College of Fine Arts News Archive

March 2015

  • Guest artist Knight to perform with SFA Percussion Ensemble

    Guest artist Knight to perform with SFA Percussion Ensemble

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    Joshua Knight

    March 24, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University’s Percussion Ensemble will perform with guest artist Dr. Joshua Knight at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Under the direction of Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies for the SFA School of Music, the ensemble will perform the music of Dwayne Rice and Nathan Daughtrey, among others.

    Meyer and Knight, who is director of percussion studies at McMurry University, will collaborate to perform Blake Tyson’s “Vertical River,” a duet for marimba and vibraphone that reflects the good times Tyson and co-composer John Parks enjoyed during a rafting trip on the Boise River.

    Knight will also perform the solo marimba part with a quartet of SFA percussionists on Daughtrey’s “Halcyon Days.” The composer researched the mythological origins of the phrase “halcyon,” which refers to a period of peace and tranquility, to gather more inspiration for the piece, according to Meyer.

    The program also features Rice’s “Marimba Quartet No. 1” in two movements – “Nocturne” and “Presto.”

    Knight has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, Conway Symphony Orchestra, Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra and currently performs with the River Valley Community Band and the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra. He is active in commissioning and premiering new works for percussion.

    Tickets for the concert, which is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, 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 Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform

    SFA’s Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform

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    SFA’s Stone Fort Wind Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    March 24, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stone Fort Wind Quintet, a faculty ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in Cole Concert Hall in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    The program will feature a mix of music and will include works by Giuseppe Cambini, Josef Foerster, Daniel Baldwin and György Ligeti. The quintet features School of Music faculty members Christina Guenther-Scott, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

    The concert, which is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series, opens with a wind quintet standard of the Classical era – Cambini’s Quintet No. 2 in D Minor.
    “There were many Classical composers such as Cambini, (Franz) Danzi and (Anton) Reicha who wrote for the wind quintet, a relatively new ensemble in their day,” said Ayer, who is professor of clarinet at SFA.

    Quintet, op. 95 by Foerster, which is written in the late Romantic style, will follow. This quintet involves “some very thick writing for the quintet and challenges all instruments,” Ayer said. “In many places, the listener can detect the late Romantic influence of (Richard) Wagner and his contemporaries.”

    The second half of the concert opens with Baldwin’s “Dreams of the White Tiger.” Baldwin is currently the director of bands and orchestra at Tabor College. This work is the result of a group commission by several wind quintets around the country, and this will be one of the first performances of the piece, Ayer said.

    The concert’s closing piece, Ligeti’s “Six Bagatelles,” has become a standard work in the wind quintet repertory since its composition in 1953.

    “Despite being written more than 60 years ago, the music is very fresh sounding and energetic,” Ayer said. “The six short, varied movements are rhythmically intense with strong melodic motives dominating the texture. Ligeti uses the instruments of the quintet masterfully in creating different colors to constantly present the repetitive motives in unique ways.”

    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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  • Cole Art Center open during spring break, hosting receptions

    Cole Art Center open during spring break, hosting receptions

    March 13, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and its art galleries will host a closing reception for two exhibitions currently showing at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    A reception to close “Stuart Riordan: Sardines & Oranges” and “Beyond the Academy: Contemporary Outsider and Expressionist Art” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the art center. Some of the artists are expected to attend.

    Both exhibitions, sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum, are features of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ University Series. Admission is free, and the exhibitions will show through March 28.

    Cole Art Center will observe regular hours during spring break. The center will be open from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, March 17 through 20, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21. Cole Art Center will be closed Saturday, March 14.

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

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  • Lumberjack Marching Band brings continued recognition to SFA

    Lumberjack Marching Band brings continued recognition to SFA

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    Austin freshman Tori Rice performs at the 2014 Battle of the Piney Woods in NRG Stadium in Houston. The video of this performance of the Lumberjack Marching Band was selected for presentation at the College Band Directors National Association convention March 25 through 28 in Nashville, Tenn.

    March 13, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Lumberjack Marching Band has put Stephen F. Austin State University in the national spotlight once again.

    A video of the band’s performance last fall at the Battle of the Piney Woods in NRG Stadium in Houston is among 10 videos selected nationwide of marching band performances that will be showcased during the College Band Directors National Association convention March 25 through 28 in Nashville, Tenn.

    Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA and director of the Lumberjack Marching Band, and Dr. Tamey Anglley, SFA assistant director of bands, will attend the convention to represent SFA.

    “To be selected by a committee of your peers on the national level to share your performance is significant,” Campo said. “Additionally, we are in the company of schools recognized for their history and greatness, including University of Michigan, Michigan State, University of Arizona, University of Florida and others. There were only 10 bands selected for this recognition.”

