College of Fine Arts News Archive

April 2014

  • Heifner selected new member of Texas Playwriting Hall of Fame

    Heifner selected new member of Texas Playwriting Hall of Fame

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    April 29, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    Jack Heifner, Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre’s playwright-in-residence, has been selected as a new member of the Texas Playwriting Hall of Fame.

    It is an honor that reflects the caliber of the SFA theatre faculty, according to Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre.

    “Jack’s latest accolade is another reminder of the tremendous asset he has always been to SFA,” said Shattuck. “The School of Theatre is a center of excellence because we have teacher-artists of this stature on our faculty.”

    Best known for his play “Vanities,” which ran for five years in New York to become one of the longest running plays in off-Broadway history, Heifner is also author of “Patio/Porch” (which was produced on Broadway), “Natural Disasters,” “Running on Empty,” “Bargains,” “Boys’ Play,” “Home Fires,” “Heartbreak,” “Comfort and Joy,” “The Lemon Cookie,” “Dwarf Tossing” and more than 30 other plays produced in New York, Los Angeles and theatres around the world.

    Heifner has written the book for six musicals, including “Leader of the Pack” on Broadway and “Vanities-A New Musical,” which opened in New York in 2009. He has also written for television and film.

    Born in Corsicana, Heifner lives in New York City. Since 1997 he has been playwright-in-residence at SFA where he teaches play and screen writing one semester each academic year. He is also the director of the biennial Festival of New American Plays.

    Although he spends most of his time outside the state, it’s his Texas roots that heavily influence his writing.

    “Most of what I have written has come from the tradition of storytelling that I experienced in my family (the sitting on the porch listening to the tales of my hometown), the search for and the examination of the concept of ‘home’ that seems to be at the heart of so many stories we write in the South, and our changing world and how it impacts our lives and the myth of Texas,” Heifner said.

    “Although I no longer live in this state, I come back each year to remind myself of my heritage and to open my ears and listen for more stories I can tell,” he said. “I am so grateful to be a Texan and to be elected to the Texas Playwriting Hall of Fame.”

    The Hall of Fame honors, presented by Texas Nonprofit Theatres, were created to recognize those who have contributed to the development of new plays, and playwrights in and/or from the state of Texas.

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  • SFA galleries director co-author of book on Picasso’s religious art

    SFA galleries director co-author of book on Picasso’s religious art

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    April 29, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    John Handley, director of art galleries for Stephen F. Austin State University, is co-author of “The Religious Art of Pablo Picasso,” a book that examines the use of religious imagery in the works of one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.

    Handley will travel to Berkeley, Calif., in May to join co-author Jane Daggett Dillenberger at a May 6 reception and book signing designed to celebrate the book’s publication by the University of California Press.

    Dillenberger, who is a Harvard graduate, is the founder of the doctoral program in art and religion in the Graduate Theological Union at UC-Berkeley. She has authored many books over the years, including “Style and Content in Christian Art,” “Secular Art with Sacred Themes,” and “The Religious Art of Andy Warhol.”

    A little more than four years ago, Dillenberger asked Handley, who was a graduate student at GTU, Berkeley, at the time and was about to begin his doctoral dissertation on the American sculptor Stephen De Staebler, to co-author a book on Picasso’s religious art. Handley had attended many of Dillenberger’s lectures, but he got to know her when he published two interviews that explored her perspectives on the religious nature of contemporary art. Handley said he was moved by the idea of working with Dillenberger, who was 93 at the time (now 98), on the project.

    “To be honest, I was a little overwhelmed at the prospect, but was also deeply honored that she had asked me, a student, to essentially become her peer,” he said.

    Knowing that publishing a book of this nature would be expensive, Handley said he and Dillenberger approached GTU’s Center for Arts, Religion and Education, which underwrote the project.

    The UC Press website describes the book as “the first critical examination of Pablo Picasso’s use of religious imagery and the religious import of many of his works with secular subject matter.”

    John Richardson, author of “A Life of Picasso,” stated, “Dillenberger and Handley have addressed a subject that until recently scholars have failed to investigate. Their new study is very welcome for the light it sheds on the Spanish darkness of Picasso’s religious beliefs. Dillenberger is an eminent theologian with a deep understanding of her faith, as well as an art historian, and together they endow their book with revealing new insights.”

    Handley has published articles over the years that explore the religious themes of an artist’s work, including his dissertation, Auguste Rodin’s “Gates of Hell,” and the paintings of Morris Graves. However, this is the first book he has worked on as an author.

    “I have plans to author/edit a book (collection of essays) that explores iconoclasm in modern and contemporary art,” he said, “but have just begun to think that project through.”

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  • Children’s Performing Arts Series to present ‘Laura Ingalls Wilder’

    Children’s Performing Arts Series to present ‘Laura Ingalls Wilder’

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    ArtsPowers’ “Laura Ingalls Wilder” will be performed at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium as part of the SFA Children’s Performing Arts Series.

    April 29, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and its Children’s Performing Arts Series will present “Laura Ingalls Wilder” in two performances on Thursday, May 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Presented by ArtsPower, this beloved story of Laura and her family as they travel across America in search of a place to call home targets children in second through sixth grades, according to Diane J. Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the Children’s Performing Arts Series.

    “Facing obstacles such as scarlet fever and eviction from their land, their pioneering spirit and family bonds are tested but never broken,” Peterson said. “This uplifting story of one of America’s most beloved authors comes to life in ArtsPower’s popular musical.”

    Tickets are $6 for individuals and $5 per person for groups of 20 or more. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.cpas.sfasu.edu.

    Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

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  • SFA choirs to present annual Choral Masterworks Concert

    SFA choirs to present annual Choral Masterworks Concert

    April 29, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the A Cappella Choir, Choral Union and Women’s Choir performing their annual end-of-the-year celebration in the Choral Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    The performance will showcase the brass section of the SFA Wind Ensemble with Jeremy Bruns on organ. The concert will feature only two works – both for brass choir and organ – including “Apparebit Repentia Dies” by Paul Hindemith and “Missa Octava” by György Orbán.

