College of Fine Arts News Archive

October 2016

  • SFA’s Madrigal Singers to perform works of Somers, Britten in fall concert

    SFA’s Madrigal Singers to perform works of Somers, Britten in fall concert

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    The Madrigal Singers at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform works by Harry Somers and Benjamin Britten when the ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    October 31, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University’s Madrigal Singers will perform a fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The SFA Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities in the SFA School of Music, is a highly select 16-voice ensemble comprised of members of the A Cappella Choir.

    For its fall concert, the choral ensemble will perform “Five Songs of the Newfoundland Outports” by Harry Somers. King explains that for the drinking song, “Si j’avais le bateau,” Somers has added some “mouth” or “chin music,” in which the ensemble imitates instruments, in this case, trumpets and drums. In “The Banks of Newfoundland,” the women’s voices imitate cold breezes. “Chin music” appears again in the comic song, “The Old Mayflower,” while the well-known folksong “She’s Like a Swallow” provides a melancholy transition to the rollicking “The Feller from Fortune,” King said.

    The program also features “Five Flower Songs” by Benjamin Britten, which are “beautiful part-songs that were written as 15th anniversary presents to Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst, who were keen botanists,” King said.

    “Whatever the reason, Britten composed a set of songs that has become one of his most performed, recorded and beloved compositions,” he said. “The set has wonderful imagery of the English countryside from the simple and serene ‘To Daffodils,’ to the dark and mysterious ‘Marsh Flower,’ and culminating with the fast-paced ‘Green Broom.’ These are sheer delight for both singer and listener.”

    Through the Madrigal Singers’ many performances, especially during the Christmas season, their reputation reaches throughout the East Texas area, King said.

    “However, it is their wide-ranging concert repertoire comprised of music from all musical periods – Renaissance to present day – that exhibits the group’s extensive talent, precision and artistry,” he said.

    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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  • Dean’s Circle recognizes award recipients, sponsors

    Dean’s Circle recognizes award recipients, sponsors

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    Sponsors of this year's Winners' Circle reception included, from left, Chris Sidnell; David Hooper and Wendy Partin, both representing Regions Bank; Ron Johnson, CBH Insurance Agency and Nacogdoches Film Festival; Scott Street, Nacogdoches Memorial Health; Gloria Settle; Kim Crisp with The Old Tobacco Warehouse; Ian Gibson, Nacogdoches Medical Center; and Dr. A.C. "Buddy" Himes, dean, College of Fine Arts. Other sponsors were Cal-Tex Lumber, Inc., First Bank & Trust East Texas and The Daily Sentinel.
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    Current and former recipients of the Jack and Naioma Ledbetter Dean's Award in Music thank the couple for their generosity and contributions to their education by presenting the Ledbetters with an appreciation plaque at this year's Winners' Circle event. Pictured are, from left, Mikayla Stillwell, 2016 recipient; Emily Milius, 2013 recipient; Dr. A.C. "Buddy" Himes, dean, College of Fine Arts; Amanda Sheriff, 2015 recipient; Joshua Zinn, 2012 recipient; and Jack and Naioma Ledbetter.
    October 31, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Members of the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts Dean’s Circle recently recognized its 2016 award recipients at the annual Spotlight on the Arts and Winners’ Circle reception held in The Old Tobacco Warehouse in downtown Nacogdoches.

    This year’s recipients, who were announced and honored in April, were re-introduced at the reception. Recipients included Kaylee J. Bruggeman, Katy art education major, recipient of the Ed and Gwen Cole Dean’s Award in Art; Mikayla E. Stillwell, Desoto music education major, recipient of the Jack and Naioma Ledbetter Dean’s Award in Music; Allison A. Adams, Gladewater music education major, recipient of the Dr. Robert Sidnell Memorial Dean’s Award in Music Education; and Taylor R. Dobbs, Baytown theatre major, recipient of the George and Peggy Schmidbauer Dean’s Award in Theatre.

    In addition to recognizing the accomplishments of students, the Dean’s Circle is also focused on recognizing excellence among fine arts faculty. The Dean’s Circle realized the College of Fine Arts’ first ever endowed professorship last year, and its first recipient, Dr. Charles Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music at SFA, was also honored at the event.

    Each student recipient was selected by the faculty of their respective schools on the basis of their potential to further develop their artistic goals and serve as role models, 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,” Himes said.

    This year’s Winners’ Circle also featured the first-ever Fine Arts Faculty Spotlight, which included a camera drone exhibition by Chris Talbot, director of the SFA School of Art; a Sculpture For All exhibition by Jeffie Brewer, School of Art; How To Make a CD Recording exhibition by Dr. Deb Scott, School of Music; and a Dressing the Stars costume exhibition by Angela Bacarisse, School of Theatre.

    Student award recipients Bruggeman and Dobbs presented exhibitions of artwork and theatrical scenic design, respectively. Stillwell and Adams performed.

    Program sponsors were recognized at the event. Those included Cal-Tex Lumber Company, Nacogdoches Medical Center, Cecil and Gloria Settle, First Bank & Trust East Texas, The Old Tobacco Warehouse, Nacogdoches Memorial Health, Regions Bank, The Daily Sentinel, The Sidnell Family, CBH Insurance Agency and the Nacogdoches Film Festival. The SFA Hospitality Administration Program provided catering.

    The annual fall celebration serves as a membership drive and fundraiser for the Dean’s Circle. For information about the Dean’s Circle, contact Himes at (936) 486-2801.

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  • SFA’s Percussion Ensemble to perform music of Daughtrey, Skidmore, others

    SFA’s Percussion Ensemble to perform music of Daughtrey, Skidmore, others

    October 31, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Percussion Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will preform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    Directed by Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies in the SFA School of Music, the SFA Percussion Ensemble will perform works by Nathan Daughtrey, Daniel Levitan, James Campbell and other composers. Daughtrey’s “Power Struggle” features an ensemble of four keyboard percussionists and four battery percussionists in a musical battle against each other.

    “The struggle is apparent from the opening bars of this piece, with the two halves of the ensemble competing for attention in an exhilarating and bombastic fashion,” Daughtrey said in describing the piece.

