College of Fine Arts News Archive

September 2011

  • Faculty tuba and guest euphonium recitals scheduled at SFA

    Faculty tuba and guest euphonium recitals scheduled at SFA

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    J.D. Salas, SFA assistant professor of tuba, will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Cole Concert Hall.

    September 27, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    A faculty tuba recital on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and a guest euphonium recital on Thursday, Oct. 6, mark the beginning of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music’s month-long Octubafest.

    “Each year, universities across the United States participate in this national event in which tuba and euphonium players present recitals and ensemble concerts,” explained Dr. J.D. Salas, SFA assistant professor of tuba.

    “The performances serve to educate the audiences about these instruments that are not often known for their beautiful singing melodies and virtuosic technical lines,” Salas continued. “SFA will have five such performances this month.”

    For his own faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Cole Concert Hall, Salas has chosen a program that “will reveal the full dynamic and technical capabilities of the tuba in both a solo and chamber music setting.”

    Pianist James Pitts, SFA staff accompanist, will collaborate with Salas in presenting Leonard Bernstein’s “Waltz for Mippy III,” a short work named for a mongrel dog that belonged to Bernstein’s brother, and SFA professor Charles Gavin will join the duo in performing “Divertimento for Tuba, Horn, and Piano” by Trygve Madsen.

    Salas and Scott Harris, SFA associate professor of percussion, will play Michael Harwood’s “Residue for Tuba and Vibraphone,” a piece which requires Harris to alter the vibraphone by adding coins or other metal objects to the keys.

    A member of the SFA faculty since 2006, Salas recently received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where he also earned his master’s degree. The native of Alamo, Texas, received his bachelor degree from Baylor University.

    Salas has performed regularly with the Louisville Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a member of the SFA Brass Quintet.

    Travis Scott, euphonium teacher for the Coppell Independent School District and Lewisville High School, and pianist Richard Shirey will present a guest euphonium recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Cole Concert Hall.

    The program will include the world premiere of Paul Ferguson’s “Some Re-assembly Required,” Barbara York’s “Sonata for Euphonium (Child’s Play),” and Antonio Capuzzi’s “Concerto for Double Bass.”

    In addition to his teaching duties, Scott is a member of the Blossom Festival Band, serves as a substitute with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and directs the North Texas Euphonium Company. The Ohio native earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron and his master’s degree from the University of North Texas.

    “Mr. Scott’s performance is highly relevant for our SFA students since he is an active educator who has maintained a high level of performance on top of his teaching duties,” Salas said.

    Both recitals are a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and part of the Cole Performing Arts Series. Tickets for each are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

    Other SFA Octubafest events are a studio recital at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20; a studio recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25; and “Tubaween” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. All events are in Cole Concert Hall.

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  • SFA School of Theatre offers grief symposium with ‘Rabbit Hole’ performances

    SFA School of Theatre offers grief symposium with ‘Rabbit Hole’ performances

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    The Rev. Dr. Brent Peery, director of chaplaincy services at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, will be the keynote speaker during a five-day “Survived By . . .” symposium offered in conjunction with the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre's performances of David Lindsay-Abaire's “Rabbit Hole” on Tuesday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    September 27, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Experts on various aspects of grief and the grieving process are partnering with the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre to present a series of talks, “Survived By … ,” in conjunction with the five performances of David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Rabbit Hole” on Tuesday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning play focuses on a young couple who, eight months after the accidental death of their four-year-old son, are struggling to move forward with their lives.

    “The straightforward manner with which Lindsay-Abaire treats the subject matter enables the audience to relate to the five characters and their separate reactions to the loss,” explained Shattuck. “The symposium offers an opportunity for the audiences to learn more about family grief.”

    Each performance of the play begins at 7:30 p.m. and lasts about an hour and a half.

    The audience is invited to remain in the auditorium for post-performance talks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

    Wilma Cordova, SFA assistant professor of social work, will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Her topic is “To Grieve or Not to Grieve: Cultural Implications in the Grief Process.”

    Patricia Foster, SFA instructor of psychology, will present “What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger--Towards a Philosophy of Regaining Control” on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

    Dr. James Buckingham, board-certified psychiatrist who has a private practice in Nacogdcohes, will deliver “Companions on the Journey” on Friday, Oct. 7.

    The Thursday, Oct. 6, audience is invited to arrive by 6:30 p.m. in order to hear “Children and Grief,” presented by Demetress Harrell, senior executive director of Hospice in the Pines, Inc.

    A further exploration of the grief experience will be offered on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 8. The Rev. Dr. Brent Peery, director of chaplaincy services at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, will give a 2 p.m. keynote address, “Of God, Angels and Parallel Universes: The Spiritual Needs of Grieving Parents.”

