College of Fine Arts News Archive

November 2011

  • SFA harp recital features students and acclaimed teacher

    SFA harp recital features students and acclaimed teacher

    November 29, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Internationally acclaimed harpist Emily Mitchell, who joined the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music faculty this fall, will present a joint recital with her university and music preparatory students at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Music Recital Hall, Room 160 of the Wright Music Building.

    Hannah Arnold, Sarah Hall and Naomi Harris, who have been studying with Mitchell through the School of Music’s Music Preparatory Division, will perform an ensemble with SFA harp students Victoria Oakes, Garland junior; and Martha de Luna Mateo, graduate student from the Dominican Republic. Each of the five students will also present a solo piece. Mitchell will also perform several solos.

    Called “a marvelous harpist” by The New York Times, Mitchell has been heard worldwide as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall and before First Lady Rosalynn Carter at The White House and before British Royalty in England and at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.

    Mitchell is also an established name in the television, motion picture and recording studios of New York City. She has worked closely with stars such as Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow and Bette Midler and can be heard playing on 70 film scores. Her most recent recordings are “Impromptu” and “Mozart Variations” on the JMR label.

    She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and the Royal College of Music in London named her an “Associate,” as an alumna who has made a significant contribution to the music profession.

    Admission to the recital is free. The Wright Music Building is located at 2210 Alumni Drive.

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  • SFA percussionists present annual holiday concert

    SFA percussionists present annual holiday concert

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    November 29, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    SFA percussion students will present their annual holiday concert, “Percussion in the Pines,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Cole Concert Hall. The program, which features the SFA Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band performing a collection of carols, popular tunes and contemporary holiday arrangements for percussion, will be a “fun and festive way to celebrate the end of the semester and the joyful holiday season,” said Scott Harris, SFA associate professor of percussion and director of both ensembles. Audience members are encouraged to bring a new toy to the concert for the SFA Percussion Department and Phi Boota Roota percussion society’s toy drive. All collected toys will be distributed to the less fortunate children of Nacogdoches. The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. 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 Trombone Choir presents fall concert

    SFA Trombone Choir presents fall concert

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    November 29, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The Trombone Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in Cole Concert Hall. The varied program includes James Kazik’s “Fanfare,” Richard Birk’s “Three Miniatures for a Giant,” and arrangements by two SFA music majors: Plano junior Michael Swann’s arrangement of Edward Grieg’s “Funeral March” and Dayton senior Danny Williams’ arrangement of the popular Muppet theme, “Rainbow Connection.” The choir, which is directed by SFA Associate Professor Deb Scott, will present the same program in its featured performance at the Big 12 Trombone Conference at Texas Tech University on Saturday, Jan. 14. The Dec. 5 concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. 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 choirs and community chorus to present Handel’s ‘Messiah’

    SFA choirs and community chorus to present Handel’s ‘Messiah’

    November 29, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The Stephen F. Austin State University combined choirs and orchestra and Nacogdoches Community Chorus will present George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    Handel’s three-part oratorio, or unstaged opera, about the life of the messiah, was first performed in 1742. One of the most performed and popular choral works, it is appreciated by audiences all over the globe, said Tim King, SFA professor of music and the concert’s director.

    In keeping with the Nacogdoches tradition, the combined choirs and orchestra will perform Part 1 of “Messiah,” popularly known as “the Christmas portion” and the famous “Hallelujah Chorus.”

    SFA vocal students, who went through a rigorous audition process, will sing the solos, King explained. Sopranos are Spring freshman Elise Baldwin, Spring senior Kelsy Holt, Cleburne senior Haley Nettleton, and junior Page Madison of Carterville, Ill. Altos are Nacogdoches senior Amber Fontenot and Woodville senior Shelby Tillery.

    Senior Joseph Dennis and graduate student Joshua Dennis (both of McKinney) and Dallas senior PJ Lopez will sing the tenor solos. Bass soloists are Livingston senior Casey Jones Parrish and Jacksonville junior Stephen Hanna.

