College of Fine Arts News Archive

September 2014

  • SFA flutist Guenther to present ‘Baroque to Jazz’

    SFA flutist Guenther to present ‘Baroque to Jazz’

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    SFA School of Music faculty member Christina Guenther will present “Baroque to Jazz” with colleagues Geneva Fung, J.D. Salas and Brad Meyer at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Cole Concert Hall.

    September 22, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Christina Guenther in a faculty flute recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

    Guenther will present the program “Baroque to Jazz,” which also features music colleagues Geneva Fung, piano, J.D. Salas, bass, and Brad Meyer, drums.

    Among the works to be performed is Sonata in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach as well as Grand Polonaise in D Major by Theobald Boehm.

    “Bach is one of the greatest composers of all time,” Guenther said. “His Sonata in B Minor is in three movements. The first has an active feel because of the use of constant faster rhythms – sixteenth notes, thirty-second notes and triplets. The second movement presents a beautiful, floating melody in the flute line supported by lovely chords in the keyboard. The third movement clearly shows Bach’s prowess as a keyboard master and his brilliant use of counterpoint.”

    Boehm was a German flutist, composer and inventor during the Romantic period who is considered responsible for the fingering system of the modern flute, according to Guenther.

    “His in-depth study of acoustics resulted in his development of the instrument on which the modern flute is based,” she said.

    The performance will also pair Samuel Barber’s “Canzone” and Philippe Gaubert’s “Madrigal” as a set.

    “Both pieces’ titles mean ‘Song,’ and they are wonderful complements to each other,” Guenther said.

    Closing the program is a performance of Claude Bolling’s “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio,” which is composed for “classic” flute and “jazz” piano, Guenther 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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  • Diverse international student cast brings ‘Trojan Barbie’ to Turner stage

    Diverse international student cast brings ‘Trojan Barbie’ to Turner stage

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    Rose Bruford College exchange student Hana Ghassali-Sbai and Dallas junior Joshua Lopez rehearse a scene from the SFA School of Theatre’s production of Christine Evans’ “Trojan Barbie.” The Mainstage Series play runs nightly Oct. 7 through 11 in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    September 22, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The student actors in “Trojan Barbie” bring global, multicultural perspectives that are as varied as the play itself to the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre’s Mainstage Series.

    In “Trojan Barbie,” Australian playwright Christine Evans’ award-winning drama, the past collides with the present as the owner of an English doll hospital somehow finds herself face to face with survivors of the Trojan War, fought 3,000 years ago in Asia Minor, now known as Turkey.

    Helping to tell this story on stage is an eclectic cast of student performers with diverse and interesting backgrounds, according to Rick Jones, professor of theatre at SFA and director of “Trojan Barbie.”

    Two exchange students from London’s Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Scarlett O’Reilly and Hana Ghassali-Sbai, have major roles. “They are both English and Hana has a Brazilian heritage,” Jones said.

    Another important character is played by Malena Gordo, an SFA student from Argentina “who also happens to play first singles for the SFA tennis team,” according to Jones. Yet another cast member, Sarah Hendrix, also lived in England for three years.

    Mainstage veterans Nnamdi Nwankwo and Joshua Lopez bring their performance skills to the cast along with freshman Anais Saenz and a new transfer student, Richard Scott. “Demographically, Nnamdi and Rich are African-Americans, and Josh and Anais are Latino/Latina,” Jones said.

    “It’s an interesting assortment: partly because of the demands of the script (which requires, for example, that characters Max and Talthybius be black and that Jorge be Latino), partly because a more diverse cast works well with my concept for this show, and partly because the actors who did the best work in auditions happened to be ethnically mixed.”

    Directors in the School of Theatre are focused on providing good roles for students, regardless of demographics, Jones explained. Nwankwo, for example, has been in a number of shows at SFA, but “Trojan Barbie” is the first one in which the character he plays is specifically written as a black man.

    “If the script permits it, I use non-traditional casting,” Jones said. “Sometimes – as with the men in this play – that option isn’t available. Often – as with the women in this play – it is.”

    The need for various dialects poses some related challenges for the production. “Scarlett keeps her accent for the play, and Nnamdi has had a lot of exposure to the Nigerian accent he uses in the show because of family connections. But Hana has to sound American to blend in with the rest of the cast, and Josh plays one character who is stereotypically British,” Jones explained. “Helen (of Troy) needs to be exotic, so it’s fine that Malena, who plays that role, doesn’t sound like she grew up in America.”

