College of Fine Arts News Archive

January 2020

  • Second volume of SFA’s “Picturing Books” exhibition opens at Cole Art Center

    Second volume of SFA’s “Picturing Books” exhibition opens at Cole Art Center

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    A reception for Volume II of “Picturing Books: Illustrations in Print from the 15th to the 20th Centuries” is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in The Cole Art Center.

    January 20, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    The second volume of the exhibition “Picturing Books: Illustrations in Print from the 15th to the 20th Centuries” opens Jan. 21 at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. A reception for Volume II is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in The Cole Art Center.

    Curated by Dr. John Handley, director of SFA’s art galleries, and Dr. David A. Lewis, professor of art history, the exhibition, presented in two volumes, offers a series of “chapters” that explore the evolution of the printed illustration, beginning with the Incunabulum (meaning the first 50 years of the printed book), including the Nuremberg Chronicle of 1493 and continuing up to the 20th century. Volume I was exhibited Oct. 31 through Jan. 5; Volume II will show through March 29.

    This extensive and unique exhibition highlights a major art form that is often overlooked, according to Handley.

    “Book illustration historically has consisted of original prints in such media as woodcut, wood engraving, etching, copperplate engravings, and later, lithography and process printing using photo mechanical techniques,” Handley said. “As such, this show links the graphic arts with fine arts, since books are not only illustrated but connect those images to text.”

    Because the exhibition contains books and other printed items that are hundreds of years old, the materials will be displayed under protective glass. Viewers will be able to “see” additional pages in the books by scanning codes on mobile devices, including phones.

    Art exhibitions and receptions are sponsored by the Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, William Arscott and The Flower Shop. Admission is free.

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

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  • SFA’s Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform works depicting celebration, praise

    SFA’s Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform works depicting celebration, praise

    January 20, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Band at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a program of music with themes of celebration and praise when the student ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Directed by Dr. Tamey Anglley, associate director of bands at SFA, the Wind Symphony will perform “Give Us This Day,” which is a short symphony for wind ensemble by American composer David Maslanka.

    “Though the title is from the Lord’s Prayer, it features the choral melody ‘Vater Unser im Himmelreich’ (Our Feather in Heaven) No. 110 from J.S. Bach,” Anglley said.

    The Symphonic Band, directed by Christopher Kaatz, assistant director of bands, will perform works by different generations of American composers, including the march “Americans We” by Henry Fillmore; Chorale and Alleluia by Howard Hanson; and “Masque” by Francis McBeth.

    “‘Americans We’ and ‘Masque’ are both about celebrations, while Chorale and Alleluia and ‘Give Us This Day’ (which the Wind Symphony will perform) both have connections to religious praise,” Kaatz explains.

    “Each composer on the concert represents a different generation of American composers,” he adds, “Fillmore being the earliest and Maslanka the most recent. The concept of the concert is that it is sort of a journey of American composition from the early 1900s to the early 2000s, with each piece written more recently than the one that precedes it.”

    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 Children’s Performing Arts Series presents ‘We the People’

    SFA’s Children’s Performing Arts Series presents ‘We the People’

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    Two performances of “We the People” on Friday, Jan. 31, in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus will bring American civics lessons to life. The musical revue is a feature of the Children’s Performing Arts Series, presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts.

    January 20, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    The Children’s Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present two performances of TheaterworksUSA’s “We the People” on Friday, Jan. 31, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    With the U.S. presidential campaign in full swing, it's the perfect time to make learning about democracy fun and accessible, inspiring students to get involved and make a difference. Through rock, R&B and hip-hop, this musical revue covers the three branches of government, the First Amendment and more.

    “This show brings American civics lessons to life with a musical revue that makes social studies exciting,” said Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children’s series.

    “We The People” features a book by Joe Iconis and songs by Brad Alexander and Kevin Del Aguila; Eli Bolin and Sam Forman; Joe Iconis; Tommy Newman; Ryan Scott Oliver; Adam Overett; Erik Weiner, Mark Weiner and Jordan Allen-Dutton. Based on a concept by Alex Timbers, the show was originally directed by Gordon Greenberg and choreographed by Michele Lynch. Orchestrations are by Greg Pliska; set design is by Adam Koch; and costume design is by Lora LaVon. The show targets children in third through eighth grade.

    Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium, located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. 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 “We the People” may be accessed at cpas.sfasu.edu.

    Other upcoming CPAS performances this season include Super Scientific Circus on Friday, Feb. 28; and “Cinderella” on Tuesday, April 28. 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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  • Tickets still available for The Isaacs concert at SFA

    Tickets still available for The Isaacs concert at SFA

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    January 16, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets are still available for the Encore Event concert featuring the multi-Dove Award-winning and two-time Grammy-nominated family of singers, The Isaacs, performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus. A special event presented by the College of Fine Arts and its University Series, the concert is sponsored in part by BancorpSouth. Encore Event tickets are: adult $45/36/27; senior $36/29/21; youth $18/14/11; SFA student $3. All seating is reserved. Pricing is based on seating (section A/B/C). Discounts are also available for SFA faculty and staff members. For more information, visit http://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 graduate art students present ‘Pondering the Moment’

    SFA graduate art students present ‘Pondering the Moment’

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    This piece by SFA graduate art student Aldo Ornelas Lopez is among the works featured in the exhibition “Pondering the Moment,” showing Jan. 23 through March 3 in Griffith Fine Arts Gallery on the SFA campus.
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    This painting by SFA graduate art student Travis Walthall is among the works featured in the exhibition “Pondering the Moment,” showing Jan. 23 through March 3 in Griffith Fine Arts Gallery on the SFA campus.
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    This sculpture by SFA graduate art student Kailan Counahan is among the works featured in the exhibition “Pondering the Moment,” showing Jan. 23 through March 3 in Griffith Fine Arts Gallery on the SFA campus.
    January 15, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    Three graduate students in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will exhibit their work in a show titled “Pondering the Moment” to be displayed Jan. 23 through March 3 in Griffith Fine Arts Gallery on the SFA campus.

    Sculptor Kailan Counahan, ceramicist Aldo Ornelas Lopez and painter Travis Walthall will each exhibit a selection of recent works. An opening reception for the exhibition will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the gallery, located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    Counahan, a native of Rusk, earned an associate’s degree in art from Tyler Junior College and a B.F.A. from the University of Texas at Tyler before entering the master’s program at SFA. Counahan uses a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials, including yarn, steel, bones, bronze, wood, plastic and sand. The materials and colors used in each piece are tied to the specific memory that it is based on.

    Ornelas Lopez is from Chihuahua, Mexico, where he earned his B.F.A. from Chihuahua State University with an emphasis in sculpture and ceramics. The wall installation work that he will include in the exhibition is composed of 300 individual clay pieces. The work is intended to explore the boundaries of sculpture and drawing and is a visual representation of a path in the landscape.

    Walthall is from Beaumont and graduated from Lamar University with his B.F.A., emphasis in drawing, before coming to SFA to pursue painting. The work that he is including in this exhibit features recent oil paintings that explore the spectrum of human emotions using human-animal hybrid subjects. Walthall uses humor to communicate serious ideas about how both humans and animals are influenced by their environments.

    SFA art exhibitions and receptions are free. For additional information about the exhibition, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • Guest artists Shipes, Yang to present concert at SFA

    Guest artists Shipes, Yang to present concert at SFA

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    Dr. Matthew Shipes

    January 13, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    Guest artists Dr. Matthew Shipes, tuba and euphonium, and Dr. Rajung Yang, piano, will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Music Recital Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. Shipes and Yang will also present a master class to members of the SFA tuba-euphonium and piano studios.

    Works to be performed include Concertino for tuba, Op. 77 by Jan Koetsier; Sonata for tuba and piano, Op. 34 by Trygve Madsen; Concertino for flute, Op. 107 by Cécile Chaminade; and “Pearls” by Roland Szentpáli.

    A former member of the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., Shipes is the assistant professor of low brass at San Angelo State University. Yang teaches at Baylor University and has won several awards such as the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev Competition in Italy and William Byrd International Competition.

    On tuba, Shipes will perform Madsen’s Sonata for Tuba and Piano, Op. 34.