    “The program is quite diverse with a wide variety,” said Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA. “On the one hand you have Hindemith, a naturalized (1940) U.S. citizen born in Germany, who used a complex musical system of both extremely consonant and dissonant music. On the other hand, you have Orbán, a Hungarian composer of Romanian birth whose choral compositions mix traditional renaissance and baroque counterpoint with jazz harmonies.”

    Both were educators – Hindemith at Yale and Orbán at Cluj-Napoca Academy of Music.

    King explains that the text for “Apparebit Repentia Dies” is taken from an anonymous sacred text that is set in four movements.

    “The first movement warns of the dire consequences of the Day of Judgment, the second is a dialogue of the righteous and unrighteous, the third portrays the unrighteous being swept away, and the fourth a tribute to J.S. Bach in a harmonized hymn,” King said.

    The text for “Missa Octava” is taken from the traditional Mass ordinary set in five movements.

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

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  • SFA marching band to march in New York City

    SFA marching band to march in New York City

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    The Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjack Marching Band will march in the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Pictured are, from left, Tamey Anglley, assistant director of SFA bands; Wesley Whatley, creative director for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; Dr. David Campo, director of the Lumberjack Marching Band; and Fred Allen, SFA director of bands.

    April 25, 2014—Shirley Luna

    For more than 90 years, the words “Let’s Have a Parade” have signaled the beginning of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to revelers along the streets of New York City and tuned in around the world. In November 2015, those watching the event will hear the boldest sound from the oldest town – the Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjack Marching Band.

    The band will take SFA’s purple and white to the streets of the Big Apple for the parade on Nov. 26, 2015, the event’s organizers announced Tuesday.

    The ’Jacks are one of four university bands chosen from more than 175 bands considered to march the 2.5-mile route, said Wesley Whatley, creative director for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    “My job is to identify programs and institutions that are among the finest in the country, said Whatley, who broke the news to band members in Cole Concert Hall Tuesday afternoon. “Students here are among the finest in the country.”

    SFA Band Director Dr. David Campo said the opportunity for the band to march in the parade is an “incredible honor.”

    SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo said the Lumberjack Marching Band’s history of pride, talent and excellence is sure to impress those watching the annual celebration.

    “The band is one of the most beloved and enduring traditions we enjoy at SFA, and the ‘Boldest Sound from the Oldest Town’ has provided a spirit-filled soundtrack to most of our university’s proud 90-year history,” Pattillo said. “Whether it be an exciting halftime show for football fans at Homer Bryce Stadium or a march down the streets of New York City, the Lumberjack Marching Band’s talented members consistently represent SFA with a combination of musical talent and school spirit that is second to none and never ceases to astound me.”

    Jonathan Aviles, a junior and the band’s operations manager, isn’t daunted by the challenge of organizing such a monumental trip. In fact, he said he’s looking forward to putting the pieces in place that will carry the Lumberjacks to New York.

    Alexia Guilbeau has been with SFA’s Twirl-O-Jacks program for the past five years, and doesn’t doubt the band’s ability to represent the state of Texas in this venue.

    “We’re going to have to be very prepared, but I’m not worried,” she said. “It’s no problem and it’ll be a great experience. The opportunity to be on this big a stage is something else.”

    Though the band has 18 months to prepare, there will be a constant reminder in the band hall to keep the musicians on their toes. A special Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015 drum head was presented to the organization Tuesday during the announcement.

    The ’Jacks have traveled far while representing the school, including a trip to London in 2013. Dr. Manny Brand, director of the School of Music, said this is another opportunity for SFA to show its worth on a grand scale.

    “It is a monumental announcement that reflects what we all know and believe,” he said. “We are one of the finest schools of music in the country. I particularly want to thank the non-music majors. We talk about the music majors all the time, but non-music majors also make our marching band successful. ”

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  • SFA to screen award-winning ‘Chasing Ice’ documentary

    SFA to screen award-winning ‘Chasing Ice’ documentary

    April 25, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Chasing Ice” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Directed and produced by Jeff Orlowski with photography by James Balog, “Chasing Ice” is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering photographic evidence of the Earth’s changing planet.

    According to information at http://www.chasingice.com, environmental photographer Balog was given a National Geographic assignment in 2005 help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. He eventually began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

    “His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate,” the website says.

    The documentary has garnered numerous awards, among them the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation’s 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award. It has won more than 30 awards at film festivals around the world, including the Excellence in Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival and best documentary at the Berkshire, Big Sky and Crested Butte film festivals. It was given an audience award at the South By Southwest Film Festival.

    This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Night Film Series and is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

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

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  • SFA announces Texas National 2014 art competition winners

    SFA announces Texas National 2014 art competition winners

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    “Texas National 2014” juror Jerome Witkin selected Matthew Ballou’s “Strategic Influences, 2013” as the competition’s third place winner.
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    “Texas National 2014” juror Jerome Witkin selected Veronica Jaeger’s “Fallen 1, 2012” as the competition’s second place winner.
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    “Texas National 2014” juror Jerome Witkin selected Shelby Shadwell’s “A Universal Picture 11, 2014” as the competition’s first place award winner.
    April 25, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    During the opening reception of Texas National 2014 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, juror Jerome Witkin announced the winners of the annual competition and exhibition presented by the Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Art.

    Shelby Shadwell of Laramie, Wyo., received first-place honors for “A Universal Picture 11, 2014,” while Pharr, Texas, artist Veronica Jaeger earned second place for “Fallen, 2012,” and Columbia, Mo., artist Matthew Ballou won third for “Strategic Influences, 2013.”

    Honorable mentions went to Serena Stevens of Albuquerque, N.M., for “Playtime, 2014,” Nicole Santiago of Williamsburg, Va., for “Baby Cakes Pregnancy Self Portrait, 2013,” Zara Feeney of Thousand Oaks, Calif., for “Diaphanous, 2013,” and Owen Drysdale of Magnolia, Texas, for “Untitled (Negation), 2013.”

    Celebrating its 20th anniversary on the national scene, Texas National is open to all artists living and working in the United States. This year’s exhibition features works of 47 artists from 20 states. Showing in Cole Art Center at the same is “Jerome Witkin: Paintings and Drawings,” which is an exhibition of the juror’s own highly acclaimed work.

