The Music and Fine Arts Series at St. James is an opportunity to enrich the community by sharing our love of music and fine arts with others. We strive to provide entertaining performing arts events as well as enriching services of word and music.
PAST FINE ARTS EVENTS HAVE INCLUDED:
The Songs of Cole Porter & Stephen Sondheim
Typically, it takes a team of writers to create the music and lyrics for a Broadway show. There have been many great song writing teams like Gilbert and Sullivan, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, and Kander and Ebb. Two individuals stand out in the Broadway world as writing both the music and lyrcis for their songs: Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim. The SHSU Musical Theatre Program will presented the songs of these two great song writers; starting with Porter’s toe tapping hits from the 1920’s, full of sophistication and style and ending with Sondheim’s lush and evocative music, which has established him as a Broadway legend in his own time.
Music from the Movies A talented cast of 30 musical theater students from Sam Houston State University danced, sang and re-enacted the likes of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly as they performed hits such as Singing in the Rain, An American in Paris, The Wizard of Oz, 42nd Street, Meet Me in St. Louis and more from the golden age of movie musicals
The Great American Songbook, performed by jazz pianist Rob Landes The Great American Songbook represents the collection of best American songs of the early 20th century including some of the most familiar and memorable tunes written by three of early Broadway’s greatest composers, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Cole Porter.
Apollo Chamber Players the string quartet’s program featured works by Ravel, Janacek, original folk melody arrangements from the Basque and Slavic regions, and a “Fantasy on Bulgarian Rhythms” a newly commissioned work by Rice University composer Karim Al-Zand.
Witches, Wolves & Phantoms presented by students from the Sam Houston State University Department of Musical Theatre featuring music from Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Young Frankenstein and other popular Broadway productions.
Requiem-John Rutter a meditative service of remembrance with choir and orchestra.
Advent Lessons & Carols a service of readings from scripture complimented by anthems and carols offered by the Parish Choir, accompanied by string quartet and harp.
Nidaros Cathedral Boys Choir of Trondheim, Norway, one of the oldest choirs in the world.
Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition transcribed for organ by Director of Music Dr.Eric Gundersen.
Adam Sadberry, flute recital. Joined by special guest performers Dr. Vicki Seldon on piano, Will Baldwin on drums and John Koozin on bass, Adam performed works by J.S. Bach, Matthew Bourne, Claude Bolling and others.