October 2015 - Tarleton State University
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A Tapestry of Song
he Tarleton Choral Program will present its first
concert of the year on October 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm
in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Theater. The
concert is entitled Tapestry of Song. Highlights will
include traditional music from Mongolia, Cuba, Jamaica, and Czech Republic; newly composed works
from Australia and Norway; spirituals and folk songs
of the United States; and even a little taste of operetta. Tickets are $5 or free for Tarleton employees and
students. This event is general admission so please
show up early!
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The Adventure of
10:00 am & 2:00 pm
Layout by Amanda Leath, Center Graduate Assistant
Wind Ensemble Charity Concert to Feature Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird
Original Art by Steve Wilson
he Tarleton Wind Ensemble will kick off its 2015-2016 academic year
with its first concert on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 3 pm in the Clyde
H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium. General admission is free to all;
however, cash donations will be accepted at the door for the Erath County
The concert will open with the Texas premiere of Michael Kurek’s Monument. This work received its world premiere at the 2015 College Band
Directors National Association conference in Nashville, Tennessee. It is
a tone poem that depicts a firm and stable structure on which many other
buildings are erected. The work was commissioned by the Vanderbilt University Wind Symphony. Following Monument, the Wind Ensemble will
predict the upcoming season change to fall as they present Eric Whitacre’s
October and then lead the audience into the dance style of Central America
with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol.
Following a brief intermission, the Wind Ensemble will present one of
its biggest challenges to date with the 1919 version of the suite to Igor
Stravinsky’s Firebird. The ballet is based on the Russian legend of the
Firebird, a powerful good spirit whose feathers supposedly convey beauty
and protection upon the earth. Other characters from Russian lore are also
included: the heroic Prince Ivan Tsarevich and the evil sorcerer Kashchei,
from whom Ivan must rescue the princess he loves. It is only through the
intervention of the Firebird, whose life he spares early in the ballet, that
Ivan is able to destroy Kashchei and his followers and marry the princess.
A pre-concert reception sponsored by Tau Beta Sigma will be held in the Gallery Foyer beginning at 2:30 pm. Donations for
the Erath County United Way can be made via check (payable to SECC) or cash.
Pianist Michael Gurt Comes To Tarleton!
Tarleton Jazz Performs:
uest artist Michael Gurt will perform and teach at the Tarleton Piano Festival, October 30-31, 2015. Gurt, the Paula Garvey Manship Distinguished Professor of Piano at Louisiana State University and head of their Keyboard Department, will perform a solo recital Friday,
October 30, 2015, at 7:30 pm, in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Tarleton and visiting high school students will perform in a master class
setting on October 31. For recital ticket info call (254) 968-9634 and for Festival
information call (254) 968-9241.Tickets are $10 for Adults, $5 for Students.
Gurt won First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in
1982, and was a prize winner in international competitions in Pretoria, South
Africa, and Sydney, Australia. He has performed as soloist with the Chicago
Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Capetown Symphony, the China National
Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Panama, and the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa. He has made solo appearances in Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) in New York, Ambassador
Auditorium in Los Angeles, Orchestra Hall in Detroit, City Hall in Hong Kong,
the Victorian Arts Center in Melbourne, Australia, Baxter Hall in Capetown,
South Africa, and the Attaturk Cultural Center in Istanbul, Turkey. He recently
completed a tour of four cities in Brazil. Gurt has collaborated with the Takacs
String Quartet and the Cassatt String Quartet, and has performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, Queensland. He has recorded on
the Naxos, Centaur, and Redwood labels.
Professor Gurt holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Juilliard School.
Theatre at Tarleton & the Young People’s Series Presents:
The Adventure of Treasure Island
o you like the sound of the waves crashing? Ever wanted to
wrestle with pirates? Then come see The Adventure of Treasure
Island! This is an adventure featuring a young Jim Hawkins, who is
itching to get on the high seas, and a low-life group of pirates that are
looking for a chance to steal a lost treasure. When Jim comes face to
face with the pirates, he does his best to outsmart them and find the
treasure first. Come and see the adventure for yourself! The play is
October 17 at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. General admission is avaliable
at the door one hour before the perfomance.
Based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Dramatized by Max Bush
Director: Heather Capps
Set Design: Trinidee Mitchell
Costumes Design: Sarah McGrath
Lighting Design: Jesus Rodriguez
Hair and Make-up: Leigh Henson
Sound Design: Alicia Sutton
Love Songs, Torch Songs
he Tarleton Jazz Ensembles kick off the 2015 Fall Concert Season on
Thursday October 1 with a concert entitled Love Songs, Torch Songs.
The concert will feature many of the talented vocal students in the
Department of Fine Arts singing with the jazz bands. “It has been a tradition over the last several years to feature vocalists on our first concert,”
says Greg Ball, Director of the Tarleton Jazz Ensembles. “It has become a
very popular show that our students and audiences look forward to every
year. The students had to audition to be part of this concert and then find
time to rehearse with us. They really sound great!”
Ball continues, “In selecting music for this concert I found I was leaning
toward sad songs, songs of lost love. Those are known as torch songs. So
I balanced those out with some great love songs as well.” Some of the
tunes include “Angel Eyes,” “Willow Weep For Me,” and “Every Time
We Say Goodbye.” Vocalists include Beth Rugg, Channing Parker, Ashley Darby, Jacob Humphries, Zach Steele, Devon Harper, Cassie Goodwin, Maddie Bowen, and Kayla Lincoln.
Tickets are $5 or free for Tarleton employees and students. This event is
Flute, Harp, and Piano Concert
lutist Melinda Wade-English, joined by guest artists Jenny Miller (Lubbock Symphony’s harpist) and Valeria Diaz-Navarro
(Peruvian award-winning solo pianist), will present an enchanting evening of music on October 19, at 7:30 pm in the
Theater. A more lovely evening can hardly be imagined. These three talented
women met in Lubbock while pursuing their doctorates in music performance
at Texas Tech University. Since then, the trio has enjoyed collaboration in fine
concert halls across Texas.
George Bizet’s lovely Entr’acte, the Intermezzo from the opera Carmen, will
open the evening’s program. The virtuosic agility of harpist Jenny Miller is up
next in the presentation of Jean-Michel Damase’s Sonata for flute and harp. This
sonata showcases the graceful intertwining of the angelic instruments.
To balance these flute and harp compositions, Poulenc’s Sonata for Flute and
Piano will be included on this program. The Poulenc Flute Sonata, a piece initially commissioned by the Coolidge Foundation for a performance at the Library
of Congress, offers flutist Wade-English and pianist Diaz-Navarro a chance to
explore one of France’s most expressive and technically brilliant sonatas.
The centerpiece of the program will be Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto. This
cheerful piece in the key of C major may remind one of the light-heartedness
found in Mozart’s comedic operas.
A logical conclusion to an evening of flute and harp music is a fast paced,
toe-tapping tribute to the Irish Folk Music Tradition.
Please join us for a evening of celestial music!
From L-R: Wade-English, Miller, and Diaz-Navarro