    Peery will be followed by a panel discussion at 3:15 p.m. Brent Uzell, spiritual leader of Unity Christian Church of Nacgodoches, will moderate for panel members Buckingham; Peery; the Rev. Wes Bynum, bereavement coordinator of Hospice of East Texas; and Diedre Cantrell, Longview senior and dramaturg for the production.

    Bynum will present the final talk, “The Grief Process,” at 4:45 p.m.

    All talks will be held in W.M. Turner Auditorium, located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Dr.

    “Rabbit Hole” is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Theatre. It is sponsored in part by Tipton Ford-Lincoln.

    Admission to “Rabbit Hole” is $12 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Admission to all “Survived By … ” events is free.

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  • SFA to screen ‘Beautiful Losers’

    SFA to screen ‘Beautiful Losers’

    September 27, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    As part of its monthly independent film series, the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will present a free, one-night screening of “Beautiful Losers” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    In this 90-minute documentary, directors Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard follow the lives of 10 artists and designers, many of whom got their start in the early 1990s with little or no formal training.

    Among the profiled artists are Shepard Fairey, Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Harmony Korine, Barry McGee, Mike Mills and Ed Templeton.

    The 2008 film received the Grand Jury Award at the CineVegas International Film Festival and the Achievement Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. Admission is free.

    The film is sponsored in part by Michelle and Craig Smith, SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.

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  • Poetry reading, art combine at Art Center

    Poetry reading, art combine at Art Center

    September 26, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Dr. Ann Filemyr, creator of the poems included in the fine arts press book “Growing Paradise,” will read from the collection at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    The poetry reading is being held in conjunction with Stephen F. Austin State University’s exhibition of the book’s 18 silkscreen and letterpress prints co-created by local artist Liz Akamatsu and SFA Professor of Art Piero Fenci in response to Filemyr’s poems. The exhibition is hung in the upstairs Hallway Gallery.

    The book is one of the most recent publications created by SFA’s LaNana Creek Press, which is directed by Professor of Art Charles D. Jones. He and graduate assistant Terri Goggans made the prints from the artists’ work, designed the book’s format, hand set the type, printed and tri-folded the 12-inch by 38-inch pages, bound all onto a leather spine and housed each book in its own clam shell box.

    The evening will also include a musical performance by Drs. Jeana Paul-Ureña, chair of the SFA Department of Modern Languages, and Juan Carlos Ureña, SFA assistant professor of Spanish.

    Filemyr is the academic dean at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry, and her poetry has frequently appeared in the annual We’Moon calendar of women’s spirituality.

    She has previously published two poetry chapter books, “Journey of Hags” (1982) and “Skin on Skin” (2000), and a one-poem artist book, “Thinking” (1987), with printmaker Pati Scobey.

    “Each of Filemyr’s poems that is included in ‘Growing Paradise’ is named after a fruit and makes good use of metaphor to comment on the human condition,” said Jones.

    The exhibition will run through Saturday, Oct. 29. It will then open at the Museum of the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe on Friday, Nov. 6. Filemyr will again read from the collection at that opening.

    Admission to the Nacogdoches opening and to The Cole Art Center is free. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA Theatre opens season with Pulitzer Prize-winner, ‘Rabbit Hole’

    SFA Theatre opens season with Pulitzer Prize-winner, ‘Rabbit Hole’

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    Lancaster senior Lamar Jefferson and Wink senior Erin Whitmire, portraying a young couple adjusting to the recent death of their young son, rehearse a scene from David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Rabbit Hole.” The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the drama at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    September 21, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will open its 2011-2012 Mainstage Series with David Lindsay-Abaire’s award-winning drama, “Rabbit Hole,” on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. each evening through Saturday, Oct. 8.

    Recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “Rabbit Hole” focuses on a young couple whose 4-year-old son was killed in an accident eight months prior to the opening scene.

    “I wanted to do this play because I was amazed by its ability to deal with the situation head on without being at all sentimental or clichéd,” said Scott Shattuck, director of the SFA School of Theatre and of the play. “It is an astounding affirmation of the importance and resiliency of family.”

    Shattuck acknowledged that some people might be hesitant to attend, thinking the subject matter might be too depressing.

    “But that’s not the case,” Shattuck explained. “The characters are smart, worldly, naturally optimistic people who understand that everyone experiences loss and that each person must find his or her own way forward.”

    In conjunction with the play’s five performances, the School of Theatre will also present “Survived By...,” a symposium on the experience of grief. Before or after each weekday performance, an expert will speak from either an academic or medical perspective on some aspect of grief.