    SFA received notification of the honor from Sam Sanchez, assistant director of bands at Notre Dame University and chairman of the CBDNA Committee on Athletic Bands.

    “I am truly impressed with the creativity that is happening in college marching bands,” Sanchez said.

    “We are by far the smallest school presenting at the conference,” Campo said, “so it brings recognition for the excellence in teaching at the SFA School of Music.”

    “We are very excited for this national recognition and look forward to showcasing our wonderful students,” Anglley added.

    The Lumberjack Marching Band has also been selected to perform in the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The band is one of only four university bands chosen from more than 175 bands considered to perform in the traditional New York City parade on Nov. 26.

    Additionally, the band led off the 2013 London New Year’s Day Parade & Festival, which was watched by more than 600,000 spectators and televised to 280 million people worldwide.

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  • Student-directed ‘The Patient’ to be performed at SFA

    Student-directed ‘The Patient’ to be performed at SFA

    March 12, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Agatha Christie’s one-act play “The Patient” will be presented by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    Fairfield senior Eric Gibson directs the play in which a woman, Mrs. Wingfield, falls from a balcony, leaving her paralyzed and unable to speak.

    “She must determine the cause of the accident, with the help of her doctor,” Gibson said. “The suspicion is that Mrs. Wingfield was pushed. It is now up to the doctor and an inspector to get to the bottom of who tried to murder the patient.”

    The cast includes Houston freshman Aaron Herrera as Lansen; Houston junior Richard Scott as Inspector Cray; Dallas sophomore Dominique Rider as Dr. Ginsberg; Mesquite senior Brandon Hood as Mr. Wingfield; Longview sophomore Tanner O’Neal as William Ross; Brenham senior Bianca Stein as The Patient; Beaumont sophomore Angel Williams as Nurse Bond; Baytown junior Chelsea Denard as Brenda Jackson; and Houston junior Karen Rush as Emmeline Ross.

    The production staff includes Marley Graham, Port Neches junior, stage manager; Taylor Dobbs, Baytown junior, scenic designer; Kathleen Easterling, Nacogdoches junior, costume designer; Kassandra Poindexter, Whitewright senior, lighting designer; Jessica Skidmore, Nacogdoches junior, sound designer; Celeste Galey, Dallas junior, properties designer; and Lincoln Smith, Venus junior, hair and makeup designer.

    Faculty production advisor for the play is Laura Rikard.

    Gibson is a theatre performance major and cinematography minor at SFA. Upon graduation, he plans to move to New York City to pursue his dreams of acting, modeling, directing and producing.

    Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu “The Patient” is recommended for mature audiences (teens or older).

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  • Recital to feature saxophone, piano works from countries around the world

    Recital to feature saxophone, piano works from countries around the world

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    March 11, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Nathan Nabb, professor of saxophone at Stephen F. Austin State University, will perform selections from his upcoming performance tour of Taiwan and China when he presents a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Collaborating with him on piano is Dr. Chialing Hsieh, faculty piano accompanist at Morehead State University. The two are longtime duo partners, performing together regularly since 2005. They will present pieces by David Maslanka, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Richard Lavenda and Piet Swerts.

    Maslanka’s Sonata for alto saxophone is considered to be a major work for the instrument and a mainstay in the saxophone repertoire, according to Nabb. “A champion of the saxophone, Maslanka writes works very large in scope, often highlighting the full range of its expressive and technical capabilities,” he said.

    Yoshimatsu’s “Fuzzy Bird Sonata” draws influence from a number of different musical sources, Nabb said. “The first movement, ‘Run, Bird,"’ features swirling, syncopated lines in unison with piano, reminiscent of jazz,” he explained, “while the second, ‘Sing, Bird,’ is a very lyrical movement, almost vocal in nature.”

    Lavenda’s “Rhapsody Tropes” is the newest work on the program and is for solo tenor saxophone. Written for a former bass clarinetist and saxophonist with the Houston Symphony, Richard Nunemaker, this piece explores the lyrical, expressive capabilities of the instrument, Nabb said.

    Closing the concert with “Klonos” by Swerts, Nabb says “‘Klonos’ is a very exciting and technically demanding concert closer, which first became popular as an imposed piece in the Adolphe Sax competition in the late 1990s.”

    Hsieh has appeared as an active solo and collaborative pianist with a large range of repertoire for solo, instrumental and chamber music recitals and concerts in the U.S. and Taiwan. She has performed as a soloist in Taiwan, Austria and the United States.

