Faculty, Student Musicians To Play Up Week

The SHSU School of Music will present a trio of concerts this week underscoring its students, faculty and programs, beginning Monday (April 15).

Assistant professor of music therapy Hayoung Lim will tune up the series with a cello performance, accompanied by Lim’s graduate students, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The program will include 19th-century composers Ernest Bloch’s “Prayers from Jewish Life, No. 1,” Gabriel Fauré’s “Elégie,” Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei,” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Piano Trio I in d minor,” as well as Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto in G minor for Two Cellos and Piano.”

Lim said she has a “very specific purpose for this recital”—showcasing the program and her students, including pianists Maho Sasaki, Kelly Wallis and Rami Cho; violinist Keelin Davis; and cellist Hojung Han.

“Some people may not realize that all of our music therapists are classically trained musicians; therefore, some of our music therapy students have not received their deserved recognition,” Lim said. “As a music therapy professor, I would like to change this passive classical music-making atmosphere.”

That evening, the SHSU Trombone Choir will present an arrangement of classical works by Haydn and Bruckner, as well as several newer compositions specifically for trombone choir.

The concert, under the direction of trombone instructor Ben Osborne and student conductor Randy Laran, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the GPAC Concert Hall.

“Joining us will be the Dekaney High School Trombone Quartet under the guidance of SHSU students Andrea Garza and Marco Samperio,” Osborne said.

The series will reach its “coda” on Tuesday (April 16), when the Faculty Chamber Group will present "Facade: An Entertainment," at 7:30 p.m. in the GPAC Recital Hall.

The “popular multi-movement work” was composed by English musician William Walton in collaboration with his friend Edith Sitwell.
“Sitwell's poetry, which is at times whimsical and other times serious, is recited over music performed by six instrumentalists,” said Patricia Card, professor of clarinet. “The music incorporates snippets of familiar tunes and fun styles, with movements including creative titles such as ‘Lullaby for Jumbo,’ ‘Country Dance’ and ‘Jodelling Song.’

“The entire production is meant to be entertaining," she said.

The Faculty Chamber Group includes Kathy Daniel, flute and piccolo; Card, clarinet and bass clarinet; Scott Plugge, saxophone; Randy Adams, trumpet; Daniel Saenz, cello; Rebecca Grimes, reciter; and student performer Charlie Stott, percussion, all conducted by
Matthew McInturf.

Admission to all three concerts is free.

For more information, call the School of Music at 936.294.1360.

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