“Psalms for Choir and Steel Drums,” a five-movement selection by San Jacinto College music professor Dr. Paul Busselberg, will premiere on Friday, May 8 in the Slocomb Auditorium. Busselberg is shown at right directing student choir members. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
San Jacinto College will host concerts during May that will feature a wide range of musical styles.
All concerts are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, the Central Campus concerts will take place in the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena. The North Campus concert will take place in the Dr. Charles Grant Fine Arts Center, 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston. The South Campus concert will take place in the Marie Flickinger Fine Arts Center, 13735 Beamer in Houston.
Central Campus concerts
On Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m., the Central Campus string orchestra and the wind ensemble will be in concert together at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, located in Nassau Bay. The concert will feature selections from Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 3 No. 5 and Grieg’s Holberg Suite. A highlight will be a cello solo performance by San Jacinto College music student Frank Gomez
On Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m., the combined choruses and the steel drum band will present a concert in the Slocomb Fine Arts Center Auditorium. They will also be joined by CONSONO, a Houston-area professional choral ensemble. Together they will premiere “Psalms for Choir and Steel Drums,” a five-movement selection by Dr. Paul Busselberg, choir director at the San Jacinto College Central Campus. The ensembles will also perform “Four Seasons” by renowned steel band composer Phil Hawkins. A guest artist at the concert will be Hawkin’s wife, Michelle Hawkins, an award-winning choral director and music educator. “Four Seasons” is a four movement work written for steel drum orchestra and choir that tells the story of the human life cycle.
The Houston Spanish & Flamenco Festival will be held May 26 through May 30 at the Central Campus Slocomb Auditorium and Dr. Monte Blue Music Building. The event will feature an international slate of artists presenting workshops, children classes, and live performances in dance, music, and singing. Visit hsffestival.com to buy tickets and for information about artists and performance times.
South Campus concert
On Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m., a concert will feature several selections by the San Jacinto College South Campus choir, including works by American composers Michael Cox, Ola Gjeilo, and Richard Bjella. The concert will also feature three motets composed by San Jacinto College music professor and accompanist Mark Buller. A highlight will be the premiere of a composition by Dr. John Cornish, conductor of the South Campus choir. The performance will conclude with a stirring rendition of the classic “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
North Campus concert
On Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m., a choral concert, under the direction of music professor Edgar Moore, will include selections by Mozart, Schütz, Duruflé, Fine, and Lerner & Loewe.
San Jacinto College offers music degrees and courses, as well as private music lessons at all three 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.