College of Fine Arts News Archive

September 2015

  • SFA theatre students bring study-abroad experience to ‘Arabian Nights’

    SFA theatre students bring study-abroad experience to ‘Arabian Nights’

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    Lighting designer Amanda Warren, seated right, discusses designs for “The Arabian Nights” with cast members Lincoln Smith, Molly Dyer and Timothy Lawrence Watson.

    September 29, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Theatre majors at Stephen F. Austin State University bring a wealth of talent to every Mainstage production.

    From acting and stage managing, to lighting, sound, costume and scenic design, SFA theatre students quickly become well versed in the dynamics of producing a successful play.

    The School of Theatre takes pride in providing the kind of curriculum and hands-on experience that gives each student a diverse skill-set. The school also cultivates internships and international programs to enhance what the students learn at SFA.

    Three theatre students will put the knowledge and experience they acquired while studying in different programs in Europe to work in the upcoming production of Mary Zimmerman’s “The Arabian Nights.” Amanda Warren, Molly Dyer and Josh Wallace spent last year in Europe participating in various programs that are part of the SFA-Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance international exchange initiative.

    Warren, a Nacogdoches senior, is lighting designer for “The Arabian Nights,” and she is planning “some interesting things to bring color and sculptural shape to the show,” said Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre and of the play. “We’re getting her some innovative, state-of-the-art equipment with which to do it,” he added.

    Warren’s year abroad was spent learning computer programming for performance lighting in Rose Bruford’s Creative Lighting Control program.

    A Central Heights High School graduate, Warren is completing her final semesters at SFA and is “doing the work of a professional designer,” Shattuck said. Her overall goal in designing lighting for “The Arabian Nights” is for the audience to “experience a clear separation between the stories and reality,” she said.

    In the play, the murderous king Shahryar is gradually humanized by the storytelling of one of his intended victims, the legendary Scheherazade, who becomes his wife.

    “I want to show the stark contrast between Shahryar’s colorless, shapeless world and the worlds that Scheherazade breathes life, dimension and color into,” Warren said. “Throughout the journey, the world of reality will become more colorful as Shahryar falls into the stories.”

    In order to create the contrast of worlds, Warren said she gathered inspiration from oil paintings of the Middle East.

    “When the stories are being told, the goal is to make the audience feel as if they are looking inside a painting and seeing the actors bring it to life,” she explained. “With the use of dance lighting techniques, I plan to sculpt the actors, giving them more dimension, which will act almost as a pop up painting.”

    Through her work on the upcoming SFA production, Warren said she hopes to sharpen her analytical skills as a designer.

    “This is the first production in a very long time where I’ve had a clear design concept,” she said. “My time at Bruford helped sharpen my skills as a designer, and I am happy to put those skills into practice.”

    Dyer, Copperas Cove senior, who will assume the role of Scheherazade in “The Arabian Nights,” described her year abroad as “the most challenging of my entire academic career.”

    Her studies in the European Theatre Arts program took place in three parts, the first of which was spent in London, learning about Greek and Spanish culture and how those cultures were expressed in individual modes of performance.

    Dyer then spent three months in Tallinn, Estonia, where she was immersed in voice classes and stage movement classes, an intense gymnastics class, and an in-depth acting class in the Stanislavsky technique. Her last term was spent back in England where her focus was entirely on directing and designing a single scene from a play originally written in a foreign language.

    “This proved to be the toughest term of them all, as we not only were expected to direct the scene but further manipulate the source material with other influences so as to create an original production,” she said. “This secondary source material was then used in the portion of the semester when we designed an entire production concept – lights, sound, costume, everything down to the specific theatre space we wanted to use.”

    Dyer’s year at Rose Bruford was spent primarily “devising” work, or using text as a starting point and creating an original work from it.

    “I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I have become conditioned to that mode of theatre,” she said, “rather, I’m now comfortable with it. I’ve been in a handful of Mainstage productions, but I’ve never really had a speaking role before. This will be a huge jump for me!”

    Dyer said she quickly came to realize that Shattuck’s intention with the play was to “create a cast of storytellers, and that’s when everything came together for me.” She said she plans look to her work in Estonia the most when considering the script and the character of Scheherazade.

    “There, I was taught to understand the value of the humanity in a character, and finding their ‘truth’ as a person rather than an idea or a metaphor,” Dyer said. “When I first looked at this script, it came across as a jumbled mess of nondescript characters and tangled tales. But the more time I spent with it, reading it over and over and analyzing all of the inter-relationships, I came to a realization: all of these characters that Scheherazade introduces are actually extensions of herself. They’re beautiful, vivid, and creative wonders that come to life to entertain and enchant.”

