Documentary highlights unforgettable images of modern architecture
Documentary highlights unforgettable images of modern architectureApril 30, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
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 “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.
Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, “Visual Acoustics” celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, “whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream,” according to information at http://www.juliusshulmanfilm.com.
Shulman, who died in 2009, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry.
“This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images,” the website says.
“Visual Acoustics,” which is directed by Eric Bricker, won numerous awards for best documentary at film festivals across the nation, including the Austin Film Festival.
The First Friday Film Series is a presentation of the SFA Art Galleries, the Friends of the Visual Arts and the Nacogdoches Junior Forum.
For more information, call (936) 468-1131. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St.
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SFA choirs to present ‘Mostly Mozart’
SFA choirs to present ‘Mostly Mozart’April 29, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
The combined choirs of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music, along with the Orchestra of the Pines,” will present “Mostly Mozart” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
The School of Music has traditionally ended each semester with a larger work/production to bring the semester to “a festive close,” according to Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA.
“Most notably, the spring semester’s concert is dedicated to a large and well-known masterwork of which most music students have heard and read about,” King said.
This program will feature the Overture to “Le Nozze di Figaro” (The Marriage of Figaro) and “Requiem in D Minor” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
King explained that Mozart began work on “Requiem” in July 1791 on a “lucrative commission” from Count Walsegg-Stuppach, who wanted a requiem to honor his recently deceased wife. Evidence indicates the Count, as he had done with previous commissions, planned to claim authorship of the work, as Mozart was sworn to secrecy in the contract.
“But with just the first six movements and the first eight measures of the ‘Lacrimosa’ completed, Mozart died on Dec. 5, 1971, leaving his widow, Constanze, to deliver a completed score or return the first installment of the commission,” King said. “Needing the money, she first engaged Joseph Leopold Eybler, a friend of Mozart and fellow composer, to complete the work. Out of respect for his friend, Eybler declined the invitation. Thus, she prevailed upon Mozart’s copyist, Franz Xavier SÃ¼ssmayer, to finish the uncompleted portions and add the remaining movements since he had worked closely with Mozart during his illness.
“Whatever the details and whatever he intended,” King continued, “after two centuries of performance before awed audiences, the majestic, impassioned ‘Requiem’ has become a memorial to the man himself: incomparable musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.”
Performing groups will include the A Cappella Choir, with King as conductor; Choral Union and Women’s Choir, David Howard, conductor; and Orchestra of the Pines, Gene H. Moon, conductor.
Student soloists include: Sarah Joblin, Leslie Laney, Page Madison, Sarah Jo Martin and Jessica Rangel, soprano; Lindsay Lymer, Mackenzie Phillips, Julia Powers and Jacqueline Skinner, alto; Nathaniel Brown, Joshua Chavira, Keith LaLonde and Jamal Madden, tenor; and Juan Garza, Cairee Mayfield, Brenton Mattox and Casey Parrish, bass.
Tickets for “Mostly Mozart” are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or information, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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SFA’s New Play Development Workshop to present original student works
SFA’s New Play Development Workshop to present original student worksApril 28, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
The works of five advanced student playwrights in the School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 29 through May 3, in the Upstage Theatre in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.
The works are products of the SFA New Play Development Workshop, under the direction of Jack Heifner, playwright in residence at SFA, which teamed the playwrights with student actors and directors in the development of new plays. The staged readings are the results of their work during the spring semester.
The week’s schedule of new full-length plays includes:
Monday, April 29 – “Losers,” written by Luke Norton, directed by Kat Edwards.
Tuesday, April 30 – “Stuck,” written by Heather Abbott, directed by Benn May.
Wednesday, May 1 – “Home,” written by Ashe Vernon, directed by Benn May.
Thursday, May 2 – “Doomed,” written by Anna Goldberg, directed by Kat Edwards.
Friday, May 3 – “The Play Where Somebody Dies At The End,” written by Noah Scheibmeir, directed by Kat Edwards and Benn May.
