College of Fine Arts News Archive

January 2017

  • Olga Vocal Ensemble tickets still available

    Olga Vocal Ensemble tickets still available

    January 26, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets are still available for the much-anticipated performance of the Olga Vocal Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. The concert is part of the SFA College of Fine Arts' University Series.

    Hailing from the Netherlands with members also from Iceland and Russia, Olga is known for its unique programs, in which moving classical music comes together with popular songs, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series.

    "Our upcoming concert features a super-charming quintet of European guys singing up an a cappella storm," Shattuck said. "They're best known for their classical repertoire as well as Icelandic, Ukranian and American folk tunes, but they've also been known to perform a variety of pop songs, from Bruno Mars and Alicia Keys to the doo-wop hits of the 1950s."

    Prior to the performance, Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA, will present an informative talk about Olga's music style at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium 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, BancorpSouth.

    Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. An advertisement for the concert currently running in The Daily Sentinel offers a buy-one, get-one of equal value coupon.

    For tickets or more information, 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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  • Violinist Trevor to perform Friday night recital

    Violinist Trevor to perform Friday night recital

    January 24, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Internationally renowned violinist Chloé Trevor, who will serve as an adjudicator at Saturday's prestigious George and Peggy Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at Stephen F. Austin State University, will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Trevor, who has appeared as a soloist with orchestras worldwide, including the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Latvian Chamber Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic, Plano Symphony and the Knoxville Symphony, will be joined by pianist Jonathan Tsay. She made her New York concerto debut in 2013 and Avery Fisher Hall debut in 2014.

    Trevor's recent performances included a tour with the Latvian Chamber Orchestra in Riga, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Dallas Symphony and Prokofiev's 2nd Concerto both at Sala São Paulo in Brazil and with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra as a result of winning the Cleveland Institute of Music's Concerto Competition.

    She went on to perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Houston Symphony and recitals at the Music in the Mountains Festival with pianist David Korevaar.

    The 2017 distinguished panel of adjudicators for Saturday night's final round of the Schmidbauer Competition include Trevor, conductor Richard Lee of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and pianist James Cho.

    The recital is free and open to the public. For more information about the Schmidbauer Competition, contact Moon at (936) 468-3885 or moongh@sfasu.edu or visit http://www.schmidbauercompetition.org

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  • SFA voice faculty recital features works by Verdi, Handel, DuParc

    SFA voice faculty recital features works by Verdi, Handel, DuParc

    January 23, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Drs. Tod Fish and Richard G. Leonberger, voice faculty members in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music, will perform in a joint recital at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Music Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    Dr. Ron Petti, director of accompanying at SFA, will join Fish and Leonberger and other voice faculty members Charlotte Davis, Dr. Chris Turner and Dr. Scott LaGraff on a program that features the varied works of French, German, Czech, Italian and English composers.

    Fish wanted to prepare the recital as an example to music students of the importance of maintaining solo repertoire.

    "I have not prepared any type of solo recital in more than 20 years," he said." I decided I wanted to do one to show our music education students that we must never give up on honing our solo performance craft, even as classroom teachers/conductors."

    Davis will join Leonberger to sing the duet "La Fuite" to cap off his set of Henri DuParc songs. He will also be joined by LaGraff to sing the famous "Don Carlo" duet by Giuseppe Verdi.

    Turner will then join Leonberger, LaGraff and Fish to conclude the concert with a selection performed by their faculty male quartet, The Lumbertones.

    Fish will perform "Total Eclipse" from "Samson" by George Frideric Handel, a set of popular 19th century lieder by four German composers, and a set of Italian songs by Giacomo Puccini.

    In addition to a French set by DuParc, Leonberger will also perform a set of English songs by Roger Quilter, and an aria from "Prodaná nevesta" by Bedrich Smetna.

    "I have thoroughly enjoyed preparing this recital," Fish said. "I am thankful for supportive colleagues who are willing to join me for the event."

