College of Fine Arts News Archive

November 2017

  • SFA's Music Prep announces December recital schedule

    SFA's Music Prep announces December recital schedule

    November 17, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Music Preparatory Division in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music has announced its fall recital schedule.

    Piano students of SFA music major instructors and students of Dr. Mario Ajero will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in Music Recital Hall in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    A number of performances will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. Guitar students of Andrew Sperandeo, cello students of Kate Hite and a voice student of Charlotte Davis will perform. The recital will take place in the performance hall in the Music Prep Building, located at 3028 Raguet St.

    Harp students of Emily Mitchell, artist-in-residence for the SFA School of Music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Music Recital Hall.

    Violin students of Dr. Jennifer Dalmas and cello students of Dr. Evgeni Raychev will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Music Recital Hall.

    The Piney Woods Youth Orchestra, directed by Raychev, will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The SFA Young Violinists, featuring of students of Brenda Josephsen, will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, in the Music Recital Hall.

    Piano students of Linda Parr will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Music Recital Hall.

    The final fall recital will feature the piano students of Mary Cooper performing at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, in Cole Concert Hall.

    All recitals are open to the public.

    Music Prep offers musical training on any level of proficiency. Overall musicianship is stressed in addition to the study of an instrument. Private music lessons are offered in piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, classical guitar, voice, percussion, French horn, clarinet, saxophone, composition and flute.

    In addition to the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra, Music Prep offers the PineyWoods Fiddlers, an adult piano class, the Raguet Strings adult ensemble and Music Theory Adventures classes. Music Prep teaches all ages, from infants to 80 and beyond. Music therapy is also offered.

    For a complete listing of classes and types of instruction available, visit http://www.music.sfasu.edu/prep or contact Director Pat Barnett at (936) 468-1291.

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  • SFA Wind Ensemble to perform music of Copland, Grantham

    SFA Wind Ensemble to perform music of Copland, Grantham

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    SFA's Wind Ensemble will present a program of music from across America at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    November 17, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the program "Americana" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    "This concert features music from different parts of America," said Fred J. Allen, director of bands and of the Wind Ensemble.

    The featured work on the program will be "Outdoor Overture" by Aaron Copland, who wrote both the orchestral and band versions of the piece in 1938.

    "Copland is an icon of American music, and this piece was one of the first to show his burgeoning 'American' style," Allen said.

    The well-known tune "Shenandoah" will also be performed.

    "This setting was commissioned by SFA and several other universities," Allen said. Donald Grantham, who teaches composition at the University of Texas at Austin, created the setting.

    "Saisei Fanfare" by Brett William Dietz, professor of percussion at Louisiana State University, will open the concert. The band will also play a march by Franz von Blon.

    The concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and the School of Music.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • Outstanding faculty members to be honored at 29th SFA Gala

    Outstanding faculty members to be honored at 29th SFA Gala

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    Lauren Selden, left, and Candace Hicks

    November 17, 2017—University Marketing Communications

    Two outstanding Stephen F. Austin State University faculty members will be honored during the 29th annual SFA Gala Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

    Faculty member awards presented during the Gala recognize innovation and excellence in teaching and research. Deans and chairs from 33 departments across SFA's six colleges nominated candidates. Lauren Selden, associate professor of art, is the recipient of the 2017 Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching. Candace Hicks, assistant professor in SFA's School of Art, is the recipient of the 2017 Faculty Achievement Award for Research.

    Lauren Selden
    Through the promotion of a family-like atmosphere in her metalworking and jewelry classroom, Selden encourages students to think abstractly, build the inconceivable, create tools for construction, ignite thought for the viewer and bring something new to the world. She focuses her classroom on being an advocate for making, encouraging a sense of pride among students and starting new traditions of excellence.

    "Lauren's accomplishments and awards are hard-earned and a testimony to the support, admiration and value that she has among her peers," said Christopher Talbot, director of SFA's School of Art. "She is a significant contributor to the university community at all levels. I can honestly say that SFA is a better place because she has worked to improve her part of it."

    Selden began teaching at SFA in 2008. Prior to her hiring, she worked as an instructor at Arizona State University. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Murray State University and her Master of Fine Arts from ASU.

    "I have known Lauren and her work for more than 10 years, and I feel she is the ideal candidate for this award," said Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith, executive director of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. "I find Lauren to be a kind, patient, caring person that is reflected in her approach to teaching. She values every student and works hard to ensure each student is able to realize his/her best potential."

    Selden has participated in 12 solo and two dual exhibitions. In the past 14 years, she has shown work in almost 70 national and international exhibitions, taking one first place and several honorable mention awards. Selden has given lectures, presentations and demonstrations in the U.S. and around the world, including in Germany and Brazil.

