College of Fine Arts News Archive

February 2020

  • ‘The Great Hack’ featured in SFA’s Friday Night Film Series

    ‘The Great Hack’ featured in SFA’s Friday Night Film Series

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    “The Great Hack” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, in The Cole Art Center in downtown Nacogdoches as part of the SFA School of Art and Friends of the Visual Art’s Friday Night Film Series.

    February 28, 2020—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 “The Great Hack” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    The 2019 Netflix original documentary explores how a data company – Cambridge Analytica – came to symbolize the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. From award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, “The Great Hack” forces viewers to question the origin of the information they consume daily. What do we give up when we tap that phone or keyboard and share ourselves in the digital age?

    The film is the 2020 winner of Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design or Animation in the Cinema Eye Honors Awards and was nominated for Best Documentary in the BAFTA Awards for Best Writing by the International Documentary Association.

    This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Night 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 and the Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

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

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  • Guest artist Bliss to perform with SFA’s Percussion Ensemble

    Guest artist Bliss to perform with SFA’s Percussion Ensemble

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    Andy Bliss

    February 28, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    The SFA Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Brad Meyer, will welcome guest artist Dr. Andy Bliss in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    Bliss, who is director of percussion studies at the University of Tennessee, will perform a snare drum solo on Bob Becker’s “Mudra,” a major work for percussion quintet and an example of how Becker fuses military drumming style within the context of Hindustani practices.

    The Percussion Ensemble will open the concert with Brian Nozny’s “trick,” which the composer describes as “a bit devious, somewhat playful and rather mischievous in character.”

    The ensemble will also perform “dreams” by Dave Molk, who explains that two non-pitched multi-setups anchor “dreams,” their complicated rhythms alternating dialogue and unison yet always supporting and propelling the piece forward to ever-greater highs. “A virtuosic vibraphone is placed front and center, weaving in and out of the electronics, creating pulsating melodies that flicker with colorful licks,” he writes in program notes.

    Featured student performers are junior Briley Patterson of Palestine performing “Kim” by Askell Másson; freshman Nadya Pramono of Houston performing “Anthem” from “Song Book, Vol. 1” by Ivan Trevino; and sophomores Lauryn Dean of Dallas and Brenson Kent of Richmond performing “Carousel” by David Friedman and Dave Samuels.

    The program also includes Trevino’s “Shared Space,” which the composer explains is scored for seven percussionists who share a setup of one marimba, one vibraphone, one glockenspiel, one cajón and two concert toms. At times, up to five players perform on the same keyboard instrument.

    As a music educator, Bliss has presented recitals, lectures and masterclasses at the Northern Illinois University New Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, Association for Technology in Music Instruction’s National Conference and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Residing in Knoxville, Tennessee, his performances have been heard locally at the Tennessee Theatre and the Knoxville Museum of Art, and abroad in locations such as the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music, Germany; the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; and the Patagonia Percussion Festival, Argentina.

    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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  • Guest artists Gardner, Wilt to present ‘An American Portrait’

    Guest artists Gardner, Wilt to present ‘An American Portrait’

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    Ryan Gardner

    February 26, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    Guest artists Dr. Ryan Gardner, trumpet, and Rebecca Wilt, piano, will present the program “An American Portrait” when they perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    Their program at SFA will feature “L’Esprit” by James Stephenson; Sonata No. 3 by Allen Vizzutti; “Simple Gifts” by Aaron Copland; “The Adventures of …” by Kevin McGee; Three Preludes by George Gershwin; and Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Brahms by Eric Ewazen.

    “We’re extremely excited to be hosting Ryan Gardner and Rebecca Wilt here in the School of Music at SFA,” said Dr. Jacob Walburn, professor of trumpet. “Ryan has established himself as one of the finest trumpet pedagogues and performers in the country and is in his first year as the trumpet professor at the University of Colorado, after having taught for several years at Oklahoma State University. Rebecca continues to enjoy a busy and diverse performing and teaching schedule, and she has collaborated with most of the country’s finest brass players and vocalists. Their recital is sure to be energetic and entertaining.”

    Gardner is the associate professor of trumpet at the University of Colorado-Boulder. As an orchestral performer, he has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Music Academy of the West Orchestra, the Aldeburgh Festival Britten-Pears Orchestra in England and the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, among others. He has also performed in prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Concert Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Palau de la Musica Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. He plays principal trumpet with the Distinguished Concerts International Orchestra in New York City and is a member the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. Gardner has worked with artists such as Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen, Wayne Bergeron, Lenny Pickett, Allen Vizzutti, the Canadian Brass and others.

