Concerts to showcase students, guest artists
02.09.2016 | By Rob Vanya
Sam Houston State University director of jazz studies Aric Schneller will be a guest performer at a March 1 jazz concert hosted by San Jacinto College. Submitted photo.
San Jacinto College will host concerts in February and March that will showcase performances by music students, as well as noted guest artists. All concerts are free, open to the public, and will be held at the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, located at the Central Campus, 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena.
On Monday, Feb. 15 at 12 p.m., music students and faculty members will present the Expo concert, which will feature performances by each of the campus’ ensembles and several music professors. There will be performances by choral musicians, the orchestra, jazz ensembles, the concert band, the wind ensemble, and the steel drum band.
On Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m., a faculty concert will feature the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, a Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist. Jobim was a primary force in creating the Bossa Nova style, and his songs have been performed internationally. A brief discussion will be presented about the composer and his music. Songs will include “The Girl From Ipanema,” “One Note Samba,” “How Insensitive,” “Corcovado,” “Desafinado,” and “Chega De Saudade.” Performing music professors will include Jeffrey Adams (flute and saxophone), Jeremy Garcia (guitar), Eric Late (bass), and Michael Mizma (percussion).
On Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m., a jazz concert under the direction of music professor Jeffrey Adams will feature the College’s student jazz ensemble performing standard selections such as “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “Secret Love,” “Yardbird Suite,” and “Doctor Blues.” Several students will perform solo improvisations. Guest artist at the concert will be Dr. Aric Schneller, Sam Houston State University director of jazz studies, who will perform an original song “Beefy’s Baby Blues” and other selections. Schneller will be accompanied by a faculty quintet, and the student jazz ensemble will join Schneller to conclude the concert in the performance of “Caravan.” “This fast and lively arrangement was the same one that was performed in the movie ‘Whiplash,’” commented Adams. “Music lovers are welcome and encouraged to come and hear a wonderful performance of live jazz.” Schneller is nationally renowned as a clinician, soloist, conductor, master teacher, producer, composer, and arranger.
On Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m., clarinet and saxophone students, under the direction of Adams, will perform masterwork solo literature accompanied by piano professor Dr. Sarah Spencer. The students will present a lively woodwind quartet to conclude the concert.
San Jacinto College offers music degrees and courses, as well as private music lessons at the North and Central 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.