    "Being a highly-motivated educator, Lauren spends a tremendous amount of time teaching and mentoring students both inside and outside the classroom," said Jeffie Brewer, assistant professor of sculpture at SFA. "Lauren's dedication to the classroom could almost be seen as a detriment to her own personal practice as an artist, but somehow she pulls it off brilliantly. While her résumé will tell you of her other accomplishments and awards, it will not point out the true level of commitment she has to SFA and its students."

    Candace Hicks
    Hicks began working at SFA in 2012 teaching 2-D design. During an almost six-year timespan, her work has been featured in 14 solo and 26 group exhibitions as well as approximately 30 juried shows. Hicks' work in juried shows has garnered a number of recognitions, including Best of Show in Rochester Public Library's International Art of the Book and second place for her work in Fantastic Fibers produced by the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky.

    Dr. A.C. "Buddy" Himes, dean of SFA's College of Fine Arts, said research within fine arts disciplines is represented by work that others in the field nationally recognize as an example of high ideals or consider the artist as an authority and seek his/her expertise.

    "During the short time she has been at SFA, Professor Hicks' record of exhibition is unprecedented not only at SFA but at any other university art program with which I am familiar," Himes said. "It is simply unheard of for university art faculty members anywhere in the country to have such an impressive national and international record of exhibition."

    Colleague Rebecca Marino, associate director of Texas State University Galleries, also speaks highly of Hicks.

    "It was truly a privilege to host an artist who has not only been featured in such eminent institutions across the world, but who also has been included in many of their permanent collections," Marino said. "Her books are in more than 40 different university collections ranging all the way from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee to the University of Applied Arts Vienna to Harvard University Art Library.

    "There is no questioning the quality of Candace Hicks' achievements, which are considerable to say the least," Marino added. "Her distinguished reputation precedes her, which can be seen in the confidence and respect of the curators who extend her the invitation to show at their institutions."

    The Gala cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a candlelight dinner at 7 p.m. Entertainment will begin about 8:30 p.m. and will be provided by Blind Date, featuring seven of Austin's most accomplished musicians whose repertoire ranges from dance music to jazz, rock, country and hip hop.

    Tickets are $175 for orchestra seating and $125 for ballroom seating. Proceeds from the Gala help build a permanent endowment created by the SFASU Foundation to honor faculty member achievement. For more information or to purchase tickets, call April Smith, associate director of development at SFA, at (936) 468-5406.

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  • Usher in the holiday season with 'Christmas with the Annie Moses Band'

    Usher in the holiday season with 'Christmas with the Annie Moses Band'

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    Celebrate the season and spend “Christmas with the Annie Moses Band,” an SFA University Series event at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    November 17, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Christmas celebration in the Oldest Town in Texas will be more spectacular than ever this year with a much-anticipated holiday-themed performance of the popular Annie Moses Band.

    The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and its 2017-18 University Series will present "Christmas with the Annie Moses Band" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

    The Nashville-based Annie Moses Band combines the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences, young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean in the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series.

    "The Annie Moses Band has been inspiring and entertaining audiences for over a decade, bringing their distinctive style of music across the nation and around the world," he said.

    Creating a captivating blend of folk and classical, the Annie Moses Band is a talented family of singers and musicians who combine technical skill with exhilarating showmanship, Shattuck said. At the group's core are three Juilliard-trained string players and a harpist that once studied with Emily Mitchell, now a faculty member in the SFA School of Music.

    "Well known nationally from their popular PBS Christmas special, these inspiring siblings play and sing holiday favorites arranged in dazzling style by their father, Bill Wolaver, a leading composer on the contemporary Christian music scene," Shattuck said.

    Among their most popular seasonal performances are sensational versions of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" and "O Come O Come Emmanuel."

    "Christmas with the Annie Moses Band" is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Medical Center.

    Prior to the performance, SFA senior music major Emily Williams, who has worked extensively with the Annie Moses Band members at their Fine Arts Summer Academy, 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 to meet the band and to honor the event's corporate sponsor.

    Tickets are already selling quickly for this performance. Tickets to the event would make unique early Christmas gifts, Shattuck added.

    "This is a can't-miss Christmas event that could well sell out before the day of the show," Shattuck said, "so we hope our audience will avoid disappointment by ordering now, while some of the best seats are still available."