    Lopez, who plays several characters, one of which is Jorge, believes his Latin heritage helps him to better construct movements and mannerisms of this particular character.

    “Bringing Latin flavor to such a character is less difficult to do,” he said. “Regarding the other characters that I portray, the overall sternness and discipline that my parents instilled within me is what forces me to give myself to each character and scene.”

    But Lopez also finds portraying Jorge’s character difficult in a different way, “especially since his way of interacting with women curdles my stomach,” he said.

    “As an actor, I have to be able to relate to his thoughts and understand why it is he thinks a certain way,” he said. “Playing a person who is down right despicable while still being able to wear his ideals as my own is the most difficult aspect of this role.”

    Ghassali-Sbai believes her childhood in South London gives her insight into her character and the tumultuous world in which she lives.

    “Growing up in South London, I can relate to feeling like I live in a world of chaos,” she said, “but I still want to make something good, something that matters.”

    But even with her background, fully understanding her character is still difficult.

    “I think the challenge is keeping in consideration all the history and also trying to understand the mindset of a 15-year-old girl who has been thrown into an awful situation,” she said. “The scene not only becomes challenging for the actor, but also for the spectator, too.”

    Differences in educational background make the production process even more intriguing. The exchange students in the cast of “Trojan Barbie,” who are working toward a degree in American Theatre Arts (ATA) at Rose Bruford College, come from a completely different system of actor training than the American students.

    “I hope I’m teaching everyone in the cast,” Jones said. “And the less experienced actors are always watching those who are a little further advanced in their training. But the ATAs can do things our regular students can’t, and vice versa. So the opportunities to learn from each other are more highlighted, both in rehearsal and in conversation in the student lounge or over a cup of coffee.”

    Even the student staff working behind the scenes has an international flavor. “The assistant director, April Gore, is Welsh and the stage manager, Monika Zimmermann, has lived in Scotland and Dubai and went to high school in Singapore,” according to Jones.

    Sloan Frierson, Shelby Gilliam, Brandon Hood and Kate Shirley round out the student cast.

    “Trojan Barbie” will be presented at 7:30 nightly Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 7 through 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

    Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students/youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.

    The play is recommended for mature audiences, and a content advisory is available at theatre.sfasu.edu. “Trojan Barbie” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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  • SFA music faculty member Gavin to present ‘Journeys and Reflections’

    SFA music faculty member Gavin to present ‘Journeys and Reflections’

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    Charles Gavin

    September 22, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present music faculty member Charles Gavin in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

    The program, “Journeys and Reflections,” will include selected repertoire inspired by different places, locations or works of art, according to Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music in the SFA School of Music.

    “With the exception of two pieces, the compositions are by American composers who interpret the different locations,” Gavin said. Accompanying Gavin will be faculty member James Pitts, pianist.

    Among the works to be performed is “Sherwood Legend” by Elizabeth Raum.

    “Inspired by the Robin Hood legend, this takes the audience back to the silent movie days of Robin Hood,” Gavin explained. “The music certainly takes on the life of a film score.”

    Also on the program is “Vermeer Portraits” by Dallas composer Simon Sargon, who takes inspiration for this composition from the paintings of 17th century Dutch artist Jan Vermeer. The program will close with a musical visit to the circus with “Circus Suite” by Michael Horvit.

    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 visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Guest pianist Lysinger to perform at SFA, give presentation for piano teachers

    Guest pianist Lysinger to perform at SFA, give presentation for piano teachers

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    September 22, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present a performance of celebrated pianist Catharine Lysinger at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

    Lysinger, who is an active soloist, chamber musician, adjudicator and lecturer, will present “From Passion to Noble Sentiment,” which will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s stormy Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata,” and Maurice Ravel’s string of waltzes, “Valses Nobles et Sentimentales.”

    The program’s character of noble sentiment is rounded out by formally structured pieces by Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti and Frédéric Chopin’s through-composed Barcarolle, Op. 60, which builds on the image of the peaceful, rocking motion of a boat on the water, explained Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.

    “The program’s passionate theme returns with the concluding work, Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 3, which at times reaches almost violent heights within a one-movement form,” he said.