    A further expansion of the play’s thematic material will be offered from 2 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. The Rev. Dr. Brent Peery, director of chaplaincy services at Memorial Hermann Hospital, will give the keynote address, “Of God, Angels and Parallel Universes: The Spiritual Needs of Grieving Parents.” All talks will be given in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    Visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu for a detailed schedule of speakers and their topics.

    “Rabbit Hole,” which is recommended for mature audiences, is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Theatre. It is sponsored in part by Tipton Ford-Lincoln.

    W.M. Turner is located in Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for seniors and 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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  • ‘A Bounty of Voices’ to benefit SFA choir’s tour

    ‘A Bounty of Voices’ to benefit SFA choir’s tour

    September 14, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Tickets are now available to “A Bounty of Voices,” a fund-raising dinner musicale being presented by the SFA School of Music and Friends of Music at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Proceeds will benefit the SFA A Cappella Choir’s May tour to Austria and the Czech Republic.

    Members of the A Cappella Choir will provide the evening’s musical entertainment, singing songs such as “Falling in Love with Love,” “Summertime,” “The Hills Are Alive” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” in solo, duet and small ensemble settings.

    Basic seating, which covers the cost of the meal, is $35 per individual. Those patrons wishing to make tax-deductible donations towards the choir’s tour can purchase donor tickets at $50, $75 and $100 levels.

    “As with many of our other fund-raisers, patrons can also make arrangements for groups of eight to sit together at one table,” said Diane Flynn, manager of the Fine Arts Box Office. “Anyone interested in that option should call the Box Office.”

    While in Europe for 11 days, the 52-member choir will present at least six concerts in Salzburg, Vienna and Prague. Cost for each student is approximately $3,700.

    “We appreciate the wonderful talent of the A Cappella Choir and its director, Tim King,” said Carol Willis, member of the SFA Friends of Music and the event’s coordinator. “And we are happy to be a part of sharing that talent with the Nacogdoches community now and eventually with audiences in Europe.”

    For more information about “A Bounty of Voices” or to purchase tickets, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. The deadline is Monday, Sept. 26.

    Spaces are still available for community members to accompany the choir to Europe. If interested, call the SFA Choir Office at (936) 468-2515.

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  • SFA to stage student-directed ‘The Saga of Cuchulain’

    SFA to stage student-directed ‘The Saga of Cuchulain’

    September 14, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present a student-directed production of W.B. Yeats’ “The Saga of Cuchulain” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. All performances are in the Downstage Theatre located on the first floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

    The full-length production, which is taken from a series of plays known as the Cuchulain Cycle, is actually three dance plays, explained Weslaco senior Jonathan Garcia, director.

    “In beautiful detail, Yeats uses his symbolic form of poetry and a westernization of the Japanese Noh theatre to tell the story of the life and death of the man often called the ‘Irish Achilles,’” Garcia continued.

    Allen junior Jacob Saffle plays the title role. Other principal cast members are La Porte sophomore Shelby Bray and Mount Pleasant senior Stephen Graham.

    Garcia’s previous SFA directing credits include “Tom and Jerry,” “The Interrogation,” “A Florentine Tragedy,” “The Philadelphia” and “Wolfie,” which he assistant directed.

    He has appeared in SFA’s productions of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Almost, Maine,” “Woyzeck,” “The Adventures of Homer McGundy, Revised” and “Bad Boy Nietzsche.” Garcia has also been a member of The Original Cast since 2009.

    Tickets are $5 each. For tickets or more information, please call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA to open exhibition of rarely seen works by John Heliker

    SFA to open exhibition of rarely seen works by John Heliker

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    “Self-Portrait” by John Heliker is one of the pieces included in “John Heliker: Drawing on the New Deal 1932-1948,” which the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Art will open at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    September 13, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Art will open “John Heliker: Drawing on the New Deal 1932-1948” with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception on Saturday, Sept. 24, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    The exhibition features a relatively unknown body of work by American artist John Heliker (1909-2000), who achieved early fame for his expressionistic work.

    “The drawings, watercolors and sketchbooks included in the show demonstrate the shift Heliker made between 1932 and 1948 to powerfully expressive figure drawings, cubist-inspired landscapes and biomorphic abstractions in diverse media,” said Dr. David A. Lewis, SFA associate professor of art history.

    In 2009, Lewis was awarded the 2009 Heliker-LaHotan Summer residency. He has completed extensive research on the artist and serves as the exhibition’s curator.

    Most of the pieces for the exhibition are on loan from the Heliker–LaHotan Foundation. Only a few of the works have been exhibited in the past 60 years.

