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The Lecture-Concert Series serves Arkansas State University and the surrounding communities in bringing to the A-State campus notable guest speakers and performers of diverse backgrounds and wide appeal. Many of the Lecture-Concert Series events include additional activities on the A-State campus as well as community outreach projects that enhance the quality of life and culture within and beyond the bounds of our university.  As in the past, all our events are free and open to the public.

  • Lecture Concert Series Fall 2020

    Fall 2020 Schedule At A Glance

    Event Date and Time Venue
    Boston Brass Virtual Mini Residency-Coaching Ensembles Monday, October 12, 2020, 7:30 PM
    Boston Brass Virtual Mini Residency-Entrepreneurial Masterclass Tuesday, October 13, 2020 11:00 AM
    Boston Brass "Arts Across America: Community, Together" Sunday, October 18, 2020, 7:00 PM https://youtu.be/DNqOYQJu4a4
    Dr. Mark Rabideau- Lectures "The Art of Hope" & "Heroes and Dreams" Tuesday, October 20, 11:00 AM
    Seraph Brass-Chamber Music-"Demystifying the Experience" Monday, November 2, 2020 7:30 PM https://astatecall.zoom.us/my/edowen 
    Seraph Brass-Panel Discussion-"Building Versatility for Your Career in Music Tuesday, November 10, 2020 11:00 AM https://astatecall.zoom.us/my/edowen 
    Moreau-VanTuinen Duo-Lecture & Performance Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 11:00 AM & 7:30 PM https://astatecall.zoom.us/my/edowen 


    Fall 2020


    Boston Brass Virtual Mini Residency Program, October 12 & 13, 2020

    Designed for college music departments that will engage and assist young musicians conceptualize their potential as musicians in the music industry. Our mission is to keep students motivated and keeping live music happening during these uncertain times.

    Monday, October 12, 7:30pm – Coaching Ensembles: Learn rehearsal techniques that will improve your individual and ensemble playing.  Zoom link: https://astatecall.zoom.us/my/edowen 

    Tuesday, October 13, 11:00am – Entrepreneurial Masterclass: Networking, Success Principles, Winning Qualities of a Musician and Building a Brand. Zoom link: https://astatecall.zoom.us/my/edowen 

    Sunday, October 18, 7:00pm – Boston Brass "Arts Across America: Community, Together," YouTube Live-Stream Performance at:  https://youtu.be/DNqOYQJu4a4

    This real-time/live-streamed performance and educational initiative was created by Boston Brass in recognition that presenting organizations and music programs across the country are also experiencing the COVID-related difficulties of keeping their doors open, maintaining the interest of their patrons and helping school music programs in their communities to keep students engaged. With over 35 years of international touring behind them, Boston Brass offers a terrific, artistically entertaining “something-for-everyone” program featuring familiar classical works to popular jazz standards, all delivered with the ensemble’s signature audience interaction and charming rapport. There will be an opportunity for a live Q&A both during and just after the performance.

    For over 35 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. Performing exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment captivating all ages. The ensemble's lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

    Boston Brass is a Yamaha Performing Group and has been featured educators and performers at the Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinic, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Japan Band Clinic, Music Educators National Conferences, American Bandmaster Association Conference, The American Band College, Western International Band Clinic and Texas Bandmasters Association Convention.

    Boston Brass has been featured on The CBS Early Show, National Public Radio's Performance TodayThe Great American Brass Band Festival and has recorded many diverse albums. Their latest recording “Concerto Grosso” is a collaboration with Eric Rombach-Kendall and University of New Mexico Wind Ensemble, “Reminiscing” is a tribute to Rolf Smedvig of the Empire Brass, “Rewired” features new arrangements by the members of Boston Brass, Latin Nights, features a collection of some of the greatest classical and jazz works by Latin composers and performers and features the legendary drummer Steve Gadd, the beautiful voice of Talita Real, percussion and guitar. Other albums include Ya Gotta Try, featuring music from Horace Silver, Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie, produced by legendary jazz recording genius Rudy van Gelder and Within Earshot, featuring classical works by Shostakovich, Ginastera, Dvorak, Liszt and others. 


    With generous funding support from College of Liberal Arts and Communication, the Department of Music, and A-State Bands. 

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    Dr. Mark Rabideau, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Media, UC Denver

    Tuesday, October 20, 11:00am, Zoom link: https://astatecall.zoom.us/my/edowen 

    “The Art of Hope” 

    “It has always been my belief that creativity resides at the thin line between hope and despair. And as you move through your life’s journey, and face the inevitable challenges that will come your way, it is my hope that you will turn to the creativity within yourself to write your path, forge new ways forward, invent a more hopeful future.” – Mark Rabideau

    What if we were to think of our life’s work as our masterpiece? And the life of an artist-entrepreneur as an agent for positive change?  The Art of Hope re-examines an artist's curiosity, creativity, and collaborative-nature as essential attributes for identifying the problems we are best equipped to solve, creating innovative solutions for positive change, and building a life of means, meaning, and the chance to give back.  