    Wilt has worked with many of the world’s prominent wind instrument performers, as well as some of the country’s foremost vocalists, and has performed in many of the world’s greatest venues in North America, Europe and Asia. She has performed in collaboration with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Currently on the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, she is also on the summer faculty for the Center for Advanced Musical Studies in Enfield, New Hampshire. She is a guest artist at various festivals all over the world.

    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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  • Exciting Che Malambo Argentine-based dance company coming to SFA

    Exciting Che Malambo Argentine-based dance company coming to SFA

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    February 25, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the Argentine-based dance company Che Malambo in an electrifying University Series performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Che Malambo’s fiery melting-pot performance blends flamenco, tango, tap and Irish step dance with the drumming of traditional bombos, singing and whirling boleadoras lasso work in a powerful production. Their performance at SFA is sponsored in part by Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical/Medical Arts Surgery Center. Ticket prices are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors and $12 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. Discounts are also available for SFA faculty and staff members. For more information or to purchase tickets, 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 alumnus Wood to perform horn concert

    SFA alumnus Wood to perform horn concert

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    Gerald Wood

    February 25, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present a music alumnus in concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Music Recital Hall on the SFA campus.

    Gerald Wood earned a Bachelor of Music Education from SFA in 1997. He then attended the University of Southern Mississippi to earn a Master of Music in performance and completed his doctoral studies at the University of Illinois. He is currently professor of horn at the University of Texas-Arlington. He is a member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Dallas Wind Symphony and has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Wood is a founding member of the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse, a quartet that has performed internationally and has recorded a compact disc.

    “Gerry is one of the finest horn students to attend SFA,” said Dr. Charles Gavin, professor of horn at SFA. “He will perform some of the great current literature for horn.”

    His program features two concertos, including one by Lars-Eric Larsson and another by Wood’s horn professor at the University of Illinois, Kaz Machala.

    “In addition to the standard repertoire, he will be performing a beautiful arrangement of ‘Send in the Clowns,’” Gavin added.

    Wood’s performance is a feature of the School of Music’s Friends of Music Concert Series.

    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 jazz bands to perform big band favorites

    SFA jazz bands to perform big band favorites

    February 24, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    The big band sounds of jazz greats like the Count Basie Orchestra and composer and arranger Sammy Nestico will be performed by the jazz bands at Stephen F. Austin State University in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Directed by Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone at SFA, and Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba and euphonium studies, the Swingin’ Axes and the Swingin’ Aces student ensembles have planned “an exciting concert of classic big band compositions,” according to Scott.

    The Swingin’ Axes will perform, in University of North Texas’ famous One O’Clock Lab Band style, Mike Bogle’s Grammy-nominated arrangement of Chick Corea’s “Got a Match?” It will feature Felipe Hernandez of Lufkin on lead alto saxophone.

    Students Kevin Thomas of Houston, tenor sax, and Sterling Davis of Cambridge, Ohio, trombone, will be featured on Nestico’s “Tall Cotton,” made famous by the Count Basie Big Band. “Tickle Toe” by Lester Young will be performed like the rendition made famous by Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass. From the Stan Kenton tradition, Marty Paich’s arrangement of “My Old Flame” will feature Jacob Kilford of New Braunfels on alto saxophone and Travis Wattigney of Fort Worth on trumpet.

    Also performed from the current big band repertoire will be “Bodysnatchers” composed by Radiohead and arranged by Fred Sturm.

    The Swingin’ Aces will perform Nestico’s arrangement of “Splanky,” Dave Wolpe’s arrangement of “A Foggy Day” and close their portion of the concert with Japanese composer Yoko Kanno’s “Tank!” Many will recognize the work as the opening theme to the late 1990s anime show “Cowboy Bebop.”

    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 Men’s, Women’s choirs to present ‘Testaments’ program: Concert to serve as sendoff for prestigious conference performance

    SFA Men’s, Women’s choirs to present ‘Testaments’ program: Concert to serve as sendoff for prestigious conference performance

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    The SFA Women’s Choir has been selected to perform at the upcoming Southwest American Choral Directors Association conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.

