Lecture series is music to your ears

The Department of Music will be holding a series of spring concerts and lectures this week celebrating the art of music. The concerts will take place Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the University Heights Baptist Church on Sycamore Avenue. There will also be a Flute Recital at the Recital Hall at 3:30 p.m.

Anne McCutchan began the week on Sunday, March 26 with a lecture over her book, “Marcel Moyce: Voice of the Flute.” Allen Hightower, director of choral and vocal studies, will continue the week on Tuesday, March 28 with his presentation of the Spring Festival of Choirs.

During this concert, the Sam Houston State University Concert Choir and SHSU Chorale will be presenting early classical works, modern compositions and gospel tunes in English, Italian and German.

On Thursday, March 30, the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras will present, “Hungarian Rhapsody of Franz Liszt” and the “Ritual Fire Dance of Manuel De Falla.” Carol Smith, director of orchestral studies, will also direct a horn quartet in a movement called, “Hindemith Sonata for 4 Horns.” These performances will be at the University Heights Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. as well.

On Saturday, April 1, the orchestra will perform again with, “Third Suite” of Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances.” There will also be a SHSU saxophone quartet performing two movements of work by Jean Riviera.

Carol Smith said that there are, “a lot of great concerts coming up,” and looks forward to the challenging pieces that the orchestra will perform.

“It is going to be really exciting because the concerts I am conducting will be graduate students,” said Smith. “I think they will be outstanding.”

On Sunday, April 2, the Recital Hall will host the SHSU flute studio’s Spring Studio Recital and Flute Festival. The concert will feature the students of Kathy Daniel, assistant professor of flute, and will contain the works of Mozart, Handel and Bach. The Flute Festival starts at 2:00 p.m. with a solo by Kevin Goodson, followed by the scheduled flute recital and then another solo at 5:15 p.m. by Melissa Shupak. Shupak’s solo entitled “Music through the Ages,” will encompass music from medieval through contemporary.

“The Flute Festival is honoring the memory of former professor, David Colvig,” said Daniel.

Kevin Goodson, who has a solo at the Flute Festival, said that the audience should expect, “a lot of fancy technical work.” Goodson will be playing two types of solos on the flute, one by Bach and the other one by Shubert. He will also be performing a Mozart quartet with a string ensemble and a piece by Devienne in a flute trio.

“We have a program that is very classical, but it’s stuff that you will be able to sing,” said Goodson. “I have been researching the composers and the music of the time period to capture the effect of the music I will be playing.”

After the various concerts and lectures held this week, the music department hopes the audience will leave with the same appreciation they have for music.

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