College of Fine Arts News Archive

February 2018

  • SFA's Piney Woods Camerata to perform favorite Baroque Era compositions

    SFA's Piney Woods Camerata to perform favorite Baroque Era compositions

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    Members of the Piney Woods Camerata rehearse for their performance at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    February 16, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Piney Woods Camerata at Stephen F, Austin State University will perform great works from the Baroque Era when the faculty-student string ensemble performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The recital is part of the SFA School of Music's Calliope Concert Series.

    "As this year is the 10th anniversary of the Piney Woods Camerata ensemble, we wanted to plan a concert that featured some of our favorite Baroque composers," said Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, professor of violin at SFA and an ensemble member.

    Works by J.S. Bach, George Frideric Handel, Arcangelo Corelli, Georg Philipp Telemann and Henry Purcell will be represented in the program.

    Kerry Hughes, adjunct professor of oboe, and Dalmas will perform Bach's Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060. Hyun-Ji Oh, SFA pianist, will also join the group for the first time, playing the harpsichord.

    Bach's Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor was written around the same time as his Brandenburg Concertos and cello suites while he was living in Cothen, Germany.

    "This piece is in standard concerto form, with three movements in fast-slow-fast tempos and lots of wonderful interweaving melodies between the solo instruments and orchestra," Dalmas said.

    The Purcell Chacony in G minor is based on the French Chaconne, which is a set of variations over a repeating base line. "This work is one of the finest Baroque examples of this form," Dalmas added.

    Although Corelli was not the most prolific composer of the Baroque Era, his works were very influential, according to Dalmas.

    "His 12 concerti grossi really establish that form of composition, and the first of the set that we will play is a perfect example of his mastery," she said. "We also chose this work as it was featured on our very first Camerata concert 10 years ago.

    The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

    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 (888) 240-ARTS or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/.

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  • SFA to present student-directed 'Antigone in New York'

    SFA to present student-directed 'Antigone in New York'

    February 15, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the full-length play "Antigone in New York" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    "Antigone in New York" is written by Janusz Glowacki. Play translation is by Glowacki and Joan Torres.

    Directed by Plano senior Cecily Maucieri, the play is loosely based off the Greek tragedy "Antigone" and centers on the character Anita, a homeless woman who is searching for her boyfriend, Paulie, according to Maucieri. Anita ends up enlisting two Eastern European refugees to help her find Paulie.

    The cast includes Palestine senior Olivia Santone as Anita; Pearland junior EJ Villanueva as the Policeman; Lufkin senior Jacob Carr as Sasha; Leander freshman Zach Loveday as Flea; and Tyler sophomore Holden Guinn as Paulie.

    The production staff includes Jamie Carroll, Dallas sophomore, as stage manager; Connor Morrison, Princeton senior, assistant stage manager; Katie Irwin, Arlington sophomore, assistant director; Isabel McNeil, Katy junior, scenic designer; Anais Saenz, Houston senior, costume, makeup and hair designer; Kamron Key, Frisco sophomore, lighting designer; and Jessica Tinker-Akers, Marshall graduate student, sound designer.

    Faculty production advisor for "Antigone in New York" is Jack Heifner. The play is recommended for mature audiences.

    The Downstage Theatre is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $6. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu.

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  • North Forney High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble to perform at SFA

    North Forney High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble to perform at SFA

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    The North Forney High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    February 15, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The North Forney High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble will present a performance of the show "End of Days" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    A 5A school, North Forney High School opened in 2009 with only freshman and sophomore students. Jim Gist, the school's percussion director, began the program, which has experienced much growth and earned the reputation as a premier percussion program in the North Texas area.

    In addition to the group's performance at SFA, the ensemble's 2018 spring tour includes a performance at Tyler Junior College and culminates with the WGI Houston Regional competition at Klein Oak High School in Spring.

