Henderson State held its annual Carol of Lights program on Monday, Dec. 2. The sidewalks of the south lawn were lined with hundreds of luminaries, creating a beautiful seasonal scene. A large crowd enjoyed a variety of entertainment including the Henderson choir, several dance and singing groups from the community, the reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” and the always-popular performance by the children from the Davis-Baker Preschool. The program, which was organized and presented by Henderson’s Office of Residence Life, ended with the arrival of Santa Claus on a horse-drawn wagon.
Henderson State University Theatre, in partnership with the Department of Music, will present seven performances of Scrooge! The Musical by Leslie Bricusse on Nov. 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m., and on Nov. 18, 19, 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow the opening performance.
Join the famous miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, on his magical journey of redemption as ghosts from the past, present, and future visit him on Christmas Eve. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, this Broadway-style musical warms the hearts of the entire family with bright tunes and a colorful cast of familiar characters including the Fezziwigs, the Cratchits, and the endearing Tiny Tim.
Norwegian tubist Oystein Baadsvik, who is widely regarded as the world’s greatest living tuba player, will perform a recital and present master classes Oct. 22 at Henderson State University. The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m., and an open master class at 4 p.m. Both events will be held in the Russell Fine Arts Center recital hall and are free and open to the public.
Baadsvik, who is currently touring the United States, will be accompanied during his recital by Dr. May Tsao-Lim on piano and the HSU Faculty Brass Quintet. While at Henderson, he will also be working with students who play tuba, euphonium, and trombone.
A recital and lecture by pianist Dr. Min Kwon will highlight the seventh annual Piano Day at Henderson State University on Oct. 12. The performance will begin at 2 p.m. in the Russell Fine Arts recital hall. A piano master class will follow at 3:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
Kwon is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, Mozarteum in Salzburg, and is the co-director of Vienna ConcertoFest in Austria. She is a professor of piano at Rutgers University. Kwon’s lecture-recital is entitled “Making of the 21st Century Musicians,” which is based on her own experience as a concert pianist, entertainer, model, music agent, chamber musician, church musician, accompanist, recording artist, and university teacher. She will talk about various career choices in music.
From voice and piano, to wind ensembles and accordion, the program will feature a diverse selection of music performed by Henderson music faculty.
Admission is free and open to the public. The HSU Friends of Music will sponsor a reception in the lobby following the concert.
Henderson State University’s Department of Music will present a guest recital by clarinetist Kelley Rogers Niiyama Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Russell Fine Arts recital hall.
The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Steven Becraft at email@example.com or 870-230-5412.
Niiyama has appeared across the United States and in Japan as a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, recording artist, and musical theater pit orchestra player. She has shared the concert stage with many notable performers including Ray Charles, Arturo Sandoval, and Dominic Spera.
Henderson State University will host Hie-Yon Choi, guest pianist, for a performance on Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m., and a piano master class on Sept. 8 from 2-4 p.m. Both events, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Russell Fine Arts recital hall.
Choi, a professor of piano at the Seoul National University in Korea, has won many prizes at national and international competitions, including the Busoni in Italy, the Kapell in the United States, Clara Haskil in Switzerland, and Maria Callas in Athens.
Velvet Brown, professor of tuba and euphonium at Pennsylvania State University, will perform at Henderson State University July 10 with the Senior Band Camp first band. Three bands will perform in Arkansas Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m., starting with the third band.
Brown is an international soloist and chamber ensemble performer, recording artist, conductor, and orchestral player. She has made regular appearances throughout Europe, Russia, Japan, Canada, and the United States. Brown has served as principal tubist with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and as substitute or additional tubist with the Detroit Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, San Francisco Women’s Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She has received high praise as a member of the Monarch Brass Quintet and Brass Ensemble, the Junction Tuba Quartet, and the Garda Duo.
Henderson State University’s Symphonic Band, under the direction of Ingrid Larrogoity-Martin, will perform its final concert of the semester on May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arkansas Hall auditorium. The program, entitled An American Celebration, was designed around the idea of showcasing some of the amazing American composers of wind literature.
The selections consist of the iconic sounds of American wind music, typical American styles, and some exciting collaborations with faculty. The program includes: American Fanfare by John Wasson; Air for Band by Frank Erickson; George Washington Bridge by William Schuman; Fluffy Ruffles by Hamilton/Caehn, featuring guest percussionist Dr. Rick Dimond; Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copeland, featuring guest narrator Dr. William Higgins; Rough Riders by Karl King; and Apollo Unleashed by Frank Ticheli.
The concert is free and open to the public
The Henderson State University Choirs will present a concert on April 29 entitled By Women, For Women, About Women at 7:30 p.m. in the Russell Fine Arts Center’s Harwood Recital Hall. The performance features music that is either written by a woman, written for a woman, written about a woman, or any combination of these elements, according to Dr. Ryan Fox, director of choral activities.
The centerpiece of the concert is Stabat mater by the Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Verdi. Performed by the Concert Choir, Stabat mater is accompanied by an instrumental ensemble of faculty from Henderson and Ouachita Baptist University, along with HSU students.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Fox at (870) 230-5053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Henderson Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Steve Knight, performed its final concert of the spring semester Wednesday evening in Arkansas Hall. Upcoming Department of Music performances include: NuFusion, April 19; Brass Band, April 24; Concert Band, April 28; Chamber Chorale, Concert Choir and Women’s Choir, April 29; Chamber Orchestra, May 1; and Symphony Band, May 1.
Cover Band, the program will feature wind music that draws musical material from pre-existing sources. The concert will also feature Henderson music professor Dr. Laura Storm, soprano, in a performance of Frank Ticheli’s Angels in the Architecture.
The program also includes: Chester; Trauermusick; March No. 1 in F; Geschwindmarsch; and Pastime. The concert is free and open to the public. It can also be viewed live online at www.hsuband.com.
Justin Montigne, a countertenor and yoga instructor, was in residency at Henderson April 9-11 for a recital and a series of workshops with Henderson student singers. Montigne is a versatile singer who is accomplished in many styles and time periods of music, including solo, collaborative, and choral capacities. He is also a registered yoga teacher and teaches workshops, classes, and private lessons around the country.
NuFusion, Henderson State University’s exciting student jazz ensemble, will perform a free concert outdoors on Henderson’s Quad Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m. The performance will feature a wide range of music, much which was arranged by students.
“This is a great family event,” said Dr. Rick Dimond, director of the group. “We encourage an audience of all ages to bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks.”
NuFusion includes about 20 student musicians and features a standard big band horn and rhythm section with lead and background vocalists. This year’s concert will feature music by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Earth Wind and Fire, One Republic, Dire Straits, Led Zepplin, Cee Lo Green, Jimmy Hendrix, some original works, and much more. Henderson music professor Bill Higgins will be featured as a guest artist.
The Quad area is located between the Garrison Center and Russell Fine Arts building. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Garrison Center Day Gym. For more information, please call Dimond at (870) 230-5016.
Henderson State University’s Friends of Music will present its second annual gala on April 14 in the Russell Fine Arts building. The gala serves as the annual membership drive for the Friends of Music, an organization that provides financial assistance to Henderson’s music department.
The event will begin at 3 p.m. with refreshments in the lobby of Harwood Recital Hall, followed by a recital of student soloists and chamber ensembles at 3:30 p.m. Henderson’s bands and choirs will perform at 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.