    Single event ticket prices for the University Series are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • SFA's Friends of the Visual Arts fosters artistic exchange through scholarships

    SFA's Friends of the Visual Arts fosters artistic exchange through scholarships

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    Students at La Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua in Mexico work to construct the first wood fire kiln in Northern Mexico. The project was another of SFA Professor of Ceramics Piero Fenci's artistic collaborations with the university.
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    Aldo Ornelas, Gaby Hijar and Erik Ordaz Lozano are among the current artists who have traveled from hometowns in Mexico to further their education as graduate students in the SFA School of Art.
    November 17, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University continues to make dreams come true for young Mexican artists who want to attend SFA but have limited economic resources.

    For several years, the FVA has awarded scholarships to students from Mexico who would like to enroll in the School of Art's ceramics program but could not afford to do so. These opportunities exist in part due to the influence of SFA Professor of Ceramics Piero Fenci and his collaboration with the ceramics program at La Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, Mexico.

    Fenci was the driving force in founding the first program of contemporary ceramic art in northern Mexico, and the ceramics program at the Chihuahua university located just south of El Paso is now thriving. In particular, two former students who were products of the program - Kira Enriquez and Adan Saenz - came to SFA a few years ago to study ceramics. Today, Saenz is the professor in charge of the ceramics program at La Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, and Enriquez heads up the ceramics program at Indiana State University.

    Fenci recently returned from another successful trip to work with ceramic students at La Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua. While there, he was instrumental in helping to build the first wood fire kiln in the history of Northern Mexico"My trip to La Universidad Autonoma was glorious, as always," Fenci said. "Adan Saenz, my ex-MFA student who runs the program there, his students and I worked for a solid week to finish the job of constructing the new wood fire kiln, a copy of the one we built at SFA several years ago. It's the first wood fire kiln in Northern Mexico.

    "A wood fire kiln uses wood as fuel, just as the anagama kilns of Japan that have been used for centuries," he continued. "The results are spectacular, as the falling ash in the ware chamber of the kiln land on the work, and then the ash melts into glaze at 2,400 degrees causing a lovely effect prized by ceramic art enthusiasts everywhere."

    The FVA continues to foster similar relationships through scholarships. Gaby Hijar, Erik Ordaz Lozano and Aldo Ornelas are among those who have traveled from homes in Mexico to further their education as graduate students at SFA. Hijar recently began her second-year graduate studies in the School of Art, and Lozano and Ornelas have begun their graduate work in the ceramics program.

    "I cannot believe how much I've learned in the last two years studying at SFA," Hijar said. "The best thing about studying here is meeting wonderful people. Not only are my classmates and professors great, everyone here is always willing to help each other and share their knowledge. I can't wait to do the same in my community after I finish my degree."

    "I hope to contribute in a positive way to the artistic community through my previous knowledge and experiences which I have acquired over time in the labor and artistic fields," Ornelas wrote in his application letter to SFA. "At the same time, I am committed to being a positive influence for my peers, both graduate and undergraduate students, and to be an active member in the local art field not only within SFA, but also within the state of Texas."

    Before arriving in Nacogdoches, Ornelas was an art and pottery teacher in Chihuahua. He described his work as "a blend between the classical art prevalent at my former university and the personal search for self-expression."

    "During my time as a graduate student, I wish to promote the artistic and cultural exchange between my former university and SFA, as well as other artistic spaces inside and outside the country," he wrote. "In addition to fulfilling my personal goals and contributing positively to the artistic and cultural development of Nacogdoches, I wish to share my knowledge with other artists (worldwide), and I consider SFA the ideal place to achieve that goal."

    When Lozano completed his undergraduate degree in industrial design, he began searching for a graduate program to continue his education.

    "I had always dreamed of going abroad, but it really was beyond my means in every possible way," he wrote in his scholarship application. He looked for a program in Mexico "that was really exciting for me," but he soon realized that the type of program he wanted to pursue was not available in Mexico.

    "Not because graduate programs in my country were bad; there are a lot of really good ones," he wrote. "But there is not a single program focused on the artistic and personal development in a field like ceramics.

    "For me to attend SFA is an incomparable and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I feel incredibly fortunate to have," he added. "I am convinced that the School of Art will provide the opportunities I have not had to explore the ideas, concepts, emotions and feelings that exist inside me."

    Lozano wrote that he hopes to show SFA and Nacogdoches his commitment to making positive academic and artistic contributions to the community.

    "I know that if I manage to leave even a small trace of my passing through SFA and Nacogdoches, I will have used my time there in the best possible way," he wrote. "I wish that, through my work, one day, you will be as proud of me as I am proud of going to school there.

    "I hope to generate strong and lasting professional relationships as well as friendships that go beyond an academic program," he said, adding that he hoped to establish "partnerships that can contribute and generate knowledge both for SFA and Nacogdoches and my future workplace and professional development upon returning to Mexico."

    The result of Fenci's yearly visits to Mexico is that talented Mexican students put SFA in their sights.

