Cameron University will present the artistry of its senior art students as well as that of Professor of Music Thomas Labé with a gala celebration at the Simmons Center in Duncan on Friday, February 5. The CU@SC concert series will feature Labé in concert at 7:30 p.m. for "An Evening in Spain," a program of piano music by Spanish composers Enrique Granados and Isaac Albéniz. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a preview of CU's 2010 Senior Art Exhibition, featuring the work of CU art students. A reception honoring Dr. Labé and the student artists will be held following the piano concert. Concert tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, military and non-Cameron students and are available by contacting the Simmons Center at 580-252-2900. Cameron University students are admitted free with valid ID. The 2010 Senior Art Exhibition will be on display at the Simmons Center through February 25 at no charge.
Approximately 75 works in a variety of styles and media will be featured in the 2010 Student Art Exhibition. Classical drawings created by students in the Drawing I and II classes and executed in graphite, charcoal or pastel will be displayed as well as expressive and interpretive drawings from the Advanced Drawing and Figure Drawing classes. Oil paintings featuring both the academic and expressive approach to subject matter will be showcased. Original prints will include lithography, mono prints, etchings, and solar prints. Digital imagery and graphic design images will encompass logo design, brochure development, poster design, corporate identity, etc. Subject matter throughout the exhibition will include still-life, landscape, the figure, portraiture, and the self-portrait. Mixed media sculpture will include interpretations of persona, cliché, and kinetic works.
"The members of the art faculty are very proud of the skill development, quality, and diversity represented in this collection of student artworks," says Edna McMillan, Chair, CU Department of Art. "We are excited to celebrate and share their accomplishments with the community. The preview of the art exhibit will set a festive tone for the captivating concert that will follow."
"It could well be a blustery winter night, which would make the strains of Spanish music - with its evocation of sun-drenched landscapes, flamenco dancing, bustling seaports and the like - most welcome!" says Labé.
As a soloist, Labé has performed in recitals and with orchestras on three continents, including appearances with the Houston, Chattanooga and Kenosha Symphony Orchestras and in such prestigious venues as New York's Carnegie Hall, Chicago's Ravinia Festival, the International Piano Festival Monterey (Mexico) and the Staatstheater Darmstadt (Germany). Labé has recorded for the Dorian, Naxos and Arkadia labels, and his seven commercially released compact discs are heard with great frequency on the playlists of classical music stations the world over. His debut recording, "The Virtuoso Johann Strauss," received a Best of the Year Citation from the editors of H&B Recordings Direct. As a recording industry professional, he is a voting member of The Recording Academy taking part in the nomination and final voting processes for the annual Grammy Awards. Labé is also represented on the World Wide Web where his YouTube videos have accumulated more than 40,000 views.
In April he will present a lecture-recital at the American Liszt Society Annual Festival which will include world premiere performances of several compositions by Robert Schumann that have never been published.
CU@SC is presented by the Cameron University School of Liberal Arts. For more information about the concert and art exhibition, call 581-5506.
January 15, 2010