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SHSU Update for Week of Jan. 31, 1999

'Echoes' Widens Perspective

Last year's "Echoes of the 16th Century" choral concert in the Sam Houston Memorial Museum highlighted the works of leading composers of the late Renaissance from England and Spain.

The event was so well received that Brian Miller and the Sam Houston State University Chorale scheduled an encore--"Echoes of the 16th Century II," Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. This year's program features a wider cross-section of European composers of the same era.

The first half of the concert will consist of the Missa "Puisque jay perdu " by Flemish composer Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594). The second half of the program will feature works by other leading composers representing various regions of 16th century Europe.

These include Spaniard Cristobal Morales (1500-1553), British composer Thomas Tallis (1505-1585), Italian Giovanni Pierlugi da Palestrina (1525-1594), German Hans Leo Hassler (1546-1612), Austrian Jacob Handl (1550-1591), and Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelink, (1562-1621).

Miller said that unlike other concerts, what is not seen at the "Echoes" concert may be the most memorable. Because of the seating arrangement of the Museum rotunda and wings, the choir will move about the three areas.

"The audiences that cannot see the choir will be rewarded with a resultant sound that could be likened to sitting in a side chapel of an ancient European church," said Miller. "The acoustic effect of the travelling choir will change each time the choir proceeds to a different room, providing a variety of aural experiences for each audience."

Miller also recommends that audiences exercise discretion concerning the age and maturity of younger guests.

"Since the concert will be largely an aural rather than visual experience, it is not recommended for children who might become impatient." he said.

Parking will be available at the Walker Education Center and across the street from the museum. Parking closest to the museum will be reserved for those who cannot walk from the more distant lots.

Admission to the concert is $5 for adults at the door, and is free for students, Friends of Music pass-holders, and Friends of the Museum.

Travel and Art Among Auction Items

Two tickets to "anywhere," a Las Vegas "get-away," and an original watercolor painting are among the items to be auctioned at Sam Houston State University's College of Arts & Sciences fundraising gala Saturday (Feb. 6).

Top bidders will get to travel anywhere Continental Airlines flies, to stay at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Las Vegas for three days/two nights, and to own a framed piece of art by Harold Phenix valued at more than $2,500.

Other auction items will include the opportunity to have a street (Avenue I) on the SHSU campus named in someone's honor, a model Piper Cub airplane made by Jim Paster, an antique map of the Russian Empire donated by Christopher Baldwin, an India Wool Rug donated by Ward Furniture, and a Skil saw from Walker & Byrd Building Materials.

An awards ceremony will honor Frankie Zou Kerr, Dr. Bill Burdeaux Jr., Bernardine Oliphint, Ed Sandhop, and James E. Long for their professional achievements and contributions to SHSU and the College of Arts & Sciences.

The evening's events will also include dinner, a performance of selections from movie musicals of the 30s, 40s and 50s by the Department of Theatre and Dance, music by Charlotte Tull and the Young Family Band, and dancing with music by the SHSU Jazz Combo.

Call 409-294-1401 for ticket information.

Flute Recital Features Broad Time Frame

Compositions written as recently as two years ago and others hundreds of years earlier will be featured in a faculty flute recital Sunday (Jan. 31).

Ann Fairbanks, along with Robert Brewer (harpsichord and piano), Barrett Sills (viola da gamba), Lovie Smith (percussion) and Alexis Valk (bass), will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall at SHSU.

The recital will open with "Eight Pieces, Op. 59," written in 1997 by Lowell Liebermann. It continues with "Sonata in b minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach, who lived and wrote from 1685 until 1750. The recital will conclude with "Suite for flute and piano," by Claude Bolling, who was born in 1930.

Admission to the concert is $5 for adults and is free for students and Friends of Music.

Symphony Spotlights New Composer

More than 70 members of the Sam Houston State University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Carol Smith, performed two concerts Tuesday (Jan. 26) for 5,000 Conroe school district 4th graders.

During the concerts, both of which were held at the Oak Ridge High School Auditorium, the young audience members had the opportunity hear a composition by a former Sam Houston State University student who is now a promising film score composer.

Brian Satterwhite, who attended SHSU before transferring to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he completed his degree in film score composition, was the guest composer for the Tuesday concerts.

The orchestra performed Satterwhite's "The Last Goodbye," which won a major prize at Berklee College. Smith said that Satterwhite, who now lives in Austin, has been commissioned to compose film scores for four feature films.

Currie Retires

Patricia Currie, associate registrar, will retire Friday (Jan. 29) after 30 years of service to Sam Houston State University.

"Mrs. Currie has earned the respect and appreciation of the university community through her knowledge of student records, degree requirements, the degree audit system and her timely and efficient certification of graduates," said Robert Dunning, SHSU registrar. "We all wish her the very best in her retirement."

Dunning also announced that Teresa Thrasher, a 14-year veteran of the Registrar's Office, has been promoted to the position of assistant registrar. She will assume responsibilities previously handled by Currie.

'Rasslin' Returns

Tickets go on sale Friday (Feb. 5) at 9 a.m. at the Johnson Coliseum box office (Door 1) for World Championship Wrestling, which returns to Huntsville Feb. 27.

Tickets will also be available at Murski's Icehouse and by phone. For phone orders, call 409-294-3021. Visa and MasterCard will be accepted. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25.

Sam Houston State University students can receive a $2 discount when they present their ID at the Coliseum box office. There is a two ticket per ID limit.

Last Chance for Art Exhibits

Two art exhibits, the 39th Annual Faculty Art Exhibit in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, and an exhibit in the Lowman Student Center by art student Brandon Graham, both close Friday.

The Geeslin Gallery is open each day from noon to 5 p.m. There is no admission fee for either exhibit.

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Jan. 31, 1999
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