    “Texas National 2014” is exhibited in Ledbetter Gallery, while the Witkin exhibition is on display in Reavley Gallery. Both shows run through Saturday, June 14.

    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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  • SFA Percussion Ensemble to perform high-intensity program

    SFA Percussion Ensemble to perform high-intensity program

    April 22, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Brad Meyer, performing its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The concert – “Pieces for a Crowded Stage” – is so titled because all the compositions being performed are either for small chamber ensembles (five performers or less) or use multiple performers playing on one instrument, according to Meyer.

    “‘Trio per Uno’ by Nebojša Zivkovic is an exciting and raucous trio that has all three performers surrounding a single concert bass drum played horizontally,” Meyer explained. “Each player performs interlocking rhythms between the shared bass drum and the metal instruments located between the players.”

    John Tadlock, sophomore music education major, will be the featured, marimba soloist on Andy Harnsberger’s “Palmetto Moon.” Harnsberger describes the piece by saying, “imagine yourself on a beach with your favorite person in the world. The moon is out, the stars are bright and you can hear the water rolling into the shore.”

    Another selection, “Dopplegänger,” by Brian S. Mason, is “sure to leave the audience in chills” with its rhythmically driving marimba parts played by six percussionists on two marimbas facing each other, Meyer said. Other percussionists play bongos and act out a rhythmic battle between each other, which includes combative gestures.

    Also on the program is Mark Ford’s “Stubernic,” which is a marimba trio played on one marimba. Meyer commented, “the piece will finish the concert off with its high intensity and exhilarating theatrics as the musicians try to avoid each other while rapidly rotating around the instrument.”

    To find out more information about the SFA Percussion Studio, visit/subscribe/”like” their online presence at:

    • Facebook: www.facebook.com/SFAPS
    • Website: www.Brad-Meyer.com/sfa
    • Twitter/Instagram/Vine/Tumbler/Pinterest: SFAPercStudio

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

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  • SFA Wind Symphony to perform commissioned piece honoring director of bands

    SFA Wind Symphony to perform commissioned piece honoring director of bands

    April 22, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University Wind Symphony, under the direction of David W. Campo, will present “Stars and Dreams – Music of the Spheres” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and will feature the world premiere a selection commissioned to honor Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA.

    “About a year ago, I approached composer L. Mark Lewis with the idea of a commission in honor of Mr. Allen,” Campo said. “Considering Mr. Allen’s significant contribution to Texas music education, coupled with the fact that he has just celebrated his 20th year at Stephen F. Austin State University, I thought it was important to mark this occasion with a work that celebrates this contribution.”

    Based on Allen’s best-known work, “They Led My Lord Away,” Lewis’ “Tell Me Where” is essentially a set of variations based on the well-known melody.

    “The shifting colors and textures create a work of introspection and serene peace – a perfect tribute to my friend, Fred, and a fitting tribute to this great musician and educator,” Campo said.

    The Wind Symphony will also perform Allen’s beautiful setting of the spiritual “When the Stars Began to Fall.” Completed in 1992, the composer dedicates the piece to his mother, Doris Allen.

    Opening the concert will be Robert Jager’s rousing march “Stars and Bars” followed by Timothy Mahr’s “Daydream,” composed in 1989 for the St. Olaf College Band. James Barnes’ “Dream Journey,” which was commissioned by the Austin ISD for the 25th anniversary of their All-City Honor Band, will also be performed.

    Closing the concert is David Maslanka’s “Morning Star,” commissioned by the Grand Ledge, Michigan High School Wind Symphony, Michael Kaufman, conductor, and premiered in May of 1997.

    The composer states, “Morning Star is about beginnings: the dawning of a new day, the opening of a new hall, the beginning of adult life for the young people who premiered the piece, and for those who are playing it now.”

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

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  • ‘Spring in the Park’ planned for April 27

    ‘Spring in the Park’ planned for April 27

    April 22, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Beta Phi cast of Alpha Psi Omega at Stephen F. Austin State University will host its annual “Spring in the Park” event for the community from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Pecan Acres Park.

    Among the activities will be carnival games, a kickball tournament, a hotdog-eating contest, face painting and more. Tickets will be sold for some of the games, and those attending are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy a meal outdoors.

    Alpha Psi Omega is the national theatre honor society. The Beta Phi cast of Alpha Psi Omega, founded in 1936, is one of the oldest in the organization and one of the oldest honor societies at SFA.

    For questions or more information, email apobetaphi@gmail.com.

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  • Spring recitals to feature SFA Music Preparatory Division students

    Spring recitals to feature SFA Music Preparatory Division students

    April 22, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    Students in the Music Preparatory Division of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present their spring recitals beginning April 29 and continuing through May 18.

    “The students have worked hard this semester in order to bring their gift of music to parents, families and friends,” said Pat Barnett, division director.

    Harp students of Emily Mitchell will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Music Recital Hall. On Sunday, May 4, is the SFA student teachers’ students recital and a performance of the piano students of Mario Ajero at 2 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.

    The Piney Woods Youth Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5, in Cole Concert Hall with Dr. Evgeni Raychev, director, and Pavel Baez, assistant director.

    Raychev’s cello students and the violin/viola students of Dr. Jenifer Dalmas will present their spring recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Music Recital Hall.

    The Suzuki violin students of Brenda Josephsen will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 8, and at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the Music Recital Hall.

    A number of piano recitals are planned for Saturday, May 10, including the students of Theresa Moon and Bruno Ribeiro at 2 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall, the students of Linda Parr at 2 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall, and the students of Dr. Ping-Ting Lan at 4 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall. Piano students of Mary Cooper will present their recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11, in Cole Concert Hall.

    The Piney Woods Chorale, directed by Nicole Stewart, will perform at 6 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the Music Recital Hall.

    The final recital of the semester will feature a performance of the violin/viola students of Melissa Nabb at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, in the Music Recital Hall.

    Registrations for summer classes are being accepted. Forms are available online at http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep. For more information about the SFA Music Preparatory Division, contact Barnett at (936) 468-1291.