    Prior to the concert, the SFA Madrigal Singers will be performing in the lobby. At the evening’s conclusion, the audience will be invited to participate in a carol sing-along.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. It is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Medical Center.

    Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, please call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • International fiddling star to present Christmas show at SFA

    International fiddling star to present Christmas show at SFA

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    Celtic fiddling star Eileen Ivers will return to SFA with her band, Immigrant Soul, to present a holiday concert featuring traditional Irish songs, original tunes and holiday favorites at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Photo by Luke Ratray.

    November 29, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Musical star of the original “Riverdance,” Grammy Award-winning musician and nine time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Eileen Ivers will present “An Nollaig – An Irish Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The concert, which is part of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ University Series, is billed as a “heartwarming holiday show” that “captures the spirit and magic of the season.”

    “We are so excited to be bringing this show back to Nacogdoches,” said Fine Arts Box Office manager Diane J. Flynn. “Four years ago, our audience absolutely loved the music, the energy, and the musicians!”

    The program features traditional Irish songs, original tunes and holiday favorites specially arranged by Eileen Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul. The ensemble headlines at prestigious performing arts centers, guest stars with numerous symphonies, performs at major festivals worldwide, and has appeared on national and international television.

    Joining Ivers and her band for parts of the program will be Irish step dancers from the Cass Academy of Irish Dance in The Woodlands and the SFA Madrigal Singers.

    Born in an Irish community in The Bronx, Ivers began playing the fiddle at the age of 8. She has been called a “sensation” by Billboard magazine and “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times.

    From her star musical turn in “Riverdance” and her 30-plus medals in the All-Ireland championships to her session work and appearances with such diverse artists and ensembles as Sting, Paula Cole, and the Boston Pops Orchestra, Ivers has established herself among the pre-eminent exponents of the Irish fiddle in the world today.

    “We are pleased to provide this quality, family-friendly entertainment for East Texas,” said Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts. “We invite everyone to join us for this wonderful concert.”

    Prior to the concert, Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola, will give a brief informative talk at 7 p.m. 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 artists and honor the event’s corporate sponsor, Nacogdoches Medical Center.

    Turner Auditorium and Griffith Gallery are located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets range from $35 to $17.50, with discounts available for seniors, students and youth. 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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  • School of Theatre to present Christmas radio play on KSAU

    School of Theatre to present Christmas radio play on KSAU

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    November 29, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    “The Gift of the Magi,” the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre’s first radio play, will premiere on the university’s radio station, KSAU (FM 90.1), at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, with subsequent broadcasts to be announced.

    The half-hour adaptation of O. Henry’s classic Christmas story of the same title was written by Jack Heifner, SFA resident playwright and Broadway veteran writer, and directed by SFA Senior Lecturer Jackie Rosenfeld.

    Heifner opens his play in an early 20th century pub where a writer named William Sidney Porter (O. Henry’s real name) is heard worrying about a deadline for a Christmas story due to a New York magazine. An affectionate pair of youthful pub-goers inspires Porter to write what would become his best-known work—the story of a struggling young wife and husband who make extraordinary sacrifices to buy one another Christmas gifts, explained Scott Shattuck, director of the SFA School of Theatre.

    “The presents prove so ironic that the twist ending has become one of the most famous in the history of the short story form,” Shattuck continued.

    The production was recorded in the School of Theatre’s newly renovated, state-of-the-art sound laboratory. It features original music by Tyler sophomore Mason Lieberman, SFA music composition major; and sound effects by CC Conn, SFA assistant professor who specializes in theatrical sound and lighting design. Adjunct faculty member David Raine plays Pete the Bartender.

    The other characters are voiced by SFA students. Commerce junior Benn May plays Porter, and Richmond freshman Katy Rutherford portrays both the young woman in the pub and the young wife. Mesquite junior John Lisi plays her husband and the young man in the pub.

