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SHSU Update for Week of March 30

Orchestra, Strings to Present Concert

Sam Houston State University's School of Music will present the SHSU Chamber Orchestra and SHSU Symphony Strings in concert on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 202 of the SHSU Music Building.

Carol Smith will conduct the performance along with Alia Khader, graduate student conductor. Peter Kempter will be featured on the violoncello.

The concert will feature music by Gustav Mahler, Gustav Holst, Aaron Copland and Henry Eccles.

Mahler was a masterful orchestrator and skillful conductor in the 19th century. He worked to expand the symphony not only by enlarging the instrumentation, but also by increasing the length of his works. His music is known for being able to capture the fullness and intensity of the composition, yet creating delicate moments with the use of string and harp.

Holst was a prominent English composer of the early 20th century. In his suites, the listener is treated to rhythmic variations that create excitement, wonder and anticipation. He often used mixed meter which allowed all the movements in his compositions to "dance in their own ways."

Copland is best known and loved for capturing the American spirit through music. He was born in 1900 to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents living in Brooklyn. By the age of 20, he had enough musical education to travel to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger, who encouraged his admiration of Stravinsky and the avant-garde style of music. Much of Copland's music is folkloric, reflecting his belief that art should serve the people.

Eccles was an English composer and violinist who was born in 1670. He played in the King's Band at London and later in Paris where he published "Twelve Solos for the Violin After Corelli." Although not much is actually known about Eccles, his composition "Sonata in G minor" gives the listener a glimpse into his style. Using the accompaniment of the harpsichord, it is a simple yet moving piece, somber yet hopeful.

Beethoven Series Wraps Up

On Sunday (March 30) at 4 p.m., pianist and director of keyboard studies Clive Swansbourne will perform the last of eight recitals surveying the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven.

The final recital features the beloved "Moonlight Sonata." The title refers to the beautiful and pensive first movement. Also featured is another towering masterpiece, according to Swansbourne, "the final sonata of all, which, after exploring the whole gamut of emotions, seems to dissolve in a haze of celestial trills, truly a fitting farewell to the piano sonata from its greatest exponent."

The recital will be held in the Killinger Auditorium in the Beto Criminal Justice Center. Admission is free. For further information, call 936.435.1629.

Swimming Pools are Open

Campus swimming pools opened last week with the following schedule:

White Hall Pool is open Monday through Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Estill Hall Pool is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the Department of Recreational Sports at 936.294.1985.

Teske Attends Seminar in Hungary

Raymond Teske, Jr., professor criminal justice, recently attended the 65th International Regional Seminar of the International Society for Criminology held in Miskolc, Hungary.

The seminar was sponsored by the law school of the University of Miskolc and the Hungarian Society of Criminology. The theme of the seminar was "New Tendencies in Crime and Criminal Policy in Central and Eastern Europe."

Approximately 250 criminologists representing 22 countries attended. Keynote speakers included the high commissioner of the National Police of Hungary and the Hungarian minister of the interior.

Teske chaired a session on "Violence in the Family, Mother and Child Protection." He also presented a paper titled "Legal Procedures Available for the Protection of Women From Intimate Partner Violence."

Teske noted that legal procedures for addressing the issue of family violence are of major interest in eastern and central European countries, especially as several of these countries will soon be entering the European Union and must address issues of basic human rights specified by the European Union.

Sexual trafficking of women and children also received significant interest during the seminar.

Teske was invited by the dean of the law school to arrive several days prior to the seminar to present a lecture to the faculty and graduate students on crime and imprisonment trends in the United States.

Museum Receives 'Best Attraction' Honor

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum has been selected as "Best Attraction" by the Texas Travel Counselors during the six-day study tour of north and southeast Texas.

The tour, which was sponsored by the Texas Travel Industry Association, passed through ten cities, ate at 14 restaurants, and visited 21 attractions.

The award will be presented at the awards luncheon at the Texas Travel Counselors' conference in Waco on April 10.

Advanced Grant Writing Workshop Offered

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is sponsoring an Advanced Grant Writing Workshop on Friday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center.

The workshop will be conducted by proposal writing consultant Tom D. Rogers. Rogers' presentation is entitled "Proposal Techniques That Work: Things You Need to Know and Do."

The workshop will demonstrate how to market the critical elements of a proposal and how to sell an idea to the reviewer. It is recommended that attendees have previous Federal grant application experience.

There are 30 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis, and attendance for the entire workshop is required. To make a reservation, contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at ext. 43621.

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March 30, 2003
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