Live At The Ritz
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Frances Schmidt Memorial Concert – Guest performances by WTAMU Student and Faculty Performers
Saturday, April 9 at 3:00 Price of admission – $20.00
WTAMU musicians to perform in memory of Ritz founder on April 9
Frances Hill Schmidt Memorial Concert to feature classical and jazz compositions
WELLINGTON, Texas – Students and faculty from the West Texas A&M University School of Music
will present an afternoon of music for solo and ensemble players at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the historic
Ritz Theatre in Wellington.
The event honors Frances Hill Schmidt, who was past president of the Wellington Ritz Theatre, Inc. board
of directors, and organizer behind the Ritz’s first “Live at the Ritz” concert series that began shortly after
the theater was restored in 2007. She passed away on April 25, 2012.
“Frances was a tireless promoter of the fine arts in the Texas Panhandle, and her dream was to enjoy live
classical and jazz music in her hometown theater once it was restored,” said Melanie Baumgardner,
president of the Wellington Ritz Theatre, Inc. board. “When we reopened in 2007, Frances organized the
Live at the Ritz concert series so local people could enjoy these talented musicians without having to
travel, and we honor her efforts and her memory every year with a classical or jazz concert in the spring.”
Students from the Texas Panhandle to El Paso to Indonesia will perform compositions that will
demonstrate the great variety and rich heritage of music written for the piano. In addition to solo
compositions by well-known classical composers, student composers will present original works. WTAMU
piano instructors, Dr. Choong-ha Nam and Dr. Denise Parr-Scanlin, will play a four-hands piece by
French composer Francis Poulenc. The program will also feature American music through jazz
improvisation and works by George Gershwin. The student performers are all undergraduate and graduate
students in the piano program at WTAMU.
Tickets are $20, and sales begin for Ritz Co-Star, Producer’s Circle and Oscar Nominee members at 6:30
p.m. Friday, March 11 and to the general public at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Tickets may be
purchased at the Ritz box office, over the phone at (806) 447-0090 or through the website,www.wellingtonritztheatre.com.
Attachment: Biographies of students and faculty performing on April 9
West Texas A&M University Student and Faculty Performer Biographical Information
Mark Cota is a junior majoring in piano performance and music composition. He is from Amarillo
and holds the Associate Degree in Music from Amarillo College. Mark is a familiar face on the local
jazz scene having played in the Amarillo and Canyon area with various ensembles. While at WT he
is honing his skills in jazz as pianist for the top WT Jazz Band. After graduation, he plans to obtain a
graduate degree in jazz studies.
Jesus Diaz is a piano performance major from El Paso. A recipient of the Clara Freshour music
scholarship given by the Texas Association of Music Schools, he has won WTAMU’s concerto
competition and performed with the WTAMU Symphony under the direction of Dr. Mark
Bartley. He has also won the 2014 New Orleans Piano Institute’s concerto competition and
performed with the New Orleans Civic Symphony. Recently, he participated in the 2015 Dublin
International Piano Festival in Dublin, Ireland.
Jeremy Duck is a graduate student in piano performance. He is from Amarillo and received the
Associate Degree in Music from Amarillo College. He graduated from WT with the Bachelor of
Music Degree in 2012 and was a winner of the WT concerto competition. Having a special interest
in collaborative piano playing, Jeremy spent last summer in England studying and performing at The
Cornish-American Song Institute. He is a staff accompanist for the WT School of Music and
Wayland Baptist University.
Lucius Haile is pursuing the Piano Performance with Pedagogy Emphasis degree and is from
Stratford, TX. He serves as organist for the First United Methodist Church in Stratford and is an
accompanist for voice students at WT. He has participated in the WT Piano Ensemble and was a
member of the special ensemble selected to premiere a piano piece for eight hands by B.J. Brooks in
the 2014 WT Showcase at the Globe News Center in Amarillo. He plans to pursue a career as a
Jino Jordan is a piano performance major from Odessa, Texas. He received the Associate Degree in
Music from Odessa College, under the instruction of Linda Gayle Bizzell. While at Odessa College,
he was a two time consecutive winner of the Jack Hendrix Collegiate Piano Competition, and was
the 2015 recipient of the Young Musicians Award from the Tuesday Morning Music and Arts Club.
A versatile pianist, Jino serves as keyboardist for the WT Basketball Pep Band.
Margaret Sutherland is a junior composition major from Clovis, New Mexico. She teaches at the
WT Music Academy and serves as the vice-president for the WT Chorale. She is the recipient of the
Mercer Music Scholarship and participates in choir, piano ensembles, and the jazz band, as well as
accompanies vocalists and instrumentalists. Last year she released a CD of her original compositions
on the Sprig Music label. After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate work in composition.
Cong Nguyen, a graduate student in piano performance, is from Amarillo. He holds the Associate
Degree in Music from Amarillo and the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from WT.
He currently serves the WT School of Music as a graduate assistant. Last summer he participated in
the International Festival of Music of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy and is the recipient of the Amarillo
Music Teachers Association scholarship. After graduation, Cong plans to pursue a doctoral degree in music.
Misael Tambuwun is a composition major at WT. He is from Jakarta, Indonesia where he played
with the Yamaha Youth Orchestra at the age of 9 and received a “Special Mention of Talent” from
the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. Recently he spent a year abroad studying at the Tbilisi
Conservatoire of Music (Georgia Republic) and gave a presentation at the Lucca Conservatoire
(Italy). One of his compositions was premiered at the United Nations Gala Dinner in November 2015.
These students are members of the WTAMU Collegiate Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association.
Adler & Hearne 6:30 pm
ADLER & HEARNE… a spirited blend of original ‘Texas Folk.’
From Texas’ upper east side in the rural arts hamlet of Winnsboro, award-winning performing songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne (self-proclaimed “organic song farmers”) tour nationally, serving up jazz- and blues-infused original songs in a genre they define simply as “Texas Folk.” Adler & Hearne continue to celebrate their latest CD “Second Nature,” produced by Texas music legend Lloyd Maines, recorded at The Zone in Dripping Springs with Pat Manske, and released in September 2014 – making the FOLK DJ Top 10. Additional musician friends featured on the CD include Glenn Fukunaga, Chris Gage, Terri Hendrix, Steve Smith and the duo’s guitar-slinger/songwriter daughter Kate Hearne. The couple also is honored to have been selected by the Texas Commission on the Arts to serve on the state’s official Texas Touring Roster for the September 2014-1016 touring season.
Adler & Hearne’s music has grown deep roots in the piney woods of their Spring Hollow Organic Song Farm. Their musical formative years share common experiences in folk, classical and gospel music – organic influences that inform their singing and songwriting. But the subject matter of their songs knows no bounds, nor does their musical style. Their live sets range from harmonic convergence on songs of love and longing, losing and finding – to covering touchy subjects with unexpected musical overtones – to camping it up with modern day spirituals steeped in dry wit. Think song circle between Johnny and June Cash, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astrud Gilberto, and Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell.
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