    “The play then, I find, takes on a whole other dimension of meaning,” she said, “not only for me but for each person, including the cast and crew and audience. It’s something very special.”

    The School of Theatre will present “The Arabian Nights” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 6 through 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu.

    The Mainstage Series is sponsored in part by Tipton Ford Lincoln.

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  • Clarinetist Lignitz-Hahn to perform at SFA

    Clarinetist Lignitz-Hahn to perform at SFA

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    Kellie Lignitz-Hahn
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    Sehee Lee
    September 29, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Kellie Lignitz-Hahn, assistant professor of clarinet at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    Joining Hahn will be colleague Sehee Lee, lecturer of piano and collaborative piano at Texas A & M University-Kingsville. Among the featured works will be Malcom Arnold’s Sonatina and Grammy-winning composer Libby Larsen’s “Licorice Stick.”

    Other pieces on the program include Andre Bloch’s “Denneriana,” Serban Nichifor’s “Carnyx” and Béla Kovács’ “Hommage à Manuel de Falla.”

    Hahn is principal clarinetist of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, and she plays with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and the Corpus Christi Ballet. As a chamber musician, she has performed in various small ensembles with fellow music faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, including performances with the TAMUK Woodwind Quintet and the flute, clarinet, and piano ensemble, Vista Trio. As an active clinician and lecturer throughout the United States, Hahn has presented clinics on the TMEA All-State Etudes at the Texas Bandmasters Association.

    Pianist Lee, a native of Korea, has appeared as a collaborative pianist in a variety of venues across the United States, Germany, Luxembourg and Korea. She is a founding member of the LOS Trio with flutist JinHee Oh and cellist Hyon Jae Song. Her trio won the Alexander & Buono International Competition and has been invited to perform in the winner’s recital in New York, New York. Lee performs more than 50 recitals with singers and instrumentalists every year throughout the United States and Korea.

    Tickets for this Cole Performing Arts Series recital 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’s jazz bands to perform program of classic swing music

    SFA’s jazz bands to perform program of classic swing music

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    The Swingin’s Aces (pictured) and Swingin’ Axes, the jazz bands at Stephen F. Austin State University, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    September 29, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’s Aces jazz bands at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform classic swing music at their next concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The performance will feature the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Henry Mancini and other great jazz composers.

    Directed by Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA, the Swingin’ Axes’ program will include Ellington’s classic “Take the A-Train” and Buddy Rich’s “Basically Blues.”

    “Tom Kubis’ roaring rendition of ‘Bill Bailey’ and a beautiful arrangement of Branislau Kaper’s haunting tune ‘Invitation’ are also on the program,” Wurtz said.

    The Aces, under the direction of Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone at SFA, will perform Joe Garland’s “In the Mood,” made popular by the Glenn Miller jazz orchestra, and “Autumn Leaves” by Joseph Kosma, arranged by former SFA School of Music professor the late Darrell Holt. The arrangement will feature music student Rene Luna, Dallas senior, on alto sax.

    The Aces will also perform “Mack the Knife,” composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht.

    “This was originally composed for their well-known music drama, ‘Three Penny Opera,’” Scott said. “Sung by Bobby Darin, it became a No. 1 hit in the United States and Great Britain in 1959.” Overton sophomore Barry Martin will sing the piece with the Swingin’ Aces.

    A performance of “Dreamsville” by famous American composer Mancini, which became a hit in 1960 when it was sung by Andy Williams, will feature Martin on the piano. Basie’s “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” will also be performed.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. 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’s First Friday Film Series to feature ‘Samsara’

    SFA’s First Friday Film Series to feature ‘Samsara’

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    September 22, 2015—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 “Samsara” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Filmed over five years in 25 countries, “Samsara” is the non-verbal 2011 documentary from filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the creators of “Baraka.” It is one of only a handful of films shot on 70mm in the past 40 years, according to information at barakasamsara.com.

    Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives, the website said. “Samsara” transports audiences to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, “Samsara” subverts expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging the viewer’s own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.

    This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly First Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Film Festival, William Arscott, The Liberty Bell, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, Main Street Nacogdoches, David Kulhavy, John and Kristen Heath, Brad Maule, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens and Jim and Mary Neal.