    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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  • ‘Re-Western’ exhibition features new look at Old West

    ‘Re-Western’ exhibition features new look at Old West

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    Felice House’s “Julia Dean in ‘Giant’” is among the works featured in the “Re-Western” exhibition showing March 25 through May 2 in Griffith Gallery.

    March 11, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The paintings and sculpture of Felice House and Dana Younger will be featured in the exhibition “Re-Western” showing March 25 through May 2 in Griffith Gallery on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    Hosted by the SFA School of Art, the exhibition “views ‘The West’ through a post-modern lens that both challenges and honors this most American of genres,” according to the artists’ statement.

    Through painting and sculpture, husband-and-wife artists Younger and House ask the audience to re-evaluate the archetypes, mythology and values of “The West” while reveling in its richness.

    “Simultaneously playful and incisive, Younger and House come together to offer a new look at the Old West,” said John Handley, director of SFA art galleries.

    In large-scale paintings, House, assistant professor at Texas A&M University, questions the male stereotype as portrayed through classic Westerns of Hollywood. “She projects contemporary women into iconic scenes from Western movies. By placing women in the heroic roles occupied by men, she points a finger at the limited access of women to power in the Western genre,” their statement reads.

    Through installation and sculpture, Younger, co-founder of Blue Genie Art Industries in Austin, looks at the cost of Western expansion. “His work juxtaposes established Western conventions with real people and damage associated with westward expansion. The sculptural processes of traditional bas-relief, computer aided machining and toy manufacturing all contribute to the dialogue,” according to their artists’ statement.

    The painting portion consists of seven large-scale paintings re-casting women in the starring roles of classic Western movies. Sculptures included are “The End” series, which is a set of computer-generated bas-relief sculptures referencing the end titles of Western movies. Hand-sculpted and cast bas-relief portraits of American presidents wearing Lone Ranger masks make the “Legends of the Lone Ranger” series. Finally, “The Feast” is a rustic table and three chairs piled with bison skulls, plaster six-shooters and rope.

    An artists’ reception will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in Griffith Gallery. Admission to all exhibitions and receptions is free.

    “Re-Western” is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Junior Forum and the Friends of the Visual Arts. Griffith Gallery is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA’s voice faculty Turner to perform the music of Brahms

    SFA’s voice faculty Turner to perform the music of Brahms

    March 11, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present voice faculty member Chris Turner performing “The Lieder of Johannes Brahms” at 6 p.m. Monday, March 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    “Being a baritone, Brahms is considered one of the most representative composers of the Lieder genre for the baritone voice,” Turner said. “In fact, many of his songs were specifically written for the famed baritone Julius Stockhausen, who was often accompanied by Brahms at the piano singing his songs.”

    The purpose of this program, Turner explains, is to introduce students to the beautiful melodies Brahms composed, the complexity of his offerings, and how well he wrote for the voice.

    Pianist Dr. Ron Petti, director of accompanying at SFA, will accompany Turner on the program that features Brahms’ “Von ewige Liebe,” “Blind kuh” and “Wie bist du meine Königin,” among other selections.

    Turner described “Von ewige Liebe” as one of Brahm’s most famous songs and also one of the longest and most difficult to perform. “One of the most interesting aspects of this piece is its telling of a love saga between a girl and boy through the use of three distinct voices - the narrator, the boy, the girl,” he said. “Brahms uses the music to distinguish the characters, but it is still incumbent on the singer to convey vocally the individual qualities of these characters.”

    “Blind kuh,” with its musical texture, “sounds more akin to Bach than Brahms,” Turner said. “It illustrates that one can’t generalize with certainty in the discussion of composers because there are always those exceptions, where composers for artistic or personal reasons do something different or push the boundaries,” he said. “This is one such piece.”

    “Wie bist du meine Königin” shows Brahms’ “gift for writing beautiful melodies at its best,” Turner said.

    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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  • Choral Union, Women’s Choir to perform ‘Reflections from the Camps’

    Choral Union, Women’s Choir to perform ‘Reflections from the Camps’

    March 4, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Choral Union and Women’s Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a concert in remembrance of the Holocaust victims of World War II when the ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The program, “Reflections from the Camps,” will also feature Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello; Shirley Watterston, piano; Sherri Fleshner, viola; and SFA vocal area faculty, narrators and soloists.

    “This concert will be a true team effort,” said Dr. Tod Fish, director of the Choral Union and Women’s Choir. “The entire vocal area is involved in some capacity. Our graduate students, Marissa Maddoux (Burleson) and Andrew Trites (Olathe, Kan.), who have worked tirelessly, will have the opportunity to conduct on this concert.”

