College of Fine Arts News Archive

October 2017

  • SFA's Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform in Calliope Concert Series

    SFA's Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform in Calliope Concert Series

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

    October 31, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the School of Music's Calliope Concert Series.

    The quintet includes SFA music faculty members Christina Guenther, flute; Kerry Hughes, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Charles Gavin, horn; and Lee Goodhew, bassoon.

    The program opens with "Pastorale" by Amy Beach.

    "This lovely little piece by American pianist-composer Amy Beach features interesting harmonies as the melody floats through the ensemble," Guenther said.

    Composer-conductor-mezzo soprano Jenni Brandon's "Five Frogs," a fun piece in six movements depicting various events in the life of frogs, is also on the program.

    Each movement features one of the five quintet instruments, Guenther explained. "Leaping" features the clarinet actively jumping in eighth notes; "On the Lily Pad" features the oboe in improvisational melismas; "Swimming" features the horn, melodically, while the rest of the ensemble accompanies; "Bullfrog" features the bassoon as the bullfrog; "Catching Bugs" features the piccolo as the frog (and the horn mouthpiece as the bug); and "Epilogue" closes the work with some returning material from earlier in the piece.

    Cuban composer Paquito D'Rivera's "Wapango," also on the program, is a short, lively and rhythmic work with a fun Latino flair, according to Guenther.

    "'Wapango' is a Mexican folk dance and music style, part of the style 'son huasteco,'" she explained. "The word may be a corruption of the Nahuatl word 'cuauhpanco' that literally means 'on top of the wood,' alluding to a wooden platform on which dancers can make zapateado dance steps."

    A five-movement piece by American composer Daniel Dorff, "Cape May Breezes" depicts different events in Cape May, such as the autumn monarch migration, dusk at Sunset Beach and night breezes on the boardwalk.

    The final work on the program is a short, fun piece by American hornist-composer Lowell "Spike" Shaw. "Dear Tessiel" is a jazz-inspired quintet, Guenther said.

    "The title does not refer to an individual, but rather was an exclamation that came into use (and then faded quickly) about the time Shaw first put the tune to paper," she explained. "It started out as a piano sketch, later surfaced as a 'chart' for big dance band, and then was put into quintet form as a concert closer."

    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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  • 'Mr. Burns' connects 'The Simpsons,' pop-culture, post-apocalyptic future

    'Mr. Burns' connects 'The Simpsons,' pop-culture, post-apocalyptic future

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    SFA School of Theatre student actors, from left, Travis Brasher, Wichita Falls senior; Terrance Simon, Houston senior; Anais Saenz, Houston senior; Alexis Beck, Nacogdoches sophomore; Gareth Phipps, Dallas sophomore; and Abigail Junk, Leander junior, rehearse a scene from Anne Washburn's “Mr. Burns, a post-electric play” to be presented at 7:30 nightly Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 7 through 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    October 31, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The characters in Anne Washburn's "Mr. Burns, a post-electric play" use the TV series "The Simpsons" as a vehicle - a shield or distraction - to avoid dealing with the hard truth of the world as it has become in a post-apocalyptic era.

    That perspective by scenic designer Kenneth Verdugo helped guide his thought process in designing the set for the dark comedy to be presented by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre as part of its 2017-18 Mainstage Series.

    "The play is extremely dark at times," said Verdugo, visiting assistant professor in the School of Theatre. "I wanted to go very dark at first - mirroring a kind of 9/11 picture of despair and hopelessness. Keeping it light was my challenge."

    "Mr. Burns" combines a nuclear catastrophe, "The Simpsons" and the myth-making impulse to reinvent contemporary theatre, according to its director, Slade Billew, assistant professor of acting/movement at SFA.

    The play follows six people (and later seven) who have survived a nationwide nuclear power disaster. Society has collapsed, and there is no electricity. In Act One, the characters sit around a fire and try to recall an episode of "The Simpsons." Act Two occurs seven years later. The survivors have regrouped and formed a theatre company performing old episodes of "The Simpsons." They are seen in rehearsal where we discover more about the world they have helped remake. Act Three takes place 82 years after the initial disaster and includes a full musical performance of an episode of "The Simpsons."

    "The set evolves in three acts," Verdugo explained. "The various locations or set elements evolve or progress accordingly, on a given trajectory, within the life of this particular theatre company over the years. There are a few iconographic elements directly referencing 'The Simpsons.' Over time, however, their cloudy images are based on word of mouth alone.

    "Linked to a previous generation's lost technology, 'The Simpsons' becomes a product of history," he added. "That history gets retold in the form of a musical 82 years later. Of course, with time comes change."

    The play is not a recreation of "The Simpsons," but rather it is a series of visual snapshots and remembrances. The play is reflective of the values and pop-cultural references commonly shared within that generation's collective memories, Verdugo said.

    "I wanted the design to reflect the point-of-view of this small collective of players," he said, adding he hopes audience members will remember the boat painting on the wall of the Simpson home that he designed for the set.

    "The characters in this play create an edgy coping mechanism in order to sublimate the darker underbelly of their new post-apocalyptic reality," Verdugo said. "That coping mechanism comes in the form of a reformulated episode of 'The Simpsons.'

    "Their play (the musical) compelled me to be somewhat uplifted - to allow playful madness to help shape and/or normalize an otherwise desperate situation."

    "Mr. Burns, a post-electric play" is not appropriate for young children.

    The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 7 through 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive, on the SFA campus.

    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/.

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  • SFA's Madrigal Singers to present annual fall concert

    SFA's Madrigal Singers to present annual fall concert

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    SFA's Madrigal Singers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    October 26, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Madrigal Singers at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a choral program, "Sacred and Profane," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The concert will explore themes of love, nature, the divine and exotic fairy tales, according to Dr. Michael Murphy, director of choral activities at SFA.

    The program includes "Trois Chansons,' or "Three Chansons," by Maurice Ravel.

    These three French songs give an interesting twist to the fairy tale of Red Riding Hood, a song of merciless conflict and a fantasy about forest creatures, Murphy explained.

