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25 th

anniversary concert

sunday, february 11, 2018 â—† 7:30 p.m. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center


25 th

From the President Welcome to A Night at the Meyerson! Tonight, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the culmination of Southwestern Adventist University’s annual Music Festival. Hundreds of very fine high school musicians have traveled great distances to combine their talents to fill the Meyerson Symphony Center with beautiful and uplifting music. This year we have 15 exceptional musicians who auditioned and won scholarships to our University. Your presence here tonight supports those scholarships. We are blessed to have accomplished music faculty in Devon Howard, Jonathan Wall, Rogério Nunes, and Scott Campbell at Southwestern Adventist University, who host this music festival and direct the ensembles. We are also blessed tonight with the presence of Kim André Arnesen, who composed tonight’s feature piece, Sing the Earth, specifically for this event. This concert provides students a rare opportunity to perform in a world-class performance hall. It also benefits music scholarships and the student music experience at our University. A special thank you to our sponsors for making this event a success! Now I invite you to sit back with me and enjoy A Night at the Meyerson!

Ken Shaw, Ed.D. President


Special Guests Kim André Arnesen is one of the most frequently performed classical composers from Norway today. He has written music that has been performed by choirs all over the world. A recording of his first large scale work, Magnificat, was released by 2L in 2014. Other works have been premiered at or by St. Olav Festival (Olavsfestdagene), Nidaros Cathedral Boys’ Choir, Carnegie Hall, The National Lutheran Choir, on CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and television shows. Arnesen wrote the commissioned piece, Sing the Earth, performed here tonight. Emily Levin is the new Principal Harpist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Bronze Medal Winner of the 9th USA International Harp Competition. A winner of the 2016 Astral Auditions, she was also a top prizewinner in the International Harp Contest in Israel, harp fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival, and regularly performs with the New York Philharmonic. Emily is on Faculty at the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar. She is a core member of the New York-based new music group Ensemble Échappé. Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert serves as Associate Professor of Saxophone at Oklahoma State University. During the summer months, Loeffert teaches at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop in Oklahoma, New Music on the Point in Vermont, and the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. As a member of the h2 quartet, Loeffert has won numerous chamber music prizes. Loeffert is featured on ten commercially available discs and a DVD, as well the PBS television episode of Backstage Pass.

Representing Southwestern Adventist University’s Department of Music, these four musicians bring years of experience and talent to the department and this evening’s performance. It is our pleasure to introduce tonight’s conductors and organist, left to right: Dr. Scott Campbell, Director of Southwestern’s Saxophone Ensemble; Rogério Nunes, Director of Orchestral Studies; Dr. Devon Howard, Chair of the Department of Music, Director of Keyboard & Theory and tonight’s feature organist; Jonathan E. L. Wall, Director of Choral & Vocal Studies. Please visit our website to learn more about our Special Guests and our Department of Music at swau.edu/musicfestival.


PROGRAM Welcome from the President—Dr. Ken Shaw Harp Concerto in Bb Major................................................................................. George Frideric Handel Emily Levin, harp

Coriolan Overture...................................................................................................Ludwig van Beethoven Prelude from Carmen............................................................................................................Georges Bizet Festival Orchestra | Rogério Nunes, conductor

Allegretto from Quintetto.................................................................................................... Jérôme Savari Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, soprano saxophone Dr. Andrew Allen, soprano saxophone | Dr. Scott Campbell, alto saxophone Dr. Gregory Dewhirst, tenor saxophone | Dr. Andy Wright, baritone saxophone

Candide............................................................................................................................Leonard Bernstein Dusk........................................................................................................................................Steven Bryant September .............................................................................................................. White, McKay & Willis Nun Will Dei Sonn’ So Hell Aufgeh’n............................................................................... Gustav Mahler Oodles of Noodles................................................................................................................ Jimmy Dorsey Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, alto saxophone Festival Saxophone Ensemble | Dr. Scott Campbell, conductor

—INTERMISSION— Finale from Symphony No. 1................................................................................................. Louis Vierne David Preston, The Herman W. & Amelia H. Lay Family Concert Organ

Making or Breaking.................................................................................................... Kim André Arnesen We inherit the world, the whole of history, our place on earth, our place in time, our fortune, good or bad, pure chance. Now, in one picture, we see our entire planet: one world, one race, one future, bound together for the first time. Ours for the breaking or making.—David Roberts Dr. Scott Campbell, soprano saxophone Southwestern Adventist University Singers


John the Revelator.......................................................................................... Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory Trent Muse, piano Festival Honors Choir & Southwestern Adventist University Singers

Kyrie from Messe Solennelle, Op. 16.................................................................................... Louis Vierne Kuimba Nafsi Yangu........................................................................................................... Jacob Narverud Sing The Earth*............................................................................................................ Kim AndrĂŠ Arnesen A Mighty Fortress Is Our God................................................................................................ Dan Forrest Dr. Devon Howard, The Herman W. & Amelia H. Lay Family Concert Organ Festival Mass Choir | Jonathan E. L. Wall, conductor

*World Premiere Performance, Commissioned for the 2018 Southwestern Music Festival

Southwestern Adventist University would like to congratulate all the Festival participants for their hard work and hours of practice in preparing for tonight. A list of each ensemble’s participants can be found on the Ensemble pages at swau.edu/musicfestival.


