Micky Elliott College of Fine Arts News Archive

November 2022

  • SFA choirs present ‘Seasonal Celebration’

    SFA choirs present ‘Seasonal Celebration’

    November 22, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    The choirs of Stephen F. Austin State University will ring in the holidays with a "Seasonal Celebration," a program of beloved Christmas carols and classics, in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Presenting the choirs in SFA's holiday tradition are Dr. Michael Murphy, director of choral activities at SFA, and Dr. Tod Fish, associate director, conductors; Martha De Luna of Las Caobas, Dominican Republic, and Ryan Herriage of Sulphur Springs, graduate student conductors; Dr. Ron Petti, Dr. Thomas Nixon and Professor Maggie Hinchliffe, collaborative pianists; and Hyo Jeong Ham of Seoul, South Korea, graduate collaborative pianist. Faculty guest artists include Dr. Nathan Nabb, director of the School of Music, saxophone; and Dr. Gary Wurtz, dean of the Micky Elliott College of Fine Arts, trumpet.

    The Kantorei and Singin' Axes choirs will sing arrangements of two beloved Christmas carols. Kantorei will sing Abbie Betinis' ethereal setting of Gustav Holst's classic tune to Christina Rossetti's text, "In the Bleak Midwinter." "I chose this selection because it is one of the more beautiful settings of this melody and for the opportunity to feature three talented soloists from Kantorei," Murphy said.

    The Singin' Axes are singing Dan Forrest's arrangement of the timeless carol, "O Little Town of Bethlehem." "Forrest's setting allows our tenor-bass choir to display their lyricism and perform with Dr. Nabb on a beautiful soprano saxophone obbligato," Murphy explained.

    Kantorei also sings Edward Elgar's staple in the treble choir repertory, "The Snow." The poem, set by Elgar's wife, depicts the glint of life dissipating in the winter of life, much like the snow that falls, melts, and fades each year. "Elgar sets the text beautifully and incorporates a gorgeous obbligato for two violins," Murphy said. "Our talented graduate conductor, Ryan Herriage, will conduct Elgar's classic work."

    The Chamber Singers will present three holiday-inspired selections from three American composers. Graduate student Martha De Luna, will conduct the first selection of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." She will then accompany the Chamber Singers on the harp in Minnesotan composer Steve Heitzig's setting of e.e. cummings' "little tree." Lastly, the Chamber Singers will conclude their portion of the concert with the spiritual "Go Tell It On the Mountain" by arranger Carolyn Jennings.

    The SFA A Cappella Choir will present a set of music from around the world, beginning with Swiss composer Frank Martin's "Gloria" from his 1922 unaccompanied Mass for Double Choir. "This work is hailed as one of the greatest a cappella works of the 20th century," Murphy said. American composer Morten Lauridsen's reverent setting of "O Magnum Mysterium" is followed by Canadian composer Katerina Gimon's "Fire," a lively, energetic work incorporating vocal percussion, body percussion and nonsense syllables and calls. The set is finished out with graduate student De Luna conducting John Rutter's "Candlelight Carol." The carol has an innocence about it as the British composer explains, "the supernatural light became the anachronistic candlelight."

    The combined choirs of more than 120 voices will close the concert by singing perennial favorites, "Sleigh Ride" and "Silent Night." The choirs will be joined by several instrumentalists, including Dean Wurtz.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • SFA’s Electric Guitar Ensemble to perform

    SFA’s Electric Guitar Ensemble to perform

    November 17, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    The Electric Guitar Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Music Recital Hall, Wright Music Building, on the SFA campus.

    Directed by Larry Greer, the ensemble will present a program of jazz standards mixed with Christmas favorites. Admission is free. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ program features SFA Concerto/Aria Competition winners

    ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ program features SFA Concerto/Aria Competition winners

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    November 17, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    The Symphony Orchestra at Stephen F. Austin State University will showcase the 2022 SFA Concerto/Aria Competition winners in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    This year’s winning “Stars of Tomorrow” are Oliver Yan, Hong Kong graduate student, conductor; Logan Dooley, Texarkana senior, baritone; Özge Serceler, Eskişehir, Turkey, graduate student, cello; Quentin Fisher, Roanoke, Virginia, senior, French horn; and Peyton Joffre, Carrollton junior, saxophone. Winners are given an opportunity to perform a solo work with the SFA Symphony Orchestra, according to Dr. Gregory Grabowski, director of orchestral activities at SFA.

