College of Fine Arts News Archive

February 2020

  • Guest artists to present flute, cello, piano recital

    Guest artists to present flute, cello, piano recital

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    Bethany Padgett

    February 13, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    Works by Peteris Plakidis, Cherise Leiter, George Crumb and others will be presented in a flute, cello and piano guest recital to be performed at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The recital features Bethany Padgett, flute; Molly Goforth, cello; and Amanda Albert Hughes, piano. The program opens with Plakidis’ “Dedication to Haydn.” Padgett and Goforth will perform Leiter’s “Chroma” for flute and cello. The performance will feature the world premiere of Shane Lamb’s “Fragile Landscapes.” Crumb’s “Vox Balaenae,” or “Voice of the Whale,” concludes the performance.

    Padgett is an active teacher and freelancer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She has been professor of flute at Navarro College since fall 2017. She has been an adjudicator for numerous competitions including the Texas Community College Band Directors Association, Floot Fire Solo Competition and the Texas Music Teachers Association Performance Competition. She has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Texarkana Symphony, South Arkansas Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and Baton Rouge Symphony orchestras.

    Goforth is a performer and teacher based in Lafayette, Louisiana. She is an active chamber and orchestral musician, performing in more than 50 events annually. She is the principal cellist of the Baton Rouge Symphony and is a frequent performer of chamber music with the Baton Rouge-based group Magnolia Strings. Goforth performs with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Charles Symphony. She has worked as a recording artist for various groups, including the Grammy-nominated artist Marc Broussard and the Grammy-nominated group Bonsoir, Catin.

    Hughes has distinguished herself in the field of piano performance and has given recitals across the U.S. and Europe. In May of 2013, she premiered the music of the Russian composer Vladimir Drozdoff at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In addition to having an active performance life, Hughes has composed more than 80 works. She was a prize winner in the Madelyn Savarick Piano Competition and was chosen as the alternate winner in the senior state division of the Music Teachers National Associate Competition. In 2006, she was chosen to represent the U.S. as the International Music Laureate.

    Recital 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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  • Powerhouse Argentine-based dance company Che Malambo to perform at SFA

    Powerhouse Argentine-based dance company Che Malambo to perform at SFA

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    Powerhouse all-male Argentine dancers bring to life the legacy of South American gouchos (cowboys) in Che Malambo’s percussive dance and music spectacle. The company will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Photo credit: Diane Smithers

    February 13, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the Argentine-based dance company Che Malambo in an exciting University Series performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

    Che Malambo’s fiery melting-pot performance blends flamenco, tango, tap and Irish step dance with the drumming of traditional bombos, singing and whirling boleadoras lasso work in a phenomenon of unbridled energy that is thrilling audiences around the world, according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series. Their performance at SFA is sponsored in part by Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical/Medical Arts Surgery Center.

    “The company’s work and performances celebrate the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho,” Shattuck said. “It’s a display of rhythmic machismo unlike any other in the world.”

    Typical of the Pampas region of Argentina, the Malambo is a peculiar dance that is executed by men only. Its music has no lyrics, and it is based entirely on rhythm. Che Malambo, a powerhouse all-male company of gauchos, is directed by French choreographer and former ballet dancer Gilles Brinas. Like many who fall under the spell of traditional dances, Brinas was fascinated and troubled by the Malambo. He was drawn to the particular rhythms, the haunting characters, and the lonely expressions of the solitary gaucho. Brinas was inspired by the talented artists he found in Buenos Aires and was moved to create the company Che Malambo from the best Malambo dancers in Argentina.

    After premiering in Paris in 2007 and touring around the world, Che Malambo embarked on a U.S. tour in 2013. In 2015, the company was invited to perform on the opening night of New York City Center’s annually sold-out series Fall for Dance. Since 2016, the company has performed in more than 100 cities in 11 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. They have completed four North American tours and week-long runs in London, Berlin and Cologne as well as a 60-performance three-month run in Paris, France.

    “In the month before they arrive in Nacogdoches,” Shattuck noted, “this troupe will perform in Montreal, Ottowa, Atlanta and three different cities in Florida. This is truly world-class cultural entertainment, not to be missed on their visit to SFA.”

    Prior to the show, Sarah Sanchez, visiting lecturer in the SFA Dance Program, 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, Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical/Medical Arts Surgery Center.

    Ticket prices are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors and $12 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. Discounts are also available for SFA faculty and staff members.

    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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  • Art Prom returns to Nacogdoches

    Art Prom returns to Nacogdoches

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    In costumes from a previous art prom themed “Come as Your Alter Ego” are local art lover Greg Sieg, left, and former SFA art professor the late Gary Frields. The art prom is back this year as a fundraiser for The Friends of the Visual Arts and is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Rebellion Barn at Millard’s Crossing.

    February 12, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts announces the return of the fabled Art Prom on Saturday March 21. The Art Prom, last held in 2004, was an annual tradition for area artists and art lovers for more than 20 years.

    “The Art Prom event was created by the SFA art students and local artists who felt like their high school proms were never as interesting or creative as they could be,” recalled Gary Parker, retired lecturer with the SFA School of Art. With themes like “Come as Your Alter Ego,” the “Mirror Ball” and the “Hair Ball,” attendees wore their most clever, complex and sometimes over-the-top costumes to fit the theme.