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  • SFA faculty recital to feature original compositions

    SFA faculty recital to feature original compositions

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    “Outside In – Inside Out,” an SFA faculty recital, will feature, from left, Stephen Lias, composer, Nathan Nabb, saxophonist, and James Pitts, pianist, performing at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    April 22, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Stephen Lias, Dr. Nathan Nabb and Dr. James Pitts performing “Outside In – Inside Out,” a faculty recital, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The recital will be comprised of three large works, two of which are world premieres, composed by Lias, who is professor of composition at SFA. Staff pianist Pitts will accompany on two of the program pieces.

    “The common thread that runs through the music on this recital is the inspiration drawn from other disciplines in the fine arts,” Lias said.

    Lias explains that his music reaches into literature, theatre and photography to find universal themes that can be translated into music.

    “This process of taking external ideas, internalizing them, and then allowing them to reemerge in a different form is common to both the composer and performer in this case,” he said.

    The program features “Five Characters from David Copperfield” for saxophone and narrator.

    “Each of the five movements in this set focuses on individual fictional characters in Dickens’ great novel,” Lias said. The selection features Nabb, associate professor of saxophone, on saxophone with Lias narrating.

    “Imaginary Folksongs” for saxophone and piano will be premiered in the program. These are six resettings of songs and dances originally written for live theatrical productions, including plays by William Shakespeare, Oliver Goldsmith and Peter Shaffer.

    “Ranging from melancholy to boisterous, they explore the indigenous folk music of imagined cultures,” Lias said.

    “Range of Light” for saxophone and piano will also be premiered. This four-movement sonata is based on Ansel Adams’ iconic photographs of Yosemite National Park. Lias has been writing music about the national parks for a number of years.

    “Collaborating with composers is always a fantastic experience for performers, but this is a very unique and special situation,” Nabb said. “To work with Steve, who is such a fine composer and great friend, makes this all the more enjoyable. I am very excited to give the world premiere of both ‘Imaginary Folksongs’ and ‘Range of Light’ on this recital, and am honored these works were written for me.”

    This premiere coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Lias said.

    “Imaginary Folksongs” and “Range of Light” feature Nabb on saxophone and Pitts on piano.

    Admission to the recital is free.

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  • SFA School of Theatre to present student-directed ‘No Exit’

    SFA School of Theatre to present student-directed ‘No Exit’

    April 22, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed one-act play “No Exit” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    Written by Jean-Paul Sartre, “No Exit” will be directed by Weatherford senior theatre major Austin Holt. It is the story of three people – Garcin, Estelle and Inez – who are “stuck in hell with each other,” Holt said.

    “As the three characters try to determine why they are in hell and how they are to be tormented,” she said, “they soon come to the conclusion that they will act as torturers for each other.”

    The cast features Nnamdi Nwankwo, Pearland junior, as Garcin; Pedro Dominguez, Pharr freshman, as the valet; Jennifer Bush, Edgewood senior, as Inez; and Marley Graham, Port Neches sophomore, as Estelle.

    The production team includes MJ Myer, Jacksonville senior, stage manager; Caitlin Parker, Groves freshman, scenic designer; Nicole Novit, Dallas senior, costume designer; Troy Carrico, Austin sophomore, lighting designer; and Bruce Moran, Kingwood sophomore, sound designer.

    Holt’s previous credits include directing “The New Land” and serving as stage manager for “Romeo and Juliet,” “Godspell,” “bobbrauschenbergamerica,” Madwoman of Chaillot” and “WASP.” She designed sound for “Lone Star” and “Language of Angels” and was assistant sound designer for “Blood Wedding.”

    Faculty advisor for this production is Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre.

    The play is recommended for mature audiences.

    Admission is $3. The Downstage Theatre is located on the first floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.

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  • SFA College of Fine Arts Dean’s Awards recognize recipients’ potential

    SFA College of Fine Arts Dean’s Awards recognize recipients’ potential

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    April 16, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts will recognize four students during the presentation of the annual Dean’s Awards at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Kathrynne F. Garcia, Houston junior art major; Clara E. Boyett, Jasper piano performance major; Tabitha M. Donley, Fort Worth junior music education major; and Daniel J. Miller, Houston area junior theatre major, were selected by the faculty of their respective schools on the basis of their potential to further develop their artistic and academic capabilities, according to Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts.

    The Dean’s Awards not only recognize the recipients for what they have already accomplished, but the awards are also designed to inspire them to reach deep from within to aspire to a higher level of excellence, Himes explained. The awards were established by the Dean’s Circle, an external support organization of community members founded in 2008 and “dedicated, in part, to nurturing potential young artists within the College of Fine Arts,” he explained.

    “This is not about the externally visible ‘things,’” Himes said. “It is about inspiring students with pride and self-confidence to pursue the ideal – for each of them to dream what the ideal is for them, and to inspire them to use this award to go about making this their reality, and in doing so, inspire other students to reach for their dreams.”

    Garcia, who will receive the Ed and Gwen Cole Dean’s Award in Art, is working toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She came to SFA in the fall of 2011 to study the artistic side of moving images, with concentrations in cinematography and digital media. Over time, her love of creating grew to three dimensional art objects. In combining technical elements of film and 3D objects, she has learned her path as an artist and continues to explore new technologies within the visual arts. In her position at SFA Art Galleries, she is creating a digital archive of photographs of exhibitions and events and has produced two documentaries – one on the history of the galleries and another about the artists of the 2013 Day of the Dead exhibition, which premiered at the Cole Art Center in January 2014. At the recommendation of her film professor, she became a volunteer intern for the Nacogdoches Film Festival in 2012 and was recently elected secretary of their non-profit, the Nacogdoches Art Alliance. In 2013, Kat became student a representative for SFA Friends of the Visual Arts board. She plans on continuing her studies at SFA and entering into a graduate program.

    Boyett, who will receive the Jack and Naioma Ledbetter Dean’s Award in Music, is in demand as an accompanist at SFA, having accompanied fellow students – both vocalists and instrumentalists – as well as serving as accompanist for graduate choral conducting recitals, appearing with the orchestra for SFA’s 2013 performance of the opera “Street Scene,” and with the SFA Wind Ensemble in its fall 2013 concert. She competed in the final round of the annual SFA Concerto Competition in both 2012 and 2013. Boyett is scheduled to present at the 2014 Texas Music Teacher’s Association’s annual conference in Houston this summer. She has been recognized on the President’s List every semester while at SFA, is the class of 2015 recipient of the Cole Scholarship, holds both the Shirley Watterston Accompanying Scholarship and the Mamie Middlebrook
    Keyboard Scholarship, and received the 2013 high-ranking sophomore award from Phi Kappa Lamba. She serves as pianist at Northwood Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, and maintains a piano studio of 10 students through the SFA Music Prep Department.