    Levitan’s “Conservatory Garden” is written in dedication to well-known conga player Frankie Malabe. The piece was named after a section of New York City’s Central Park that Levitan would walk by on his way to lessons with Malabe.

    Also on the program is Campbell’s “Night Hunter,” whose title refers to vampires, as well as David Skidmore’s three-movement percussion quartet “In Contact.”

    “Each performer in this piece has three drums and two pieces of metal,” Skidmore said of the piece. “The interest, I hope, is created not only by what instrument is being struck, but how the instruments are struck. There should be a direct connection between the energy of the performers and the energy of the audience…without a wall of instruments getting in the way.”

    The final selection on the program features Clif Walker’s “Promise Music,” a composition that has been described as having an organic minimalistic style using mood-shaping timbres, such as a crotale on the edge of a timpani, mark tree and wooden wind chimes.

    “The overall structure of ‘Promise Music’ appears to be arch-form, with the concluding section being similar to its opening,” Jim Lambert wrote in Percussive Notes magazine. “There are numerous mixed meter changes, which create an intrinsic syncopation. This percussion ensemble will certainly fit the need for large, mature college percussion ensembles.”

    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 Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform works of American composers

    SFA’s Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform works of American composers

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    The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at Stephen F. Austin State University features faculty members, from left, Charles Gavin, French horn; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Kerry Hughes, oboe; Christina Guenther, flute; and Lee Goodhew, bassoon.

    October 31, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Stone Fort Wind Quintet performing a concert titled “Invitation to the Dance” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Music selections for the program were based on the form of the Baroque instrumental dance suite, according to Charles Gavin, SFA professor of horn and chamber music and quintet member.

    “It is actually very intriguing to contrast and compare how three modern composers adapt their music to the dance suite,” Gavin said. “Also included on the program will be a setting of the tango for woodwind quintet.”

    Selections include “Cumberland Suite” by American composer Eric Ewazen, a contemporary American composer who has likely succeeded Aaron Copland as the “voice” of American music, Gavin said. The suite is a four-movement work featuring the allemande, courante, sarabande and gigue, all of which come from the Baroque dance suite.

    Another work programmed is also by an American composer, Lee Hoiby. His works stem from a Romantic style and are “quite melodic and lyrical,” Gavin said. This includes a setting of the waltz.

    A composition by another American composer, Michael Kibbe, is titled “Pink Flamingoes,” and it features his “somewhat humorous setting of the traditional tango,” Gavin explained.

    Concluding the concert will be Shout Chorus for Wind Quintet by Kenji Bunch.

    “This one piece has no ties to the dance,” Gavin said, “but it will present a wild and exciting finish to the concert.”

    New faculty members Lee Goodhew, bassoon, and Kerry Hughes, oboe, will perform their first concert with the quintet. Other members include Christina Guenther, flute, and Christopher Ayer, clarinet.

    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 to present student-directed ‘Why Do We Laugh?’

    SFA to present student-directed ‘Why Do We Laugh?’

    October 26, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed, one-act play “Why Do We Laugh?” by Stephen Gregg at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    Directed by Houston junior Jason Trevino, “Why Do We Laugh?” is “an endearing one-act play about a lifelong love story and what it means to grow old together,” according to Trevino.

    “Eight actors play two characters at four different times in the characters’ lives in this fast-paced comedy,” he said.

    The cast features McAllen senior Pedro Dominguez as Andrew, age 5; Porter freshman Delaney Brittingham as Meredith, age 6; Wataugh freshman Nathan Young as Andrew, age 15; Plano junior Cecily Maucieri as Meredith, age 16; Kempton Park, South Africa, senior Hanro Janse van Rensburg as Andrew, age 44; Baytown senior Chelsea Denard as Meredith, age 45; Angleton senior Bobby Britton as Andrew, age 66; and Lufkin senior Amy Miller-Martin as Meredith, age 67.

    The production staff includes Maddie Collins, Sunnyvale sophomore, stage manager; Travis Brasher, Wichita Falls junior, scenic designer; Alexa Wicks, Mathis senior, and Danika Pettyjohn, Fort Worth senior, co-costume designers; Brittany Tennis, Hutto junior, lighting designer; Bruce Moran, Lake Jackson senior, sound designer; Brooke McPherson, Leander senior, makeup designer; and Victoria Medrano, Edinburg junior, properties designer.

    Stephanie Murphy is faculty production advisor.

    Trevino is a Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate with an emphasis in acting and directing. Although he hopes to work as a professional actor and director, his end goal is to work in higher education.

    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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  • SFA’s Contemporary Ensemble to present thrilling pop music program

    SFA’s Contemporary Ensemble to present thrilling pop music program

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    SFA’s Contemporary Ensemble will perform the music of pop icon Michael Jackson in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    October 26, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Contemporary Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present “Michael Jackson’s Greatest Hits of the ‘80s” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The ensemble’s purpose is to allow SFA music majors to “experience the many different functions of their instruments,” according to Andrew J. Sperandeo, SRT instructor and director/arranger for the ensemble.

    Jackson’s music was selected as the theme of the program because he is considered the “King of Pop” who has influenced many modern day pop artists, Sperandeo said. Additionally, each of Sperandeo’s ensembles is studying only 1980s music this semester.

    “I like to choose artists that incorporate different timbres and styles in order to expose younger students to different arranging possibilities as well expose them to an artist they would not normally even listen to on their own,” he said.

    Most people recognize “Billie Jean,” written and co-produced by Jackson, as soon as the four-bar drum beat kicks in followed by the iconic repetitive bass line, Sperandeo said.

    “It was interesting to find out that co-producer Quincy Jones had issues with this tune,” he said. “So much so, that it almost did not make it on the ‘Thriller’ album or at least not in its present form. Obviously, the issues were resolved, and it became one of Jackson’s most famous songs.”

    “Human Nature,” written and composed by Steve Porcaro and John Bettis, was selected for the program because of its timbres, styles and half-time groove ballad, Sperandeo said. “Personally, when hearing it or playing it, I think the progression and grove allows the piece to have a lot of space to be creative and very musical,” he added.

    The logical high-energy closer for the concert is Rod Temperton’s “Thriller.”

    “I still remember the day this video hit MTV and how cool it was,” Sperandeo said. “One thing that is obvious about the late, great Michael Jackson is that he was a true innovator. This video, specifically, was groundbreaking. It was essentially a 13-minute mini horror flick with a long, ghoulish dance breakdown in the middle. At the time, I was more into the heavy rock scene, but I still thought it was one of the coolest things ever.

    “Hopefully some audience members will polish up their zombie ‘Thriller’ dance moves and show them off at the concert,” he added. “This concert will feature fun music, great times and dancing in the aisles. Come join the fun and sing along.”

    The concert is a 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. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building.

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  • SFA to screen ‘Alive Inside’ documentary

    SFA to screen ‘Alive Inside’ documentary

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    October 26, 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 “Alive Inside” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Written, produced and directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett, “Alive Inside” is a cinematic exploration of “music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity,” according to information at aliveinside.us.

    Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection found in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. The film follows social worker Dan Cohen as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from dementia, the website said.
    “Alive Inside” earned audience awards at numerous film festivals after its release in 2014, including at the Sundance, Provincetown, Calgary Underground and Berkshire film festivals. It was named best documentary at the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival and earned the 2015 Ageless Dignity Award for National Elder Abuse Day. The film runs 78 minutes.
    Before the screening, Grant Howarth, MT-BC, with the Music Memory program at Heart to Heart Hospice, will speak for a few minutes about how the power of music can help a person “bypass tangled parts of the brain.” He will remain after the screening to answer questions informally.

    This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by William Arscott, Nacogdoches Film Festival, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, David Kulhavy, Brad Maule, John and Kristen Heath, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens, Jim and Mary Neal, Richard Orton, Main Street Nacogdoches and 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 music ensembles to perform Halloween night rock show concert

    SFA music ensembles to perform Halloween night rock show concert

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    October 26, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Rockin’ Axes and the Contemporary Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform a Halloween night concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at Maklemore’s Ale House & Bistro. “The Rockin’ Axes and Contemporary Ensemble’s Halloween Night ’80s Rock Show” will feature the Contemporary Ensemble performing the music of pop king Michael Jackson and the Axes performing music by Toto, Prince, U2, Van Halen, The Who, Rush, Yes, Journey, the Police, Sade, Billy Joel and Earth, Wind and Fire. There is no cover charge.

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  • Chikawa Aztec Dancers returning to Día de los Muertos Fiesta

    Chikawa Aztec Dancers returning to Día de los Muertos Fiesta

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    The popular Chikawa Aztec Dancers will return to Nacogdoches for the fourth annual Día de los Muertos Fiesta Saturday night, Nov. 5, in downtown Nacogdoches. Photo courtesy of Bill Nieberding
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    Children attending a previous Día de los Muertos Fiesta paint sugar skulls. This year’s event is from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in downtown Nacogdoches. Photo courtesy of Bill Nieberding
    October 21, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    This year’s Día de los Muertos Fiesta will once again feature the popular Chikawa Aztec Dancers returning to perform at the fourth annual celebration slated for 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in downtown Nacogdoches in and around The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead observance, is considered a cheerful celebration of life, honoring the souls of the deceased. Día de los Muertos is a Mexican term derived from the Roman Catholic All Saints’ and All Souls’ days, traditionally observed Nov. 1 and 2. An array of activities, ranging from decorating graves to creating home altars, typically highlight the celebration that can last for days.

    For the past three years, hundreds of East Texas residents have attended the Nacogdoches festival, and this year’s event will provide the perfect addition to a fun-filled weekend, according to Lisa Steed, events coordinator for Stephen F. Austin State University art galleries.

    “This year’s Day of the Dead celebration is on the night of SFA’s homecoming,” Steed said. “We want everyone to come downtown after the game and join us for fun, food and great entertainment.”

    Among the entertainers will be the fascinating Chikawa Aztec Dancers, the Martinez Mariachi Duo, Charlie Jones & Friends and musicians Juan Carlos and Jenna Ureña. Based in Conroe, the Chikawa Aztec Dancers with their colorful costumes are always a crowd pleaser, Steed said. This year’s fiesta T-shirt will feature an image of an Aztec dancer.

    “We will also have the traditional Day of the Dead procession, and anyone can participate,” she said. “Costumes are highly encouraged, especially Day of the Dead themed costumes.”

    The community altar returns this year in the window of Cole Art Center where remembrances or a photo of a loved one who has passed on can be included.

    The fiesta is organized by SFA Art Galleries, and a fundraiser for the gallery will feature original art and Day of the Dead vintage items. The Día de los Muertos Fiesta has become an event that brings diverse segments of the East Texas community together to celebrate life and art, Steed said.

    “This event has become inclusive of all minority communities, not just those considered ‘art people,’” she said.

    Steed said a favorite memory of hers from last year’s event occurred when she observed three Hispanic young men who were studying and discussing a piece of art in the hallway of Cole Art Center. They were talking about their different perceptions of what the work was about, when one of them pointed out the written description mounted on the wall beside the piece.

    “Seeing those kids ‘find’ art for the first time is what we have wanted to do with this event and with the gallery,” she said.

    Vendor booth spaces are still available. Among the vendors already committed to participating are SFA Art Metals, SFA Art Alliance, Friends of the Visual Arts, The Old Stone Fort, Nacogdoches Public Library with free children’s activities, SFA School of Theatre with face painting, and several food vendors, including Casa Morales and Birdie’s Bakery, and more.

    Those interested in reserving booth spaces may email sfaartgalleries@sfasu.edu to receive a reservation form, which are also available at the Nacogdoches Public Library and The Cole Art Center.

    Sponsors are also being solicited for the event. Confirmed sponsors include SFA Sound Recording Technology, R&K Distributors, the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau and Friends of the Visual Arts.

    For more information, call (936) 468-6557.

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  • Piano duo to present guest recital at SFA

    Piano duo to present guest recital at SFA

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    Matthew and Katarina Loudermilk will perform works by Franz Schubert and Sergei Rachmaninoff in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    October 19, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The husband-and-wife piano duo of Matthew and Katarina Loudermilk will present a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a feature of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

    The duo will perform works by Franz Schubert, including the Fantasia in F minor for piano four-hands, D 940. Works by Sergei Rachmaninoff will be performed in the second half of the concert.

