College hosting free concerts in September
PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College (SJC) will host musical and dancing performances, as well as educational seminars, during September that will showcase student, faculty, and other musicians. All events are free and open to the public, and will be staged at the Central and North campuses.
The Central Campus events will be held at the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena. The North Campus events will be held at the Dr. Charles Grant Fine Arts Center, 5800 Uvalde Road in the North Channel area.
• Monday, Sept. 12 – Dr. John Roberts, music department chair at Stephen F. Austin University, will perform and teach at the Central Campus. Roberts will present a piano master class from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and will then present a piano concert at 7 p.m.
Roberts has performed solo recitals and with orchestras in Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India, Italy, Great Britain, Canada, and the United States. His latest CD is titled “The Complete Piano Sonatas of Johannes Brahms and Other Selected Works.” Roberts holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. He holds a doctorate from Yale University’s School of Music, where he won the Sprague Hall Competition.
• Friday, Sept. 16 – The North Campus will welcome lively flamenco dancing accompanied by rhythmic guitar and percussion when Solero Flamenco performs at 12 p.m., as part of the College’s “Fine Arts Fridays” series. SJC music professor Jeremy Garcia, and singer-dancer Irma La Paloma headline the Solero Flamenco troupe, which features some of the region’s finest flamenco music and dancing.
Garcia holds a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and a master’s from Southern Methodist University. Studying the works of great Spanish composers such as Manuel de Falla and Isaac Albéniz paved the way for his transition to flamenco guitar. He furthered his professional experience by taking workshops with Maestro Juan Serrano, Juani Serrano, Richard Marlow, and Valdemar Phoenix. In the flamenco community, he is known as Jeremías El Valiente. His CD, “Baile del Sol,” features all original music, and he performed as a soloist with the Fort Bend Symphony and with the Brazosport Symphony in a performance of Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.” In 2009 he was an invited artist at the Dallas Flamenco Festival. Garcia is founder and director of the guitar program at SJC South.
• Friday, Sept. 23 – The University of Houston Moores School Concert Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Betsy Cook Weber, will join the choirs of SJC Central for a choral concert at 7 p.m., at the Central Campus. Prior to the concert, Weber will lead a rehearsal and master class with the combined groups from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Weber is a renowned clinician, adjudicator, lecturer, and conductor. The UH Concert Chorale has performed at national and international venues, including the 2007 American Choral Directors Association national convention in Miami, and the 2010 Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales, where it won first place in the Chamber Choir category. “It’s an honor for us to host this fine group and their director, Dr. Weber,” commented Dr. Paul Busselberg, SJC Central choir director. “We’re thrilled to not only to hear them perform on our campus, but also to learn from them, as Dr. Weber leads our combined groups in the master class and the evening concert.”
For more information on fine arts programs at San Jacinto College, visit arts.sanjac.edu.
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 nearly 50 years. We are committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s workforce training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of ever-changing industry in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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