    The group is competing in the 2018 season with show "End of Days," which reflects on the tumultuous events surrounding the end times as told in the Book of Revelations.

    "The number seven is significant in the program, as it is in Revelations, including the pulse of much of the program being in seven and the seventh seal being broken as heard in a subtle bass drum roll," Gist explains. "The armies marching into the Battle of Armageddon, victorious scenes of redemption, and the final judgment as described in Revelations can all be heard and felt through the musical imagery."

    The program begins with Modest Mussorgsky's mysterious "Night on Bald Mountain" and transitions to Jacob Remington's "Prelude to Paradise." The final victory is portrayed by Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 Movement 5, also known as "The Resurrection Symphony."

    Admission to the concert is free.

    The North Forney Indoor Percussion Ensemble competed in the North Texas Colorguard Association circuit during the spring 2017 season. During its first year of competition, the North Forney Ensemble was promoted twice to a higher classification and earned first place at every contest the group entered. At the finals championship, North Forney earned the highest percussion score in NTCA history with a 93.5.

    For more information, contact Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies for the SFA School of Music, at meyerbe@sfasu.edu.

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  • Acclaimed printmaker Loughridge to demonstrate unique techniques at SFA

    Acclaimed printmaker Loughridge to demonstrate unique techniques at SFA

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    Denver, Colorado, printmaker Leon Loughridge will demonstrate his techniques in a residency Feb. 26 through March 2 on the SFA campus.
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    “Aspen Stand” is by Colorado printmaker Leon Loughridge, who will give a free public presentation of his work and techniques at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Art History Lecture Room B106 in the Art Building off Wilson Drive.
    February 15, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The printmaking and graphic design programs within the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will sponsor visiting artist Leon Loughridge the week of Feb. 26 through March 2.

    Loughridge, a printmaker from Denver, Colorado, and owner of Dry Creek Art Press, will work on an edition of handmade prints while in residency on the SFA campus, and he will teach classes in the Japanese Moku Hanga style of printing.

    A free public presentation of his work and unique techniques is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Art History Lecture Room B106 in the Art Building off Wilson Drive.

    Loughridge developed an affinity for the Southwestern landscape while growing up on a ranch in Northern New Mexico and then attended the Colorado Institute of Art. While stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and studied painting techniques of the old masters for two years.

    He is noted for his layered woodblock prints, which capture the atmospheric qualities of the southwestern landscape. His woodcuts are exhibited nationally and collected by museums and collectors. He has also developed a versatile ink base.

    As a printmaker, Loughridge states that he wants to record in printed form the "emotional connection" he has to his original plein-aire sketches and paintings.

    "While sketching is a very direct and invigorating process, creating a print in the studio is almost the opposite - slow and methodical," he writes in his artist statement. "The challenge of translating a painterly image into a block print is to capture the energy of the original into the print, not to merely duplicate the image. Using the technical aspects of relief printing as expressive tools, and not as limitations, allows for an intuitive and spontaneous print. To see that the passion of the original sketch has been translated into the print is the artist's reward."

    Art faculty members Neal Cox (printmaking) and Peter Andrew (graphic design) have organized Loughridge's residency. For more information, call the School of Art at (936) 468-4804.

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  • Nashville-based Barefoot Movement to bring bluegrass music to SFA campus

    Nashville-based Barefoot Movement to bring bluegrass music to SFA campus

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    The Barefoot Movement bluegrass band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the College of Fine Arts’ University Series.

    February 15, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Nacogdoches bluegrass fans have a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the freshest music on the bluegrass scene when The Barefoot Movement performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    Start your spring break celebration a little early with this Nashville-based group that has been heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene." The performance is the last in this year's College of Fine Arts' University Series.

    "When this up-and-coming, youthful quartet of superb musicians romps through pop-infused 'newgrass' medleys and country-flavored ballads, you can expect an evening of music with something for everyone," said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the series.

    Billboard Magazine describes their sound as "slices of bluegrass, country, folk and even a little bit of rock and roll."

