Photo: Gala 2011
The Homecoming School of Music and Fine Arts Gala will be showcasing all of its student fine arts areas during one performance extravaganza beginning at 10 a.m. in Behrens Auditorium, Saturday, October 13, 2012.
Highlighted will be the Department of Art, the Department of Theatre, and the School of Music. Musical ensembles featured will include the HSU Concert Choir, the Chorale (a singing group open to all students), the HSU Opera Workshop, the “World Famous” Cowboy Band, the Concert Band, and the HSU Orchestra.
The grand finale will include any HSU choir alums who want to join with the combined choirs, band, and orchestra. Alums will be able to participate in a short rehearsal in the Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall just prior to the gala.
Dr. Robert R. Brooks, dean of the HSU School of Music and Fine Arts says, “This is a great opportunity for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the Abilene community to witness all of the exciting happenings in music, art, and theatre at HSU.”
Theatre students will present a scene from HSU’s season opener, Rabbit Hole, which focuses on a family’s personal loss and how it is handled with disarming humor. Upcoming later in the season will be a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, a Shakespearian comedy, a classic musical theatre from Broadway’s golden age, and a play featuring country music legend, Broadway actor and former Abilenian, Larry Gatlin.
Visual arts will be represented by a video clip. Mike Jones, head of the Department of Art, says the video will represent ceramics, drawing, and the photography and digital drawing labs. The clip will show professors and students during class time and showcase works from both faculty and students.
The video clip will be accompanied by a short overview of the program by Jones. “We want to show our alumni what we are doing in the visual arts. We also want our alumni to come over to the Frost Center where they can see the art.” Jones says the walls of Frost will be covered in student and faculty art.
The “World Famous” Cowboy Band will play a shortened version of its usual rousing performance, including Hey! Baby! and the HSU Anthem.