College of Fine Arts News Archive

October 2017

  • 'Mr. Burns' takes funny, poignant look at post-apocalyptic world

    'Mr. Burns' takes funny, poignant look at post-apocalyptic world

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    Playwright Anne Washburn's "Mr. Burns, a post-electric play" will be performed by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 7 through 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive, on the SFA campus.

    October 18, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Playwright Anne Washburn's "Mr. Burns, a post-electric play" has something for everyone, and the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will bring the imaginative dark comedy to life as part of its 2017-18 Mainstage Series.

    Described by The New York Times as "downright brilliant," "Mr. Burns" is a show that embodies what its director, Slade Billew, loves most about the theatre.

    "It has a bit of everything," said Billew, assistant professor of acting/movement in the SFA School of Theatre. "It is funny and tragic. It includes fights, dances and songs. It is profound and hilarious. Additionally, I hope that the connections to 'The Simpsons,' pop culture, and a post-apocalyptic future will appeal to our student audiences."

    The play follows six people (and later seven) who have survived a nationwide nuclear power disaster. Society has collapsed, and there is no electricity. In Act One, the characters sit around a fire and try to recall an episode of "The Simpsons." Act Two occurs seven years later. The survivors have regrouped and formed a theatre company performing old episodes of "The Simpsons." They are seen in rehearsal where we discover more about the world they have helped remake. Act Three takes place 82 years after the initial disaster and includes a full musical performance of an episode of "The Simpsons."

    "Mr. Burns" requires the director and student actors to pay great attention to detail, Billew explained.

    "The play's complexity requires an intense level of attention to detail and coordination of all the elements of production," he said. "The show asks so much of the cast in the movement between extremes of emotion and the physicality of all the songs and dances."

    The script has been described as providing an interesting examination of the importance of oral history and theatre. According to The New York Times, Washburn's play "makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself… Mr. Burns…makes the case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all."

    "The play has something for everyone, and it raises interesting questions about how humans handle tragedy and the role art plays in the recovery," Billew said.

    "Mr. Burns, a post-electric play" is not appropriate for young children.

    The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 7 through 11, 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's A Cappella Choir to present 'Sing a New Song'

    SFA's A Cappella Choir to present 'Sing a New Song'

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    SFA A Cappella Choir

    October 17, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The A Cappella Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a collaborative program with the SFA School of Theatre and the Dance Program to perform music from around the world in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The program title, "Sing a New Song," was selected to celebrate Dr. Michael Murphy's first concert as the new director of choral activities at SFA. Murphy was named choral director following the retirement of Dr. Tim King this past summer.

    Along with a variety of music selections from Germany, France, South Africa, Latvia, Russia and the U.S., the concert will feature poetry readings and dance, Murphy said.

    Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and professor of acting and directing, and Friends of Theatre member Rhonda Plymate Simmons will read poetry of Rumi, Hafiz, Yeats and Tagore, and students of Heather Samuelson, assistant professor, and Haley Hoss-Jameson, associate professor, Kinesiology and Health Science at SFA, will participate in concert selections with dance.

    The program also features SFA string students, student percussionist Barry Martin, graduate student conductors Emily Bulling and Evelyn Shaffer, and Dr. Ron Petti, director of accompanying at SFA.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music. 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 to present student-directed 'Baby with the Bathwater'

    SFA to present student-directed 'Baby with the Bathwater'

    October 17, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present Christopher Durang's full-length play "Baby with the Bathwater" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Oct. 28, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    Directed by Center senior Avery Tindol, "Baby with the Bathwater" is a dark comedy about the struggles of both parenthood and childhood. It is recommended for mature audiences.

    "When John and Helen bring home their newborn baby, it doesn't take long for them to realize that parenting isn't that simple," Tindol explained. "Baby eventually grows up while facing the problems that most children experience throughout their lives." Some of these problems include being kidnapped, almost being run over by busses on multiple occasions, and identity issues.

    The cast includes Frisco sophomore Aubrey Moore as Helen; Lufkin senior Jacob Carr as John; Plano senior Cecily Maucieri as the Nanny; Burleson senior Paige Farley as Cynthia/Voice/Susan; Huffman junior Sidney Lowell as Kate/Miss Pringle; Dallas senior Madison Rey as Angela/Mrs. Willoughby; and Austin freshman Zach Loveday as A Young Man.

