Early February events offered by the Music Department at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith include a jazz noon show on Feb. 11, a faculty recital complete with world premieres of two new musical works on Feb. 12 and a trombone master class on Feb. 12.
Feb. 11: Jazz Noon Show
This hour-long performance of the Jazz Band and Jazz Catz will start at noon Feb. 11 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.
Those attending can brown bag it or purchase food at the Food Court next door, spending the noon hour at the concert.
The Jazz Band is directed by Dr. Matt Vangjel of Fort Smith, assistant professor of music (high brass). The Band is noted for its high-energy concerts both in the Fort Smith area and nationwide.
“The Jazz Noon Show is always a fun event for students, faculty and staff,” said Vangjel. “It’s a great example of what we do throughout the year with jazz in the Music Department.”
Don Bailey of Fort Smith, UAFS director of jazz studies, directs the award-winning Jazz Catz. This vocal ensemble has performed with renowned groups like The Manhattan Transfer and in venues that include Carnegie Hall.
“Our vocal students are very excited about the Jazz Noon Show,” he explained. “It gives them some great stage experience before they perform in March as part of the Season of Entertainment series at the Convention Center.”
The noon show is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bailey at 479-788-7554 or Vangjel at 479-788-7538.
Feb. 12: Faculty Recital
The faculty recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at UAFS at Second Street, 101 N. 2nd St. Audience members will be treated to the world premiere of two new musical works -- one by Chuck Booker of Fort Smith, UAFS associate professor of music, and another by Dr. Thomas Zugger, associate professor of trombone and euphonium at Capital University’s Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio.
Booker’s three-movement work, “Flashback -- A Suite for Trumpet and Piano,” was composed for Dr. Matt Vangjel of Fort Smith, director of the UAFS Jazz Band and assistant professor of music (high brass).
Booker said this composition was unique for him.
“I’ve spent many, many years composing music and playing trumpet,” Booker said, “but this piece for Matt is my very first composition especially for trumpet.”
Zugger’s work is titled “Intersections” and is for percussion, clarinet, and trombone. It will feature the group Duo Avanzando, which includes Dr. David Carter of Fort Smith and Dr. Ricardo Coelho de Souza of Norman, Okla., as well as Dr. Alexandra Zacharella of Fort Smith, UAFS assistant professor of low brass and director of bands.
After performing one of Zugger’s works with Zacharella on a faculty recital three years ago, Carter asked Zugger to write something for Duo Avanzando (clarinet and percussion) with trombone.
According to Carter, “Tom completed the request with ‘Intersections’ last year, and we have been looking forward to premiering the work ever since. He describes the three movements as representing the intersection between classical and jazz styles. He even incorporates some improvisation for each of the instruments in the second movement. And the finale is in the style of a New Orleans swing.”
In addition to the two world premieres, audience members will hear performances by faculty members Dr. Stephen Husarik (piano), Joshua J. Knight (timpani), Dr. Elizabeth Momand (soprano), Ginny Hudson (flute), Dr. Katherine White (mezzo soprano), Don Bailey (saxophone) and William Reyes (guitar), all of Fort Smith; Dr. Rager H. Moore II (tenor), Prairie Grove; and Alice Sanders (piano), Shawnee, Okla.
The music faculty at UAFS represents a diverse mix of musical backgrounds and interests, according to Carter, who is UAFS assistant professor of music (clarinet, saxophone).
"As performers, we look forward to the spring faculty concert as an opportunity to collaborate onstage with our colleagues," Carter said. "The audience in turn is treated to a remarkable range of musical styles."
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Momand, head of the Music Department, at 479-788-7540.
Feb. 12: Trombone Master Class
Dr. Thomas Zugger, associate professor of trombone and euphonium at the Capital University’s Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio, will present a trombone master class from 4-5 p.m. Feb. 12 at UAFS at Second Street, 101 N. 2nd St.
Sponsored by the Edwards Instrument Co., the class is free and open to any high school trombone students wanting to participate. For more information, contact Dr. Alexandra Zacharella at 479-788-7972.