April concerts to feature a wide variety of entertainment

03.31.2015 | By Rob Vanya

San Jacinto College music professor Lynne Brandt leads orchestra students in rehearsal as they prepare for a chorale and orchestra concert set for April 16. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.


San Jacinto College will host concerts during April that will offer a variety of entertainment for all kinds of music lovers.

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

Central Campus concerts

On Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p.m., the avant-garde Thelema Trio from Belgium will perform their “music without boundaries.” The group performs on piano, clarinet, and saxophone, exploring a wide range of musical genres.

On Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m., a chorale and string orchestra concert will feature the men’s chorus, women’s chorus, and college chorale in collaboration with the string orchestra for a performance of Mozart’s “Mass in C Major, K. 220,” which is nicknamed the “Sparrow Mass.” The concert will be under the direction of San Jacinto College music professors Dr. Paul Busselberg and Lynne Brandt.

On Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. a woodwind ensemble concert, under the direction of San Jacinto College music professor Jeffrey Adams, will feature a variety of musical styles. Selections to be performed include “Badinerie Suite No. 2 in B-minor” by Bach, “The Rondo Opus 33” by Hayden, “Le Petit Negre” by Claude Debussy, “Tarantella” for flutes and clarinet by Whitney Tustin, and “Simple Gifts,” an American folk song arranged by Ricky Lombardo.

On Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m., an Orpheus concert, under the direction of San Jacinto College music professor Joseph Schenck, will feature original selections by student composers, performed by students. The repertoire includes “Fanfare for Brass Sextet” by Adrian Loftin, “Twa Sisters” by Thomas Grove (Twa is an eastern European surname), “Clarinet Solo” by Elisa Cantu, “Nocturne” by Frank Gomez, “Incorporeal” by Allen Campos, “Cello Duet” by Sean Tighe, “Skyscraper Sunset” by Brandon Davila, “Patience” by Travis Hopper, and “Concerto for Oboe” by Chris Haugh.

On Monday, April 27 at 7 p.m. a mass steel band concert will be held in the auditorium of the Richard Slocomb Fine Arts Building. The concert will feature performances of the San Jacinto College steel band, the Parkview Intermediate School steel band, the League City Intermediate School steel band, and the newly-formed Sam Rayburn High School steel band. “These ‘community’ bands were formed to promote better integration within our local schools, provide a cultural awareness through music, and to spread the fun and love of playing the steel pan,” commented San Jacinto College music professor Michael Mizma, director of the College’s steel band. Each school will perform an individual session, and a culminating session will feature all bands performing three selections together. The concert will showcase a variety of musical genres: calypso, reggae, bossa nova, samba, guaguanco, songo, soca, rock, and pop.

On Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. a jazz band concert will feature San Jacinto College and Dobie High School musicians performing together. The repertoire includes “Struttin’ With Barbecue” by Louis Armstrong, “La Fiesta,” an Afro-Cuban selection by Chick Corea, and “Freedom Jazz Dance” by Eddie Harris. The San Jacinto College band will be under the direction of music professor Jeffrey Adams. The Dobie band, which will perform four selections, will be under the direction of Doug Eger. The concluding selection, still to be determined, will feature bands from both schools performing together.

North Campus concert

On Tuesday, April 28 at 10 a.m., a wind ensemble under the direction of music professor Amanda Dickson, will present a community outreach concert. The event is designed for elementary students, but is open to the public. The interactive concert will include informative talks about various instruments and how they work. Selections will include “Toccata and Fugue in D-minor” by Bach, “Star Wars - the Marches” by John Williams, “Pirates of the Caribbean” by Klaus Badelt, and various small ensemble performances. There will be a percussion selection that features only household items as instruments.

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. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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