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Stars At Night Concert Series

Stars A tNight
Twelve spectacular concerts in the beautiful Texas State Performing Arts Center Recital Hall

An Evening of Chamber Music - September 1, 2016

Music of Saint-Saëns, Francaix, Simpson, Stravinsky, Krommer, and Morris
faculty artists
Ian Davidson, oboe, Paula Bird, violin, Karla Hamelin, cello, Adah Jones, flute
Daris Hale, bassoon, Stephen GirkoVanguel Tangarov, clarinet
Genaro GonzalezKari KlierRobert Lopez, percussion
with guests
Ruben Balboa, viola, and Ekaterina Tangarova, piano

Guafa Trio, music of Colombia - September 29, 2016

Guafa Trio

One of the most influential and innovative acts in the current scene of traditional Colombian music, Guafa Trio is also recognized for their fusion of Colombian genres – such as joropo, pasillo, and bambuco – with Jazz and classical music techniques.  They display an advanced level of musicianship, combining improvisation and instrumental virtuosity with a creative compositional palette. Guafa Trio’s 18-year trajectory includes international performances in the United States, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and many other countries in Latin America, Europe and Africa. 

Gail Williams, horn & Daniel Perantoni, tuba - October 11, 2016

Gail Williams, horn    &    Daniel Perantoni, tuba
Gail Williams Daniel Perantoni

Former member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and principal horn of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, Northwestern University Bienen School of Music horn professor Gail Williams is a founding member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians and Summit Brass.

Daniel Perantoni, professor of tuba at Indiana University, also a founding member of Summit Brass, has appeared as a featured artist at Carnegie Hall, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Spoleto Festival USA.

Steve Houghton, jazz drums with Texas State Jazz Ensemble - November 1, 2016

Steve Houghton

Internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator, Steve Houghton initially received acclaim at age twenty as the drummer with Woody Herman's Young Thundering Herd. Since then he has shared stage and studio with luminaries Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, Clay Jenkins, Shelly Berg, Dave Samuels, Toots Thielemans, Christian McBride, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Les Hooper, Bob Florence, Lyle Mays, Bob Sheppard, Billy Childs, Bobby Hutcherson, Pat LaBarbara, Bill Cunliffe, Arturo Sandoval, Steve Allee, Joe Henderson, Ray Brown, Lou Fischer, Stefan Karlsson, Karrin Allyson, Dianne Reeves, Rosemary Clooney and Maureen McGovern.

Attacca String Quartet - November 8, 2016

Attacca String Quartet
Attacca String Quartet

Part I of Attacca’s 2016-17 residency at Texas State, working intensively with string and composition students

Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, violin, Nathan Schram, viola, Andrew Yee, cello

First Prize winners of the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, top prize winners and Listeners’ Choice Award recipients in the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and winners of the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2006, the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet was praised by Strad for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years.” They were formed at the Juilliard School in 2003, and made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.  

Ian Clarke, flute - November 14, 2016

Ian Clarke
Ian Clarke

Acknowledged as one of the leading player/composers in the flute world, Ian Clarke Clarke has performed as a featured guest soloist and teacher at major conventions and events in Canada, Italy, Brazil, France, Iceland, Slovenia, Hungary, Netherlands and numerous times for the British Flute Society (BFS) and for the National Flute Association in New York and at Caeser’s Palace Las Vegas.  His acclaimed CD ‘Within’ is one of the flute world’s best sellers and his latest CD Deep Blue reached the top 10 in the UK Classical Artist Chart; thought to be a first for an album of original flute music.  His compositions have been performed across five continents on stages ranging from London’s South Bank to the Glastonbury Rock Festival and have been featured in countless recitals.

“First Light” Faculty Showcase - January 17, 2017

The Texas State music faculty includes 50 internationally active performing, conducting, or composing artists. Collectively, they have performed in more than 30 countries on virtually every continent and have won prestigious prizes such as Grammy Awards, Dallas Concerto Competition, Guillermo Wright-Vallarino National Piano Competition of Ecuador, National Finger Picking Championship, Bulgarian National Clarinet Competition, Atlanta Steinway Society Competition, Handok Piano Competition, and Southern Keyboard Competition. Their artistry can be heard on hundreds of commercial recordings as released by labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi, Sony, Naxos, Columbia, Capstone, Centaur, Rounder, ERM Media, and Nonesuch Records.

