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World-class heavy metal artists to perform at Delta State

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Professor Velvet Brown and Dr. Neal Corwell will perform at Tuba-Euphonium Day 2017 on April 1.

The Department of Music is proud to announce Tuba-Euphonium Day 2017, Delta Tuba-Euph Fest.

The day-long event will be held on the Delta State campus on April 1, and the schedule includes two free concert performances by world-renowned guest artists.

Featured guests include Professor Velvet Brown, professor of tuba and euphonium at Penn State University, and euphonium soloist, Dr. Neal Corwell, recently retired master sergeant and euphonium section leader with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”

As part of the festival, both guest artists will be performing solo recitals. Corwell will be performing a euphonium recital at 11:30 a.m., and Brown will perform a tuba recital at 3:30 p.m. Corwell’s performance will feature works with computer-assisted accompaniment as well as solo repertoire. Brown will be assisted by Delta State’s Dr. Jung-Won Shin, associate professor of music, on piano. Both performances will take place in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Corwell will perform works by Albeniz, Chopin, Liszt, Arbans and Saint-Seans, among others. He will also be performing several of his own compositions. Brown’s performance will feature selections by Stevens, York, Ionel, Grant Still, Bonner and Mozart.

For more information, contact 662-846-4606.

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Delta State recognized in Architect Magazine

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Delta State University and its signature Delta Music Institute program were recently mentioned in an Architect Magazine article about Grammy Museum® Mississippi.

The article credits the Delta Music Institute for having the most unique audio recording facilities in the South.

The article also praises the new 28,000-square-foot museum, housed on Delta State’s campus, for its distinct state-of-the-art architectural design, inside and out.

Read the full story at http://www.architectmagazine.com/project-gallery/grammy-museum-mississippi.

Learn more about opportunities with the Delta Music Institute at http://www.deltastate.edu/artsandsciences/delta-music-institute.

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Pianist Jung to present recital on March 23

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The Delta State University Department of Music presents pianist Joonghan Jonathan Jung in a recital at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on March 23 at 7:30 p.m.

The recital will feature piano solo works by Beethoven, Bach/Busoni, Liszt, Scriabin and Vine. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615.

Born in South Korea, pianist Jung also lived in New Zealand and concertizes regularly across the U.S., New Zealand, Australia and Japan. He has performed with the Eastman Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Philharmonic Orchestra of New Zealand, and University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra. Jung has received prizes in Kerikeri International Piano Competition, Eastman Concerto Competition, Kapiti Coast National Piano Competition and the Christchurch National Piano Concerto Competition.

He has performed as a guest artist at the Texas State International Piano Festival in San Marcos, Texas, and he is making his debut performance at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall on June 22. His solo recitals and concerto performances have been recorded and broadcasted by Radio New Zealand and World TV, and he has been featured in public master classes with renowned pianists including Joseph Banowetz, Bao Hui-qiao, Piers Lane, Marina Lomazov, Jura Margulis, Hiroko Nakamura, John Perry, Martin Roscoe, Vladimir Tropp and Arie Vardi.

Jung completed a Master of Music degree and Bachelor of Music (Honors) with First Class at the University of Auckland. He relocated to the U.S. in 2009 to complete a Doctor of Musical Arts  (2016), Master of Arts in Theory Pedagogy (2015), and Master of Music (2011) at the Eastman School of Music. His academic mentors include Barry Snyder, Rae de Lisle, Read Gainsford, Douglas Humpherys, Thomas Schumacher, Steven Laitz, Elizabeth Marvin, Katherine Ciesinski, David Temperley and Matthew Brown.

Additionally, he has a passion for collecting rare historical music recordings of the early 20th century. He is now combining this passion with his academic interest — music theory and music analysis. His current research is on tempo rubato, an in-depth comparative study between 19th and 20th century pianists’ interpretations. His thesis, entitled “Structural Hearing of Rubato,” is a pedagogical study of tempo fluctuation in music performance, focusing on motives, counterpoint and harmonization. He has presented his research in MMTA State Conference and, most recently, at the CMS Conference.

Jung taught applied piano, music theory, aural skills and class piano sequences at Southwestern Oklahoma State University as an assistant professor of piano and music theory. He recently joined the piano faculty position at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi to reunite with his family and to continue his teaching, research and performance career.

