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'Coleidoscope' concert honors music patrons

February 20, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Uncommon combinations of instruments and a wide variety of musical styles will be explored during a Cole Performing Arts Series concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

"Coleidoscope" is a series of chamber music collaborative faculty concerts honoring the SFA School of Music's "invaluable patrons," Ed Cole and the late Gwen Cole, according to Evgeni Raychev, cellist and SFA music faculty member.

"In fact, this concert could be regarded as a symbolic gesture of gratitude to the general music patrons in our area," he said.

The first half of the concert will feature harp music performed by SFA music instructor Emily Mitchell. Along with Raychev and Mitchell, other faculty members who are collaborating in the musical evening are Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Chris Ayer, clarinet; Christina Guenther-Scott, flute; Geneva Fung, piano; and Melissa Nabb, viola.

The program will feature the music of composers Marcel Tournier, Arvo Pärt, Arthur Foote, Sergei Prokofiev and Darius Milhaud.

The concert will conclude with Prokofiev's composition "Overture on Hebrew Themes" written for clarinet, piano and string quartet.

"This piece is based on Jewish folk music that has a paradoxically happy-yet-tragic and festive quality that many, including Dmitry Shostakovich, found very powerful," Raychev said.

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

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.