Student actors Vanessa Hendricks, John Lisi, Daniel Miller and Nick Pinelli will perform all of the plays.
Pinelli, a sophomore theatre major from The Woodlands, described the workshop as “a great experience for me.” The first part of the semester focused on writing, as writers and actors collaborated while each play’s script and its characters evolved from beginning to end.
“This has been a wonderful experience for me, especially as an actor,” Pinelli said, “because in the class, we were able to get a sneak peak at how a play is made from the conception of the idea. Also, I never had the challenge of playing four different characters all in one week. The writers have been working very hard on creating new, charismatic works, while the directors have been there to help the writers with their vision and put these plays on their feet. As one of the actors, I can say that the real challenge has been differentiating each of the characters and (understanding) the story that the writers want to come alive on stage.”
Pinelli said the collective creativity and expression incorporated into the play development process helped him to better understand the value of versatility within the world of theatre.
“This is the first year that a class like this has appeared, and I certainly hope it is not the last,” he said. “We have created five different works in one semester. That is an incredible feat that almost no other school can say that they have done. Classes like this are why I love SFA theatre.”
Admission is free for all performances. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Theatre at (936) 468-4003.
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‘bobrauschenbergamerica’ opens Tuesday at SFA
‘bobrauschenbergamerica’ opens Tuesday at SFAApril 22, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
Stephen F. Austin State University senior theatre majors John Lisi and Mai Lê rehearse a scene from “bobrauschenbergamerica,” the SFA School of Theatre production by Charles L. Mee set to open at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. The show, which is recommended for mature audiences, runs nightly through Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.
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SFA Bands to present annual ‘Concert in the Park’
SFA Bands to present annual ‘Concert in the Park’April 19, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
The SFA Bands will present the annual “Concert in the Park” beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, on the lawn in front of the Wright Music Building on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.
All four concert bands will perform, according to Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA. A highlight of the concert will be the induction of SFA alumnus Jim C. Jones into the SFASU Band Directors’ Hall of Fame.
Opening the concert will be University Band, under the direction of graduate assistant Jay Weems along with David W. Campo, associate director of bands and director of the Lumberjack Marching Band.
The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will play “Black Horse Troop March” by John Philip Sousa and other pieces.
The Wind Symphony, also directed by Campo, will perform “Storm and Sunshine March” by J.C. Heed, among other numbers.
The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Allen, will close the concert performing “Festive Overture” by Dmitri Shostakovich and “Battle Of Shiloh March” by C.L. Barnhouse.
The 2013 inductee into the SFASU Band Directors’ Hall of Fame, Jones will conduct the Wind Ensemble in “Melody Shop March.”
Originally from Gilmer and currently residing in Carthage, Jones taught at Center, Pittsburg, Cleveland and Carthage ISDs before retiring in 2009, having received 27 UIL Sweepstakes awards during his 36-year career. His bands have received numerous first-division ratings and Outstanding in Class awards at the National Association of Military Bands’ state contest. Jones was a recipient the Demirus UIL award and selected to Outstanding Young Men of America. His bands have performed at Disneyland, Disney World, the nation’s Capitol, Lincoln Memorial and the White House.
Jones attended Gilmer High School and Kilgore Junior College before earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SFA. While at SFA, he received the Outstanding Bandsman Award and was president of Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity. Jones was AAA state representative, president of the All Texas Small School Band Association, Texas Music Educators Association Region 10 band chairman, the Region 21 representative for the Music Advisory Committee and past chairman of the Southeast Texas Honor Band. He is a member of the UIL State Music Advisory Committee and current executive secretary and a past president of the National Association of Military Marching Bands. He is also president of the SFA Lumberjack Band Alumni.
Jones travels the state as a UIL adjudicator and honor band clinician. He has been associated with SFA in the evaluation of student teachers and currently works for Tatum Music Company.
Jones is the husband of Deanna Jones, father of Misty Hall and Jessica Anton, and stepfather to Cameron and Spence Burkert.