Billy Hunter, trumpet - February 8, 2017

Billy Hunter
Billy Hunter

A native of Austin, Texas, Billy Hunter is Principal Trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. Formerly Principal with the New World Symphony and Spoleto Festival Italy orchestras, he has performed as Guest Principal with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in Germany, Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestras he has performed with are the New York Philharmonic, Boston, Baltimore, and Dallas Symphonies. As a chamber musician and soloist Mr. Hunter has performed with several ensembles and music festivals including Grant Park Orchestra, New World Symphony, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, American Brass Quintet, the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Festival and the MET Chamber Ensemble. His honors and awards include second prize in the National Trumpet Competition and the Roger Voisin Trumpet award as a fellow of the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center.

Andrew Marriner, clarinet - March 28, 2017

Andrew Marriner
Andrew Marriner

Andrew Marriner has held the position of principal clarinet in the London Symphony Orchestra since 1986, later becoming principal clarinet of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, a position he held concurrently until 2008. He has been a regular soloist in London, both at the Barbican and the Royal Festival Hall. Throughout his career, Andrew has performed with chamber ensembles around the world, including the Chilingirian, Lindsay, Endellion, Moscow, Warsaw, Orlando, Saccone and Belcea string quartets. He has performed with some of the most distinguished figures in the world of chamber music: Alfred Brendel, André Previn, Andras Schiff, Lynn Harrell, Stephen Isserlis, Emanuel Ax, Hélène Grimaud, Sylvia McNair and Edita Gruberova. Career highlights include many performances with his father, Sir Neville Marriner, both as soloist and as a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He has performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto at the Musikverein in Vienna, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, with Sir Colin Davis conducting, at Teatro la Fenice, Venice, and with Mstislav Rostropovich conducting.

Attacca String Quartet - April 4, 2017

Attacca String Quartet
Attacca String Quartet

Part II of Attacca’s 2016-17 residency at Texas State, working intensively with string and composition students

Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, violin, Nathan Schram, viola, Andrew Yee, cello

The Attacca Quartet has engaged in extensive educational and community outreach projects, serving as guest artists and teaching fellows at the Lincoln Center Institute, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Vivace String Camp in New York, the Woodlands ChamberFest in Texas, and Animato Summer Music Camp at Florida International University in Miami.  Since 2006, they have performed in yearly benefit concerts supporting the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s efforts.  For the 2014-15 season Attacca was named New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Quartet in Residence.

Ashraf Sewailam, bass voice - April 11, 2017

Ashraf Sewailam
Ashraf Sewailam

with faculty collaborative pianist Kristin Roach

The New York Times hailed Egypt native Ashraf Sewailam’s debut at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall as a “stand out performance” and Opera News described his voice as “purring and velvety with a majestic tone,” and his stage presence as “strong, mysterious and with mesmerizing intensity”. He made his US debut in 2004 with Opera Colorado, performing the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni.  Quickly becoming a house favorite, he has subsequently performed there as Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, and Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia. He has performed with Seattle Opera, Teatro Grattacielo at Avery Fisher Hall, Sacramento Opera, Pensacola Opera, San Diego Opera, the Egyptian Philharmonic, and with Opera Queensland. Recent concert appearances include a Carnegie Hall debut as soloist in Rutter’s Mass of the Children, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with The Colorado Mahlerfest, and the bass soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Phoenix Symphony. 

Emil Richards, vibraphone - April 18, 2017

Emil Richards
Emil Richards

with jazz faculty artists Morris Nelms, piano, Utah Hamrick, bass, and Butch Miles, drums

As a studio musician in Los Angeles, Emil Richards is known as one of the most desirable percussionists in jazz, rock and other popular music and was called on to play in countless movie and television soundtracks. He started playing xylophone when he was six and, while still in tenth grade, Richards played with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from the Hartt School of Music, he played in an Army band in Japan with Toshiko Akiyoshi. Richards later worked with Charles Mingus, Willie Ruff, Ed Shaughnessy, Ed Thigpen, George Shearing's Quintet, Paul Horn, Jimmy Witherspoon, and many others. In the early-to-mid 1960's, Richards co-led the Hindustani Jazz Sextet with Don Ellis. Also a member of Stan Kenton's Neophonic Orchestra, he toured with both Frank Sinatra and Frank Zappa in the 1970's.