    February 24, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    The Men’s Choir and Women’s Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the program “Testaments” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, in Cole Concert Hall in Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    Both choirs are directed by Dr. Tod Fish, associate director of choral activities at SFA. Other music faculty members performing on the concert are Dr. Thomas Nixon and Hyun Ji Oh, collaborative pianists; Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin; and Dr. Brad Meyer, percussion. Graduate students David Zielke and Greg Simmons will assist in conducting the Men’s Choir, which will perform Randall Thompson's “Testament of Freedom.”

    “This work was written in 1943, while the United States was in the middle of our involvement in World War II,” Fish said. “The work, based upon writings of Thomas Jefferson, speaks to the freedoms we have as a nation. The work is a testament to those who bravely fought and sacrificed for the liberties we enjoy today.”

    The concert will also serve as a sendoff for the Women's Choir when they travel to Little Rock, Arkansas, to sing at the Southwest American Choral Directors Association conference.

    “Performing at this conference is a tremendous opportunity for our vocal/choral area and School of Music, as it is the first time for one of our secondary choirs to receive such a distinction,” Fish said.

    Following the concert theme of “Testaments,” Fish explained that the Women’s Choir’s selection to perform at SWACDA “is a testament to those who have helped the choir achieve this honor.”

    “It is a testament to the women who have committed themselves to excellence in previous years as members of the Women's Choir,” he said, adding that being chosen for an ACDA conference requires three consecutive years of outstanding performance recordings. “It is a testament to the leadership of Director of Choral Activities Dr. Michael Murphy, as we changed the makeup of our choirs to create the Women's and Men's choirs with the hopes of possibly being chosen for an ACDA convention in the future, and the future is here. It is a testament to our voice faculty and their overwhelming support of our choirs.

    “It is also a testament to our School of Music Director Dr. Gary Wurtz and College of Fine Arts Dean Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, as they supported and helped secure funding for our travels,” Fish added. “I am grateful to everyone whose efforts played a hand in this opportunity, especially our students.”

    Zielke and Simmons will conduct the second and third movements of “Testament of Freedom,” respectively, while Nixon is featured on the challenging orchestral reduction of Thompson’s work.

    The Women’s Choir will be joined by Dalmas and Meyer on Jake Runestad’s “Sing, Wearing the Sky.” The faculty members will also join the choir for its Little Rock performance. Brandon William’s arrangement of Clara Schumann’s “Er ist gekommen” will feature collaborative pianist Oh on what Fish described as “a virtuosic accompaniment.”

    In addition to the Thompson work, the Men’s Choir will perform Paul Rardin’s raucous piece, “Sound Off,” which Fish described as “a testament to dudes being bros.”

    “It will be great fun for the Men’s Choir and audience alike,” he said.

    The Women’s Choir will reprise works from its fall concert by Runestad, Schumann/Williams, and Einojuhani Rautavaara, but will finish out the program with Sarah Quartel’s “Birds’ Lullaby” and “Music Down in My Soul” by Moses Hogan.

    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 School of Theatre presents ‘Pride and Prejudice’ through Saturday

    SFA School of Theatre presents ‘Pride and Prejudice’ through Saturday

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    February 21, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University theatre students, from left, Levi Laymance, Skyler Yarbrough, Sedona McDonald, Bayley Owen, Colby Green, Britney Day and Cameron Wall bring to life on stage Kate Hamill’s “Pride and Prejudice,” an irreverent adaptation of the Jane Austen novel. The play is presented at 7:30 nightly through Saturday, Feb. 22, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. 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

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  • SFA Symphony Orchestra to perform music by Respighi, Mozart, Dubois

    SFA Symphony Orchestra to perform music by Respighi, Mozart, Dubois

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    Jamal Brown

    February 20, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    The SFA Symphony Orchestra will perform Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    Dr. Gregory Grabowski, director of orchestral activities for the SFA School of Music, conducts the orchestra, which will also perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 and Pierre Max Dubois’ Alto Saxophone Concerto, featuring School of Music concerto competition winner Jamal Brown, a senior music education major from Nacogdoches.

    The School of Music is collaborating with the Department of Mass Communication to televise the concert on SFA-TV2 and to live stream the event. Dr. Casey Hart, associate professor of mass communications, and his students have developed a pre-concert show that will air at 7 p.m. and will include an interview with featured student performer Brown.

    “These collaborations and cross pollination between academic disciplines and departments are valuable opportunities for our students to engage in real-world experiences and learn the importance of team work,” said Dr. John Hendricks, chair of the Department of Mass Communication.