    Also on the program is A Set of Chinese Folk Songs by Chen Yi, who was the first woman in China to receive a Master of Arts in Musical Composition. During the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1969, Chen was sent to the work camps for forced labor. Even though she was unable to practice her violin for many years, she developed a love for folk songs that she would regularly hear in the countryside.

    The SFA Madrigal Singers will perform three of her folk song arrangements. "Diu Diu Deng" has the choir portraying a steam locomotive. "Mayila" is a song about a young girl singing songs and playing the dongbula. And, "Riding on a Mule" exhibits vocal percussive sounds and pentatonic melodies. Now a professor of composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Chen weaves western and eastern influences into her musical compositions.

    The ensemble will also perform Igor Stravinsky's setting of T.S. Eliot's "The dove descending breaks in the air," which is composed as a serial or twelve-tone composition.

    "The descending dove signals the entrance of the Holy Spirit into the world in order to cleanse humanity," Murphy explained.

    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 Percussion Ensemble to perform works by Reich, Mellits, De Mey

    SFA's Percussion Ensemble to perform works by Reich, Mellits, De Mey

    October 26, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the SFA Percussion Ensemble in concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Under the direction of Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA, the ensemble will perform works by Thierry De Mey, Steve Reich, Marc Mellits, John Psathas, Owen Clayton Condon and Matt Moore.

    The concert will also feature the premiere performance of "Aqua Vitae" by Stephen Gorbos. SFA's Phi Boota Roota percussion fraternity was part of the consortium that funded the new work.

    The Percussion Ensemble will perform De Mey's "Musique de Table," which is visual as well as aural.

    "The piece must be seen as well as heard," De Mey said. "The piece has the structure of a baroque suite." (The inspiration is an 18th century form called "Tafelmusik," originally played to entertain guests while they sat at a table eating). "It's a serious piece, yet it has humor built into it."

    The program also includes "Six Marimbas" by Reich; "Kyoto" by Psathas; "Fractalia" by Condon; "Critical Mass" by Moore; and "Gravity" by Mellits.

    Commissioned by international consortium percussion groups from around the globe, "Gravity" was written for a combination of marimbas and vibraphones, and the mixture of sound that these different materials make provide a spring board for the musical lines to intersect, bounce, and play off each other, always getting faster, always "falling from the sky," according to Mellits.

    "While writing 'Gravity,' I found myself thinking about how musical notes and lines can become attracted to each other and follow one another," he wrote in describing the piece. "With a musical gravitational force, the lines follow each other, then bounce back and forth together. The overall rhythm and tempo also shifts in a 'gravitational' way. The music continually gets faster and faster, always picking up speed as it falls, spiraling into a new tempo at each musical shift in texture."

    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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  • Percussionist Whyte to perform works of Becker, Bissell, Hamilton

    Percussionist Whyte to perform works of Becker, Bissell, Hamilton

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    Chris Whyte

    October 26, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Performer, teacher and composer Chris Whyte will present a guest percussion recital at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The recital, titled "With Tape," is a feature of the SFA School of Music's Calliope Concert Series and will include a program of works by Bob Becker, Paul Bissell and Bruce Hamilton.

    "Each of the works on this program is for solo percussion with digital audio accompaniment," Whyte said.

    Becker's "Lahara" was composed in 1977 after his extensive study of North Indian classical music. He utilized traditional forms and rhythms found within compositions for Indian classical instruments, and he employs them in the realm of pseudo-rudimental western drumming, according to Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA.

    "Through this progression of forms, Becker attempts to invoke the rhythmic quality and character of table drumming," Meyer said.

    Bissell's "The Alabados Song" stems from a fading tradition of Hispanic/Catholic communities in the southwest United States.

    "As families and entire villages moved in the early 1900s from Mexico and other South American countries into the United States, they created communities in America not serviced by a formal church or clergy due to their geographical isolation," the composer wrote. "For religious events, these groups had to improvise their own ceremonies, including the ceremony of last rites for the dying."

    Hamilton composed "EDGE (Corrugated Box)" in 1991 for an assortment of drums, cymbals, accessory percussion instruments and vibraphone.

    "The tape and solo parts interact seamlessly throughout the approximately 15-minute work," Whyte explained. "Hamilton's aesthetic makes use of constant cross-rhythmic textures and metric modulations to weave rhythmic and melodic themes together."

    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 College of Fine Arts Dean's Circle hosts successful fundraiser

    SFA College of Fine Arts Dean's Circle hosts successful fundraiser

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    Former Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn, right, was honored by the College of Fine Arts Dean's Circle at its recent reception and fundraiser. Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts, and Mayor Shelley Brophy are also pictured.
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    Nacogdoches Mayor Shelley Brophy recognized Winners’ Circle event sponsors at the recent reception and fundraiser, including Kim Crisp, owner of The Old Tobacco Warehouse where the event was held; Ian Gibson, business development manager at Nacogdoches Medical Center; and Ron Johnson, CBH Insurance Agency, Inc.
    October 25, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Members of the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts Dean's Circle recently recognized its 2017 award recipients at the annual "Fall Festival of SFA Artists" and Winners' Circle reception held in The Old Tobacco Warehouse in downtown Nacogdoches.

    A highlight of the evening included special recognition and the reading of a city proclamation honoring former Nacogdoches Mayor Dr. Roger Van Horn and his contributions to the City of Nacogdoches, SFA, the College of Fine Arts and the Dean's Circle. Mayor Shelley Brophy made the presentation.

    "Mayor Van Horn has been with the Dean's Circle right from our beginning in 2009. At every event, he helped convey the message of how important mutual support is between the community and the university by introducing each event's sponsors," said Dr. A.C. "Buddy" Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts. "We were pleased and honored that so many people came to our event to show their appreciation for his many contributions to our community, and to support the College of Fine Arts."

    The "Fall Festival of SFA Artists" also recognized the 2017 Dean's Awards recipients, each of whom presented some of their artistic work during the event. The students included Sarah Jentsch, recipient of the Cole Dean's Award in Art; Tyler Thormählen, recipient of the Ledbetter Dean's Award in Music; Arjang Abrarpour, recipient of the Sidnell Memorial Dean's Award in Music Education; and Margaret "Maggie" Strain, recipient of the Schmidbauer Dean's Award in Theatre.