    The production staff includes Madeline Collins, Sunnyvale senior, as stage manager; Katie Irwin, Arlington sophomore, assistant stage manager; Maggie Strain, Port Aransas senior, assistant director; Victoria Medrano, Edinburg senior, and Gretchen Wedel, co-scenic designers; Ernestro Dominguez, Legget senior, costume designer; Brittany Tennis, Hutto senior, lighting designer; Wyatt Gaubatz, Needville junior, sound designer; and Davis Gilmartin, Flower Mound sophomore, properties master.

    Tindol's acting credits at SFA include the characters of Banquo in "Macbeth," Carthage Kilbride in "By the Bog of Cats," and Mr. Antrobus in "The Skin of Our Teeth." His directing credits include "Things That Go Bump in the Night" and "Picnic on the Battlefield." He will also be the assistant director for SFA's upcoming production of (Biedermann and) "The Firebugs."

    Faculty production advisor for "Baby with the Bathwater" is Stephanie Murphy.

    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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  • Texas State University Trio to perform works by Brahms, Ligeti

    Texas State University Trio to perform works by Brahms, Ligeti

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    The Texas State University Trio (from left): Dr. Lynn Ledbetter, violin; Dr. William McNally, piano; and Dr. Caroline Steiger, horn

    October 17, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Texas State University Trio will present music for horn, violin and piano when the ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    The trio includes Texas State University School of Music faculty members Dr. Lynn Ledbetter, violin; Dr. William McNally, piano; and Dr. Caroline Steiger, horn. Their program will feature Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano by György Ligeti and Horn Trio, Op. 40 by Johannes Brahms, among other selections.

    The Ligeti piece was written as a tribute to Brahms' Trio for the same instrumentation, according to trio member Steiger.

    "The work shares a similar four-movement structure and borrows from traditional formal structures," Steiger said. "However, it employs a number of interesting techniques to create an entirely modern-sounding work."

    Composed in 1865 for the natural horn, violin and piano, the Brahms work is a staple repertoire piece for this type of chamber ensemble and has "inspired many great works to be written for the trio of horn, violin and piano," Steiger said.

    Ledbetter is professor of violin and coordinator of strings at Texas State University. She has served on the music faculties of Eastern New Mexico University, the College of Saint Scholastica, and the University of Southern Mississippi. She has performed and continues to concertize throughout the southwestern and Midwestern United States as a solo-recitalist. As a chamber musician, she has toured Canada, China, Europe, Mexico, and the United States with the Duo Paradox, the Madera Trio, the Freesia Duo and the Lyrian Duo.

    Steiger is a member of the Emblems Woodwind Quintet, a Michigan-based quintet focused on performing new and underrepresented works. She has also performed with the Potsdam Brass Quintet, faculty quintet-in-residence at SUNY Potsdam. In 2015, she participated in a chamber music residency at the University of Michigan with New York Philharmonic principal winds. She is a member of the Mid-Texas Symphony and the Round Rock Symphony, and she has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra.

    In 2013, McNally released a CD of works by Brahms, Reger and Busoni as part of the Victor Elmaleh Collection. He is the first three-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest's New Rag Contest and performs at ragtime festivals around the country.

    The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. 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 theatre students experience successful Edinburgh festival

    SFA theatre students experience successful Edinburgh festival

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    SFA School of Theatre Professor Angela Bacarisse and former student Bobby Britton '17 pose outside the Edinburgh, Scotland, theatre where Britton's play “Closed For Repairs” was presented during the Festival Fringe last August.

    October 12, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University theatre students had returned only a few weeks from the School of Theatre's highly successful biennial trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, when the planning for the 2019 trip was underway.

    Begun in 1947, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is 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. The event has become a much-anticipated learning opportunity for SFA theatre students to tour a show on the international stage, according to SFA Professor of Theatre Angela Bacarisse.

    "The trip is a bit of a whirl-wind experience," Bacarisse said. "The students have technical rehearsals and performances on their first day in Edinburgh, and the remaining performances are spread out over the first week of the trip.

    "They have opportunities to see productions by the other American universities participating in the Festival as well as the plethora of international productions," she added. "In the space of three weeks, there are more than 30,000 separate performances. Deciding what to see can be daunting."