    Lysinger is senior lecturer in piano pedagogy and piano at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, where she is also the artistic director of the Piano Preparatory Department. She is a prize winner in national and international piano competitions and has performed with the Filarmónica de Jalisco (Guadalajara, Mexico), the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, The Houston Civic Symphony, the Clear Lake Orchestra and other noted ensembles.

    "Dr. Lysinger's reputation as a successful teacher of many prize-winning piano students has led her to present at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago in 2013 and to be invited to be guest faculty at the Vienna International Piano Academy in the same year,” Parr said. “She was recently chosen as the Pre-collegiate Teacher of the Year for the state of Texas by the Texas Music Teachers Association."

    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.

    The following day, on Oct. 4, Lysinger will give a presentation for area piano teachers from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the SFA Music Recital Hall. Parr said all area piano teachers are invited to attend “Teaching Young Pianists to Perform Classical Music with Confidence: Planning, Preparation and Persistence Required!” The workshop is sponsored by the Nacogdoches Music Teachers Association. Admission is free for association members. However, a non-member registration fee of $15 for adults and $5 for students will be taken at the door.

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  • Renowned saxophone duo to perform at SFA

    Renowned saxophone duo to perform at SFA

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    Jonathan Nichol
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    Jeff Loeffert
    September 17, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts, School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts Series will present Jeff Loeffert and Jonathan Nichol in a guest saxophone recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Loeffort, assistant professor of saxophone at Oklahoma State University, and Nichol, assistant professor of saxophone at the University of Oklahoma, are active chamber musicians and members of the h2 Quartet, an award-winning, all-saxophone ensemble that performs throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

    “This concert is a program of new solo and duo works for saxophone,” said Nathan Nabb, professor of saxophone at SFA. “The h2/4 duo is half of the h2 Quartet, and some of this program includes music they have commissioned, while other pieces are established standards in the saxophone solo and duo repertoire.”

    According to the quartet’s website, h2 is dedicated to commissioning and performing compelling new works for saxophone quartet and operates as a non-profit organization. h2 has been featured on the nationally syndicated PBS show “Backstage Pass,” which offers viewers a first-hand look at the inner workings of a top-flight chamber ensemble through live in-studio performances and interviews with the ensemble members.

    Among the works the duo will perform at SFA are “Tachycardia” and “Farfalle Cotte” by Marc Mellits.

    “Mellits has become well-known for his duo writing for saxophone,” Nabb said. “‘Tachycardia’ is his newest work for the instrument, while ‘Farfalle Cotte’ is originally for two ocarinas, but is well-suited for the sax.”

    Ryo Noda’s “Maï,” a standard in the contemporary saxophone world borrowing sounds and performance techniques from traditional Japanese flute playing, is also on the program, as are Barry Cockroft’s “Ku Ku” and “Rock Us,” both of which “borrow rhythms and tonality from American popular music, and are very catchy—a joy to hear,” Nabb 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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  • Student-directed play tells story of concentration camp survival

    Student-directed play tells story of concentration camp survival

    September 17, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    Senior Katy Rutherford of Richmond directs the one-act play by Celeste Raspanti. It focuses on the childhood of Raja Englanderova as she fights for survival in a concentration camp. According to Rutherford, the audience and Raja venture through her memories together, digging into the past and meeting extraordinary characters.

    “Slowly, Raja gains a sense of identity and begins the fight for self-preservation,” she said. “Through Raja’s eyes, the audience is given a portrayal of the brutality and beauty mankind is capable of.”

    The cast includes Palestine junior Greg Albright as the Loudspeaker; Frisco freshman Rani Solomon as Raja Englanderova; Katy senior Lauren Bowler as Irene Synkova; Plano sophomore Cecily Maucieri as Child I; Dallas junior Celeste Galey as Child II; Brenham senior Bianca Stein as Child III; Houston freshman Tevia Dominguez-Loeser as Child IV; and Richmond sophomore Keenan Chiasson as Honza Kosek.

    The technical staff includes Pedro Dominguez, McAllen sophomore, scenic designer; T.J. Davis, Beaumont sophomore, costume designer; Daniel Miller, Sugar Land senior, lighting designer; Devin Bruton, Nacogdoches sophomore, sound designer; Caitlin Parker, Groves sophomore, projections; Shelby Gilliland, Frisco junior, props manager; and Eric Gibson, Fairfield senior, hair/makeup designer.

