NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Cello Club will present the program “Around the World” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen  F. Austin State University campus.

“It has been 500 years since Ferdinand Magellan left Spain sailing west to circumnavigate Earth,” said Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cello instructor in the SFA School of Music and artistic director for Cello Club. “This concert will take us on a musical journey together from Spain to the Caribbean and through the Far East.”

Cello Club is an educational project aimed at establishing a path of success for developing young artists, according Raychev.

“This endeavor seeks to promote and provide opportunities for cello ensemble playing, establish connections between musicians, develop an awareness of ensemble techniques, and provide competitive opportunities and collaborations with professional musicians,” Raychev said. “It is designed to help build one’s creativity and imagination and to promote the esthetics of art.”

The program of original arrangements will include the world premiere of “Latin Dances,” commissioned and composed for this event by Mike McGowan, adjunct professor of music theory in the School of Music.

Participants in this year’s Cello Club are all from Texas and come from Henderson, Houston, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Beckville, Carrollton, Gary, Tyler, Frisco, Longview, Tomball, Plano, Flower Mound and Diana.

Any donations and profit exceeding the Cello Club’s expenses will be used for building scholarship opportunities.

Admission to the concert is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit