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SFA music faculty performances scheduled for mid-January

January 2, 2013 - Robbie Goodrich
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Two Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music faculty performances are scheduled to occur the week that students return to campus for the spring semester.

Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, in Cole Concert Hall. The event will feature two premier performances, including "Seven to Queens," a timpani solo by Andrew Beall, and "trust me," which is a piece for two players on one marimba and saxophone. "trust me" will also feature Scott Harris, interim director of the SFA School of Music, and Nathan Nabb, associate professor of saxophone.

Meyer's recital will also include solos on vibraphone and marimba as well as a percussion trio entitled "The Frame Problem" featuring percussionists Laura Wright, Granbury senior, and Melanie Settle, Grand Prairie senior.

The SFA Faculty Brass Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in Cole Concert Hall. The quintet has always been comprised of SFA's faculty brass artists, including Gary Wurtz, trumpet, Charles Gavin, horn, Deb Scott, trombone, and J.D. Salas, tuba, along with a graduate student performing the second trumpet part.

"This year, however, the trumpet studio has two talented trumpet graduate students - Justin Wood of League City and Paul Roberts of Baytown - and both of them will take part in the ensemble," according to Salas, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium studies.

Among the pieces to be performed are Sextet in E-flat minor by Oskar Böhme and Brass Quintet Op. 65 by Jan Koetsier. According to program notes by Dr. Richard E. Rodda, Böhme's Sextet is an "an imposing work in its scale, sonority and formal, textural and harmonic sophistication … a virtual symphony for brass," while Salas described the Koetsier piece as "one of the staples of the brass quintet repertoire."

"It features each member of the ensemble in many different styles and meters," he said.

Tickets for each of these recitals are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.