Renowned guitarist’s performance a highlight of upcoming concerts

09.17.2014 | By Rob Vanya

Internationally renowned Czech guitarist Pavel Steidl will present a concert on Oct. 16 at the San Jacinto College Central Campus. Submitted photo.


A performance by renowned guitarist Pavel Steidl will be a highlight of September and October concerts presented by San Jacinto College.

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts are free and open to the public and will take place at the San Jacinto College Central Campus, in the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena.

On Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., a flute and jazz piano concert will feature San Jacinto College music professors Lynne Brandt (flute), Dr. Sarah Spencer (piano), Eric Late (string bass), and Michael Mizma (percussion). The quartet will perform Claude Bolling’s “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano.” The jazz crossover work, written in 1973, seamlessly combines jazz and classical elements into a unique collection of movements, each representing a different mood. Bolling, a French pianist, composer, producer, and bandleader, has always held a passion for jazz music. He has composed the scores for over 100 film and television soundtracks.

On Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m., the Central Campus’ three choirs will present a fall choral concert. The chorale will perform works by Thomas Tallis, Jean Belmont, Imant Raminsh, and the Finnish composer Jaako Mäntyjärvi. The men’s chorus will perform selections by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Felix Mendelssohn, and Dan Forrest. The women’s chorus will perform music by René Clausen, Howard Goodall, and Marta Keen. The three combined ensembles will perform motets by Charles Villiers Stanford. The concert will be under the direction of Dr. Paul Busselberg, and accompanied by Dr. Spencer, both San Jacinto College music professors.

On Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., internationally renowned Czech guitarist Pavel Steidl will present a concert featuring music of Czech aristocrats, and other selections. Since winning first prize at the Radio France International Competition in Paris in 1982, Steidl has become one of the most widely celebrated soloists of his generation. His teachers include Milan Zelenka and Stephan Rak from Prague. The Italian Guitar Magazine “Guitar” named him guitarist of the year in 2004. He has performed concerts in more then 40 nations, including Canada, the USA, China, India, Japan, Europe, South and Central America. The Steidl concert will be presented free through a grant from the Helen and Bill Crowder Foundation.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2:30 p.m., the Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra will present a concert at the Central Campus Slocomb Auditorium, 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena. Admission cost is $10 per person, and tickets will be sold at the door.

The program of the concert, under the direction of conductor James Park, includes “Overture to the Italian Girl in Algiers” by Gioachino Rossini; “Serenade for Winds in E-flat” by Richard Strauss; “Violin Concert No. 5 in A Minor” by Mozart; “Lieutenant Kijé Suite” by Sergei Prokofiev; and “Procession of the Nobles” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

The Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra promotes classical music, and includes professional musicians, music teachers, and public and college students, including current and former students from San Jacinto College.

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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