College of Fine Arts News Archive

March 2016

  • SFA to exhibit unique Barnett artwork

    SFA to exhibit unique Barnett artwork

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    “The Painted Word: Idiot/Maniac” (“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” George Carlin) 2012, is among the artwork of Vera Barnett to show in SFA galleries March 30 through May 6. An April 21 artist’s talk and reception are scheduled.

    March 28, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Art will present an exhibition of the works of Vera Barnett March 30 through May 6 in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus and in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    The exhibition will feature oil paintings, as well as examples of the artist’s plastic models used to make her paintings, according to John Handley, director of galleries at SFA, who first saw Barnett’s work while he was visiting Valley House Sculpture Garden and Gallery in Dallas.

    “I found her work unique, curious, humorous, and honoring an awareness of art history unlike any I had seen before,” he said. “As with many artists over the years, Barnett is very aware of the history of art – of the great master painters who have lived and worked and to whom all contemporary artists owe a debt.

    Barnett draws upon earlier artists – Hieronymus Bosch, Masaccio and Grant Wood – bringing them into the 21st century with her own unique and personal interpretation, Handley said.

    Barnett explains that she is drawn to images that can represent dual interpretations and reactions. “Plastic has the qualities of a false self of perfection; smooth, flawless and with the illusion of permanence,” she said. “This is juxtaposed against the reality of wrinkles and vulnerability.”

    In the 2010 exhibition catalogue of Barnett’s work, the artist wrote: “I have been working for several years on a group of oil paintings that explore classical themes in art. I am drawn to art that explores the emotional relationships between people, their environment and circumstances that they find themselves in. I wish to reconstruct these ideas through my own vision, my life experiences. These ‘classic’ themes are chosen because they are timeless in nature, explore emotions that are universal and cross boundaries of time and distance. I reinterpret these themes using plastic ‘inflatable’ people.”

    Art historian Frederick Turner describes Barnett’s figures as “full of human feeling.”

    “Their faces are so expressive, so full of trepidation, resignation, bemused happiness, anxiety, affection, woe,” he said. “The eyes are especially striking, with their innocent and meditative gaze, almost never directly out of the picture into the viewer’s eyes, but always inward into the drama of the scene itself or into their own thoughts.”

    The artist’s reception on April 21 will depart from the usual format, Handley said. Barnett will speak at the Griffith Gallery, where the majority of the pieces will show, at 5 p.m., followed by a wine-and-cheese reception at 6 p.m. in Cole Art Center, where Barnett’s work will also be exhibited.

    The exhibition is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Junior Forum, SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts. Admission is free.

    Griffith Gallery hours are 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Cole Art Center hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA film series to feature documentary about Texas National juror

    SFA film series to feature documentary about Texas National juror

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    March 28, 2016—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 “Shadow of the House” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Filmed over seven years, “Shadow of the House” is an intimate portrait of photographer Abelardo Morell, revealing the mystery and method of his artistic process. Morell serves as the juror for the 2016 Texas National Competition and Exhibition of the SFA School of Art. This year’s Texas National runs April 9 through June 11 in The Cole Art Center.

    The film, directed by Allie Humenuk, skips across time and space from Morell’s early childhood escape from Castro’s regime to his status as a world-renowned photographer. The film explores his daily working life as an artist and his eventual return to Cuba after 40 years of living in exile, according to imdb.com.

    “‘Shadow of the House’ uncovers the deep layers of a man who is pushed to confront his past and his familial allegiances as it explores his unique artistic vision,” Humenuk wrote. The film runs 74 minutes.

    This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly 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 to present student-directed ‘The Lover’

    SFA to present student-directed ‘The Lover’

    March 28, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed play “The Lover” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    Directed by senior theatre major Robert Malbrough of Houston, “The Lover,” a one-act play by Nobel Prize-winning English playwright Harold Pinter, is a comedy in which a married couple creates sexual games to liven up their relationship.

    “‘The Lover’ explores the way we tend to compartmentalize our lives and how that affects our relationships, in particular,” Malbrough explains. “The games the characters play serve primarily as a distraction, so the question we have to ask ourselves is: what happens when games aren’t enough and we have to face the real issues?”

    The cast includes Burleson sophomore Paige Farley as Sarah; Houston sophomore Jason Trevino as Richard; and Wichita Falls sophomore Travis Brasher as John.