    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 School of Theatre presents ‘Pride and Prejudice’ through Saturday

    SFA School of Theatre presents ‘Pride and Prejudice’ through Saturday

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    February 18, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present Kate Hamill’s “Pride and Prejudice” at 7:30 nightly through Saturday, Feb. 22, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Theatre students, from left, Clayton junior Colby Green, Royse City senior Bayley Owen and Red Oak senior Sedona McDonald are among the cast members in this stage adaptation of the Jane Austen novel. 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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  • Limited seating still available for Super Scientific Circus show at SFA

    Limited seating still available for Super Scientific Circus show at SFA

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    The all-time favorite Super Scientific Circus returns to SFA on Friday. Feb. 28. This CPAS performance is sponsored by Nacogdoches Pediatric Dentistry. A few seats are still available for the 12:30 p.m. performance.

    February 17, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    Only a few seats are still available for the afternoon performance of the widely popular Super Scientific Circus scheduled to be presented on Friday, Feb. 28, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The SFA College of Fine Arts’ Children’s Performing Arts Series has brought the exciting science-related show featuring Mr. Fish and Trent the Mime to Turner stage many times, and every visit is always well-received by students and their teachers, according to Diane Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the series. This year, the morning show is sold out, but limited seating is available for the afternoon, Peterson said.

    The program, which targets students in kindergarten through 12th grade, is designed to “help students understand that science can be appreciated in everything we see and do,” Peterson said.

    Super Scientific Circus’ appearance at SFA is sponsored by Nacogdoches Pediatric Dentistry.

    “We want to thank Nacogdoches Pediatric Dentistry for helping us bring this program back to the SFA campus so East Texas area students of all ages can better understand how science can be fun,” Peterson added.

    The program features circus skills, magic tricks, comedy and mime to illustrate fundamental scientific concepts such as gravity, air pressure and ultraviolet light.

    Performance times are 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

    This year’s children’s series concludes on Tuesday, April 28, with the beloved story of “Cinderella,” presented by The Panto Company USA. Bullied by her two mean stepsisters, Cinders’ future looks bleak until her Fairy Godmother casts a spell and sends her to the ball. True to the story, “Cinderella” is full of original modern songs, bursting with hilarity and has a happy ending. This show is for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and will be presented at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium.

    For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.cpas.sfasu.edu.

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  • ‘Pride and Prejudice’ features excellent roles for women

    ‘Pride and Prejudice’ features excellent roles for women

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    The SFA School of Theatre will present Kate Hamill’s “Pride and Prejudice” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 18 through 22, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu

    February 17, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    Women take the lead on stage and behind the scenes when the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre presents Kate Hamill’s “Pride and Prejudice” as a feature of this year’s Mainstage Series.

    Based on the novel by Jane Austen, Hamill’s “Pride and Prejudice” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 18 through 22, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building. The play is a fresh and witty adaptation to Austen’s beloved 1813 novel, according to Scott Shattuck, professor of theatre at SFA and the play’s director. Shattuck has described the play as “a celebration of smart, strong independent young women” who will not settle for the stereotypical choices history has forced on women.

    Heather Samuelson, assistant professor and coordinator of dance in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at SFA, is choreographer for the play and said “Pride and Prejudice” was “always a favorite of mine.”

    “Jane Austen was a pioneer in expressing through written literature what was once taboo,” Samuelson said. “I feel that this play demonstrates the struggles women of the 19th century endured – how families were pieced together by monetary gain and how being an independent woman could cause the demise of a family.”

    However, the play also illustrates how some men were open to uniting with an outspoken, independent woman, regardless of what it would do to their reputation, she said.

    “Through some aspects of this play, we begin to see similarities that are still current in today's society,” she said, “including the segregation of families due to one's deportment, elevated rank among siblings by marital gain, and the level of importance determined by education and maturity. This play has an underlying message for women, regardless of their looks and rank, that one has to be strong and persevere.”

    Bethany Trauger, senior theatre major from Gilmer and the play’s assistant director, believes Austin’s novel “made great strides in giving its main female character agency and control over her situation.”

    “But this play takes that one step further by letting every female character have complexities and motivations that were not clear in the book,” she said. “Even the seemingly one-dimensional and stereotypically silly Mrs. Bennet and Lydia are shown to be much more than what they seem. The play goes to great lengths to show the different strengths that women can have, and I hope that audiences see that in these familiar characters.”