    “This program is focused on our students,” Grabowski said. “The overture will be conducted by an orchestral conducting graduate student, and all the other pieces feature the winners of the 2022 Concerto/Aria Competition from areas of the School of Music – string/piano, brass, woodwinds and voice.”

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • SFA’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ recognized by Kennedy Center affiliate festival committee

    SFA’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ recognized by Kennedy Center affiliate festival committee

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    SFA School of Theatre and Dance’s production of “Lord of the Flies” is being considered by Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival to receive an invitation for a performance at its regional festival.

    November 16, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre and Dance’s production of “Lord of the Flies” is being considered by Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival to receive an invitation for a performance at the regional festival next year.

    Directed by Cleo House Jr., director of the School of Theatre and Dance, “Lord of the Flies” was presented Nov. 3 through 6 as part of SFA’s MainStage Series. Its nomination follows a tradition of SFA plays earning nominations for festival inclusion. Last year’s SFA production of “Bootycandy,” also directed by House, was one of only six plays selected from throughout a five-state area to be presented at the festival. This year, “Lord of the Flies” is also held in a tie for Director’s Choice and for Respondent’s Choice honors.

    “What I love most about participating in KCACTF is that our students get to see the work of others or have their work seen by others beyond the walls of SFA,” House said. “It is important to get outside of our bubble and get feedback from other professionals.”

    House believes the KCACTF experience teaches students how to give and receive feedback, and the process of traveling a show and mounting it is “an invaluable experience.”

    “Naturally, it is always great to see our students, faculty and staff being recognized for their hard work and creativity,” he said, “but KCACTF has been an important vehicle for making sure that SFA theatre is recognized for the work we do beyond campus. In addition, it serves a vehicle for recruitment. I have found that when students from junior colleges and other universities see us in action, it is a good motivational tool for them in making their decision to study theatre at SFA.”

    In addition to the play being nominated, a number of cast and crew were recognized following their presentation of “Lord of the Flies” as part of the KCACTF Texas State Festival held at Panola College earlier this month. Irene Ryan Acting Nominations went to Baytown junior Joshua Harris in the role of Piggy; Sugar Land freshman Anthony Krosecz in the role of Jack; and Gary sophomore Grant Calloway in the role of Ralph. Meritorious Achievement honors went to Brownsboro senior Maige Anderson, prop designer; Katy junior Amado Velasco, dramaturge; Chandler senior CaitLyne Martin, stage management; faculty member CC Conn, sound designer; and Hickory Creek junior Emma Dumas and Brenham senior Olivia Cantrell, assistant directors.

    The regional committee will decide in December which productions will be invited to the regional festival Feb. 27 through March 2 in Abilene.

    KCACTF is a national organization affiliated with the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The organization celebrates and encourages excellence in college and university theatre.

    For more information about the School of Theatre and Dance, call (936) 468-4003 or visit sfasu.edu/theatre-dance.

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  • Family-established endowment honors Music Prep’s Barnett

    Family-established endowment honors Music Prep’s Barnett

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    The Patricia A. Barnett Fund commemorates the service of the late Pat Barnett as director of the Music Preparatory Division at SFA from 1999 through 2019.

    November 11, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    An endowment honoring the late Pat Barnett has been established at Stephen F. Austin State University by her son, Barry Barnett, to recognize the many contributions she made to the university’s Music Preparatory Division in the School of Music.

    The Patricia A. Barnett Fund commemorates her service as director of Music Prep from 1999 through 2019, during which time a number of advancements were made to the program’s mission, including moving into what is now known as the Music Prep House and the creation of new educational opportunities for young musicians.

    “Mom was very proud of the university for making its wealth of musical talent available to teach young students through the Music Prep program,” Barry Barnett said. “She loved seeing the kids develop skill and confidence. She thought there was magic at the Prep House, and we hope many others will join us in helping sustain and extend Music Prep’s important mission.”

    “For 20 years, Pat was extremely committed to the program’s instructors and students,” said current Director Alba Madrid. “She took the time to know each student and their families on a personal level, made everyone feel welcome and attended every student’s recital.

    “During Pat’s tenure, the Kindermusik and SFA Children’s Chorus were made available to our community, and both of them continue to be extremely successful today,” Madrid said. “The Children’s Chorus was featured at the National Guild for Community Arts Education tour at Walt Disney World in 2013. Also during her time as director, the Music Preparatory Division became a part of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.”

