The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 91, No. 2, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 4, 2004 Page: 8 of 8
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8 February 4, 2004
Musicians prepare to perform for president
The President's Honors Concert
will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 16
in Martin Hall, at the southwest cor-
ner of the university. Some of you
may be wondering, "What is the
President's Honor Concert?" The
concert - as the name implies - is in
honor of Jeffcoat, but it means much
more than that, music faculty and
According to assistant professor
of music Tim Ishii, the event is "not
only a great opportunity to thank our
president for all that he has done for
our school. It is also a great opportu-
nity for the music students of Texas
Wesleyan to showcase their musical
"The President's Honors
Concert is also an opportunity for
the Texas Wesleyan music depart-
ment to reach out into the Fort
Worth Arts community," Ishii added.
For the past few months,
Wesleyan music majors have been
preparing for the show. Student
musicians say they can't wait to
share their musical talents with a
diverse audience comprised of alum-
ni, special guests from the communi-
ty, faculty and students.
Months ago, musicians audi-
tioned for the show. The students
were asked to audition with the
piece they were planning on playing
at the concert.
Out of the many students who
auditioned for the concert, only 10
were selected to perform. Five of the
chosen musicians were vocalists and
the other half played instruments.
"Although students were allowed to
audition with any genre of music
they wanted," Ishii explained, "they
were encouraged to play classical
selections because the President's
Honors Concert is a formal, black-
This prestigious occasion lauds
more than just the president. The
concert traditionally honors all its
talented performers for their musical
skill and excellence. "I feel like it's
an honor to be chosen to play for
this event," said junior vocal per-
formance major Jad Saxton. Junior
music major Amanda Dickson had a
similar reaction. "It's a big honor,
because so many people audition to
be in the concert," Dickson added.
While it is a great honor to be
chosen to play, preparing for the
concert takes disciplined and respon-
sible musicians. "I started learning
my solo at the beginning of last
semester," said Dickson. "I currently
spend between three and four hours
a week fine-tuning the piece."
Dickson will be performing the first
movement of Hindemith's Sonata
for Trumpet, and Saxton will be
singing the Black Swan aria from
Menotti's opera The Medium.
Though the evening's perform-
ers demonstrate commitment and
drive in preparation,
a performance of this
caliber can easily
make them all feel
Martin Hall filled
with the best and
brightest people in
all of Fort Worth,
and they're all
waiting to hear the
best solo perform-
ers that the
department has to
offer. When that
moment arrives, the
each student has
their solo should
pay rich dividends.
"I worked at
the concert last
year and the audience was packed
with people who were really dressed
up," said Dickson, who, for the first
time ever, will perform in this year's
President's Honors Concert. "It
seems like quite a bit of pressure,
but if you are prepared, you really
have nothing to worry about."
Attending the President's
Honors Concert is a great opportuni-
ty to enjoy the talents of our peers
and support our music majors, Ishii
The President's Honors Concert
will be hosted by Texas Wesleyan
alumni Mike and Anne Skipper.
Though invited guests only are wel-
come, all members of the Wesleyan
community are invited to the concert
and reception immediately after-
wards. Dress is black formal. For
more information, check out
Wesleyan news and events online at
Photo by Candie Sampson
Alex Vorse, left, and Eric Medlock performed
with several other students Jan. 30 at Martin Hall
in "Will Work For Progress: a brief exploration
of musical innovation."
Theatre students are acting in Earnest
Theatre Wesleyan will present the next show in
their spring lineup next week. The Importance of Being
Earnest opens at 7:30 p.m Feb 12. The show runs at
7:30 p.m., Feb. 12-14 and Feb. 19-21, with matinee per-
formances at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 and Feb. 22.
"Earnest" has been a well-known and highly
respected play in literary and theatrical circles since it
was first written by popular author Oscar Wilde.
Produced by many theater companies around the
Photo courtesy of Arlington Heights High School
Students playing principle roles in Arlington Heights
High School's production of Steven Schwartz's
musical Pippin prepare for their performance Feb.
11-15 in the Scott Theatre. Wesleyan graduates Vicki
McWilliams and Leslie Jones are working as musi-
cal director and choreographer for the show.
Photo by Candie Sampson
From left, senior Chris Miller, senior Jessica Roberts
and sophomore Maria Kelly pose as Algernon,
Cecily and Lady Bracknell in Wilde's clever
favorite, The Importance of Being Earnest
world, the comedic wit and highbrow language in
Earnest make it one of Wilde's best compositions - if
not the best.
The Importance of Being Earnest tells the story of
two young couples desperately trying to find a way to
be together and married.
Gwendolyn, played by senior musical theatre major
Emily Cherry, is in love with a charismatic young man
named Jack - played by senior theatre major Justin
The only problem is that Gwen thinks Jack's name
is Earnest. She loves this name, confessing that if he
were to go by any other name, her love for him would
Senior theatre major Chris Miller plays Jack's
friend Algernon, who tries to woo a girl named Cecily
- played by sophomore theatre major Maria Kelly.
Cecily, too, thinks that her lover's name is Earnest.
As the men try to find a way to marry their true
loves and stave off the impending disaster of anyone
finding out their real names, the play unfolds a hilarious
story that surprises everyone with many twist and turns.
Jeanne Everton - associate professor of theatre,
head of acting/directing studies at Wesleyan and the
director of this production - is excited to see the final
result. Everton was proud to see Earnest selected for
the spring lineup.
"When we picked the repertoire for the spring
semester, we needed a period piece since we had been
doing so many modern plays," Everton explained.
"Many of the students also expressed their willingness
and want to do it. so Earnest was a great pick. It's like
the 'Average Joe' reality show, but in Victorian times."
This production is expected to showcase some of
Theatre Wesleyan's finest acting. Key roles were cast
with seasoned student actors in their fourth and fifth
years at Wesleyan. Miller and Flowers, in fact, will use
this performance as their bachelor of fine arts senior
Tickets are $10 for general admission seating and
$5 for students, faculty and staff.
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