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

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  • SFA trombonist Scott to perform eclectic program

    SFA trombonist Scott to perform eclectic program

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    September 22, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone at Stephen F. Austin State University, will present an eclectic program of virtuosic solo trombone music in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The performance is a feature of the SFA School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series.

    “Each piece is uniquely different,” Scott said of the program, “particularly the ‘Sequenza V’ by Luciano Berio, which is one of the most difficult solos ever composed for trombone.”

    The program will also feature “Colloquy” by William Goldstein, which is a one-movement piece composed for wind ensemble and solo trombone using elements of jazz to balance sections of lyrical melodies with exciting technique, Scott said.

    “There will be a special appearance of the famous European clown, Grock,” she added, “performing the somewhat controversial piece ‘Sequenza V.’ This musical theater piece by Berio uses ‘extended techniques’ for trombone, including circular breathing and multiphonics to create sound imagery.”

    The recital will end with the well known “Flight of the Bumblebee” composed by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1899 and arranged for trombone by Christian Lindberg.

    SFA piano accompanist Ron Petti will also perform.

    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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  • Guest piano recital to feature music of Tchaikovsky, Chopin

    Guest piano recital to feature music of Tchaikovsky, Chopin

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    September 22, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Tali Morgulis, associate professor of piano at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, will present a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    The performance is part of the SFA School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series. The program is subtitled “Autumn Song for Piano A Cappella” and features works by noted composers Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sofia Gubaidulina and Frederic Chopin.
    First on the program are three pieces from Tchaikovsky’s “The Seasons, Op. 37a,” including September: The Hunt, October: Autumn Song, and November: Troika (Russian Dance). The second work is Gubaidulina’s contemporary sonata, composed in 1965, which involves some playing inside the piano on the strings, according to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.

    “The final work is the Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58 by Frederic Chopin, written late in his life,” he said. “This is a staple of the piano repertoire.”

    Israeli-American pianist Morgulis has been described as a "pianistic firecracker," who is hailed for performances that are "full of power and emotion," Parr said.

    “She delivers vivid, imaginative programs to an ever-growing international audience,” Parr said. “Her love of the standard repertoire and passion for chamber music and contemporary works have led to a variety of engagements with many of the world's leading orchestras, ensembles and soloists in the finest concert halls.”

    Morgulis studied at the Samuel Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and the New England Conservatory of Music. Her playing can be heard in music by Rachmaninov, Lutosławski, Janáček and Shostakovich on IPA Classics, and her second solo album featuring music by South American composers was released by Delos in 2013.

    The artist will give a master class for SFA student pianists at 2 p.m. the same day in Cole Concert Hall.

    Recital 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’s Aria/Concerto Competition winners to perform with Orchestra of the Pines

    SFA’s Aria/Concerto Competition winners to perform with Orchestra of the Pines

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    Ryan Brewer
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    SFA’s Ethereal Quartet features Oswaldo Garza of Houston, soprano saxophone; Scott Augustine of Humble, alto saxophone; Rene Luna of Dallas, tenor saxophone; and Michael Chapa of The Colony, baritone saxophone.
    September 22, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Orchestra of the Pines at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the program “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The concert will feature winners of the SFA School of Music’s 2015 Concerto/Aria Competition, including Ryan Brewer, SFA graduate student from North Richland Hills and guest trumpeter, and the Ethereal Quartet, a group of undergraduate saxophone students.

    Brewer will perform Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Concerto for trumpet and orchestra.

    “While I consider this work something old, written in 1803, Ryan’s playing is new, refreshing and technically brilliant,” said Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.

    For “something new,” the program moves forward nearly 200 years when American composer William Bolcom completed his Concerto Grosso for saxophone quartet and orchestra in 2001.

    “Borrowing a compositional form from the Baroque period, Bolcom infused new elements to the old by using a saxophone quartet for the concertino, which will be performed by the Ethereal Quartet,” Moon said.

    The members of the Ethereal Quartet are Oswaldo Garza of Houston, soprano saxophone; Scott Augustine of Humble, alto saxophone; Rene Luna of Dallas, tenor saxophone; and Michael Chapa of The Colony, baritone saxophone.

    “Bolcom’s work infuses the styles of jazz and rhythm and blues into a tapestry of musical interludes and idioms,” Moon explained. “The quartet captivated the audience in the final round of the competition back in April and will do the same in the October concert.”