    "Heroes and Dreams" 

    "Heroes and Dreams" challenges students within the arts to define the significance of what is at the heart of their life’s work, the unique gifts they have to offer, and their vision for a world that repositions the arts at the center of our communities.  In this workshop, students will articulate the one of a kind features of successful 21st century musicians, discover (or rediscover) artists who are making a difference, and imagine a world in which their heart, gifts, and vision will shape a life well lived. Author, speaker, educator, administrator, and artist-entrepreneur, Mark Rabideau is an international leader in reimagining how artists and institutions can thrive within the contemporary marketplace and respond to the challenges and opportunities we face in the 21st century. Judd Greenstein, composer and co-founder of New Amsterdam Records said of Mark, “He’s a stalwart champion of contemporary music and an ally in the general opening-up of things culturally.” A compelling arts advocate, Mark has delivered recent talks at Curtis, Yale, Cornell, The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Eastman Leadership Academy, American College in Greece, and American University in Cairo (Egypt) – where he was named Distinguished Visiting Researcher. Mark has served on The Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium and is President-Elect for the College Music Society. Mark has served as editor and publisher for 21CM.org, is senior editor for Emerging Fields in Music (Routledge), and a member of the editorial board for Artivate – A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. He has authored two books, Doing Good: Entrepreneurial Musicians Making a Difference (Project 440) and The 21CM Introduction to Music Entrepreneurship (Rowman & Littlefield) – recipient of the 2018 Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Educators’ Innovative Arts Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award.

    A Getzen Artist, Mark has presented clinics, programs, and concerts throughout the United States, South America, Asia, and Europe, including appointments as Artist-Faculty for the International Trombone Festival in Brasilia, Brazil (2007, 2010), and Beijing, China (2007). Mark’s bravest moments performing have been with “The World’s Most Dangerous Orchestra” (Juárez, Mexico), and most cherished while commissioning, recording, and performing new chamber music with his quartet, CTQ.

    Mark’s own entrepreneurial spirit has sparked the launch of a live radio show from NYC's upper-westside (Live from Smoke), which he hosted; the not-for-profit arts organization Artists Now, for which he served as Executive and Artistic Director; and an original work with the American Repertory Ballet (Worlds End), that he produced. Mark is excited to produce the upcoming recording STILLPOINT (New Amsterdam Records), featuring celebrated pianist and conductor, Awadagin Pratt, two-time Grammy-winning, Roomful of Teeth, and Grammy-nominated, A Far Cry. As the founder of Art in Unlikely Places – an ongoing project fueled by the belief that art’s transformative powers must be made accessible to the underserved - Mark has launched a music project within Putnamville Correctional Facilities; issued a call to (and offered scaffolding for) young artists to see themselves as agents for doing
    good; and piloted nourish, a national program that asks, “What can we learn – as artists and as people – when we listen to voices that are unlike our own?”

    Mark is most inspired when helping artists make a difference in the world and when helping people who want to make a difference in the world become more creative. His only hobby is collecting curious, creative people.  Mark has three beautifully talented children, Mary Pauline, Luke, and Aidan and is married to the love-of-his-life, Laura.  Dr. Rabideau is Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs for the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado-Denver.

    With generous funding support from College of Liberal Arts and Communication.



    Seraph Brass

    Monday, November 2, 7:30pm – Chamber Music: “Demystifying the Experience” with Seraph Brass members Raquel Samayoa and Elisabeth Shafer, Zoom link: https://astatecall.zoom.us/my/edowen 

    Tuesday, November 10, 11:00am – Panel Discussion: “Building Versatility for Your Career in Music” with Seraph Brass members Gretchen Renshaw James, Mary Bowden, Jean Laurenz, and Racel Velvikis, Zoom link: https://astatecall.zoom.us/my/edowen 

    Winners of the 2019 American Prize in Chamber Music, Seraph Brass is a dynamic ensemble drawing from a roster of America’s top female brass players. Performing primarily as a quintet/sextet, Seraph Brass also performs as a larger 10-piece ensemble. Committed to engaging audiences with captivating programming, Seraph Brass presents a diverse body of repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works and well-known classics. Seraph released their debut studio album, Asteria, on Summit Records in January 2018, winning a Silver Medal Global Music Award. Seraph Brass is in residency at the Walton Art Center’s Artosphere Festival, alongside the Dover Quartet, in the festival orchestra.

