The SFA Stone Fort Wind Quintet

The SFA Stone Fort Wind Quintet features, from left, Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Christina Guenther, flute; Staci Spring, bassoon; Charles Gavin, horn; and John W. Goodall, oboe.

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stone Fort Wind Quintet at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform this semester's final Cole Performing Arts Series concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

A highlight of the concert will be the quintet's performance of Variations sur un theme libre by popular French composer Eugene Bozza and featuring Dr. John W. Goodall in his last performance with the Stone Fort Wind Quintet. Goodall, professor of oboe in the SFA School of Music and associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, has announced his retirement at the end of the academic year, effective Aug. 31. He is a founding member of the group and has performed with the quintet for more than 30 years.

Also on the program is a performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Quintet for Piano and Winds, which will be the first performance of this piece at SFA, according to Dr. Charles Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music at SFA and quintet member. Dr. Ron Petti, associate professor of piano and director of accompanying, will join in this performance.

"Music for wind quartet is difficult to find, but this program features a variety of music," Gavin said.

The concert will also include the wind quintet music of André-Frédéric Eler and American composer Charles Fernandez's "Idyllwild Ride."

In addition to Goodall and Gavin, the quartet includes School of Music faculty members Christina Guenther, flute; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; and Staci Spring, bassoon.

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