The “Concert in the Park” setting was created by SFA’s Director of Bands Emeritus Melvin B. Montgomery. Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, honorary band service fraternity and sorority, will sell hamburger plates for $5 for a burger, chips and drink beginning at 1 p.m.
Admission to the concert is free. For additional information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Wind Ensemble to present ‘Politics and Power’
Wind Ensemble to present ‘Politics and Power’April 19, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
The SFA Wind Ensemble will present a concert titled “Politics and Power” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.
“These pieces of music represent the struggle of man versus political power,” said Fred J. Allen, director of bands.
Featured piece in the concert is “Music for Prague 1968” by Karel Husa. A native of the former Czechoslovakia, Husa was living in New York when he heard news of the Soviet invasion of Prague. His composition uses techniques that were considered avant-garde in 1968 to depict the horror of a country overrun by communism.
Allen will also conduct “Jericho Rhapsody” by American composer Morton Gould.
“The biblical account of the battle of Jericho serves as the story line for this piece,” Allen said. “Listeners will hear the trumpets calling out to one another to bring down the walls of the fortified city.”
Rounding out the concert is a piece by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, “Festive Overture,” as well as “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland and “Battle of Shiloh March” by C.L. Barnhouse.
“Musicians have often been at odds with society,” Allen said. “They have always given us music that depicts war but also somehow preserves a glimmer of hope for the future.”
The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a featured performance of the Concert Series.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Jazz concert to feature renowned trumpeter Allen Vizzutti
Jazz concert to feature renowned trumpeter Allen VizzuttiApril 17, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
The Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’ Aces jazz bands at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform an exciting evening of music for the final joint concert of the 2012-13 season beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
The highlight of the night will be the performance by world-renowned trumpeter Allen Vizzutti with the Swingin’ Axes. His visit to the SFA campus is made possible through the fundraising efforts of the SFA Friends of Music, according to Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA.
Vizzutti’s performance will mark his third trip to the SFA campus, having first appeared with the Swingin’ Axes in November 1999 and then returning the following year as a featured soloist with the SFA Wind Ensemble.
“After our last concert, I thought this particular group of students needed to perform with a great artist,” said Wurtz, who has been director of the Swingin’ Axes since 1993. “I called Allen over spring break and asked if he was available. As it turned out, our concert week was between dates for him, and he was immediately agreeable to the invitation. I was thrilled, but the students were taken aback that they were going to get this opportunity.
“We have hosted a large number of world-class guests over the years,” Wurtz continued, “but Allen is always an easy invite because, musically, he’s as good as anyone in the world with the resumé to back it up, and he’s great with the students and patrons. He is as nice a guy as you could ever meet, and I love to introduce my students to guys like him.”
Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with artists and ensembles such as Chick Corea, ‘Doc’ Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen of Note, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra and others. Performing as a classical and jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Germany, St. Louis, Seattle, Rochester, Syracuse, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Phoenix, Croatia, Slovenia, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg, to name a few.
As an artist in residence, Vizzutti has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for Performing Arts, Kansas State University, Ohio State University, the Skidmore Jazz Institute and the Trompeten Akademie in Bremen, Germany. He is currently artist in residency at the University of South Carolina.
While living in Los Angeles during the 1980s, Vizzutti performed on more than 100 motion picture sound tracks, including “Back To the Future” and “Star Trek,” as well as on countless TV shows, commercials and recordings with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, the Commodores and Prince. His sounds can be heard on recent projects, including the movies “Furry Vengeance,” “40 Days and 40 Nights” and “Scary Movie Four” and on video games.
In addition to accompanying Vizzutti, the Swingin’ Axes will perform Willie Maiden’s “A Little Minor Booze” and Pat Metheny’s “Minuano.”
For its portion of the concert, the Swingin’s Aces, under the direction of Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone and jazz studies at SFA, will perform “Cajun Cookin’” by Denis Diblasio, “Live and Let Die” by Paul and Linda McCartney, “Invitation” by Bronislau Kaper, “Cut ’N Run” by Gordon Goodwin and “Chelsea Bridge” by Billy Strayhorn, featuring the band’s lead trumpet player, Wylie sophomore Chris Jordan.