    The production staff includes Emily Rohrman, Grand Saline senior, stage manager; Megan Poole, Houston junior, assistant stage manager; Alexa Weeks, Mathis junior, scenic designer; Elizabeth Bielstein, Houston sophomore, costume designer; Katy Morton, Marshall senior, lighting designer; Lane Davidson, Denton junior, sound designer; Taylor Solice, Mesquite junior, properties designer; and Samantha Friedrich, Bay City senior, hair and makeup designer.

    Malbrough most recently served as assistant director and dialect coach for the School of Theatre’s production of “Clybourne Park.” Previous SFA acting credits include “Spamalot,” “Macbeth” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Houston area acting credits include “Assassins” for SRO Productions and “Black Comedy,” “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” “Night of January 16th,” “Little Women: The Musical,” “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” “Assassins” and “Macbeth” for Lone Star College-Kingwood. Directing credits include “Abandon All Hope,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “The Unexamined Life” and “A Shield No Longer.” Malbrough is currently revising and expanding his short play, “Dangerous Goods,” which was originally produced in 2011.

    “The Lover” is recommended for mature audiences. Faculty production advisor is Slade Billew.

    Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu. The Downstage Theatre is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

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  • Heifner to conduct beginner workshop in playwriting

    Heifner to conduct beginner workshop in playwriting

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    March 28, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Beta Phi cast of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society at Stephen F. Austin State University will host a playwriting workshop with SFA’s playwright-in-residence, Jack Heifner.

    The workshop is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in Room 303 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. Cost is $25 for community members and $10 for students attending any college or university.

    Led by Broadway playwright Heifner, the workshop is an introductory course designed for those who have little or no playwriting experience.

    “We had a wonderful turnout last year, including high school students, SFA faculty and students as well as members of the Nacogdoches community,” Heifner said. “If you are interested in playwriting, this is an introductory workshop with exercises to help you get over your fear of facing the blank page or blank computer screen.”

    Organizers recommend not attending if you have taken Heifner’s playwriting course in the past. Participants should bring writing utensils and paper.

    Seating is limited to 30, and payment will be taken at the door in cash or check form. Proceeds benefit Alpha Psi Omega scholarships. Participants should RSVP to apobetaphi@gmail.com to reserve a seat.

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  • Celebrated photographer Morell to serve as Texas National juror

    Celebrated photographer Morell to serve as Texas National juror

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    “Curiouser and Curiouser” is among the works by Texas National juror and acclaimed photographer Abelardo Morell that will be featured in the artist’s exhibition running April 9 through June 11 in Cole Art Center in conjunction with the SFA School of Art’s annual juried competition and exhibition.

    March 28, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Distinguished photographer Abelardo Morell will serve as juror for the 22nd Texas National, Stephen F. Austin State University’s acclaimed art competition and exhibition, which opens April 9 and runs through June 11 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Texas National features an assortment of art, including photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media, according to John Handley, director of SFA galleries. This year’s exhibition includes 93 pieces of art by 98 different artists from 29 states.

    The School of Art’s annual juried competition and exhibition attracts entrants from across the United States, providing artists an opportunity to have their work juried by highly acclaimed artists and critics, such as Morell, Handley said.

    “Each year for our Texas National Competition and Exhibition, we seek to engage a well-respected artist, historian and critic to act as the juror for this national exhibition,” Handley said. “Abelardo Morell has covered a broad spectrum of subjects through his photographic lens. His subjects include childhood, money, still life and book illustration. He is also known for his unique experimentation and reinvention using the camera obscura where he transforms a room into a picture of the outside world.”

    An exhibition of Morell’s own work will open simultaneously April 9 in Reavley Gallery at The Cole Art Center. Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1948, Morell immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1962. He received his undergraduate degree in 1977 from Bowdoin College and an MFA from The Yale University School of Art in 1981. In 1997, he received an honorary degree from Bowdoin College.

    Morell’s work has been collected and shown in many galleries, institutions and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, The Chicago Art Institute, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Houston Museum of Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Victoria & Albert Museum and more than 70 other museums in the United States and abroad. Among his publications is a photographic illustration of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1998) by Dutton’s Children’s Books and “A Camera in a Room (1995) by Smithsonian Press.

    Morell will give an artist’s talk at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the art center, followed by the announcement of this year’s Texas National winners during the exhibitions’ opening reception, which begins at 6 p.m.