    In September of 2014, they received a Momentum Award, naming them "Band of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association. They have been selected as showcase artists at both the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Americana Festival conferences and were first runners up at the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival's New Band Competition.

    The group has enjoyed almost non-stop touring including a trip to Burkina Faso, Africa, where they were guests of the American Embassy. Already this year they have played from coast to coast, in venues from California to Virginia's Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

    "Their show is as fun to watch as it is to hear," said Shattuck, who saw them perform in a showcase at the Arts Midwest conference in Milwaukee in 2016.

    The "movement" can be traced back to the teen years of singer-songwriter and fiddler Noah Wall, of Oxford, North Carolina. Just as she had begun penning her first compositions, she met mandolinist Tommy Norris their senior year of high school. Convinced of their musical chemistry and driven by mutual ambition, they continued to build the band from the ground up throughout their college careers.

    While Norris studied classical music and recording engineering at Western Carolina University, Wall chose East Tennessee State, particularly for its Bluegrass, Old-time and Country Music Program. With the addition of versatile guitarist and singer Alex Conerly of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 2013, and most recently, Katie Blomarz of Frankfort, Illinois, on the upright bass, the lineup was complete with all the elements that make up the Barefoot sound: lush harmonies, thoughtful instrumentation and memorable melodies, according to information at http://www.thebarefootmovementofficial.com.

    Over the past seven years, The Barefoot Movement has appeared in Country Weekly Magazine, RollingStone.com, Music City Roots, and Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Their original music was featured on the Outdoor Channel's program "Huntin' the World: Southern Style," and their music video for their popular song "Second Time Around" has been seen nationally on the Zuus Country Network.

    The band's University Series performance is sponsored in part by Commercial Bank of Texas.

    Prior to the performance, artist, musician and SFA Professor Emeritus Charles D. Jones will present an informative talk at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is inside the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets for the University Series are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. For tickets or more information, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA School of Theatre to present '(Biedermann and) The Firebugs'

    SFA School of Theatre to present '(Biedermann and) The Firebugs'

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    "(Biedermann and) The Firebugs” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 27 through March 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive, on the SFA campus.

    February 9, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    There's a line in the show: " … the best camouflage of all, in my opinion, is the plain and simple truth. Because nobody ever believes it."

    Dr. Richard Jones had long forgotten that line in Max Frisch's play "(Biedermann and) The Firebugs," but he remembered this theme from when he first read the play more than 30 years ago.

    "I was thinking about some specific episodes in my own life, but especially about the political climate today," he said. "Ultimately, I was intrigued by the fact that the major surprise in this play is that there are no surprises in this play."

    Jones, professor of theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University, will direct "(Biedermann and) The Firebugs" when the School of Theatre presents it as part of this year's Mainstage Series.

    According to Jones, businessman Gottlieb Biedermann opens the play muttering about how arsonists ("firebugs") have had so little trouble finagling their way into people's houses, only to burn them down. And then the doorbell rings…

    "Really, everyone knows what's going to happen within the first 10 minutes," he explains. "The play is not so much about where we're going as how we get there."

    The play was originally written as a response to Nazism/Fascism, Jones explained.

    "It comes from a moment in time when absurdism took on a political element and, in this case, overlapped with the more overtly political form of epic theatre," he said. "Playwright Max Frisch was not infrequently accused of Communist sympathies. Certainly his politics leaned a little to the left, but he was really more anti-Nazi than pro-Marxist."

    The play presents its share of challenging moments for a director, Jones said, one of which is that it moves in and out of presentational vs. representational style.

    "That is, there are moments when the characters explicitly acknowledge the audience, and moments when the actors pretend not to notice the audience at all," he said. "It's also a very funny play, but if it lapses too far into farce, the themes of ethical behavior, moral courage and critical thinking are subordinated."