    "The hope is that more will matriculate in the future," he said. "I must add that the help of the Friends of the Visual Arts has been a lifesaver for this program. Their generosity helps make the international component possible."

    The FVA accepts donations to fund its scholarships. Donations can be made by sending checks to Linda Mock, School of Art business manager, at P.O. Box 13041, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962, or by calling her at (936) 468-4418.

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  • Exhibition explores wonder of Christmas celebrations from bygone era

    Exhibition explores wonder of Christmas celebrations from bygone era

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    The exhibition “I'll Be Home for Christmas,” featuring charming holiday items from a bygone era, will show Dec. 1 through 31 at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    November 15, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will host a holiday exhibition that provides a glimpse into the celebrations of Christmas past from a child's point of view.

    "I'll Be Home for Christmas," featuring charming items from a bygone era, is from a local private collection. The exhibition will be displayed in small vignettes placed around the gallery on both floors. The show will be exhibited Dec. 1 through 31.

    "These vignettes will explore the wonder and delight of Christmas celebrations and demonstrate how delightful such things were to children 100-plus years ago," said John Handley, director of art galleries for Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The Cole Art Center hosted a similar holiday exhibition last year for the first time.

    "It proved to be very popular," Handley said. "We had visitors from as far away as Tyler come to see the exhibit. Several museums around the country set up similar displays to attract families to the museums. One notable example is the Taft Museum in Ohio, which features a charming exhibit each holiday season."

    Handley will discuss a unique aspect of antique ornaments in a presentation at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, which is the same day as the Christmas festival in downtown Nacogdoches, followed by the annual lighted Christmas parade and fireworks display that evening.

    Sponsors for the presentation are The Flower Shop, SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

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

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  • SFA's Friday Film Series to screen 'Who the #$%& is Jackson Pollock?'

    SFA's Friday Film Series to screen 'Who the #$%& is Jackson Pollock?'

    November 15, 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 "Who the #$%& is Jackson Pollock?" at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    Directed by veteran filmmaker Harry Morgan Moses, the documentary exposes the controversy in the world of high-priced artwork. Moses paints a vivid picture of how art is bought and sold in America in this film about a long-haul truck driver who buys a painting from a thrift shop for $5 and later finds out that Pollock may have painted it.

    The film runs 74 minutes and is rated PG-13 for certain language.

    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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  • SFA's Swingin' Axes, Aces to perform holiday album works, jazz favorites

    SFA's Swingin' Axes, Aces to perform holiday album works, jazz favorites

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    SFA's Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’ Aces jazz bands will present “A Jazzy Christmas” a 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    November 15, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the program "A Jazzy Christmas" that will feature a mixture of holiday songs and jazz favorites at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The Swingin' Axes, directed by Dr. Deb Scott, will perform arrangements from two major jazz Christmas albums. Stan Kenton released his landmark album, "Kenton's Christmas," in 1970. "We Three Kings," "Adeste Fideles (O, Come All Ye Faithful)" and "The Twelve Days of Christmas" are all popular arrangements by Kenton and Ralph Carmichael, according to Scott.

    These famous recordings originally included adding four mellophone players to the traditional jazz ensemble. These parts will be performed by horn majors from the SFA School of Music, including Corrie Bird of Mineral Wells, Abbigail Ramsey of McKinney, Taylor Young of Hallsville and Cody Wyatt of Pearland.

    Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band released a Christmas album in 2006 called "Bah Humduck!, A Looney Tunes Christmas." The Axes will perform several "wildly untraditional" Christmas arrangements from this album, Scott said. Those include "Yo Tannenbaum!," "God Rest Ye Mary, Gentlemen" and "The Little Drummer Boy."

    The concert will also feature Barry Martin, senior percussion major, singing "The Christmas Song" by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells, arranged by Jerry Nowak.

    The Swingin' Aces, directed by Dr. J.D. Salas, will perform two pieces by East Texas arranger and composer Mike McGowan, who instructs music theory at Panola College in Carthage and performs saxophone and keyboard in several East Texas jazz groups. Those works include "My Shining Hour" by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, arranged by McGowan, and the world premiere of McGowan's "Mrs. Luckey's Blue Plate Special."

    The Aces will also perform "In A Mellow Tone" by Duke Ellington, arranged by Dave Wolpe; "But Beautiful" by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen, arranged by Lennie Niehaus; "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by Vince Guaraldi, arranged by Paul Murtha; and "Take the 'A' Train" by Billy Strayhorn, arranged by Gordon Goodwin.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building.

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  • SFA's children's series to present holiday classic 'A Christmas Carol'

    SFA's children's series to present holiday classic 'A Christmas Carol'

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    Virginia Repertory Theatre's adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” will be presented in two performances on Friday, Dec. 1, at Stephen F. Austin State University as part of the College of Fine Arts’ Children's Performing Arts Series.