    Matthew and Katarina Loudermilk have performed numerous times on KUHF Radio, and their Schubert Fantasy was featured on Houston’s PBS television station. In the summer of 2015, Matthew and Katarina toured China with a program of Rachmaninoff’s music, and this past summer they performed in Moscow, Russia.

    As a soloist, Matthew has performed throughout the United States, including appearances at the NFMC national convention in New Orleans, Severance Hall in Cleveland, the Gilmore Festival in Michigan, the Cincinnati Art Museum and a live performance on WCLV-FM, Cleveland’s classical music station.

    Born in Moscow, Katarina made her Russian debut at age 13 in the Bolshoi Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. She has performed throughout Russia and Europe including appearances at the National Art Museum and Rudolfino Hall in Prague and the Maliy Hall of the Russian Music Academy

    In addition to their performing careers, Matthew and Katarina are co-founders and directors of the International Music Academy in Houston, which is revolutionizing the approach to children’s music education. As highly sought after speakers and judges, they have presented at the TMTA Convention, Society for the Performing Arts and Tuesday Musical Club, as well as giving guest lectures at Rice University.

    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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  • Cole Art Center to host SFA Alumni Showcase, printmaking exhibition

    Cole Art Center to host SFA Alumni Showcase, printmaking exhibition

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    Artist Kelie Bowman’s “Where it Begins to Fade, 2015” is among the works in the exhibition “Artist Books from the Booklyn Gallery: High Performance Printmaking” showing Oct. 27 through Jan. 14 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.
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    Mary Jo Vath’s “Jewel Box” was selected to be included in the SFA Alumni Showcase
    October 18, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will host two exhibitions – a showcase of alumni art work and an exhibition of artist books from the Booklyn Gallery – Oct. 27 through Jan. 14 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    A reception for the double opening with artists in attendance is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Cole Art Center. The exhibitions are a presentation of the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine arts and School of Art.

    The mixed media “SFA Alumni Showcase” will be the first of its kind in several decades and will feature a variety of paintings, sculpture and other work, according to Gary Parker, retired SFA School of Art instructor and the curator of the show.

    “I left it up to the individual artist to curate their own section,” Parker said. “I gave each artist a certain amount of wall space and all the floor space they wanted, but most will be traditional work.”

    Parker has been an advocate of an alumni exhibition for many years. After his retirement, Parker was asked by the School of Art to turn his idea into a show that he would curate.

    “I’m glad we’re doing this, and I hope it becomes a biennial event,” Parker said. “I think there are enough SFA art alums out there who are doing good things that we could feature them in this way for years to come.

    “I want current students to be aware that there is a future for them in art, if they go get it,” he said. “They need to understand there is life after graduation, and that they can pursue an art career and be successful at it. If you have examples in front of you from previous students who have succeeded, it’s encouraging.”

    Artists who now reside in New York, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas have work in the show. Participating artists include Celia Eberle, Greg Elliott, Rachel Gardner, Mike Lanagan, Emily Sloan, Matthew Sontheimer, Sara Sosnowy, Mary Jo Vath and Holly Wilson.

    Keeping up with alumni across the country who have had thriving art careers is important for not only recruiting purposes, but also for documenting SFA’s history of generating successful artists, Parker said.

    “That’s what current students need to see,” he said. “Not only does this give validity to SFA itself, but it gives students a certain amount of hope for the future.”

    “Artist Books from the Booklyn Gallery: High Performance Printmaking,” the second exhibition, addresses the evolution of printmaking in the 21st century. The exhibition proposes that printmaking in the 21st century “will thrive as a social practice moving beyond the pop, decorative and empty abstraction that defines the commodity-driven ‘fine’ print world, and continuing to further the goals of socially engaged and experimental printmakers ranging from Goya to Judy Watson and beyond,” states Marshall Weber, curator of the exhibition.

    “I propose that there is room for an urgent, attentive, attached, and ‘awoke’ printmaking practice,” Weber said, “… a practice that engages with the world both passionately and compassionately and has commitments to aesthetic integrity and social and ecological justice. In these artists’ work, aspects of public and private performance, of choreography and gesture, are a crucial conceptual and/or material part of the printmaking process.”

    The Booklyn Gallery is an artist-run, nonprofit artist and bookmakers’ organization headquartered in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York.

    Exhibitions are sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum. Admission is free.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA’s A Cappella Choir to preview Germany tour program

    SFA’s A Cappella Choir to preview Germany tour program

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    The A Cappella Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University will preview its spring Germany tour program when the ensemble presents its “Fall Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    October 18, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University’s A Cappella Choir will present its “Fall Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music, conducts the choir, which will preview music to be performed during the ensemble’s tour of Germany in May.

    “The tour celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which is perhaps the single most influential event ever to affect the course of musical history,” King said. It is interesting to note that, even though separated by 200 years, Martin Luther and J.S Bach lived and worked in the same central Germany locale, King explained.

    “The Germany tour and Thursday’s program feature both aspects – Luther, the reformer, and Bach, the eminent church composer,” King said.

    The program features a contemporary version of the great Lutheran hymn tune “Wachet Auf Ruft Uns Die Stimme” by Hans Werner Zimmermann, a prominent church composer in his own right; “Der Geist Hilft,” one of the most celebrated Baroque motets or anthems by J.S. Bach; and “Tristis Es Anima Mea” by Johann Kuhnau, who was Bach’s predecessor at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany.

    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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  • WoodWired Duo to perform at SFA

    WoodWired Duo to perform at SFA

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    Dr. Cheyenne Cruz, clarinet, and Hannah Leffler, flute, make up the WoodWired Duo, which will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    October 17, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts Series will present the WoodWired Duo performing in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    WoodWired is a new electroacoustic duo based in Denton. The duo features Dr. Cheyenne Cruz, clarinet, and Hannah Leffler, flute, teaming up to create a unique take on the popular clarinet/flute combination, according to Dr. Christopher Ayer, professor of clarinet at SFA.

