San Jacinto College Central’s music department will present a variety of choral and musical concerts during October that promise to offer something for every type of music aficionado. All performances are free, open to the public, and will take place in the Jan Corbin Recital Hall, located inside the Monte Blue Music Building. The concert schedule includes:
• Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. — A harpsichord program featuring Dr. Matthew Dirst, a music professor at the University of Houston, an accomplished harpsichordist, and the founding Artistic Director of Ars Lyrica Houston, a period-instrument ensemble that specializes in baroque chamber and dramatic works. The program will be the inaugural concert to showcase the SJC music department’s new Paul Kennedy 2002 harpsichord.
“We are so excited about this concert, not to mention the acquisition of this very fine instrument which will open new doors for musical education on our campus,” said Dr. Martha Braswell, music instructor at the Central campus. “This will be the first opportunity for our students to see the instrument and to hear it played by an expert.”
• Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. — Fall Choral Concert, featuring choral performances by SJC students and faculty members. “The program will feature a wide variety of musical style periods, from Baroque, to Classical, to folk songs,” said Paul Busselberg, Central campus music instructor. “Additionally, we will incorporate two new languages into our repertoire by singing selections in Hungarian and Russian.” Busselberg will serve as conductor for the concert, and piano accompaniment provided by Sarah Spencer.
• Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. — A piano recital featuring Sarah Spencer, Central campus music instructor and skilled pianist. Spencer began her piano studies at age 5 and by age 7 was winning such prestigious competitions as the Viola Hartman Achievement Awards and The Montgomery Music Association Scholarship competitions, in addition to numerous other local and state competitions. Spencer collaborates frequently with faculty and artists from the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Southern California.
In addition to her solo performances, she is a frequent adjudicator for local and state competitions in Texas, as well as a frequent lecturer and performer for the American Liszt Society. The program will include works by Bolcom, Liszt, Ravel, and Stravinsky.
• Oct. 29, 7 p.m. — Sweets & Serenades Concert, featuring solo choral and musical performances by San Jacinto College Central students. “This concert will be a very entertaining variety show,” said Busselberg, who is coordinating the event. “It will feature all sorts of music, from Broadway tunes to pop songs. There will even be some original music composed by San Jacinto College students.” Prior to the concert, audience members are invited to enjoy tasty dessert items.
San Jacinto College offers a wide range of music degree plans and course options at all three campuses. The College serves more than 30,500 students in over 140 degrees and certificates in university transfer and technical programs. The College also serves the community through workforce training. Students come to San Jacinto College with various goals and aspirations.
For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150 or visit www.sanjac.edu.