    The trip provides excellent networking for the students and a unique opportunity to spread the word about SFA to people from around the world, said Dr. Slade Billew, assistant professor of acting and movement in the School of Theatre and director of the play the students presented at the festival, "Closed For Repairs," written by former SFA student Bobby Britton of Angleton.

    "Our students actively engaged with new people that they met," Billew said. "Many of the people they met throughout the trip came to see our show. I think seeing a range of international performances broadened their ideas of what theatre can be. And, I think performing in a non-traditional venue and for non-American audiences challenged their abilities as performers in ways that helped them grow."

    As an added bonus this year, the SFA School of Theatre was the first festival collegiate group to be asked to perform at a special event at the Scottish Arts Club. The trip also allowed the students to explore Edinburgh, including climbing Arthur's Seat and attending the Military Tattoo.

    "The students had a wonderful time and were consummate professionals when it came to work," Billew said.

    The School of Theatre sent its first student entourage to the Scotland festival in 2015 and then again this past summer. Both trips were equally successful, said Bacarisse, who has begun planning for the next Festival Fringe in two years.

    "I already have collaborators and a show in mind," she said.

    The total cost per student is approximately $5,000, which includes airfare and room and board. Donations are accepted to help fund the trip, and various fundraisers will be conducted to help defray costs.

    "We are so grateful for everyone who supports the arts and our students," Bacarisse said. "Allowing them the opportunity to tour a show, perform abroad and learn more about our global community is a great gift."

    Tax-exempt donations for the trip can be made at sfasu.edu/giving by clicking on the "give online" tab and writing "Scotland trip" for special instructions.

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  • Choral Union, Women's Choir to present 'Dancing and Singing' program

    Choral Union, Women's Choir to present 'Dancing and Singing' program

    October 12, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Choral Union and Women's Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the program "Dancing and Singing" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The concert theme was chosen because of the many emotions and musical styles that dancing and singing can invoke, according to Dr. Tod Fish, assistant professor in the SFA School of Music and associate director of choral activities at SFA.

    "This theme also led to program selections that give us the opportunity to collaborate with School of Music faculty and campus and community organizations," Fish said.

    The Lufkin High School mixed choir, the Kantorei, directed by SFA alumna Laura Hoelewyn, will open the concert. The Kantorei will join the Choral Union to perform two pieces that are part of the 2017-18 All-State Choir audition process: "To Thee, Cherubim and Seraphim," by G. F. Handel, and "I Am Loved" by Matthew Christopher. Hoelewyn will conduct the Handel piece.

    "This is the first time we have invited a local choral program to perform on one of our concerts," Fish said. "We are thrilled to have them with us."

    SFA's Topics in World Dance class, led by instructor and choreographer Sarah Sanchez, will also perform to Ron Nelson's composition on a text by Thomas E. Ahlburn, "Early May."

    "This text is a celebration of nature and the enjoyment of life in nature," Fish said. "Professor Sanchez has choreographed a vibrant dance that encourages us to, 'Join hands and dance across these slipping floors once more.' We are excited to be collaborating with them."

    The SFA Women's Choir will sing a wide variety of music stemming from the rousing setting of Stephen Paulus' "I Cannot Dance, O Lord" (which discusses the Lord leading people to love, knowledge and fulfilled life through dancing and singing). The choir will perform Eric Whitacre's "Seal Lullaby," originally a solo song that was written for a movie concept (that never opened in theaters because DreamWorks chose "Kung Fu Panda"), and Zoltan Kodally's traditional Hungarian folk song, "Dancing - Song," Fish explained.

    In addition, the SFA Choral Union will perform two compositions by contemporary composers, including "Flight Song," by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen; and Blake Henson's simple, yet poignant musical arrangement of Robert Herrick's text "My Flight for Heaven."

    The program will showcase the talents of the School of Music's new coordinator of music education, Dr. Kristin Lyman, along with student members of the percussion studio performing on the Nelson piece. Lyman will accompany the choir on the marimba.

    Two of SFA's choral conducting graduate students will also have roles in the concert. Emily Bulling of Katy will conduct "Zigeunerleben" by Robert Schumann, as performed by the Choral Union. Her colleague, Evelyn Shaffer of Barbers Hill will conduct "Herbstlied," also by Schumann, as performed by the Women's Choir.

