Steel drum band to highlight upcoming performances
10.25.2016 | By
PASADNA, Texas -- San Jacinto College will host concerts in November and December that will feature a wide variety of musical styles performed by students and faculty members of the College, as well as guest artists.
The North Campus concert will be held at the Dr. Charles Grant Fine Arts Center (Building 1), 5800 Uvalde Rd., in the North Channel area. Unless otherwise noted, the Central Campus events will take place at the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building (Building 5), 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Central Campus concerts
- On Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., a community steel band concert will be held at the Central Campus Slocomb Auditorium (Building 12). The concert will feature performances by the San Jacinto College steel band, under the direction of music professor Michael Mizma, as well as performances by steel band groups from Parkview Intermediate School, Sam Rayburn High School and League City Intermediate School. San Jacinto College’s repertoire will include “Pantano,” a Cal Tjader classic which exemplifies the music from the 1950s that popularized Latin music in America; “Rich and Famous,” a reggae song by Gary Gibson; “Alloy,” by Andy Akiho, which demonstrates a more modern, experimental use of the steel band; “Song for Mia,” by Andy Narell, a song written for his daughter in the style of a Caribbean Mazouk; and “Sockin’ it With Steel,” a classic Ray Holman short panorama arrangement. The concert will conclude with the combined ensembles playing the following selections together: “The Rhythm of Calypso,” by Phil Solomon and “Everybody Loves a Saturday Night,” a traditional African tune played in the Calypso style, arranged by Garrett Sanborne, director of the Parkview steel drum band.
- On Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., the San Jacinto College Central Campus jazz ensemble, under the direction of music professor Dr. Henry Darragh, will be perform a variety of jazz standards, featuring styles from the Swing Era to the Modern Era.
- On Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., an organ concert will feature performances by award-winning musician Dr. Matthew Dirst, organist, harpsichordist, University of Houston music professor and founder of the Houston-based Ars Lyrica early music group. Dirst is the first American to win major international prizes in both organ and harpsichord, including first prize at the American Guild of Organists Young Artist Competition and second prize at the Warsaw International Harpsichord Competition. In addition to his work with Ars Lyrica and the University of Houston, he is also the organist at St Philip Presbyterian Church. The concert will feature organ works from the Baroque and Renaissance periods.
- On Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., a concert will feature works by “Orpheus,” a student composers’ association coordinated by theory-composition professor Joseph Schenk. The program will include new works by San Jacinto College music student composers.
- On Friday, Dec. 9 at 12 p.m. there will be a holiday sing-along that will include audience participation. Faculty performers will include Dr. Paul Busselberg, Central Campus choir director, and Dr. Martha Braswell, theory and keyboard professor. Advent music will be the featured compositions, which will also include an old-fashioned Christmas carol sing-along. Wassail will be served following the concert.
North Campus concerts
- On Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., a holiday choral concert will feature the North Campus chorale, accompanied by the North Campus brass band. The repertoire will include “Exultate Justi,” by Viadana; “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Victoria; “Quelle est Cette Odeur Agreeable?” arranged by Willcocks; and “Five Christmas Carols with Brass,” arranged by Willcocks. The concert will also feature a cappella performances by the North Campus chamber singers. Their repertoire will include “Shepherd’s Carol,” by Billings; “Three Christmas Motets,” by Handl; and “Seven Joys of Christmas,” by Mecham.
- On Friday, Dec. 2, as part of the College’s Fine Arts Fridays series, the North Campus brass band will perform a variety of selections, which will include traditional Christmas holiday selections.
San Jacinto College offers music degrees and courses, as well as private music lessons at the North and Central campuses. To find out more, please visit the San Jacinto College music degree program website.
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, since 1961. As a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College, approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.