Steel band, choir premiere a highlight of San Jacinto College concerts
02.03.2015 | By Rob Vanya
From left, performers Irma La Paloma, Jeremy Garcia, and Chris Howard will be featured artists at a Feb. 17 concert at San Jacinto College. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
The premiere performance of noted steel band composer Phil Hawkin’s “The Four Seasons” will be a highlight of upcoming concerts at San Jacinto College.
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 Monday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m., an Expo concert will showcase student musicians performing a wide range of selections in various musical styles. The concert will feature group and solo performances by every departmental ensemble, including the brass ensemble, orchestra, woodwind ensemble, choral groups, jazz ensemble, piano, jazz combo, steel band, and wind ensemble.
On Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., a faculty concert will feature music professor Jeremy Garcia on guitar, accompanied by guest artists Irma La Paloma (vocals), and Chris Howard (percussion). Garcia will perform original flamenco compositions, as well as classical selections by Albéniz, Barrios, and Tarrega.
On Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m., a jazz concert will feature the student jazz combo and the larger jazz ensemble, which will perform various styles of jazz, including swing, blues, Latin, and funk selections. A highlight of the concert will be a performance by guest artist Dan Haerle, renowned pianist, composer, and educator. Haerle teaches jazz piano and improvisation online and at the Dallas School of Music. He conducts jazz clinics around the world, and has authored numerous jazz instructional materials. He has recorded several albums with his trio and quartet, featuring original compositions as well as jazz standards. Haerle will be accompanied by San Jacinto College music professors Eric Late, Michael Mizma, James Metcalfe, and Jeffrey Adams.
On Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m., a concert at the Central Campus Slocomb Auditorium will feature the premiere performance of renowned steel band composer Phil Hawkin’s “The Four Seasons.” Student musicians with the Central Campus steel band, and members of the Central Campus choirs will collaborate in the concert. Another guest artist at the concert will be Hawkin’s wife, Michelle Hawkins. Phil Hawkins is an accomplished jazz drummer, and one of the leading innovators of music for the steel pan. Michelle Hawkins is an award-winning choral director and music educator. Her West Valley College group “Synchronicity” was named Best Vocal Jazz Group by Downbeat magazine.
North Campus concerts
On Friday, March 6 at 12 p.m., skilled jazz pianist, composer, and educator Paul English will perform at the Dr. Charles Grant Fine Arts Center auditorium. English has performed and recorded with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Arnett Cobb, Kirk Whalum and David Liebman and has produced a number of jazz and classical recordings, including a recent collaboration with country legends Willie Nelson, Ray Price and Johnny Bush. He has composed a symphonic concerto, a cantata, various chamber works and several scores for film and mixed genre.
On Friday, March 13 at 12 p.m., the North Campus fine arts auditorium will host an orchestra concert under the direction of renowned conductor Chavdar Parashkevov. A native of Bulgaria, Parashkevov graduated from the University of Houston, where he was concertmaster of the Moores School Orchestra. He has headlined concerts all over the world, and is currently a member of the Houston Grand Opera orchestra, and the founder of the Da Capo String Quartet.
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.