The Austin College Music Department will present “An Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz” on Monday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clifford Grum Sanctuary of Wynne Chapel on campus. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the Music Department at Austin College: 903.813.2251.
The instrumental ensembles, under the direction of Mosher Professor of Music Dr. Ricky Duhaime, will present this autumnal concert, opening with a brass quintet by American composer Bernard Fitzgerald. Following the quintet, the Austin College Chamber Orchestra will perform a new arrangement of some traditional Hungarian Dances by Ferenc Farkas, with wind parts arranged by Duhaime.
After a brief intermission, the Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble will perform a variety of big band arrangements in both traditional and contemporary styles. The performance will feature jazz soloists Chris Wilson and Barrett Parten, saxophones; John Vietta and Doug Hansen, trumpets; and Phil Pitts, piano.
The opening brass ensemble and Chamber Orchestra are comprised of both community members and Austin College students representing academic majors and professional interests from across the college. The Chamber Orchestra will also participate in the annual Lessons and Carols Service on December 1 in Wynne Chapel, assisting President Steven O’Day, Chaplain John Williams, and other faculty, staff, and students in the holiday tradition.
The Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble consists of students, faculty, and community members from across Northeastern Texas and Southeastern Oklahoma, with appearances earlier this fall in Durant and Sadler & Southmayd (S&S) high schools.