    Through the Winners' Circle events, the Dean's Circle has completed the college's first professorship and is now working on a second endowment.

    "This year's event moves us one step closer to the next milestone in fulfilling our mission," Himes said. "We greatly appreciate our membership and event sponsors. Their financial support makes possible these awards, which allow recipients to further their creative pursuits and aspire to a higher level of excellence."

    Sponsors included Cal-Tex Lumber Company, Nacogdoches Medical Center, First Bank & Trust East Texas, The Daily Sentinel, Regions Bank, Nacogdoches Film Festival, Meadow Ridge Archery and Gun and CBH Insurance Agency, Inc.

    For more information about the Dean's Circle or to become a member, contact Himes at (936) 468-2801 or at himesac@sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA's Friday Film Series to screen award-winning 'DamNation'

    SFA's Friday Film Series to screen award-winning 'DamNation'

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    Ben Knight films the former Elwha Dam before its removal from the Elwha River in Washington in a scene from “DamNation."

    October 24, 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 "DamNation" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Directed by Travis Rummel and Ben Knight, "DamNation" is a 2014 advocacy documentary about the changing attitudes in the U.S. concerning the nation's large system of dams.

    "DamNation" takes a powerful film odyssey across America to explore the change in national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that the future is bound to the life and health of rivers, according to information at http://damnationfilm.com/the-film. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life. "The film's majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature," the website says.

    "DamNation" won the Audience Choice Award at Austin's 2014 South by Southwest and at the 2014 Environmental Film Festival at Yale, where it also won the Grand Jury Prize. The film was named Best Conservation Film at the 2014 International Wildlife Film Festival. It won numerous environmental documentary awards. The film runs 87 minutes.

    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, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and Main Street Nacogdoches.

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

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  • Exhibition to highlight Houston area clay ceramics artists

    Exhibition to highlight Houston area clay ceramics artists

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    This fired stoneware clay glaze work, “Athena” by Clara Hoag, is among the ceramic artwork in “Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay” to be exhibited Oct. 31 through Dec. 30 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    October 24, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the SFA Galleries will host the exhibition "Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay" Oct. 31 through Dec. 30 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    The ceramics exhibition, curated by Jeff Forster and Michelle Matthews, features clay artists who highlight the quality and diversity of artists working in Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Liberty, Galveston, Chambers, Waller and Brazoria counties.

    "Many were born and raised out of state and landed in Texas via job opportunities, relationships and/or education," explained John Handley, director of SFA Galleries.

    The selected artists include George Bowes, Susan Budge, Lauren Clay, Sharon Dennard, Trey Duvall, Kelley Eggert, Carter Ernst, Jeff Forster, Roy Hanscom, Clara Hoag, Jessica Kreutter, Clay Leonard, Michelle Matthews, Anthony Sonnenberg, Kamila Szczesna, Sharon Warrington, Carolyn Watkins and Tracye Wear.

    Anna Walker, Windgate Foundation Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Craft at the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, stated: "The curators have provided a snapshot, a moment in the trajectory of a field, that captures the energy and range of Houston-based artists."

    A reception and artist talk will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at The Cole Art Center. Among the sponsors are the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, the Nacogdoches Junior Forum and The Flower Shop. Admission is free.

    The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, contact Michelle Matthews at michelle-matthews@att.net.

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  • Día de los Muertos Fiesta changes downtown location

    Día de los Muertos Fiesta changes downtown location

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    The internationally renowned Los Llaneros will perform during the 5th annual Día de los Muertos Fiesta Saturday, Nov. 4, in Nacogdoches.
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    The popular Chikawa Aztec Dancers will return to Nacogdoches for the 5th annual Día de los Muertos Fiesta Saturday, Nov. 4, in downtown Nacogdoches. Photo courtesy of Bill Nieberding
    October 24, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Because of its growth in attendance and popularity, the annual Día de los Muertos Fiesta, or Day of the Dead festival, is moving to a different downtown location this year to accommodate larger crowds.

    The 5th annual celebration is slated for 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, behind the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Nacogdcohes Public Library and the Nacogdoches CVB have joined the School of Art and College of Fine Arts in sponsoring and coordinating the event.

    The new location means the role of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and its art galleries has shifted, according to Lisa Steed, events coordinator for SFA art galleries.

    "The event just got too big for Church Street," Steed said, referring to the street that runs alongside The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House. Church Street and areas around Cole Art Center is where the fiesta has been held since its local beginning.

    The CVB's Pilar Street stage, equipped with sound and lighting capabilities, is more conducive as a performance venue, specifically for the popular Chikawa Aztec Dancers and other musical entertainment, Steed said.

    "The Chikawa Aztec Dancers will be returning for our 5th annual event," she said. "They will perform earlier in the evening than in the past due to requests from many parents." The dancers will go on stage shortly after 5 p.m.

    Based in Conroe, the Chikawa Aztec Dancers with their colorful costumes are always a crowd pleaser, Steed said.

    Also performing will be SFA faculty members Jeana-Paul and Juan Carlos Ureña at 6 p.m., followed by the internationally renowned Los Llaneros performing the energetic and haunting music of the savannas of Colombia and Venezuela at 7:15 p.m.

    The Friends of the Visual Arts will sell official Día de los Muertos T-shirts, along with ceramic bowls made by SFA art students. There will be other booths, including those with children's activities, and food booths and food trucks. The festivities will also include a Day of the Dead-themed costume contest with prizes.

    Streets will be blocked off and booths and food trucks will be located around three sides of the CVB, with Main Street remaining open to traffic.

    For more information, contact Steed at (936) 468-6557.

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  • Ticket sales continue for Moscow Ballet's 'Great Russian Nutcracker'

    Ticket sales continue for Moscow Ballet's 'Great Russian Nutcracker'

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    Tickets are still available for the Moscow Ballet's “Great Russian Nutcracker” to be performed Nov. 16 and 17 at SFA.