    The university’s decision to house Music Prep in the former “Bomar House” at 3028 Raguet Street, “enhanced the program, giving it more strength and identity within our community,” she added.

    The endowment was created as an “open fund,” meaning supporters of the program can make additional contributions at any time through the SFA Foundation, Inc. at https://forms.sfasu.edu/giving/onlinegift.asp. A donor may click on “Other,” enter an amount to donate, and type Patricia A. Barnett Fund in the “Special Instruction” window. Donors may also mail a check, payable to the SFASU Foundation, to the following address:

    SFASU Foundation, Inc.
    Attn: Trey Turner
    P.O. Box 6092
    Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

    For additional information about making donations to SFA, contact a development officer at (936) 468-5406.

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  • SFA’s Contemporary Ensemble to broadcast fall concert

    SFA’s Contemporary Ensemble to broadcast fall concert

    November 9, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    The Contemporary Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will broadcast its fall semester concert at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, on the SFA School of Music YouTube Channel.

    Directed by James Adams, the Contemporary Ensemble is one of three student performance groups in the Sound Recording Technology program in the School of Music.

    “This is going to be a fantastic show,” Adams said. “This special concert will feature two bonus holiday songs.”

    The concert will incorporate collaborative performances with members of the SFA Symphony Orchestra and SFA’s School of Theatre and Dance.

    Among the works to be performed are “Enemy” by Imagine Dragons; “The Less I Know the Better” by Tame Impala featuring SFA theatre/dance student Joy Crissmon, senior from Cypress; “Guillotine” by Jon Bellion; “Coward” by SRT major Drew Williams, junior from Fairfield; two Disney songs, and more.

    The concert will also feature “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by High Martin and Ralph Blane (Sinatra version) in collaboration with Dr. Greg Grabowski and five orchestra string performers, and “All I Want For Christmas” by Mariah Carey.

    For more information about the SRT program at SFA, contact Adams at adamsjf@sfasu.edu. For more information about the School of Music, call (936) 468-4602.

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  • Works by avant-garde artist Tofel featured in exhibition

    Works by avant-garde artist Tofel featured in exhibition

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    Jennings Tofel’s “Genesis 1,” circa 1930s, graphite on paper, is among the artist’s abstract and expressionistic drawings featured in “Jennings Tofel: Drawing Genesis,” an exhibition showing Nov. 22 through Jan. 20 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

    November 9, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    Abstract and expressionistic drawings by American artist Jennings Tofel are featured in an exhibition showing Nov. 22 through Jan. 20 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

    “Jennings Tofel: Drawing Genesis,” curated by Dr. David A. Lewis, professor of art history at Stephen F. Austin State University, will be shown in the upstairs Reavley Gallery of the art center, located at 329 E. Main Street.

    Jennings (originally Jehudah) Tofel (1891-1959) was an accomplished poet and essayist as well as a visual artist, writes Lewis. He was active in a group of Jewish intellectuals known as Die Yunge (The Young Ones) led by the poet David Ignatoff, a champion of Yiddish language poetry. A long-time friend of Alfred Stieglitz, Tofel contributed an appreciation of his long-time friend to the popular anthology, “America and Alfred Stieglitz: A Collective Portrait,” originally published in 1934. Tofel was a well-respected avant-garde artist who regularly exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York and Chicago, as well as Paris, France, according to Lewis. From 1920s through the 1950s, Tofel’s solo exhibitions were reviewed in Art News, Art Digest and other magazines, as well as in the major New York newspapers. Since his death, two monographs, including a lavish Abrams book, have been published. His work is represented in the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirschhorn Museum, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, among other notable collections.

    “While his expressionist paintings have been studied, very little attention has been given to Tofel’s drawings, and even though he was an important illustrator, even less about that,” Lewis writes. “The ‘Drawing Genesis’ exhibition is the first to focus attention entirely on the artist’s drawings. Many of these works are quite abstract. Essentially what the surrealists would call automatic drawings, subconsciously rendered (rather like doodles), they are nevertheless elegant and refined.

    “The automatic drawings, dating from the mid to late 1930s, evoke mystery,” Lewis continues. “They often portray wraith-like or ghostly configurations, which suggest figures coming into being (or perhaps dissolving into un-being), emerging subconsciously from the very act of swirling graphite pencil or India ink on the paper.”