    “Using live looping software and electronics, they play original pieces and their own arrangements of contemporary and classical music to create upbeat, fresh music that represents a fusion of classical, jazz and pop genres,” Ayer explained. “Each of the musical layers is performed live and looped using foot pedals and software, in addition to exclusively live solos for each instrument.”

    They will perform their own original works along with music by Astor Piazzolla, Michael Lowenstern, Imogen Heap and Zequinha de Abreu.

    Cruz joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2016. Previously, she served as adjunct clarinet instructor at SFA and was the Teaching Fellow in chamber music for the University of North Texas. Cruz maintains a private clarinet studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As a performer, she has appeared with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the San Angelo Symphony, the Longview Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Wind Symphony. She is presently a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and has been the substitute second clarinetist with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. She is a published author in professional music journals.

    Leffler has held flute faculty positions at Luther College, the Northeast Iowa School of Music, the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Sounds of Summer Institute, and numerous high schools and middle schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. She currently is a Teaching Fellow and Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate in flute performance at the University of North Texas. She has been a featured guest artist and clinician at numerous schools and events across the Midwest and performs frequently with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. She has been a featured soloist with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, the University of Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City University Wind Philharmonic and the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra.

    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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  • Hudson Middle School Choir to perform with SFA vocal ensembles

    Hudson Middle School Choir to perform with SFA vocal ensembles

    October 17, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Choral Union and Women’s Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University will present “Voice of the Children,” featuring the Hudson Middle School Choir, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Highlights of the program will be performances of John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children,” featuring the Stone Fort Wind Quintet, and Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” featuring SFA harpist Emily Mitchell. The program title was chosen because of these two compositions, according to Dr. Tod Fish, associate professor of voice and the choirs’ director.

    Text for “A Ceremony of Carols” is taken from a collection of medieval poems that portray the birth of the infant Christ as a warrior against Satan and sin. Fish describes the work as “one of the monumental works of the treble choir repertoire and arguably the most popular work within the genre.”

    “Britten throughout his life was seeking to regain his child-like innocence that disappears with adulthood,” Fish said. “The Middle English poetry portrays the Christ Child as an infant warrior against the evils of sin.”

    “Mass of the Children” is Rutter’s only major work written since 2001, which was the year he lost his son in an automobile accident, Fish explained. The work is for adult choir, children’s choir and chamber ensemble, and the performing forces for this will be the Choral Union, Hudson Middle School Choir, directed by Mary Turner, and an SFA instrumental faculty chamber ensemble.

    “This work also depicts child-like innocence with its lovely, simple melodies and employment of a children’s choir in each movement,” Fish said. “Rutter supplements the Mass with popular English poetry, sung by children’s choir, to exude both youthful exuberance and naiveté.

    “We are thrilled to have the Hudson Middle School Choir joining us for this concert,” Fish said. “It has been a dream of mine to feature a local choir for some time now. I hope it is something we can continue for the future.”

    The concert is a 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 Children’s Performing Arts Series presents ‘Pollyanna’

    SFA’s Children’s Performing Arts Series presents ‘Pollyanna’

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    The children’s musical “Pollyanna” will be presented at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus as part of the College of Fine Arts’ Children’s Performing Arts Series.

    October 13, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Children’s Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will open its 2016-17 season with two performances of the beloved children’s classic “Pollyanna” on Thursday, Oct. 27, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Presented by Stars Within Reach Productions, “Pollyanna” is based on the best-selling classic by Eleanor H. Porter.

    “This show is the all-new, original musical that tells the story of one little girl’s philosophy on life of always finding something to be glad about, no matter the circumstances,” said Diane Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the series.

    “Pollyanna” targets children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

    Presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts, the Children’s Performing Arts Series annually features five shows designed to entertain, educate and engage young audiences of all ages, according to Peterson. Study guides provide suggestions for pre- and post-performance activities and discussions for teachers to use in the classroom.

    Other upcoming CPAS performances include “Celebration USA! America Sings!” on Friday, Dec. 2; “Seussical” on Friday, Feb. 10; “The Little Mermaid” on Tuesday, March 7; and Super Scientific Circus on Thursday, May 11.

    To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at http://www.cpas.sfasu.edu for additional information.

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  • Vendor booths, sponsorships available for Día de los Muertos Fiesta

    Vendor booths, sponsorships available for Día de los Muertos Fiesta

    October 11, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Vendor booth spaces are still available for the fourth annual Día de los Muertos Fiesta slated for 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in downtown Nacogdoches in and around The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead observance, is considered a cheerful celebration of life, honoring the souls of the deceased. Día de los Muertos is a Mexican term derived from the Roman Catholic All Saints’ and All Souls’ days, traditionally observed Nov. 1 and 2. An array of activities, ranging from decorating graves to creating home altars, typically highlight the celebration that can last for days.

    The popular Chikawa Aztec Dancers, Martinez Mariachi Duo and musicians Juan Carlos and Jenna Ureña will return to entertain crowds at the Nacogdoches celebration, which grows in popularity each year, according to Lisa Steed, events coordinator for Stephen F. Austin State University art galleries.

    A fundraiser for the gallery will feature original art and Day of the Dead vintage items.

    Those interested in reserving booth spaces may email sfaartgalleries@sfasu.edu to receive a reservation form, which are also available at the Nacogdoches Public Library and The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    Among the vendors already committed to participating are SFA Art Metals, SFA Art Alliance, Friends of the Visual Arts, The Old Stone Fort, Nacogdoches Public Library with free children’s activities, SFA School of Theatre with face painting, and several food vendors, including Casa Morales and Birdie’s Bakery, and more.

    Sponsors are also being solicited for the event. Confirmed sponsors include SFA Sound Recording Technology, R&K Distributors, the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau and Friends of the Visual Arts.

    For more information about sponsorship opportunities or booth reservations, call (936) 468-6557.

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  • SFA voice students to present opera program

    SFA voice students to present opera program

    October 11, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University voice students will present a program of musical theatre and opera scenes in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The “Fall Scenes Program” will feature students enrolled in the Opera Workshop class taught by Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestras and musical director of opera, Dr. Scott LaGraff, professor of voice at SFA, and Dr. Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice and director of opera.

