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SFA presents second concert of chamber music festival

The Acme Trombone Company will present a program of trombone quartets during "Something New," the second of four concerts included in the SFA School of Music's 2010 Chamber Music in the Pines Festival, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, in Cole Concert Hall. The members are, from left, Michael Underwood, principal trombone of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; Deb Scott, SFA associate professor of trombone; Michael Browining, director of band and orchestra at John Paul II High School in Plano; and Marte Kennedy, trombone instructor for the Lewisville Independent School District.

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Acme Trombone Company will perform a program of trombone quartets during "Something New," the second concert of the Chamber Music in the Pines Festival, presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10. The festival, which is held in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus, is a joint presentation of the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music.

The Acme Trombone Company consists of Michael Browning, director of band and orchestra at John Paul II High School in Plano; Marte Kennedy, trombone instructor for the Lewisville Independent School District; Deb Scott, SFA associate professor of trombone; and Michael Underwood, principal trombone of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. This is the first appearance for the quartet at the annual Chamber Music in the Pines Festival.

"People often think that chamber music is limited to string and piano ensembles, but that's not the case at all," said Jennifer Dalmas, SFA associate professor of music and the festival's director. "This year's 'Something New' concert addresses that misconception while bringing new instrumentation to our festival."

"Musically speaking, the trombone quartet is very versatile," said Scott. "Our program includes a beautiful arrangement from the Baroque era, several Impressionistic pieces by Debussy that were originally composed for piano or voice, and some Salsa from Latin America."

The Acme Trombone Company, which was founded in 2000, has presented recitals, master classes and concerts in Texas and Arkansas.

The Chamber Music in the Pines Festival will continue with the "Something Borrowed" concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, and the "Something Blue" concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. Following the final concert, the SFA Friends of Music will host a public reception in the lobby of Cole Hall.

All of the concerts are held in Cole Concert Hall, located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2222 Alumni Dr. on the SFA campus.

Tickets to each concert are $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.