Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz

Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz

Evening of Chamber Music and JazzAustin College Presents an Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz

The instrumental ensembles of Austin College, under the direction of Dr. Ricky Duhaime, will present their annual spring concert “Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz” on Monday, April 18, at7:30 p.m. in Wynne Chapel at Austin College. 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 the concert will be devoted to chamber ensembles, including a trombone quintet (with rhythm section), a cello quartet, and a set of traditional Austrian dances by Schubert as arranged for chamber orchestra.

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. Featured performers include jazz soloists James Carter (alto saxophone); Mason Bird and Paul Onspaugh (tenor saxophones); Jesse Speer and Michael Waters (trombones); John Vietta and Andrew Gregg (trumpets); and Richard Burleson (drums).

The Chamber Orchestra is comprised of Austin College woodwind and string students, joined this semester by some community members from across northeastern Texas.  Students in the group represent a variety of majors and minors, with varying professional goals but a continuing interest in music.

The Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble consists of students, faculty, and adults from throughout the region. The ensemble has performed in several locations this year, including Denison, Sherman, Durant, and Bells high schools, as well as at Austin College.  Duhaime, who joined the Austin College faculty in 1978, holds the Mildred S. Mosher Professorship of Music.

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.

Community Series presents Brave Combo

Community Series presents Brave Combo

Community Series kicks of 2016 season with Brave Combo

Winner of 2 Grammy Awards, America’s Premier Dance Band takes you on a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey — offering what one critic recently wrote, “Even if you come for the party, you’ll leave with something of a musical education.” From Latin American to classical to rock styles, Brave Combo’s music has been featured on ABC, PBS, ESPN, and in New York’s Lincoln Center.

Tickets online

Ida Green Theatre on the Austin College Campus, Tuesday, September 20 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Community Series presents Van Cliburn Finalist Tomoki Sakata

Community Series presents Van Cliburn Finalist Tomoki Sakata

Community Series presents Van Cliburn Finalist Tomoki Sakata Piano Recital

Japanese pianist Tomoki Sakata “demonstrated virtuosity, considerable color and expressivity” (Dallas Morning News) during the 2013 Cliburn Competition, earning him a place among the top six finalists. Just 21 years old, he is building a reputation for a “youthful overabundance of talent” that creates “its own visceral excitement” (Theater Jones). Also a prizewinner at various competitions throughout Asia and Europe, Mr. Sakata has appeared in concert in Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama as well as in Geneva, Lugano, Paris, Prague, Utrecht, and Moscow for the twelfth International Festival “Musical Kremlin” at the invitation of Nikolai Petrov. He has performed as soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony, Youngstown, Hamamatsu Symphony, Lublin Philharmonic, and Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestras, working with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Randall Craig Fleisher, and Hikotaro Yazaki.

Piano Recital October 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Cruce Stark Auditorium on the Austin College Campus, Sherman, Texas.