    The recital is part of the SFA 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 (888) 240-ARTS or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/.

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  • SFA to screen 'horse whisperer' documentary 'Buck'

    SFA to screen 'horse whisperer' documentary 'Buck'

    January 23, 2017—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 "Buck" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    "Buck" provides an overview of the life of acclaimed "horse whisperer" Buck Brannaman, who suffered from years of abuse as a child and became a noted expert in the interactions between horses and humans. Brannaman was the lead equine consultant for the Robert Redford film "The Horse Whisperer." His training philosophy is to communicate with horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment.

    This 2011 film directed by Cindy Meehl is the winner of numerous awards, including the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, the Warsaw International Film Festival and the Cinema Eye Honors, the Golden Eye Award at the Zurich Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature Film by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and Best Documentary at Crossroads Film Festival.

    The film runs 88 minutes and is rated PG for thematic elements, mild language and an injury.

    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 Wind Ensemble presents Winter Tour concert

    SFA Wind Ensemble presents Winter Tour concert

    January 20, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present its annual Winter Tour concert of band music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    "This concert is the final stop on our Winter Tour," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA and of the Wind Ensemble "We will perform at five east Texas schools before returning to SFA."

    This year, the tour included performances in Lufkin, Carthage, Chapel Hill, Bullard and Henderson.

    One of the featured works will be "Awayday" by British composer Adam Gorb.

    "This composition is an exciting way to open our tour concerts," said Allen. "It is upbeat and has jazz elements in it."

    Featured on the program as guest conductors will be Dr. David W. Campo, associate director of bands at SFA, and Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands. Campo will conduct Steven Bryant's "Nothing Gold Can Stay." Anglley will conduct on "A la Machaut" by Andrew Boss.

    "The annual tour gives us an opportunity to perform for high school band students and their directors," said Allen. "We get to meet a lot of future Lumberjacks this way."

    Also on the program will be pieces by John Philip Sousa and Samuel Barber.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

    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 (888) 240-ARTS or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA music faculty recital features trios for clarinet, violin, piano

    SFA music faculty recital features trios for clarinet, violin, piano

    January 19, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Trios for clarinet, violin and piano is the theme for a Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music faculty concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The concert will feature performances of music faculty members Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Jennifer Dalmas, violin; and Geneva Fung, piano. The recital is a feature of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

    The idea of a clarinet-violin-piano trio is relatively contemporary, according to Fung. Verdehr Trio has commissioned more than 200 new works since that ensemble's founding in 1972 at Michigan State University.

    "The goal of our trio is to continue promoting the music for this ensemble setting," Fung said. "We are constantly looking for new compositions for our ensemble."

    Among the works to be performed are pieces by Dmitri Shostakovich, Paul Schoenfield and Bela Bartók.

    Bartók's only trio, "Contrasts," came to be composed as a result of a request by the Hungarian violinist Josef Szigeti, who had emigrated to the United States, and "King of Swing" clarinetist Benny Goodman. After a meeting with Szigeti, who early in the summer of 1938 broached the idea to him, and then a meeting on the Riviera with Goodman, who was on tour in Europe, Szigeti wrote a letter formally commissioning the work, according to Fung.

    Schoenfield's Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano is an ingenious blend of artistic ensemble, instrumental virtuosity, and deliberately fragmented references to melodies that might well have been heard at various Hassidic courts in Europe, Fung explained. The genre originally consisted largely of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces for weddings and other celebrations.

    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 (888) 240-ARTS or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/.

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  • Recital to feature new music for trumpet, piano

    Recital to feature new music for trumpet, piano

    January 17, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    New music to the repertoire for trumpet and piano will be featured when Stephen Campbell, visiting professor of trumpet in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music, performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The program will feature works of Henri Tomasi, Michael Daugherty and Kevin McKee. Pianist Dr. Ron Petti, director of accompanying for the School of Music, will join Campbell on the program.