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Delta Players present “Speech & Debate”

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The Delta Players will present “Speech & Debate,” March 22-25 at 7 p.m. in Jobe Hall Auditorium on the Delta State University campus.

The play was written by Stephen Karam, who recently won a Tony Award for his play “The Humans.”

Co-sponsors for the play include the Delta Music Institute and DSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Voluntary monetary donations for Delta State University’s Gay-Straight Alliance will be collected after the show.

“Dr. Kilby Allen, the director, has done a terrific job of balancing the play’s humor with the core drama of three socially awkward teenagers struggling with their emerging sexual identities in modern America,” said Don Allan Mitchell of the Division of Languages & Literature, which is producing the play.

“The darkly-comic play is definitely not a play for younger audiences. The film based on the play is rated PG-13,” added Mitchell. “There are interweaving sex scandals, dancing actors in flesh-colored body stockings and purple underwear, and a Broadway musical presentation of alternative facts concerning Abraham Lincoln’s sexual orientation. In short, it is precisely the type of challenging material that college drama groups should be presenting to audiences.”

Cast members include Delta State students Layla Young as Diwata, Logan Swain as Howie, Jess Bennett as Solomon, and future Cleveland Central High School student Ginny Smith playing the double role of the teacher/reporter. The stage manager is Delta State staff member Mallory Shemwell. The technical director is Amber Wolfe, who earned two degrees at Delta State and is the drama sponsor at Cleveland High School.

“Over the last few semesters, Ms. Wolfe has been very supportive of the Delta Players, and the Division of Languages & Literature will continue to collaborate with her and her student productions in the very near feature,” staid Mitchell.

The play is free and open to the public, with the condition that audience members acknowledge the play’s challenging content at the sign-in and information table in the lobby.

For more information, contact the Division of Languages & Literature at 662-846-4060 or Mitchell at amitchell@deltastate.edu.

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Environmental science presents at Mississippi Academy of Sciences

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Four Delta State environmental science students and two professors presented at the 81st annual meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS) in Hattiesburg on Feb. 23-24.

Two presentations were given during the oral session as a part of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Division of MAS.

Heather Brewer, a senior at Delta State, received the first place graduate and undergraduate award for her presentation entitled, “Impact of urbanization on bird nest materials in the Mississippi Delta,” co-authored by herself, Alexis Patterson and Dr. AHM Reza, assistant professor of biology at Delta State. 

In absence of undergraduate student Christian Frew, Reza presented, “What can affect the movement patterns of white-tailed deer in central Mississippi,” co-authored by the duo. Both of these presentations were a product of Reza’s vertebrate biology courses, ornithology and mammalogy.

Four poster presentations were also given at the division’s poster session.

Patterson and Brewer received a second place award for their poster entitled, “Prey remains found in 24 owl pellets from Carolina Biological Science,” co-authored by Patterson, Brewer, Karoline Lambert, Madison Zoeller, Roxy Kimes, Dr. Eric Blackwell and Dr. Baghai-Riding.

Student Brittany Husley gave her presentation, “Comparison of dental changes in Varans exanthematicus to ontogenetics shifts in diet,” co-authored by herself, Christine Beck, Baghai-Riding and Blackwell.

Baghai-Riding presented two poster presentations, “Effects of wild hogs at Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi,” co-authored by Matthew Galloway, Peyton Hamblin, Mitchel Coleman, Brady Chambley, Matt McGregor; and “Bird surveys conducted at Bear Pen Park, Cleveland, Mississippi,” c0-authored by Sheketra Bell, Jarrica Carey, DeAndra Felton, Monique Price and Kimberely Davis. The posters were a product of Baghai-Riding’s  conservation biology course.

This year’s MAS annual meeting had its largest attendance with over 1,000 attendees. Reza plans to establish a stronger Delta State presence for the 2018 event and seeks all appropriate disciplines to consider joining.

In addition, Reza chaired the EEB Division of MAS in 2016-17. Baghai-Riding and Reza served as judges for the zoology and entomology poster presentations. Also, Reza will serve as the chair of the EEB Division and Baghai-Riding will serve as the vice chair for 2017-18.

To learn more about the Delta State’s environmental science program, contact Baghai-Riding (nbaghai@deltastate.edu) or Reza (areza@deltastate.edu), or call the Department of Biological Sciences at 662-846-4240.