    Nestled in between the two solos, the orchestra will present “Vltava” from Má Vlast by Bedrich Smetana. The work is one of six movements from Smetana’s tone poem suite and portrays two streams of water originating in the Bohemian Forest, Moon said. The musical narration describes the flow of water as the streams merge, grow larger and pass through various landscapes as well as a peasant wedding and the Vysehrad Castle.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. 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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  • ‘My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits’ CD to be released

    ‘My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits’ CD to be released

    September 21, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    A CD companion piece to Kim Addonizio’s poetry collection “My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits” will be released at an event from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Maklemore’s Ale House & Bistro.

    “My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits” features woodcuts by artist Charlie D. Jones and is a publication of a fine press book by the LaNana Creek Press and a trade edition by the SFA University Press.

    “My Black Angel” audio CD was produced and engineered by Erich Avinger in his studio in Houston. The CD includes poetry read by Addonizio, songs and Delta Blues instrumentals, often accompanying the spoken word.

    Accompanying the author on harmonica are Charlie Jones, fiddle and banjo; Erich Avinger, Larry Greer and Herb Midgeley, guitars; and other top local blues musicians on bass and drums.

    Maklemore’s is located at 2304 North St. For more information, contact Jones, director and master printer for LaNana Creek Press, at (936) 468-4240.

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  • McLure’s ‘Laundry and Bourbon’ to be performed in SFA’s Downstage Theatre

    McLure’s ‘Laundry and Bourbon’ to be performed in SFA’s Downstage Theatre

    September 21, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Playwright James McLure’s “Laundry and Bourbon” will open the fall semester of Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre’s student-directed plays.

    Directed by Longview junior Tanner O’Neal, “Laundry and Bourbon” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    The play follows Elizabeth Caulder one hot West Texas afternoon as she waits for the return of her husband, Roy, who has been missing for two days. Joining her is her best friend, Hattie, and the not-so-pleasant Amy Lee.

    “Together, the three women drink bourbon and Coke and gossip,” O’Neal said, “and each travels a path of self-discovery and acceptance.”

    The cast includes Baytown junior Chelsea Denard as Elizabeth; Plano junior Cecily Maucieri as Hattie; and Austin sophomore Rachel Bollinger as Amy Lee.

    The production staff includes Katy Morton, Marshall senior, stage manager; Bobby Malbrough, Houston senior, scenic designer; Cloey Hammonds, Nacogdoches junior, costume designer; Danika Pettyjohn, Fort Worth junior, lighting designer; and Troy Carrico, Austin senior, sound designer.

    Faculty production advisor is Melissa McMillian-Cunningham.

    O’Neal is a theatre major with an emphasis on directing. “Laundry and Bourbon” is his second directing credit. He will serve as assistant director for the School of Theatre’s production of “Macbeth” later this fall and for the Festival of New American Plays in the spring.

    The Downstage Theatre is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA School of Theatre to present ‘The Arabian Nights’

    SFA School of Theatre to present ‘The Arabian Nights’

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    Kathleen Easterling, right, assistant costume designer, and Cloey Hammonds, costume assistant, work on fitting a costume for Greg Albright, who plays the Wazier in the School of Theatre’s production of Mary Zimmerman’s “The Arabian Nights,” slated for Oct. 6 through 10 in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    September 21, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Audience members who attend the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre’s production of “The Arabian Nights” Oct. 6 through 10 will find themselves “on an enchanted journey to places far away and times long ago.”

    The play by Mary Zimmerman celebrates the connection between storytelling and life itself, according to Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre and of the play.

    “The vast collection that gave us ‘Sinbad the Sailor’ and ‘Aladdin and His Magic Lamp’ is also full of stories that are surprisingly sophisticated, sexy and hilarious,” Shattuck said.

    And who isn’t intrigued by the story of Scheherezade, a woman who humanizes a monstrous mass-murderer by telling him stories and saves her own life in the process?

    “It’s a story about the joy and importance of storytelling, and one that equates the idea of a story with life itself,” Shattuck said. “That’s irresistible to a dyed-in-the-wool storyteller like me.”

    That’s one reason Shattuck selected “The Arabian Nights” to be included in this year’s School of Theatre’s Mainstage Series. Another reason is how different this play is from the others to be produced this year. Other 2015-2016 Mainstage selections include William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park” and the biennial “Festival of New American Plays.”

    The stories in “The Arabian Nights” are drawn from cultures all over the Far East, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and North Africa, so this play gives student actors and production staff a unique insight into cultures with which they may be unfamiliar, Shattuck said.

