director of bands at SFA.

    The concert will open with the SFA Trombone Octet, directed by Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone, performing James Kazik’s “The Hex Files.”

    Next, the Symphonic Band, under the direction of Chris Kaatz, assistant director of bands, will perform “Seeds of Glass” by Benjamin Taylor and “Single” by Jonathan Newman.

    The Stone Fort Wind Quintet will continue the evening’s musical offerings with “Afro,” one movement of Valeria Coleman’s Afro-Cuban Concerto for Wind Quintet.

    The evening transitions to the Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Tamey Anglley, associate director of bands, performing “Procession of the Nobles” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakoff and “La Procesion del Rocio” by Joaquin Turina.

    Following the Wind Symphony, the Pineywoods Brass Quintet will perform Lee Morgan’s 1965 composition, “Ceora.”

    Rounding out the evening will be the Wind Ensemble, directed by Campo, performing John Mackey’s epic symphony for band, “Wine Dark Sea,” based on the Homeric epic “The Odyssey.”

    “The Band Department looks forward to sharing this musical offering with the community without interruption,” Campo said.

    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 students selected to All-Region orchestras

    SFA’s Music Prep students selected to All-Region orchestras

    November 8, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Music Prep Division in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music had several students to qualify for All-Region orchestras during recent auditions held at Kilgore Middle School.

    Those selected to the All-Region High School Orchestra are violinists Shelby Rotramel, Holden Kelly, Haylee Harman, Ashlyn McBroom, Haley McBroom and Karys Alders; violist Connor Rudolph; cellist Jessica Schlaudt; and bassist Mason Baker.

    Selected to the Middle School All-Region Orchestra are violinists Luke Scala, Gracie Lyn Harman, Nathaniel Hendricks and Lauren Hansen; violist Cate Baker; and cellist Will Sams.

    The All-Region orchestras will perform Dec. 7 at Longview High School.

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

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  • Cello Club to present ‘Around the World’

    Cello Club to present ‘Around the World’

    November 7, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Cello Club will present the program “Around the World” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    “It has been 500 years since Ferdinand Magellan left Spain sailing west to circumnavigate Earth,” said Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello instructor in the SFA School of Music and artistic director for Cello Club. “This concert will take us on a musical journey together from Spain to the Caribbean and through the Far East.”

    Cello Club is an educational project aimed at establishing a path of success for developing young artists, according Raychev.

    “This endeavor seeks to promote and provide opportunities for cello ensemble playing, establish connections between musicians, develop an awareness of ensemble techniques, and provide competitive opportunities and collaborations with professional musicians,” Raychev said. “It is designed to help build one’s creativity and imagination and to promote the esthetics of art.”

    The program of original arrangements will include the world premiere of “Latin Dances,” commissioned and composed for this event by Mike McGowan, adjunct professor of music theory in the School of Music.

    Participants in this year’s Cello Club are all from Texas and come from Henderson, Houston, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Beckville, Carrollton, Gary, Tyler, Frisco, Longview, Tomball, Plano, Flower Mound and Diana.

    Any donations and profit exceeding the Cello Club’s expenses will be used for building scholarship opportunities.

    Admission to the concert 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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  • School of Music to present ‘Messiah’ sing-along fundraiser

    School of Music to present ‘Messiah’ sing-along fundraiser

    November 7, 2019—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 Italy in 2020.

    The community event, featuring the audience and SFA A Cappella Choir as the chorus, is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, in Cole Concert Hall.

    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. For information on how to donate to the Italy trip, email Murphy at murphymt2@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-1181.

    “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 graduate and undergraduate student soloists Cole Jones of Livingston; Nathan Ponder and Anthony Rodriguez, both of Houston; William Murphy of Nacogdoches; Summer Price of Needville; Reagan Bradshaw of Wiley; Kayla Luptak of Bullard; Megan Stone of Spring; Brianna Glaze of Beaumont and Viveca Richards of Houston. In addition to Murphy, conductors will include Dr. Tod Fish, associate director of choral activities, and SFA graduate students in choral conducting, Jacob Rivas of The Colony; David Zielke of Albany, Oregon; and Greg Simmons of Lufkin. Accompanists will be SFA collaborative pianists Drs. Ron Petti and Thomas Nixon.