    The exhibitions and reception are sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and Texas Commission on the Arts, and corporate sponsors Hampton Inn and R&K Distributors, Inc.

    Additionally, the School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of the documentary “Shadow of the House,” an intimate portrait of Morell’s life and work, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, in Cole Art Center. The film, directed by Allie Humenuk, skips across time and space from Morell’s early childhood escape from Castro’s regime to his status as a world-renowned photographer. It explores his daily working life as an artist and his eventual return to Cuba after 40 years of living in exile, according to imdb.com.

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

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  • Bassoonist Pool to perform recital at SFA

    Bassoonist Pool to perform recital at SFA

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    March 21, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present bassoonist Scott Pool in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    Pool’s program, “The Romantic Bassoon,” will feature music from 19th century Romanticism, either from the era or in its spirit, Pool said.

    “The bassoon has a lyrical voice of great expression, which is not often heard in the orchestral setting,” he said. “This solo recital seeks to exploit the melodic nature of the instrument.”

    Composers represented on this program include Sergei Rachmaninoff, Robert Schumann and Carl Maria von Weber, who are “ all important composers of the 19th century,” Pool explained.

    On the program are Rachmaninoff’s “Do Not Sing, My Beauty” and Weber’s Concerto for Bassoon, Op. 75. A highlight of the concert is a performance of Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73. “Originally for clarinet and piano, this piece embodies the essence of Romantic chamber music,” Pool said. “It appears as an international contest piece for bassoonists this year.”

    Pool currently serves as the academy director of the Talis Music Festival and Academy in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He also performs as contrabassoon/3rd bassoon with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and is on the chamber music faculty of the Orfeo International Music Festival in Italy. A resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, Pool is a frequent recitalist across the nation and abroad with appearances at numerous festivals and solo engagements. He has served as principal bassoon for a number of orchestras across 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.

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  • SFA cellist Raychev to perform recital

    SFA cellist Raychev to perform recital

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    March 21, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Evgeni Raychev in a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Titled “Cello Airs,” Raychev’s concert will feature cello favorites diversified with some violin transcriptions.

    “Some works will be familiar to the audience members, while others may not be,” said Raychev, cello instructor in the School of Music. “Everything on the program, however, is taken from the music jewelry box, and I hope that the listener will leave the recital with a personal satisfaction and delight.

    “From songs from the Jewish life, through gypsy airs, and all the way to ‘Intermezzo,’ (music from the famous film featuring Ingrid Bergman and Leslie Howard) this program will have something for everyone,” he said.

    Pianists Dr. Andrew and Linda Parr will join Raychev “in this musical adventure,” he added.

    The concert is part of the School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series. 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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  • Goodall to perform final concert with Stone Fort Wind Quintet

    Goodall to perform final concert with Stone Fort Wind Quintet

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    The SFA Stone Fort Wind Quintet features, from left, Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Christina Guenther, flute; Staci Spring, bassoon; Charles Gavin, horn; and John W. Goodall, oboe.

    March 11, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform this semester’s final Cole Performing Arts Series concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    A highlight of the concert will be the quintet’s performance of Variations sur un theme libre by popular French composer Eugene Bozza and featuring Dr. John W. Goodall in his last performance with the Stone Fort Wind Quintet. Goodall, professor of oboe in the SFA School of Music and associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, has announced his retirement at the end of the academic year, effective Aug. 31. He is a founding member of the group and has performed with the quintet for more than 30 years.

    Also on the program is a performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Quintet for Piano and Winds, which will be the first performance of this piece at SFA, according to Dr. Charles Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music at SFA and quintet member. Dr. Ron Petti, associate professor of piano and director of accompanying, will join in this performance.

    “Music for wind quartet is difficult to find, but this program features a variety of music,” Gavin said.

    The concert will also include the wind quintet music of André-Frédéric Eler and American composer Charles Fernandez’s “Idyllwild Ride.”

    In addition to Goodall and Gavin, the quartet includes School of Music faculty members Christina Guenther, flute; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; and Staci Spring, bassoon.

    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 University Series to feature Texas soprano Pine in concert

    SFA’s University Series to feature Texas soprano Pine in concert

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    March 11, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University will present soprano Ava Pine in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in W.M. Turner Auditorium as part of the 2015-2016 University Series.

    A native of Texas, Pine continues to dazzle audiences and critics with her rewarding vocalism and compelling commitment to character, creating vivid and captivating portraits on stage, according to Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean for the College of Fine Arts and director of the series.