    November 15, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Children's Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present two performances of Virginia Repertory Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" on Friday, Dec. 1, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Perhaps the best loved holiday story of all time, Virginia Repertory's adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" is particularly suited to children, according to Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children's series.

    "Watch Mr. Scrooge have a change of heart from stone to gold as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas, transforming him into a kinder, gentler man," Peterson said. "All the joy, sentiment and meaning are here, without being too scary for young audiences."

    "A Christmas Carol" is the heartwarming story of the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from a greedy, heartless miser to a generous, loving man. Three ghostly visits - from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future - leave an indelible impression on Ebenezer. Filled with love and the true spirit of the Christmas season, he begins to change his selfish ways and open his heart to those around him.

    The musical targets children in kindergarten through fifth grade. A study guide can be accessed at http://va-rep.org/tour/guides/carol.pdf.

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

    Other upcoming children's shows presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts include "Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad" on Thursday, Feb. 1; Super Scientific Circus on Wednesday, March 7; and "The Ugly Duckling" on Friday, April 27.

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

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  • Cole Art Center announces Thanksgiving hours

    Cole Art Center announces Thanksgiving hours

    November 14, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches will be open during a portion of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, gallery officials have announced.

    Cole Art Center will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 21 through 23. The gallery will be open during regular hours on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25. The downtown gallery will continue its new Sunday afternoon schedule and will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26.

    Exhibitions currently showing include "Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay" and "The Patriotic Art of World War I in France," both of which are showing through Dec. 30.

    "Collective Transference: Houston Area Clay" is a ceramics exhibition, curated by Jeff Forster and Michelle Matthews, that features clay artists who highlight the quality and diversity of artists working in Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Liberty, Galveston, Chambers, Waller and Brazoria counties.

    "The Patriotic Art of World War I in France" features French WWI posters from the extensive collection of Dr. Jere Jackson, former Regent's Professor of History at SFA and director of the Center for East Texas Studies. Topics of the lithographed posters made during WWI address issues concerning the war, and the exhibition includes some posters that focus on children during the war.

    Regular gallery hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

    The exhibitions are free and open to the public and are sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and The Flower Shop. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band pay tribute to 'Monuments'

    SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band pay tribute to 'Monuments'

    November 14, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Band at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the program "Monuments" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    The SFA Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Tamey Anglley, assistant director of bands at SFA, will open the first half of the concert with Jack Stamp's "Cenotaph," which will be conducted by graduate student Brandon Beavers of Livingston.

    A cenotaph is a 'statue or monument to a person not buried there,' according to Anglley. The Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument are familiar examples of cenotaphs. Stamp's "Cenotaph" is a fanfare that connotes such a structure.

    Symphonic Band will also perform "Giles Farnaby Suite," transcribed by Gordon Jacob. The suite includes 11 movements for band that were transcribed from Farnaby's pieces in "The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book," which Anglley describes as "a treasure trove of late Renaissance and very early Baroque keyboard music."

    "A virginal is a small type of harpsichord with the plucked strings running parallel to the keyboard," she explained. "The tunes reflect several classes of song and dance varying in rhythm, tempo and style."

    The Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. David Campo, associate director of bands, will perform works by Clifton Williams, John Mackey and Michael Daugherty.

    Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Evansville College commissioned Williams' "Dedicatory Overture" for use in services dedicating their new music building erected in 1963.

    The Wind Symphony will also perform Mackey's "This Cruel Moon" in which the composer celebrates the literary monument of "The Odyssey," written by Homer in the 8th century B.C.

    "The work focuses on the adventures of Odysseus as he attempts to return home following the fall of Troy," Campo said. "Odysseus falls prey to the seductions of the sea nymph Kalypso, and it is this episode that Mackey explores in 'This Cruel Moon.' The piece is an adaptation of the middle movement of Mackey's 'Wine Dark Sea: Symphony for Band.'"

    The concert closes with Daugherty's homage to one of the world's greatest natural monuments: Niagara Falls.

    In his "Niagara Falls," Daugherty seeks to impart a musical souvenir, or, in his words, "a 10-minute musical ride over the Niagara River with an occasional stop at a haunted house or wax museum along the way."

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

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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  • SFA's Contemporary Ensemble to perform music of Metheny, Plini, Chon

    SFA's Contemporary Ensemble to perform music of Metheny, Plini, Chon

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    SFA's Contemporary Ensemble will perform a contemporary jazz/rock fusion concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    November 14, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Contemporary Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a contemporary jazz/rock fusion concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The program will feature the music of John Scofield and Pat Metheny, Plini, Suda, Tribal Tech and others, according to Andrew Sperandeo, adjunct faculty in Sound Recording Technology and guitar instructor in the School of Music. Sperandeo said he chose a program that would focus on "some challenging, higher-level music."