    Donley, who will receive the Dr. Robert Sidnell Memorial Dean’s Award in Music Education, has been a member of the Wind Ensemble and the Orchestra of the Pines. She is currently principal flautist in both ensembles. She has also participated in the SFA flute choir, operas, and the Lumberjack Marching Band. In addition to this, she was co-section leader of the LMB piccolo section last fall. Donley has been on the Dean’s List every semester, and on the President’s List twice. She is an active member of the Wesley Foundation where she is on the student council and has spent four semesters as a member of its praise team, led small groups, and through the Wesley Foundation has participated in various service events. Donley and the Flute Five Ensemble placed second at the Kentucky Flute Festival in 2013. She has also been the recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Award, the Cole Outstanding Achievement Award, and is a third-year recipient of the Academic Excellence Scholarship.

    Miller, who will receive the George and Peggy Schmidbauer Dean’s Award in Theatre, is earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in acting and directing. His Mainstage credits include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Three Sisters,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Stage Door,” “Romeo and Juliet” and, most recently, “Blood Wedding.” He appeared in the student-directed productions “Tunnel of Love” and “Adam and the Experts.” He was a cast member of The (New) Original Cast for one semester, and was also in the Fredonia Players’ “Christmas Show.” He is a member of Improv Strikes Back. Miller was the lighting designer for the student-directed production of “Lone Star.” He appeared in the Summer Repertory Theatre production of “How I Became A Pirate”, and he served as master electrician for the Summer Rep productions of “Godspell” and “Charlotte’s Web.” He recently served as one of the master electricians for this semester’s opera theatre production. In addition, he is treasurer of the Beta Phi cast of Alpha Psi Omega and will serve as vice president next year. He was recently honored as one of two national Alpha Psi Omega Scholarship recipients for 2014-15.

    Each student will be awarded $2,000 to be used to further his/her artistic endeavors.

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  • SFA Bands’ ‘Concert in the Park’ planned for April 27

    SFA Bands’ ‘Concert in the Park’ planned for April 27

    April 16, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Bands performing the annual “Concert in the Park” at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, on the lawn in front of the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    All SFA concert bands will perform, according to Fred J. Allen, director of bands. Opening the concert will be the University Band under the direction of graduate assistant Stephen Morman of Athens who will conduct “Spirals of Light” by Sean O’Loughlin.

    The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will perform the march “Circus Days” by Karl L. King, among other pieces.

    The Wind Symphony, directed by David Campo, associate director of bands, will perform three selections, including “Stars and Bars,” a march by Robert Jager.

    Under the direction of Allen, the Wind Ensemble will play music by Gershwin and Sousa. In addition, graduate student Daniel Curry of Nacogdoches will conduct Alfred Reed’s “Festival Prelude.”

    SFA’s Director of Bands Emeritus Melvin B. Montgomery created the idea for the “Concert in the Park” setting. Admission is free. Those attending should bring lawn chairs or blankets, as seating is limited.

    Beginning at 1 p.m., Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, honorary band service fraternity and sorority, will sell hamburger plates for $5 that will include a hamburger, chips and drink.

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  • SFA’s Orchestra of the Pines to present ‘Broadway, Movies and Music III’

    SFA’s Orchestra of the Pines to present ‘Broadway, Movies and Music III’

    April 16, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University will present the university’s flagship orchestral ensemble, Orchestra of the Pines, performing its final concert of the semester at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    “Broadway, Movies and Music III” will feature famous movie soundtracks and Broadway tunes, according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.

    “The pops concert has always been a highly anticipated event for the students and community,” Moon said. “The music of Broadway and motion pictures has become an important facet of our musical culture. While audiences enjoy hearing classical music, a dash of popular music always adds a special zing of flavor to our musical experience.”

    Special guest performers will be Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin, and Dr. Ron Anderson, vocals. Dalmas will join the orchestra in a popular piece, “Por una cabeza” by Carlos Gardel, a work made famous in the movies “Scent of a Woman,” “True Lies” and “Titanic.” Anderson will sing a personal favorite of his, “How to Handle a Woman,” from the musical “Camelot.”

    “We have a few more guest appearances that will be made,” Moon said, “but, as special as they are, they cannot be announced, and those who want to know must join us for the special evening.”

    Famous movie soundtracks that will be performed include “Star Wars” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Broadway tunes from “Camelot,” “West Side Story” and others are also on the program.

    “Every work is popular and prominent in our classical music world and pop culture,” Moon said. “A special treat for the younger generation will include songs from the recent hit Disney children’s movie, ‘Frozen,’ including the widely popular ‘Let It Go.’”

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

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  • Trumpet great Bergeron to perform with SFA’s Swingin’ Axes

    Trumpet great Bergeron to perform with SFA’s Swingin’ Axes

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    April 11, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present acclaimed jazz great Wayne Bergeron performing with SFA’s Swingin’ Axes jazz band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    The performance is a feature of the College of Fine Arts’ 2013-2014 University Series, “Live Out Loud.”

    A much sought-after trumpeter, Bergeron is one of the most active musicians in the world with studio dates, international touring, jazz concerts and guest solo appearances, according to John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.

    “As a sideman, Bergeron’s list of CD credits reads like a who’s who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles to Green Day,” Goodall said. “It’s going to be exciting to see him perform with our jazz band students, and it will be a memorable experience for them.”

    According to his website at waynebergeron.com/home.html, Bergeron landed the lead trumpet position with the Maynard Ferguson Band in 1986 and can be heard on such recordings as “Body & Soul,” “Big Bop Nouveau,” “Brass Attitude” and “The One & Only Maynard Ferguson.”

    Among his other CD sideman credits are Beyoncé, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Seal, Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton, Gwen Stefani, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Rosemary Clooney, Lee Ann Womack and Lou Rawls.