    “Much more than that, the story-theatre nature of this play gives the student actors an opportunity to develop creative movement, physical imagery, and multiple characterizations to make the stories as vivid as possible for the audience,” he said.

    Although various animated and picture-book versions have left the impression that the stories of “1,001 Nights” are for children, in fact, many of them are very sophisticated and some get great humor from sexual innuendo, Shattuck said. For this reason, the play is recommended for mature audiences.

    In addition to lovers of storytelling, the production will appeal to those that enjoy beautiful and elaborate costumes, sumptuous scenery and colorful lighting, he said. The play is also extraordinarily complex, being made up not only of stories within stories within stories, but also of songs, dances and “spectacle of various kinds,” Shattuck said.

    “None of this is my specialty, so I’m especially grateful to have a wonderfully creative cast and team,” he said.

    These include faculty movement coach Slade Billew, student choreographer Caitlin Parker and student composer Jason Gray in addition to SFA’s regular designers, Professors Angela Bacarisse (costumes), Tara Houston (scenery and props), and CC Conn (sound), plus student designer Amanda Warren (lighting).

    “Audience members at this show will find themselves on an enchanted journey to places far away and times long ago,” Shattuck said, “and the most surprising things they will find there are humor and fun that are as fresh as today because they are so universally human.”

    The School of Theatre will present “The Arabian Nights” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 6 through 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu.

    The Mainstage Series is sponsored in part by Tipton Ford Lincoln.

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  • SFA music faculty to be featured in concert

    SFA music faculty to be featured in concert

    September 21, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

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

    “This concert is a showcase featuring the talents of our diverse performing faculty,” said Deborah Dalton, SFA associate professor of voice and president of the local chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.

    “In addition, all proceeds benefit the Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship we give each year to the sophomore music major with the highest grade point average,” Dalton said. “For the past few years, awards were given to several sophomores with 4.0 grade-point averages.”

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

    Among the composers’ works to be performed are Frédéric Chopin, Ben Moore, Domenico Scarlatti and Maurice Ravel.

    Voice faculty Nita Hudson will perform Moore’s “Sexy Lady,” accompanied by pianist Mary Cooper. Christina Guenther and J.D. Salas will perform a movement from “Fantasy for Flute and Tuba,” while Andrew Parr will play a Chopin polonaise. Geneva Fung will perform a sonata by Scarlatti, Nathan Nabb will perform a tango by Astor Piazzolla, and Debbie Berry will sing an aria from “The Ballad of Baby Doe.” Percussionists Brad Meyer and Keith Lloyd will perform “Hold Fast,” for vibraphone and drum set. Other performers include Dr. Charles Gavin, horn; Charlotte Davis, voice; a men’s quartet; Stacy Spring, bassoon; Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Evgeni Raychev, cello; and the popular father-son piano duo of Mario and Antonio Ajero.

    “This is one of the most popular concerts of the year because there is truly something for everyone, sopranos and saxophones to tuba and tenors,” Dalton said.

    The concert will also give the Nacogdoches community its first opportunity to hear the talents of new voice faculty member Dr. Gennard Lombardozzi, who will perform in the men’s quartet singing “Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby.”

    “He’s a wonderful tenor and is going to be such an asset to our voice faculty,” Dalton said.

    The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a part of the 2015-2016 Cole Performing Arts Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building at 2210 Alumni Drive.

    Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • Guest oboist Forsyth to perform at SFA in double-reed recital

    Guest oboist Forsyth to perform at SFA in double-reed recital

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    September 21, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present “Double the Fun!” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The double-reed recital is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series and features guest oboist Leah Forsyth, instructor of oboe at Northwestern State University, along with SFA music faculty member Staci Spring, bassoon, and staff accompanist Geneva Fung, piano.

    “We have a saying in the double-reed community, ‘Double the reed, double the fun!’” Spring said. “This program highlights old and new repertoire for double-reed instruments and demonstrates the virtuosity and range of characters that the oboe and bassoon are capable of achieving.”

    Forsyth and Spring attended graduate school together at Florida State University. They now live in “sister cities”—Nacogdoches and Natchitoches—and have the opportunity to perform together again.

    The program will feature Jenni Brandon’s “The Wildflower Trio” and Geoffrey Bush’s Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano. Forsyth will display her virtuosity on Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda’s “Morceau de Salon,” a humorous and charming tour-de-force for oboe and piano. Spring and Forsyth will close the program with a duet by Robert Hutchinson. “Bird Suite” was inspired by the bebop tradition of making up new melodies over a standard chord progression.