    October 20, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    A limited number of tickets are still available to attend the Nov. 16 and 17 performances of Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker" at Stephen F. Austin State University.

    An Encore Event presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts, "The Great Russian Nutcracker" will be presented at 7:30 each night in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    All ages will want to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet's company of nearly 40 ballerinas and other dancers on its 25th Anniversary Tour of North America.

    Known for its award-winning, technically supreme performers, lavish costumes and magnificent backdrops, this ballet ensemble performed at SFA in 2009 before a sold-out Turner Auditorium crowd.

    "Good seats are still available for both performances," said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series. "But sales are unusually brisk, especially for the Friday performance, so it's important to order tickets early to avoid disappointment. We feel sure we'll sell out both of these shows!"

    A separate event apart from the University Series, Nutcracker adult tickets are $45 for Section A seating, $36 for Section B seating and $20 for Section C seating. Discounts are available for seniors, students, children, SFA faculty and staff members. Some student/youth tickets are available for as little as $8 each.

    Both performances are sponsored in part by Lehmann Eye Center.

    As an "informance" prior to the Thursday night performance, Haley Hoss-Jameson, associate professor and co-coordinator of dance in the SFA Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, will present an informative talk at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery.

    The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is inside the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception Thursday to meet the dancers and to honor the event's corporate sponsor.

    For 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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  • Internationally renowned artist Kunzer to perform Octubafest concert at SFA

    Internationally renowned artist Kunzer to perform Octubafest concert at SFA

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    Stephen Kunzer will perform the final 2017 Octubafest concert at SFA at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in Cole Concert Hall.

    October 20, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present the final guest artist recital for the 2017 SFA Octubafest when Stephen Kunzer performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in Cole Concert Hall.

    Kunzer is known internationally as a solo artist, chamber musician, educator, clinician and lecturer, having performed and taught coast-to-coast in the United States, Thailand, Mexico and Korea. In a collaborative performance with pianist Michael Scheider, the SFA tuba concert will highlight works by Michael Forbes, David Gillingham and Charles Small, among others.

    The program includes Forbes' "Polar Vortex," which features a contemporary unaccompanied tuba solo.

    "With dramatic mood changes and large leaping melodic lines, this piece will not disappoint," said Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA. "It will be a concert favorite."

    Inspired by the nonsensical poem by Lewis Carroll of the same title, Gillingham's "Jabberwocky," also on the program, seeks to "capture the adventure and entertain the listener as much as the whimsical poem has over the years," Salas said.

    Written in 1976, Small's "Conversation" duet has become a standard in the recital repertoire. Dr. Danny Chapa, low brass adjunct faculty member in the SFA School of Music, will perform with Kunzer on the piece.

    Kunzer resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he is lecturer of music at Oklahoma State University. He has performed with symphonies throughout the U.S. and has performed behind some of today's great artists, including Jennifer Hudson, Carole King, Joshua Bell, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride, John Fogerty, Andrea Bocelli, Arturo Sandoval and Willie Nelson. He has previously served on faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is the associate editor of New Materials for the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Journal.

    As a collaborator, Scheider has performed recitals with violinists Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony; Jun Iwasaki, concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony; cellist Boris Andrianov, 3rd prize winner of Tchaikovsky Competition, and many others. He is a regular performer with Mélange Musical, a chamber series in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

    Octubafest is an event that occurs at many universities around the world seeking to highlight the tuba and euphonium for their solo and chamber repertoire.

    The recital is part of the School of Music's Calliope Concert Series. Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/.

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  • 'Mr. Burns' takes funny, poignant look at post-apocalyptic world

    'Mr. Burns' takes funny, poignant look at post-apocalyptic world

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    Playwright Anne Washburn's "Mr. Burns, a post-electric play" will be performed by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 7 through 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive, on the SFA campus.

    October 18, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Playwright Anne Washburn's "Mr. Burns, a post-electric play" has something for everyone, and the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will bring the imaginative dark comedy to life as part of its 2017-18 Mainstage Series.

    Described by The New York Times as "downright brilliant," "Mr. Burns" is a show that embodies what its director, Slade Billew, loves most about the theatre.

    "It has a bit of everything," said Billew, assistant professor of acting/movement in the SFA School of Theatre. "It is funny and tragic. It includes fights, dances and songs. It is profound and hilarious. Additionally, I hope that the connections to 'The Simpsons,' pop culture, and a post-apocalyptic future will appeal to our student audiences."

    The play follows six people (and later seven) who have survived a nationwide nuclear power disaster. Society has collapsed, and there is no electricity. In Act One, the characters sit around a fire and try to recall an episode of "The Simpsons." Act Two occurs seven years later. The survivors have regrouped and formed a theatre company performing old episodes of "The Simpsons." They are seen in rehearsal where we discover more about the world they have helped remake. Act Three takes place 82 years after the initial disaster and includes a full musical performance of an episode of "The Simpsons."

    "Mr. Burns" requires the director and student actors to pay great attention to detail, Billew explained.

    "The play's complexity requires an intense level of attention to detail and coordination of all the elements of production," he said. "The show asks so much of the cast in the movement between extremes of emotion and the physicality of all the songs and dances."

    The script has been described as providing an interesting examination of the importance of oral history and theatre. According to The New York Times, Washburn's play "makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself… Mr. Burns…makes the case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all."

    "The play has something for everyone, and it raises interesting questions about how humans handle tragedy and the role art plays in the recovery," Billew said.

    "Mr. Burns, a post-electric play" is not appropriate for young children.

    The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 7 through 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive, on the SFA campus.

    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.

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  • TCU's Trio Con Brio to perform at SFA

    TCU's Trio Con Brio to perform at SFA

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    The Trio Con Brio from Texas Christian University will perform at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    October 18, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Trio Con Brio, an ensemble of musicians from the Texas Christian University music faculty, will perform a guest recital at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The trio is comprised of Dr. Misha Galaganov, viola; Gary Whitman, clarinet; and John Owings, piano. The program selections will include Sonata in F minor for Viola and Piano, Op. 120 No. 1 by Johannes Brahms; "Asking a Shadow to Dance" by James Scott Balentine; Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Francis Poulenc; and Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 83 by Max Bruch, written for Trio Con Brio.