    "Since it is essentially a jazz group, all members will be featured soloists at one point or another throughout the evening," he said.

    The concert will feature "So It May Secretly Begin" and "The Red One" by The Pat Metheny Group, John Scofield and Pat Metheny.

    "Ever since I started playing and studying jazz, I've always been a huge Metheny fan," Sperandeo said. "So much so, it was a bit challenging to decide which pieces to perform, since he composed so many great songs. These are some of my favorite tunes recorded by Pat Metheny."

    "Every Piece Matters" by Plini and "Suda" by Chon are favorites of the student performers.

    "I wanted the students to have a say in what they wanted to include in this specialized group," Sperandeo said. "These are two of the groups that the students introduced me to while teaching them over the last few years here at SFA. They are really interesting, modern instrumental groups. The Chon tune is especially difficult due to all the time changes and hits."

    Tribal Tech's "The Necessary Blonde" and "Face First" are also favorites.

    "This is another of my favorite groups growing up," Sperandeo said. "Tribal Tech is a talented jazz fusion group from the '90s that put out some amazing arrangements. 'The Necessary Blonde' is harmonically rich and includes some intricate time changes as well. 'Face First' is mainly an 'in-your-face' up-tempo, funk tune."

    Sperandeo said he was looking forward to performing with the students.

    "I hope people come out and support these talented kids as they explore some of this more thought-provoking music," he said.

    The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building.

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  • SFA School of Theatre's 'Mr. Burns' continues through Saturday

    SFA School of Theatre's 'Mr. Burns' continues through Saturday

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    November 9, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre's production of Anne Washburn's "Mr. Burns, a post-electric play" can be seen at 7:30 nightly through Saturday, Nov. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Performing in one of the scenes are, standing, Wichita Falls senior Travis Brasher and Crandall sophomore Gareth Phipps; middle, Austin junior Abigail Junk, Houston sophomore Anais Saenz and Nacogdoches sophomore Alexis Beck; and front, Houston senior Terrance Simon and Mesquite junior Zaria Harp. 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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  • 'Great Russian Nutcracker' sells out; Annie Moses tickets selling quickly

    'Great Russian Nutcracker' sells out; Annie Moses tickets selling quickly

    November 9, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The two-night presentation of Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker" at Stephen F. Austin State University is a complete sellout.

    "We knew this event would be popular with East Texas audiences, so we are not surprised that both performances will have full houses, but we didn't think they would be sold out a full week in advance," said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series.

    An Encore Event presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts, "The Great Russian Nutcracker" is set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Both performances are sponsored in part by Lehmann Eye Center.

    For those who may have missed out on this popular holiday tradition, another opportunity awaits to enjoy the musical cheer of the season in Nacogdoches, but time is of the essence, Shattuck said. Ticket sales are also brisk for the upcoming "Christmas with the Annie Moses Band," a University Series event at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

    "Good seats are still available for our Christmas show in December, but tickets to this performance by the sensational Annie Moses Band are also moving quickly," Shattuck said.

    "Christmas with the Annie Moses Band" has been televised as one of the most popular PBS specials of the holiday season. From spirited renditions of "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" and "Deck the Halls" to the breathtaking beauty of "O Holy Night," this evening of live music promises to be "thrilling, exultant and transporting," according to Shattuck.

    "Seeing the Annie Moses Band live is another perfect way to spend a holiday evening," he said, "But don't delay in ordering your tickets, because this could be another sellout."

    The performance in W.M. Turner Auditorium is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Medical Center.

    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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  • SFA voice students to present opera program

    SFA voice students to present opera program

    November 8, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University voice students will present a program of musical theatre and opera scenes in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The "Fall Scenes Program" will feature students enrolled in the Opera Workshop class taught by Dr. Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice and director of opera, and Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras and musical director of opera.

    "Our Opera Workshop class continues to grow," Dalton said. "There are 27 students enrolled this semester. There are 11 scenes on the program in order to accommodate everyone. Once again, I have assigned musical theatre scenes to the younger students while the more experienced singers have opera scenes, many in the original language."

    The program includes selections from "West Side Story," "Wonderful Town," "Into the Woods," "Street Scene," and "Candide." The opera scenes are from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and "Le nozze di Figaro," Gioachino Rossini's "Il barbieri di Siviglia," Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Old Maid and the Thief" and Mark Adamo's "Little Women."