    Jones said another challenge is the number of new theatre students the play will feature in its cast.

    "It's always a challenge to work with new people," he said. "I've previously directed only two of the 13 actors in this play, and over half the cast wasn't at SFA a year ago. The newcomers are all great to work with, but it inevitably takes a little more time for them to know what to expect from me, and for me to figure out how to help them do their best work."

    Student actors will learn from the mix of styles in the play, and from the many lines (more than usual, according to Jones) that can be interpreted in fundamentally different ways.

    "That's especially challenging, because the temptation is to split the difference, and we end up losing the sense of the moment altogether," Jones said.

    Jones hopes the audience will appreciate and enjoy the humor in the play.

    "I hope they have a good time and share a few laughs with us," he said. "If they leave a little more likely to confront their fears and do the right thing, even at a risk, so much the better."

    The play is appropriate for all ages. However, young children probably would not understand it, but those in mid-teens and up would comprehend its themes.

    "(Biedermann and) The Firebugs" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 27 through March 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive, on the SFA campus.

    Single tickets are $15 for adult, $10 for senior and $7.50 for student/youth. 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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  • SFA School of Theatre hosts UIL One-Act Play Festival

    SFA School of Theatre hosts UIL One-Act Play Festival

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    February 8, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre hosts the 2018 UIL One-Act Play Festival Thursday and Friday, Feb. 8 and 9, in Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. Ten East Texas area schools are participating in the event, which includes storytelling, stage combat, lighting design, makeup and other workshops. The festival allows the high school theatre students to "practice perform" their one-act plays, which are critiqued by SFA theatre faculty, before students compete in UIL events later this semester. School of Theatre Director Cleo House Jr. offers suggestions to Central High School students following their performance of "Hansel and Gretel" Thursday morning. The festival also serves as a recruiting tool, and students have the opportunity to audition for admission to the School of Theatre at the festival's conclusion.

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  • Video works of artist Sarkisian to be exhibited

    Video works of artist Sarkisian to be exhibited

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    “Cup 'a Joe” is among the works featured in “Peter Sarkisian: Video Works” showing Feb. 15 through April 21 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    February 7, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    "Peter Sarkisian: Video Works" will open with a reception and gallery talk by the artist from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University's downtown art gallery.

    The exhibition, which features video projections on sculpture, will show through April 21 in Reavley Gallery. Sarkisian is an American new-media artist whose work combines video projection and sculpture to create a hybrid form of multi-media installation, according to John Handley, director of galleries for the SFA School of Art.

    "I first saw Peter's work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art many years ago," Handley said. "I saw his work again at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Oregon a few years back and contacted the artist after that."

    Sarkisian's work is "grounded in the idea that video, in its ubiquitous and most popular form, is an experientially void medium, and that by depriving ourselves of experience in favor of information-based images, we have become unable to grasp the meaning of consequence or to coexist with mutual understanding," according to information on the artist's website: http://www.petersarkisian.com/.

    His installations attempt to "steer the world's most influential medium back on a collision course with the viewer in order to reintroduce an element of experience to the viewing process."

    "If the filmmaker's traditional goal is to distract viewers through the suspension of self-awareness, then Sarkisian's goal is to create a sense of heightened self-awareness by engaging the viewer in constructed environments that blur the line between what is real and what is mediated," the site says.

    The underlying premise of his work remains committed to using video as an instrument against commercialized media, namely television, in order to transform the act of watching video from an experience-killing endeavor to an experience-creating one. He accomplishes this by joining sculptural elements with projected video imagery to create audio/visual illusions that trap the viewer between conflicting interpretations, thereby forcing a state of self-awareness that is otherwise absent while watching television.

    Named a Master Video Artist in 2007 by the National Endowment for the Arts, Sarkisian has exhibited widely throughout the world in major museums and public venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Musée Picasso, France, the Hammer Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Sarkisian's work has been featured in many international exhibitions and festivals, including the Istanbul Biennial in Turkey, the Vidarte Festival in Mexico City, the Whitney Biennial in New York, and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

    Admission to all art exhibitions and receptions is free. The reception is sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and The Flower Shop.

