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Art Force Presents AC Piano Series

Amarillo College Presents The Art Force Piano Series

The Amarillo College Music Department is pleased to announce its schedule for the 2023-24 Art Force Piano Series, a lineup of compelling musical events to be alternately performed by accomplished guest artists and AC faculty members.

The Piano Series, sponsored by Art Force Amarillo, will feature four hourlong concerts over a seven-month span. Each concert will be presented on Tuesday evenings at the Concert Hall Theater on AC's Washington Street Campus. The starting time is 7:30 p.m.

AC's Art Force Piano Series features 4 captivating concerts - free and open to the public.

1  

 Classic Hymns & Pop Rock

Tuesday, October 3 - 7:30 p.m.

2  

 Songs of the Night

Tuesday, November 7 - 7:30 p.m.

3  

 Jam with Love 2024

Tuesday, February 13 - 7:30 p.m.

4

  Journey to the East

Tuesday, April 2 - 7:30 p.m.

 

Bullet Classic Hymns & Pop Rock

Tuesday, October 3 - 7:30 p.m.

Amarillo College, Washington Street Campus, Concert Hall Theater

Dr. Bruce Lin, piano, and Dr. Jim Laughlin, alto saxophone, both of the AC faculty, will take their audience on a journey through familiar hymns and pop-rock tunes from the 1960's to the present. Their selections will encompass a wide range of styles-serious, melancholy and whimsical - and singing along is encouraged!

Dr. Bruce Lin

Dr. Bruce Lin

Dr. Lin, director of piano studies at AC, has performed throughout Canada, China, Mexico, Taiwan, and the U.S. He formerly taught at Texas Lutheran University and the University of the Incarnate Word.

Dr. Jim Laughlin

Dr. Jim Laughlin

Dr. Laughlin is a professor of woodwinds, jazz studies and music theory at AC. He is an active performer, adjudicator and clinician throughout the Midwest. He is a member of the Amarillo Symphony on both clarinet and saxophone, and founder and program director for Jim Laughlin June Jazz, a favorite community event at AC that bears his name.

 

Bullet Songs of the Night

Tuesday, November 7 - 7:30 p.m.

Amarillo College, Washington Street Campus, Concert Hall Theater

Jazmin Black Grollemund joins Dr. Nathaniel Fryml, director of choral activities at AC, piano, to present the world premiere of Fryml's song cycle NIGHTSFALL. The work is based on poetry by German mystic Novalis and South Carolina native Josh Montgomery. The concert also features some charming French art songs, along with a special guest collaborator.

Jazmin Black Grollemund

Jazmin Black Grollemund

Jazmin Black Grollemund, guest artist, made her European operatic debut in 2013 at the Festival Lyrique International de Belle-ile-en-Mer in France. She has been praised by BBC Music Magazine for a voice that is deep, rich, and flexible, with warmth and color in every register. The North Carolina native received a Perfectionment Diploma at the Conservatoire de Versailles. 

Dr. Nathaniel Fryml

Dr. Nathan Fryml

Dr. Fryml, who also serves as artistic director of the Amarillo Master Chorale, actively performs as a keyboard soloist and chamber musician.

 

Bullet Jam with Love 2024

Tuesday, February 13 - 7:30 p.m.

Amarillo College, Washington Street Campus, Concert Hall Theater

The accomplished AC Music Department faculty assembles to share music of love that nurtures the Valentine spirit.

This is a chance for anyone who may be feeling cooped up by the mid-winter's blustery conditions to get out and listen to some spirited strains of optimism, hope and love.

 

Bullet Journey to the East

Tuesday, April 2 - 7:30 p.m.

Amarillo College, Washington Street Campus, Concert Hall Theater

Dr. Alex Lee and Dr. Sophie Hung, a husband-wife duo - both faculty at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) - will use violin and piano, respectively, to take their audience on a mesmerizing journey that evokes Eastern culture.

Dr. Alex Lee

Alex Lee

Dr. Lee is a professor of violin/viola at SWOSU and the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra there. He has performed recitals in Asia and the US, and has also been featured as a soloist, performing concertos with orchestras.

Dr. Sophie Hung

Dr. Sophie Hung

Dr. Hung, a Taiwanese-born pianist, is assistant professor of piano at SWOSU. Additionally, she is coordinator and judge of the annual Hubbard-Males piano competition and the Breckenridge piano competition.