Austin College Presents an Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz

Austin College Presents an Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz

Evening of Chamber Music and JazzThe Austin College Chamber Orchestra and the Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble together present their spring concert on Monday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Wynne Chapel on campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The instrumental ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Ricky Duhaime, will present two distinct styles of music beginning with the Austin College Chamber Orchestra performing two movements of a Chamber Suite by G.F. Handel for violas and cellos arranged by Duhaime, and a set of Antique Dances and Airs by O. Respighi arranged by Harry Alshin.

The second half of the concert will feature the Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble performing a variety of big band charts in both traditional and contemporary styles, including an arrangement by Duhaime.

The Chamber Orchestra is comprised of Austin College string and woodwind students, joined this semester by community members from across northeastern Texas. The Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble consists of students, faculty, and community members from throughout the region.

The April 17 concert will feature jazz soloists James Carter on alto saxophone, Paul Onspaugh on tenor saxophone, Jesse Speer on trombone, Andrew Gregg on trumpet, Phil Pitts on piano, David Moore on guitar, and Richard Burleson on drums. Section features include current Austin College students Shelby Brooks and Mason Byrd on saxophone and Truman Dowdy on trombone. For additional information, contact the Music Department at Austin College at 903-813-2251.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book College’s That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates and inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

6th Annual Fish Cook-Off To Benefit Home Hospice

6th Annual Fish Cook-Off To Benefit Home Hospice

Home Hospice Fish CookoffSherman Texas | April 17, 2017

Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke, and Fannin Counties is hosting their Sixth Annual Fish Cook-Off Fundraiser at Loy Lake Park, Texas in Denison in the Mayor’s Arena on April 30th from 12:30-4:00pm.  Teams are competing to win “Best Fish Cook in Texoma,”! There will also be teams cooking side items including hushpuppies, beans, coleslaw, and tartar sauce who will receive “Best Dish” awards. Be sure to bring your appetite!

Live entertainment will be provided all afternoon by Morris McCann, Jason Meadows, Bo Phillips and Katt Daddy “The Oklahoma Noodler”. There will be balloon artists and you can spin the wheel for prizes or a chance in the Landmark Bank Money Machine! There will be numerous silent auction items and several great raffle prizes to win, including a Custom made “Steak Cook-Off” grill, a Samsung 4K SVHD 55” TV that retails for $3995, and a one week stay at Marriot Ocean Villas in Myrtle Beach, SC.  You can buy your raffle tickets at the event or at the Sherman office at 505 W. Center Street. Some of the silent auction items will include fishing gear, original art, jewelry, themed baskets, and landscape and farm supplies. Tickets are $10 per person with children under 12 getting in free.  Parking is also free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or at the Home Hospice office at 505 W. Center Street, Sherman, TX.  Call 903-868-9315 for more information.

Proceeds from the 6th Annual FISH COOK-OFF will help Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke & Fannin Counties continue to provide services to those in our communities who may lack the resources to access quality healthcare. Home Hospice provides support for caregivers and in-home care for patients with chronic, advanced or terminal conditions as well as palliative care through their Pathways Palliative Supportive Care Program. They also offer bereavement services like Camp Dragonfly for children learning to cope with a significant loss. There are many community programs offered by Home Hospice as well as support groups and workshops.

Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties is a 501(c)(3) local community-based organization founded in 1982 and serving their communities with integrity for 35 years. As the oldest and most trusted local hospice organization their mission is to provide the best care and support enhancing the Quality of Life of the patients and their families. To learn about other community outreach programs offered by Home Hospice, please visit www.homehospice.org or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/homehospiceofgrayson.

Austin College Choral Groups Perform Sunday

Austin College Choral Groups Perform Sunday

The Austin College Department of Music will present its spring Choral Concert on Sunday, April 2, at 3 p.m. in Wynne Chapel. The event, which will include music by the Austin College
A Cappella Choir, The Camerata, and The Consort, is free and open to the public.

The Austin College A Cappella Choir is a traditional college choir singing unaccompanied music from the Renaissance to the present. While most of their concerts draw from standard literature in Latin, German, Russian, and English, the choir regularly performs avant garde and world music, as well as larger orchestral works.

