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SFA Trombone Choir to perform program of various musical styles

November 1, 2017 - Robbie Goodrich
SFA's Trombone Choir will perform a program featuring a mix of musical styles at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Cole Concert Hall.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Trombone Choir at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a program that features a mix of musical styles when the choir performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Directed by Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone, and Dr. Daniel Chapa, adjunct professor of trombone and euphonium, the Trombone Choir will present a variety of musical styles ranging from 16th century Renaissance to current compositions, according to Scott.

"The tradition of the trombone choir dates back further than 500 years, so it is important that I expose students to the style of music originally composed for trombone as well as more recent literature," Scott said.

"Canzona" by Nicholas DiNunzio was composed in the style of Renaissance music for trombone choir and utilizes the tradition of two opposing trombone choirs.

Another early piece, "The White and Sweet Swan" by Jacob Arcadelt (ca. 1505-1568), was originally a madrigal for voices. SFA music graduate student Josh Porter arranged the work for trombone choir.

Also on the program, J.S. Bach's "Fugue in G Minor " was transcribed for trombone ensemble by Ralph Sauer.

More modern music includes Simon Wills' "A Breach of the Peace," which Scott describes as "a highly entertaining piece that uses stomping and clapping to enhance the Scottish melodies and rhythm." The British Trombone Society commissioned the work.

Gary Slechta's beautiful arrangement of "What a Wonderful World," made popular by Louis Armstrong, will also be performed in a jazz style.

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.