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Recital to feature SFA piano faculty

September 12, 2012 - Robbie Goodrich
SFA School of Music faculty members James Faucett, left, and Mario Ajero will present a piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Cole Concert Hall on the university campus.

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Stephen F. Austin State University music faculty members Mario Ajero and James Faucett will be featured in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Ajero, associate professor of piano pedagogy, and Faucett, instructor of class piano, will perform works of Alberto Ginastera, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Schubert and Antonín Dvorák.

"Suite de Danzas Criollas by Alberto Ginastera is an exciting work with five contrasting movements that include rich Latin harmonies and rhythms with a virtuosic finale," Ajero said.

Mozart's Variations in F. major, K. 398, also featured in the performance, is based on an aria by Giovanni Paisiello entitled "Salve tu Domine." The performance will include one of the Slavonic Dances for Piano Four Hands by Antonín Dvorák.

"Dvorák created these dances from his own material rather than basing it on previous traditional melodies," Ajero said. "However, they represent artistic stylizations of characteristic Slavonic dances by incorporating their rhythms as an expressive element."

Ajero coordinates the class piano program at SFA. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. He earned a doctoral degree in music education with a concentration in piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma.

Faucett earned bachelor's and master's degrees in music from SFA. He is also certified in piano pedagogy, teaches private lessons in Nacogdoches and is active as a church pianist..

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

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