    British exchange students Helena Williams and Fenella Spillane, Houston junior Virginia Arteaga, Nacogdoches senior Kyla Williams, Orange sophomore Randy Wuske, and sophomore criminal justice major Jeron Humphrey of Dallas complete the cast.

    Visiting Assistant Professor Toni Smith provided vocal coaching for the actors.

    Nacogdoches senior Arrie Tucker is the assistant director, and freshman Ryann Underwood of West Chapel, Fla., serves as stage manager.

    Members of the School of Theatre’s New Original Cast, directed by Assistant Professor Jason Davids Scott, provide the Christmas caroling that is heard in the background. Graduate student Robert Palermo of Brownsville and Sachse senior Korey Stephens perform the original score on saxophone and clarinet, respectively.

    “Adding radio drama to our repertoire allows us to reach a large, new audience,” said Shattuck. “It also gives a new dimension to the learning experiences available to our theatre students and strengthens our collaborations with the School of Music and the Department of Global Media and Contemporary Culture, which houses KSAU.”

    “The fact that we were able to commission a writer of the talent and stature of Jack Heifner to pen this pilot effort has resulted in an extraordinary holiday treat for all of us in the School of Theatre and, I feel sure, for all of SFA and the Nacogdoches community,” Shattuck continued.

    The program will be available as a podcast at http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu from Friday, Dec. 9, through Tuesday, Jan. 17.

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  • 'Amahl and the Night Visitors’ rehearsals underway

    'Amahl and the Night Visitors’ rehearsals underway

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    November 21, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    In the accompanying photo, Wesley Gipson, who plays the title role in the SFA School of Music’s upoming production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” rehearses a scene with SFA vocal majors who portray the Three Kings in Gian Carlo Menotti’s classic Christmas opera. The 45-minute opera, written in English, tells the touching story of a crippled shepherd boy and his mother who are visited by the Three Kings during their journey to find the Christ Child. It will be presented in Cole Concert Hall at 9 and 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Tickets for Friday’s performances are $6 for individuals and $5 each for groups of 20 or more. For Saturday’s performance, tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and youth. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407. Parr, who is the son of Vatrina Voeks of Nacogdoches and Robert Gibson of Woden, will rotate the title role with Conner Parr, son of Dawn Parr and Chad Branton. Pictured with Gipson, from left, are Jacksonville junior Stephen Hanna, McKinney senior Joseph Dennis and Dallas senior PJ Lopez.

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  • Original Cast members to perform during Nine Flags Festival

    Original Cast members to perform during Nine Flags Festival

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    November 21, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Members of The “New” Original Cast, the SFA School of Theatre’s musical cabaret troupe, will give four performances of “A Real Hometown Family Christmas Spectacle” as part of the Nine Flags Festival in downtown Nacogdoches. The all-new musical focuses on two very different families who are competing for the honor of putting on the headlining pageant of the town’s annual holiday festival. The ensuing conflict, chaos and near-catastrophe can be resolved only with a Christmas miracle. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 3 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. All performances are at The Cole Art Center, 329 E. Main St. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and youth. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407.

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  • Glass ornaments on display for “Hooked on Art”

    Glass ornaments on display for “Hooked on Art”

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    November 21, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Glass ornaments hand decorated by area artists for the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts’ annual “Hooked on Art” scholarship fund-raiser will be on display at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches from Thursday, Dec. 1, to Friday, Dec. 9, and available for purchase through a silent auction and raffle. Included in this year’s auction will be an ornament that features an original autograph by Johnny Cash. The autograph alone is valued at $150. The fund-raiser’s closing reception will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Final bids will be taken through 7:15. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. and is open 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. Pictured here is a sampling of the 2010 ornaments.

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  • SFA to present student-directed ‘One for the Road’

    SFA to present student-directed ‘One for the Road’

    November 21, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present a student-directed production of Harold Pinter’s “One for the Road” at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. All performances are in the Downstage Theatre, located on the first floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building.

    The one-act play explores the effects of torture and human rights violations on a small family, explained Nacogdoches senior Arrie Tucker, the play’s director.