    Seraph Brass has toured extensively throughout the United States, China, Mexico and Europe. Featured performances of Seraph’s 2019-2020 touring schedule include a sextet recital at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Miami (FL), performances at the Busan Maru International Music Festival in Korea and a residency at the Interlochen Arts Academy. On the international stage, Seraph has performed at the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland and the Forum Cultural Guanajuato in León, Mexico. Stateside, Seraph has performed as the featured ensemble at the International Women’s Brass Conference and has performed concerts at Sarasota’s Artist Series Concerts, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago (IL), Gettysburg Concert Association (PA), Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach (FL), SUNY Cortland (NY) and the Jamestown Concert Association (NY). The group has also toured extensively as Allied Concert Services artists. Seraph is on the roster of Manhattan Music Ensemble and G.L. Berg Entertainment. As featured soloists with band, Seraph performed Rick DeJonge’s Prelude and Fantasy with the Rowan University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Joseph Higgins, and James Stephenson’s Dodecafecta with the Bucknell University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of William Kenny. Many members of Seraph Brass performed with Adele on her North American tour in 2016.

    Enthusiastic about education, Seraph has developed strong relationships with Venezuelan “El Sistema” programs in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and has performed fundraising concerts for Play-On Philly! and Bridges: Music Through Harmony. Seraph has given residencies and performances at Stephen F. Austin University, University of Virginia, Fayetteville State University, Montana State University, Hendrix College, Arkansas Tech University, Lee University, Tennessee Tech University, University of Tennessee, Wittenberg University (OH), Eastern and Western Illinois Universities, Penn State Erie, Virginia Commonwealth University, Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Metropolitan State University of Denver, among others. Seraph offers a variety of entrepreneurship and career development workshops, in addition to traditional brass pedagogy and technique master classes.

    Committed to introducing new works into the chamber music repertoire for brass, Seraph Brass commissioned and premiered Wolf for solo soprano and brass quintet from Philadelphia-based composer Joseph Hallman. In its efforts to promote the work of women composers, Seraph has commissioned new works by Catherine McMichael and Rene Orth, both featured on the album Asteria. Seraph also premiered Lucy Pankhurst’s Ouroboros, with euphonium soloist Hélène Escriva, at the International Women’s Brass Conference. In addition to these original works, Seraph also has many original arrangements by trumpeter Jeff Luke featured on Asteria and Seraph Brass Live!

    Members of Seraph Brass have performed with such esteemed ensembles as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Musicians from Marlboro, Luzern Music Festival in Switzerland, National Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Daejeon Philharmonic and Auckland Philharmonia. They currently hold positions in the Richmond Symphony, World and European Brass Association, Louisville Orchestra, Artosphere Orchestra, University of North Texas, Hendrix College, Louisiana State University, University of Richmond, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Shenandoah Conservatory.


    With generous funding support from College of Liberal Arts and Communication, the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, and the Department of Music.  

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    Moreau | VanTuinen Duo

    Tuesday, November 17, 11:00am, “The 21st Century Musician” – https://astatecall.zoom.us/my/edowen

    Tuesday, November 17, 7:30pm, Live-Stream Performance –

    The Moreau | VanTuinen Duo is one of the only all female percussion+low brass duos in the world. Formed in 2014, the group is comprised of Dr. Danielle Moreau (percussion) and Dr. Danielle VanTuinen (euphonium+tuba), who presently reside in Gainesville, Florida. Their primary objectives include providing educational outreach opportunities for high school programs in the Southeast United States and commissioning new repertoire. In addition to their active solo careers, the duo regularly presents at universities across North America discussing career development for 21st-century musicians and professional chamber playing. Since 2017, they have performed as featured artists at the Music by Women Festival, Southwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, the Back Cove Contemporary Festival, the University of Southern Maine, Central Michigan University, and the Asociación Española de Tubas y Bombardinos Festival in Madrid, Spain. As passionate advocates of new music, they have expanded the repertoire through commissioning projects with composers such as Adam Silverman, Shaun Tilburg, Etienne Crausaz, Steven Snowden, and James Grant. Both members completed their doctoral work at Arizona State University; they currently serve as adjunct faculty at the University of New Hampshire and specialists at the Portland Conservatory of Music in Maine. Danielle Moreau proudly endorses Black Swamp Percussion, Innovative Percussion, and Marimba One. Danielle VanTuinen proudly endorses S.E. Shires and Eastman Winds.

    With generous funding support from College of Liberal Arts and Communication, the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, and the Department of Music.