NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present three guest artist recitals during the third week of October as part of the 2011-2012 Cole Performing Arts Series.

All three performances are in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

At 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct.17, three members of the Forth Worth Symphony Orchestra-violinists Eugene Chekasov and Ivo Ivanov and violist Sergey Tsoy-and Texas Christian University piano faculty member Larissa Cherkasov will join SFA faculty cellist Evgeni Raychev in presenting "Brahms and Friends."

The program, which includes "Piano Trio, Op. 101" by Johannes Brahams, "String Trio No. 2" by Heinrich Von Herzogenberg and "Piano Quintet, Op. 44" by Robert Schumann, should be a "true musical delight,"
according to Raychev.

At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, Master Sgt. Shawn Herndon of the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point will present a guest recital that features a mixture of standards and lesser known pieces from the clarinet repertoire. Christopher Ayer, SFA professor of music, will join Herndon in performing Franz Krommer's "Concerto for Two Clarinets in E-flat, Op. 91 (III)."

Herndon's recital is a part of the mission of the U.S. service bands to provide free public concerts to Americans, so there is no admission charge.

At 7:30 p.m. o n Friday, Oct. 21, Russian pianist Zoya Shuhatovich will perform a varied program, including J.S. Bach's "Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue," which SFA Professor of Piano Andrew Parr calls a "monument" of the baroque era.

"The program balances the seriousness of this style with the romanticism of the well-known Robert Schumann 'Arabeske,' several waltzes by Frédéric Chopin and beautifully evocative Spanish pieces from Isaac Albeniz's 'Suite Espagnole,'" Parr continued.

The recitals are joint presentations of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Cole Concert Hall is located in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Drive.

Tickets for the Monday and Friday recitals are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. For tickets or more information on any of the recitals, please visit or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.