    A few pen and ink and ink-wash drawings executed variously in a symbolist or expressionistic style are also included in the exhibition. “These were intended as equivalents to poetry, and some were published as illustrations in Yiddish books and literary magazines,” Lewis said. “These range in style from simple, understated contour-line figure drawings to intricate and densely rendered scenes, suggestive of biblical or mythical visions.”

    While Tofel’s imagery usually conveys a sense of mystery or melancholy, in a few examples, the figures can be slightly “goofy” in appearance, and this element of comic relief reveals something about the artist’s temperament, according to Lewis.

    “To get the fullest impact of the implied narrative relationship between the drawings,” he said, “one really does need to see them displayed in groups, where a visual tension and unspoken dialogues begin to emerge between them.”

    A closing reception is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Cole Art Center. Admission to the exhibition and reception, which is sponsored in part by William Arscott and the Friends of the Visual Arts, is free. Gallery hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (936) 468-5500.

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  • Kármán Ensemble to perform at SFA

    Kármán Ensemble to perform at SFA

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    The Kármán Ensemble will present a guest concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    November 8, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    The Kármán Ensemble will perform works by Vaughan Williams, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Justin Writer when the musicians present a guest concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    The program titled “Piano Quintets Beyond the Trout!” will be presented by Er-Gene Kahng, violin; Joel Pagán, viola; Aristides Rivas, cello; George Amorim, double bass; and Janice Fehlauer, piano. The ensemble will perform Zwilich’s Quintet, which is described as blues-y piano quintet, scored for the same ensemble as Franz Schubert’s famous “Trout” Quintet, the Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667. For this “blue trout” Quintet, the composer utilizes Americana musical references.

    Among the other works to be performed is Writer’s “The Threshold,” which is described as a musical representation of the Kármán line, the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and space. “In this short and energetic work, the Kármán line is reached when the piano, in its uppermost register, returns to the opening motive from which all the material in the piece is derived,” according to program notes. Writer is professor of music theory and composition at The University of Texas Rio Grand Valley. Ensemble members Pagán and Amorim are also on the UTRGV music faculty.

    The concert will also include a performance of Williams’ Quintet in C minor, which features “big Brahmsian gestures” in the three-movement piece, inviting orchestral treatment supported by the presence of the double bass, widening the sonic scope of this composition.

    Admission to the concert is free. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • SFA voice students to perform opera works depicting fate, love, tragedy

    SFA voice students to perform opera works depicting fate, love, tragedy

    November 8, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    Voice students in the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University will present “Opera Scenes of Fate, Love and Tragedy” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    A culmination of the semester’s Fall Opera Workshop, the performance is under the direction of Nita Hudson, stage and musical director; Dr. Thomas Nixon, primary collaborative pianist; and Hyo Jeong Ham and Tate Ashby, student collaborative pianists. Works by Mozart, Verdi, Gilbert and Sullivan, among other composers, are on the program.

    A variety of duets, trios, quintets and a sextet will perform scenes from “The Marriage of Figaro” by W.A. Mozart; “The Tales of Hoffmann” by Jacques Offenbach; “The Magic Flute” by Mozart; “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi; “The Mikado” by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan; “Carmen” by Georges Bizet; and “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni.

    “Among the prominent scenes to be performed is the duet from ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ in which the character Alfio arrives, late for mass,” Hudson explains. “Santuzza tells him that Lola went to church with Turridu and reveals that his wife has been cheating on him. In a rage, Alfio swears to get even and rushes off, leaving behind the now conscience-stricken Santuzza.”

    Another prominent scene is the sextet from “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Hudson said. “As Hoffmann is about to depart, Giulietta seduces him into confessing his love for her. Schlémil returns and accuses Giulietta of having left him for Hoffmann, who realizes, with horror, that he has lost his reflection.”

    Hudson said she selected these specific scenes to “showcase the talents of the students, while also providing challenges for them to grow.”

    “The Fall Opera Workshop and the experience of performing these scenes has had a direct pedagogical impact on the lives of both the performance majors and music education majors,” Hudson said. “All the students have gained insight into how to communicate, and they’ve learned to take a project from its creation to its fruition.”

