Henderson-Hebei Art celebrate HSU first international music festival

By SANDY JOHANSEN / Staff writer

Aug 7, 2018 at 12:01 AM

HSU offers a bachelor of arts in music, bachelor of music in composition or performance, and a bachelor of music education.Hebei Vocational Art College is in the Hebei province of China. Henderson State University kicked off its inaugural international music festival along with Hebei Vocational Art College from the province of Hebei, People’s Republic of China. Rick Dimond, ASO principal timpanist and HSU professor of music, played an intricate and tricky “Nimrod,” forcing combinations of sharps against flats which was certainly a challenge for the orchestra, but performed spectacularly.One of the closing musical accomplishments was Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” perfectly achieved on two grand pianos by four skilled pianists.The evening was a perfect collaboration of HSU and Hebei and their students. It is well-known for its orchestral wind ensembles and also the Huangmei opera.Event sponsors included Arvest Bank, ReMax of HSV, HSV Symphony Guild and Wilson Entertainment and Consulting.For more entertaining shows and concerts that are scheduled for the Woodlands Auditorium, go to the POA website, www.hsvpoa.org, and click on Event Info and Tickets at the top of the page. Laura Storm, HSU president Glen Jones, and Hebei’s dean of students Yan Qiang Pan, the concert began appropriately with the HSU orchestra playing the United States’ and the People’s Republic of China’s national anthems as the Woodlands audience rose to their feet in respect for both countries.The Olympic Fanfare launched the evening’s instrumental and vocal performances by both HSU and Hebei students.Brass instrumentals were featured in several numbers, including “Cantiga Brasileira” and a particularly skilled performance by 13-year-old Jia Shu Li on trumpet, offering the Chinese composition, “Dancing under the Moonlight.” Solo and group vocals were presented by both schools, with an exceptionally jazzy Chinese composition, “Great Wine and Coffee” performed by Ze Long Yan, bringing the audience to their feet.The full ensemble, directed by Dr. The free concert at the Hot Springs Village Woodlands auditorium brought very enthusiastic attendees.Following short opening remarks by HSU vocal professor Dr.