    “‘Bird Suite’ also draws on the common practice of quoting snippets of tunes that fit the chord progression, and the audience will hear many familiar melodies flying by at a fast pace throughout the piece,” Spring said.

    Prior to joining the NSU faculty in 2011, Forsyth served as oboist with the United States Army Field Band in Washington, D.C., where she also performed regularly throughout the United States with the Woodwind Ambassadors Quintet. She previously held the position of solo English horn with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

    She is principal oboe of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra in Alexandria, Louisiana, and second oboe with the Texarkana Symphony. She performs regularly with the Shreveport Symphony as well as other orchestras throughout Louisiana and Texas. She is a founding member of the Three Reeds Duo with husband and saxophonist Paul Forsyth. Three Reeds performs throughout the world, building a repertoire ranging from baroque and classical transcriptions to contemporary and newly commissioned works.

    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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  • Alazan Trio to perform Hagen’s ‘Angel Band’

    Alazan Trio to perform Hagen’s ‘Angel Band’

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    The Alazan Trio features SFA School of Music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Evgeni Raychev, cello; and Ron Petti, piano. The trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    September 21, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Alazan Trio at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

    The Alazan Trio features SFA School of Music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Evgeni Raychev, cello; and Ron Petti, piano. The concert theme is “Angel Band” from the title of Daron Hagen’s Piano Trio No. 4, which is the culminating work on the concert.

    Other works include Stacy Garrop’s piano trio “Silver Dagger,” Samuel Barber’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, and Lowell Liebermann’s Sonata for Violin and Piano.

    “Garrop’s trio is based on an Appalachian folk tune of the same name,” Petti said. “The Barber sonata is dark, brooding with hints of optimism and light at the end of the tunnel, and the Liebermann sonata is both haunting and full of rhythmic fire.

    “‘Angel Band’ is also based on a folk tune and has moments of musical bliss that will surely make the listener shed a tear or two,” he added.

    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.

    Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

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  • Daniel, Frields exhibition showing at Cole Art Center

    Daniel, Frields exhibition showing at Cole Art Center

    September 9, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Along with the opening of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art Faculty Exhibition on Thursday, Sept. 10, in Cole Art Center will be the opening of a show in memory of two former SFA faculty artists.

    “In Memory of Two Former SFA Art Professors: John Daniel & Gary Frields” opens at 6 p.m. in the Reception Gallery in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House. Also opening that night is a show by Shaun Roberts, assistant professor of painting at SFA.

    The Daniel show includes digital drawings, prints and mixed media, while the Frields exhibition features digital drawings, traditional drawings and mixed media sculpture. Daniel taught art at SFA for 38 years, and Frields taught for 26.

    “The Central theme to Gary’s work was that he had no central theme,” Tamara Robertson, Frield’s widow, said in describing her husband’s work. “He often said he wanted his works to look like a hundred different artists created them, or maybe a mad man, or Bigfoot, or an alien experiencing Earth for the first time.”

    In selecting works for the show, Robertson said she primarily tried to find works as different from each other as possible. Frield’s described his own work as: “I begin most works with no attempt to make any particular thing. I proceed relentlessly relying on emotional intuitive reactions while exploring materials, responding as things happen that are not planned. Instinctive discoveries fuel insights while building trust in creating through this working method. This process is suitable to my desire for an unexpected artistic fusion by allowing acquired knowledge and skills to merge with my subconscious as I await whatever might be unveiled.”

    “Forms related to Gary’s life would often appear in his work, as he explored the intuitive art-making process,” Robertson said.

    Daniel gave the following artist statement in his 2007 catalogue: “I want my art to have the power and appeal of art made by the great primitive societies. I admire the rich vocabulary and the urgency of that art. The objects artists made were of primal importance in people’s everyday life. I want my work to be that intimate. Ideally, the art object would link the viewer to his ancient humanity and to his own personal vulnerability. The art object is a thing, self-contained, finite, but it can be evocative of past feeling and knowledge beyond our comprehension. At the same time, the art object connects the viewer to his own time and space. Sometimes that connecting works best through lightness or humor. Always, it works through what the artist’s hands make.”