Joining the A Cappella Choir will be The Camerata, a seven-voice ensemble singing music of the Renaissance and Baroque, and The Consort, a 12-voice a cappella vocal jazz ensemble. Wayne Crannell, associate director of music at Austin College, directs the choral groups, as he has for 22 years. Student director of the A Cappella Choir is Libby Jennings of Sherman.

The groups begin a tour later in the week, traveling to the north Houston-area during its annual Spring Tour. On Friday, April 7, the students will perform a 7 p.m. concert at Atascocita Presbyterian Church in Humble, Texas. The groups then travel to Corpus Christi’s City Church for a 7 p.m. concert on Saturday, April 8. The next morning at 10:30, the A Cappella Choir also will sing during the Sunday service at City Church. On Monday, April 10, the student groups will perform at 7 p.m. at The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church in The Woodlands.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

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Austin College Instrumental Ensembles Present Fall Concert

Austin College Instrumental Ensembles Present Fall Concert

Austin College Instrumental Ensembles on stageThe instrumental ensembles of Austin College, under the direction of Dr. Ricky Duhaime, will present their annual fall concert on Monday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Wynne Chapel on the Austin College campus. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Music Department at Austin College at 903.813.2251.

The first half of this fall’s concert will be devoted to the Austin College Chamber Orchestra. The group’s first performance, The Prayer of Saint Gregory by the Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness, features guest trumpet soloist and Austin College trumpet instructor Mr. Michael Walker. That piece will be followed by a contemporary composition for strings entitled Drifen by American composer Shirl Jae Atwell. Drifen won the 1997 Texas Orchestra Directors Association composition contest.

The second half of the concert will feature the Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble, performing a variety of big band charts in both traditional and contemporary styles. Soloists will include James Cater, alto saxophone; John Vietta, trumpet; and Phil Pitts, piano.

The Chamber Orchestra is comprised of Austin College students as well as community members from across Northeastern Texas. Students with majors and minors from across the College are represented, with varying years of collegiate experience and professional interests.

The Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble consists of students, faculty, and community members from throughout the region, with performance venues this year including Denison, Bells, Sherman, and Durant.

Dr. Duhaime, Mildred S. Mosher Professor of Music, has been a member of the Austin College music faculty since 1978

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change LivesAustin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 36 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

A Grand Night for Singing

A Grand Night for Singing

Sherman Community Players presents A Grand Night for Singing

A Grand Night for SingingIt’s that time of year again, where Sherman Community Players dazzles the audiences of Texoma with good ole’ Branson style entertainment. This year’s benefit performance promises to serve up just the right amount of pep and cheer to take patrons minds off all the negative stories in the news, and to replace the negativity with “A Grand Night for Singing”. A musical revue of all the hits which the musical team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein penned over their long musical careers; the evening will be filled with such favorite songs from shows like Oklahoma, the Sound of Music, and Allegra. Cast to bring these wonderful show tunes to life are featured performers, Amanda Pillow, David Lewis, Pamela Sanza, Jennifer Becherer, Les McConnell, Caroline Kellam, and Rafe McConnell, all who have performed in various shows for SCP and Theatricks during the past season. “With the benefit we don’t hold auditions” explains Sherman Community Players Artistic Director Anthony Nelson, “I hand-pick the talent after observing how people work over the course of the year or season, and if someone stands out to me, not just from the talent they have exemplified on stage, but their general attitude about being involved with Sherman Community Players, I ask them to be involved. In a way, it’s a way of thanking them for all the work they put in, both on stage and behind the scenes.”

This year’s performance opens August 5th and runs through the 14th on the weekends. Tickets can reserved by calling 903-893-7652. The evening is not only filled with the glorious music of R&H but a three-course meal is served during the act breaks, catered by “Feast on This!”.   The price of admission is $45 per seat and sponsor tables are still available for $600.00. “It’s a great way to support live theatre in Texoma, as we round up our 67th season; it helps raise money for Sherman Community Players and helps up with the end of the term budget, so of course I encourage everyone to attend.” concludes Nelson.

Featured in photograph: (from left to right)
Amanda Pillow, Les McConnell, Jennifer Becherer, David Lewis, and Pamela Sanza
Photo Credit: John Spears

Article submitted by Anthony Nelson, Artistic Directory Sherman Community Players