    "We are proud of these two young conductors and look forward to them sharing their talents with our community," Fish said.

    Barry Martin, percussion major, will also join the Women's Choir to accompany them on Moses Hogan's "Ride on King Jesus." Martin performed with the women's choir two years ago, "and we are eager to welcome him back," Fish added. "It is going to be an exciting evening of music making!"

    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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  • Wind Ensemble to perform music of Grammy Award-winning Daugherty

    Wind Ensemble to perform music of Grammy Award-winning Daugherty

    October 9, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform a concert featuring the music of American composer Michael Daugherty at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    A Grammy Award winner, Daugherty is professor of composition at the University of Michigan.

    "He will be at SFA for the concert and to speak to our classes," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands and the conductor for the Wind Ensemble. "We will perform three of his compositions on this concert."

    Daugherty's "Dead Elvis" will feature SFA School of Music faculty member Lee Goodhew, assistant professor of bassoon, and other music faculty.

    "This piece is written for a group of six performers who accompany the solo bassoon," Allen said.

    Joining Goodhew will be music faculty members Chris Ayer, clarinet; Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Carlos Gaviria, bass; Jacob Walburn, trumpet; Deb Scott, trombone; and Brad Meyer, drums.

    "Elvis fans will not want to miss this homage to the King of Rock and Roll," Allen said.

    Daugherty is one of the most commissioned, performed and recorded composers on the American concert music scene today. He has been hailed by London's The Times as "a master icon maker" with "maverick imagination, fearless structural sense and meticulous ear."

    Daugherty has received numerous awards, distinctions and fellowships for his music, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award, the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among others.

    Daugherty's "Rio Grande" and "Of War and Peace" are also on the program.

    "SFA was part of the commission that produced 'Of War and Peace,'" Allen said.

    The band will also perform the John Philip Sousa march "Boy Scouts of America."

    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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  • The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet promises fun concert program

    The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet promises fun concert program

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    The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet, featuring bassoonists Brittany Harrington-Smith, Yuki Katayama, Kara LaMoure and Lauren Yu Ziemba, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    October 9, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The dynamic and creative Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet will present "A Broken Anthology of Western Music" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The quartet is an artist-run creative project by bassoonists Brittany Harrington-Smith, Yuki Katayama, Kara LaMoure and Lauren Yu Ziemba. Their repertoire disregards genre, with favorites from the worlds of classical, pop, jazz, soundtrack and folk music adapted for the ensemble by its members, according to Lee Goodhew, assistant professor of bassoon in the SFA School of Music.

    "Each member is a well-respected performer and musician in her own right," Goodhew said, "and besides being a lot of fun, the quartet's show displays the broad artistic range of the bassoon."

    Known for their stage antics, the quartet uses choreography, accessory instruments, props and skits to add theatrical elements to their performances, Goodhew explained.

    According to member LaMoure, Breaking Winds "hijacks chestnuts of the repertoire and restores the bassoon to its rightful place in each."

    "All music in the period between Biber and Bieber is fair game, now presented in arrangements for bassoon quartet with enhancements like kazoo virtuosity, marching band-style choreography, reed squeaks and pop progressions," LaMoure said. "Over the course of this whirlwind tour, the listener gains a new appreciation for the bassoon and a new view of classical music history. Even better, they may go home with confetti in their hair."

    Among the program selections are "Piece en forme de habanero" by Maurice Ravel, arranged by Lamoure; Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture;" and The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet's own medley, "2017 Overture."

    "This medley of recent popular songs is performed 'BWBQ style,' with the quartet members performing choreographed dances and getting up close and personal with the audience," LaMoure said.

    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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  • Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform Daugherty's award-winning music

    Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform Daugherty's award-winning music

    October 5, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform a concert featuring the music of Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Certain selections on the program are dedicated in memory of Caleb Gibbs, SFA freshman music major who died earlier this semester.

    The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will open the concert with Daugherty's "Alligator Alley," which is the nickname of the east-west stretch of Interstate 75 between Naples and Fort Lauderdale that crosses through the Florida Everglades.

    "Daugherty's 'Alligator Alley' brings our attention to this unique creature and the American highway traveled by many to observe the alligator in its natural environment," according to Anglley.

