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Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform audience favorites

October 30, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
SFA's Stone Fort Wind Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - An assortment of quartets and duos will be featured in the upcoming concert of the Stone Fort Wind Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

The quintet is made up of SFA School of Music faculty members Christina Guenther, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

This faculty recital will open with "A Comical Overture" by the Austrian composer Ernst Spies. The piece "pokes fun at the melodramatic concert overture by emphasizing the cliché musical devices that are often employed in 19th century dramatic music," according to Ayer.

Guenther and Ayer will perform Duos for Flute and Clarinet by the American composer Robert Muczynski. A composer who was in demand for his film and television scores, Muczynski's music has been perennially popular for its accessibility to audiences.

"The Duos are full of familiar rhythmic vitality, a hallmark of his music," Ayer said.

The program also includes Gioachino Rossini's Quartet in B-flat, which is "full of the tongue-in-cheek Rossini style and is fun for the performers and audience alike," Ayer said.

The concert will close with "The New-Found Journal" by San Antonio native Kerry Turner, an award-winning composer who has written many exceptional compositions for winds and performs with the Luxembourg Philharmonic.

"'The New-Found Journal' is a musical depiction of someone discovering an old, leather bound journal from a previous era and the excitement that goes along with reading first-person accounts as a window into another time," Ayer said.

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.