The joint concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.
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SFA student filmmakers to screen their original works
SFA student filmmakers to screen their original worksApril 17, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
Four original short films by Stephen F. Austin State University student filmmakers will be shown during “An Evening of Short Films” beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.
Each graduate student will introduce his film, screen it and then take questions from the audience, according to Brad Maule, acting and directing lecturer in the SFA School of Theatre and a lecturer in the School of Art’s cinematography program.
“Filmmaking is a creation from the ground up,” Maule said. “These students must write the story, cast the actors, film the script, find the crew and locations, buy or make the costumes, edit the footage, add the sound, correct the color, and on and on.
“By having these students explain the filmmaking experience, I believe it will help the audience understand the extreme difficulty of the students’ chosen occupation,” he said.
The original works are creations of Peyton Paulette of Lufkin, who will screen his film, “Hollywood Ending,” Ricky Kennedy of Alto, who will screen his film, “In The Original Geek,” Justin Herring of Granbury, who will screen his film, “Leave Me With a Smile,” and Dudley May of Nacogdoches, who will screen his film, “Same Odds.”
“This gives the students a chance to explain the filmmaking process before a live audience,” Maule said. “It also gives the students feedback from a neutral platform. Anyone interested in films and filmmaking will enjoy this evening.”
Cinematography has been taught at SFA for more than 20 years. The program has graduated hundreds of students who are working in all aspects of the professional field throughout the country.
The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information about “An Evening of Short Films,” call (936) 468-6239.
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Tickets still available for School of Music’s Extravaganza 26
Tickets still available for School of Music’s Extravaganza 26April 17, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
The SFA Friends of Music will accept reservations through noon Friday, April 26, for Extravaganza 26, the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music’s annual gala banquet. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Grand Ballroom of SFA’s Baker Pattillo Student Center.
This year’s Extravaganza, “Starry, Starry Night,” celebrates the 26th anniversary of the gala banquet, which features gourmet dining, performances by student soloists and ensembles, and the presentation of student awards.
Additionally, Danny Prado, a 1972 graduate of SFA who received his Master’s in Music from Texas Women’s University, will be honored as the Outstanding Music Alumnus.
Prado retired from public school education in 2005 after 33 years in music education, including Jacksonville ISD and 17 years at Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD. Most recently he spent 15 years with the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. Prado is an adjunct professor with SFA serving as a university supervisor for student teachers. He has served on numerous occasions as a guest clinician for percussion workshops, honor concerts, jazz bands, and is an active adjudicator for invitational and UIL contests.
Prado is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Percussive Arts Society, and is currently serving as a past president of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Band Fraternity. He was also a member of the University Interscholastic League Prescribed Music Committee serving a nine-year term and chaired the committee for the 2007 through 2011 years.
Extravaganza 26 will be presented by the SFA School of Music and Dr. Scott Harris, interim director of the school.
Tickets are $35 each, and scholarship donor table options are available. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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Harp students to perform concert at public library
Harp students to perform concert at public libraryApril 17, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
Students in the harp studio of Emily Mitchell, adjunct faculty in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music and harp teacher for the Music Preparatory Division, will perform in concert at 6 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the Judy B. McDonald Public Library.
The harpists include Hannah Arnold, a Music Prep student, and collegiate students Susanna Campbell, Martha De Luna Mateo, Victoria Oakes and Elizabeth Rowland. As an ensemble, the collegiate students will perform “Sheep May Safely Graze” by J.S. Bach, arranged for harp ensemble by Daniel Burton; and “Over the Rainbow” from "The Wizard of Oz" by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, arranged for harp ensemble by RoJean Loucks. Arnold will join the collegiate ensemble on “Let There Be Peace On Earth” by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller arranged for harp ensemble by RoJean Loucks.
