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SFA music faculty to be featured in concert

September 17, 2015 - 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. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"This concert is a showcase featuring the talents of our diverse performing 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."

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 Frédéric Chopin, Ben Moore, Domenico Scarlatti and Maurice Ravel.

Voice faculty Nita Hudson will perform Moore's "Sexy Lady," accompanied by pianist Mary Cooper. Christina Guenther and J.D. Salas will perform a movement from "Fantasy for Flute and Tuba," while Andrew Parr will play a Chopin polonaise. Geneva Fung will perform a sonata by Scarlatti, Nathan Nabb will perform a tango by Astor Piazzolla, and Debbie Berry will sing an aria from "The Ballad of Baby Doe." Percussionists Brad Meyer and Keith Lloyd will perform "Hold Fast," for vibraphone and drum set. Other performers include Dr. Charles Gavin, horn; Charlotte Davis, voice; a men's quartet; Stacy Spring, bassoon; Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Evgeni Raychev, cello; and the popular father-son piano duo of Mario and Antonio Ajero.

"This is one of the most popular concerts of the year because there is truly something for everyone, sopranos and saxophones to tuba and tenors," Dalton said.

The concert will also give the Nacogdoches community its first opportunity to hear the talents of new voice faculty member Dr. Gennard Lombardozzi, who will perform in the men's quartet singing "Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby."

"He's a wonderful tenor and is going to be such an asset to our voice faculty," Dalton said.

The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a part of the 2015-2016 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.