    “Equally at home with opera, oratorio or recital, and accomplished in works ranging from baroque to contemporary, she brings great vocal and dramatic range to her work,” Goodall said. “We’re looking forward to a beautiful performance and the perfect conclusion to this year’s University Series.”

    The Texas Christian University alumna has headlined on opera stages from Fort Worth to Florence, Italy. She was a Grammy nominee for Best Opera Recording 2011 for her work in a period instrument recording with Ars Lyrica of Houston. Highlights from the concert stage include frequent re-engagements with the Dallas Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Austin Symphony.

    Prior to the performance, Dr. Chris Turner, assistant professor of voice at SFA, will give a 7 p.m. informative talk about Pine and her music in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. Following the performance, the audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet Pine and honor the event’s corporate sponsor, Cataract, Glaucoma & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical.

    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.

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  • SFA Opera Theater to present ‘The Bartered Bride’

    SFA Opera Theater to present ‘The Bartered Bride’

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    Kecal, played by El Paso senior Juan Garza, accepts the barter from Jenik, played by Granbury senior Blake Bridges, behind the back of Mařenka, played by Houston senior Amanda Sheriff, in the upcoming SFA production of “The Bartered Bride.”

    March 11, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts, School of Music and School of Theatre will present “The Bartered Bride” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 7 through 9, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    The opera, considered Czech composer Bedřich Smetana’s most beloved and well-known comedic opera, will feature SFA’s outstanding student singers accompanied by an orchestra and staged with full set and costumes, according to Dr. Deborah Dalton, professor of voice at SFA and the opera’s director. She described the opera as “a brilliant lyric comedy with a strong nationalistic flavor.”

    “Composer Bedřich Smetana wrote spirited, tuneful melodies that are firmly rooted in his Czech homeland, but his music has a universal appeal,” Dalton said. “Smetana’s operas truly established him as the father of Czech classical music.”

    Dalton explained the synopsis of “The Bartered Bride” as taking place in a small Bohemian village. It is festival day. Mařenka is in love with Jeník, but her parents have engaged Kecal, a marriage broker, to marry her off to the son of Tobias Micha, a wealthy landowner. The son turns out to be a bumbling, stuttering simpleton – Vasek. It seems that Mařenka’s father owes Micha a long-standing debt. When Kecal bribes Jenik to renounce his claim on Mařenka, all seems to be lost, until Jenik reveals that he is the long lost son of Micha from a previous marriage.

    “The music is beautiful and catchy enough to whistle tunes as you leave the theatre,” Dalton said. “The arias have sweeping, long melodic lines that carry the listener along with the emotions of the character singing it. The chorus of villagers and their music is a character unto itself, and the men sing one of the best drinking songs in the repertoire. There is also a traveling circus troupe that comes to entertain the villagers. We even have a bear!”

    With approximately 150 people involved in the production, “The Bartered Bride” is a huge undertaking, Dalton said. There are 56 cast members, 42 musicians in the orchestra and many others working backstage.

    “As always, our first concern is to provide an excellent learning experience for our voice students,” she said. “This opera has several leading and featured role for all voice types, and we have students with the needed voice types who are ready to sing these roles.”

    “The Bartered Bride” is “the perfect opera for first-time opera-goers,” Dalton said.

    “It is colorful, entertaining, funny and has an exceptional score that is beautifully sung and played,” she said. “The students are outstanding in their singing and acting of the comic and sometimes tragic plot turns.”

    The set, designed by Richard Ellis, is a picturesque village street and the costumes by Angela Bacarisse are “colorful and fun,” Dalton said.

    “People who come to see this opera will leave the theatre saying ‘I never knew that opera could be so fun,’” she added.

    Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.

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  • SFA festival features new works by playwrights Heifner, Cariani, Miyagawa

    SFA festival features new works by playwrights Heifner, Cariani, Miyagawa

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    John Cariani
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    Chiori Miyagawa
    March 11, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    East Texans can be among the first to hear the newest works by three acclaimed playwrights during the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre’s 2016 Festival of New American Plays scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday, April 26 through 30, on the SFA campus.

    This biennial event showcases the work of some of the best playwrights in the nation in a five-day festival during which each selected play is presented twice in staged readings by SFA theatre students, according to Jack Heifner, SFA School of Theatre’s playwright-in-residence, director of the festival and one of the featured authors.

