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Allen, Petti to present collaborative program

September 4, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
Fred J. Allen (left) and Ron Petti
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Fred J. Allen, director of bands at Stephen F. Austin State University, and Ron Petti, director of accompanying, will present a recital of music for piano, flute and clarinet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The performance is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series of the SFA School of Music. Featured pieces will be "Arabesque No. 1" by Claude Debussy, "Fantaisie for Flute and Piano" by Gabriel Fauré and "Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano" by Malcolm Arnold.

"This is not my usual role at SFA," Allen said of the performance. "Usually, I am conducting or teaching, but I miss performing as I did in my younger years. Prior to teaching at SFA, Allen had performed professionally as a woodwind doubler in shows at Opryland USA, for the Ringling Brothers Circus and for more than 40 musicals and operas. In addition, he was formerly principal clarinet in the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra and piccoloist in the Abilene Philharmonic.

Petti directs the Masters of Music degree in collaborative piano at SFA and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. He maintains a demanding concert schedule with SFA guest artists and faculty, including serving as pianist in The Alazan Trio, a group specializing in the performance of piano trios by American composers. As a soloist, he frequently gives recitals, has presented master classes in piano, served as an adjudicator in piano competitions, and has concertized throughout the U.S.

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

Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.