College of Fine Arts News Archive

October 2018

  • SYBARITE5 to perform Lias' 'Electric Blue Sand'

    SYBARITE5 to perform Lias' 'Electric Blue Sand'

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    The new work “Electric Blue Sand,” composed by Stephen Lias, professor of music at SFA, will be performed by SYBARITE5 when the string quintet performs in the College of Fine Arts’ University Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Photo: Brian Braun
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    Stephen Lias
    October 11, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The exciting string quintet SYBARITE5 will perform the newly composed "Electric Blue Sand," written by Stephen Lias, professor of composition in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music, when the ensemble performs at SFA in the College of Fine Arts' University Series.

    The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in W.M. Turner Auditorium and is sponsored in part by Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical/Medical Arts Surgery Center.

    SYBARITE5 is known for its eclectic repertoire - from Piazzolla to Brubeck to Radiohead - and its unconventional approach to music performance, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the series.

    "This group of passionate young performers, all top professionals based in New York City, grabs and holds audiences in a way that's truly special," Shattuck said. "They keep audiences on the edge of their seats."

    In conversations with SYBARITE5's booking agent last spring, Shattuck suggested the ensemble consider performing a piece that would be written by Lias, whose works are regularly performed throughout the United States and abroad, specifically for SYBARITE5 and its wide-ranging repertoire.

    "I was, of course, delighted that they agreed," Lias said, "and I wrote the piece for them in June of this year."

    Lias describes "Electric Blue Sand" as "a fun little piece" that the audience may find a little out of the ordinary. Its name, which Lias chose following the work's completion, came from NASA's "mind-blowing" discovery this past summer of a bright blue sand bar on Mars.

    "Knowing that SYBARITE5 specializes in genre-bending music that is often fun and/or unconventional, I just decided to write a fun little piece that was slightly funky and irreverent," Lias said. "I had nothing particular in mind when I wrote it other than to capture energy in an enigmatic way. Thus, when I finished it and was looking for an enigmatic title that also sounded like it had energy, the headline 'NASA discovered an electric blue sand dune on Mars' seemed to give me exactly what I wanted."

    Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the U.S., Shattuck said.

    "I hadn't heard of them until they were recommended to me," Shattuck confessed, "but when I heard their recordings, watched their videos, read their reviews and saw how quickly they had conquered the classical charts and the nation's most prestigious venues, I knew they would absolutely thrill our audience. They truly are the cutting edge of string music in America today, and knowing how much they love to collaborate with innovative composers like Steve, I wanted to see if we could make a connection that would create a unique opportunity for our audience."

    Prior to the performance, Lias and Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola in the SFA School of Music, 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 performers and to honor the corporate sponsor.

    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 Fine Arts Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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  • 'Oklahoma!' preview, fundraiser slated for Nov. 1

    'Oklahoma!' preview, fundraiser slated for Nov. 1

    October 10, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Reservations are still being accepted to attend the "Oklahoma!" preview and fundraiser presented by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre and SFA Culinary Café from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the café on the SFA campus.

    "What a great way to support the cast and crew of 'Oklahoma!' while enjoying a delicious lunch at the Culinary Café," said Angela Bacarisse, professor of theatre and director of "Oklahoma!"

    The School of Theatre will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma!" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 6 through 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Another performance is at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

    Based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, "Green Grow the Lilacs," "Oklahoma!" is the first musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, features choreography by Agnes de Mille.

    Patrons attending the fundraiser will have the opportunity to meet the student stars of the show and hear a preview of the familiar songs from "Oklahoma!" Guest host will be Brad Maule.

    Only 50 seats are available for the event, which costs $25 per person. Reservations: https://payment.sfasu.edu/C20200_ustores/web/classic/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=722

    The Culinary Café is located in the College of Education Annex (former Early Childhood Lab), 1620 Raguet St. For additional information, contact Bacarisse at (936) 468-1126.

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  • SFA's A Cappella Choir to present 'Music of Our Time'

    SFA's A Cappella Choir to present 'Music of Our Time'

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    The SFA A Cappella Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    October 10, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University's A Cappella Choir will present "Music of Our Time" when the choral ensemble performs its first concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The program features choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries, according to Dr. Michael Murphy, director of choral activities in the SFA School of Music and conductor of the A Cappella Choir. The performance will showcase works by Norman Dello Joio, Samuel Barber, Alfred Schnittke, Michael Ostrzyga, Zdenek Lukáš, Jake Runestad, Jocelyn Hagen, Carol Barnett, Joan Szymko and others.