    “Since 1998, we have brought playwrights to our campus to see their new works,” Heifner said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our audiences to view ‘theatre in the making.’”

    This year’s festival features Heifner’s play “Bury Me In This,” along with “cul-de-sac” by John Cariani and “Julia & Ellie” by Chiori Miyagawa.

    “The Festival of New American Plays is one of the most distinctive and exciting aspects of our programming, and we’re so grateful to Jack Heifner for creating it at SFA,” said Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre. “We always look forward to welcoming world-renowned writers and seeing our students participate in the development of their next major plays.”

    The festival will open with Heifner’s play “Bury Me In This,” which will be read at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Cariani’s “cul-de-sac” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, and Saturday, April 30. Miyagawa’s “Julia & Ellie” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, and Friday, April 29. These plays are recommended for mature audiences.

    Heifner is best known for his play “Vanities,” which ran for five years in New York and became one of the longest running plays in off-Broadway history. He is also the author of “Patio/Porch,” “Natural Disasters,” “Running on Empty,” “Bargains,” “Boys’ Play,” “Home Fires,” “Heartbreak,” “Comfort and Joy” and more than 30 other plays produced in New York, Los Angeles and theatres around the world. Heifner has written the book to 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.

    Since 1997, Heifner has been playwright-in-residence at SFA where he teaches play, screen and television writing one semester each academic year. At SFA, he has directed “Home Fires,” “The Seagull,” “The Member of the Wedding,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Stage Door” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

    An actor and a playwright, Cariani has appeared on and off Broadway and in several films and television shows. He won an Outer Critics Circle Award and earned a Tony Award nomination his performance as Motel the Tailor in the 2004 revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” starring Alfred Molina. He received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for his work in “Something Rotten!” He’s been in movies with Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Ed Asner. He’s probably best known for his role as CSU Tech Julian Beck on NBC’s long-running drama, “Law & Order.” He played Professor Otto Bahnoff in the final season of CBS’ “Numbers,” and many people know him as reporter Michael Falk on IFC’s “The Onion News Network.” He’s guest-starred in many TV shows, including “Homeland,” “The Good Wife” and “The Blacklist.”

    As a playwright, Cariani is best known for his first play, “Almost, Maine,” which premiered at Portland (Maine) Stage Company in 2004 and opened off-Broadway in 2006. It has since become one of the most frequently produced plays in the United States and has been translated into nearly 20 languages. Other plays include soon- to-be published “Last Gas” and “LOVE/SICK.”

    Miyagawa is a New York City-based playwright. Her plays have been produced by off-Broadway theaters, at renowned performance spaces in New York City and regionally. Twelve of her plays are collected in two books: “Thousand Years Waiting and Other Plays” and “America Dreaming and Other Plays.” She is a recipient of many fellowships, including a McKnight Playwriting Fellowship, a Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship, a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship in Italy, and a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard University. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, American Theater Magazine, Huffington Post and other publications.

    Among her plays and productions are “This Lingering Life,” “I Came to Look for You on Tuesday,” “Dream Acts,” “I Have Been to Hiroshima Mon Amour,” “Thousand Years Waiting” and “Leaving Eden.”

    All performances of the festival will be in the Downstage Theatre of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. The festival is sponsored in part by Tipton-Ford-Lincoln. For more information, visit theatre.sfasu.edu.

    The festival is part of the SFA School of Theatre’s Mainstage Series. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students and youth. For tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA voice faculty Turner to present recital

    SFA voice faculty Turner to present recital

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    March 1, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Chris Turner, assistant professor of voice at Stephen F. Austin State University, will present a faculty recital at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    Turner, a baritone, will perform the music of George Friedrich Handel, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henri Duparc and Aaron Copland.

    A native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Turner received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in church music and vocal performance, double majoring at the undergraduate level, from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. He served as minister of music at several prominent churches for 20-plus years, including First Baptist, Natchez, Mississippi, and First Baptist, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While in Baton Rouge, he began doctoral studies at Louisiana State University under the guidance of Robert Grayson, formerly a tenor at the New York City opera, graduating with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance and a minor in vocal pedagogy. Turner did post-doctoral study in vocal pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music.

    Among his performance experience in opera and musical theater is the role of Count Almaviva in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro,” the music of which is featured in this recital program. He will also perform portions of Handel’s “Messiah.”

