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SFA music faculty members present annual scholarship concert

September 16, 2016 -
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. 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 Astor Piazzolla, Giovanni Dettori, Isaac Albéniz, Henri Duparc, William Bolcom and Gary Schocker.

Nathan Nabb, alto saxophone, and Brad Meyer, marimba, will perform Piazzolla's Café 1930, Mvt. II from "Histoire du Tango." Mario Ajero, piano, will perform Dettori's "Lady Gaga Fugue," and Andrew Parr, piano, will perform Albéniz's "Rondeña" from "Iberia." Christina Guenther, flute, and Ron Petti, piano, will perform Schocker's "Airborne," and Dalton, mezzo-soprano, and Mary Cooper, piano, will perform Bolcom's "Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise."

Other performers include Kimberley LaGraff, mezzo-soprano; Scott LaGraff, baritone; Deb Scott, trombone; Nita Hudson, mezzo-soprano; Richard G. Leonberger, tenor; Emily Milius, soprano; Geneva Fung, piano; and Emily Mitchell, harp.

"This is one of the most popular concerts of the year because there is truly something for everyone, from sopranos and saxophones to trombones and tenors," 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 2016-2017 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 http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/ or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.