    As dramaturg for the play, Austin freshman Rose Collins said she discovered in her research that playwright Hamill was “discouraged by the lack of interesting roles for women in theater.”

    “She was tired of going to auditions to try for [the part of a] wife or girlfriend or prostitute,” Collins said, “so she began writing adaptations for characters that she wanted to see herself and other women portray. This adaptation says to me that there is still so much further for women to go to be considered equals. But if we can look back and see how far we've come and respect those who helped to pave the way to a more equal future, then we should celebrate that.”

    On the technical side of theatre, CC Conn, associate professor of theatre and lighting and sound designer for “Pride and Prejudice,” has witnessed and experienced “historical gender inequity,” she said, adding the reason for that, in part, could be that fewer women were drawn to lighting and sound design. “But theatre, overall, like other professions, makes little effort to help with the challenges of balancing work and family,” she said.

    “As a professor I was able to have some flexibility in my hours and in the need to incorporate my child into my work life,” Conn said. “However, professionally, that is nearly impossible. And there are little to no options for maternity leave situations, so young women assume they have to give up their position to have a family. I had to fight my way through that maze of obstacles. I would like to see theatres, entertainment companies and unions find ways to be more family-centered about those choices and options, so women can feel that they can maintain their career to some extent while having a family, as well.”

    An example of the kind of strong women the play advocates, Hamill is an award-winning New York City-based actor/playwright whose work often examines social and gender issues as well as the timeless struggle to reconcile conscience and identity with social pressure. Passionate about creating new feminist, female-centered classics, her stories center around complicated women. She was named 2017’s Playwright of the Year by the Wall Street Journal. She has been one of the 10 most-produced playwrights in the country three seasons running, from 2017 to 2020, meaning in both 2017-18 and 2018-19, she wrote two of the top 10 most produced plays.

    Hamill had four world premieres scheduled in 2019-20, including “The Scarlet Letter” at South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, California; “Dracula” at Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway, New York City; “Prostitute Play” at Cygnet Theatre, San Diego; and “Emma” at the world-renowned Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    “Although women are prospering in today's society, we still haven't reached gender equality,” Samuelson said. “Women still make significantly less than men, even though they hold the same jobs.”

    Samuelson said she hopes that the students involved in the SFA presentation of “Pride and Prejudice” “understand how far we have come in societal change, but also recognize and acknowledge how much more needs to be done.”

    The performing arts can be a great place for women to express their individuality, as well as their passion and need to find equality, she added.

    “Whether it be through drama, art, music or dance, the performing arts is an area where women can unite, create and advocate for their gender and recruit others to find their individuality.”

    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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  • Guest artists to present flute, cello, piano recital

    Guest artists to present flute, cello, piano recital

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    Bethany Padgett

    February 13, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    Works by Peteris Plakidis, Cherise Leiter, George Crumb and others will be presented in a flute, cello and piano guest recital to be performed at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The recital features Bethany Padgett, flute; Molly Goforth, cello; and Amanda Albert Hughes, piano. The program opens with Plakidis’ “Dedication to Haydn.” Padgett and Goforth will perform Leiter’s “Chroma” for flute and cello. The performance will feature the world premiere of Shane Lamb’s “Fragile Landscapes.” Crumb’s “Vox Balaenae,” or “Voice of the Whale,” concludes the performance.

    Padgett is an active teacher and freelancer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She has been professor of flute at Navarro College since fall 2017. She has been an adjudicator for numerous competitions including the Texas Community College Band Directors Association, Floot Fire Solo Competition and the Texas Music Teachers Association Performance Competition. She has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Texarkana Symphony, South Arkansas Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and Baton Rouge Symphony orchestras.

    Goforth is a performer and teacher based in Lafayette, Louisiana. She is an active chamber and orchestral musician, performing in more than 50 events annually. She is the principal cellist of the Baton Rouge Symphony and is a frequent performer of chamber music with the Baton Rouge-based group Magnolia Strings. Goforth performs with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Charles Symphony. She has worked as a recording artist for various groups, including the Grammy-nominated artist Marc Broussard and the Grammy-nominated group Bonsoir, Catin.

