October 11 some 100 Texas State “Intro to Fine Arts” students attended the Austin Symphony’s special performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scherherazade. The evening began with a “Beyond the Score” dramatization (created for the Chicago Symphony) of the making of this famous piece. Actors portrayed the composer and the title character, while the orchestra demonstrated excerpts from the piece. The latter portion of the evening consisted of a full performance of this epic work by the Austin Symphony, conducted by Maestro Peter Bay.
The students’ adventure was organized by music instructors of Intro to Fine Arts, led by Regents Professor Ian Davidson.
TC writes – “The Nobel Prize in chemistry has just been awarded to San Antonio native William Moerner. No, he is not a Bobcat alumnus, but the article in today’s San Antonio Express News reveals that Dr. Moerner played bassoon in the Jefferson High School Band, graduating in 1971 and going on to study mathematics and physics and to become a chemistry professor at Stanford University. Skilled, educated musicians can do anything! (And by the way, ‘band nerd’ is a badge of honor to us.)”
Joey M. Martin, Director of Choral Activities, spent a week on the campus of the University of North Florida serving as a guest lecturer during the week of September 22. During his time he served as a clinician for the UNF Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Chorale, and Chamber Singers. His week culminated as the guest director for Jacksonville Sings, a group of 124 singers from prominent public school music programs. The finale for the concert was Chariots by Péter Louis van Dijk.
Our Bobcat Marching Band of more than 300 members had an exciting weekend September 27 and 28. Led by Dr. Kyle Glaser, Saturday they performed at the University of Tulsa football game, cheering on the Bobcats to an overtime victory. On their way back to San Marcos on Sunday, they performed for halftime of the Dallas Cowboys home game in their Arlington AT&T Stadium.
BMB on the Cowboys Jumbotron at halftime
Dr. Martin McCain recently completed two residencies at the University of Georgia and University of Alabama. September 4-6, Dr. McCain along with the Minor 4th Trombone Quartet, performed a recital and masterclass at UGA in addition to teaching private lessons. McCain also appeared at the University of Alabama September 13-16, where he gave a masterclass, performed a recital, coached the UA Trombone Choir and taught 13 lessons to members of the UA trombone studio. He also performed as a soloist on the Feed Your Soul concert series on September 24. Additionally, his recent solo album “Shades” was featured twice on Austin’s 89.5 KMFA and Hong Kong’s RTHK 4 radio stations in September.
Hank Hehmsoth and Thomas Clark teamed up for a Musicians Forum presentation “Secrets of Professional Success” Thursday September 25 at the new TxState Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. As a closing surprise, Clark made his “vocal debut” at Texas State singing “Smoke Gets in your Eyes” accompanied by Hehmsoth’s inimitable piano styling.
Musicians Forum was followed by the first Somos Musicos concert of the year and the first ever in the new hall. An audience of more than 100 listened to 10 students: Sigifredo Santana, marimba; Elizabeth Mora and Luis Corpus Jr., clarinet; Belinsol Martinez Munoz, cello; Jorge Briceno Gonzalez, piano; Ahmet Onur Alakavuklar, guitar; and Ilanna Tariff and Jenna Crowell, voice. They performed music by Beethoven, Verdi, and four modern composers. The performers were able to use effectively the exquisite acoustics of the hall to expand their dynamic range down to delicate and yet still clearly audible pianissimos. Bravi to all!
In recognition of his world-class performing artistry, Vanguel Tangarov has been honored with an invitation to become a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist.
Texas State music faculty member Charles Ditto has received a commission from Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance for a full-length score as part of a multi-media theater work to be presented in April, 2015, in Amherst. The work, written and directed by Amherst’s Senior Artist-in-Residence, Peter Lobdell, will also feature animated video sculpture by Pioneer Valley artist and Hampshire College professor, Thom Haxo.
Initial visits by Music’s jazz and Latin music programs to the Instituto Profesional Projazz in Santiago, Chile, have led to an agreement to continue developing further collaborations on teaching and research projects. An official memorandum of understanding just signed in Santiago states that ProJazz and the Texas State College of Fine Arts and Communication “will promote cooperation and collaboration / of interest to both institutions”. The School of Music has already sent several faculty — Russell Haight, Hank Hehmsoth, Keith Winking, Mary Ellen Cavitt and John Lopez — and student ensembles, notably the Texas State Jazz Ensemble and Salsa del Rio, to perform and teach there. Plans are underway for Texas State to offer graduate jazz courses at ProJazz that the Chilean students can use toward master’s degrees from Texas State.
L to R – George Abufhele, Rector, Dr. Keith Winking, Ignacio Arriagada, Vice-Rector
Prof. Ian Davidson (oboe, fine arts) has been named by the Regents of the Texas State University System as a new Regents Professor. This high honor has been given to only 20 individuals throughout the System, 10 of whom are at Texas State’s San Marcos campus. Prof. Davidson will be specially recognized at the December Commencement ceremony for the College of Fine Arts and Communication.