    Dallas sophomore Jonathan Tyler plays Nicholas, an authority figure for an unnamed agency, who is placing three family members under extreme mental anguish for an unnamed crime.

    The mother and father are portrayed by Houston freshman Thalia Gomez and Mount Pleasant senior Stephen Graham. Their son is played by Anthony Gloege. 7-year-old son of Laura and Dana Gloege, SFA assistant professor of scenic design.

    Previously at SFA, Tucker directed “Gray Matter.” He has also stage managed “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Too” and designed the lights for “The Other Son,” “Women and Wallace” and “Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad.”

    Tickets to the play, which is recommended for mature audiences, are $3 each. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407.

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  • Photo exhibition at Cole Art Center documents small town wrestling

    Photo exhibition at Cole Art Center documents small town wrestling

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    November 21, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    David McClister’s photograph series “Rastlin - A Southern Survey” will be open for viewing on Friday, Dec. 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    The exhibition, which documents small town wrestling in the South, is part of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art’s Gallery Series and will be on display in the Reavley Gallery.

    McClister, a Nashville-based photographer and music video director who specializes in documentary, photojournalism and celebrity portraiture, began the series in 2009 by visiting different venues each weekend.

    “There was something about this world—the sounds, the smells, the fans—the action inside and outside the ring—everything about it—that fascinated me,” wrote McClister in his artist statement for the exhibition. “To me (the series) is a complete look at what small town local wrestling looks like….”

    The exhibition of photos will be included in a book of the same title being released by The SFA University Press in the spring.

    McClister’s photographs have appeared in publications such as Garden & Gun, Rolling Stone, GQ, SPIN, Esquire and Marie Claire. He has also done photo shoots for major record labels, including Warner Bros., Capitol/EMI, Universal Music Group and Sony BMG and major ad campaigns for clients such as Tide and Digitas.

    His music videos for artists Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Dia Frampton and LeAnn Rimes have won numerous awards and appeared on MTV, VH-1 and CMT.

    McClister will give a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, shortly before the exhibition closes on Saturday, Jan. 21.

    The show is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art and is sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

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

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

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  • Three concerts scheduled at SFA this week

    Three concerts scheduled at SFA this week

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    The Stone Fort Wind Quintet, composed of SFA music faculty, will present one of three School of Music concerts this week. The quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Cole Concert Hall.

    November 21, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    East Texas music lovers can take advantage of three different concerts offered by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music within the next few days.

    On Tuesday, Nov. 29, in W.M. Turner Auditorium, the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will present “Americana,” a concert of music by American composers such as Charles Ives, David Maslanka, John Philip Sousa and Joseph Wilcox Jenkins.

    Associate Director of Bands David W. Campo conducts the Wind Symphony, and Assistant Director of Bands Tamey Anglley conducts the Symphonic Band. Graduate students Michael Oreka of Chesapeake, Va., and Jay Weems of Stephenville will each guest conduct one piece.

    The Stone Fort Wind Quintet, composed of SFA music faculty, will present “Classics for Wind Quintet” on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Cole Concert Hall.

    Christina Guenther (flute), John W. Goodall (oboe), Christopher Ayer (clarinet), Susan Nelson (bassoon) and Charles Gavin (horn) will perform works by Franz Danzi and Paul Hindemith.

    Saxophonist Nathan Nabb will join his colleagues in presenting Leslie Bennett’s “Wind Music: Five Movements for Wind Sextet.”

    On Friday, Dec. 2, the Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’ Aces jazz bands will present their end-of-the-semester concert in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    Under the direction of Associate Professor Deb Scott, the Swingin’ Aces will perform three familiar Christmas songs and a tune by Maynard Ferguson. Nacogdoches sophomore Jacob Barnhill will be the featured vocalist on “Soul Vaccination” by Tower of Power.

    “The Swingin’ Axes will perform music by current composers…the guys producing the music being played by the most cutting edge professional and university bands around right now,” said Professor Gary Wurtz, the band’s director.