    “Our Opera Workshop class keeps growing and growing,” said LaGraff. “With more than 30 students enrolled, we had to divide it into two groups. My goal is to give the more experienced students the opportunity to prepare and perform appropriate roles from foreign-language operas. Dr. Dalton is working with the younger members, who will present excerpts from Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals."

    In addition to the Rodgers and Hammerstein selections, the program features scenes from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Così fan tutte,” Gioacchino Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri,” Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” and Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème.”

    Moon will conduct, and graduate students Binglin Wang of China, Nathan Hamilton of Abilene and Tim Yan Chan, also of China, will provide piano accompaniment.
    The recital is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music.

    Admission is free. For information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Concert to feature music of American composer Ives

    Concert to feature music of American composer Ives

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    This is a view of American composer Charles Ives’ studio. “Captured Memories: The Songs of Charles Ives” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the School of Music’s Cole Performing Arts Series.

    October 11, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present “Captured Memories: The Songs of Charles Ives” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The concert will feature music faculty members Debbie Berry, Charlotte Davis and Emily Milius, sopranos; Nita Hudson, mezzo soprano; Scott LaGraff and Chris Turner, baritones; Garry Leonberger, tenor; Christina Guenther, piccolo; and Ron Petti, piano.

    “American composer Charles Ives wrote music for a wide variety of musical genres, including songs for voice and piano,” said Petti, director of accompanying at SFA. “Of his approximate 150 songs, a common thread in the text is an idea of a memory, either past or present. A musical picture is created.”

    Milius, an SFA alumna and current adjunct music faculty member, will provide a short history of the composer and his song output to begin the concert.

    “No Charles Ives song concert would be complete without a performance of the well-known cowboy song ‘Charlie Rutlage,’ so, naturally we will include it on this program,” Petti said. “Ives’ compositional range is enormous. There will be moments of musical tenderness, comedy, anger, romanticism and a touch of downright ugly dissonance. What is certain is that by the end of the concert you will be tapping your foot to the music while laughing merrily in your seat.”

    The concert is part of the 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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  • Fort Worth artist Nowlin to exhibit in Griffith Gallery

    Fort Worth artist Nowlin to exhibit in Griffith Gallery

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    Artist Devon Nowlin’s “Don’t Deny Your Heart” is among the works included in her exhibition at SFA that opens with a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

    October 11, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Art will open the exhibition “Devon Nowlin: Don’t Deny Your Heart” with a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

    The show, which runs Oct. 20 through Dec. 9, features paintings and altered digital prints. Nowlin’s work reflects a personal and market-driven desire to, in her own words, “curate environments and personas that aspire for a lifestyle of casual luxury,” according to John Handley, director of galleries at SFA.

    “The intersection between art and commerce is an important aspect of her work, where she is interested in drawing parallels between today’s art industry and the world of marketing, personal image and cultural attainment,” he said.

    Handley describes Nowlin as an up-and-coming artist who lives in Fort Worth. Primarily known for her figurative paintings, she also explores relationships of figures, forms and concepts through works in diverse media.

    “Her depictions of the human form rival that of the old masters – reminiscent of artists like Botticelli in his treatment of the female form – sensitive, somewhat mystical, and placed within a lush and verdant landscape,” Handley said.

    According to Anthony Mariani, editor for Fort Worth Weekly who covered her recent exhibition, “Casual Luxury Complex,” “The star (of the show) has to be Frank, a small black-and-white-checkered dog sculpture of polymer clay that ‘went missing’ in late March during a group show at Artspace 111. (He has since been returned.) The lovable pooch pops up in several ‘Casual Luxury Complex’ pieces, including the spellbinding ‘Don’t Deny Your Heart,’ a sprawling oil on canvas that harks to the Devon Nowlin we all know and love, the precise photorealist who specializes in the human figure.”

    In the 60-by-80-inch piece, a young blonde wearing a white top with spaghetti straps is shown in profile cradling Frank in a lush forest dripping with eerie greens and aquamarines.

    “Here, material and carnal desires get all mixed up, splendidly,” Mariani wrote. “You’ve never seen a painting like this.”

    Nowlin’s recent exhibitions include “co action” in collaboration with Margaret Meehan at 500X in Dallas, “Relationship Status” at Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, and “Go Figure” at Artspace 111. Nowlin has taught at Texas Christian University, The Modern and the Rachofsky Warehouse, and she is currently the assistant registrar for the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Her large-scale mural “Trailing the Trinity,” commissioned by Fort Worth Public Art, can be viewed from the Trinity River Trails at the Clearfork Main Street Bridge. More information about the artist may be obtained at: http://devonnowlin.com/

    Nowlin will be at the reception to discuss her work, Handley said.

    The Texas Commission on the Arts, SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum are sponsors of the exhibition. Admission is free.

    Gallery hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call (936) 468-1131. Griffith Fine Arts Building is located at 2222 Alumni Drive.

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  • Tickets still available for Big Heads Blues Club

    Tickets still available for Big Heads Blues Club

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    The SFA College of Fine Arts will present The Big Head Blues Club, featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Erica Brown, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Call (936) 468-6407 for tickets and information.

    October 11, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets are still available for the Big Head Blues Club performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    The Big Head Blues Club, featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Erica Brown, will present “Way Down Inside: Songs of Willie Dixon,” a performance that pays tribute to one of the pillars of modern blues. The show, which is part of the SFA College of Fine Arts’ University Series, is sponsored in part by Lehmann Eye Center.

    Prior to the performance, Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor in the SFA School of Music, will present an informative talk about blues music at 7 p.m. 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. 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.

    Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. For tickets or more information on the 2016-17 University Series, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA’s Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to present ‘spirited’ program

    SFA’s Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to present ‘spirited’ program

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    October 10, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Band at Stephen F. Austin State University will present “Tricks and Treats,” a selection of music in the spirit of the season, when the bands perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    The Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will open the concert with John Mackey’s “Night on Fire. This four-minute piece was commissioned by a consortium of student music organizations at The University of Texas in recognition of Richard Floyd's tireless and passionate advocacy for music education in the State of Texas, Anglley explained.

    The band will also perform “Melodious Thunk” by David Biedenbender, who was guest composer-in-residence at SFA Oct. 9 through 11.

