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Release Date: March 2, 2009ASU Logo

Angelo State FAME Concert Offers Music Cornucopia

Music devotees will have a feast for their ears during the Angelo State University Friends of Art and Music Education’s 2009 Showcase Concert and Plate Auction Tuesday, March 10, in the ASU Auditorium, 2601 W. Avenue N.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public with admission prices of $5 for adults and $3 students and senior citizens. The start time is 30 minutes earlier than most ASU concerts, because of its length, according to Dr. David Scott, head of the Department of Art and Music.

“It is a bit longer,” Scott said. “Because we have so many ensembles, we have to change the stage more often.”

“The FAME Showcase Concert is exactly that,” he added. “It is a showcase for everything the department does on the music side. We want to make sure it is fun and exciting, but not terribly long.”

Scott said the concert is composed of student ensembles with the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Chorale and wind ensembles as anchor groups. They will be joined by the Flute Choir and the Jazz Band doing their numbers.

The Jazz Ensemble is directed by Dr. Tim Bonenfant, the Percussion Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble are directed by Dr. Daniel McCloud, Dr. Constance Kelley directs the Flute Choir, Dr. Pamela Lee directs the Concert Chorale and the Chamber Singers, and Dr. Edward Surface directs the Brass Choir.

“We have between five and eight groups in any given concert,” Scott said. “The pieces performed by each group tend to be a little lighter with higher energy, showing off the talent of our faculty and students, but still enjoyable to the audience.”

The FAME concert opens with the Jazz Ensemble playing “Early Afternoon Blues” by Chick Corea as arranged by Mark Taylor and “Corner Pocket (Until I Met You)” by Freddie Green.

The Concert Chorale will perform “Stomp Your Foot” from “The Tender Land” by Aaron Copland and “Neighbor’s Chorus” from “La Jolie Parfumeuse” by Jacques Offenbach. The Brass Choir will play “Tribute” by Stephen Emmons and “Die zwei blauen Augen (Alla Marcia)” from “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” by Gustav Mahler.

The Percussion Ensemble will perform “Minuano 6/8” by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays as arranged by Robert Curnow and the Wind Ensemble will play “Lauds” by Ron Nelson.

Area celebrities and artists make the plate auction possible by getting together and painting usable, microwaveable ceramic plates at the Chicken Farm Art Center in San Angelo, Scott said.

“Roger Allen fires the plates for us and gets them ready for presentation,” he said. “There is a silent auction which is hosted in various bank lobbies in February. Then we bring them back to the showcase concert that evening and auction them off to the highest bidders. That brings in between $1,500 and $3,500 per year.”

“You can say you own a piece of art made by the wing commander from Goodfellow Air Force Base or other local celebrities,” said Scott.

Both art students and musicians get into the fundraising drive, Scott said. Art students put on a show and sale at the Houston Harte University Center art gallery in March and music students are an integral part of the concert.

“Since the FAME scholarship recipients are in those ensembles, it’s important for them to give back to the community that helps give those scholarships to them,” Scott said. “That is why we use student groups so much.”

ASU FAME is a community-based independent group which was organized in 1998 to promote art education in the Concho Valley. The group offers endowed scholarships to students in the ASU Department of Art and Music through the San Angelo Area Foundation.

According to Scott, the group has given more than $130,000 in financial aid during the 12 years it has been in existence, including 245 scholarships. He said the concert and plate auction are major generators of funds for the scholarships along with donations from patrons of the program.

“We are able to use the proceeds from those endowments to give scholarships to students,” Scott said. “Officially, they come out as Area Foundation FAME Scholarships, but the FAME is a separate group and we invest in the AREA Foundation.”

FAME gives about 20 scholarships a year with a guideline of at least $500 per scholarship. Scott said the funds amount to approximately $11,000 annually.

“We tend to split that up because there are so many students deserving,” Scott said. “If we need to be sure we get a particular student, make sure they stay here or give them the wherewithal to complete their degree, and they are extremely talented, it is certainly within the gift to give it to one student.”

Students must meet a minimum 3.0 grade point average in their majors and 2.5 overall. They must meet Scholastic Aptitude Test requirements and must be full-time students.

Scott said the scholarship recipients are recommended by the art and music faculty, but the FAME board approves who gets the money.

“We are able to recruit some very good students using these scholarships,” Scott said. “The Carr academic scholarship and other scholarship opportunities are available, but this gives us one more incentive to get that student to choose us as opposed to someone else.”

Art and music are two of the more expensive majors, Scott said.

“Artists have to provide their own canvases, their own painting equipment and their own computer software,” he said. “We provide some of that, but we can’t provide all of it. Music students have to provide their own instruments in most cases. They have to provide their own music and several different textbooks.”