Musicians practicing for San Jacinto College’s upcoming steel band concert include, from left, Santos Padilla, Homero Correa, David Salas, Oscar Rodriguez, Adrian Rodriguez, Josh Harris, Todd Blackmon, and music professor Michael Mizma. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
San Jacinto College will host concerts in April and May that will showcase a wide range of musical styles performed by students, as well as noted guest artists. With the exception of the Flamenco Festival, all concerts are free, and all are open to the public.
The North Campus concert will be held at the Dr. Charles Grant Fine Arts Center, 5800 Uvalde Rd., in the North Channel area. Unless otherwise noted, Central Campus events will take place at the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena.
Central Campus concerts
• On Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Slocomb Auditorium, the steel band and a vocal quintet will join forces with the Skyline Vocal Jazz Quintet, based in San Francisco, for an intercollegiate collaboration to perform a premiere of Phil and Michelle Hawkins’ new work (title not yet determined). Phil Hawkins is an accomplished jazz drummer, and one of the leading innovators of music for the steel pan. Michelle Hawkins is an award-winning choral director and music educator. The concert will feature five movements: a Brazilian-flavored “Baião,” a Caribbean selection entitled “Feels Like Rain,” a Jamaican-flavored ska tune “Shiny Things,” an odd-metered selection called “Ant Xanthem,” and a Trinidadian-styled calypso “My Garden.”
• On Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. the jazz ensemble and combo will present a concert under the direction of music professor Jeffrey Adams that will showcase performances by student musicians. Many different styles of jazz will be featured, including swing, Latin, and funk rock. Several students will perform solo improvisations. The jazz ensemble from Dobie High School, under the direction of Doug Eger, will perform during the concert.
• On April 25 at 7 p.m., the brass choir, under the direction of music professor Dr. Karen Marston, will present a Latin-flavored program featuring an arrangement of Lacuona’s fiery “Malaguena,” in its original form, and in a heavy-hitting Stan Kenton Band version. The concert also includes Mussorgsky’s “Great Gate of Kiev,” Holst’s “March from the Second Suite in F,” and an arrangement of Coldplay’s “O.”
• On Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m., the Orpheus Society for Student Composers, under the direction of music professor Joseph Schenck, will present a concert that will feature an array of musical styles. The Orpheus Society allows opportunities for students to showcase original compositions in public concerts.
• On Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m., choral students will present an evening of song, including Art Songs and Arias composed by the masters. Singers in the concert are students of professors Dr. Zachary Bruton, Dr. Paul Busselberg, Anne Heath-Welch, Kisa Parker, and Rebecca Pyper. The singers will be accompanied on piano by music professor Dr. Sarah Spencer.
• On May 3 at 7 p.m. in the Slocomb Auditorium, the wind ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Marston, will present the world premiere of “Omnibus,” a three-movement work by Dallas-based composer Micah Bell, which will be performed by well-known Houston chamber group Omni Brass. “Omnibus” features various styles and is inspired by Latin music, rock, funk, and swing. “Bell’s work is outside of the box for contemporary wind band literature and will be an opportunity for performers and audience to experience an innovative and exciting approach to stylistic fusion,” commented Marston. “Omni Brass will provide an exciting compliment to the concert.” Also on the program are Astor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion and Libertango,” Bernstein’s “Mambo” from West Side Story, and Ginastera’s “Danze Finale.”
• From Tuesday, May 24 through Saturday, May 28, the Houston Spanish & Flamenco Festival, featuring rhythmic dancing, masterful guitar playing and percussion and soulful singing, will be held at the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, and at the Slocomb Auditorium. Public workshops throughout the festival will feature instructions and demonstrations in flamenco music, singing, and dancing. The workshops are designed for anyone wishing to learn about Spanish and flamenco arts, and will be presented by skilled artists. The festival’s main performances, held on the final two days, will feature an international lineup of flamenco artists.
North Campus concert
On Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m., a choral concert will showcase selections by the chorale and chamber singers. The concert repertoire will include “Domine ads aduvandum me” by Martini, “Sing to the Lord” by Tye, “Ave Maria” by Victoria, “Medley from Brigadoon” by Lerner and Loewe, four Slovak folk songs by Bartok, and selected madrigals
San Jacinto College offers music degrees and courses, as well as private music lessons at the North and Central campuses.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.