    “This piece was inspired by famous jazz pianist Thelonious Monk,” Anglley said. “Monk’s wife, Nellie Smith, nicknamed him ‘Melodious Thunk’ because of his clunky, awkward and brilliant piano playing and his somewhat scatterbrained and disoriented nature.”

    Another piece will feature two of SFA’s percussion faculty, Brad Meyer and Keith Lloyd, who will perform “Wu Xing,” which is a concertino for two percussion and band by James Syler. Anglley and the SFA Symphonic Band were part of the commissioning consortium for “Wu Xing” with the financial help of the SFA chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. The Wu Xing are the traditional Chinese five phases – wood, fire, earth, metal and water. The work features two solo percussionists playing a variety of sounds organized by instruments made of, or representing, metal, water, wood, fire and earth.

    The Symphonic Band will conclude the first half of the concert with Karl King’s “Cyrus the Great.” Written in 1921, it is a Persian march that was dedicated to George W. “Cy” Tremain, who was a bass drummer and the manager of the Fort Dodge, Iowa, Municipal Band from its founding in 1901.

    The Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands, will open its portion of the concert with Donald Grantham’s “Baron Piquant on Pointe.” Baron Piquant is one of the four voodoo family Ghede, the spirits in charge of the intersection between the living and the dead.

    “All of the Barons are notorious tricksters with a fondness for brandy and tobacco,” Campo explained. “Grantham has captured the comical solemnity of these spirits in his four ‘Baron’ pieces for band.”

    “Daybreak Crossing” by David Biedenbender is a program selection that Campo describes as “cut from different cloth.” As the composer states, “I lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for seven years, and I wanted to capture some of the spirit of that wonderful place in this piece. There are many images and experiences that come to mind when I think of Ann Arbor: warm summer evenings, quiet autumn walks and incredible, exciting concerts in Hill Auditorium, just to name a few.”

    The piece “Voodoo” by Daniel Bukvich exists at the intersection of music and theatre, Campo said. “Bukvich calls for extended techniques from all instruments, singing and aleatoric moments, all performed in a darkened theatre … definitely spooky!”

    The Wind Symphony will conclude the concert with Karl King’s “Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” a march featuring the tubas and bassoons.

    The concert is a presentation of the 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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  • Final performances set for ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’

    Final performances set for ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’

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    October 7, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The final performances of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre’s production of the emo rock musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. The show, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and a book by Alex Timbers, takes a comedic look at the founding of the Democratic Party and portrays Andrew Jackson, America’s seventh president, as an emo rock star. Single tickets are $15 for adult, $10 for senior and $7.50 for student/youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu. The show is recommended for mature audiences.

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  • Screening of ‘Dead Man Walking’ at Cole Art Center

    Screening of ‘Dead Man Walking’ at Cole Art Center

    October 5, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will host a free screening of the film “Dead Man Walking” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the art center located at 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches.

    The screening leads up to the “Faith and Justice: Exploring the Crisis of Empathy” conference hosted by the Organization for Faith, Education and Community scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    “Dead Man Walking” is the biographical account of the relationship of Roman Catholic nun Helen Prejean and Louisiana State Penitentiary death row inmate Elmo Patrick Sonnier. In the film, Prejean is portrayed by actress Susan Sarandon, who won an Academy Award for Best Actress. Prejean is a leading advocate for abolishing the death penalty.

    For additional conference information, visit https://faitheducationcommunity.org.
    Contact The Cole Art Center at (936) 468-1131.

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  • Cole Art Center, School of Art to host historic trails association meeting

    Cole Art Center, School of Art to host historic trails association meeting

    October 5, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will host the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association’s annual membership and board meeting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Cole Art Center.

    Nacogdoches County Judge Mike Perry and Carl Watson, executive director of the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, will welcome attendees.

    Presentations will focus on archaeological research on the trail in East Texas and Louisiana, and the National Park Service will provide an update on the trail. Other activities include a networking luncheon with association representatives and agency officials from the NPS and Texas Historical Commission and a tour of trail sites between Nacogdoches and Geneva, Texas. The tour will include a rare opportunity to visit association property that was purchased with donor support in 2014 and which represents the largest concentration of remnants of the physical road anywhere on the trail, according to a press release from the association.

    El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association is an advocacy group that seeks to protect the historic integrity of the trail, educate the public about its significance, and promote resource development, interpretation and tourism along its path, according to the association.

    Added to the National Trails System by the U.S. Congress in 2004, El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail commemorates nationally significant historic routes extending from the United States-Mexico border at the Rio Grande to the eastern boundary of the Spanish province of Texas in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Among the included trail sites are the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, the Alamo, Mission Tejas State Park, Caddo Mounds State Historic Site and The Old Stone Fort on the SFA campus.

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  • SFA theatre students to present ‘Sunset Baby’

    SFA theatre students to present ‘Sunset Baby’

    October 5, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed, full-length play “Sunset Baby” by Dominique Morisseau at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    Directed by Dallas senior Dominique Rider, the play is about a former black revolutionary returning to his home to find a daughter he barely knows and a city that has changed in the past 20 years. The play addresses how generational voids affect people and the implications of revolution, according to Rider.

    The cast includes Houston junior Terrance Simon as Damon; Dallas senior Jonee´ Lewis as Nina; and San Antonio senior Kevin Holloway-Harris as Kenyatta.

    The production staff includes Jessy Valladares, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, junior, stage manager; Rebekah Webb, Dallas junior, assistant stage manager; Alexis Wicks, Mathis senior, scenic designer; Danika Pettyjohn, Fort Worth senior, costume designer; Brian Steele, Houston junior, lighting designer; Lane Davidson, Denton junior, sound designer; Angel Williams, Beaumont senior, hair and makeup designer; and Hope Kidd, Grand Prairie sophomore, properties manager.

    Scott Shattuck is faculty production advisor.

    “Sunset Baby’ is recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $6. 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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  • SFA Wind Ensemble to perform music of composer Biedenbender

    SFA Wind Ensemble to perform music of composer Biedenbender

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    October 4, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a concert featuring the music of American composer David Biedenbender at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Biedenbender recently joined the faculty at Michigan State University after teaching at Boise State University.

