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The Musical Arts Series presents a free concert with New York City Jazz Saxophonist Ralph Lalama.
Tuesday March 10th, 7:30, Southeastern Fine Arts Recital Hall.
Accompanied by the Llama-Tones
Consisting of Southeastern faculty:
James Dering – Piano
Derek Fleeman – Drums
Tristan Eggener –Bass
About Ralph Lalama
A solid fixture of the New York jazz scene and respected world-wide, Ralph Lalama embodies the best of the jazz sound ideal – great time, great swing, expressed through great melodic ideas. Everything he says and plays comes out of his deep connection and appreciation for “the Beat.” Jazz critic Zan Stewart put it succinctly: “Lalama is a grand, modern-minded storyteller…a first-class jazz soloist.” He excels in a chord-less trio format with his amazing command of the harmonic progressions articulated through his horn. But on top of being a great jazz soloist, Lalama is equally a solid veteran of jazz ensembles and orchestras. Over his impressive career starting with Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and the Mel Lewis Orchestra – now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – he has honed the craft of sonic blending.
Lalama is a three-time Grammy winner through his work in the Joe Lovano Nonet and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has nine CDs out as a leader and is on more than sixty recordings as a sideman. He has received praise from the likes of critics Gary Giddins, Stanley Crouch, Ben Ratliff, Ira Gitler and Stuart Troup, among others. His latest release as a leader is the 2012 “Bop Juice: Ralph Lalama Trio, Live at Smalls.”
The Southeastern Music Department will host its annual audition day on Saturday, March 7th. Potential music students will be treated to mini-classes, informational sessions, and have the chance to audition for scholarships.
The Music Department audition day tomorrow (Feb 28) has been canceled due to weather conditions in Durant.
Please contact us for alternate audition dates.
David Grogan has performed extensively throughout the southwest, getting positive reviews. The Dallas Morning News hailed Dr. Grogan as the “perfect Christus” after a performance of the St. Matthew Passion with the Dallas Bach Society. The Albuquerque Tribune, in reference to a performance of Messiah with the New Mexico Symphony, said, “David Grogan had all the range and power required of the part, sounding like the voice of doom in “The people that walked in darkness” and the light of revelation in “The trumpet shall sound.” A performance of Elijah had critics praising his ability to “move easily from stentorian declamation to lyrical aria.” Another critic said that he “….brought an impressive vocal power to the lead role of Elijah, and his rich emotive gift set the level for the other chief performers.” The Dallas Morning News said “His meaty bass shook the heavens and the earth and sounded the trumpet with imposing conviction.” He has performed as a soloist with Dallas-Fort Worth area arts groups such as the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Bach Society, Plano Civic Chorus, Texas Baroque Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Texas Camerata, Fort Worth Baroque Society, and several Texas universities. Recent performances include the Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Highland Park Chorale, Bach’s Ich will den Kreuzstab at the Big Moose Bach Fest in Gorham, New Hampshire, and in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Midland, TX. David Grogan is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Founded in 2009 and winners of five national chamber music prizes including a Fischoff Silver Medal and Grand Prize at both the Plowman and MTNA competitions, Akropolis is a cutting-edge ensemble which performs an innovative, living repertoire with acclaimed precision, offering concert programs designed to highlight trends in modern composition through the lens of classical masters spanning four centuries. Akropolis’ initiatives have resulted in over 20 new works, the release of the first-ever album of entirely original reed quintet music, the production of a YouTube series of world premieres and new arrangements, and the continued growth of a sheet music catalog called Akropolis Collection. Making history in 2013, Akropolis organized the first ever Reed Quintet Consortium of 12 ensembles from 3 continents.
Akropolis will be presenting a masterclass for the Southeastern Music Department at 3:00 in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.