Susanna Campbell will perform harp solos, including Louis Spohr's “Fantasie for Harp” and Nino Rota's “Sarabanda e Toccata.” Martha de Luna Mateo will perform harp solo “Viejo Zortzico” by JesÃºs Guridi.
“Martha and Susanna are performing as a harp duo the “Spanish Dance No. 5” by Enrique Granados arranged for two harps by Carlos Salzedo,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell has earned critical acclaim as “a marvelous harpist” (The New York Times) who captivates her audiences with “playing of the utmost delicacy, beauty and subtlety.” (Records and Recording) In the words of The Washington Post, “Mitchell commands a vivid palette of colors and uses them with imagination.”
Mitchell has been heard worldwide as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Performances have taken her to the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Brazil, Israel, and Canada. She continues to tour the United States. Ms. Mitchell has been profiled on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, CNN, CNBC, Arts & Entertainment, the BBC, DRS-Swiss TV, the New York Times WQXR, Radio France, National Public Radio’s Performance Today and in People Magazine. Most memorable performances include the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp at Carnegie Hall with Sir James Galway and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, being presented in concert before British Royalty both in England and at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., and also performing for First Lady Rosalynn Carter at The White House.
For those interested in learning to play the harp, Mitchell will teach ensemble classes each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in June for 12 one-hour classes. “Harp for Fun” is for children, and “Harp for Joy” is for adults. Class size is limited to four students per class. Harp ensemble classes are for beginners and will be held at the Music Prep House, 3028 Raguet St. Private harp classes will also be available on those days. Harps will be provided and available for practice on non-class days. Tuition is $120 for the 12 classes.
For additional information, call the SFA Music Preparatory Division at (936) 468-1291 or contact division director Pat Barnett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SFA Wind Symphony’s spring concert to pay homage to the sun
SFA Wind Symphony’s spring concert to pay homage to the sunApril 16, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
In celebration of the spring season, the SFA Wind Symphony will present “Soleil!” A Sun Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.
“Throughout history, composers have been writing music in homage to the sun, and modern wind band composers are no different,” said David W. Campo, associate director of bands at SFA and the Wind Symphony’s conductor.
“Fanfare for the Sun,” by Danish composer Carl Wittrock, opens the concert and features “brilliant brass and stunning woodwork flourishes,” according to Campo. The opening piece is followed by John Mackey’s “Sheltering Sky.”
“Mackey’s lushly beautiful ‘Sheltering Sky’ creates a sense of repose and calm after the energetic concert opening,” Campo said. Of the composition, Mackey writes, “The work itself has a folksong-like quality, and, through this, an immediate sense of familiarity arises.”
Conducted by graduate assistant conductor Justin Allen, “Sheltering Sky” is one of Mackey’s newest and most popular compositions.
Commissioned in 2000 by Col. Finley Hamilton, conductor of the United States Army Field Band, “Sunrise at Angel’s Gate,” another work to be performed by the Wind Symphony, is the musical recollection of composer Philip Sparke’s visit to the rock formation Angel’s Gate in the Grand Canyon.
“Sunrise and sunset are the best times to view the canyon,” Sparke is quoted as saying, “as a sun low in the sky casts shadows that give depth and form to the vast panorama. I have tried to depict the sights and sounds of dawn there, birdsong in the early morning sky and the gradual revelation of the canyon itself as sunlight reaches into its rocky depths.”
The second half of the concert begins with Frank Ticheli’s “Sundance,” which the composer says depicts “a town festival on a warm, sun-washed day.”
Another piece, “Dusk,” by composer Steven Bryant, is part of a three-work “night cycle” that also contains the works “Marbled Midnight Mile” and “First Light.”
“‘Dusk’ captures the reflective calm of dusk, paradoxically illuminated by the fiery hues of sunset,” Campo said.
Rusty Banks composed “Coronal Loops” in response to a commission from a consortium of universities, including SFA.
“‘Coronal Loops’ is the composer’s take on the interaction between the magnetic phenomena of the same name with man-made satellites,” Campo explained.