    Trio Con Brio has presented 11 chamber music commissions in the past five years and released their debut CD, "A Musical Celebration" featuring the music of Elena Sokolovski and Eric Ewazen, on Albany Records.

    The trio has toured throughout the United States and China and presented recitals and world premieres in venues such as the University of San Juan, Puerto Rico; Weill Recital Hall, New York City; and the Shanghai Concert Hall, China. Their recitals include the standard repertoire of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Max Bruch and Robert Schumann, as well as 20th century composers Leslie Bassett, Paul Walter Fürst, Gordon Jacob, Gyorgy Kurtag, Alfred Uhl and Jean Francaix.

    Galaganov, associate professor of viola at TCU, has performed as a soloist in Russia, Israel, Czech Republic, Holland, Belgium, Austria, the U.S. and Mexico. His solo performance with the TCU Orchestra at the 2002 Latin American Festival was named one of the ten best performances of the year in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by the Fort Worth Star Telegram. He is co-founder and co-director of the Fort Worth Chamber Music Roundup festival, which gives amateur musicians the rare opportunity to rehearse and perform with top concert artists in the same ensembles.

    Whitman, professor of clarinet and division chair of woodwinds at TCU, has performed at ClarinetFest conferences throughout the United States and Europe. He has presented master classes in Mexico City, Peru, Belgium, Puerto Rico and China. In addition to his position at TCU, Whitman is the bass clarinetist of the Fort Worth Symphony, performing in the classical subscription series "Pops" and the Fort Worth Opera Festival at Bass Performance Hall.

    Chair of the piano division at TCU, Owings holds the Herndon Professorship of Music. Since making his orchestral debut with the San Antonio Symphony at the age of 15, his performing career has ranged from solo and chamber music recitals in major cities in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia, to concerto appearances with the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth, Houston, the Boston Pops, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra of both Colombia and Peru.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a feature of the Calliope Concert 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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  • SFA art history alumnus pursues Harvard graduate degree

    SFA art history alumnus pursues Harvard graduate degree

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    Kendrick Perkins

    October 18, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University art history graduate Kendrick Perkins is working toward earning a master's degree through the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    Perkins is an Urban Scholar Fellow enrolled in the school's Technology, Innovation and Education master's program where his studies focus on learning design, entrepreneurship and emerging technology in K-12 urban education.

    "I chose Harvard because of the intellectual and demographic diversity of the faculty and students," he said. "I was drawn to my particular program because it is one of the few educational technology programs in the country with an interdisciplinary approach to education that spans several industries including the K-12 educational sector. The flexibility was particularly interesting because it allows me to combine my interest in the business of education technology and K-12 urban education innovation through classes across the various schools at Harvard, as well as MIT."

    Perkins, a 2014 graduate, has spent the past several years working in San Antonio as a math and English language arts teacher at KIPP Un Mundo Dual Language Academy through Teach For America and as a Data Analyst Fellow at the P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County.

    He has also volunteered with Amnesty International USA as a recruiter for the AIUSA board of directors and with San Antonio RISE, an educational organization focused on equity in urban public schools, where he participated in the Diversity in Public Leadership Series in Los Angeles, California, and the National Organizing Workshop in Chicago, Illinois.

    Perkins believes his time at SFA played an integral role in his development as a scholar and a leader.

    "At SFA, I majored in art history with a second major in Spanish," he said. "Since graduation, I have come to fully realize and appreciate the benefits of the liberal arts education I received at SFA."

    For example, through Dr. David Lewis' and Dr. Jill Carrington's art history courses at SFA, Perkins said he developed writing and critical analysis skills that have proved beneficial at Harvard. Through Dr. Court Carney's African American history course in the Department of History, he developed a keen awareness of the history of racism in the U.S., and the subsequent fight for racial equality that inspired him to apply for Teach For America after graduation.

    "In conjunction with my academics, I was also involved in many student organizations, such as Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Phi Omega, Amnesty International and Pride Nac, to name a few," he said. "In these organizations, I had the opportunity to practice my leadership abilities, as well as contribute to the broader Nacogdoches community through community service. These experiences were essential in the development of who I am today and still bring back fond memories."

    After graduation, Perkins plans to stay in the Greater Boston Area and take advantage of the growing technology landscape to pursue opportunities in learning design in the education technology sector. Specifically, he hopes to work within companies such as Google, Pearson or Khan Academy to design and implement organizational learning opportunities through blended learning environments.

    "Long-term, I hope to start my own 503(c) non-profit organization that focuses on teaching underprivileged children 21st century skills such as programming, as well as creating mentorship programs with major industry leaders in the technology sector," he said. "Above all else, I want to provide children with the opportunity to be their very best selves regardless of what communities they come from."

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  • SFA's A Cappella Choir to present 'Sing a New Song'

    SFA's A Cappella Choir to present 'Sing a New Song'

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    SFA A Cappella Choir

    October 17, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The A Cappella Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a collaborative program with the SFA School of Theatre and the Dance Program to perform music from around the world in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The program title, "Sing a New Song," was selected to celebrate Dr. Michael Murphy's first concert as the new director of choral activities at SFA. Murphy was named choral director following the retirement of Dr. Tim King this past summer.

    Along with a variety of music selections from Germany, France, South Africa, Latvia, Russia and the U.S., the concert will feature poetry readings and dance, Murphy said.

    Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and professor of acting and directing, and Friends of Theatre member Rhonda Plymate Simmons will read poetry of Rumi, Hafiz, Yeats and Tagore, and students of Heather Samuelson, assistant professor, and Haley Hoss-Jameson, associate professor, Kinesiology and Health Science at SFA, will participate in concert selections with dance.

    The program also features SFA string students, student percussionist Barry Martin, graduate student conductors Emily Bulling and Evelyn Shaffer, and Dr. Ron Petti, director of accompanying at SFA.