    Rutherford is a theatre major with a minor in education. While at SFA, she has directed “Now We’re Really Getting Somewhere,” “Taming of the Shrew,” “English Made Simple” and scenes from “Medea.” As an actor, she has appeared in Mainstage productions of “Southern Belle Primer,” “Stage Door,” “Steel Magnolias” and “Three Sisters.” She has performed in the student-directed “W;t,” “Miracle at Blaise” and “The Second Beam.” She is a member of Alpha Psi Omega and Sigma Phi Lambda and is a representative on the Student Production Advisory Committee. She will serve as assistant director for the upcoming SFA production of the musical “Spamalot” and plans a career as a theatre educator.

    Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu. “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” is recommended for mature audiences (teens or older).

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  • SFA’s A Cappella Choir will travel to Italy next May to perform at the Vatican and St. Mark

    SFA’s A Cappella Choir will travel to Italy next May to perform at the Vatican and St. Mark

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    SFA’s A Cappella Choir will travel to Italy next May to perform at the Vatican and St. Mark’s Basilica, among other historically significant venues.

    September 17, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music have announced the SFA A Cappella Choir will travel to Italy next May for an 11-day performance tour that includes special invitations to sing at the Vatican and St. Mark’s Basilica.

    “SFA has grand tradition in choral singing and vocal pedagogy, and our talented singers deserve a place on the world’s stage,” said Dr. Manny Brand, director of the SFA School of Music. “This performance tour will highlight to European audiences our students’ artistry and SFA’s musical excellence.”

    Family, friends and music patrons are invited to accompany the 52-member A Cappella Choir and support faculty on the trip from May 22 through June 2, according to Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA.

    “We take a triennial European trip to visit musically historic places that our music students read about in their studies,” King said. “Many past travelers have gone and continue to go with us. Perhaps it is the music, or the sights, or the energy of the students. Whatever the reason, we have many faithful travelers, and we want to include all who are interested.”

    SFA has a strong history of providing valuable opportunities for students outside the classroom, and this trip is another illustration of the university’s commitment to student success.

    “The A Cappella Choir’s upcoming trip to perform in Italy is an excellent example of how SFA continuously provides our students with educational and personal growth experiences that reach far beyond our campus,” said Dr. Baker Pattillo, university president. “This truly will be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for these students and faculty, and those who are lucky enough to be on hand at the Vatican, St. Mark’s Basilica and the other famed Italian venues for the choir’s performances are in for a special treat, as well.”

    The tour is traditionally for 10 days, but, this year, an additional day in Rome was added, King said. This year’s trip also has an added bonus of featuring requested performances in some of the world’s most historically significant locations.

    “This year, the tour has received a special invitation to sing for Sunday mass in the Vatican, and also at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, as well as at concert venues in Marostica, Santa Croce Basilica in Florence, which is the final resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and Rossini,” King said. “We will also perform at All Saints Church in Rome.”

    Those who travel with the choir may follow the itinerary or include anything they would like to see or do, King said. “There is flexibility in the trip.”

    A deposit of $1,000 will secure a place in the entourage with checks payable to SFASU. The cost of the trip is about $4,100. Deposits should be sent to King. The trip is coordinated through American Classic Tours and Music Festivals and is limited to 120 passengers. It includes round-trip airfare, accommodations in the Venice area, Florence and Rome, several group dinners, guided excursions, transportation and 24-hour travel support, among other amenities. An organizational meeting with Rick Dillard with American Classic Tours is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Cole Concert Hall where he will outline the tour in detail and answer questions.

    For those who are unable to make the trip but would like to support the students, donations are needed, King said.

    “Some students are able to fund their own trip, while others need help,” he said. “All donations are tax deductible and are funneled through the SFA Office of Development.”

    For additional information, contact King at tking@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1181.

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  • SFA music faculty to be featured in fundraising concert

    SFA music faculty to be featured in fundraising concert

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    Ready for Thursday night’s Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase are Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music faculty members (from left) Charlotte Davis, Keith Lloyd, Brad Meyer, Staci Spring, Deborah Dalton and Jennifer Dalmas. The popular annual concert is at 7:30 tonight, Sept. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus with proceeds benefiting the Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship presented each year to the sophomore music major with the highest grade point average. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

    September 17, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    Faculty members of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will be the featured performers during the annual Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    “This concert showcases the talents of our diverse faculty,” said Deborah Dalton, SFA associate professor of voice and president of the local chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.

