ASU's musical talent displayed downtown

A night of fine arts at the Murphey Performance Hall

By Jeremiah Devereaux
On October 11, 2019

Photo by Cora Bishoppetty: Riley Jarabek, trumpet player, performs his solo concerto competition piece titled “Centennial Horizon.”


ASU’s department of visual and performing arts on Oct. 3 presented the Showcase of Fine Arts in the Murphey Perfor­mance Hall at the San Angelo Performing Arts Center.

The event consisted of three performances, which be­gan with the string orchestra, followed by the wind ensemble and then concluded with the two groups performing together. The concert included solos from flautist Thalia Hernandez and trumpeter Riley Jarabek, both winners of the 2019 Student Concerto competition.

Dr. Fagner Magrinel­li Rocha, director of orchestra, conducted the string orches­tra performance. A couple of the pieces performed included “Suite for Strings” by Radames Gnattali and “Flute Concerto” by Saverio Mercadante.

Dr. Jonathan D. Alvis, director of bands, conducted the wind ensemble section. The group performed “Festive Over­ture” by Dmitri Shostakovich, “Sheltering Sky” by John Mack­ey and “Centennial Horizon” by Kevin McKee.

The two orchestras com­bined to form the Symphony Orchestra, led by both Rocha and Alvis. The pieces performed in this program included “Pre­lude to Pelleas et Melisande” by Gabriel Faure, “Waltz from the Masquerade Suite” by Aram Khachaturian and “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius.

“It was really fun,” Rocha said. “We had a few challenges, like coordination. We normally don’t combine ensembles, and what was very different about to­day was that we started out with 21 pieces, then increased to 70.”

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