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Concert at SFA to feature new works of Texas composers

March 26, 2018 - Robbie Goodrich
Meg Griffith
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Texas New Music Ensemble will make its first appearance on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus when the newly formed group performs at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Cole Concert Hall.

The Texas New Music Ensemble is a Houston-based, mixed chamber ensemble focused solely on the work of Texas composers, according to its artistic director, Dr. Chad Robinson. The ensemble is dedicated to the enrichment of Texas communities through the performance of contemporary art music created by Texas composers and performed by Texas musicians, according to the TNME website.

"We are happy to be bringing them to our campus for the first time," said Dr. Stephen Lias, professor of composition in the SFA School of Music.

The SFA performance will feature TNME flutist Meg Griffith performing a set of intense and alluring works for flute, piccolo and electronics written by Texas composers from Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin and Houston. The program includes works by Panayiotis Kokoras, Joel Love, Neil Anderson-Himmelspach, Marcus Maroney, Joseph Kelin, Till Meyn, Andrew May, Russel Pinkston and Robinson.

"I have selected works that show the variety and talent of composers all over the great state of Texas," Robinson said. "SFA is the third and final stop on our first Texas tour. We've already performed in Fort Worth and Austin and cannot be more excited to make our way to Nacogdoches."

The concert is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of music.

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.