    The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Silver Keys Trio to perform music of Hovatter, Schachter, Williamson

    Silver Keys Trio to perform music of Hovatter, Schachter, Williamson

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    The Silver Keys Trio includes SFA School of Music faculty Dr. Christina Guenther, flute, and Dr. Geneva Fung, piano, along with bassoonist Dr. Susan Nelson, a former SFA faculty member who is now assistant professor of bassoon at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

    March 1, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

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

    The trio includes School of Music faculty Dr. Christina Guenther, flute, and Dr. Geneva Fung, piano, along with bassoonist Dr. Susan Nelson, a former SFA faculty member who is now assistant professor of bassoon at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

    Working together at SFA from 2010-2012 led to a fast friendship and many musical collaborations among these musicians, and the trio has been performing together ever since, according to trio member Guenther.

    The upcoming program will feature “I Might Speak” by Kyle Hovatter, Trio for Flute, Bassoon and Piano by Michael Schachter and “Mountain Roads” by Chelsea Williamson.

    The Silver Keys Trio commissioned Hovatter to compose for the trio’s instrumentation at a time when the composer and his wife had just begun to expect a new daughter.

    “I swung between exhaustive fragility and terrifying elation and still do with Alice now here and born,” Hovatter said. “The text that makes up the movement titles has become my much needed mantra, as anything I do, from parenting to music, is destined to fail without love. My deepest thanks go to the virtuosic Silver Keys Trio for organizing the commissioning consortium that brought about this seven-movement piece.”

    Schachter’s music draws from “an eclectic brew of influences including jazz and New Orleans, Renaissance polyphony, Jewish liturgy and klezmer, and South Indian classical music,” Guenther explains. Trio for Flute, Bassoon and Piano was commissioned by the Aurea Silva Trio for their Midwestern performance circuit in 2014 and for inclusion on their forthcoming studio release.

    “The piece is a sort of study in threes; three instruments, three movements, each movement featuring one instrument as a soloist, and so forth,” Schachter said of the work. “The first movement is a sort of macabre waltz, like the French fin-de-siecle had been decomposing in decadence all this time. The second movement is a somber dirge, and it features one of my favorite tunes I’ve written. The final movement is a delicate, precise whirling dervish, like fine clockwork at warp speed.”

    “Mountain Roads” is Williamson’s three-movement musical picture of “the beautiful and awe-inspiring roads winding through the mountains of Colorado,” she said.

    The concert is part of the School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series. 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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  • Artist’s talk, reception planned for Rush exhibition closing

    Artist’s talk, reception planned for Rush exhibition closing

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    March 1, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The exhibition “Kent Rush: Photo-Syntax” will close Thursday, March 10, in Griffith Gallery on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University with a talk by the artist, followed by a reception.

    Rush will give a gallery talk at the closing reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    Black and white photographs, drawings and prints are featured in the exhibition, which was curated by Neal Cox, faculty member in the SFA School of Art. Rush’s work has been exhibited extensively in the United States in solo, two- and three-person shows and group and competitive shows. Internationally, he has also shown in London, Brazil, Peru, Mexico and France.

    His exhibition at SFA opened Jan. 20.

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

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  • SFA A Cappella Choir to perform works of French composer Fauré

    SFA A Cappella Choir to perform works of French composer Fauré

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    March 1, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The A Cappella Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University will present “A Fauré Feast” when the ensemble performs a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Featuring the music of French composer Gabriel Fauré, the program will also showcase as soloists SFA music faculty members Debbie Berry, soprano; Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Charlotte Davis, soprano; Scott LaGraff, baritone; Ron Petti, piano; and Evgeni Raychev, cello. An orchestra comprised of university faculty and graduate students will accompany the performance.

    Fauré’s works to be performed include Requiem in d, “Cantique de Jean Racine,” “Tarantelle” and “Élégie.”

    A Cappella Choir Director Dr. Tim King, Regents Professor and director of choral activities at SFA, described Fauré (1845-1924) as “the foremost composer of his generation.” His greatest and most well-known choral work, Requiem in d, has several editions and orchestrations.

    “The original orchestration, which will be presented on the concert, is scored for viola, cello, bass, organ and brass,” King explained. “Interestingly, it is without violins except for a beautiful violin solo in the ‘Sanctus.’”

    Fauré wrote of the work, "Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest."

    “I am indebted to my SFA School of Music colleagues who are willing to give of their time and talent to present this glorious work,” King said.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and the 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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