    "I enjoy the fall opera scenes because of the variety of selections and the challenges of using 'found' elements as the set," Dalton said. "The singers and the audience add so much to the experience by using their imaginations."

    Moon will provide piano accompaniment along with senior Parker Dickenson of Gary and freshman Rachel Clark of Lumberton. Evelyn Shaffer, choral conducting graduate student from Houston, will conduct the Menotti work.

    The recital 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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  • World-renowned Viento Sur trombone ensemble to perform at SFA

    World-renowned Viento Sur trombone ensemble to perform at SFA

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    Viento Sur, a world-renowned Argentinian trombone quartet, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus

    November 7, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Argentinian trombone quartet Viento Sur will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in conjunction with Brass Day at SFA.

    "Viento Sur is a trombone quartet known worldwide for their beautiful ensemble playing and distinct sound when playing arrangements of authentic Argentine tangos," said Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone in the SFA School of Music. "SFA is included on their current North American tour."

    The members of Viento Sur, which include Pablo Fenoglio, Carlos Ovejero, Enrique Schneebeli, and Jorge Urani on bass trombone, will also spend two days working with SFA trombone students, teaching them and listening to them perform in master class settings.

    The most well-known composers on the concert program are Astor Piazzolla of Argentina and Corrado Maria Saglietti of Italy. The ensemble will perform Saglietti's "Piccola Suite" and Piazzolla's "Contrabajeando" and "La Muerte del Angel."

    "Much of the program will be devoted to performing tangos," Scott said.

    Brass Day at SFA is an outreach event in which high school brass students work with SFA brass faculty to prepare for region and area auditions to qualify for the Texas All-State Bands.

    Master classes for 1A through 4A schools will be at 1 p.m., and master classes for 5A and 6A schools will be at 2 p.m. The master classes are free of charge. For more information, visit http://www.SFAtrombones.com.

    Tickets for the concert 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 Orchestra of the Pines to performs works of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov

    SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to performs works of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov

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    SFA music students Gary Jones and Cesar Montelongo will perform a classical concerto for two clarinets and orchestra during a performance of the Orchestra of the Pines at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    November 7, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Orchestra of the Pines at Stephen F. Austin State University will present "Charismatic Capriccios and Dynamic Duos" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The program includes two popular works, "Capriccio Italien" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and "Capriccio Espangol" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Both written by Russian composers, the works were inspired by their visits to surrounding European countries, according to Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras in the SFA School of Music.

    "Both works are virtuosic in nature and showcase soloists throughout the entire orchestra," Moon said. "I'm excited to see these two works programmed in the same evening."

    To show off SFA's string students' talent, the string sections will perform without winds, brass and percussion in the beautiful elegiac "Serenade for Strings" by Edward Elgar.

    "The Elgar serenade is one of several major string serenades in the oeuvre," Moon said. "The work is songful and captivating with sonorous melodies and rich harmonies."

    The concert's guest soloists are clarinetists Gary Jones and Cesar Montelongo, who will perform a dynamic classical concerto for two clarinets and orchestra, Moon said.

    "These two really put on a show when they share the stage," he said. "I can still see their performance during our concerto competition last April and remember the dynamic energy these two shared in this work. Both Gary and Cesar have been pivotal members of the orchestra program at SFA, and I am so happy to have them share the stage as our guest soloists!"

    A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Jones is earning a master's degree in wind conducting and an artist diploma in clarinet performance at SFA. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a focus on multi-woodwind pedagogy and a minor in piano from SFA.

    Jones is active both as a conductor and recitalist. He has performed throughout the United States, notably in New York and Oregon. Currently, he performs with the SFA Wind Ensemble and holds the principal clarinet position in the Orchestra of the Pines. He has also presented master classes and has been an adjudicator throughout Texas and Louisiana. In addition to playing the clarinet, Jones maintains a private teaching studio. He serves as the graduate teaching assistant for The Lumberjack Marching Band, conducts the Roarin' Buzzsaws Basketball Band, and serves as the director of music at Johnson Chapel CME Church in Nacogdoches.

    A senior music education major, Montelongo is a native of Dallas working toward earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Prior to beginning his studies at SFA, he held the principal clarinet chair for the Arlington Youth Symphony's inaugural year and was an active member in the Mansfield Wind Symphony.

    Montelongo has performed in New York, as well as throughout Texas. He is the current principal clarinetist in the SFA Wind Ensemble and is a member of the Orchestra of the Pines. Aside from performing with concert ensembles, Montelongo is also the current drum major of The Lumberjack Marching Band.

    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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  • Cello Club to perform program of eclectic musical styles

    Cello Club to perform program of eclectic musical styles

    November 6, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Cello Club at Stephen F. Austin State University will present "Game of Cellos" at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the School of Music's Calliope Concert Series.