    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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  • Campus, community collaborations highlight ‘Titus Andronicus’ performance

    Campus, community collaborations highlight ‘Titus Andronicus’ performance

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    Musician Casey Muze Williams of Starr Avenue Co. assists in creating sound accompaniment for the SFA School of Theatre presentation of Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” live, on stage with “found objects” rather than traditional instruments.

    November 7, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University is keen on building collaborative artistic relationships across disciplines on campus and within the Nacogdoches community. A number of unique collaborations in the upcoming Mainstage Series presentation of William Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” takes this theatre experience to a higher level, according to CC Conn, associate professor of lighting and sound design.

    Among the strongest of these collaborations is with musician Casey Muze Williams of Starr Avenue Co. Williams is working with Conn, sound designer for “Titus,” along with the play’s assistant sound designer, Corpus Christi junior Armando Chavez-Garcia, and School of Theatre Technical Director Tyler Cureton to create the show’s sound accompaniment live, on stage with “found objects” rather than traditional instruments.

    The sound design concept stems from show Director Cleo House Jr.’s concept of a post-apocalyptic world and his desire to incorporate an onstage musician. House is director of the School of Theatre. Because of the post-apocalyptic setting, Conn wanted to create a “found object” soundscape that could be indicative of a world where traditional musical instruments may no longer exist or be difficult to locate. As a result, this has given the production “a strong sense of collaborative creativity and exploration,” she said.

    Williams and Conn have explored various sound qualities of these items to match them with the moods within the play. Chavez-Garcia and Cureton have created many of the objects which are part of the sound setup. There will be electronic sound playback and microphone support, as well.

    Williams, a performance percussionist using numerous rhythm instruments, established Starr Avenue Co. in 2016 with an idea for hosting open invitation music jam sessions as a community outreach endeavor.

    “Our mission is to provide opportunities for individuals within a community to explore creativity and participate in educational opportunities that strengthen the positive relationships of the citizens within that community,” Williams explained. “We do this by providing opportunities for self-expression that include art, music and other creative avenues. We are founded on a strong belief that art, music and other creative expressions are some of the healthiest ways to advocate for positivity and acceptance among the citizens of each community.”

    In another collaboration, Victoria sophomore Myah Mallory, sound engineer, will do a full accompaniment of microphones for the cast in order to support a clean, multi-camera recording of the opening-night performance to be provided by mass communication students of Dr. Casey Hart, associate professor of mass communication at SFA.

    “Mallory will be prepping and operating a 20-mic show,” Conn said. “This is a complicated job for a sophomore-level student. However, Mallory was the sound engineer for an eight-mic play last summer. Live mics require a lot of preplanning in acquiring the supplies needed and setting up the sound equipment in the theatre. During the performances, Mallory will place the microphones on the actors and operate the mixing board to properly reinforce the actors’ voices over the music. She will also make a recording of the performance for the video production by the mass communications students.”

    Mia Lindemann, a senior from Prosper, is providing lighting design for show. With a scheduled December graduation, it will be Lindemann’s final design at SFA. With Conn’s help, she acquired a loan of seven LED fixtures for demo purposes from Electronic Theatre Controls, a global leader in the manufacture of lighting and rigging technology. These fixtures will help to create the eerie atmospheres in the production along with fog and haze.

    This adaptation of “Titus Andronicus” takes place in 2100 in Washington, D.C., in a post American-Russian (Roman-Goth) fallout. The play chronicles Rome’s honored general as he returns home from war and begins a cycle of revenge filled with bloody deaths as punishment for a series of committed wrongs.

    “Titus Andronicus” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 12 through 16, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. A matinee for high school students is at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.

    Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and non-SFA students 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. The play is recommended for mature audiences.

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  • SFA’s Contemporary Music Ensemble to present concert using technology as instruments

    SFA’s Contemporary Music Ensemble to present concert using technology as instruments

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    SFA’s Contemporary Music Ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Music Recital Hall on the SFA campus.

    November 4, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Contemporary Music Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a concert, which will include using music technology as instruments, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Music Recital Hall of the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    Directed by Nick Lambson, a Sound Recording Technology faculty member in the SFA School of Music, the Contemporary Ensemble will perform the music of Frank Zappa, Daft Punk, Snarky Puppy, Moondog and more.

    Lambson described Zappa, Daft Punk and Snarky Puppy as “artists that exist in more than one world.”

    “Their music incorporates elements from multiple styles, and they manage to be both accessible and complex, familiar but interesting,” he said.