    "This concert focuses on distinctive and important choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries from the United States, Germany, Russia and the Czech Republic," Murphy said. "Another important focus in this concert will be on American women composers."

    "Agnus Dei" is Barber's own 1967 arrangement of his popular Adagio for Strings that was composed in 1936. In this setting of the text "Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us," Barber captures a sense of universal and timeless spirituality, Murphy explained.

    The choir will perform Dello Joio's 1946 "A Jubilant Song," which exhibits frequent meter changes and syncopations, Murphy said.

    "The work is best described as pantonal, or not in just one particular key, but shifts freely in many keys," he said. "Dello Joio sets Walt Whitman's cheerful poem 'A Song of Joys,' which describes the many wonderful things that life has to offer."

    Schnittke's "Three Sacred Hymns" is also on the program.

    "In the 1970s, Alfred Schnittke moved away from his radical and avant-garde compositional style and began to write with more traditional harmonies," Murphy said. "His 1984 'Three Sacred Hymns' is on this program and features a double choir, rich harmonies and frequent meter changes."

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

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

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  • Tuba, euphonium recital to celebrate SFA's 14th annual Octubafest

    Tuba, euphonium recital to celebrate SFA's 14th annual Octubafest

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    J.D. Salas (left) and Daniel Chapa

    October 10, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University music faculty members J.D. Salas and Daniel Chapa will present a tuba and euphonium recital with collaborative pianist Hyun Ji Oh in the opening event of the 14th annual SFA Octubafest celebration.

    The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Cole Concert Hall and is part of the SFA Friends of Music Concert Series.

    Octubafest is an international concert and recital series started by the Harvey Phillips Foundation to showcase the tuba and euphonium as solo instruments, according to Salas.

    "Throughout the month of October, universities around the world will host celebrations, including guest artist recitals, chamber music concerts and other tuba-euphonium related events," he said.

    Salas will perform J.E. Barat's "Introduction and Dance" and Frank Gulino's "Onwards and Upwards," which is a piece commissioned in 2017 by a consortium in which Salas was involved. He will also perform "Squareman's Jazz" by Ben McMillan.

    "This is a piece for unaccompanied tuba that I will be interpreting a little differently by using several effects pedals to further highlight the various styles in the piece," Salas said.

    Chapa, performing on euphonium, will showcase one of his favorite arrangements of Felix Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words (Op. 53 No. 4)."

    "I first encountered this piece in one of my music theory classes during my time as a graduate student at the University of North Texas," he said. "After analyzing and listening to the beautiful melodic line, I also noticed the melody stayed in the upper voice for the entirety of the song. This type of scoring made Mendelssohn's song and several others very easy to arrange and a lot of fun to play!"

    On trombone, Chapa will perform "Song for Ina" by Philip Sparke. The piece was originally composed for euphonium solo with brass band. There have been several adaptations of the piece including this particular arrangement of solo trombone with a tuba-euphonium quintet.

    Chapa will also perform McMillan's "Tomes of Hardened Steel," which was composed for tuba and CD. The composer writes, "Initially I wasn't intending to create an orchestral sound, but the more I played around with the gems of ideas, the more I found it leaning towards an epic fantasy film score in three movements - 'Across the Plains,' 'Fountain of Dusklight' and 'Juggernaut.' Though the title suggests a vague story, I prefer to leave the specifics up to the listener."

    Concert 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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  • School of Theatre's 'Sweat' continues through Saturday

    School of Theatre's 'Sweat' continues through Saturday

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    October 5, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University will present Lynn Nottage's 'Sweat' at 7:30 nightly through Saturday, Oct. 6, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Pictured in a fight scene in the show are theatre students, from left, Cullen Dyer, Daniel David Hicks, Edwin Villanueva, Alex Duty and Sarah Wiseman. Single tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for youth. Tickets for SFA students are $5. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.theatre.sfasu.edu. Because of its themes, "Sweat" is recommended for age 13 and up.