    “Set in three movements, the work features the vocal song-like quality of the tuba that surprises many first-time listeners,” said Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA. “On euphonium, he will perform Szentpali’s ‘Pearls’ – a musical tour de force in three movements which challenges both the soloist and collaborative pianist. Both of these works would be anchor pieces on any recital, but to have them performed on different instruments on the same recital will be a treat for any low brass enthusiast.”

    In 2018, Shipes was awarded a grant to create the first-ever ASU Low Brass Festival, bringing 30 students from the region to learn from guest artists and perform in a featured ensemble concert. As a member of The United States Air Force Band, Shipes had many opportunities to perform for former President Obama and foreign leaders and for hundreds of ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. He is an associate editor for the International Tuba Euphonium Association’s quarterly journal, both writing articles for the journal and managing the Expert’s Excerpts recurring column.
     
    Praised worldwide as one of the most versatile pianists of her generation, Yang has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, New York University, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and major venues in Italy and France.

    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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  • School of Music to present ‘What Is Truth: A Brass and Media Concert’

    School of Music to present ‘What Is Truth: A Brass and Media Concert’

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    Dr. Ronnie Ingle

    January 10, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    The School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University will present “What Is Truth: A Brass and Media Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Music Recital Hall on the SFA campus.

    Performed by Dr. Ronnie Ingle, trumpet professor at the University of North Dakota, and Dr. Mike Hall, trombone professor at Old Dominion University, the concert is a thematic collaborative presentation with brass and multimedia asking through music “What is truth?” in today’s “post-truth culture,” according to the artists.

    Lyrics are by Johnny Cash and works are by J.S. Bach, Jacob TV, David Sampson, Ben Hase, Peter Meechan, Thomas Kelly, Matthew Murchison, Steven Bryant, Mark Phillips and Kit Turnbull. The presentation can be accessed at https://www.ronnieingle.com/truth-project.

    Ingle is an international trumpet soloist who has performed in Sweden, Australia, Canada, Brazil, China, Armenia and the U.S. He continues to appear as a resident guest artist and on distinguished artist series at numerous universities and institutions. Ingle has served as an adjudicator for the National Trumpet Competition and has judged numerous state, organizational and orchestra-sponsored competitions. He serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Research in Music Performance. His trumpet ensemble has performed in the live round of the National Trumpet Competition in four of the last six years and has performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Sydney, Australia; Anaheim, California; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Hall serves as literature reviews editor for the International Trombone Association Journal and teaches jazz and orchestral trombone at the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Kansas and Eastern Michigan University. Hall has performed as a featured soloist and in several chamber groups and orchestras throughout North and South America, Europe and China in a diverse range of genres and styles. He also has an extensive background in commercial music, backing entertainers, playing in large and small group jazz settings, and performing in theater and studio recording ensembles. His study of Baroque performance practice as applied to trombone has led to six solo recordings. “Music for a New Millennium,” new sonatas for trombone and piano, was released in 2015.

    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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  • Percussionist Perez to perform at SFA

    Percussionist Perez to perform at SFA

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    Dr. Francisco Perez

    January 8, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Francisco Perez will present a guest percussion recital at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    Perez is a percussionist, composer and educator from Pflugerville. He currently serves as assistant professor of music (percussion) at Lamar University in Beaumont where he oversees all aspects of the percussion studio. His performance at SFA will feature the electro-acoustic repertoire of percussion, including works he has composed or commissioned.

    The program features Russell Wharton’s “Deus Ex Metronome," which the composer patterned after rapper Kendrick Lamar’s music.

    “I found myself particularly drawn to the rhythmic structure of his verses, and in particular his use of odd groupings,” Wharton wrote. “A particularly interesting way to listen to Kendrick is to do so while following along with the lyrics – quite often, he moves between lines or rhymes in a way that is often in contrast with the beat. This piece also owes a lot to the Armenian jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan, whose music has been a continuous source of inspiration for me.”