    Bergeron has worked on more than 300 TV and motion picture soundtracks. A partial list of film credits includes “Toy Story 3,” “Despicable Me,” “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Star Trek,” “National Treasure,” “Marley & Me,” “Superman Returns,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Dreamgirls” and “Hairspray.” His featured trumpet solos can be heard on the motion pictures “The Green Hornet,” “Duplicity,” “Rocky Balboa,” “The Incredibles” and many others.

    After being behind the scenes for many years, Bergeron stepped out on his own with his first solo effort “You Call This a Living?” This debut project earned him a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble as well as rave reviews from fans and press worldwide. His latest recording, “Plays Well With Others," was released in 2007 and is being met with the same acclaim, according to the website.

    Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA, directs the Swingin’ Axes. The show will open with a performance of SFA’s Swingin’ Aces, directed by Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone and jazz studies.

    Among Bergeron’s signature tunes to be performed with the Swingin’ Axes are “High Clouds and a Good Chance of Wayne Tonight,” arranged by Tom Kubis, and “Maynard and Waynard” by Gordon Goodwin.

    Prior to the concert, there will be a 7 p.m. informative talk about the artist and his music in Griffith Gallery located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception.

    Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $7.50 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform program of challenging music

    Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform program of challenging music

    April 11, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at Stephen F. Austin State University will present music never before performed by the School of Music faculty ensemble in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The quintet includes Christina Guenther-Scott, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

    The concert will feature “a great variety of music that is challenging and enjoyable to perform,” said Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music at SFA.

    A highlight of the concert will be the performance of “Rhapsody for Nine Instruments” by Texas native Kerry Turner, which will feature other music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Melissa Nabb, viola; Evgeni Rachev, cello; and Carlos Gavaria, bass; with Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands, as guest conductor. A native of Kingsville, Turner is principal horn with the Luxembourg Symphony.

    “His music has a definite Southwestern flavor to it,” Gavin said.

    The program will also include two works with Latin/South American roots, including “Oblivion” by Astor Piazzola, which displays “the slow, sultry style of the Argentine tango,” Gavin said. The other is “Dos Tropicos” by Canadian composer Mathieu Lussier.

    “This work has its roots in the popular dance form, the Habanera,” he said.

    Another work, “A Journey,” a five-movement work by British composer Alun Cook, has “intriguing” titles, Gavin said, such as “... with a Swagger.” “:don’t Cry” and “Road to Recovery.”

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

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  • SFA Friends of Music to present Extravaganza 27

    SFA Friends of Music to present Extravaganza 27

    April 10, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The SFA Friends of Music will accept reservations through noon Tuesday, April 15, for Extravaganza 27, the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music’s annual gala banquet. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Grand Ballroom of SFA’s Baker Pattillo Student Center.

    This year’s Extravaganza, “Catch Our Rising Stars,” celebrates the 27th anniversary of the gala and fundraiser, which features gourmet dining, performances by student soloists and ensembles, and the presentation of student awards. But this year’s event has taken on a new and energized approach, according to Dr. Manny Brand, director of the SFA School of Music.

    “This year’s Extravaganza will be the culminating musical event of the year,” Brand said. “No other concert has the musical variety and generates as much community and university excitement as Extravaganza.”

    Part music student awards ceremony, part formal dinner, and part musical potpourri, Extravaganza will feature jazz, harp, wind ensemble, choir, opera, string quartet, and orchestra. Additional highlights include awarding the “Outstanding Music Alumnus” of the year and “Outstanding Recitalists” of the year.

    Popular trumpet professor Dr. Gary Wurtz will serve as this year’s master of ceremonies assisted by Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts, Dr Richard Berry, SFA provost and vice president of academic affairs, and Brand. Live dance music will follow for everyone to enjoy.

    The Extravaganza 27 committee includes Habiba Awan, Caryl Hall, Carolyn King, Susie Lower, Gloria Settle, Shirley Watterson and co-chairs John and Melinda Rohrer.

    “We are looking forward to the Extravaganza,” said Melinda Rohrer. “ We love SFA students and support their activities – from music to basketball.”

    This year’s Friends of Music officers include Nancy Collins, president; Carrie Ventura, president-elect; Missy DeVine, secretary/treasurer; and Kenneth and Camille Price, past co-presidents.

    Tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for students. Scholarship benefit tickets range in prices from $65 to $140, and donations will be accepted for the Friends of Music scholarship fund.

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  • SFA’s Symphonic, University bands to present spring concert

    SFA’s Symphonic, University bands to present spring concert

    April 10, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the annual spring concert of SFA’s Symphonic Band and University Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Led by graduate conductor Stephen Morman of Athens, the University Band will present a variety of works influenced by Irish music, including Frank Ticheli’s moving setting of “Loch Lomond,” commissioned by Nigel Durno, for the Stewarton Academy Senior Wind Ensemble of East Ayrshire, Scotland. Influencing the original song is the Celtic legend of the Battle of Culloden Moor and the imprisonment of two Scottish soldiers, one of whom was to be executed and the other to be set free. According to Celtic legend if someone dies in a foreign land, his spirit will travel to his homeland by “the low road,” or the route for the souls of the dead. In the song, the spirit of the dead soldier shall arrive first, while the living soldier will take the “high road” over the mountains, to arrive afterwards, explained David W. Campo, associate director of bands.

    The University Band will also perform Jan Van der Roost’s “Dublin Dances,” which combines three well-known traditional Irish melodies. Campo will guest conduct Karl King’s “The Viking March,” the trio of which became the fight song for Indiana University.

    The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands, will open the second half of the concert with “Circus Days,” also by King, who was a famous march composer and bandmaster.

    Graduate conductor Daniel Curry of Nacogdoches will guest conduct “Pageant” by Vincent Persichetti, followed by the Symphonic Band’s performance of Brian Hogg’s “Pastorale Setting: Llwyn Onn,” which is a traditional Welsh folk song about a sailor’s love for “Gwen of Llwyn.”

    The final piece of the concert will be “Folk Dances” by Dmitri Shostakovich and arranged by M. Vakhutinsky for Russian bands, which use much more brass in their instrumentation than American bands, according to Anglley. When the work became available in America in 1979, American bandmaster H. Robert Reynolds scored his version for American bands.