    The Symphonic Band will perform Daugherty's "Vulcan," which is his musical homage to Gene Roddenberry's interstellar universe as depicted in the classic American television series "Star Trek."

    In a special memorial tribute, the Symphonic Band will collaborate with Dr. Danny Chapa, instructor of low brass/euphonium at SFA, in a performance of John Stevens' "Benediction," to be dedicated in memory of Gibbs, who was one of Chapa's students.

    The Symphonic Band will also perform John Philip Sousa's "The Glory of the Yankee Navy."

    The Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA, will begin the second half of the concert with "Suspiros de España," the most well-known composition by Spanish pianist and composer Antonio Álvarez Alonso.

    Continuing with Daugherty's work, the Wind Symphony will perform his "Winter Dreams," which the composer describes as "a contemporary musical reflection on the creative world of Iowa artist Grant Wood." The piece is inspired by the bleak winter scenes of rural Iowa depicted in Wood's paintings and black and white lithographs of the 1930s and '40s, according to Campo.

    "A haunting melody evokes a cold winter wind whistling 'down in the valley,'" Campo explains.

    The final two works on the concert - "Resting in the Peace of His Hands" by John Gibson and "Boys of the Old Brigade" by Paris Chambers - also honor Gibbs' memory.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music.

    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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  • fLOW Quartet to perform at SFA

    fLOW Quartet to perform at SFA

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    The fLOW Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Music Recital Hall on the SFA campus.

    October 5, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Dallas-Fort Worth area-based fLOW Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Music Recital Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University as part of the SFA School of Music's Octubafest celebration.

    Octubafest is an event that occurs at many universities around the world. The observance is designed to highlight the tuba and euphonium for their solo and chamber repertoire, according to Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA.

    fLOW's program will feature the world premiere of Yuji Ono's Quartet No. 8 "fLOW." Other program selections are "Contrapunctus IX" by J.S.Bach, arranged by Mike Forbes; "Benediction" by John Stevens; Quartet No. 4 "4 Dreams," by Yuji Ono; and "Brink" by Dan Kramer. Dr. Danny Chapa, adjunct professor of low brass at SFA, will perform on the Serenade from "The Student Prince" by Sigmund Romberg.

    Maintaining an active schedule of performances and clinics, fLOW recently won the 2017 South Central Regional Tuba & Euphonium Conference Ensemble Competition. fLOW members include Takahiro Iwamitsu, Boonyarit Kittaweepitak, Keith Packman and David Mercedes.

    Members of fLOW have won prizes at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Competition, the Jeju International Percussion and Brass Competition, the Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, and various International Tuba & Euphonium Association competitions.

    They have performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony Orchestra, the South Florida Philharmonic, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and the Blackburn and Darwen Band in the United Kingdom.

    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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  • SFA School of Theatre's 'Tartuffe' continues through Saturday

    SFA School of Theatre's 'Tartuffe' continues through Saturday

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    October 4, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University's School of Theatre opened Molière's "Tartuffe" Tuesday night to an enthusiastic crowd. One of the funniest plays ever written, this classic of French comedy will be presented at 7:30 nightly through Saturday, Oct. 7, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. 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 theatre.sfasu.edu.

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  • Cellist Ruževic to perform at SFA

    Cellist Ruževic to perform at SFA

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    Nikola Nino Ruževic

    October 3, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Renowned cellist Nikola Nino Ruževic will present a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    Ruževic, who is associate professor of cello and chamber music and the coordinator of chamber music studies at the University of North Texas, will perform with his wife, pianist Lara Ruževic.

    The program will feature Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata for Cello, Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise," and Croatian cello compositions. The concert will also feature a cello ensemble composition involving students of Dr. Evgeni Raychev, instructor of cello in the SFA School of Music.

    A native of Croatia, Ruževic has performed in many countries around the world where he has received critical acclaim for his artistry. An active soloist and chamber musician, Ruževic has performed in world-renowned halls, such as The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

    Ruževic has held teaching positions at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Zagreb, Croatia.

    Lara Ruzevic is an international concert pianist and pedagogue. Her career has taken her to Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Slovakia and the U.S. Active as a chamber musician and a collaborative artist, she has been on faculty of numerous music festivals and frequently performs with UNT music faculty and students.

    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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