    All three concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m., and 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.


    W.M. Turner is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Dr. The Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Dr.

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  • SFA art galleries closed during Thanksgiving break

    SFA art galleries closed during Thanksgiving break

    November 16, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Art galleries operated by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will close Wednesday, Nov. 23, for the Thanksgiving holidays and reopen Tuesday, Nov. 29.

    Currently on display in the on-campus Griffith Gallery is “Art of the Pacific Rim: Artifacts and Art from Northwest America, Oceania, Melanesia, Asia and Central America.”

    The exhibition, which comprises over 30 masks, weapons, dolls and artifacts from the private collection of Nacogdoches residents Dr. Robert Gruebel and Jo Ellen H. Carlson, will close on Friday, Dec. 16.

    Griffith Gallery is located in Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Dr. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

    Patrons who have still not viewed “John Heliker: Drawing on the New Deal 1932-1948” in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House may do so through Tuesday, Nov. 22, the last day for the exhibition. The show includes drawings and sketchbooks by American artist John Heliker, who achieved early fame for his expressionistic work in the 1930s and ‘40s.

    “The Legacy of Diedrich Rulfs: Architect of Nacogdoches,” which is on display in the Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole Art Center, will run through Saturday, Jan. 14. The exhibition features photographs taken by SFA Associate Professor of Art Christopher Talbot of homes and buildings in Nacogdoches that Rulfs designed.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. Its regular hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

    Admission to all galleries is free. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA College of Fine Arts offers holiday entertainment

    SFA College of Fine Arts offers holiday entertainment

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    Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul, will present “An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas ” as part of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ University Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Tickets are currently on sale for all of the holiday events offered by the college in December. (Photo by Luke Ratray)

    November 16, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    “An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas,” starring Celtic fiddler champion Irene Ivers, and “Messiah” top the list of holiday events offered by the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts in the month of December.

    Other events include the classic Christmas opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” The “New” Original Cast’s “A Real Hometown Family Christmas Spectacle,” a holiday-inspired percussion concert, a radio broadcast of “The Gift of the Magi,” and the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts’ “Hooked on Art” scholarship fund-raiser.

    The SFA School of Music will kick off the holiday events with Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at 9 and 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. All performances are in Cole Concert Hall. The 45-minute opera, written in English, tells the touching story of a crippled boy and his mother who are visited by the Three Kings during their journey to find the Christ Child.

    The School of Theatre’s musical cabaret troupe, The “New” Original Cast, will present an all-new musical as part of the Nacogdoches Nine Flags Festival. “A Real Hometown Family Christmas Spectacle,” conceived by the troupe’s new director Dr. Jason Davids Scott, celebrates families, hometowns and the unexpected hilarity that makes holidays the most magical time of the year. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2; 3 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. All shows are at The Cole Art Center, 329 E. Main St.

    On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the SFA School of Music will present “Percussion in the Pines” at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall. During this popular annual event, the SFA Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band will perform “holiday songs with a percussive twist,” said Scott Harris, SFA director of percussion studies.

    At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, radio listeners can hear the premiere broadcasting of the School of Theatre’s “The Gift of the Magi” on the university’s FM radio station, KSAU, located at 90.1 on the dial. Theatre students and faculty recorded O. Henry’s classic story about a young married couple and the Christmas gifts they secretly purchase for one another. Additional broadcasts are still to be arranged.

    Glass ornaments hand decorated by area artists for the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts’ “Hooked on Art” scholarship fund-raiser will be on display at The Cole Art Center from Thursday, Dec. 1, to Friday, Dec. 9, and available for purchase through a silent auction. Winners will be announced at the event’s closing reception that begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9.

    The SFA combined choirs and orchestra, along with the Nacogdoches Community Chorus will present G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The always-popular event will feature student soloists and close with an audience Christmas carol sing-along.