    The concert is a joint 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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  • SFA to present student-directed 'Baby with the Bathwater'

    SFA to present student-directed 'Baby with the Bathwater'

    October 17, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present Christopher Durang's full-length play "Baby with the Bathwater" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Oct. 28, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    Directed by Center senior Avery Tindol, "Baby with the Bathwater" is a dark comedy about the struggles of both parenthood and childhood. It is recommended for mature audiences.

    "When John and Helen bring home their newborn baby, it doesn't take long for them to realize that parenting isn't that simple," Tindol explained. "Baby eventually grows up while facing the problems that most children experience throughout their lives." Some of these problems include being kidnapped, almost being run over by busses on multiple occasions, and identity issues.

    The cast includes Frisco sophomore Aubrey Moore as Helen; Lufkin senior Jacob Carr as John; Plano senior Cecily Maucieri as the Nanny; Burleson senior Paige Farley as Cynthia/Voice/Susan; Huffman junior Sidney Lowell as Kate/Miss Pringle; Dallas senior Madison Rey as Angela/Mrs. Willoughby; and Austin freshman Zach Loveday as A Young Man.

    The production staff includes Madeline Collins, Sunnyvale senior, as stage manager; Katie Irwin, Arlington sophomore, assistant stage manager; Maggie Strain, Port Aransas senior, assistant director; Victoria Medrano, Edinburg senior, and Gretchen Wedel, co-scenic designers; Ernestro Dominguez, Legget senior, costume designer; Brittany Tennis, Hutto senior, lighting designer; Wyatt Gaubatz, Needville junior, sound designer; and Davis Gilmartin, Flower Mound sophomore, properties master.

    Tindol's acting credits at SFA include the characters of Banquo in "Macbeth," Carthage Kilbride in "By the Bog of Cats," and Mr. Antrobus in "The Skin of Our Teeth." His directing credits include "Things That Go Bump in the Night" and "Picnic on the Battlefield." He will also be the assistant director for SFA's upcoming production of (Biedermann and) "The Firebugs."

    Faculty production advisor for "Baby with the Bathwater" is Stephanie Murphy.

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

    Tickets are $6. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu.

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  • Texas State University Trio to perform works by Brahms, Ligeti

    Texas State University Trio to perform works by Brahms, Ligeti

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    The Texas State University Trio (from left): Dr. Lynn Ledbetter, violin; Dr. William McNally, piano; and Dr. Caroline Steiger, horn

    October 17, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Texas State University Trio will present music for horn, violin and piano when the ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    The trio includes Texas State University School of Music faculty members Dr. Lynn Ledbetter, violin; Dr. William McNally, piano; and Dr. Caroline Steiger, horn. Their program will feature Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano by György Ligeti and Horn Trio, Op. 40 by Johannes Brahms, among other selections.

    The Ligeti piece was written as a tribute to Brahms' Trio for the same instrumentation, according to trio member Steiger.

    "The work shares a similar four-movement structure and borrows from traditional formal structures," Steiger said. "However, it employs a number of interesting techniques to create an entirely modern-sounding work."

    Composed in 1865 for the natural horn, violin and piano, the Brahms work is a staple repertoire piece for this type of chamber ensemble and has "inspired many great works to be written for the trio of horn, violin and piano," Steiger said.

    Ledbetter is professor of violin and coordinator of strings at Texas State University. She has served on the music faculties of Eastern New Mexico University, the College of Saint Scholastica, and the University of Southern Mississippi. She has performed and continues to concertize throughout the southwestern and Midwestern United States as a solo-recitalist. As a chamber musician, she has toured Canada, China, Europe, Mexico, and the United States with the Duo Paradox, the Madera Trio, the Freesia Duo and the Lyrian Duo.

    Steiger is a member of the Emblems Woodwind Quintet, a Michigan-based quintet focused on performing new and underrepresented works. She has also performed with the Potsdam Brass Quintet, faculty quintet-in-residence at SUNY Potsdam. In 2015, she participated in a chamber music residency at the University of Michigan with New York Philharmonic principal winds. She is a member of the Mid-Texas Symphony and the Round Rock Symphony, and she has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra.

    In 2013, McNally released a CD of works by Brahms, Reger and Busoni as part of the Victor Elmaleh Collection. He is the first three-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest's New Rag Contest and performs at ragtime festivals around the country.

    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 theatre students experience successful Edinburgh festival

    SFA theatre students experience successful Edinburgh festival

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    SFA School of Theatre Professor Angela Bacarisse and former student Bobby Britton '17 pose outside the Edinburgh, Scotland, theatre where Britton's play “Closed For Repairs” was presented during the Festival Fringe last August.

    October 12, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University theatre students had returned only a few weeks from the School of Theatre's highly successful biennial trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, when the planning for the 2019 trip was underway.

    Begun in 1947, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest international theatre arts festival in the world. During festival season, which is three weeks in August, the International Festival, the Festival Fringe, jazz festival, art festival and book festival all take place in Edinburgh. The event has become a much-anticipated learning opportunity for SFA theatre students to tour a show on the international stage, according to SFA Professor of Theatre Angela Bacarisse.

    "The trip is a bit of a whirl-wind experience," Bacarisse said. "The students have technical rehearsals and performances on their first day in Edinburgh, and the remaining performances are spread out over the first week of the trip.

    "They have opportunities to see productions by the other American universities participating in the Festival as well as the plethora of international productions," she added. "In the space of three weeks, there are more than 30,000 separate performances. Deciding what to see can be daunting."

    The trip provides excellent networking for the students and a unique opportunity to spread the word about SFA to people from around the world, said Dr. Slade Billew, assistant professor of acting and movement in the School of Theatre and director of the play the students presented at the festival, "Closed For Repairs," written by former SFA student Bobby Britton of Angleton.

    "Our students actively engaged with new people that they met," Billew said. "Many of the people they met throughout the trip came to see our show. I think seeing a range of international performances broadened their ideas of what theatre can be. And, I think performing in a non-traditional venue and for non-American audiences challenged their abilities as performers in ways that helped them grow."

