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Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform classics

April 4, 2012 - Sylvia Bierschenk
The Stone Fort Wind Quintet, an SFA faculty ensemble, will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in Cole Concert Hall. Pictured, from left, are Christina Guenther, John W. Goodall, Christopher Ayer, Charles Gavin and Susan Nelson.
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stone Fort Wind Quintet, a faculty ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University, will present its spring concert, "Classics for Wind Quintet," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The program will feature ensemble members - Christina Guenther (flute), John W. Goodall (oboe), Christopher Ayer (clarinet), Susan Nelson (bassoon) and Charles Gavin (horn) - performing two wind quintet standards: Samuel Barber's "Summer Music" and Malcolm Arnold's "Three Shanties."

"Arnold's humorous piece is a favorite among wind quintets," said Guenther. "It is based on three popular songs: 'Drunken Sailor,' 'Boney Was a Warrior' and 'Johnny Come Down to Hilo.'"

The ensemble will also premiere Jerry Casey's "Gli Intrighi D'Amore (The Intrigues of Love)." Brad Maule, former daytime television star (Dr. Tony Jones on "General Hospital") and adjunct faculty member in the SFA College of Fine Arts, will serve as narrator.

Based on the tradition of "la Commedia dell'arte," the work tells the story of two young lovers, Isabella and Ottavio, who trick Isabella's father into letting them marry each other instead of the suitor he has selected for her, Guenther explained.

The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a part of the Cole Performing Arts Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, please go to www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.