The final piece on the concert features “a uniquely American contribution to the wind band genre: the circus march,” according to Campo.
“Typically very fast and exciting in character and featuring exuberant melodies and virtuosic woodwind lines, these marches are intended to evoke images of all the thrills and excitement of a big top circus,” he said.
One of the best-known additions to the genre is J.C. Heed’s “In Storm and Sunshine,” composed in 1885.
“Legend from Heed’s hometown of Hackettstown, N.J., claims that Heed was actually the composer of ‘Stars and Stripes,’ credited to the march king, John Philip Sousa,” Campo said.
The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a featured event of the Concert Series.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.
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SFA announces ‘Texas National 2013’ art winners
SFA announces ‘Texas National 2013’ art winnersApril 15, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
During Saturday night’s opening reception of “Texas National 2013” in Cole Art Center, juror Dr. Peter Selz announced the winners of the annual competition and exhibition presented by the Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Art, and an SFA graduate student and East Texan took top honors.
Le’ Anne Alexander of Lufkin received first place for her oil on canvas “Unspecified Shape Blue.” Other winners were Harry Clewans of Oakland, Calif, earning second place for “Myron,” ink on paper on wood, and William Stoehr of Boulder, Colo., receiving third place for “Hauna 3,” acrylic on canvas.
Honorable mentions went to Anthony Monaco of Denver, Colo., for “Alzheimer’s Sucks: Dad’s Last Letter #3,” digital imagery with acrylic medium on panel; Mark Harris of Santa Fe, N.M., for “Lost,” limestone and steel; and Richard Martinez of Walla Walla, Wash., for “Untitled,” alkyd, graphite on drafting film.
Now in its 19th year on the national scene, “Texas National” is open to all artists living and working in the United States. This year’s exhibition features work by 87 artists from 30 states. Showing in Cole Art Center at the same is “Patrick Graham â€“ Thirty Years: The Silence Becomes the Painting,” which includes pieces from Graham’s recently critically acclaimed U.S. museum tour curated by Selz.
“Texas National 2013” is being exhibited in Ledbetter Gallery, while the Graham exhibition is on display in Reavley Gallery. Both shows run through Saturday, June 8.
The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House is located at 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.
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Performances will highlight SFA’s percussionists
Performances will highlight SFA’s percussionistsApril 8, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
The percussion talent at Stephen F. Austin State University will be showcased with two back-to-back performances on April 18 and 19 in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.
The SFA Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in a concert that will feature pieces for chamber percussion and large ensemble percussion. Groups will perform pieces such as Bill Alves’ “Gandrung” for three people on one marimba performing in a gamelan style with two people on one side and one on the other, Meyer’s “Your Three Favorite Colors” for multi-percussion quartet, and Brian Nozny’s “Purdy’s Maze” for marimba quartet.
“The event is the SFA percussion studio’s spring concert,” Meyer said, “and it will be an exciting follow up of the recent concert featuring composer/performer Christopher Deane.”
Meyer commissioned Andy Harnsberger, director of percussion studies at Lee
University for a “large ensemble percussion work with use of limited instrumentation.” As a result, Harnsberger composed “Revolver” for eight percussionists playing on only a few drums of varying sizes. “Revolver” was recently premiered at the Kentucky Percussive Arts Society’s “Day of Percussion,” which was organized and directed by Meyer on March 2.
“The piece is both theatrical and exciting, and it is sure to be something people will continue to talk about after the concert,” Meyer said.
Additionally, Steven Reiss, La Porte graduate student earning a master’s degree in conducting, will be the timpani soloist on Eric Rodis’ percussion concert, “Colossus.”
