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SHSU Update for Week of April 6

Choir, Symphony Combine for Concert

Sam Houston State University's Symphonic Choir and the Symphony Orchestra will combine for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, featuring music by Rossini, Poulenc and Faure.

The Choir is under the direction of Allen Hightower, and the Symphony under the direction of Carol Smith.

The program includes Gioacchino Rossini's Overture from La Gazza Ladra, Francis Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in g minor, and Gabriel Faure's Requium, Opus 48.

Admission for the concert is $8 for adults and $5 for children.

Museum Presents Native American Exhibit

Currently on display in the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center Gallery of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum is a collection of transitional pictures of Native American life.

"Powwow: Native American Celebration" consists of 54 color photographs with accompanying quotes and text that capture the joy, tradition, humanity, and pageantry of Native America from a variety of different tribes.

The photographs were made by Andrew Hogarth, a native of Scotland now based in Australia, who, over the course of 17 years, has traveled some 135,000 miles throughout the Great Plains and Southwest regions of the United States, mostly on small country roads, documenting the lives of Native Americans.

Through portraiture, Hogarth captures the intersection of the traditional and the everyday. The result is a collection of exceptionally high-quality images that cut through the stereotype, confusion and ambivalence so often encountered in photographs of native peoples.

The exhibit will be on display through April 29.

Festival To Showcase Contemporary Music

The Sam Houston State University School of Music will host the 41st Annual Contemporary Music Festival on Tuesday and Wednesday (April 8-9).

All concerts are open to the public and free of admission charge.

The event begins Tuesday evening at 7:30 in the Recital Hall with a faculty and student chamber music concert.

At 9 a.m. Wednesday Professor Emeritus of Music Michael Horvit from the University of Houston will lecture in room 201 of the Fine Arts Building.  Horvit is a prominent Houston area composer whose works are often featured on National Public Radio.

At noon on Wednesday an open rehearsal by the SHSU Wind Ensemble, coached by Horvit, will take place in room 201 of the Fine Arts Building.

At 2 p.m. a concert featuring the faculty Woodwind Quintet, the Brass Quintet, and SHSU music students will be held in Killinger Auditorium located in the Beto Criminal Justice Center.

The festival will conclude at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday with a concert in Killinger Auditorium.  The concert will feature University of Houston piano doctoral student Kingchi Au, who is writing her dissertation on Hovit's music.  She will provide a spoken narrative before each of her two presentations.  The concert will also feature performances by vocal soloists and by the SHSU Wind Ensemble.

Thomas Couvillon, SHSU music professor of theory and composition, is the coordinator of the festival.  For additional information call the SHSU School of Music at 936.294.1360.

Student Center To Host Scavenger Hunts

The Lowman Student Center will be the site of scavenger hunts on Wednesday (April 9) from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

Students can pick up validation cards at the LSC Information Center.  The hunt will take place at various places in the LSC where students will receive validations and giveaway prizes.  When the validation card is complete students will turn the card in for a chance to become grand prize winners.  

A drawing will be held at the end of the day for a television, microwave, free use of textbooks for a semester, a one-hour party with free games in the Kat Klub, and a catered meal for 10, accompanied by SHSU President James Gaertner.

Alcohol Awareness, Screening Progams To Be Offered

The SHSU Counseling Center is holding its annual Alcohol Awareness and Screening Program on Tuesday and Wednesday (April 8-9). 

The program will be held on the main floor of the LSC from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.  

Free screenings and information will be available. There will be activities that demonstrate the effects of different levels of intoxication on one's performance including the University Police demonstrating sobriety tests using special goggles that simulate intoxication. 

For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 936.294.1720.

Howey To Present Lecture-Concert

Henry Howey, professor of music, will present a lecture-concert for the Italy in America Association at the Italian Cultural Center in Houston Thursday (April 10) at 7 p.m.

Howey's presentation will be in a digital format, and will focus on what he calls "a vital and profound musical tradition that has sadly been lost to time and technology."

The subject of the presentation is the Italian opera composer Amilcare Ponchielli, who American movie-goers may recognize for his "Dance of the hours" from Disney's "Fantasia." Ponchielli was active as a bandmaster in Piacenza and Cremona Italy from 1862-1872.

He composed and arranged over 300 works for the Cremona (his hometown) city band. Cremona is well known as the home of some of the world's great violin makers.

Howey has digitized all of Ponchielli's manuscripts and has begun to edit them for the use of modern bands. He presented three lectures (in Italian) in Cremona in 2002 on his work with Ponchielli's "lost" manuscripts.

Howey brings a special background to his work as he combines a career as a performer and musicologist with an affinity for languages.
From 1966 to 1968 he was the associate principal euphonium in the United States Army Band, participating in White House ceremonies, concerts, and other events including high level funerals.

In his Thursday presentation Howey will share over 200 images of Cremona, the municipal band, and the actual scores in Ponchielli's own hand. The music will consist of recordings from live performances and digital re-creations documenting the rise of the modern Italian state and the music that Ponchielli created in response to its birth.

The Italian Cultural Center enter is located at 1101 Milford Street in the Houston Museum District. For additional information or to RSVP, please call 713-528-0111.

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April 6, 2003
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