    The Tomasi Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra is an edition Campbell wrote that augments the piano reduction by including the original percussion parts, which are not able to be replicated from the keyboard, Campbell wrote in his program notes.

    "This augmentation will provide a more accurate realization of the composition," Campbell said. "While the Tomasi Concerto was composed in 1948, this performance will be the first of the augmented version, of which I am aware."

    Daugherty's "The Lightning Fields" highlights famous locations of Griffith Observatory, The Lightning Field, Marfa Lights and Times Square. The piece utilizes both trumpet and flugelhorn to help depict these titled locations, which are 'nocturnal fields of natural or artificial light phenomena found in North America.'

    McKee's "Centennial Horizon" features two contrasting movements depicting two specific areas in Colorado - Aspen Grove and Roaring Gunnison.

    The recital is part of the SFA 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 (888) 240-ARTS or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Exhibition to feature artist Mora's detailed block prints

    Exhibition to feature artist Mora's detailed block prints

    January 16, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    An exhibition of work by artist Juan de Dios Mora will show Jan. 26 through March 9 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    The exhibition will feature Mora's finely detailed block prints - some printed with a single color and others featuring multi colors, according to John Handley, director of galleries for the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art.

    "Much of the work reveals the artist's Mexican culture combined with his experience as an immigrant and American citizen living near the border," Handley said. "Economic, social, political and cultural issues interplay in a poignant dialogue that includes tragic, humorous and absurd situations."

    Born in Yahualica, Mexico, Mora and his family immigrated to the U.S. in 1998 when he was 14. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting in 2009 and a Master of Fine Arts specializing in printmaking in 2011, both from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is senior lecturer in the art department at UTSA.

    Handley first met Mora when the artist was on the SFA campus giving a lecture in the print studio.

    "What captured my attention when I saw his prints was the sheer beauty of his work - amazing in detail, with incredible mastery of line, depth, perspective and composition," Handley said. "There were stunning examples of block prints, some simply printed with black ink, and some multi-colored ones, too. Only after spending time admiring the technical aspects of his work did I begin to notice the content."

    The artist will be present for the exhibition's closing reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9.

    The show is sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, the Nacogdoches Junior Forum and the Texas Commission on the Arts, which is the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Arts. Admission is free for all art exhibitions and receptions.

    The Cole Art Center, SFA's historic gallery, is located at 329 E. Main St. For information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • Warhol exhibition to feature artist's famous 'Silver Clouds'

    Warhol exhibition to feature artist's famous 'Silver Clouds'

    January 13, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    An exhibition of works by the late Andy Warhol will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    The exhibition - Andy Warhol: Art Is Anything You Can Get Away With - will feature a small slice of the artist's enormous oeuvre, in particular, his "Silver Clouds" - helium-filled silver clouds that drift in the air, according to John Handley, director of galleries at Stephen F. Austin State University.

    According to information found at http://www.warhol.org, "'Silver Clouds' continually surprises viewers' expectations and is the result of a collaboration between artist Andy Warhol and engineer Billy Klüver. Exhibited in 1966 at the Leo Castelli Gallery, 'Silver Clouds' created an ethereal, joyful atmosphere, and challenged traditional expectations of art by mingling with and touching the viewer. Klüver's knowledge of technology helped bring Warhol's vision to life. The engineer recalls that their original plan was to somehow make floating light bulbs, but that when his research group at Bell Labs showed Warhol a sample of the material scotchpak - a metalized plastic film made by 3M that could be heat-sealed - he is reported to have said, 'Let's make clouds.' The clouds, filled with helium and oxygen, floated through the gallery on air currents, bumping into each other and into viewers in the space."

    "The premiere of 'Silver Clouds' at the Castelli Gallery was accompanied by Warhol's now iconic wallpaper, in this case, his silkscreen pink cow heads on yellow background," Handley said. "For the exhibition at the Cole, a portion of this original presentation will be recreated."