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  • Attorney, ceramicist to discuss art, law in lecture at SFA

    Attorney, ceramicist to discuss art, law in lecture at SFA

    October 4, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Attorney and ceramicist Chris Balch of Atlanta, Georgia, will visit the Stephen F. Austin State University campus to deliver a lecture on art and the law at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Room 106 of the Art Building.

    "Everything You Didn't Know You Needed to Ask a Lawyer - for Visual Artists" is free and open to the public.

    In more than 25 years of practicing law, Balch has advised cities, counties, large and small companies and individuals in a broad range of legal disputes and questions. His private clients have sent him around the world in defense of claims, and he has tried more than 100 cases to verdict before a jury.

    Prior to becoming an attorney, Balch served in the United States Marine Corps, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1993. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal in 1989. Upon graduation from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law with honors in 1992, Balch clerked for United States District Judge Duross Fitzpatrick. His duties and responsibilities brought him intimate knowledge and understanding of federal civil rights statutes and their litigation. Assisting with more than 15 jury trials and more than a dozen non-jury trials during his two-year clerkship, Balch said he "learned important lessons for the young lawyer on preparation, integrity and tenacity."

    Balch is married to artist and metalsmith Victoria Lansford, author of the "Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters" series of books and videos. They live in Atlanta with their college freshman son, Skyler.

    For more information about the lecture, call the School of Art office at (936) 468-4804. The Art Building is located off Wilson Drive.

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  • 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' coming to SFA

    'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' coming to SFA

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    Two performances of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” on Wednesday, Oct. 17, will open the 2018-19 Children's Performing Arts Series at SFA.

    October 4, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Children's Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will open its 2018-19 season on Wednesday, Oct. 17, with two performances of the Virginia Repertory Theatre's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

    Based on the classic story by Washington Irving, this musical version with book, music and lyrics by Paul Deiss takes audiences to Tarry Town to join Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, the lovely Katrina Van Tassel and, of course, the Headless Horseman, as they live the story made famous by the legend.

    "This autumnal classic is faithful to the original story written in 1819 and will thrill and perhaps chill audiences," said Diane Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children's series. "But we promise it is not too scary for young audiences."

    "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" targets children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium, located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

    Presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts, the Children's Performing Arts Series annually features five shows designed to entertain, educate and engage young audiences of all ages, according to Peterson. Study guides provide suggestions for pre- and post-performance activities and discussions for teachers to use in the classroom. A comprehensive study guide for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" may be accessed at cpas.sfasu.edu.

    Other upcoming CPAS performances include "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" on Tuesday, Nov. 27; "I Have a Dream" on Friday, Feb. 1; "Madeline and the Bad Hat" Wednesday, March 6; and "The Jungle Book" on Thursday, May 16.

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

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  • SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to present 'From Dawn to Dusk'

    SFA's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to present 'From Dawn to Dusk'

    October 4, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band at Stephen F. Austin State University will present "From Dawn to Dusk," a program of works that features music by Viet Cuong.

    Cuong, a rising composer, will be in-residence with the SFA bands in mid-October, just prior to this concert, which is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The program will also showcase Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone at SFA, as soloist.

    The concert's first three works draw a connection between the composers who all studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

    The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Assistant Director of Bands Chris Kaatz, will open the concert with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon's "Rhythm Stand."

    "This work is a tapestry of intriguing rhythmic grooves that incorporate sounds of 'ordinary objects' not typically utilized in ensemble performances," Kaatz explained.

    The Symphonic Band will perform Vincent Persichetti's "Pageant," which has become a cornerstone in the wind band repertoire. Persichetti made a lasting impression on the wind repertoire through his numerous works for the medium and by encouraging fellow Juilliard faculty members to write for the ensemble through the mid-20th century. "Pageant" opens with a pastoral chorale prelude, which gives way to an exuberant "street parade" featuring bitonality and a host of exciting characters, Kaatz said.

    Professional trombonists and a consortium of high schools and middle schools across the United States commissioned Cuong's "Howls and Hymns," which features Scott as soloist. She begins with a mysterious c minor "hymn," which quickly gives way to an aggressive, high-energy section of "howling" between the soloist and ensemble, according to Kaatz.

