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SHSU Update for Week of Jan. 30

Con Fuoco Duo, Student Recital

A little fire can feel good on a winter's evening, and that is what Sam Houston State University music audiences will experience this week with a student recital Sunday (Jan. 30) and a performance of the Con Fuoco Duo Tuesday.

Sunday's event features Suzanne Scott (horn) and Donald Doucet (piano), assisted by Peggy DeMers (horn) and Emily Wood (horn). It is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

The program includes music by Arnold Cooke, Carl Nielsen, Paul Dukas, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Anton Reicha.

The Con Fuoco Duo are SHSU music chairman and clarinetist Robert Walzel (left) and Ohio State University piano professor Steven Glaser. "Con Fuoco" is Italian for "with fire." Their performance is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Recital Hall.

Since 1989, the Con Fuoco Duo has performed across the world on behalf of the United States Information Agency. Recent performances have included such places as the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and West Africa. In 1996, they released a commercial compact disc, "Con Fuoco: Duos for Clarinet and Piano," featuring the works of Weiner, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Reinecke and Ireland.

Walzel, who taught at SHSU in 1987-88, returned in August 1999 to chair the music department. For the previous 11 years he was professor of clarinet at Texas Tech University and principal clarinetist of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared with such groups as the Ensemble of Santa Fe, Dallas String Quartet, Texas Clarinet Consort, Clear Lake Chamber Music Society, and the Society for the Performing Arts in Houston.

He has also performed with the Houston and San Antonio Symphony Orchestras, at the Aspen Music Festival, and with many other opera, ballet, jazz and pop orchestras.

Glaser, a graduate of the Julliard School in New York City, won top prizes in the 1984 New York International Chopin Competition and the 1986 Leiderkranz Foundation Competition.

He has toured Europe and Israel several gimes as soloist and with orchestra, notably with the Lodz and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestras of Poland, the Amsterdam Philharmonic, and the Bavarian State Radio Symphony.

He appears frequently as a soloist and recently completed a three week concert tour in Taiwan. He has performed widely in the United States, including major recitals in Chicago's Orchestra Hall, New York's Merkin Hall, and appearances in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.

Admission to the Department of Music concerts is free to SHSU faculty, staff, and students and Friends of Music, and $5 for general admission.

Puebla Planning

It may be winter, but faculty and students at Sam Houston State University are already making plans for a trip to Puebla, Mexico, this summer.

The Puebla Field School is scheduled June 5-June 29 in the Spanish Colonial city that ranks as the fourth largest in Mexico. Registration is under way through March 1.

"The rich culture of Puebla is a blend of elegant colonial architecture and traditional art forms with a modern business and industrial sector," said Frieda Koeninger, Puebla Field School coordinator. "Classes will be taught by SHSU faculty in the historic district of downtown Puebla, a few blocks from the main plaza.

"Students will have unique opportunities to interact with the local community. Field trips to major businesses, museums, and archaeological sites are planned."

Last summer SHSU students had a more-than-unique experience, surviving a 6.7 magnitude earthquake in which a number of persons were killed or injured. No one in the SHSU group was injured.

The 50 students who participate this summer will take classes in management, economics, art, art history (Mexico), literature, and Spanish. The fee for the school is $1550, which includes air fare, lodging and meals, but not tuition, which varies depending on the number and types of courses taken.

Koeninger lists the school's objectives as developing in students an awareness and understanding of other cultures, a sympathy for other perspectives on life, a desire to establish and maintain long-term, cross-cultural relationships, and a sense of self-confidence by diminishing their fears of the unknown.

One of her former students described the experience this way:

"This was the most broadening experience of my life. It has inspired me to consider doing business outside of the U. S. and to learn Spanish. I loved the people, the culture, the music, the food and the fun. Mexico will be with me always."

Wellness Activities Scheduled

Sam Houston State University faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to get well, to maintain that condition, or at least learn more about the subject, during Department of Recreational Sports activities Jan. 31 - Feb. 2.

On Monday (Jan. 31) and Tuesday (Feb. 1) four hour aerobics sessions are scheduled from 4-8 p.m. both days in the Health/Kinesiology Building aerobics room. On Wednesday (Feb. 2) an Aero-Jam is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. in Johnson Coliseum.

Also on Wednesday, Recreational Sports will hold its Well-Mart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health/Kinesiology Center multi-purpose room. It will include stress testing, relaxation exercises, massage therapy, body fat testing and home exercise demonstrations.

Also on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Conroe Regional Blood Center will conduct a blood drive in front of the Health/Kinesiology Center. T-shirts will be given to donors.

For more information, contact the Department of Recreational Sports in room 104 of the Health/Kinesiology Building or call 409-294-1985.

Revising and Editing Workshop

The Academic Enrichment Center and Across-the-University Writing Program are offering a hands-on workshop for faculty and staff focusing on revising and editing techniques, as well as scheduling orientation sessions in the center.

A workshop entitled "Revising and Editing: Improving Correspondence & Publications," is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Monday (Jan. 31) in the Academic Enrichment Center, Room 116 of the Newton Gresham Library.

Participation will be limited to 30 staff and faculty members. Call Patricia Williams, director of the Across-the-University Writing Program, at 409-294-1143 for participation information.

The Academic Enrichment Center is also offering orientation sessions to help students and faculty become more familiar with the center's capabilities. The 15-minute sessions may be scheduled by calling Carol Simpson at 409-294-1957.

The Academic Enrichment Center was made possible by a Houston Endowment Inc. grant of $450,000, received in the spring of 1998. It was created to help students in subjects such as math, writing, and reading, and is directed by Williams, Diane Dowdey, and Judy Olson.

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Jan. 30, 2000
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