    Hughes has distinguished herself in the field of piano performance and has given recitals across the U.S. and Europe. In May of 2013, she premiered the music of the Russian composer Vladimir Drozdoff at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In addition to having an active performance life, Hughes has composed more than 80 works. She was a prize winner in the Madelyn Savarick Piano Competition and was chosen as the alternate winner in the senior state division of the Music Teachers National Associate Competition. In 2006, she was chosen to represent the U.S. as the International Music Laureate.

    Recital 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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  • Powerhouse Argentine-based dance company Che Malambo to perform at SFA

    Powerhouse Argentine-based dance company Che Malambo to perform at SFA

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    Powerhouse all-male Argentine dancers bring to life the legacy of South American gouchos (cowboys) in Che Malambo’s percussive dance and music spectacle. The company will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Photo credit: Diane Smithers

    February 13, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the Argentine-based dance company Che Malambo in an exciting University Series performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Che Malambo’s fiery melting-pot performance blends flamenco, tango, tap and Irish step dance with the drumming of traditional bombos, singing and whirling boleadoras lasso work in a phenomenon of unbridled energy that is thrilling audiences around the world, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series. Their performance at SFA is sponsored in part by Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical/Medical Arts Surgery Center.

    “The company’s work and performances celebrate the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho,” Shattuck said. “It’s a display of rhythmic machismo unlike any other in the world.”

    Typical of the Pampas region of Argentina, the Malambo is a peculiar dance that is executed by men only. Its music has no lyrics, and it is based entirely on rhythm. Che Malambo, a powerhouse all-male company of gauchos, is directed by French choreographer and former ballet dancer Gilles Brinas. Like many who fall under the spell of traditional dances, Brinas was fascinated and troubled by the Malambo. He was drawn to the particular rhythms, the haunting characters, and the lonely expressions of the solitary gaucho. Brinas was inspired by the talented artists he found in Buenos Aires and was moved to create the company Che Malambo from the best Malambo dancers in Argentina.

    After premiering in Paris in 2007 and touring around the world, Che Malambo embarked on a U.S. tour in 2013. In 2015, the company was invited to perform on the opening night of New York City Center’s annually sold-out series Fall for Dance. Since 2016, the company has performed in more than 100 cities in 11 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. They have completed four North American tours and week-long runs in London, Berlin and Cologne as well as a 60-performance three-month run in Paris, France.

    “In the month before they arrive in Nacogdoches,” Shattuck noted, “this troupe will perform in Montreal, Ottowa, Atlanta and three different cities in Florida. This is truly world-class cultural entertainment, not to be missed on their visit to SFA.”

    Prior to the show, Sarah Sanchez, visiting lecturer in the SFA Dance Program, will present an informational 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, Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical/Medical Arts Surgery Center.

    Ticket prices are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors and $12 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. Discounts are also available for SFA faculty and staff members.

    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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  • Art Prom returns to Nacogdoches

    Art Prom returns to Nacogdoches

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    In costumes from a previous art prom themed “Come as Your Alter Ego” are local art lover Greg Sieg, left, and former SFA art professor the late Gary Frields. The art prom is back this year as a fundraiser for The Friends of the Visual Arts and is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Rebellion Barn at Millard’s Crossing.

    February 12, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts announces the return of the fabled Art Prom on Saturday March 21. The Art Prom, last held in 2004, was an annual tradition for area artists and art lovers for more than 20 years.

    “The Art Prom event was created by the SFA art students and local artists who felt like their high school proms were never as interesting or creative as they could be,” recalled Gary Parker, retired lecturer with the SFA School of Art. With themes like “Come as Your Alter Ego,” the “Mirror Ball” and the “Hair Ball,” attendees wore their most clever, complex and sometimes over-the-top costumes to fit the theme.

    By popular demand, Art Prom is coming back as a fundraiser for The Friends of the Visual Arts, an SFA external affiliate that promotes the visual arts in the local community and East Texas region, especially by supporting the art faculty and art students of SFA.

    “The FVA hosted the event from 1998 to 2004. For years, past attendees have asked that we bring this this fabled event back because it was such a fun and quirky night,” said Crystal Hicks, FVA president.

    This year’s theme, the “Odd Ball,” will give prom-goers the latitude they need to wear their oddest formal attire and dance the night away to tunes spanning the late 1960s to today, according to Hicks. Nacogdoches’ own Pat Casey will DJ the event, complete with a light show and disco ball.