    The Symphonic Band will conclude its performance with a march by Henry Fillmore. Dubbed the "Father of the Trombone Smear," Fillmore wrote 15 marches highlighting this novel trait of his native instrument.

    "'Lassus Trombone' is a pseudo encore to our guest soloist and her instrument," Kaatz said.

    The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Associate Director of Bands Dr. Tamey Anglley, will open the second half of the concert with Carolyn Bremer's "Early Light." Originally written in 1995 for orchestra, the band version was composed by Bremer in 1999, and it is her best-known composition to date, according to Anglley.

    "The material for 'Early Light' is largely derived from 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' drawing on Bremer's happy anticipation at hearing the anthem played before baseball games as a child," Anglley said.

    The Wind Symphony will perform Cuong's new piece "Lasting Light," a composition commissioned by The Consortium for the Advancement of Wind Band Literature and completed in the summer of 2018.

    The ensemble will perform Steven Bryant's "Dusk," a piece that "captures the reflective calm of dusk, paradoxically illuminated by the fiery hues of sunset," the composer writes. "It is intended as a short, passionate evocation of this moment of dramatic stillness."

    The Wind Symphony will conclude the concert with J.C. Heed's march "In Storm and Sunshine." Categorized as a "circus march," the piece alternates between major and minor modes, hence the "storms" and the "sunshine," Anglley 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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  • Tickets still available for 'An Evening with Branford Marsalis'

    Tickets still available for 'An Evening with Branford Marsalis'

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    October 4, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets are still available for "An Evening with Branford Marsalis," which takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. The SFA College of Fine Arts presents the Grammy Award-winner and his jazz quartet in an Encore Event sponsored by Elliott Electric Supply. Encore Event tickets are $45 for Section A seating; $36 for Section B seating; and $27 for Section C seating. Discounts are available for seniors, students, children, SFA faculty and staff members and SFA students. 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. Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson

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  • Renowned pianist Ayesh to perform in SFA concert series

    Renowned pianist Ayesh to perform in SFA concert series

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    Kevin Ayesh

    October 3, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    Concert pianist Kevin Ayesh will perform at Stephen F. Austin State University at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the SFA Friends of Music Concert Series.

    Ayesh, who has presented concerts and master classes throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Hong Kong, will present a varied program featuring the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Gabriel Fauré and Frédéric Chopin.

    Among the works on the program are Beethoven's popular Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13 (the "Pathetique"), Chopin's majestic late Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58, and some lesser known "caprices" by Viennese-born American composer Robert Starer, who was a faculty member at the Juilliard School from 1949-1974.

    Ayesh has taught music at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, North Carolina, since 1992. As a North Carolina visiting artist for four years, he appeared before thousands across that state, performing as many as 50 recitals in a season.

    He is a recipient of the Naftzger Piano Award and Baltimore Music Club Award and winner of both the JCC Baltimore Piano Competition and the Maryland State Music Teachers' Elizabeth R. Davis Memorial Piano Competition. Ayesh was awarded second prize at the Wideman International Piano Competition and won both third prize and composer's prize at the New Orleans International Piano Competition.

    This past summer, Ayesh was a guest artist at the Lindlar International Piano Festival in Germany, and he has recently served as a recitalist and clinician for the Gene Marcus Piano Festival at Purdue University-Fort Wayne in Indiana, the Star Valley Junior Music Festival in Wyoming, and the USA Piano Camp at the University of South Alabama.

    According to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA, Ayesh will present a master class for SFA student pianists in Cole Concert Hall at 10:30 a.m. the same day as the concert. The class is open to the public and free of charge.

    Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

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

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  • Cole Art Center teams with public library to screen 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

    Cole Art Center teams with public library to screen 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

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    A free, one-night screening of Casey Wilder Mott's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” is at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Cole Art Center.

    October 2, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will partner with the Nacogdoches Public Library and its NEA Big Read Nacogdoches project to present a screening of a new William Shakespeare film adaptation by Casey Wilder Mott.

    A free, one-night screening of Mott's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Cole Art Center. This production is a fresh and stylish reinvention that takes an entirely different approach to one of Shakespeare's most beloved creations.The story takes place in present-day Hollywood - a place where "glamorous stars, commanding moguls, starving artists and vaulting pretenders all vie to get ahead," according to the film synopsis at edu.passionriver.com.

