College of Fine Arts News Archive

December 2019

  • Dove Award-winning, Grammy-nominated Isaacs family to perform at SFA

    Dove Award-winning, Grammy-nominated Isaacs family to perform at SFA

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    Bring your family and friends to the special Encore Event performance of the Grammy-nominated family of gospel singers, The Isaacs, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    December 12, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Start the new year off on the right note with the multi-Dove Award-winning and two-time Grammy-nominated family of gospel singers, The Isaacs, when they perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

    A special Encore Event presented by the College of Fine Arts and its University Series, the concert is sponsored in part by BancorpSouth. The Isaacs have an inspirational style that blends tight harmonies with contemporary acoustic instrumentation to produce a sound that appeals to audiences all over the world, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series and Encore Events.

    “The Isaacs are some of the most popular southern gospel singers in the world, and their music is revered by experts in the genre,” Shattuck noted. “When we saw them last year on Reba McIntyre’s CMA Country Christmas special we feared that we might have missed our chance to get them to Nacogdoches, but they are looking forward to visiting the SFA campus for an evening of shimmering sound,” he continued.

    The Isaacs began singing 35 years ago. The group includes mother Lily Isaacs and siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs’ distinctive style has been influenced by many genres of music including rhythm and blues, bluegrass and folk, as well as country, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel.

    Their unique mix of southern gospel and other sounds is heard regularly at the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall and CMA Fan Fest. The group’s 2018 appearance on ABC-TV’s CMA Country Christmas included a performance of “What Child Is This” with superstar McIntyre, and they recorded the same song with her for her album “My Kind of Christmas.”

    Prior to the show, Andre Simon, minister of music at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, will present an informational 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 honor the show’s corporate sponsor, BancorpSouth.

    Encore Event tickets are: adult $45/36/27; senior $36/29/21; youth $18/14/11; SFA student $3. All seating is reserved. Pricing is based on seating (section A/B/C). Discounts are also available for SFA faculty and staff members.

    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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  • Tickets to The Isaacs’ SFA concert make great Christmas gifts

    Tickets to The Isaacs’ SFA concert make great Christmas gifts

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    Give the gift of Isaacs’ concert tickets this Christmas and send family and friends to the special Encore Event performance of the Grammy-nominated family of gospel singers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    December 6, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Looking for a memorable Christmas gift for that someone special? Tickets to hear gospel sensations The Isaacs in concert on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus might be the most appreciated present you’ll give this year.

    The College of Fine Arts at SFA will present The Isaacs in a special Encore Event concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The concert is sponsored in part by BancorpSouth.

    The multi-Dove Award-winning and two-time (2017 and ’18) Grammy-nominated family of gospel singers, The Isaacs have an inspirational style that blends tight harmonies with contemporary acoustic instrumentation to produce a sound that appeals to audiences all over the world.

    “Their unique mix of southern gospel and other sounds is heard regularly at the Grand Ole Opry and at Carnegie Hall, CMA Fan Fest and recently on ABC-TV’s CMA Country Christmas with superstar Reba McIntyre,” said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series and Encore Events.

    The Isaacs began singing 35 years ago and include mother Lily Isaacs and siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs’ distinctive style has been influenced by many genres of music including rhythm and blues, bluegrass and folk, as well as country, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel.

    Encore Event tickets are: adult $45/36/27; senior $36/29/21; youth $18/14/11; SFA student $3. All seating is reserved. Pricing is based on chosen section (A/B/C). Discounts are also available for SFA faculty and staff members.

    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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  • Tickets still available for ‘A Christmas Carol’ at SFA

    Tickets still available for ‘A Christmas Carol’ at SFA

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    December 5, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Tickets are still available for PerSeverance Productions’ touring production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus. This College of Fine Arts University Series holiday show is a musical spectacle for the entire family featuring 26 beloved yuletide songs. Ticket prices are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors and $12 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://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. “A Christmas Carol” is sponsored in part by Nacogdoches Medical Center.

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  • SFA’s Mariachi Los Leñadores to present ‘Una Noche De Serenatas’

    SFA’s Mariachi Los Leñadores to present ‘Una Noche De Serenatas’

    December 3, 2019—Robbie Goodrich

    Mariachi Los Leñadores, a student-run organization and ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University, will present “Una Noche De Serenatas” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Music Recital Hall in Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

    “One of the traditions in the Mexican culture is to serenade a loved one with a mariachi,” said Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba in the SFA School of Music. “This recital will serve as a serenade to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities following the group’s fall semester of rehearsals and performances.”

    Los Leñadores will perform several well-known mariachi favorites, such as “Amor Eterno,” “Volver” and “Hermoso Cariño,” in addition to other traditional mariachi favorites.

    The group was formed during the fall of 2018 by senior music education major Danny Chavera Jr. Originally from Dilley, Chavera drew from his own experiences performing in high school, where almost every school in predominantly Hispanic areas had a mariachi ensemble as part of the music education experience. The SFA group consists of student musicians on trumpet, guitar and violin, accompanied by the traditional mariachi string instruments, including the vihuela and guitarron.

    Los Leñadores has performed at several local and area events, such as the Nacogdoches Dia de los Muertos Fiesta, the Texas State Forest Festival in Lufkin, and the Nacogdoches Multicultural Festival.

    The concert is free to attend; donations will be accepted. The group has been fundraising to purchase instruments that will remain with the SFA student ensemble as its members graduate. Most recently, enough funds were raised to purchase a guitarron. Future fundraising will aid in purchasing mariachi uniforms.

    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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