    “He will be here for the concert, and to speak to our classes,” said Fred J. Allen, director of bands and the conductor for the Wind Ensemble. “We will perform two of his compositions on this concert.”

    The program will include Biedenbender’s “Dreams in the Dusk,” featuring Nathan Nabb, professor of saxophone at SFA, as soloist.

    “This piece showcases both the technical and expressive capabilities of the saxophone,” Allen said.

    The band will also perform Biedenbender’s “Stomp,” in which he incorporates jazz elements, said Allen.

    The ensemble will also perform pieces by the American composers John Philip Sousa and John Barnes Chance, as well as “Molly on the Shore” by Percy Grainger.

    Biedenbender has written music for the concert stage as well as for dance and multimedia collaborations. He has collaborated with and been commissioned by many renowned performers and ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the U.S. Navy Band, the Stenhammar String Quartet, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Eastman Wind Ensemble, among many others.

    Nabb maintains a vibrant and diverse international schedule as a performer, clinician and teacher. He is a regular performer with the St. Louis and Houston symphonies, has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, New World Symphony and IRIS Chamber Orchestra, and is soprano chair of the Oasis Quartet.

    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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  • Musical, art exhibition have political themes

    Musical, art exhibition have political themes

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    October 4, 2016—Robbie Goodrich
    Register to vote during run of ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’

    Those who are not registered to vote in the Nov. 8 general election may do so when they attend the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre’s production of the emo rock musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”

    The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 4 through 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. Student-conducted voter registration will take place in the Griffith lobby prior to and following each nightly performance, according to Angela Bacarisse, professor of theatre at SFA and the show’s director and choreographer.

    The show, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and a book by Alex Timbers, takes a comedic look at the founding of the Democratic Party and portrays Andrew Jackson, America’s seventh president, as an emo rock star. Because of the political theme of the musical, Bacarisse thought having a voter registration drive during the event was a logical addition to the show’s atmosphere.

    “The production itself is about the political process,” Bacarisse said. “I was trying to think of a lobby display that would engage students, and then realized we had the ability to set up a registration table because some of our theatre students have taken the initiative to be part of the electoral process.”

    The voter registration initiative is designed to promote civic responsibility among students, Bacarisse said.

    “Many will not vote because it is too hard to go home that day, or they will forget, or get too busy,” she said. “This will make it easy for them to vote where they are.”

    Two theatre majors who have been trained and certified to register voters will man the table. Both have been active in politics on the local and state level, and one attended one of the national conventions this past summer. The voter registration table will not display any specific party information or affiliation.

    “We chose this musical in part to coincide with the height of the political season, and it is completely appropriate that we do everything we can to increase opportunities for as many people as possible to participate in the electoral process,” said Dr. Richard Jones, interim director of the School of Theatre. “Whereas this campaign is aimed specifically at university students, we hope to attract older adults, as well. I’m grateful to, and proud of, the students who will be working at the registration table; their passion, their optimism, and their pragmatism are all good signs for the future.”

    Additionally, the “State of the Union” exhibition, curated by SFA art students, is showing Oct. 4 through Nov. 5 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. The exhibition focuses on social and political themes, including political campaigns, environmental concerns, education, immigration, human rights, trade, globalization and other contemporary concerns, according to Lauren Selden, associate professor of art and whose students participated in curating the exhibition. The show includes the work of artists from across the U.S. and Mexico. An opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at The Cole Art Center.

    Single tickets to “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” are $15 for adult, $10 for senior and $7.50 for student/youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu. The show is recommended for mature audiences. A content advisory may be viewed at http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu.

    Admission to the art exhibition, which is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum, is free. Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • Exciting, educational children’s shows coming to SFA campus

    Exciting, educational children’s shows coming to SFA campus

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    SFA’s Children’s Performing Arts Series opens with two performances of “Pollyanna” at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    October 3, 2016—Robbie Goodrich

    The Children’s Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University offers more than just great national touring shows for young audiences.

    The series, hosted by the College of Fine Arts, gives potential future SFA students and their teachers and parents another opportunity to visit campus and learn about the many programs that are offered here.

    Each year, CPAS features five shows designed to entertain, educate and engage young audiences of all ages. Careful consideration is given to show topics, which always include teachable classroom elements, according to Diane Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the series.

    “CPAS shows are a great way to supplement class curriculums, and our in-depth study guides provide suggestions for pre- and post-performance activities and discussions,” Peterson said.

    CPAS shows bring hundreds of students from schools throughout East Texas to the SFA campus to enjoy the productions.

    “Our shows are often sell-outs, so we encourage teachers to book their classrooms early to take advantage of these great field trips that provide fun and educational outings for children,” Peterson said. “We also offer great discounts for large groups.”

    The 2016-2017 series opens Thursday, Oct. 27, with “Pollyanna” presented by Stars Within Reach Productions and targeting children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Based on the best-selling classic by Eleanor H. Porter, the all-new, original musical tells the story of one little girl’s philosophy on life of always finding something to be glad about, no matter the circumstances.

    “Celebration USA! America Sings!” comes to SFA on Friday, Dec. 2. Also presented by Stars Within Reach Productions, this high-energy revue takes the audience on a musical journey across the country tracking the cultural and historical moments that helped shape our nation. This show targets students in third through eighth grades.

    The popular musical “Seussical,” presented by Theatreworks USA, is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10. The Cat in the Hat is host as Dr. Seuss’s beloved characters find themselves intertwined in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure in which the power of imagination saves the day. “Seussical” targets students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

    Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale of “The Little Mermaid” is brought to life on Tuesday, March 7, in a brand new production by The Panto Company USA. The show, which targets children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, follows the dreams of a young girl who believes there is a better life for her out of the water and features stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and original songs.

    The longtime favorite Super Scientific Circus returns to the SFA campus on Thursday, May 11, with Mr. Fish and Trent the Mime once again proving that science can be fun and funny. They use amazing circus skills involving boomerangs, bubbles, beach balls, bullwhips and magic to introduce the principles of friction, inertia, centripetal force, aerodynamics and more. The show targets students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

    Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on show dates in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

    To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at http://www.cpas.sfasu.edu for additional information.

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