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SFA music faculty to be featured in fundraising concert

September 11, 2014 - Robbie Goodrich

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Faculty members of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will be the featured performers during the annual Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"This concert showcases the talents of our diverse faculty," said Deborah Dalton, SFA associate professor of voice and president of the local chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.

"In addition, all proceeds benefit the Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship we give each year to the sophomore music major with the highest grade point average," Dalton said. "For the past few years, awards were given to several sophomores with 4.0 grade-point averages."

From Beethoven to Gershwin

The musicians have selected a wide range of musical styles and will perform in a variety of solo and ensemble settings.

Among the composers' works to be performed are Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, George Gershwin, John Duke and David Gillingham.

Faculty vocalists to perform include mezzo-sopranos Nita Hudson and Deborah Dalton, soprano Charlotte Davis, tenor Tod Fish and baritone Chris Turner. Also performing will be pianists Mario Ajero, Mary Cooper, Geneva Fung and Ron Petti, along with Brad Meyer, marimba; Cheyenne Bland Cruz and Christopher Ayer, clarinets; Staci Spring, bassoon; Christina Guenther, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Charles Gavin, horn; Gary Wurtz and Justin Wood, trumpets; and Larry Greer, guitar.

"This is one of the most popular concerts of the year because there is truly something for everyone," Dalton said.

The program features a variety of songs, ranging from Beethoven's Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2 to Gershwin's popular "Summertime."

The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a part of the 2014-2015 Cole Performing Arts Series. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building at 2210 Alumni Drive.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 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.