November concerts to feature a wide range of musical styles

10.28.2014 | By Rob Vanya

San Jacinto College music professor Jeffrey Adams, left, directs student musicians practicing for the jazz concert set for Nov. 13 at the Central Campus. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.


San Jacinto College will host concerts in November featuring a wide range of Baroque, jazz, steel band, and brass band music.

All concerts are free and open to the public. The San Jacinto College Central Campus concerts will take place at in the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena. The San Jacinto College 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. 11 at 7 p.m., Ars Lyrica will perform selections from their 2014-15 season “The Power of Music,” featuring the music of the Bach dynasty entitled “Bach & Sons: At the Café.” The program will include a rarely performed ode by Carl Phillipp Emanuel Bach, his younger brother Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach’s cantata “Die Amerikanerin,” plus patriarch Johann Sebastian Bach’s beloved “Coffee Cantata.” Guest artists will include soprano Lauren Snouffer, mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko, and baritone Mark Diamond, with Ars Lyrica artistic director Dr. Matthew Dirst and the Ars Lyrica ensemble. Ars Lyrica is a Houston-based group specializing in Baroque music.

On Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., an evening of lively and entertaining music will feature various styles of jazz, including standard swing, blues, Latin, and funk. Many students will be featured as soloists. Selections will be performed by a San Jacinto College student jazz combo with two vocalists, followed by a jazz ensemble under the direction of music professor Jeffrey Adams. The concert will include a performance of the Dobie High School jazz ensemble, under the direction of Doug Eger. The concert will conclude with a faculty combo performing the Bebop tune “Donna Lee.”

On Monday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., a concert will feature music by the Central Campus student steel band, under the direction of music professor Michael Mizma. The show will also feature performances by the steel bands from League City and Parkview intermediate schools, and the newly-formed Sam Rayburn High School steel band. “We are excited for a chance to build on the success of our spring 2014 concert, which was the first time we combined forces with these community groups,” commented Mizma. “Pan is alive and well in the San Jac community.” Selections by the Central Campus steel band will include “Cool it Down,” an up-tempo pop calypso tune; “Sea of Stories,” an Andy Narell composition that moves through Afro-Cuban guaguanco rhythms to an Afro-Cuban songo; “Red Beans and Rice,” a calypso selection; and “Motor Scooter Monty,” a tropical Latin tune. Selections by a mass band featuring all groups will include “Linus and Lucy,” the famous hit inspired by the Peanuts comic strip; and “Pantano,” Cal Tjader’s Afro-Cuban inspired composition.


North Campus concerts

On Friday, Nov. 14, from noon to 1 p.m., the Fine Arts Friday concert series kicks off with music by the Cathedral Brass Quintet. The group includes San Jacinto College faculty brass musicians who teach and host summer music camps. Selections will include “Rondeau,” “Fanfare from La Peri,” “Old Hundredth,” “Bankelsangerlieder,” and other well-known brass compositions. The Fine Arts Friday concert series is a partnership between Galena Park ISD and San Jacinto College to promote musical arts.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m., the student jazz band, under the direction of Amanda Dickson, will host a concert that will feature a wide range of jazz selections including “Manteca,” “Freddie Freeloader,” “Spain,” “I Got Rhythm,” and swing-era classics like “In the Mood.” An arrangement of “Maria” will feature high-note trumpet artist Frank Saavedra.

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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