    As part of its 2011-2012 University Series, the College of Fine Arts will present Eileen Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul, in “An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    “The entire family will enjoy this high-energy concert that captures the spirit and magic of the season with traditional Irish songs, original tunes and holiday favorites,” said Diane J. Flynn, SFA Box Office manager.

    Tickets for any of the holiday events can be purchased online at http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • Alumna to perform with SFA Wind Ensemble

    Alumna to perform with SFA Wind Ensemble

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    Gunnery Sgt. Vicki Gotcher, a native of Jacksonville and an SFA alumna, will be the clarinet soloist during the SFA Wind Ensemble’s concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    November 16, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Gunnery Sgt. Vicki Gotcher, an alumna of Stephen F. Austin State University, will be the guest clarinet soloist during the SFA Wind Ensemble’s concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    The Jacksonville native, who graduated from SFA in 1993 and received her master’s degree in clarinet performance from Northwestern University, is a member of “The President’s Own,” the United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C.

    “This is something we’ve been working on for two years,” said Fred J. Allen, SFA director of bands and of the Wind Ensemble. “It is exciting to have a professional musician perform with us, especially one who has ties to the university and our area.”

    Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gotcher performed with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Kenosha Symphony and Chicago Civic Orchestra, as well as participated in the Spoleto Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colo., and Aspen Music Festival.

    Gotcher will perform Carl Maria von Weber’s “Concertino” with the Wind Ensemble.

    Another highlight of the concert will be the U.S. premiere of “Mount Rainier Search and Rescue” by SFA Professor of Composition Stephen Lias. It will be guest conducted by Justin Allen, graduate student from Spring.

    “This piece was first performed this past summer in Taiwan, by a professional chamber music group called XPlorium,” said Allen. “It portrays the rescue attempts made to save an injured mountain climber on the famed Mount Rainier and is a part of Lias’ series of compositions related to U.S. National Parks.”

    The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. W.M. Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Dr.

    Admission is free.

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  • Panel discussion expands on Heliker exhibition

    Panel discussion expands on Heliker exhibition

    November 9, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    As an expansion of the exhibition “John Heliker: Drawing on the New Deal 1932-1948,” the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will host a panel discussion on the famed American artist and his work at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    The exhibition, on view in the Reavley Gallery of the Cole Art Center through Saturday, Nov. 26, features a relatively unknown body of work by Heliker (1909-2000), who achieved early fame for his expressionistic work. The majority of the works are on loan from the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation.

    Panel members are Patricia Bailey, president of the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation; Dr. David A. Lewis, SFA professor of art history and curator of the exhibition; and Michael T. Ricker, independent scholar and art collector from the Dallas area. Each of the panelists will discuss a different aspect of Heliker and his work.

    Bailey, who knew Heliker for many years, will speak about the work the artist created during the second half of his life. She will also offer information about the organization and function of the foundation, which operates an artists residency program at Heliker’s summer home on Cranberry Island, Maine.

    Lewis, who was awarded a 2009 residency, will speak about the extensive research he has completed on the artist. Lewis wrote the essay and edited the supporting materials for the 96-page, fully illustrated catalog for the exhibition recently published by the SFA University Press. Copies will be available for purchase at the panel discussion.

    Ricker, who designed the catalog, has considerable expertise in the field of American drawings from the 1930s to 1940s, said Lewis. “He will offer insights into Heliker’s place within the larger movements of American drawing during that period.”

    Panel members will allow time for audience participation. Admission is free.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA orchestra to present ‘On a Romantic Note’ concert

    SFA orchestra to present ‘On a Romantic Note’ concert

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    SFA Associate Professor Deb Scott will be the featured trombone soloist during the Orchestra of the Pines’ concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    November 8, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The Stephen F. Austin State University Orchestra of the Pines will present music from the romantic era during its concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Included on the program are the prelude to Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” and Anton

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  • SFA A Cappella Choir to perform

    SFA A Cappella Choir to perform

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    The SFA A Cappella Choir will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Cole Concert Hall.