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • SFA’s Jacks of Steel to present ‘This Feelin’ Nice’ concert

    SFA’s Jacks of Steel to present ‘This Feelin’ Nice’ concert

    November 7, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    The Jacks of Steel at Stephen F. Austin State University will present “This Feelin’ Nice” program when the steel band performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Directed by Dr. James Vilseck, the Jacks of Steel will perform music that is “relaxing, groovy and just plain enjoyable to listen to,” Vilseck said. “The entire program is based on ‘feel-good’ music. We feature some traditional pieces, called a soca or a calypso, that you would typically think of when you think steel drums, as well as some popular songs all about that warm feeling, such as ‘Happy’ by Pharell Williams and ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ by Johnny Nash.”

    Vilseck said the theme of the concert relates to his favorite characteristic about this type of ensemble. “The steel drum ensemble is a blast to perform in and to teach,” he said. “The music often fits into the theme already, so selecting the repertoire actually became a challenge, because we had so much to pull from. The charts we are playing, while all feel-good music, still brings a good variety, from fast and energetic, to slow and relaxing. This concert is sure to bring a smile to your face!”

    The concert opens with “Morning Dance” written by Jay Beckinstein and performed by the band Spyro Gyra. A personal favorite of Vilseck’s and the first chart he played on steel pan in his undergraduate studies, he described it as “a jazz fusion chart that is the epitome of feel-good music, bringing a positive energy and groove, as if to start the day off right, or in this case, the concert.”

    In addition to “Happy” and “I Can See Clearly Now,” the audience will recognize “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin, as the ensemble brings a Caribbean twist to each song.

    For the final piece of the concert, the Jacks of Steel will be joined by Nacogdoches High School percussion students under the direction of Frank Gonzalez. Performing the classic steel band chart “Jump in the Line,” the SFA members will play on steel pans while the NHS students perform on various mallet instruments.

    Vilseck described the current Jacks of Steel group as “one of the most energetic and skilled steel band ensembles I’ve taught here at SFA. The way they have embraced the music and this program makes me very excited to share their music with people. The coolest thing to me is that many of the members had never touched a steel band instrument when we started at the end of August, yet they have pushed themselves to master the instrument and the repertoire.”

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • SFA’s SRT Commercial, Popular student ensembles to perform

    SFA’s SRT Commercial, Popular student ensembles to perform

    November 7, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    Student ensembles in the Sound Recording Technology program at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov.13, in the Music Recital Hall, Wright Music Building, on the SFA campus.

    The Commercial Music Ensemble will perform “As It Was” by Harry Styles, “Transparent Soul” by Willow, and “Dive” by Ed Sheeran, among other works. The Popular Music Ensemble will perform “It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over” by Lenny Kravitz, “Karma Police” by Radiohead and “Bend The Rules” by Niall Horan, along with other artists. Both groups are directed by James Taylor, SRT lecturer in the School of Music.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • Cellist Russakovsky to perform at SFA

    Cellist Russakovsky to perform at SFA

    November 7, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    Dr. Alexander Russakovsky, professor of cello and chamber music at the University of Southern Mississippi, will present a guest recital at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in the Music Recital Hall, Wright Music Building, on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    Russakovsky will be joined by colleague Dr. Elizabeth Moak, associate professor of piano, USM, in performing works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. Their program features Bach’s Sonata in G Minor, No. 3, BWV 1029; Beethoven’s Sonata in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1; and Brahms’ Sonata in E minor, Op. 38.

    “The program includes some of the greatest works in the German cello repertoire,” Russakovsky said. “Originally written for viola da gamba and cembalo, Sonata in G minor, BWV 1029, was probably composed by J. S. Bach during his time as a cantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig.”

    The most intimate of Beethoven's cello sonatas, Op. 102, No. 1 was completed in 1815. It contains many features typical of the composer's late period, including unconventional form, deeply probing emotional content and polyphonic texture, Russakovsky explains.

    Brahms’ E minor Sonata, Op. 38 is known for its somber character. “One of the first works that Brahms wrote for a solo instrument and piano, it demonstrates recognizable characteristics of the composer’s style: Romantic expressivity that is firmly grounded in the classical form and contrapuntal techniques,” Russakovsky writes.

