An Oct. 1 concert at San Jacinto College will feature the European Guitar Quartet, which includes (from left) internationally acclaimed musicians Zoran Dukic, Thomas Fellow, Pavel Steidl and Reentko Dirks. Photo by Robert Vanis.
San Jacinto College will host concerts in September and October that feature music from around the world, with a highlight being a performance by the internationally acclaimed European Guitar Quartet.
All concerts are free and open to the public. The Central Campus concerts will take place in the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena. The North Campus concerts will take place in the Dr. Charles Grant Fine Arts Center, 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston.
Central Campus concerts
On Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m., a jazz concert under the direction of music professor Jeffrey Adams will feature a 17-piece group performing different styles of jazz music, including swing standards, Latin, ballads, and contemporary jazz selections. Student music major Alex Lewis will be a featured trumpet soloist on an arrangement of “I Remember Clifford.” A small jazz group will also perform standard jazz selections. “Come enjoy an evening of America’s original art form, jazz,” commented Adams.
On Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. the critically acclaimed European Guitar Quartet will present a concert that will feature classical, world music, jazz, and contemporary selections. The ensemble includes four of the top guitarists in the world, each considered virtuoso masters who have performed internationally as soloists. Artists include Zoran Dukic, a native of Coratia who lives in Barcelona; Thomas Fellow, a native of Leipzig, Germany; Pavel Steidl, a native of Rakovnik, Czech Republic; and Reentko Dirks from Dresden, Germany.
On Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m., a choral concert under the direction of music professor Dr. Paul Busselberg, will feature a Bach motet “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied,’ and a Ralph Vaughan Williams monet “Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge.” Other selections will include works by René Clausen, Jean Belmont and Bruce Sled, as well as traditional folk songs and spirituals.
On Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., an orchestra concert under the direction of music professor Ingrid Hunter, will feature the “Serenade for Strings” by Josef Suk. “The selection is a beautiful and lyrical piece for chamber orchestra,” Hunter said. The program will also include “Libertango” by Piazzola, a “dramatic and inviting work that portrays the excitement of tango.”
On Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., a faculty recital will include performances by Busselberg and music professor Dr. Sarah Spencer, who will be joined by guest artist Joseph Rawley, a longtime educator who formerly served as a San Jacinto College music professor. The concert will feature two of Robert Schumann’s Song-Cylces, “Liederkreis op. 39” and “Dichterliebe op. 40.”
On Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., a concert will spotlight music of acclaimed Argentinian composer Astor Piazzola, who is credited with bringing the Argentinian tango to the concert stage with new vitality. Featured musicians will be San Jacinto College faculty members Lynne Brandt on flute, Jeremy Garcia on guitar; Dr. Karen Marston on trombone, and Michael Mizma on percussion. Guest artists will include Omni Brass, a Houston-based brass ensemble that includes four San Jacinto College music professors.
North Campus concerts
On Friday, Sept. 25 at 12 p.m., a concert by Houston-based Solero Flamenco will feature lively and expressive Flameco music and singing. Solero Flamenco includes San Jacinto College music professor and skilled guitarist Jeremy Garcia, acclaimed singer and dancer Irma La Paloma, and versatile percussionist Chris Howard. The group performs traditional Spanish folk songs, Flamenco classics, as well as original compositions.
On Friday, Oct. 30 at 12 p.m., Brant Croucher and Friends will appear in concert. Houston native Croucher is a songwriter and musician acclaimed for lyrical craftsmanship in his guitar-driven country and folk songs. His debut CD “Blanco County Lights” received positive acclaim by music reviewers.
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.