College of Fine Arts News Archive

March 2015

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

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

    March 4, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tickets for the concert, which is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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

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

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    Allison Day
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    Nick Pinelli
    March 3, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

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

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

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

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

    Bacarisse will direct both plays.

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

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

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

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

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  • Flute, piano duo to perform guest recital at SFA

    Flute, piano duo to perform guest recital at SFA

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    Gabriel Sánchez
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    Terry Sánchez
    March 3, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

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

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

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

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

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

    Tickets for the concert, which is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Heterodyne Duo recital canceled

    Heterodyne Duo recital canceled

    March 3, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

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

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