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

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  • SFA, TJR develop fine arts partnership

    SFA, TJR develop fine arts partnership

    April 10, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The results of a newly formed partnership between the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre and the Thomas J. Rusk Academy of Fine Arts will be showcased in a Fine Arts Gala at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the movie theatre in the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus.

    Developed last fall, the artistic partnership between the Nacogdoches ISD arts school and SFA School of Theatre was the idea of Dr. Fred Hayes, NISD superintendent, who wanted the district’s magnet schools to “reach out into the community and create a partnership of some form to start building relationships that could prosper and continue to grow with these campuses in the future,” according to TJR theatre teacher Heidi Rouse, who is also a graduate of SFA.

    Rouse organized a meeting that included Melissa McMillian-Cunningham, lecturer in the School of Theatre, Dr. Sandra Stewart, NISD assistant superintendent, and Roxanne Lathan, TJR principal.

    “Dr. Stewart and I had gotten to know each other very well last year during my first year in the district, and as she was aware of my SFA alumna status, she approached me wanting to know if I would be interested in collaborating with the School of Theatre on a performance-based project that would involve students from both SFA and TJR,” Rouse said. “While being honored and excited at being asked, I was grateful for my students to be able to participate in an opportunity that allowed them to work closely with theatre arts students on the collegiate level and truly experience fine arts in education.”

    “We developed the idea of my THR 411 (Theatre for Children) students directing Heidi’s students in mini-plays, which would be performed,” Cunningham said. “To that end, three of my students have been on TJR’s campus twice a week for about 45 minutes each day. They have cast their shows, rehearsed and worked with students on their presentation skills.”

    SFA theatre students Zundrell Green of Garland, Nick Pinelli of The Woodlands and Katy Rutherford of Richmond have been working with the students.

    “Getting to watch my students rehearse with the SFA directors is very similar to watching my own children in class or at baseball practice,” Rouse said. “I feel a sense of pride when they understand the jargon of the stage that their directors use, and I am overjoyed to be able to witness them have such a wonderful time and making amazing memories that will stay with them forever.”

    TJR Elementary became a fine arts magnet school for the 2011-12 school year, according to Lathan.

    “This change happened as a way to give our community/parents an option for children with multiple talents,” she said. “The community showed great interest, and applications poured in. The fine arts are a vital part of every student’s education. The arts nurture creativity, critical thinking and curiosity. TJR strives to cultivate an understanding and love for the fine arts. Applications are now being accepted for next year. We expect to continue to grow.”

    The Fine Arts Gala will include SFA Theatre for Children student-directed scenes performed by a selected group of fifth graders, a dance performance by the Dance Enrichment Group, a presentation from the TJR Choir, a gallery featuring art works by students from kindergarten through fifth grade and other fine arts presentations.

    “I would love to see this continue as an annual event that not only our students look forward to, but also the teachers, administration and community, as well,” Rouse said. “I would also love to see it grow each year with more participation so that more students can be touched by this incredible opportunity.”

    For additional information about the Fine Arts Gala, call (936) 569-3100. Admission is free.

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  • SFA Wind Ensemble to present ‘Celebrations’

    SFA Wind Ensemble to present ‘Celebrations’

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    April 4, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present a performance of the SFA Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    “Celebrations,” a concert of band music, will feature guest conductor Kevin “Kit” Thompson, University of Macau, and the world premiere of “Kennecott” by Dr. Stephen Lias, SFA professor of composition.

    Thompson will conduct the band in Gordon Jacob’s “Old Wine in New Bottles.”

    “Professor Thompson knew Gordon Jacob well in his native England,” said Fred J. Allen, director of bands, “so we are privileged to have this authority conducting our band.”

    Before joining the faculty of the University of Macau in Macau, China, Thompson was the director of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Thompson also led two of the United Kingdom’s most progressive performing arts institutions, becoming principal of Birmingham Conservatoire in 1988, and principal of Dartington College in 1993.

    Lias’ composition was completed this past February and was the result of a faculty research grant he received through SFA to travel to three national parks in Alaska and compose music about them. The subject of this particular composition is the now-ghost town of Kennecott that was once a thriving copper mining town. In 1938, facing lower ore quality and declining profits, the company closed the factory down, and all the inhabitants were ordered to take the last train out.

    “From that day to now, Kennecott has been a ghost town,” Lias said. “This piece of music attempts to capture the industrial age, the spirit of adventure and entrepreneurship, and the incredible labor that made this refinery what it was, and to remember the daily lives, tragedies, and loyalty of the people who worked there long ago.”

    The concert will conclude with Allen conducting “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” by Richard Wagner and “Lincolnshire Posy” by Percy Grainger.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit [url]http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu[/url].

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  • SFA Trombone Choir to celebrate International Trombone Week

    SFA Trombone Choir to celebrate International Trombone Week

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    The SFA Trombone Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    April 4, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Trombone Choir in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    “The Trombone Choir will perform a festive concert with a selection of popular and jazz songs that will commemorate International Trombone Week,” said Dr. Deb Scott, associate professor of trombone at SFA and the director of the Trombone Choir.

    “Eleanor Rigby” and “Yesterday,” arranged by Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance in America. Other popular songs on the program will include “Mr. Sandman,” “The Entertainer” and “On Green Dolphin Street.”

    Guests accompanying the Trombone Choir will be Lufkin senior Juwan Blanton on drums, Littleton, Colo., junior Cory Meier on piano, and Athens graduate student Stephen Morman on bass.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit [url]http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu[/url].

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  • Mix’n Matches to perform concert at SFA

    Mix’n Matches to perform concert at SFA

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    The Mix’n Matches jazz trio, featuring, from left, Brad Meyer, Larry Greer and J.D. Salas, along with special guests will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    April 4, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Mix’n Matches jazz trio in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Mix’n Matches is the professional local group comprised of SFA School of Music faculty members Larry Greer on guitar, Brad Meyer on drums and J.D. Salas on bass. Special guest for this performance will be Eric Chin on keyboards.

