NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Tickets are now available for the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music's 2012 Chamber Music in the Pines Festival, "Musical Directions." The series of four concerts will be presented Saturday, Aug. 11, through Sunday, Aug. 19.
"As the festival's title indicates, the series of four concerts will feature music from the four "corners" of the globe," said Jennifer Dalmas, SFA associate professor of violin and the festival's director.
"Music of the North" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11; "Music of the South" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14; "Music of the East" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. l7; and "Music of the West" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. All concerts will be held in Cole Concert Hall, located in the Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive on the SFA campus.
Guest musicians for the festival include pianist Gustavo Bianchi, violist Nicholas Jeffery and guitarist Joseph Williams, all of Austin; Dallas concert pianist Baya Kakouberi and violinist Gary Levinson, associate concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony; and marimbist Brian Zator, member of the music faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
The SFA Percussion Ensemble will also perform.
SFA music faculty members who will be performing include clarinetist Christopher Ayer (clarinet), Jennifer Dalmas (violin), Jeremy Fain (bassoon), Charles Gavin (horn), John W. Goodall (oboe), Christina Guenther (flute), Scott Harris (percussion) and Evgeni Raychev (cello).
The festival's opening concert, "Music of the North," will feature string musicians Levinson, Dalmas, Jeffery and Raychev and Kakouberi (piano) performing "Piano Quartet in C minor" by Swedish composer Franz Adolf Berwald and "String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27" by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.
The program for "Music from the South" includes a Spanish piano quartet plus chamber music from Argentina and Italy that features the guitar.
The "Music of the East" concert will feature percussionists and flutist performing music by Minuru Maki and Keiko Abe, among others.
The festival's closing concert, "Music of the West," will have strings and woodwinds performing music from the United States and Europe in a variety of ensemble settings.
The SFA Friends of Music will host a closing reception after the final concert. All patrons are invited to attend and meet the musicians.
Season tickets are $30 for adults, $22.50 for seniors and $15 for students. Single event tickets are $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and $5 for students.
For tickets or more information, please visit www.cmpf.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.