    "Hollywood is sometimes called 'The Dream Factory,' and like the world of Shakespeare's 'Dream,' it's a place where fantasy and reality collide.

    "In the tradition of Baz Luhrmann's rapturous re-imagining of 'Romeo + Juliet,' this modern vision breathes new life into a classic tale," the synopsis continues. "Combined with a cast of established and emerging stars, as well as a pulsing original soundtrack, the film will appeal to ardent fans of the Bard as well as audiences discovering Shakespeare for the first time."

    The NEA Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This program seeks to broaden understanding of the world and its communities, and of oneself, through the joy of sharing a good book.

    This screening of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is just one of many events the Nacogdoches Public Library has planned during October as part of the Big Read initiative.

    "I want to thank Cole Art Center for being involved with our city-wide program this year," said Crystal Hicks, assistant director of the library. "We're so glad to have such a wonderfully engaged and supportive community."

    There will be time for discussion of the film and the NEA Big Read novel, "Station Eleven," following the film.

    The Cole Art Center is Stephen F. Austin State University's historic downtown art gallery, located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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  • SFA jazz bands' concert to offer 'Something For Everyone'

    SFA jazz bands' concert to offer 'Something For Everyone'

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    The Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’ Aces at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform “Something For Everyone” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    October 2, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Swingin' Axes and Swingin' Aces at Stephen F. Austin State University have "Something For Everyone" in store when the jazz bands perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    In the bands' first concert of the fall semester, Axes Director Dr. Deb Scott and Aces Director Dr. J.D. Salas have planned a varied program that ranges from traditional swing to Latin tunes to old jazz standards and guarantees the concert theme: "Something For Everyone."

    The Swingin' Axes will perform "Corner Pocket" by Freddie Green. "This is a traditional swing chart made famous by the Count Basie Big Band in 1955 and then recorded again by Harry James in 1976," Scott said.

    The Axes will also perform "Machito" by Pete Rugolo, which was recorded on Stan Kenton's album "Cuban Fire" in 1947 and honored an influential musician from Cuba, Machito, who performed with the Kenton band, Scott explained.

    Also on the Axes' program are several Gordon Goodwin selections, including "Backrow Politics" featuring the trumpet section, "Horn of Puente" and "The Check's in the Mail," along with "Show Up" by Michael Davis and Cole Davis, a modern funk tune recorded recently by the Hip-Bone Big Band.

    "Special guest joining us to play on the two Latin tunes is Paco Morales, our own SFA piano tuner," Scott said.

    A number of old favorites are on the Aces' part of the program, including Sammy Nestico's arrangement of "Satin Doll" by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn; "Love for Sale" by Cole Porter; "There Is No Greater Love" by Isham Jones and Marty Stymes; and a great arrangement of "Softly, As In Morning Sunrise" arranged by Dave Rivello.

    Concert 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 "Trifles"

    SFA to present student-directed "Trifles"

    October 2, 2018—Robbie Goodrich

    The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed play "Trifles" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

    Macy Rhodes, a senior theatre major from Center Point, directs the one-act play written by Susan Glaspell. It explores the psychological differences between men and women, their social roles, isolation and perceived justice.

    A murder occurs in a rural farmhouse in early 20th century America, and a group of people arrive at the farmhouse to investigate, Rhodes explains. While the men search the crime scene for evidence, the women begin to uncover the events that led up to the murder.

    "What ensues is a struggle between morality and legality and masculinity and femininity," she said.

    The cast includes Leander senior Josh Warren as George Henderson; Nacogdoches freshman Jason Couch as Lewis Hale; Mont Belvieu junior Ty Carter as Henry Peters; Waxahachie freshman Emmeline Sullivan as Mrs. Peters; and Red Oak junior Beau McAfee as Mrs. Hale.

    Stage manager for "Triffles" is Splendora senior Karagan Haber. Student production assistants are San Antonio sophomore Hannah Pittman and North Richland senior Cortney Francisco.

    Rhodes is the president of the student organization Speak Up Devised Theatre. She previously directed "Perfect" by Mary Gallagher and "The American Workplace" by SFA playwright Mickey May.

    "Trifles" is recommended for mature audiences. Faculty production advisor is Dr. Inga Meier.

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

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