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Events : The University Series

  • Shuffle. Play. Listen.

    Thu., Sep. 12, 7:30 p.m.
    W.M. Turner Auditorium
    Celebrated pianist Christopher O’Riley and renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz join together to explore the lyrical and virtuosic properties of their instruments in a collaboration that crosses in and out of the classical and pop music genres and showcases works by Bach and Gabrielli, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, Piazzolla and Stravinsky.

    Press release: September 3, 2013
    Press release: September 5, 2013

    Single tickets: $40 for A seating, $33 for B seating and $20 for C seating. Discounts available for seniors, students and youth. Purchase tickets online or by phone: 888.240.ARTS
  • Dead Man’s Cell Phone

    Sarah Ruhl
    Tue., Oct. 8–Sat., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.
    Sat., Oct. 12, 2 p.m.
    W.M. Turner Auditorium
    A quiet cafe. A phone ringing incessantly. A stranger that’s had enough. A dead man with a lot of loose ends. So begins this wildly imaginative comedy about a woman confronting her assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Recommended for mature audiences.

    Press release: September 18, 2013
    Press release: September 26, 2013
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    Produced by the SFA School of Theatre


    Single tickets: $20 for adult, $15 for senior and $7.50 for student/youth. Purchase tickets online or by phone: 888.240.ARTS
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  • Ailey II

    Thu., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.
    W.M. Turner Auditorium
    Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the most talented young dancers with the creative vision of today’s outstanding emerging choreographers. Under the artistic direction of Troy Powell, the Ailey spirit shines as this critically-acclaimed company presents an exhilarating and diverse repertory of timeless classics and thrilling new works.

    Press release: October 10, 2013
    Press release: October 14, 2013

    Single tickets: $40 for A seating, $33 for B seating and $20 for C seating. Discounts available for seniors, students and youth. Purchase tickets online or by phone: 888.240.ARTS
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  • Día de los Muertos: The Art of the Living and the Dead

    Fri., Nov. 1–Sat., Jan. 4
    The Cole Art Center, Ledbetter Gallery
    Día de los Muertos: The Art of the Living and the Dead is an exploration of traditional Day of the Dead Altars as well as a reinterpretation of the same through different cultural, ethnic and religious/non-religious perspectives. A total of 10 to 14 artists will create site-specific altars and will make periodic changes to them throughout the exhibition. Opening reception to be announced.

    Press release: October 16, 2013
  • John August Swanson Serigraphs

    Sat., Nov. 9–Sat., Jan. 11
    The Cole Art Center, Reavley Gallery
    The serigraphs of John August Swanson reflect the strong heritage of storytelling he inherited from his Mexican mother and Swedish father. His narrative is direct and easily understood. He addresses himself to human values, cultural roots and his quest for self-discovery through visual images. Opening reception to be announced.

    Press release: November 4, 2013
  • Diane Schuur

    Fri., Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.
    W.M. Turner Auditorium
    Vocalist, pianist and jazz legend Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents’ generation, but also the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s and ’60s. Enjoy the music of this Grammy award-winning artist, nicknamed Deedles, who has been praised and criticized as an artist who walks a tightrope between jazz and pop. The King's Singers It’s been over four decades since six choral scholars at King’s College, Cambridge, formed an all-male a cappella group, little knowing they would one day redefine the genre. Today, the affable performers are fixtures in the world’s best concert halls and cathedrals, and their rapturous sound has been known to move an audience to tears.

    Press release: November 27, 2013

    Single tickets: $40 for A seating, $33 for B seating and $20 for C seating. Discounts available for seniors, students and youth. Purchase tickets online or by phone: 888.240.ARTS
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  • Texas Art Quilts 1993-2011

    Tue., Jan. 14–Sat., Mar. 29
    The Cole Art Center, Ledbetter Gallery
    Texas Art Quilts 1993-2011 presents 26 works by Texas artists and comes to the Cole Art Center from the Texas Quilt Museum. Embracing both abstract and representational modes, these makers celebrate a variety of themes, including science, fantasy, political causes and natural beauty. The project is funded in part by a grant from the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas Helena Hibbs Endowment Fund. Critic and curator Dr. Sandra Sider will deliver a lecture at 3 p.m., Feb. 15, at the art center.

    Press release: January 8, 2014
    Press release: February 13, 2014
    article/interview available here (Red River Radio)
  • The King’s Singers

    Thu., Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.
    W.M. Turner Auditorium
    It’s been over four decades since six choral scholars at King’s College, Cambridge, formed an all-male a cappella group, little knowing they would one day redefine the genre. Today, the affable performers are fixtures in the world’s best concert halls and cathedrals, and their rapturous sound has been known to move an audience to tears.