    The exhibition will also include three of his large screen prints and several of his Polaroid photos.

    An American artist who was a leading figure in the pop art movement, Warhol's works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s.

    "To this day, Warhol's influence on American art is studied and analyzed by art historians," Handley said.

    Warhol first worked as a commercial illustrator for magazine and other publications. He later became a renowned, often misunderstood and sometimes controversial artist, Handley said. He worked in many types of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silkscreen, sculpture, film and music.

    "His studio, know as The Factory, was a well-known gathering place that attracted both distinguished intellectuals and those on the fringe of society," Handley explained.

    This exhibition is made possible by the The Andy Warhol Museum, The Andy Warhol Foundation and Texas Christian University. It is sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and the Texas Commission on the Arts, which is the state affiliate the National Endowment of the Arts.

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

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  • SFA theatre students, faculty to participate in national Ghostlight Project

    SFA theatre students, faculty to participate in national Ghostlight Project

    January 13, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University will join hundreds of other theatre communities across the nation - from Broadway to regional theaters to high schools and colleges and community theaters - on Thursday, Jan. 19, by participating in The Ghostlight Project.

    Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theatre, artists and communities will make or renew a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation and compassion for everyone - regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity or sexual orientation, according to information at theghostlightproject.com.

    Gathering at 5:30 p.m. on and around the veranda of Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus, participants will join in a collective, simultaneous action, literally and figuratively bringing light to the darkness, according to Dr. Rick Jones, professor of theatre and interim director of the SFA School of Theatre.

    Jones explains that, "This is about respecting and valuing those who are different from us in terms of demographic profile, but it's also about extending that same concern for those who disagree with us philosophically or politically.

    "As theatre people, we understand that you don't have to be a monarchist to appreciate Racine, or a Communist to appreciate Brecht, or a Hindu to appreciate Kalidasa," he said. "But sometimes it's harder to translate that into our everyday lives."

    The public, especially but not exclusively members of the arts community, is invited to attend. Attendees should bring a light that can be readily turned on and off - a cell phone flashlight, regular flashlight, glow stick, etc. Promptly at 5:30, all will light their lights together in a show of solidarity, Jones said.

    As of Jan. 13, 42 states had indicated on the project's Facebook page that theatre communities within those states had partner groups planning to participate.

    The national project aims to create brave spaces that will serve as lights in the coming years, and to activate a network of people across the country working to support vulnerable communities.

    Visit theghostlightproject.com for more information. Locally, contact the School of Theatre at (936) 468-4003.

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  • University Series performances offer world-class concert experiences

    University Series performances offer world-class concert experiences

    January 13, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Two back-to-back University Series performances at Stephen F. Austin State University will bring world-class professional brass and vocal ensembles to campus.

    The College of Fine Arts presents the Seraph Brass Quintet on Tuesday, Jan. 24, followed by Olga Vocal Ensemble on Thursday, Feb. 2. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    "Both of these groups will captivate audiences with their blend of classical and contemporary music," said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series.

    Seraph Brass presents a diverse body of work that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works and well-known classics. Members have performed with such acclaimed ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The performance is sponsored in part by Cataract, Glaucoma and Retina Specialists of East Texas/Benchmark Optical and Medical Arts Surgery Center.

    Olga combines enthusiasm, humor and drama with genuine vocal clarity in their a cappella singing to captivate both young and old. The group's repertoire covers more than five centuries of musical joy. The ensemble is known for its unique programs, in which moving classical music comes together with popular songs. The characteristic Olga sound blends the full range of this music into a compelling whole. This performance is sponsored in part by BancorpSouth.

    Advertisements for the concerts currently running in The Daily Sentinel offer buy-one, get-one of equal value coupons, which makes an already reasonably priced concert experience even more affordable, Shattuck said.

    "Take advantage of these coupons and bring along a friend to either concert, or both," Shattuck suggested. "Each of these performances will feel like a warm embrace a cold winter night."

