College of Fine Arts News Archive

May 2016

  • SFA to host free screening of ‘Thunder Soul’

    SFA to host free screening of ‘Thunder Soul’

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    May 3, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Audio Engineering Society at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a free screening of “Thunder Soul,” a documentary about bandleader Conrad “Prof” Johnson and the Kashmere High School Stage Band, at 2 p.m. Friday, May 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Produced by Jamie Foxx and directed by Mark Landsman, the film tells the story of alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for their beloved bandleader who turned the struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s, according to the IMDb description.

    Now, years later, Johnson’s students prepare to pay tribute to the man – age 92 at the time the film was made – who changed their lives. Some haven’t played their horns in decades, yet they dust off their instruments, determined to retake the stage to show Prof and the world that they’ve still got it with the making of a CD release, “528-0727.”

    The film is one hour, 23 minutes and is rated PG for language and momentary smoking. A question-answer session will follow.

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  • SFA’s Music Preparatory Division presents spring recitals

    SFA’s Music Preparatory Division presents spring recitals

    May 3, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Students in the Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present their spring recitals May 7 through May 17.

    “The students have worked hard this semester in order to bring their gift of music to parents, families and friends,” said Pat Barnett, division director.

    Piano students of Dr. Mario Ajero and music major instructors will perform at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus, followed by music major instructors’ string students performing at 4 p.m. in the recital hall.

    Classical guitar students of Kaleb Benge will perform at 5 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the Music Prep performance hall, 3028 Raguet St.

    The SFA Choristers, directed by Carolyn Andrews, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The SFA Young Violinists, students of Brenda Josephsen, will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the Music Recital Hall.

    Piano students of Mary Cooper will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, in Cole Concert Hall, followed by the piano students of Linda Parr performing at 4:30 p.m., also in Cole Concert Hall.

    Under the direction of Dr. Evgeni Raychev, the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, May 16, in Cole Concert Hall.

    Spring recitals will conclude with a performance of Raychev’s cello students and violin students of Dr. Jennifer Dalmas at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the Music Recital Hall.

    Admission to all recitals is free.

    Registrations for summer classes are being accepted. Forms are available online at http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep. For more information about the SFA Music Preparatory Division, contact Barnett at (936) 468-1291.

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  • SFA film series to feature Academy Award-winning ‘Ida’

    SFA film series to feature Academy Award-winning ‘Ida’

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    May 3, 2016—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 “Ida” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, the film tells the story of Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, who is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation, according to information at imdb.com.

    “Ida” won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2015. The film is 82 minutes and is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and smoking.

    This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Film Festival, William Arscott, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, Main Street Nacogdoches, David Kulhavy, John and Kristen Heath, Brad Maule, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens and Jim and Mary Neal.

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

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