    “In addition, all proceeds benefit the Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship we give each year to the sophomore music major with the highest grade point average,” Dalton said. “For the past few years, awards were given to several sophomores with 4.0 grade-point averages.”

    From Beethoven to Gershwin


    The musicians have selected a wide range of musical styles and will perform in a variety of solo and ensemble settings.

    Among the composers’ works to be performed are Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, George Gershwin, John Duke and David Gillingham.

    Faculty vocalists to perform include mezzo-sopranos Nita Hudson and Deborah Dalton, soprano Charlotte Davis, tenor Tod Fish and baritone Chris Turner. Also performing will be pianists Mario Ajero, Mary Cooper, Geneva Fung and Ron Petti, along with Brad Meyer, marimba; Cheyenne Bland Cruz and Christopher Ayer, clarinets; Staci Spring, bassoon; Christina Guenther, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Charles Gavin, horn; Gary Wurtz and Justin Wood, trumpets; and Larry Greer, guitar.

    “This is one of the most popular concerts of the year because there is truly something for everyone,” Dalton said.

    The program features a variety of songs, ranging from Beethoven’s Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2 to Gershwin’s popular “Summertime.”

    The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a part of the 2014-2015 Cole Performing Arts Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building at 2210 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • Esteemed flutist Gariazzo to perform at SFA

    Esteemed flutist Gariazzo to perform at SFA

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    Mariana Gariazzo

    September 8, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will open this season’s Cole Performing Arts Series with a guest flute performance by Dr. Mariana Gariazzo at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Gariazzo is an instructional assistant professor at Texas A&M University where she teaches flute, music in world culture, musicianship and small ensemble classes. Her performance at SFA is a solo recital featuring compositions for alto and bass flute. The selection of works illustrates composers’ increased interest at the turn of the century in exploring the expressive potential of the lower flutes, she said.

    “These works draw on the sensual and robust timbral characteristics of low flutes, pairing color with revealing technical virtuosity,” Gariazzo said. “It is a journey of timbres and musical conceptions that makes us wonder about the real boundaries of sound, expression and music itself.”

    The program features Marcelo Toledo’s “Lo fugáz perpetuo” and “Polifonía Concreta” and Daneil Kessner’s “Tous les matins…,” among others. “Lo fugáz perpetuo” was commissioned by Gariazzo and premiered earlier this year at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago. Of the piece, Gariazzo said, “The mysterious sounds of the alto flute become a channel which is always present, yet unavailable or fleeting at times.”

    Toledo composed “Polifonía Concreta” and dedicated it to Gariazzo in 2008. It is the result of a long-standing collaboration between composer and performer, Gariazzo explained. “Written in an extended musical language, this virtuosic piece takes the expressive and technical capabilities of the instrument beyond its conventional boundaries,” she said.

    Gariazzo has been a recipient of several awards and distinctions in solo and chamber music categories, including the Robert Wilson Award for Outstanding Woodwind Performance at Yale. Her research focuses on new music by Latin American composers, and she has served as a guest artist and speaker on the subject at prominent venues in Latin and North 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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  • Tickets still available for University Series opening performance

    Tickets still available for University Series opening performance

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    Eugenia Zukerman

    September 8, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets are still available for Eugenia Zukerman and Friends, the opening performance of the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts’ 2014-2015 University Series “Connect.”

    The new collaboration of flutist Zukerman and fellow musicians Milana Strezeva on piano, Sophie Shao on cello and Hye-Jin Kim on violin is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Prior to the concert, there will be a 7 p.m. informative talk about the artists and their music to be presented by Dr. Christina Guenther, associate professor of flute at SFA, in Griffith Gallery located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet the performers and to honor the event’s corporate sponsor, Cataract, Glaucoma & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical.

    Tickets range from $20 to $40, with discounts available for seniors, SFA faculty/staff, students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6406 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA to present Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship concert

    SFA to present Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship concert

    September 4, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present the Pi Kappa Lambda Annual Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    The concert will feature faculty from all areas of the SFA School of Music in an extravaganza fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, which presents a scholarship each year to the sophomore music major with the highest grade point average.

    Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 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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