    Perez’s own composition “Tesseract” is also on the program. It was written for solo vibraphone and pre-recorded mallet keyboards. “‘Tesseract’ is the result of my exploration between the multiple aural ‘dimensions’ unique to these instruments and the rhythmic capabilities they so naturally manifest,” he said. "Rather than leading the listener through a programmatic narrative, the soloist acts as a sort of constant between the evolving layers and textures throughout, much like the tesseract serves as a point of reference to the fourth dimension.”

    Anna Ignatowicz-Glinska’s “Toccata” was written as a farewell to the composer’s father. Of the piece, she said: “When I was writing this work, I had to 'go through my dad's life,' coming back to the times before my birth. A part of myself also changed into ashes at this moment. If there is any trace of this process in the score, it may only be the utlra-subjective narration, which individual performers may, however, understand in different ways. ‘Toccata’ is not a programmatic work and my personal comments do not relate to the details of interpretation.”

    As an active performer, Perez has accepted international engagements in Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Spain and China and toured extensively throughout the U.S. including performances at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He has performed with various professional ensembles such as the Lexington Philharmonic and the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and he is a founding member of the Percussion Quartet. Dedicated to the expansion of chamber percussion music, he has performed throughout Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Tennessee.

    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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  • Pianist Rust to present versatile program at SFA

    Pianist Rust to present versatile program at SFA

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    Dr. Roberta Rust

    January 8, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Roberta Rust, professor and head of the piano department at the Lynn University Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, will present a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The program includes “a wide and interesting variety of piano music,” said Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano in the SFA School of Music, ranging from a familiar W.A. Mozart sonata and Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” to Brazilian tangos, to recently composed works by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Phillip Evans, Michael Anderson and Almeida Prado.

    “There is something here for everyone,” Parr said.

    In May 2019, Rust’s new CD, “Direct Contact,” was released on Navona Records and has garnered enthusiastic reviews. The American Record Guide praised the recording as follows: “Rust is a virtuoso of the highest order and the best possible advocate for this music. She has masterly control of tone ... her technical control in difficult passage work is clean, the direction of each phrase clear and always musical. This is a memorable program.”

    Rust has concertized to critical acclaim around the globe, with performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, New York's Merkin Concert Hall, Rio de Janeiro's Sala Cecilia Meireles, Washington's Corcoran Gallery, Havana’s Basilica and Seoul's KNUA Hall. The 2019-20 season includes solo recitals in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Washington, Iowa, Arizona, Florida, Singapore and the Philippines. Her concerto appearances have included engagements with the Houston Symphony, Philippine Philharmonic, New Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony, Boca Raton Symphonia, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, New World Symphony, and orchestras in Latin America. For more information, visit http://www.robertarust.com.
     
    Her performance at SFA is a feature of the Friends of Music Concert Series. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA percussionist Meyer to present faculty recital

    SFA percussionist Meyer to present faculty recital

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    Dr. Brad Meyer

    January 6, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Meyer will perform works by Andrew Hannon, Baljinder Singh Sekhon II, Thom Hasenpflug, Matthew Burtner, Casey Cangelosi and Jim Casella.

    Hannon’s “Boundaries” for drumset and fixed video segments nine videos and disperses them throughout the composition based on magic squares. The formal structure is like a collage of diverse ideas. “Each of the videos concentrates on nature and has its own musical texture,” the composer states.

    Sekhon’s “Distances” for solo marimba was commissioned by a consortium of percussionists, led by Michael Burritt. “The title refers to the intervallic distances between the pitch material that makes up the content of the composition,” Sekhon writes.

    “Looking Down to See the Sky” by Hasenpflug references an area off the coast of Cozumel near the Columbia Reef known as El Cielo (the Heavens). The composer writes: “Here you will find a shallow sandy bottom with a bit of sea grass and hundreds if not thousands of giant starfish. The local dive operators who bring you to this location therefore say that you are ‘looking down to see the sky.’”

    The program also features Burtner’s “Broken Drum,” which references a brake drum the composer found on the side of the road and made into a musical instrument.

    The final piece on the program, “Prime Ordinals” represents composer Casella’s first venture “into the world of writing for a soloist with digital audio accompaniment.” It was written specifically for the djembe, a drum of African origin, which is capable of producing a wide range of timbres.

    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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