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San Jacinto College
News Release
Thursday, January 26, 2012

College hosting free concerts in February 

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College (SJC) will host music concerts and a master class during February that will feature student, faculty, and other musicians. All events are free and open to the public, and will be staged at the North and Central campuses.

North Campus events will be staged at the Dr. Charles Grant Fine Arts Center, 5800 Uvalde in the North Channel area. Central Campus events will be held at the Dr. Monte Blue Music Building, 8060 Spencer Hwy., in Pasadena.

• Wednesday, Feb. 1, 1:30 p.m. – Noted mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will present a master class and work with student vocalists at the Central Campus. “Opera News” describes Barton as a “rising star with a sumptuous voice.” Barton is a graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, and won the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has performed operatic roles with the Metropolitan Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, and with Houston’s Ars Lyrica. Barton has appeared with the Marilyn Horne Foundation On Wings of Song recital series, and made her Spivey Hall debut singing Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody, which was also broadcast on NPR.

• Thursday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. – Jamie Barton will present a vocal recital, accompanied by pianist Keith Weber at the Central Campus. The program will include music by Henry Purcell, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Leonard Bernstein, Jake Heggie, and will feature a collection of songs written specifically for Ms. Barton by American composer Richard Hundley.

• Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1 p.m. – The North Campus will present student recitals, featuring a wide range of musical styles. “Typically, at a student recital students sing or play musical solos of contrasting styles,” commented SJC music professor Dr. Randy Snyder. “Recitals are critical to music students development. They give students an opportunity to perform up in front of folks on the spot, which helps them to deal with nerves and performing on demand.”

• Sunday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m. – The University of Houston’s acclaimed AURA will present chamber music at the Central Campus under the direction of guest musician Dr. Rob Smith. AURA performs mostly contemporary chamber music, with an emphasis on works representing trends and styles of the last two decades. The innovative ensemble performs a wide variety of American and international composers.

• Friday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. – Central Campus music students and faculty will present the Expo Seminar and Concert as a way of kicking off the new year. The concert will feature performances by each of the campus’ ensembles and several members of the faculty. There will be performances by four choral ensembles, the orchestra, jazz ensembles, the concert band, the wind ensemble, and the steel drum band. A seminar at 6 p.m. will feature music professors discussing what it takes to be a music major in today’s competitive world. The seminar will be followed by live performances at 7 p.m.

• Sunday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. – The Houston Bach Society and Mercury Baroque will present a combined concert at the Central Campus. The Houston Bach Society performs the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, his predecessors, contemporaries, and successors who were influenced by Bach and constitute his legacy. Mercury Baroque is a period-instrument orchestra that performs regularly in downtown Houston and tours domestically and internationally.

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. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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San Jacinto College (SJC) Central’s steel drum band, under the direction of music professor Michael Mizma, will perform during the EXPO concert on Feb. 19. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing department.

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