    On Thursday, Nov. 17, the SFA School of Art will present a panel discussion related to the exhibition. Serving on the panel will be art critic Jed Perl of New York City; Patricia Bailey, president of the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation; and art collector and artist Michael Ricker of Garland.

    The exhibition will be on view in the Florence Wilson Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center, located at 329 E. Main St., through Saturday, Nov. 26. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.

    “John Heliker: Drawing on the New Deal 1932-1948” is a part of the 2011-2012 University Series and is sponsored in part by the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation, Dorothy Carsey Sumner, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and SFA Friends of the Visual Arts.

    For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA voice professor presents ‘Liederabend: An Evening of German Song’

    SFA voice professor presents ‘Liederabend: An Evening of German Song’

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    Stephen F. Austin State University voice professor Scott LaGraff and pianist Andrew Hudson will perform well-known works from the 19th century German song repertoire at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    September 13, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Baritone Scott LaGraff, Stephen F. Austin State University associate professor of voice, and pianist Andrew Hudson of Baylor University, will present “Liederabend: An Evening of German Song” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in Cole Concert Hall.

    The recital will feature some of the “great pieces from the German song (or ‘Lieder’) repertoire,” explained LaGraff.

    Included on the program is Franz Schubert’s “Erlkönig (The Erl-King),” a “tour-de-force for both performers because it is one of the most challenging songs for the pianist and requires the singer to portray four different characters,” explained LaGraff.

    “Hugo Wolf’s ‘Der Feuerreiter (The Fire-Rider),’ is another powerful and challenging ballad we’ll be performing,” LaGraff continued. “It tells the story of a firefighter whose obsession leads to his own demise.”

    The program also includes Robert Schumann’s “Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love).”

    “Lush and beautiful, the music takes us on a journey from new love to love lost, through grief to acceptance,” LaGraff said.

    LaGraff, who joined the SFA faculty in 2004, is a veteran of the operatic, concert and recital stage. He has appeared with Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamtom, N.Y., Opera East Texas, and the Syracuse, Tulsa, Pensacola, Westchester Hudson and Ithaca opera companies.

    His concert engagements include solo appearances with the Baton Rouge Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Kingwod Chorale, Canterbury Choral Society, Ocean City Pops, Binghamton Pops, Syracuse Oratorio Society, and at Carnegie Hall with MidAmerica Productions.

    Hudson, who holds degrees in piano performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Texas at Austin, has performed with singers from around the world, including alumni of the Bayreuth, Leipzig, Metropolitan, New York City and Nice Operas, and the National Opera of Prague.

    LaGraff and Hudson have been collaborating since 2000, presenting recitals throughout the Midwest and South. IN 2009 they released a recording of American song, “Songs by Stephen Lias, Michael Patterson and Lee Hoiby,” on the Centaur Records label.

    The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a part of the 2011-2012 Cole Performing Arts Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA music faculty featured in benefit recital

    SFA music faculty featured in benefit recital

    September 13, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Faculty members of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will be the featured performers during the annual Pi Kappa Lambda Recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    “This concert showcases our diverse faculty and their talent,” 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. For the past few years, awards were given to several sophomores with 4.0 grade-point averages.”

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

    Faculty vocalists to perform include sopranos Debbie Berry and Charlotte Davis, mezzo-soprano Nita Hudson, tenors Richard Berry and Bruce Fowler and baritone Scott LaGraff. Guest mezzo-soprano Kimberly LaGraff will also appear on the program.

    Also performing will be pianists Mario Ajero, Mary Cooper, James Faucett, Geneva Fung, Gene H. Moon and James Pitts, clarinetist Christopher Ayer, violinist Jennifer Dalmas, percussionist Scott Harris and cellist Evgeni Raychev.

    The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a part of the 2011-2012 Cole Performing Arts Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building at 2210 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 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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  • SFA to present faculty horn recital, ‘Mozart Interrupted’

    SFA to present faculty horn recital, ‘Mozart Interrupted’

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    September 13, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Charles Gavin, professor of horn at Stephen F. Austin State University, has invited eight of his colleagues to perform with him during his faculty recital, “Mozart Interrupted,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Joining Gavin for W.A. Mozart’s “Quintet for Piano and Winds, K. 452” will be SFA faculty members James Pitts, piano; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; and Susan Nelson, bassoon.

    Melissa Nabb, viola instructor in the SFA Music Preparatory Division, and faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Gene H. Moon, viola; and Evgeni Raychev, cello, will join Gavin in the presenting Mozart’s “Quintet for Horn and Strings, K 407.”