    Students will perform music that utilizes laptops, iPads and synthesizers. Much of that music will be improvised, using technology as instruments, Lambson said.

    “The musical genre minimalism will also be explored with a piece by Moondog, who was homeless in New York City at one time but ended up influencing major composers that followed, like Philip Glass and Steve Reich,” Lambson said.

    Student interest in the first two SRT ensembles – Contemporary Ensemble and the Rockin’ Axes – has been so overwhelming that the School of Music expanded its offering, adding a third group this year –¬ the Commercial Music Ensemble.

    “The Contemporary Music Ensemble will focus on more complex works, including electronic music and progressive musical styles,” Lambson said. “The students have been very excited about the new direction of this group and have been part of its development.”

    Admission to the concert 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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  • U.S. Marine Corps trombonist to perform with Swingin’ Axes

    U.S. Marine Corps trombonist to perform with Swingin’ Axes

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    Gunnery Sgt. Ken Ebo, U.S. Marine Corps trombonist, will perform with SFA’s Swingin‘ Axes at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Cole Concert Hall on the university campus.

    November 4, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Gunnery Sgt. Ken Ebo, U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra director and trombonist, will join the Swingin’ Axes jazz band of Stephen F. Austin State University in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The concert will also feature the Swingin’ Aces, directed by Dr. J.D. Salas, professor of tuba and euphonium at SFA.

    Much of the concert will feature the trombone players from the Swingin’ Axes, directed by Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone in the SFA School of Music, as well as some of Ebo’s compositions for jazz band. Among them is “Trombonius Rex,” a fast bebop style tune that will feature Ebo, the entire Axes trombone section and Scott. The Axes will also perform Ebo’s “Sunset Parade,” composed in the Count Basie ballad style, and “Basie Training,” a spoof on basic training, also written in the Count Basie swing style of jazz.

    A versatile musician, Ebo will sing one of Natalie Cole’s most famous jazz standards, “Almost Like Being in Love,” with arrangement by Bill Holman.

    The Axes will feature its lead saxophone player, graduate music student Felipe Hernandez, and senior music student and trumpet player Isaac Martinez on a Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer song, “Skylark.”

    Ebo is the former head of the Instrumental Division at the Naval School of Music in Virginia Beach where he also served as trombone faculty and jazz improvisation instructor. He is currently serving as the music placement director for the Marine Music Program in the Southwestern United States. An active clinician, educator and performer, Ebo holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of South Carolina. He has played with numerous artists in both military and civilian settings including Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra Jr., Johnny Mathis, Jon Faddis, Michael Mossman and Tim Akers & the Smoking Section.

    Ebo is a recipient of the Musician of the Year Award for the U.S. Marine Corps and has performed nationwide as the musical director and lead trombonist for the Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra. His compositions and arrangements have been featured as part of USMC national recruiting efforts and have been performed by numerous ensembles. He is the author of “Common Sense for Comeback Chops,” published by Mountain Peak Music.

    Ebo also directs his own jazz orchestra in a series of benefit concerts for Toys for Tots in Baltimore, M.D., now in its 17th season, including eight years of annual concerts also held in Virginia Beach. Ebo resides in Fort Worth with his wife, also a professional musician, and their two children, who collectively sing and play trumpet, harp, piano, ukulele, drums and other instruments.

    The Swingin’ Aces will perform “Skyliner” by Charlie Barnett; “Midnight Voyage” by Joey Calderazzo and arranged by Alan Baylock; and “My Romance” by Richard Rodgers featuring Mike McGowan, SFA adjunct professor of music theory.

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

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  • SFA’s ‘Titus Andronicus’ features complex special effects

    SFA’s ‘Titus Andronicus’ features complex special effects

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    Among the special effects props created for the SFA School of Theatre’s presentation of Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” are severed heads, hands and other limbs. The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 12 through 16, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    November 1, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Elaborate special effects on the big screen can really enhance a movie-going experience. Today’s audiences expect bigger and better every time. That’s exactly what theatre-goers who attend the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre’s presentation of William Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” will receive – an elaborate special effects experience.

