Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sugarmill Music Festival on May 21, 2017, at Rosalie Plantation in Alexandria, LA

Rosalie Piano Trio
Rosalie Plantation
Alexandria, Louisiana


Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio in C minor. H. XV, No 13
Allegro spiritoso

George Friedrich Handel (1685-1759), arranged for violin and cello by Johan Halvorsen
Passacaglia after the Suite no. 7 in G minor for harpsichord

Gregory Robin: Gestures III for solo cello

Darius Milhaud: Piano Trio, Opus 428 (1968)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

5/6/2017 at 7:30 pm

Rapides Symphony Orchestra
Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301


Egmont Overture, op. 84

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, op. 125

This special season finale will feature the Red River Chorale, ULM University Chorus, and four high-level soloists. RSO is hosting a full Day of Music where local school ensembles, church vocal groups and community musicians will perform free, non-stop musical entertainment in downtown Alexandria for our community to enjoy. In the week leading up to the performance, we plan a screening of the documentary film Following the Ninth: in the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony. This film follows the global impact of the piece across five continents and ten countries.

Friday, April 28, 2017

2017 Dr. Mildred Hart Bailey Faculty Research Award

... is given in memory of Dr. Mildred Hart Bailey, who retired from NSU in 1989 with 25 years of service. The award is made for outstanding research or distinguished artistic performance and/or creative work substantially completed furing the past three years. The criteria for evaluating those nominated for the award include scholarly or creative significance; national, regional, or local impact; originality and ingenuity of project design; and crtical recognition by experts in the field. Click the following link for more information: Research Day Honors.

Paul Christopher, Creative and Performing Arts

Saturday, April 22, 2017

4/22/2017 at 7:30 pm

Texarkana Symphony Orchestra
Perot Theatre
219 Main Street
Texarkana, Texas


Jennifer Higdon: City Scape:  Peachtree Street

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1

Piotr IiyichTchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Op. 35, in D major
Soloist: Concertmaster Kiril Laskarov

NSU students, alumni, and faculty

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Research Day Presentation on 4/20/2017 at 8:15 am

Northwestern State University of Louisiana
30th Annual Research Day
Morrison Hall
Natchitoches, Louisiana

PROGRAM includes:

Paper Session in Room 227 Morrison Hall
8:15 am Paul Christopher: Musique Concrete Instrumentale

Abstract: An introduction to a musical language that embraces the sound-world accessible through
unconventional playing techniques. The presentation will conclude with a performance of “Pression for one Cellist" (1969/2010) by Helmut Lachemann.

Monday, April 17, 2017

4/16/2017 at 8:30 am and 10:45 am

Asbury United Methodist Church
3200 Airline Drive
Bossier City, Louisiana

Easter Sunday Program

L to R: Christopher's,  Miriane, Webb

Friday, April 14, 2017

Cellist wins First Place in Microsopft Office Solutions National Competition in St. Louis

L to R: Nicholas Fisher and Alba Maloff

Computer Information Systems Students Continue First Place Finishes in National Competition:
Alba Maloff and Nicholas Fisher Finish First in Microsoft Office Solutions

By David West 4/12/2017

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University students Alba Maloff, cellist, of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Nicholas Fisher of Iowa won first place in Microsoft Office Solutions at the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National Collegiate Conference in St. Louis. Harvey Briggs of Monroe was in the top 20 in Security. This is the 17th time in 17 years a NSU computer information systems major has won first place at the national competition.

Thirteen NSU students attended the conference along with Professor of Computer Information Systems Begona Perez-Mira, faculty sponsor of the university’s AITP chapter. More than 460 students and faculty from 48 colleges and universities attended the conference.

“Alba and Nicholas really represented the CIS program well by winning another national championship as did Harvey by finishing in the Top 20,” said NSU Coordinator of Computer Information Systems Curtis Penrod. “They are competing with other exceptional students from across the nation and they came back to Natchitoches with a national championship trophy. While the credit goes to the students for their work on the win, I like to think it is a reflection of the breadth and depth of our program. We have now won national championships in seven different areas with both students and the faculty who support them changing over time. I truly think these championships reflect the quality CIS program we have here at NSU.”

Maloff and Fisher were tested on their knowledge of Microsoft Access (database), Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.

“All the parts make up one project so they are linked,” said Maloff, a senior computer information systems major with concentrations in app development and web development and a minor in music performance. “I used one of the queries in Access to create the Excel file, and then a part of the Excel was to be linked to the Word file and so on.”

Maloff believes national competitions are useful for students in the highly competitive computer information systems field.

“It is important for us to put ourselves out there and compare our knowledge to others,” he said. “A couple of months ago we were in regional competition and even though we did not place we learned from the experience and that helped us prepare for nationals.”

Northwestern State’s online bachelor’s program in computer information systems has been rated as the top information technology program in the country, according to Nonprofit Colleges Online. Program graduates are actively recruited by leading corporations throughout the country.
“NSU is preparing us to compete in the field,” said Maloff. But it is up to us to use that knowledge and expand it as best we can through research and through activities such as these competitions which the university and the CIS department greatly encourage us to attend.”

Saturday, April 8, 2017

4/11/2017 at 5:30 pm

Senior Recital
Carlos Garcia, Double Bass
Magale Recital Hall
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Program of Works by Giovanni Bottesini

Capriccio di Bravura

Duo Concertant sur les themes des Puritains for Violoncello and String Bass.
Paul Christopher, cello

Variations on “Nel cor piu non mi sento” op.23

Grand Duo Concertante for Violin and String Bass
Jonathan Andino, violin

2017 Music Teachers National Association: Young Artists Performance Competition

Carlos Garcia, Double Bass
National Level Competition Finals
Baltimore, Maryland 


Concerto in D Major . . . . J.K. Vanhal
Allegro moderato

Fantasy on Themes from La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini . . . . Giovanni Bottesini

A Suite in the Olden Style . . . . Hans Fryba
Gavotte I and II