    November 8, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The A Cappella Choir, Stephen F. Austin State University’s premier vocal ensemble, will present its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The 52-voice mixed choir is composed almost entirely of resident voice majors at SFA and performs a repertoire of a cappella and concerted works spanning 600 years.

    The program, which includes works by J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Ko Matsushita and Michael Ostrzyga, is, in part, a preview of the works the choir will be performing at a regional conference in March and on its European tour in May.

    “Through our guest appearances at state and national conventions, the A Cappella Choir has gained a reputation as one of the finest choral ensembles in the United States,” said Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA and the ensemble’s director.

    “This year, we accepted an invitation to open the annual conference of the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association in Dallas on Thursday, March 1.”

    The choir’s reputation also reaches beyond the borders of the United States. In 2006, the choir accepted an invitation of the Salzburg Choral Society to join in the celebration of W.A. Mozart’s 250th birthday. Three years later, the ensemble toured Italy, performing at the International Music Festival and concerts in Florence, Rome, Venice and Vatican City.

    This May, during its 11-day tour of Austria and the Czech Republic, the choir will present concerts at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and the Dom Cathedral in Salzburg.

    “To be granted permission to perform in either of these famed venues is quite significant,” said King.

    The Nov. 17 concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. 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’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ features movement, professionalism

    SFA’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ features movement, professionalism

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    Angela Bacarisse, SFA associate professor of costume design, checks the cape SFA Visiting Assistant Professor David Studwell will wear as he portrays Oberon, King of the Fairies, in William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The SFA School of Theatre will present the comedy at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 19, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    November 8, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Passion, enchantment and exhilarating movement await audiences in W.M. Turner Auditorium as the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 19.

    “It’s full of laughs, fairies, magic, and even a little sword fighting!” said Weslaco senior Jonathan Garcia, who portrays Demetrius, one of the lovers.

    “And its hilarious telling of an age-old story of unrequited love makes it relevant to just about everyone,” explained Rusk senior Rachel Joseph, who plays Demetrius’ love interest, Hermia.

    For this particular production, the SFA actors are being directed by New York-based guest artist Chuck Hudson and sharing the stage with two veteran actors.

    Hudson, a gymnast, mime and Paris-trained fencing master as well as director with credits in Italy, South Africa and throughout the United States, is mounting an unusually physical production with an accent on colorful visual elements, explained School of Theatre Director Scott Shattuck.

    Visiting Assistant Professor David Studwell, an award-winning professional actor with 27 years of experience at leading theaters in New York, Chicago and other major cities, is cast as Oberon, King of the Fairies, and Professor Rick Jones, with more than 30 roles to his credit, portrays Hermia’s father, Egeus,

    Studwell said he loves this kind of collaboration with the students. “It reminds me of the European master, journeyman, apprentice model—a tried and true system in which you learn by doing.”

    Longview senior Diedre Cantrell, who plays Oberon’s wife, Titania, said she appreciates having both Jones and Studwell in the cast. “They bring that extra bit of professionalism and work ethic to the production, and they are great examples for the student actors to observe in terms of what will be expected of us once we enter the professional world.”

    “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Theatre and University Series.

    Prior to the opening night performance on Tuesday, Nov. 15, Hudson will give an informative talk at 7 p.m. 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 cast and honor the event’s corporate sponsor, Tipton Ford-Lincoln.

    Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $6 for students. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Patrons needing an assisted listening device during the performance may check one out through the Fine Arts Box Office.

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  • SFA Madrigal Singers to perform in concert

    SFA Madrigal Singers to perform in concert

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    The SFA Madrigal Singers, well known throughout East Texas for its concert repertoire that includes music from the Renaissance to present day, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Cole Concert Hall.

    November 2, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The Madrigal Singers, a select group of 16 singers from the Stephen F. Austin State University A Cappella Choir, will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Cole Concert Hall.