    Press release: January 23, 2014
    Press release: February 4, 2014

    Single tickets: $40 for A seating, $33 for B seating and $20 for C seating. Discounts available for seniors, students and youth. Purchase tickets online or by phone: 888.240.ARTS
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  • Blood Wedding

    Federico Garcia Lorca
    Tue., Feb. 25–Sat., Mar. 1, 7:30 p.m.
    W.M. Turner Auditorium
    Lorca’s classic tale of passion, conflicting loyalties and vengeance plays out to an inevitably tragic conclusion. Beautiful poetry illuminates the convergence of love, lust and violence as the scene shifts from daylight to moonlit night in rural Spain. Recommended for mature audiences.

    Press release: February 10, 2014
    Press release: February 21, 2014
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    Produced by the SFA School of Theatre.


    Single tickets: $20 for adult, $15 for senior and $7.50 for student/youth. Purchase tickets online or by phone: 888.240.ARTS
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  • SFA Opera: “Gianni Schicchi” and “Sister Angelica”

    Thu., Mar. 27, 7:30 p.m.
    Fri., Mar. 28, 7:30 p.m.
    Sat., Mar. 29, 7:30 p.m.
    W.M. Turner Auditorium
    The SFA Schools of Music and Theatre showcase their talent with one of the masterpieces of operatic literature, sung in English. The production, Gianni Schicchi and Sister Angelica, two one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini, will feature SFA’s outstanding student singers accompanied by orchestra and staged with full set and costumes.

    Press release: March 18, 2014
    Press release: March 24, 2014

    Single tickets: $20 for adult, $15 for senior and $7.50 for student/youth. Purchase tickets online or by phone: 888.240.ARTS
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  • SFJAZZ Collective

    Thu., Apr. 3, 7:30 p.m.
    W.M. Turner Auditorium
    Spend an evening immersed in jazz with the award-winning SFJAZZ Collective, a workshop band unlike any other in jazz. The group features a changing lineup with each member hand-selected to contribute his own unique sounds, styles and voices in a celebration of jazz as a quintessentially modern art form.

    Press release: March 24, 2014
    Press release: April 2, 2014

    Single tickets: $40 for A seating, $33 for B seating and $20 for C seating. Discounts available for seniors, students and youth. Purchase tickets online or by phone: 888.240.ARTS
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    sponsored by BancorpSouth
  • Jerome Witkin: Paintings and Drawings

    Sat., Apr. 12–Sat., Jun. 14
    The Cole Art Center, Reavley Gallery
    American artist Jerome Witkin is recognized as one of the most formidable figurative painters working today. He has been called “a virtuoso painter” whose work is in dialogue with the old masters, social realism, history and even Abstract Expressionism. Witkin is the 2014 Texas National Juror, and his show coincides with that exhibition. Opening reception April 12, 6-8 p.m.

    Two special events are planned prior to the opening reception. On Friday evening, April 11, a 20th anniversary fundraiser party is planned that will feature food and entertainment at 6:30 p.m. at Karon Gillespie’s El Atascossa Ranch. Tickets are $85 single or $150 per couple and can be purchased through SFA’s Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407. Proceeds from this event go toward continuing to bring important contemporary art and artists to East Texas. On Saturday, April 12, prior to the opening reception, Los Angeles art dealer Jack Rutberg will interview Witkin at 5 p.m. in Morning Glory Yoga Studio, 207. E. Main St.

  • Wayne Bergeron (with the SFA Swingin’ Axes & Swingin’ Aces)

    Thu., Apr. 24, 7:30 p.m.
    W.M. Turner Auditorium
    The SFA Swingin’ Axes welcomes jazz great Wayne Bergeron, a much sought-after trumpeter who is enjoying a career as one of the most active players in the world with studio dates, international touring, jazz concerts and guest solo appearances. The energetic and swingin’ evening will also include a performance by the SFA Swingin’ Aces.

    Press release: April 11, 2014

    Single tickets: $20 for adult, $15 for senior and $7.50 for student/youth. Purchase tickets online or by phone: 888.240.ARTS
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Performances

The performances in W.M. Turner Auditorium have reserved seating. Season tickets are $200 for A seating, $160 for B seating and $135 for C seating. Discounts are available for seniors, youth and SFA faculty/staff.

Exhibitions

Griffith Gallery, located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, Room 208, is open 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The Cole Art Center, located at 329 E. Main St., is open 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The center contains two galleries: the Jack and Doris Ledbetter Gallery on the first floor and the Florence Wilson Reavley Gallery on the second floor. All exhibitions are free.

For more art exhibitions, see The Gallery Series.