    These exhibitions and openings are sponsored in part by Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and Hampton Inn. Admission is free. All three exhibitions run through Oct. 17. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • Center student attending SFA on art scholarship

    Center student attending SFA on art scholarship

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    September 4, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts have announced that Julie McSwain, who graduated from Center High School this past May, is this year’s recipient of the East Texas Regional High School Art Scholarship.

    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts Board provides an annual scholarship to one deserving high school senior from East Texas who plans to enroll in the SFA School of Art to help them further their educational and professional goals in the field of art. McSwain is currently attending SFA.

    “Julie is the type of student I can easily find many positive things to write about,” Center art teacher Ruby Woodward wrote in nominating her for the award last spring. “The quality of her work is the first thing that comes to mind, as she is not one to settle on the first (or easiest) idea. She really dives into her work and is not content until she produces something beautiful.”

    In her artist’s statement describing her work, McSwain wrote: “Creating art is one thing that takes my mind off all of the chaos and stress and responsibilities in my life. It can take you to a different world and make hours fly by, yet it only feels like a few minutes have passed. I often times relate my art to music, another thing that helps me escape reality. While most of my life my art has consisted of pencil and paper, the past couple of years I have been fortunate to digitally create art using Illustrator and other programs, and I’ve recently really enjoyed using charcoal and prismacolors and some painting. However, no matter the materials I use, I enjoy creating art not only because it is something that helps pass the time, but it also makes me feel a million times better and impacts my life in so many ways.”

    “There has never been a project I’ve assigned that Julie did not deliver something top of the line,” Woodard wrote. “This student is ready for college level work. I was very pleased to hear of her enrollment at SFA. She will be an asset to your art department.”

    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts is made up of community members who support the arts in East Texas and provide monetary assistance to students enrolling in the School of Art by conducting fundraisers, such as the annual 12 x 12 event each July.

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  • Allen, Petti to present collaborative program

    Allen, Petti to present collaborative program

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    Fred Allen
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    September 4, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Fred J. Allen, director of bands at Stephen F. Austin State University, and Ron Petti, director of accompanying, will present a recital of music for piano, flute and clarinet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The performance is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series of the SFA School of Music. Featured pieces will be “Arabesque No. 1” by Claude Debussy, “Fantaisie for Flute and Piano” by Gabriel Fauré and “Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano” by Malcolm Arnold.

    “This is not my usual role at SFA,” Allen said of the performance. “Usually, I am conducting or teaching, but I miss performing as I did in my younger years.Prior to teaching at SFA, Allen had performed professionally as a woodwind doubler in shows at Opryland USA, for the Ringling Brothers Circus and for more than 40 musicals and operas. In addition, he was formerly principal clarinet in the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra and piccoloist in the Abilene Philharmonic.

    Petti directs the Masters of Music degree in collaborative piano at SFA and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. He maintains a demanding concert schedule with SFA guest artists and faculty, including serving as pianist in The Alazan Trio, a group specializing in the performance of piano trios by American composers. As a soloist, he frequently gives recitals, has presented master classes in piano, served as an adjudicator in piano competitions, and has concertized throughout the U.S.

    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.

    Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

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  • Bassist Rusev to perform at SFA

    Bassist Rusev to perform at SFA

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    September 4, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Ilko Rusev, principal bassist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Medellin and professor at the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The program will include virtuosic compositions by the romantic composer Giovanni Bottesini and will feature the beloved “Arpeggione” sonata by Franz Schubert.

    The performance is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series of the SFA School of Music.

    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.

    Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

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  • University Series to open new season with Sonali Skandan dance group

    University Series to open new season with Sonali Skandan dance group

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    The 2015-2016 University Series presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts will open with Sonali Skandan and Company performing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    September 4, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University continues its tradition of bringing professional artists to East Texas, opening the 2015-2016 University Series with Sonali Skandan and Company at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance Company presents compelling and dynamic works based on the timeless idiom of Bharatanatyam. Jiva Dance sees the importance of preserving and promoting the traditional arts, yet also understands the need to incorporate innovative techniques to reach diverse audiences, according to John W. Goodall, associate dean for the College of Fine Arts.

    “This company is comprised of exceptionally talented dancers all trained in the traditional and classic dance form of South India,” Goodall said. “The company has performed at notable venues to tremendous audience acclaim. The repertoire ranges from highly traditional solo works to more versatile group items that highlight the evolving nature of the dance form.”