    “These are both monumental chamber works featuring the horn,” said Gavin. “It will be a genuine pleasure to perform them with the artist faculty at SFA.”

    Gavin will also play two horn solos, Vitaly Buyanovsky’s “Espana” and Steven Winteregg’s “Blue Soliloquy.”

    “‘Espana’ features several styles of Spanish folk music, and even calls for the horn to imitate Flamenco-style guitar, while ‘Blue Soliloquy’ explores the world of blues and jazz,” Gavin explained.

    Gavin joined the SFA music faculty in 1984 where he teaches horn and chamber music and is a member of the SFA Faculty Brass Quintet.

    In addition to his teaching responsibilities at SFA, Gavin maintains an active performing schedule. He was a soloist at the 23rd International Horn Symposium and regularly performs at regional horn workshops.

    In April, Gavin was named the first recipient of the College of Fine Arts Faculty Dean’s Award.

    “Mozart Interrupted” is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and a part of the 2011-2012 Cole Performing Arts Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA faculty member to present organ recital

    SFA faculty member to present organ recital

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    September 13, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will introduce one of its newest faculty members, Jeremy Bruns, in a faculty organ recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at Christ Episcopal Church in Nacogdoches.

    In addition to works by Dieterich Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Josef Rheinberger, W.A. Mozart and George Shearing, the program includes “Annum per annum” by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, who is known for his personal, minimalistic style, and “Sonata I in F minor, Op. 65” by Felix Mendelssohn.

    Bruns will also play Noel Rawsthorne’s “Hornpipe Humoresque (A Nautical Extravaganza for Organ),” which Bruns called “an amusing set of variations on the familiar Sailor’s Hornpipe in the style of (and with apologies to) Bach, Vivaldi, Arne and Widor.”

    Bruns, who serves as an SFA adjunct faculty member, is also the organist and director of music at St. Cyprians’ Episcopal Church in Lufkin.

    As a recitalist, Bruns has performed in venues throughout the United States and England, including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London, Canterbury Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral, St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

    He has worked as a church musician in Massachusetts and New York, including as associate organist at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. He has served as an executive committee member of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and was a guest conductor for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

    Bruns received his Master of Music in performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music and was a prizewinner in the 2003 Dallas International Organ Competition and the 1993 International J.S. Bach Competition held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

    Christ Episcopal Church is located at 502 E. Starr Ave. in Nacogdoches.

    The recital is a part of the SFA School of Music’s 2011-2012 Cole Performing Arts Series. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA to open ‘Art of the Pacific Rim’

    SFA to open ‘Art of the Pacific Rim’

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    “Raven,” a mask from the Kwakiutl tribe of the northwest Pacific coast, will be included in “Art from the Pacific Rim,” which the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will open at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Griffith Gallery.

    September 7, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Art will open “Art of the Pacific Rim: Artifacts and Art from Northwest America, Oceania, Melanesia, Asia and Central America” with a 6 p.m. reception Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

    The exhibition comprises over 30 pieces from the private collection of Nacogdoches residents Dr. Robert Gruebel and Jo Ellen H. Carlson.

    Included are masks from New Guinea, Yucatan, the northwest Pacific coast, Indonesia and Fiji; an Indonesian cricket cage and Chinese bird cage; food bowl and shields from New Guinea; weapons from the Phillippines; and dolls and artwork from Japan.

    During the opening on Sept. 14, Gruebel will give a gallery talk about the collection.

    “We are grateful to Dr. Gruebel and Ms. Carlson for allowing us to exhibit a portion of their extraordinary collection,” said Charlene Rathburn, SFA director of galleries. “This is a fascinating show for East Texans to come see.”

    “Art of the Pacific Rim,” which will run through Saturday, Dec. 16, is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Junior Forum and SFA Friends of the Visual Arts.

    Griffith Gallery is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Dr. The gallery’s regular hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and admission is free. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.

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  • ‘Baroque Serenade’ concert scheduled at SFA

    ‘Baroque Serenade’ concert scheduled at SFA

    September 7, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The Piney Woods Camerata, a conductorless string ensemble led by Stephen F. Austin State University music faculty Drs. Jennifer Dalmas and Evgeni Raychev, will present its fall concert, “Baroque Serenade,” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    “We will be performing music from the second half of the baroque period, including Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso No. 9 and a symphony by William Boyce, in honor of the 300th anniversary of the composer’s birth,” explained Raychev.

    The program also includes “Nymphs Singing” and “Evening Serenade” by romantic composer Hermann Thadewaldt.

    The concert, which is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, is a part of the 2011-2012 Cole Performing Arts Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Dr.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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