ABOUT THE FEATURED COMPOSITION Sing the Earth was commissioned for the Southwestern Adventist University Singers for this evening’s concert. Sing the Earth is a tribute to our common home, the Earth, and honors God for the creation. But it is also a tribute to music and the different cultures across the world. The language is inspired by the joik tradition of the Sami people in Scandinavia. A joik, usually performed without instruments, is not merely descriptive, but yearns to capture the subject in its living sense. It is not about something, it is that something. And this joik yearns to capture our beautiful planet with its many cultural differences to embrace. The instruments come from many different parts of the world. There are the South American maracas and caxixi; the darabuka, played mostly in Africa and the Middle East; and the riq, used in arabic music. All this, together with Charles Anthony Silvestri’s lyrics, classical Western brass instruments, orchestral percussion and the organ, create a work with a unique sound and one call: Sing the earth!

Photos pictured right feature last year’s concert. Courtesy Jorge Velez.


OUR THANKS Southwestern Adventist University is honored to present the 25th anniversary of our Music Festival finale concert. This evening’s concert is an opportunity not only to highlight the talents of our young people, but also to raise funds in support of the student music experience at Southwestern. We would like to sincerely thank the following sponsors who have made this event possible: PRESIDENTIAL SPONSOR

Lane and Renee Sensabaugh CONDUCTOR’S CIRCLE

CONCERT MASTER

Anonymous Civitas Senior Healthcare, LLC Sue Hayes and Ben Chambers Irvin C. and Evea J. Bainum Fund

FESTIVAL FRIENDS

Nerv Thomas Office of Enrollment

PRINTING SPONSOR

College Press

Southwestern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Texico Conference of Seventh-day Adventists


swau.edu 2018 Festival Scholarship Finalists Students from all over the United States may audition to be a Festival Scholarship Finalist. The finalists receive a scholarship to attend Southwestern and perform a Showcase Concert as the traditional beginning to the four-day Music Festival event. To read about previous finalists and where they are now, visit swau.edu/musicfestival. Adam Kutzner, voice

David Preston, organ

Isaac Chang, voice

Alyson Zapara, voice

Dylan Vogel, piano

Kelsey Johnson, piano

Ashley Rivera, clarinet

Emilia Ortiz, piano

Lisandro Aguayo, trumpet

Brianna Teich, voice

Ester Sousa, saxophone

Mickynzie Sexson, voice

Daniel O’Connor, violin

Gabreail Jefferson, voice

Remington Hill, voice

Burton Academy

Chisholm Trail Academy Chisholm Trail Academy Joshua HS

Oklahoma (homeschool)

Fort Worth (homeschool) Chisholm Trail Academy Burton Academy

Chisholm Trail Academy Richland SR High School

Chisholm Trail Academy Chisholm Trail Academy Amon Carter Riverside HS Keene (homeschool) Campion Academy

Participating Schools Adventist Academy of Santa Fe Adventist Christian Academy of Texas Ardmore Adventist Academy Amon Carter Riverside High School Burton Adventist Academy Calvary Baptist School Campion Academy Centro Universitário Adventista de São Paulo Chisholm Trail Academy Clear Brook High School Cleburne High School Dallas Christian Academy Evans Middle School Fossil Ridge High School

Fountainview Academy Frontier High School Harmony Grove Highschool Heights High School Homeschool Hot Springs Adventist Academy Jefferson Christian Academy Joshua High School Keene Adventist Elementary School Killeen Adventist Junior Academy Mount Pisgah Academy Napa Christian Campus of Education North Dallas Adventist Academy Ozark Adventist Academy Parkview Adventist Academy

Richland Senior High School San Marcos Adventist Junior Academy Sandia View Academy Scenic Hills SDA Christian School Shattuck High School South Lancaster Academy South Texas Christian Academy Southwestern Adventist University The Oaks Adventist Christian School Timber Creek High School Tulsa Adventist Academy Valley Grande Academy Wanda R. Smith High School

A Night at the Meyerson Program  

Join us for the 25th Anniversary of our Music Festival finale concert! There will be music to enjoy all weekend, starting with the Showcase...

A Night at the Meyerson Program  

Join us for the 25th Anniversary of our Music Festival finale concert! There will be music to enjoy all weekend, starting with the Showcase...

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