    As an added bonus this year, the SFA School of Theatre was the first festival collegiate group to be asked to perform at a special event at the Scottish Arts Club. The trip also allowed the students to explore Edinburgh, including climbing Arthur's Seat and attending the Military Tattoo.

    "The students had a wonderful time and were consummate professionals when it came to work," Billew said.

    The School of Theatre sent its first student entourage to the Scotland festival in 2015 and then again this past summer. Both trips were equally successful, said Bacarisse, who has begun planning for the next Festival Fringe in two years.

    "I already have collaborators and a show in mind," she said.

    The total cost per student is approximately $5,000, which includes airfare and room and board. Donations are accepted to help fund the trip, and various fundraisers will be conducted to help defray costs.

    "We are so grateful for everyone who supports the arts and our students," Bacarisse said. "Allowing them the opportunity to tour a show, perform abroad and learn more about our global community is a great gift."

    Tax-exempt donations for the trip can be made at sfasu.edu/giving by clicking on the "give online" tab and writing "Scotland trip" for special instructions.

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  • Choral Union, Women's Choir to present 'Dancing and Singing' program

    Choral Union, Women's Choir to present 'Dancing and Singing' program

    October 12, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Choral Union and Women's Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the program "Dancing and Singing" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The concert theme was chosen because of the many emotions and musical styles that dancing and singing can invoke, according to Dr. Tod Fish, assistant professor in the SFA School of Music and associate director of choral activities at SFA.

    "This theme also led to program selections that give us the opportunity to collaborate with School of Music faculty and campus and community organizations," Fish said.

    The Lufkin High School mixed choir, the Kantorei, directed by SFA alumna Laura Hoelewyn, will open the concert. The Kantorei will join the Choral Union to perform two pieces that are part of the 2017-18 All-State Choir audition process: "To Thee, Cherubim and Seraphim," by G. F. Handel, and "I Am Loved" by Matthew Christopher. Hoelewyn will conduct the Handel piece.

    "This is the first time we have invited a local choral program to perform on one of our concerts," Fish said. "We are thrilled to have them with us."

    SFA's Topics in World Dance class, led by instructor and choreographer Sarah Sanchez, will also perform to Ron Nelson's composition on a text by Thomas E. Ahlburn, "Early May."

    "This text is a celebration of nature and the enjoyment of life in nature," Fish said. "Professor Sanchez has choreographed a vibrant dance that encourages us to, 'Join hands and dance across these slipping floors once more.' We are excited to be collaborating with them."

    The SFA Women's Choir will sing a wide variety of music stemming from the rousing setting of Stephen Paulus' "I Cannot Dance, O Lord" (which discusses the Lord leading people to love, knowledge and fulfilled life through dancing and singing). The choir will perform Eric Whitacre's "Seal Lullaby," originally a solo song that was written for a movie concept (that never opened in theaters because DreamWorks chose "Kung Fu Panda"), and Zoltan Kodally's traditional Hungarian folk song, "Dancing - Song," Fish explained.

    In addition, the SFA Choral Union will perform two compositions by contemporary composers, including "Flight Song," by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen; and Blake Henson's simple, yet poignant musical arrangement of Robert Herrick's text "My Flight for Heaven."

    The program will showcase the talents of the School of Music's new coordinator of music education, Dr. Kristin Lyman, along with student members of the percussion studio performing on the Nelson piece. Lyman will accompany the choir on the marimba.

    Two of SFA's choral conducting graduate students will also have roles in the concert. Emily Bulling of Katy will conduct "Zigeunerleben" by Robert Schumann, as performed by the Choral Union. Her colleague, Evelyn Shaffer of Barbers Hill will conduct "Herbstlied," also by Schumann, as performed by the Women's Choir.

    "We are proud of these two young conductors and look forward to them sharing their talents with our community," Fish said.

    Barry Martin, percussion major, will also join the Women's Choir to accompany them on Moses Hogan's "Ride on King Jesus." Martin performed with the women's choir two years ago, "and we are eager to welcome him back," Fish added. "It is going to be an exciting evening of music making!"

    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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  • Wind Ensemble to perform music of Grammy Award-winning Daugherty

    Wind Ensemble to perform music of Grammy Award-winning Daugherty

    October 9, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform a concert featuring the music of American composer Michael Daugherty at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    A Grammy Award winner, Daugherty is professor of composition at the University of Michigan.

    "He will be at SFA 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 three of his compositions on this concert."

    Daugherty's "Dead Elvis" will feature SFA School of Music faculty member Lee Goodhew, assistant professor of bassoon, and other music faculty.

    "This piece is written for a group of six performers who accompany the solo bassoon," Allen said.

    Joining Goodhew will be music faculty members Chris Ayer, clarinet; Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Carlos Gaviria, bass; Jacob Walburn, trumpet; Deb Scott, trombone; and Brad Meyer, drums.

    "Elvis fans will not want to miss this homage to the King of Rock and Roll," Allen said.

    Daugherty is one of the most commissioned, performed and recorded composers on the American concert music scene today. He has been hailed by London's The Times as "a master icon maker" with "maverick imagination, fearless structural sense and meticulous ear."

    Daugherty has received numerous awards, distinctions and fellowships for his music, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award, the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among others.

    Daugherty's "Rio Grande" and "Of War and Peace" are also on the program.

    "SFA was part of the commission that produced 'Of War and Peace,'" Allen said.

    The band will also perform the John Philip Sousa march "Boy Scouts of America."

    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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  • The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet promises fun concert program

    The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet promises fun concert program

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    The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet, featuring bassoonists Brittany Harrington-Smith, Yuki Katayama, Kara LaMoure and Lauren Yu Ziemba, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    October 9, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The dynamic and creative Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet will present "A Broken Anthology of Western Music" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The quartet is an artist-run creative project by bassoonists Brittany Harrington-Smith, Yuki Katayama, Kara LaMoure and Lauren Yu Ziemba. Their repertoire disregards genre, with favorites from the worlds of classical, pop, jazz, soundtrack and folk music adapted for the ensemble by its members, according to Lee Goodhew, assistant professor of bassoon in the SFA School of Music.