    Included on the program is Clément Janequin’s “La Guerre,” the most famous piece from the chanson, or songs that tell a story, genre, according to Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA and of the ensemble. “In this song, written to celebrate the 1515 Battle of Marignano, the audience will hear the call to war and actual vocal sounds to depict the battle.”

    The Madrigal Singers will also present Benjamin Britten’s “Five Flower Songs,” written for the silver anniversary of nature lovers Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst, and John Rutter’s “Birthday Madrigals.”

    “The latter is a lively collection of Shakespearian poems set to jazz music,” King explained.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music as part of the Concert Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Dr.

    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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  • Trio Solis to perform at SFA

    Trio Solis to perform at SFA

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    Trio Solis, composed of (from left) pianist Read Gainsford, violinist Corinne Stillwell and cellist Greg Sauer, will present a guest artist recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series.

    November 2, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Trio Solis in a guest artist recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the 2011-2012 Cole Performing Arts Series.

    The trio, composed of pianist Read Gainsford, violinist Corinne Stillwell and cellist Gregory Sauer, will perform music from around the globe.

    The musicians will open the program with W.A. Mozart’s “Trio in C Major, K. 548,” a “joyous and confident work,” according to Sauer.

    The program also includes Spanish composer Joaqu

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  • Community members invited to sing ‘Messiah’

    Community members invited to sing ‘Messiah’

    November 2, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    Area singers interested in participating in the community-wide presentation of Georg Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, may register with the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music.

    The school has a long history of presenting Handel’s masterpiece during December, said Dr. Tim King, SFA professor of music and director of choral activities. “We invite singers from around the area to join their voices with the SFA combined choirs and participate in this holiday tradition.”

    Rehearsals, which are limited but mandatory according to King, are scheduled for 7 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium on Monday, Nov. 28; Monday, Dec. 5; Tuesday, Dec. 6; and Thursday, Dec.8.

    Interested singers should register online at http://www.music.sfasu.edu/messiah and obtain a Novello/Watkins Shaw edition of the vocal score. These are available through many online sources such as amazon.com and jwpepper.com. Rehearsal compact discs of each voice part may be obtained from the School of Music office in the Wright Music Building, Room 150.

    Once registered, vocalists will receive a letter of confirmation, outlining rehearsal and performance details. For more information, please call (936) 468-4602.

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  • SFA’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ being directed by New York director

    SFA’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ being directed by New York director

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    Houston junior Kurt Bilanoski and Dallas senior Jennifer Suter rehearse the scene from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in which Suter’s character first sees the result of the spell that has been cast on her friend Bottom. The SFA School of Theatre will present William Shakespeare’s popular play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 19, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    November 2, 2011—Sylvia Bierschenk

    The stage of W.M. Turner Auditorium will be transformed into a fantastical woodland landscape where star-crossed lovers and supernatural creatures come together when the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 19.

    The comedy is being guest directed by Chuck Hudson, internationally acclaimed director of musicals, operas, and Shakespeare who trained with the famed mime Marcel Marceau and is known for creating fresh characterizations and visually compelling productions.

    Hudson has worked closely with the SFA theatre design faculty to stage the popular story of two pairs of lovers who, after fleeing the rules of society and disapproving parents, find themselves in a forest where they fall victim to the whims of the forest creatures and a magical love potion.

    The multi-level set draped with hundreds of yards of fabric, the varied sound and light cues and the neo-classical costumes combine to reveal the contrasts between the two settings.

    The designs also contribute to the central image of the love chase—the chasing after the idea you desire, explained Hudson. “Our goal is for the audience to actually ‘see’ that chase by making visible all the invisible things that an actor may be thinking or feeling.”

    “Midsummer is truly ‘User Friendly Shakespeare’ and one of the most enjoyable to attend,” Hudson continued. “I am sure the audience will have as much fun watching it as we have performing it.”

    “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Theatre and University Series.

    W.M. Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Dr.

    Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $6 for students. For tickets or more information, please go to http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Patrons needing an assisted listening device during the performance may check one out through the Fine Arts Box Office.

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