October kicked off the recital season here at Sam Houston State University.
The month started with a Wind Ensemble on Oct. 6 and a Chorale Concert this past Saturday, and there are many more events coming to the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center.
The College of Fine Arts and Mass Communications slotted several student performances for the months ahead. The Women’s Choir Concert will be the next performance on Oct. 22.
In addition to vocal entertainment, there will be several student instrumental performances. Jazz students will host a concert on Oct. 27 and the Wind Ensemble will be on Nov. 15. There will be two percussion performances on Oct. 30 and November 3. The first will be performed by the Sam Houston State University Steel Drum Band, and the second by general percussion students.
Professors and guests will also perform the Concert Hall Venue. On Oct. 20 the Kolonneh String Quartet, a group of string musicians comprised of acclaimed faculty such as Naomi Gjevre, will play for the campus.
Dan Hearle will also make an appearance on the stage with his quartet on Oct 26.
“Dan Haerle is a composer, performer, educator and ambassador of jazz piano. The other members of the quartet also come to us with impressive backgrounds as well,” Emily Binetti, marketing coordinator for the Fine Arts and Mass Communication, said. The faculty will also perform a woodwind concert on Nov. 1.
Both faculty and students will come together to present OcTUBAfest with events on Oct. 25, 30 and Nov. 6. It will feature an ensemble cast of tubas, as well as solos.
The final event of the year is an Opera tribute to Shakespeare, titled “The Bard: Opera’s Celebration of Shakespeare.”
With the exception of OcTUBAfest, which has one event beginning at 6:00 p.m., all the performances will start at 7:30 p.m. Each performance costs $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, and $5 for students and children.