    Both groups will present master classes for SFA music students while they are on campus.

    Prior to each performance, a member of the SFA School of Music faculty will present an informative talk about the music style at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium 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, 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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  • Guest flute recital to feature works of Telemann, Bozza

    Guest flute recital to feature works of Telemann, Bozza

    January 13, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Shauna Thompson, assistant professor of flute at Texas Christian University, will perform in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    Performing with Dr. Ron Petti, director of accompanying for the SFA School of Music, Thompson's program will feature works of G.P. Telemann, Eugene Bozza, Martin Blessinger, David Loeb and Jules Mouquet.

    Thompson is coordinator of the Professional Flute Choir Competition for the National Flute Association and has previously served as co-chair for the Texas Flute Society's annual festival. She has been a featured performer at National Flute Association conventions and has been a prizewinner at numerous national flute competitions. She has performed with orchestras and symphonies in Cincinnati, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa and Fort Worth. She performs in the DFW area as a member of Metroplex Flutes.

    Thompson's guest performance is part of the School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building.

    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 (888) 240-ARTS or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Broadway artist Raines to perform concert to benefit SFA Strings Scholarship

    Broadway artist Raines to perform concert to benefit SFA Strings Scholarship

    January 11, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    on Raines, one of America's leading Broadway artists and Nacogdoches native, will be the featured vocalist in "Ron Sings Broadway," a benefit concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in Mast Hall in downtown Nacogdoches. Proceeds will go toward the Strings Scholarship Fund in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music.

    Raines, a Nacogdoches High School graduate who is returning to his hometown to support the benefit, will perform with SFA student musicians. Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral activities at SFA, encourages all to come enjoy an evening of Broadway music and support the Strings Scholarship Fund.

    A Tony Award nominee for the acclaimed production of "Follies," Raines has had an illustrious international career spanning musical theater, opera, concert and television. Born and raised in Nacogdoches, Raines attended Oklahoma City University and The Juilliard School. He was a three-time Emmy and Soap Opera Digest Award nominee for his role as villain Alan Spaulding on CBS's longest running daytime drama "Guiding Light." He has appeared on "Elementary" and "Person Of Interest." He starred on Broadway in "Annie," "Newsies," "Chicago" and "Show Boat" and originated the role of Nick Longworth in "Teddy and Alice" with Len Cariou.

    Raines has delighted audiences around the world with his memorable starring roles in virtually every major American musical and operetta, including "A Little Night Music," "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," "South Pacific," "Kismet," "Sayonara," "Kiss Me Kate," "The King and I," "Naughty Marietta," "The Merry Widow," "Brigadoon," "Rose Marie," "Oklahoma!," "Carousel," "Side by Side" by Sondheim, "Guys and Dolls," and "Man of La Mancha" at the Covent Garden Festival.

    He has soloed with more than 50 major American and international orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the Philly Pops, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic, and he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Tanglewood, the London Palladium, Rainbow and Stars and Royal Festival Hall. He has appeared on four PBS "Great Performances" and has made two solo recordings on Jay Records and numerous cast albums.

    He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

    "Ron Sings Broadway" is a joint presentation of the SFA School of Music and Friends of Music.

    Tickets are $75 per person with $100 special seating also available. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • 'Romantic Quintets' recital to feature music of Dubois, Schubert

    'Romantic Quintets' recital to feature music of Dubois, Schubert

    January 11, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Coleidoscope at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The annual faculty chamber music recital will feature "Romantic Quintets" by composers Theodore Dubois and Franz Schubert, according to Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola in the School of Music and an ensemble member.

    "Coleidoscope features SFA music faculty, and this time we are featuring our new oboe faculty member, Kerry Hughes, who will be performing with us the Quintet by Dubois for oboe, violin, viola, cello and piano," Dalmas said.

    Other performers include Melissa Nabb, viola; Evgeni Raychev, cello; Carlos Gaviria, double bass; and Andrew and Linda Parr, piano.

