fine arts

‘Kiss Me Kate’ closes out Texas State Mainstage Theatre season

The Texas State Mainstage Theatre season concluded with a performance of Kiss Me Kate.

Texas State’s Department of Theatre and Dance put on Cole Porter’s comedic musical April 21-26. The musical was directed and choreographed by Cassie Abate, assistant professor, and was performed at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre.

The musical follows the story of divorced couple, Fred and Lilli, who are actors in a production of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The two perform the lead roles, Katherine and Petruchio, which causes chaos and comedy within the production.   

Studio art seniors exhibit thesis projects

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Students of the Texas State School of Art and Design had the opportunity to showcase their work Monday as part of the Spring BFA Thesis Exhibition at The University Galleries.

Mary Mikel Stump, gallery coordinator, said the exhibition is the result of hours of dedication put in by students in the last two semesters of their BFA programs.

“Every week for the next month, there will be a new exhibition,” Stump said. “We have 68 students participating in these thesis exhibitions in this semester alone.”

Stump said students have been progressing to the showcase since entering the program.

Concert series finale showcases faculty

Music buffs, students, faculty and staff gathered Tuesday to listen to the musical workings of Texas State jazz artists.

The performance by the Texas State Jazz Artists Septet was the final event of the International Concert Series presented by the School of Music. This event was held in the Performing Arts Center.

Washington García, associate professor of piano and assistant director of the School of Music, said he is the founder and artistic director of the International Concert Series. García said the series is intended to expose the community to new styles of music and support the school.

Renowned pianist delights crowd with familiar scores

Students, faculty and the San Marcos community came together April 12 to hear familiar songs performed in a new way.

The Texas State School of Music hosted Simone Pedroni in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall as part of the Guest Artist Series.

Pedroni performed some of the works of composer John Williams, including the Star Trek and Harry Potter film scores. Pedroni incorporated compositions by Nino Rota and Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

Jason Kwak, associate professor in the School of Music, said the familiarity of the works made the performance inviting for audience members.

Percussion ensemble showcases unique instruments

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Members of the Percussion Ensemble and Panorama Steel Band showcased their talents in an end-of-the-year performance April 13 through April 15 in Evans Auditorium.

Genaro Gonzalez, professor in the School of Music and percussion coordinator, said students developed the performance pieces throughout the semester.

There were two performances separated by an intermission: one by a percussion ensemble and another by the Panorama Steel Band.

Gonzalez said the percussion ensemble features eight students, primarily music majors, ranging from freshmen to seniors.

“The percussion ensemble plays a lot of different instruments,” Gonzalez said. “They play the marimbas, xylophones, battery percussion instruments, including tambourines and symbols, and a drum set.”

Student choreographers host thesis performance

The friends and family of five Texas State students received powerful messages through dance at the BFA Senior Thesis Concert.

The Division of Dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance hosted the concert in Evans Auditorium on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. The program consisted of dances choreographed by soon-to-be graduates.

Students Olivia Barto (senior), Eileene Vicencio (senior), Desiree Kostelnik (junior), Rachael Hodge (senior) and Kristin Denson (senior) choreographed the concert. The students will receive their degrees in performance and choreography.

Stephanie Corley, stage manager and theater senior, said a cycle of messages and feelings were emitted through the choreography during the performance.

Award-winning author discusses new book

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Award-winning novelist Ben Fountain read and signed copies of his new book, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, at Texas State’s Wittliff Collection on April 7.

Fountain, University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing, said BBC named the novel as one of the 12 best books of the 21st century. The novel earned the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2012.

In a short Q&A, Fountain was asked about the research method he used for his characters. He must immerse himself in his notes in order to develop the storyline.

“I bury myself in it,” Fountain said. “I get totally confused. I forget why I got into it in the first place, and at a certain point I decide to write my way out of it.”

During the Q&A, Fountain joked his first draft is known as “creative failing.”

Visiting poet offers blues-infused performance

Last Thursday, The Wittliff Collections got a visit from a harmonica-toting rock-and-roll poet.

The Wittliff Collections hosted Kim Addonizio for a poetry reading, book signing and question-and-answer session on April 2 at 3:30 p.m. as part of the Therese Kayser Lindsey (TKL) Reading Series.

Autumn Hayes, creative writing graduate student, said her initial impression of Addonizio was one she won’t forget.

“She’s just really ballsy,” Hayes said. “She’s honest and upfront in her poetry and her presence. What’s unique about her, especially with a lot of contemporary poets, is her genuineness. She doesn’t try and hide.”

Wind Symphony performs deconstruction of musical genres

The Texas State Wind Symphony held its Chamber Concert titled “Deconstructed” on Wednesday at the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The performance featured selections including Serenade No. 10 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, ‪Prelude from Le Tombeau de Couperin by Marice Ravel and Kleine Dreigroschenmusik by Kurt Weill.

Caroline Beatty, director of bands, has conducted the Wind Symphony for the past four years. The performance was added in order to use the new Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, Beatty said.

Beginner, advanced work showcased in university student art exhibition

The Texas State School of Art and Design opened its annual All Student Juried Exhibition March 30, featuring the works of program members in an exclusive competition.

The exhibition will run until April 16 in Galleries I, II and III of the Joann Cole Mitte Art Building.

Mary Mikel Stump, gallery coordinator, said the display ranges from pieces created in foundation-level courses to thesis works.

Stump said the galleries give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to appreciate artwork created throughout the year. 

"Once a year we get to pat ourselves on our back a little bit, and we get to celebrate the work made in our classes,” Stump said. “Everybody feels good about it."

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