    The Odd Ball Art Prom is scheduled for 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. March 21 at the Rebellion Barn at Millard's Crossing Historic Village, 6020 North St. Tickets for the fun and frivolity are $50 per person and include heavy hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar and photo booth will be available. Attendees must be age 21 or older. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the SFA School of Art through scholarships.To purchase tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or visit boxoffice.sfasu.edu. Deadline for purchasing tickets online is March 19. Tickets will be available at the SFA Fine Arts Box Office until March 20. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

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  • SFA’s Scott, Nixon to perform new works for trombone, piano

    SFA’s Scott, Nixon to perform new works for trombone, piano

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    Dr. Deb Scott

    February 12, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    A recital of new solo works for trombone and piano will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone in the SFA School of Music, and Dr. Thomas Nixon, SFA collaborative pianist, will perform works that were selected for performance last summer at the International Trombone Festival at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Scott is the director of the ITF Composers Workshop and is in a unique position to help select current repertoire for the trombone.

    For the ITF Composers Workshop, more than 60 new compositions were submitted for consideration. Five solos were selected by a panel of judges for performance at the conference. Scott performed one of the new solos at the conference and will perform it again on this recital. “The Scomorokhs” (A Tragicomic Scene) composed by Dmytro Malyi of Ukraine depicts traditional Russian street musicians.

    “It is a highly energetic and entertaining piece that uses some unusual techniques on the trombone,” Scott said.

    “Brazilian Pictures” by Jimmy Kachulis, another solo selected by the workshop, combines Brazilian rhythms and melodies with modern jazz chord changes of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” and Ray Noble’s “Cherokee,” Scott explains. Kachulis teaches songwriting and lyric writing at Berklee College of Music and conducts clinics nationwide.

    Lauren Bernofsky was one of the featured composers/artists/teachers for the 2019 ITF Composers Workshop. Her composition from 2018, “From a Mother’s Journal,” features movements written about different aspects of motherhood, including “Love Letter,” “A World of Worry,” “Bedtime Battle,” “Contentment” and “Little Imp.” Bernofsky’s music has been performed across the United States as well as internationally in major venues from New York City’s Carnegie Hall to Grieg Hall in Bergen, Norway.

    A piece by another female composer not connected to last year’s workshop will be featured on the recital. Scott will perform the highly technical composition “A Dream of Fire” by Saksia Apon, arranger-in-residence for the Rotterdam Philharmonic Brass.

    Recital 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 Guenther, Nixon to collaborate on literature-inspired music program

    SFA’s Guenther, Nixon to collaborate on literature-inspired music program

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    Christina Guenther

    February 6, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    Christina Guenther and Thomas Nixon, members of the music faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University, will present the program “Storytime: Literature-Inspired Music for Flute and Piano” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Guenther, professor of flute, and Nixon, collaborative pianist, will perform four works – two German and two French – spanning the 19th and early 20th centuries.

    “The genesis of this concert stemmed from my wanting to play a concert with Thomas Nixon, who is newer to the School of Music (now in his second year) and is just a beautiful player,” Guenther said. “As we brainstormed some pieces we wanted to perform, the concept of literature-inspired music came together.”

    The program includes Theobald Boehm’s arrangement of Franz Schubert’s Lied “Gute Nacht” (Good Night), which was written around 1870. The original lied (song) was written for baritone voice and piano in 1828 as part of the song cycle “Winterreise” (Winter Journey). The eighth notes in the opening of the piano part depict the tired footsteps of the protagonist, a man who is leaving his summertime love interest to roam and find the next, Guenther explained.

    Also featured is Carl Reinecke’s “Sonata Undine,” op. 167, which is based on the German Romantic author Friedrich de La Motte Fouqué’s fairytale novella of the same name, in which a water sprite, Undine, marries a knight, Huldbrand, in order to gain a soul.

    “The four movements of Reinecke’s sonata are very programmatic,” Guenther said. “The first movement is representative of water and all the power it holds. The second movement is Undine playfully splashing water, with a brief love theme in the middle. The third movement is the love song, this time with a very brief stormy section towards the end. The fourth and final movement represents all the passion and fury of a water nymph scorned, ending, finally, with the return of the love theme of the second movement as Undine’s spring embraces Huldbrand forever.”

    The program also features Claude Debussy’s symphonic poem for orchestra “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” and Jules Mouquet’s best-known work “La Flûte de Pan,” op. 15.

    Recital 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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