    Written in 1905, the Piano Quintet in F major by Dubois features "lovely lyrical melodies and harmonies that follow in the Romantic French tradition of Camille Saint-Saens," Dalmas said.

    "The work is composed in four movements, and the composer blends the timbre of the oboe and strings skillfully with piano throughout the piece," she said.

    Dalmas described Schubert's Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 114, "The Trout," as one of the composer's best chamber music works.

    "Several elements help this piece of chamber music stand out, including its unusual instrumentation, the five-movement structure, and a sense of good nature and ease that pervades the entire piece," she said. The work is named after the fourth movement - a set of variations on Schubert's famous song "Die Forelle," which is German for "the trout."

    The Coleidoscope concert is presented each year in honor of Ed Cole and his late wife, Gwen.

    "They have done so much to promote music and the arts here at SFA," Dalmas said.

    A reception in Cole's honor will be held in the concert hall lobby following the performance.

    The recital is part of the SFA 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 (888) 240-ARTS or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA music faculty Hughes to perform oboe recital

    SFA music faculty Hughes to perform oboe recital

    January 11, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Kerry Hughes, assistant professor of oboe at Stephen F. Austin State University, will perform a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The recital is part of the SFA School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series. Joining Hughes will be his wife, pianist Amanda Hughes, who is an active performer, accompanist and piano teacher in Tyler.

    The program will feature staples of the solo oboe literature in works by composers Henri Dutilleux, Carl Nielsen, Amilcare Ponchielli, Antal Doráti and Francis Poulenc.

    Hughes describes the program music as providing "an interesting contrast of light and darkness."

    "Some works, such as the Poulenc and Dutilleux, are autobiographical as they shed light on the composer's experience," Hughes wrote in his program notes. "Poulenc composed his sonata in 1962 (one year before his death) and dedicated it to the memory of Sergei Prokofiev. It is a profound work that is disturbingly grim as it defies the common three-movement sonata conventions of beginning and ending with fast movements."

    "The Dutilleaux oboe sonata dates from 1947 and begins with a very somber mood," Hughes writes, "but in contrast to the Poulenc sonata, it ends with a calm and tuneful third movement. The lively second movement evokes the sounds of drums and war through its rhythmic figures and melodic content. Both of these composers lived through the horrors of World War I and II."

    The program also includes Danish composer Nielsen's Fantasy Pieces for Oboe and Piano; Poulenc's Sonata for oboe and piano; Ponchielli's Capriccio; and Dorati's Duo Concertante.

    Hughes explains that the Capriccio evokes the world of 19th century Italian opera with its "tuneful melodies and lush Romantic harmonies," while the Dorati piece uses a fully modern harmonic idiom most closely related to the works of Bartok and Kodaly, both of whom Dorati knew while studying at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary.

    Kerry Hughes joined the faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University in 2016 and is completing a doctorate at the University of Houston. He has performed on oboe and English horn with orchestras throughout Texas and has had extensive chamber music experience.

    Amanda Hughes, who has given several recitals across the U.S. and Europe, is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Houston, where she was awarded a music fellowship and accepted into the studio of legendary pianist and recording artist, Abbey Simon. She is currently professor of piano and music theory at Navarro College.

    The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Cole concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

    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 (888) 240-ARTS or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/.

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  • SFA's Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition receives many applications

    SFA's Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition receives many applications

    January 6, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The application process for the prestigious 2017 George and Peggy Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at Stephen F. Austin State University is underway, and a number of potential contestants have submitted performance videos.

    Celebrating a milestone 10th year, the Schmidbauer Competition holds the highest standards in artistry and performance. It is designed to attract young high school musicians ages 15 to 18 who are beginning to plan their future careers and are looking at schools that may be best suited toward helping them reach their goals. Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral studies at SFA and of the competition, hopes the Schmidbauer Competition will be the catalyst that brings them to SFA.