    The first half of “Mix’n Matches Live” will feature the core group performing some of the all-time jazz standards and some original compositions, according to Salas. The second half of the concert will include Gary Wurtz, trumpet, Deb Scott, trombone, and Bolingbrook, Ill., graduate student Kyle Glavanovits, saxophone. This portion of the program will include selections arranged by the late Darrell Holt, a noted jazz musician and former associate professor at SFA.

    Mix’n Matches program selections will include the jazz standards “Autumn Leaves” by Joseph Kosma, “On Green Dolphin Street” by Ned Washington and “Just Friends” by John Klenner, along with Greer’s original “Recuerdos De Mexico.” The second half will include selections like “This Masquerade” and “On a Clear Day,” among other favorites out of Holt’s dance band book for three horns and rhythm section.

    This is the first faculty jazz recital on the SFA campus, according to Salas. Additional information on the group can be found at http://mixnmatchesjazz.com.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit [url]http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu[/url].

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  • Nationally acclaimed artist Witkin to serve as Texas National juror

    Nationally acclaimed artist Witkin to serve as Texas National juror

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    John Handley, SFA galleries director, confers with Eloise Adams, former galleries director, regarding the entries to be included in 2014 Texas National, which opens Saturday, April 12, in Cole Art Center in downtown Nacogdoches. Texas National celebrates its 20th year, and this year’s event coincides with an opening of an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Jerome Witkin, this year’s juror.

    April 4, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    Jerome Witkin, considered one of America’s most important living figurative artists, will serve as juror for the 20th anniversary of Texas National, Stephen F. Austin State University’s annual art competition and exhibition.

    “We are very honored to have a juror of such stature as Mr. Witkin for the 20th anniversary of the Texas National,” said John Handley, director of SFA galleries. “The art critic Kenneth Baker has said of Mr. Witkin that his only peer was the British painter Lucian Freud. That’s quite a compliment.”

    A highlight of the April 12 opening of Texas National 2014 will be the simultaneous opening of an exhibition of Witkin’s own works, both in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St., downtown Nacogdoches.

    “Witkin’s exhibition demonstrates why he is so critically acclaimed,” Handley said. “His art is not for the faint of heart. Although he renders in pencil and paint as skillfully and theatrically as Caravaggio or Rembrandt – he is a modern master of drama and light – his work often carries the blunt force of a wartime journalist or a tabloid reporter.”

    Two special events are planned prior to the exhibitions’ openings. On Friday evening, April 11, a 20th anniversary fundraiser party is planned, according to Handley.

    “Attendees will be treated to a fantastic spread of food and drink, as well as performances by master magician Rodney Roberts and singer/songwriters Brad Maule and New York City’s Monica Passin,” he said. Tickets for this event are $85 single or $150 per couple and can be purchased through SFA’s Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407. Proceeds from this event go toward continuing to bring important contemporary art and artists to East Texas. The party is at 6:30 p.m. at Karon Gillespie’s El Atascossa Ranch.

    On Saturday, April 12, Los Angeles art dealer Jack Rutberg will interview Witkin at 5 p.m. in Morning Glory Yoga Studio, 207. E. Main St., which is a block west of the art center. The Witkin exhibition has been provided courtesy of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts. Texas National 2014 and “Jerome Witkin: Paintings and Drawings” will open with a reception at 6 p.m. in the art center. Texas National Winners will be announced at this reception.

    The exhibition and competition

    Texas National 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.

    SFA’s annual juried competition and exhibition attracts entrants from across the nation, providing artists an opportunity to have their work juried by highly acclaimed artists and critics.

    Eloise Adams, a former SFA gallery director and creator of Texas National, is especially proud to see the event reach this 20-year milestone. She remains an active supporter of the event and the School of Art.

    “It has given me great joy to work with SFA faculty and community volunteers in the production of this event,” she said, adding that Texas National “gives us national recognition and the prestige of presenting upscale, well-marketed competitions with famous jurors. Our students get hands-on experience helping produce the event, and we all have the opportunity to meet the juror.”

    An exhibition of Witkin’s work was presented in Griffith Gallery in 1990, “and we welcome him again,” Adams said.

    “He is a major artist, and we appreciate his gift of time,” she said. “It will be exciting to have him in town for the second time.”

    This year’s juror

    Witkin is revered for his “penetrating psychological portraits and haunting political narratives,” according to information at openfiguredrawing.com. Both an artist and teacher, his first job was at Maryland Institute’s College of Art in Baltimore in 1961. Since then has held teaching positions and been appointed as visiting artist at many universities, among them Manchester College of Art, Manchester, England; American College of Switzerland, Leysin; National Academy of Design, New York, N.Y., and Syracuse University School of Art, N.Y., where he has taught since 1971.

    His work can be found in many public collections, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, N.Y.; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Del.; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, N.Y.; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy; and many other museums in New York, Ohio, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

    He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, among them the Cooper Union President’s Citation Award; Cooper Union Lifetime Achievement Award; Fund Purchase Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters; Paul Puzinas Award, National Academy of Design; Ford Foundation Grant; Julius Hallgarten Prize, 148th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design; and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

    Texas National 2014 features the work of 47 artists from 20 states. More than 1,000 entries were received for this year’s competition.

    The Ledbetter Gallery in Cole Art Center will house the Texas National exhibition, while the upstairs Reavley Gallery will showcase Witkin’s exhibition. Both exhibitions will be displayed through June 14.

    All SFA art exhibitions, receptions and gallery talks are free and open to the public. Cole Art Center hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • Tickets still available for Thursday’s SFJAZZ Collective performance

    Tickets still available for Thursday’s SFJAZZ Collective performance

    April 2, 2014—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets are still available for the award-winning SFJAZZ Collective’s performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star jazz ensemble comprised of eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today. The 10th Anniversary Tour highlights the group’s greatest arrangements and original compositions. This “best of” performance includes material from each of the Collective’s tribute composers, such as Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Stevie Wonder and Chick Corea. SFJAZZ Collective is represented by Opus 3 Artists.

    Prior to the concert, there will be a 7 p.m. informative talk about the artists and their music to be presented by Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA, in Griffith Gallery located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to recognize the event corporate sponsor, BancorpSouth.

    Tickets range from $20 to $40, with discounts available for seniors, SFA faculty/staff, students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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