College of Fine Arts News Archive

September 2014

  • 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

    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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