    This year's strings and piano competition is slated for Jan. 28 in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus and is open to high school violinists, violists, cellists, double bassists and pianists. Applications are accepted worldwide. Past competitions have brought young musicians from South Korea, Russia, Finland and locations across the United States to Nacogdoches to compete.

    A valuable recruiting tool for SFA, the Schmidbauer Competition offers a unique performance opportunity for young musicians, offering prizes that include cash awards, scholarship incentives from the SFA School of Music and performance opportunities with orchestras.

    "Concerto performances with orchestras are very rare for a musician at any stage of their professional career, let alone a budding high school student," Moon said. "Our hope is that eager young students will be attracted to such lucrative opportunities."

    The 2017 distinguished panel of adjudicators for the final round of the Schmidbauer Competition will be violinist Chloe Trevor, conductor Carol Smith and pianist James Cho. On Friday evening, Jan. 27, violinist Chloe Trevor and pianist Jonathan Tsay will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Concert Hall to celebrate the festivities of the competition. The concert is free and open to the public.

    Twenty-four musicians, including nine violinists, three violists, seven cellists and five pianists, have applied to the competition. Applicants are from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

    "The weekend is shaping up to be a fantastic one with many guest musicians joining us on campus," Moon said.

    Cash awards are $2,000 for first, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. The remaining prize money will be awarded in the form of scholarships contingent upon successful admission to SFA's School of Music. First prize also includes an appearance as a guest soloist with SFA's distinguished Orchestra of the Pines.

    Several years ago, George and Peggy Schmidbauer, California residents who founded Cal-Tex Lumber Company in Nacogdoches 30 years ago, wanted to give a donation to SFA to foster and promote classical music. As a result, Moon was asked to formulate a competition.

    "The School of Music at SFA has been forever changed by the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Schmidbauer," said Dr. Gary Wurtz, director of the School of Music. "Their gifts have allowed us to create and sustain this world class competition, to draw highly talented young musicians to our campus, and to place our name among the most respected music schools in the state and region.

    "Their impact is felt daily within our walls, and we will be eternally grateful," Wurtz added. "I encourage anyone who loves and is inspired by beautiful music and the talent of young people to attend the competition concerts. They will be uplifted!"

    The Schmidbauer Competition continues to serve as one of the highest benchmarks in the competition circuit and is a catalyst for launching successful careers. Past winners have continued their careers to perform with professional artists and orchestras all over the world. As evidence to the caliber of musician the Schmidbauer Competition attracts, the 2011 winner, Ying Fu, won a position in the first violin section with the Cleveland Orchestra while studying at Rice University. A few years ago, Ying took a new position as associate concertmaster with the Philadelphia Orchestra, an orchestra regarded as one of the top five in the world, according to Moon.

    "Ying's accomplishments are reflective of his personal hard work as well as the time he spent with master teachers throughout his career thus far," Moon said. "Competitions such as the Schmidbauer have served as a catalyst to help further his career. Past winners of the Schmidbauer Competition have made similar strides and thus show a proven track record that those involved with it move on to greater career changes.

    "The Schmidbauer Competition attracts hard-working, charismatic musicians who remain on the forefront of the classical music industry, and it serves as a stimulus for continued growth in the field," he said.

    For more information about the competition, contact Moon at (936) 468-3885 or moongh@sfasu.edu or visit http://www.schmidbauercompetition.org/

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  • SFA's Meyer to perform premieres of several unique works

    SFA's Meyer to perform premieres of several unique works

    January 5, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Brad Meyer performing a faculty percussion recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The performance is part of the School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series and will feature the world premiere of Alexis Bacon's "Ojibwe Song" as well as premiere performances of Steven Snowden's "The Taos Hum" and Francisco Perez's "Pulsar."

    "Ojibwe Song" is a nine-minute electroacoustic piece for percussion and fixed media. The percussion and a recording of an interview with Alphonse Pitawanakwat, a First Nations Ojibwe speaker who has been contributing to the rebirth of the Ojibwe language, intertwine to create an atmosphere that carries the listener on an emotional journey, according to Bacon.