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, Meyer will present his own faculty recital featuring a program of works for marimba, vibraphone, timpani, snare drum and multi-percussion. Also on the program are two jazz pieces, including “Blues for Gilbert” by Mark Glentworth and “The KÃ¶ln Concert, part IIc,” originally performed by the famous pianist Keith Jarrett, which was then transcribed by world-renown guitarist Manuel Barrueco. Meyer will also perform Deane’s “Dis Qui Etude,” which utilizes common paint stirrers from the local hardware store that have been modified with rubber stoppers and masking tape to create numerous sounds on the vibraphone.
These concerts are a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Tickets for each are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.
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SFA’s Symphonic, University bands to present joint concert
SFA’s Symphonic, University bands to present joint concertApril 8, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Symphonic Band and University Band in a performance titled “ICONS” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus.
The University Band, under the direction of Associate Director of Bands David W. Campo and graduate assistant conductor Jay Weems, will perform a wide variety of music featuring selections by composers William Owens, Pavel Tchesnokoff, Henry Fillmore and Larry Clark.
“The concert will open with William Owens’ ‘Carnegie Fanfare,’ a tribute to the iconic landmark Carnegie Hall,” Campo said.
Next on the program is Pavel Tchesnokov’s iconic choral work, “Salvation is Created,” transcribed by Bruce Houseknecht. “A Land Remembered,” a multi-movement work by American composer Larry Clark, is based on the novel of the same name.
“This concert selection tells the story of pioneering families in the early days of Florida,” Campo said. “The piece is set in three continuous movements, each depicting elements of the story. It begins with the opening fanfare, ‘A New Life in a New Land,’ then continues to the beautiful ‘On the Prairie.’ The strident final movement is ‘Hardships on the Rugged Frontier.’”
The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Assistant Director of Bands Tamey Anglley, will open the second half of the concert with “Shortcut Home” by Dana Wilson.
“Drawing upon various jazz styles, this elaborate fanfare features each section of the ensemble,” Anglley said.
Next, the band will perform Larry Daehn’s “As Summer Was Just Beginning,” conducted by graduate student Steven Reiss.
“The subtitle for this piece is ‘Song for James Dean,’ and the title comes from the inscription on his bronze bust in Los Angeles, California,” Anglley explained.
The band will also perform “Rikudim” by Jan Van der Roost, a four-movement work based on Israeli folk dances.
“However, they are not based on existing folk music,” Anglley said, “but on originally composed dances by the composer.”
The Symphonic Band will end the concert with “The Black Horse Troop” by famous American composer John Philip Sousa. Originally composed in 1924, it was dedicated to the men and horses of Cleveland’s Ohio National Guard, Troop A.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.
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SFA Trombone Choir to perform music spanning 500 years
SFA Trombone Choir to perform music spanning 500 yearsApril 5, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Trombone Choir in concert at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.
The performance will feature music spanning 500 years, according to Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone at SFA and director of the choir.
Among the works performed will be “Nunc Dimittis” by Giovanni Gabrielli, composed in the 16th century and written for 14 trombones, and “Under the Double Eagle,” by Josef Wagner, which was arranged for the trombone choir by Michael Swann, SFA senior music major from Plano.
“The concert will close with the trombone choir joined by a jazz rhythm section performing two popular jazz standards, ‘On the Street Where You Live’ and ‘Here’s that Rainy Day,’” Scott said.
Admission to the performance is free. For additional information, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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American opera ‘Street Scene’ opens Thursday night
American opera ‘Street Scene’ opens Thursday nightApril 3, 2013—Robbie Goodrich
“Street Scene,” Kurt Weill’s American opera based on Elmer Rice’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, for a three-night run in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.
The opera, with lyrics by Langston Hughes and Elmer Rice, is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Music and University Series and tells the story of “dysfunctional and stifling domestic life, the damages of alcoholism, loneliness and unrequited love, ethnic stereotypes and political paranoia,” according to the opera’s program notes. The story is set in the summer of 1946 and takes place in Manhattan’s West Side.
Prior to the performance on opening night, Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice at SFA and opera director, will present a 7 p.m. informative talk in Griffith Gallery, located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to honor the event’s corporate sponsor, Point A Media.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $6 for students and youth. For tickets or information, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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