November and December concerts to showcase a variety of musical styles
10.20.2015 | By Rob Vanya
San Jacinto College music professor Edgar Moore, left, leads choral students in rehearsal for a concert set for Dec. 2 at the North Campus. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College will host concerts in November and December that will feature classical, holiday music, chamber music, jazz, and other musical styles.
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 concerts will take place in the Dr. Charles Grant Fine Arts Center, 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston.
Central Campus concerts
On Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. a brass choir concert will feature both large and small student ensembles performing chamber works for brass, ranging from the Baroque period to the 20th century. Selections will include “Sonata in G-minor,” “Daniel Speer,” “Cantate Domino,” “Guiseppe Otavio Pitoni,” and “She Moved Through the Fair,” a traditional Irish folk song, arranged by Matt Kingston.
On Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., choral and choir students will present an evening of song, including art songs and arias composed by the masters. Piano accompaniment will be provided by San Jacinto College music professor Dr. Sarah Spencer.
On Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in Slocomb Auditorium (located adjacent to the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building), the College’s steel band will collaborate with several community steel band groups in a performance of a new work called “History of the Steel Band” by Dave Longfellow, director of the Virginia Arts Council Panorama Music Festival. The concert will also feature individual selections performed by each of the steel band ensembles.
On Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., a jazz concert under the direction of music professor Jeffrey Adams will showcase the talents of a small jazz combo, and a larger jazz ensemble. “There are many contrasting styles of jazz, and the audience will hear traditional swing from the library of one the greatest pianists and band leaders, Stan Kenton,” Adams commented. Other selections will include up-tempo swing, fusion, rock-n-roll, as well as a gentle ballad. “We will conclude the concert with a big band song that is a tribute to Carl Stallings, who was the famous composer of most all of the Bugs Bunny cartoons,” Adams said. “The song is called ‘Hunting Wabbits,’ by Gordon Goodwin, and it will remind you of all the animation of the traditional slapstick style cartoons.”
On Thursday Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., the College’s Society of Composers will present an Orpheus concert featuring chamber music works composed by students of music professor Joseph Schenck. “Orpheus is music composed by students and performed by students,” Schenck explained. “These are works the students begin at the start of each semester. They must write the music, organize rehearsals and then have it premiered at a concert.”
North Campus concerts
On Wednesday Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., a brass ensemble and choral students will perform a holiday-themed concert. Some selections will include “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” by Vaughan Williams, “Christmas Cantata” by Daniel Pinkham, and “Carols and Lullabies from the Southwest” by Conrad Susa.
On Friday Dec. 4 at 12 p.m., a brass band will play a variety of holiday classics as part of the College’s Fine Arts Fridays series.
San Jacinto College offers music degrees and courses, as well as private music lessons at the North and Central campuses. To learn more, please visit sanjac.edu/career/music.
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.