    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops on Jan. 27, 1945.

    “We are hoping this concert will bring us toward viewing those who suffered and died during the Holocaust as not only historical statistics, but as human beings,” Fish said.

    The Women’s Choir will perform “Reflections from Yad Vashem” by Daniel J. Hall, who describes his work as a “musical and poetical response to the poignant and lingering impressions evoked by the Yad Vashem Children’s Memorial.” Fleshner will be the viola soloist for the piece.

    The Choral Union and Women’s Chorus will combine to perform Donald McCullough’s “Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps.”

    “This is a moving work based on texts and melodies composed by prisoners at the concentration camps in Buchenwald, Auschwitz and Majdanek, to name a few,” Fish said. “The work contains no plot, but rather represents a different person and camp in each reading and musical setting.” The SFA voice faculty will serve as narrators and soloists for this work while Raychev will accompany the choir on the cello.

    The men of the Choral Union will perform Douglas Helvering’s arrangement of Louis Lewandowski’s setting of “Enosh,” which is a setting of Psalm 103: 15-17.

    Tickets for the concert, which is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, 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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  • Staged reading of ‘Mom and Dad’ to help fund School of Theatre’s Scotland trip

    Staged reading of ‘Mom and Dad’ to help fund School of Theatre’s Scotland trip

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    Allison Day
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    Nick Pinelli
    March 3, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    An upcoming Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre event will help raise funds for theatre students to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, in August where they will present an SFA student-written play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

    During the two-week trip to Edinburgh, the School of Theatre will produce two new plays, including “Hate Mail” by SFA playwright-in-residence Jack Heifner and the student-written “Mom and Dad” by Nick Pinelli and Allison Day. Pinelli, The Woodlands senior, and Day, San Antonio senior, wrote the play as an honors project for their class with Heifner.

    A staged reading of “Mom and Dad” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the Upstage Theatre in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

    “‘Mom and Dad’ is an eye-opening and humorous piece about gender perceptions,” said Angela Bacarisse, professor of design and arts management at SFA. “The play takes a young couple, newly dating, and throws them into marriage and parenthood. The couple faces the highs and lows of their new life together, and in the end, they have to decide if it is worth moving forward together.”

    Bacarisse will direct both plays.

    Begun in 1947, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, one of several festivals that will take place in Edinburgh while the SFA students are there, has become the largest international theatre arts festival in the world. During festival season, which is three weeks in August, the International Festival, the Festival Fringe, jazz festival, art festival and book festival all take place in Edinburgh.

    Tickets to the reading are $25 each available at the door, and seating is limited. There will be a reception after the performance where patrons may meet the students participating in the project.

    To reserve a seat at the reading or to help fund the students’ travel, contact Bacarisse at abacarisse@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1126. Tax-exempt donations can be made at sfasu.edu/giving by clicking on the “give online” tab and writing “Scotland trip” for special instructions.

    Visit theatre.sfasu.edu to learn more about the SFA School of Theatre.

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  • Flute, piano duo to perform guest recital at SFA

    Flute, piano duo to perform guest recital at SFA

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    Gabriel Sánchez
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    Terry Sánchez
    March 3, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Terri and Gabriel Sánchez will perform a guest flute and piano concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    Part of the Cole Performing Arts Series, the recital will feature the music of Frédéric Chopin, Katherine Hoover, George Barrère, George Chave, Joachim Andersen and Cecile Chaminade.

    Terri Sánchez is the visiting assistant professor of flute at the University of Texas at Arlington and has won many national flute competitions. She also performed with the SMU Meadows and UNT Symphony orchestras as a winner of both university concerto competitions. She has given pedagogy presentations that revolve around a positive, creative approach to flute performance at the National Flute Association Convention, the San Diego Flute Guild Festival, the Texas Flute Symposium and many universities.

    Gabriel Sánchez is the collaborative artist in piano at the University of Texas at Arlington and classical keyboardist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has performed throughout the United States and internationally in recital and as a soloist with orchestras, including performances at Pianofest in the Hamptons, New York, with the Dallas Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco and the Irving Symphony. He maintains a select private piano studio, is involved with DSO educational outreach programs, and coaches students in workshops and master classes.

    While they are on campus, Terri Sánchez will present a master class for the flute studio and Gabriel Sánchez will clinic the accompanying class.

    Tickets for the concert, which is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, 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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  • Heterodyne Duo recital canceled

    Heterodyne Duo recital canceled

    March 3, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    A recital by the Heterodyne Duo, originally scheduled for 6 p.m. March 12 in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus, has been canceled.

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