    "The percussionist acts as the protagonist while the audience is surrounded by evocative atmospheric sounds that portray the drama of the story suggested by the recordings," Bacon wrote in describing the piece. "My goal with this and with my other electroacoustic works is to explore ways in which some of the complex tapestry of American voices can be heard through my work."

    The Taos Hum is an audio phenomenon reported by a small but sizable portion of people living in and around Taos, New Mexico. It is commonly heard as a persistent low frequency humming, rumbling or droning, according to Snowden.

    "So many wild stories have been concocted to explain the Taos Hum, and I wanted to explore that particular aspect of this phenomenon in this piece," he said. "From a distant rumble, a diverse landscape of timbres and textures emerge and envelope the sonic landscape only to retreat back into their origins of cryptic obscurity."

    Named after the rhythmically static astronomical entity, "Pulsar" is the result of the composer's exploitation of a reoccurring rhythmic and melodic motif.

    "Sonically mimicking the massive density of the neutron star, the active interplay between the live performer and playback is inspired by the electronic music of Moderat (a three-piece electronic music project) and the rudimental style of Mike McIntosh (a percussion specialist)," Perez wrote in describing the work.

    The program also includes a performance of Perez's "Tesseract."

    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 (888) 240-ARTS or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Exhibition to feature works from local art collections

    Exhibition to feature works from local art collections

    January 5, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Works from private Nacogdoches art collections will be featured in an exhibition that opens Jan. 17 in Griffith Gallery on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    "The Collector Collects: Art from Private Nacogdoches Collections" draws from local collections and will feature a variety of mostly works on paper, such as prints, drawings and pastels, and includes artists ranging from Francisco Goya to Mark Tobey, according to John Handley, director of galleries for the SFA School of Art.

    "Part of the fun in pulling together a show like this is to see the diversity of artists, styles, dates and mediums that can be found in a small regional area like Nacogdoches," Handley said. "There are examples from the 19th and 20th centuries, both European and American artists, many quite notable."

    Before Handley became director of galleries at SFA, SFA galleries featured similar exhibitions that showcased local art collections.

    "I have been reminded several times from visitors to the galleries that these exhibitions were very popular," he said. "So we thought, why not do one again?"

    The exhibition is sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and the Nacogdoches Junior Forum. A reception will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, which is also the opening night of the SFA School of Theatre's production of Lynn Nottage's play "Intimate Apparel" as part of the school's Mainstage Series. The play opens at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Griffith Gallery is located across the hallway from the auditorium.

    Admission to SFA art exhibitions and receptions is free.

    Griffith Gallery is located in Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA's University Series to feature Seraph Brass Quintet

    SFA's University Series to feature Seraph Brass Quintet

    January 5, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    America's top female brass players will take the stage in a Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts' University Series performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    A dynamic quintet, Seraph Brass is renowned for engaging audiences with captivating music, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the series.

    "Seraph Brass presents a diverse body of work that includes new compositions written specifically for the group in addition to well-known classics," Shattuck said.

    Members have performed with such acclaimed ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, and international orchestras from Switzerland, Korea, Scotland and New Zealand. They hold positions in the Richmond Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, the Artosphere Orchestra, New Chicago Brass, Tennessee Tech University and the University of Virginia. Two members have performed and/or toured with Grammy Award-winning artist Adele.

    The ensemble will present a master class for SFA music students while the group is on campus.

    This performance is sponsored in part by Cataract, Glaucoma and Retina Specialists of East Texas/Benchmark Optical and Medical Arts Surgery Center.

    Prior to the performance, Dr. Charles Gavin, professor in the SFA School of Music, will present an informative talk about the quintet 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.

    This season's final University Series performance will feature Olga Vocal Ensemble on Feb. 2.

    For tickets or more information, 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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