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

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  • Wind Ensemble, Orchestra of the Pines representing SFA at TMEA

    Wind Ensemble, Orchestra of the Pines representing SFA at TMEA

    February 7, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University will be well represented at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association annual clinic/convention Feb. 14 through 17 in San Antonio.

    The SFA Wind Ensemble, directed by Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA, and the Orchestra of the Pines, directed by Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras, will perform before the nation's premier music educators' convention that historically draws more then 26,000 attendees.

    "The SFA Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the convention following a competitive round of adjudicated recordings last April," Allen said in a previous interview. "We are proud to represent SFA before this large gathering of music educators."

    The Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform before TMEA audiences on numerous occasions, but this is the Orchestra of the Pines' first invitation, according to Moon.

    "The unique part about SFA's involvement in the TMEA performances is that, historically, the invited university orchestra involved a consortium of the largest schools: UT Austin, University of Houston, Texas Tech, Baylor and Rice," Moon explained. "Smaller-sized schools' orchestras, in comparison, have never had a stage at TMEA. This invitation for SFA, including the fact that this is the first time, ever, that the SFA Orchestra of the Pines has been invited to TMEA, is a big hallmark event for us."

    Moon said that, historically, TMEA has invited one university orchestra to perform a concert on Thursday or Friday evening of TMEA. Then, the same university orchestra would become the orchestra for the All-State choirs that same weekend. The double duty became too much for the same university orchestra, so this year, for the first time, TMEA invited two university orchestras: one to perform the regular concert and another to be the All-State choirs' orchestra. Orchestra of the Pines will perform with the choirs, Moon explained.

    "TMEA asked me this past May, and I graciously accepted on behalf of our university," he said. "It is a great honor and a wonderful opportunity for our students."

    With the All-State Mixed Choir, the orchestra is performing the "Gloria" by Frances Poulenc, the fourth movement from George Frideric Handel's "Te Deum" and several other works. With the All-State Small School Choir, the orchestra is performing Joseph Haydn's "Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo." And with the All-State Women's Chorus, the orchestra will perform "Arise, My Soul, Arise" by Dan Forrest and Ola Gjeilo's "Ae Generosa."

    The All-State choir performances are at noon, 2 and 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Lila Cockrell Theater.

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  • North Texas Euphonium Quartet to perform at SFA

    North Texas Euphonium Quartet to perform at SFA

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    The North Texas Euphonium Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    February 2, 2018—Robbie Goodirch

    The North Texas Euphonium Quartet will fulfill its goal of bringing new euphonium quartet music to the spotlight when the ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    The NTEQ is comprised of Dr. Danny Chapa, adjunct professor of low brass at SFA; Dr. Irving Ray, euphonium player in the United States Army Band; Vince Kenney, assistant director of bands/assistant professor of low brass at Drake University; and Chris McGinty, director of instrumental studies at North Central Texas College.

    "Currently, the bulk of euphonium quartet repertoire is comprised of arrangements and pieces written from trombone quartet," Chapa said. "Part of our goal, as mentioned in our mission statement, is to promote/advocate new works originally composed for four euphoniums."

    The program will feature three pieces composed for NTEQ: "NiTor EQuus" by Takahiro Iwamitsu, "Airplane" by Yuji Ono and "Goldberg's Machine" by Ben McMillan.

    "NiTor EQuus" won the 2017 The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" Tuba Euphonium Work-Shop Composition Competition. According to the composer, "NiTor EQuus" is Latin for "brilliant horses," and the piece was inspired by his first impressions of the vast and open landscapes of the DFW area upon his arrival to America from Japan.

    "He also customized the parts specifically for each player of the group according to their personalities as well as their strengths as euphonium players - high range, low range, expressive playing, etc., for example," Chapa explained.