    "Each member is a well-respected performer and musician in her own right," Goodhew said, "and besides being a lot of fun, the quartet's show displays the broad artistic range of the bassoon."

    Known for their stage antics, the quartet uses choreography, accessory instruments, props and skits to add theatrical elements to their performances, Goodhew explained.

    According to member LaMoure, Breaking Winds "hijacks chestnuts of the repertoire and restores the bassoon to its rightful place in each."

    "All music in the period between Biber and Bieber is fair game, now presented in arrangements for bassoon quartet with enhancements like kazoo virtuosity, marching band-style choreography, reed squeaks and pop progressions," LaMoure said. "Over the course of this whirlwind tour, the listener gains a new appreciation for the bassoon and a new view of classical music history. Even better, they may go home with confetti in their hair."

    Among the program selections are "Piece en forme de habanero" by Maurice Ravel, arranged by Lamoure; Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture;" and The Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet's own medley, "2017 Overture."

    "This medley of recent popular songs is performed 'BWBQ style,' with the quartet members performing choreographed dances and getting up close and personal with the audience," LaMoure said.

    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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  • Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform Daugherty's award-winning music

    Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to perform Daugherty's award-winning music

    October 5, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform a concert featuring the music of Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Certain selections on the program are dedicated in memory of Caleb Gibbs, SFA freshman music major who died earlier this semester.

    The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will open the concert with Daugherty's "Alligator Alley," which is the nickname of the east-west stretch of Interstate 75 between Naples and Fort Lauderdale that crosses through the Florida Everglades.

    "Daugherty's 'Alligator Alley' brings our attention to this unique creature and the American highway traveled by many to observe the alligator in its natural environment," according to Anglley.

    The Symphonic Band will perform Daugherty's "Vulcan," which is his musical homage to Gene Roddenberry's interstellar universe as depicted in the classic American television series "Star Trek."

    In a special memorial tribute, the Symphonic Band will collaborate with Dr. Danny Chapa, instructor of low brass/euphonium at SFA, in a performance of John Stevens' "Benediction," to be dedicated in memory of Gibbs, who was one of Chapa's students.

    The Symphonic Band will also perform John Philip Sousa's "The Glory of the Yankee Navy."

    The Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands at SFA, will begin the second half of the concert with "Suspiros de España," the most well-known composition by Spanish pianist and composer Antonio Álvarez Alonso.

    Continuing with Daugherty's work, the Wind Symphony will perform his "Winter Dreams," which the composer describes as "a contemporary musical reflection on the creative world of Iowa artist Grant Wood." The piece is inspired by the bleak winter scenes of rural Iowa depicted in Wood's paintings and black and white lithographs of the 1930s and '40s, according to Campo.

    "A haunting melody evokes a cold winter wind whistling 'down in the valley,'" Campo explains.

    The final two works on the concert - "Resting in the Peace of His Hands" by John Gibson and "Boys of the Old Brigade" by Paris Chambers - also honor Gibbs' memory.

    The concert is a joint 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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  • fLOW Quartet to perform at SFA

    fLOW Quartet to perform at SFA

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    The fLOW Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Music Recital Hall on the SFA campus.

    October 5, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Dallas-Fort Worth area-based fLOW Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Music Recital Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University as part of the SFA School of Music's Octubafest celebration.

    Octubafest is an event that occurs at many universities around the world. The observance is designed to highlight the tuba and euphonium for their solo and chamber repertoire, according to Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA.

    fLOW's program will feature the world premiere of Yuji Ono's Quartet No. 8 "fLOW." Other program selections are "Contrapunctus IX" by J.S.Bach, arranged by Mike Forbes; "Benediction" by John Stevens; Quartet No. 4 "4 Dreams," by Yuji Ono; and "Brink" by Dan Kramer. Dr. Danny Chapa, adjunct professor of low brass at SFA, will perform on the Serenade from "The Student Prince" by Sigmund Romberg.

    Maintaining an active schedule of performances and clinics, fLOW recently won the 2017 South Central Regional Tuba & Euphonium Conference Ensemble Competition. fLOW members include Takahiro Iwamitsu, Boonyarit Kittaweepitak, Keith Packman and David Mercedes.

    Members of fLOW have won prizes at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Competition, the Jeju International Percussion and Brass Competition, the Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, and various International Tuba & Euphonium Association competitions.

    They have performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony Orchestra, the South Florida Philharmonic, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and the Blackburn and Darwen Band in the United Kingdom.

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

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  • SFA School of Theatre's 'Tartuffe' continues through Saturday

    SFA School of Theatre's 'Tartuffe' continues through Saturday

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    October 4, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University's School of Theatre opened Molière's "Tartuffe" Tuesday night to an enthusiastic crowd. One of the funniest plays ever written, this classic of French comedy will be presented at 7:30 nightly through Saturday, Oct. 7, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. 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 theatre.sfasu.edu.

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  • Cellist Ruževic to perform at SFA

    Cellist Ruževic to perform at SFA

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    Nikola Nino Ruževic

    October 3, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Renowned cellist Nikola Nino Ruževic will present a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    Ruževic, who is associate professor of cello and chamber music and the coordinator of chamber music studies at the University of North Texas, will perform with his wife, pianist Lara Ruževic.

    The program will feature Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata for Cello, Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise," and Croatian cello compositions. The concert will also feature a cello ensemble composition involving students of Dr. Evgeni Raychev, instructor of cello in the SFA School of Music.

    A native of Croatia, Ruževic has performed in many countries around the world where he has received critical acclaim for his artistry. An active soloist and chamber musician, Ruževic has performed in world-renowned halls, such as The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

    Ruževic has held teaching positions at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Zagreb, Croatia.

    Lara Ruzevic is an international concert pianist and pedagogue. Her career has taken her to Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Slovakia and the U.S. Active as a chamber musician and a collaborative artist, she has been on faculty of numerous music festivals and frequently performs with UNT music faculty and students.

    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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