    Prior to the performance, Heather Samuelson, dance instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at SFA, will present a 7 p.m. informative talk in Griffith Gallery about the company. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet the performers and to honor the event’s corporate sponsor, Commercial Bank of Texas.

    Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students/youth. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

    SFA students may purchase Rush tickets for $3 during regular office hours starting Monday, Sept. 14. Students must present a valid SFA ID for purchase and at the door on event night.

    For more information on the 2015-2016 University Series, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Still time to audition for SFA Choristers

    Still time to audition for SFA Choristers

    September 2, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    There are still a few opportunities to audition for the new SFA Choristers offered by the Stephen F. Austin State University Music Preparatory Division.

    Those interested should contact director Carolyn Andrews at (936) 552-6593 or carolyn.andrews@suddenlink.net for an appointment on Saturday, Sept. 5, or another time if unable to audition on Saturday.

    The SFA Choristers provides choral training for East Texas youth in fifth through eighth grades. Rehearsals will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 8. Tuition is $60 for 14 weeks.

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  • SFA’s First Friday Film Series to feature ‘Tomato Republic’

    SFA’s First Friday Film Series to feature ‘Tomato Republic’

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    September 2, 2015—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 “Tomato Republic” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    In this hour-long film, documentarians Jenna Jackson, Anthony Jackson and Whitney Graham Carter delve into the thoughts and feelings of rural East Texas residents during a heated mayoral race in Jacksonville, Texas, home of the annual Tomato Festival.

    Texas Monthly writer Skip Hollandsworth described the film as “a marvel.”

    “Unlike any other documentary I have ever seen, it takes its audience straight into the glorious, laugh-out-loud eccentricities of small-town Texas life,” he wrote.

    The film website at tomatorepublic.vhx.tv/ has the following synopsis: “A flamboyant restaurateur, a good ol' boy and a political ingénue walk into a small-town political contest and compete head to head to head for the non-paid mayoral seat of the Tomato Republic. What happens next is anyone’s guess.”

    “Tomato Republic” premiered last year at the Dallas Film Festival where it was given a special jury prize. It was also screened at the 2015 Nacogdoches 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 Film Festival, William Arscott, The Liberty Bell, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, Main Street Nacogdoches, David Kulhavy, John and Kristen Heath, Brad Maule, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens and Jim and Mary Neal.

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

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  • SFA art faculty exhibition to showcase variety of mediums

    SFA art faculty exhibition to showcase variety of mediums

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    “Another Night Watch,” an oil-on-canvas painting by Shaun Roberts, is among the works of SFA art faculty to be exhibited Sept. 10 through Oct. 17 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    September 2, 2015—Robbie Goodrich

    Members of the School of Art faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University will exhibit their work in a show that opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    As in the past, this annual exhibition will showcase a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, photography, metal work, ceramics and prints, according to John Handley, director of SFA art galleries.

    The show will also feature the artwork of Shaun Roberts, assistant professor of painting at SFA, in a separate exhibition in the Reavley Gallery of the art center.

    “Each year we take this opportunity to literally show off the wonderful talents of our School of Art faculty, who, in addition to teaching, work as professional artists and exhibit their work in museums and galleries across the United States and abroad,” Handley said. “It is also an opportunity to showcase one of our newer faculty members – in this case, Shaun Roberts.”

    Roberts completed his BFA at SFA in painting, and went on to complete an MFA at the University of Washington under the artist Zhi Lin. He joined the SFA faculty first as an adjunct in 2012.

    “My paintings are influenced by experiences growing up in rural East Texas,” Roberts said in his artist’s statement. “I work from a mixture of direct observation, photos and imagination. The narratives are a mix of fact, fiction and allegory. The images are charged with an ironic blend of pathos, humor, violence and the social and political implications of the rural working class.”

    Roberts said he draws inspiration from baroque painters Caravaggio, Velazquez and Franz Halls and enjoys the dynamic compositions, the use of high contrast lighting, and the psychological tension in them. He also likes works by authors like Flannery O’Connor or Eudora Welty, who write short stories about the rural south.

    “I also find cinema to be a great source of inspiration,” he said. “I like to pause films when anxiety is at its highest point and analyze the scene, trying to figure out what about it gives the tension and how it could work in painting.”

    The exhibition and opening is sponsored in part by Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and Hampton Inn. Admission is free.

    “In past exhibitions, we have received wonderful feedback,” Handley said, “and the public and students enjoy seeing the professionalism of the faculty here at SFA.”

    The exhibition runs through Oct. 17.

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

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