    The program will also include Iwamitsu's arrangement of Claude Debussy's "Claire De Lune," which Chapa describes as "absolutely breathtaking."

    "Anyone who knows this piece will be delighted to hear the group's delicate and tasteful interpretation," he said.

    Felix Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words," arranged by Chapa, is an adaptation of piano solos for euphonium quartet.

    "I adapted these particular piano solos for euphonium quartet because of Mendelssohn's beautiful melodic and choral style part writing," Chapa said. "Each song is fairly short and programatic, depicting a character or mood which is quite indicative of the romantic time period. Mendelssohn composed over 50 of these songs, and I believe they will provide us with many more beautiful arrangements."

    NTEQ members have all been finalists in the world-renowned Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition. The quartet has become one of the most active young chamber ensembles in the country through performances at numerous universities and music conferences throughout the United States, the commissioning and performing of works written specifically for the ensemble, and educational outreach with younger euphonium players.

    "We have been together for five years, and these guys are some of my closest friends," Chapa said. "I am very excited to have them at SFA, and I know our students will be, as well."

    Visit http://nteq.weebly.com/ for more information about the artists and their music. The group will conduct a masterclass with SFA students at 1 p.m. Saturday in Cole Concert Hall.

    The SFA chapter of the International Tuba Euphonium Association was awarded a $500 grant from the ITEA organization to bring the North Texas Euphonium Quartet to SFA. The concert is part of the School of Music's Calliope 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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  • Guest artists Lin, Braddock to perform at SFA

    Guest artists Lin, Braddock to perform at SFA

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    Ching-Yi Lin, violin, and Andrew Braddock, viola

    February 2, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Guest artists Ching-Yi Lin and Andrew Braddock will perform music for violin and viola in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The concert will feature primarily duets for violin and viola, as well as a solo work for violin, according to Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, professor of violin in the SFA School of Music.

    The program includes Violin and Viola Duo No. 1 in G major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Three Caprices by Michael Alec Rose; Violin Solo, Op. 27 Ballade by Eugène Ysaÿe; and Three Madrigals by Bohuslav Martinu.

    The first, second and last pieces are duets for violin and viola, Dalmas explained.

    "The Mozart duet, composed in 1783, features the two instruments quite equally and is a staple in the violin-viola repertoire," she said.

    The Ysaÿe Sonata No. 3 is from a set of six sonatas that Ysaÿe wrote, each dedicated to a different great violinist of the day. This one, the "Ballade" is dedicated to the Romanian composer and violinist Enescu, who later taught Yehudi Menuhin.

    The Three Madrigals by Czech composer Martinu is one of the most well-known and frequently performed 20th century compositions for violin and viola duet.

    "Inspired in part by the Mozart duets, the piece also shows the influence of the English Madrigal, for which the composition is named," Dalmas said.

    Lin is associate professor of violin and director of the Pre-College Strings Program at Western Kentucky University. Recent performances and master classes have taken her to the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Norway, Shenyang and Xi'an Conservatories in China, Northwestern University, the University of British Columbia, and Louisiana State University. During the summer months, Lin serves on the faculty at the Indiana University (IU) Summer String Academy and WKU Summer String Institute, and she has also served on the faculty of the Sommersymfoni i Kristiansand in Norway and University of North Texas Summer String Institute in Texas.

    Braddock is currently on the faculty of Western Kentucky University and its Pre-College Strings Program. He teaches viola at the university and maintains a full pre-college studio of young violinists and violists. He also serves as the director of the Summer String Institute. In addition to his many recital performances in the Kentucky area, Braddock has performed in Israel, Austria, Indiana, New York and Colorado. He is the principal violist of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, and he has been a member of the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras.

    The guest artists will teach a master class, which is free and open to the public, at 2 p.m. that day in the Music Recital Hall, located in Wright Music Building.

    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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