    By popular demand, Art Prom is coming back as a fundraiser for The Friends of the Visual Arts, an SFA external affiliate that promotes the visual arts in the local community and East Texas region, especially by supporting the art faculty and art students of SFA.

    “The FVA hosted the event from 1998 to 2004. For years, past attendees have asked that we bring this this fabled event back because it was such a fun and quirky night,” said Crystal Hicks, FVA president.

    This year’s theme, the “Odd Ball,” will give prom-goers the latitude they need to wear their oddest formal attire and dance the night away to tunes spanning the late 1960s to today, according to Hicks. Nacogdoches’ own Pat Casey will DJ the event, complete with a light show and disco ball.

    The Odd Ball Art Prom is scheduled for 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. March 21 at the Rebellion Barn at Millard's Crossing Historic Village, 6020 North St. Tickets for the fun and frivolity are $50 per person and include heavy hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar and photo booth will be available. Attendees must be age 21 or older. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the SFA School of Art through scholarships.To purchase tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or visit boxoffice.sfasu.edu. Deadline for purchasing tickets online is March 19. Tickets will be available at the SFA Fine Arts Box Office until March 20. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

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  • SFA’s Scott, Nixon to perform new works for trombone, piano

    SFA’s Scott, Nixon to perform new works for trombone, piano

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    Dr. Deb Scott

    February 12, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    A recital of new solo works for trombone and piano will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone in the SFA School of Music, and Dr. Thomas Nixon, SFA collaborative pianist, will perform works that were selected for performance last summer at the International Trombone Festival at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Scott is the director of the ITF Composers Workshop and is in a unique position to help select current repertoire for the trombone.

    For the ITF Composers Workshop, more than 60 new compositions were submitted for consideration. Five solos were selected by a panel of judges for performance at the conference. Scott performed one of the new solos at the conference and will perform it again on this recital. “The Scomorokhs” (A Tragicomic Scene) composed by Dmytro Malyi of Ukraine depicts traditional Russian street musicians.

    “It is a highly energetic and entertaining piece that uses some unusual techniques on the trombone,” Scott said.

    “Brazilian Pictures” by Jimmy Kachulis, another solo selected by the workshop, combines Brazilian rhythms and melodies with modern jazz chord changes of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” and Ray Noble’s “Cherokee,” Scott explains. Kachulis teaches songwriting and lyric writing at Berklee College of Music and conducts clinics nationwide.

    Lauren Bernofsky was one of the featured composers/artists/teachers for the 2019 ITF Composers Workshop. Her composition from 2018, “From a Mother’s Journal,” features movements written about different aspects of motherhood, including “Love Letter,” “A World of Worry,” “Bedtime Battle,” “Contentment” and “Little Imp.” Bernofsky’s music has been performed across the United States as well as internationally in major venues from New York City’s Carnegie Hall to Grieg Hall in Bergen, Norway.

    A piece by another female composer not connected to last year’s workshop will be featured on the recital. Scott will perform the highly technical composition “A Dream of Fire” by Saksia Apon, arranger-in-residence for the Rotterdam Philharmonic Brass.

    Recital 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 Guenther, Nixon to collaborate on literature-inspired music program

    SFA’s Guenther, Nixon to collaborate on literature-inspired music program

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    Christina Guenther

    February 6, 2020—Robbie Goodrich

    Christina Guenther and Thomas Nixon, members of the music faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University, will present the program “Storytime: Literature-Inspired Music for Flute and Piano” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Guenther, professor of flute, and Nixon, collaborative pianist, will perform four works – two German and two French – spanning the 19th and early 20th centuries.

    “The genesis of this concert stemmed from my wanting to play a concert with Thomas Nixon, who is newer to the School of Music (now in his second year) and is just a beautiful player,” Guenther said. “As we brainstormed some pieces we wanted to perform, the concept of literature-inspired music came together.”

    The program includes Theobald Boehm’s arrangement of Franz Schubert’s Lied “Gute Nacht” (Good Night), which was written around 1870. The original lied (song) was written for baritone voice and piano in 1828 as part of the song cycle “Winterreise” (Winter Journey). The eighth notes in the opening of the piano part depict the tired footsteps of the protagonist, a man who is leaving his summertime love interest to roam and find the next, Guenther explained.

    Also featured is Carl Reinecke’s “Sonata Undine,” op. 167, which is based on the German Romantic author Friedrich de La Motte Fouqué’s fairytale novella of the same name, in which a water sprite, Undine, marries a knight, Huldbrand, in order to gain a soul.

    “The four movements of Reinecke’s sonata are very programmatic,” Guenther said. “The first movement is representative of water and all the power it holds. The second movement is Undine playfully splashing water, with a brief love theme in the middle. The third movement is the love song, this time with a very brief stormy section towards the end. The fourth and final movement represents all the passion and fury of a water nymph scorned, ending, finally, with the return of the love theme of the second movement as Undine’s spring embraces Huldbrand forever.”

    The program also features Claude Debussy’s symphonic poem for orchestra “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” and Jules Mouquet’s best-known work “La Flûte de Pan,” op. 15.

    Recital 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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