    Directed by Cleo House Jr., director of the School of Theatre, “Titus Andronicus” chronicles Rome’s honored general as he returns home from war and begins a cycle of revenge filled with bloody deaths as punishment for a series of committed wrongs. The show runs Nov. 12 through 16 in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    This adaptation of “Titus Andronicus” takes place in 2100 in Washington, D.C., in a post American-Russian (Roman-Goth) fallout. The play’s action on stage includes intricate fight choreography, film-like special effects, beheadings and missing limbs. Dr. Slade Billew, assistant professor of acting and movement in the School of Theatre who specializes in fight choreography, has incorporated a variety of fighting styles into the show.

    “Since the play was updated to the near future, the fights reflect the wide range of fighting styles available in contemporary society,” Billew said. “The audience will see elements of Kung Fu, Filipino martial arts and various other styles. We intentionally chose a very broad range of weapons, so that we could showcase variety.”

    “Titus Andronicus” has been described as one of Shakespeare’s most violent plays. As such, perfecting massive amounts of fight choreography can take a lot of time. “We began choreographing towards the beginning of this semester and have continued to layer in new elements and details throughout the process,” Billew said.

    Safety is always a key concern when choreographing fight scenes, according to Billew. Repetition, clarity and control of distance are key to maintaining actor safety. One of the big challenges of this piece has been that many of the fights happen in small spaces, he added.

    “This show contains some large group battle scenes that involve a lot of intense activity, and the level of physical demand varies,” he said. “Actors need to maintain a base level of physical fitness, and then receive training through our program to help them move with more efficiency and control.”

    Kingwood sophomore Jenna Alley is properties master for the show. She and fellow students have been busy creating the multitude of props needed for “Titus Andronicus,” including severed heads and hands.

    “This is one of the biggest shows I’ve ever been a part of, and it’s definitely the biggest and most demanding show I’ve been in here at SFA, so one of the biggest challenges is the sheer quantity of props needed for this production,” she said. “The process of creating props is amazing, from coming up with some kind of concept or sketch and then figuring out how to make it work and then finally being able to see and hold it in your hands.”

    The students have learned such techniques as how to create molds of and cast hands and faces and how to make human entrails – projects that seemed “really daunting at first,” Alley said.

    “We’ve learned that sometimes there’s a lot of trial and error before you get something absolutely perfect,” she said, “but it’s worth it once you end up with something you’re really proud of.

    “I think we are all super excited to see the whole thing come together and also to have other people finally see it,” she said. “Everyone in this production, and all the students whose names aren’t in the playbill but came in to help, worked so incredibly hard, and I think it absolutely paid off.”

    Billew said he is looking forward to seeing how the audience reacts to the show, which opens with a mass battle on stage.

    “Figuring out something that is dynamic, but clear enough for audiences to follow while so much action is happening on stage, has been fun,” he said.

    “Titus Andronicus” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 12 through 16, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. A matinee for high school students is at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.

    Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and non-SFA students 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. The play is recommended for mature audiences.

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  • Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform music by North American composers

    Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform music by North American composers

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    SFA’s Stone Fort Wind Quintet, featuring music faculty members, from left, Chris Ayer, Christina Guenther, Lee Goodhew, Abby Y. Held and Charles Gavin, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Cole Concert Hall on the university campus.

    November 1, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a concert of music by North American composers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The quintet is comprised of SFA School of Music faculty, including Christina Guenther, flute; Abby Held, oboe; Chris Ayer, clarinet; Charles Gavin, horn; and Lee Goodhew, bassoon. The performance is a feature of the Friends of Music Concert Series.

    Among the pieces on the program is the unique “Beer Music” by American composer Brian DuFord. The composer writes, “Beer Music is a musical tasting celebration of our civilization’s fondness for this ancient fermented beverage.” The inspiration for the work was the craft brewery scene in Madison, Wisconsin, as the composer sampled more than 50 beers. Descriptive movement titles include “Black Earth Porter,” “Groundskeeper Willie” and “Hopalicious.”

    Two other works also come from American composers who, generally, compose for their own wind quintet, the Imani Winds. “The Afro-Cuban Concerto” for Wind Quintet by Valerie Coleman is inspired by influences of African and Cuban music in American music. “Startin’ Sumthin’ by another member of the Imani Winds, Jeff Scott, is somewhat of a “fusion” composition with influences from both jazz and rock, Gavin explained. “It features virtuosic passages for all the woodwind players,” he added.

    “This program promises to have something for everybody,” Gavin said. “We feel every piece on the program will engage the audience. The music is vibrant and colorful. It is sure to be a fun and entertaining 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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