Spring concerts to feature a variety of musical styles

04.07.2014 | By Rob Vanya

A flute ensemble concert on April 27 will be under the direction of San Jacinto College music professor Lynne Brandt. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

 

Spring concerts to feature a variety of musical styles

 

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College will showcase the versatility of student and faculty musicians in spring concerts that will feature a wide variety of musical styles.

All concerts are free and open to the public. The North Campus concerts will take place in the Dr. Charles Grant Fine Arts Center auditorium, 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston. The South Campus concerts will take place in the Marie Flickinger Fine Arts Center auditorium, 13735 Beamer Road in Houston. Unless otherwise noted, the Central Campus concerts will take place in the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena.

 

North Campus concerts

April 17, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – A “kiddie” concert will be an “energetic show” for children from kindergartens and childcare centers to introduce them to musical instruments.

April 22, 7:30 p.m. – A jazz band concert will feature a diverse selection of styles including swing, rock, funk, and Latin to showcase student musicians. Selections will include “Wind Machine,” an uptempo tune by Sammy Nestico; “Tangerine,” a samba by Nestico; “Danny Boy,” a Maynard Ferguson hit featuring student Frank Saavedra on the trumpet; “Birdland,” a driving fusion song featuring student Eric Meneses on soprano sax; “Booze Brothers,” a swinging blues tune from the Count Basie library; and “Attitude Dance,” featuring student vocalist Charisma Black.

April 29, 7:30 p.m. – The wind ensemble, led by student conductors, will perform a diverse selection of styles including marches, orchestral transcriptions, and classics of the concert band literature. Selections will include “Procession of the Nobles,” in recognition of the recent Winter Olympics; “American Salute,” to honor military veterans; “Salvation is Created,” conducted by music student Jeremy Dergent; “Bravura,” a circus march featuring a mystery guest conductor from the audience; “Elsa’s Procession,” a tribute to the late Adonis Pantoja, Channelview High School band director; “Shepherd’s Hey,” a British composition; and a Beatles medley.

April 30, 7:30 p.m. – A choral concert, under the direction of music professor Dr. Edgar Moore, will feature folk songs, spirituals and the music of Viadana, Victoria and Leonard Bernstein.

 

South Campus concerts

April 12, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. – The Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium (GCIC) Jazz Festival will showcase ensembles and bands from member colleges. Each band will perform selections that are critiqued by expert judges. Performances will be held throughout the day. The festival includes a free master class at noon by guest artist James Carter, a renowned saxophone player. The festival culminates at 7:30 p.m. with a concert featuring Carter and GCIC jazz band directors. Admission to the concluding concert is $15, or free with a San Jacinto College student card.

April 15, 3:15 p.m. – A Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium guitar master class will feature instructions and insights by noted classic guitarist and music professor Dr. Isaac Bustos. Bustos has also performed internationally in festivals and competitions and serves as head of guitar studies at Texas A&M University, and as director of the Texas A&M International Guitar Symposium and Competition. The master class is free and open to the public. To register, please send and email to jeremy.garcia@sjcd.edu.

April 22, 7:30 p.m. – A guitar concert, under the direction of music professor Jeremy Garcia, will feature students performing various musical compositions. The concert will include solo performances and a set featuring the South Campus guitar ensemble.

April 27, 2:30 p.m. – A flute concert, under the direction of music professor Lynne Brandt, will feature chamber music performed by members of the South Campus flute ensemble.

April 28, 7:30 p.m. – A jazz concert will feature various styles of jazz performed by the South Campus jazz ensemble.

April 29, 3:15 p.m. – A student recital will showcase South Campus music students performing a variety of selections that were learned in private lessons.

 

Central Campus concerts

April 29, 7 p.m. – A jazz concert, under the direction of music professor Eric Late, will feature various styles of jazz performed by the Central Campus jazz ensemble.

May 4, 6 p.m. – The Central Campus choral department will collaborate with the Chancel Choir of Pasadena’s First Presbyterian Church to present a scholarship concert in memory of the late Noel Wilkins, a former San Jacinto College music professor. Performing in the concert will be First Presbyterian Church’s Joyful Ringers, and the newly-formed San Jacinto College Handbell Choir, under the direction of music professor Dr. Martha Braswell. The concert is free and open to the public, and will promote donations to the San Jacinto College Foundation’s Noel Wilkin’s Scholarship. The concert will take place at the church, located at 4647 Preston Road in Pasadena.

San Jacinto College offers music degrees and courses, as well as private music lessons at all three campuses.

 

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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