    The music will feature baroque and romanticism works as well as some arrangements from video games, pop songs and TV shows, according to Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello instructor in the School of Music. The concert will also include the premieres of several works.

    "Cello Club gathers together cello enthusiasts from near and far," Raychev said. "My college students and all other cellists who will be joining us on stage have been working hard to prepare the music. I cannot think of any other single instrument, other than the cello, which can create such wide diapason of sonorities, timbres and sound effects. It is truly amazing to listen to more than 20 cellos sounding together."

    Works to be performed include those by J.S. Bach, Alfred Pester, Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, Johannes Brahms, Robert Eden, Alex Broussard, Codi Wartenbach and Obadiah Michler, and also music by The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

    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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  • Vintage French WWI posters to be featured in exhibition

    Vintage French WWI posters to be featured in exhibition

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    “The Patriotic Art of World War I in France” will be exhibited Oct. 31 through Dec. 30 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    November 2, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the SFA Galleries will host the exhibition "The Patriotic Art of World War I in France" Oct. 31 through Dec. 30 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    The exhibition features French WWI posters from the extensive collection of Dr. Jere Jackson, Regent's Professor of History at SFA and director of the Center for East Texas Studies. Topics of the lithographed posters made during WWI address issues concerning the war, and the exhibition includes some posters that focus on children during the war.

    In "An Introduction to the Patriotic School of Paris: French Poster Artists of the Great War," Jackson writes: "It is difficult, even after 100 years, to comprehend the magnitude and the importance of the First World War. It was the Great War of 1914-1918, and not World War II, that presaged the grim horrors which we now associate with the 20th Century wars: machine guns, trenches, tanks, chemical weapons and gas masks, aerial warfare, civilian bombardment, submarine attacks, starvation blockades, concentration camps, atrocities, deportations, vicious propaganda attacks, etc. Yet, on the eve of this war, almost no one foresaw the terrible path that coming events would take.

    "Everyone expected the war to be over 'before the leaves fall' or 'by Christmas,'" he continues. "In military matters, for this reason, everyone worshiped the offensive. In non-military matters, on the other hand, most governments including the French believed only in the defensive. The French had the best censor in the world! The government controlled the posting of bills, the flow of paper to the major presses, and the major channels of distribution. Had the war been short as anticipated, victory might have made any positive methods of propaganda unnecessary. After the stalemate in the fall of 1914, however, the new war of wills necessitated the encouragement of morale, patriotism, sacrifice, conservation of resources, and duty; in short, a complete mobilization of French society and resources. Since radio and television were yet to be invented, the main tools available were the products of the printing press - newspapers, magazines, reviews, journals, leaflets, postcards, and most importantly posters. The French Government, however, did not come to a positive use of these potential weapons until very late. Outside the press organs it controlled, the official attitude toward the press and artists was antagonistic."

    The exhibition was planned to coincide with next year's 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

    Jackson will speak at a reception at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, Veteran's Day. Coffee and cake will be served. The event is sponsored by SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, the Nacogdoches Junior Forum and The Flower Shop. Admission is free. The annual Downtown Art Walk takes place that evening.

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

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  • SFA Trombone Choir to perform program of various musical styles

    SFA Trombone Choir to perform program of various musical styles

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    SFA's Trombone Choir will perform a program featuring a mix of musical styles at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Cole Concert Hall.

    November 1, 2017—Robbie Goodrich

    The Trombone Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a program that features a mix of musical styles when the choir performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    Directed by Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone, and Dr. Daniel Chapa, adjunct professor of trombone and euphonium, the Trombone Choir will present a variety of musical styles ranging from 16th century Renaissance to current compositions, according to Scott.

    "The tradition of the trombone choir dates back further than 500 years, so it is important that I expose students to the style of music originally composed for trombone as well as more recent literature," Scott said.

    "Canzona" by Nicholas DiNunzio was composed in the style of Renaissance music for trombone choir and utilizes the tradition of two opposing trombone choirs.

    Another early piece, "The White and Sweet Swan" by Jacob Arcadelt (ca. 1505-1568), was originally a madrigal for voices. SFA music graduate student Josh Porter arranged the work for trombone choir.

    Also on the program, J.S. Bach's "Fugue in G Minor " was transcribed for trombone ensemble by Ralph Sauer.

    More modern music includes Simon Wills' "A Breach of the Peace," which Scott describes as "a highly entertaining piece that uses stomping and clapping to enhance the Scottish melodies and rhythm." The British Trombone Society commissioned the work.

    Gary Slechta's beautiful arrangement of "What a Wonderful World," made popular by Louis Armstrong, will also be performed in a jazz style.

    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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