    Russakovsky joined the music faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi in 2001. He also has served on the faculty of the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, Italy, and the Violoncello Biennial in Lima, Peru. A founding member of the Jerusalem Academy String Quartet, he has performed with the group throughout Israel and Europe. Most recently, Russakovsky has given master classes and recitals in Taiwan, Israel and Latin America. He holds a master’s degree from Yale University and a doctorate in cello performance from UC Santa Barbara.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • SFA School of Music to present ‘Kaleidoscope’ concert

    SFA School of Music to present ‘Kaleidoscope’ concert

    November 7, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    The bands of Stephen F. Austin State University will present their fourth annual “Kaleidoscope’ concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. The program will feature all three concert bands along with student chamber ensembles in a “kaleidoscope event” with no breaks between performances, according to Dr. Tamey Anglley, director of bands at SFA.

    The concert will open with Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Chris Kaatz, assistant director of bands, performing selected movements from Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” The work is inspired by a 13th century anthology of songs and texts written by the goliards, a group of young clergy known for their satirical Latin poetry. John Krance’s wind ensemble arrangement of this work spans a wide gamut of characters: bombastic declamations, a spritely asymmetrical dance and even an “ominous” tavern song.

    SFA Saxophone Quartet, including Caleb Allen of Beaver, West Viriniga; Riona Kumazaki of Toyohashi Aichi, Japan; Carter Vernon of North Manchester, Indiana; and Peyton Joffre of Carrollton, will perform a movement from Guillermo Lago’s “Ciudades.” Written in 2011, “Ciudades” (Cities) is a series of musical sketches of cities that have special meaning to Lago. The saxophone quartet will perform the movement ‘Addis Ababa,’ which is the capital of Ethiopia. The work was inspired by Lago’s collaboration with the Ethiopian singer Minyeshu.

    Wind Symphony will take the stage under the direction of Dr. Dan Haddad, associate director of bands. The students will perform Donald Grantham’s “Starry Crown,” based on gospel music of the 1920s and ’30s from the Deep South featuring a style sometimes referred to as ‘gutbucket’ gospel because of its raw, earthy and primitive character. Three authentic tunes are used in this work: “Some of These Days,” “Oh Rocks, Don’t Fall on Me!” and “When I Went Down in the Valley.”

    The SFA Percussion Ensemble will perform Zachary Cairn’s “Rhythmic Ceremonial Ritual” for seven tambourines. Cairns wanted to compose a piece for a tambourine ensemble in which each player could work on different techniques in a fun, entertaining setting.

    The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Anglley, will perform the first three movements from Philip Sparke’s “Dance Movements,” all dance-inspired from different cultures, with the second and third movements featuring woodwinds and brass, respectively.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • SFA’s Swingin’ Axes, Aces to perform jazz favorites by Nestico, Goodwin, others

    SFA’s Swingin’ Axes, Aces to perform jazz favorites by Nestico, Goodwin, others

    November 2, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    The Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’ Aces jazz bands at Stephen F. Austin State University will present their final concert of the fall semester when the student ensembles perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    The Swingin’ Axes, directed by Dr. J.D. Salas, professor of tuba and euphonium studies in the School of Music, will be joined on the concert by Dr. Ben Morris, assistant professor of composition, on piano. The Swingin’ Axes will perform works by Sammy Nestico, Tom Kubis, Bob Florence and Freddie Hubbard.

    The Swingin’ Aces, directed by Dr. Jake Walburn, assistant professor of trumpet, will perform works by Gordon Goodwin, Harry Warren, Charles Mingus and Pat Methany.

    Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602.

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  • SFA’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ opens Thursday

    SFA’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ opens Thursday

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    November 2, 2022—Robbie Goodrich

    Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre and Dance will open “Lord of the Flies” Thursday, Nov. 3, for its four-day run in Kennedy Auditorium on the SFA campus. The 1954 novel by Nobel Prize-winning British author William Golding, “Lord of the Flies” is the story about a group of young boys, trapped on a desert island, who discover the darkness of human nature. Rehearsing a scene from the play are, from left, Austin Raymond, playing Henry, Liberty City junior; Kaleb Calton, playing Bill, Katy sophomore; Anthony Krosecz, playing Jack, Sugar Land freshman; David Smith, playing Maurice, Houston sophomore; and Alex Karnell, playing Roger, Austin sophomore. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3 through 5, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6. General ticket prices are: adult, $15; senior (62+), $10; youth (high school and younger), $8; SFA faculty/staff, $8; non-SFA student, $8; and SFA student, $5. For ticketing information or to purchase tickets, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or visit https://finearts.sfasu.edu/boxoffice

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