The Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series at Texas A&M University-Kingsville continues with a performance from Tom and Benjamin Jaber Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bellamah Music Building Recital Hall, on the A&M-Kingsville campus.
The Bellamah Music Building is located at 905 W. Engineering Ave.
Pianist Tom Jaber and his son Benjamin, horn, are both accomplished figures in the classical music world. Tom is a music professor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and Music Director of the Rice University Chorale. Benjamin has been Principal Horn of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra since May 2009, serving the same capacity since 2008 on an acting basis.
The two will perform a program featuring the music of J.S. Bach, Richard Strauss, Lars-Erik Larssen and Michael Conway Baker at A&M-Kingsville, in a free performance open to the public.
Doors are scheduled to open at 6 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.
About Benjamin Jaber and Tom Jaber
Tom Jaber is Professor of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and Music Director of the Rice University Chorale. For the past thirty years, he has coached singers, collaborated as pianist, organist and harpsichordist in countless recitals with both faculty and students, conducted chorus and orchestra concerts, and several operatic productions at Rice University and around the country.
In 2007, Jaber was guest conductor in a large festival of choral music in the Sydney Opera House. He also appeared in recitals and operatic programs on the Amalfi coast in Italy and in the Harbin, China International Festival as well as Beijing and Shang-Hai. Most recently, he appeared as the guest harpsichord and organ continuo artist in performances of a brilliantly staged production of J. S. Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
For the past five seasons, Jaber has been the Artistic and Music Director of the Houston Masterworks Chorus (HMC). Major works and a concert tour of Italy have been the hallmarks of his tenure with HMC.
He enjoyed a long association with the world-renowned entertainer Fred Waring. He worked as the head pianist at the Waring annual summer workshops with Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians at Pennsylvania State University and elsewhere. He was also a featured conductor and pianist with Virigina Waring on the PBS Broadcasts of the Fred Waring US Chorus in the years following Mr. Waring’s death.
Benjamin Jaber has been Principal Horn of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra since May 2009, serving the same capacity since 2008 on an acting basis. He has also performed with the IRIS Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Houston, Richmond and New World Symphonies, and the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. As a soloist, Jaber received first prize at the university division of the 2003 American Horn Competition and was the winner of the Aspen Music Festival’s 2004 brass concerto competition. He was also a featured artist at the first-ever Conservatory Project series held at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
He has spent his summers at the Aspen Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, the Pacific Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. He has also been active as a freelancer in the recording studios of Los Angeles, adding many different projects to his credit. Jaber received his training at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and the Colburn Conservatory, where he was the first hornist ever to be graduated from the school. He studied with William Ver Meulen, John Zirbel, David Jolley, and Bruce Henniss.
During his undergraduate years at Rice, Jaber developed an infatuation with traditional Irish music that has since become a full-blown obsession. He is completely self-taught on the Irish wooden flute, tin whistle and uilleann pipes, and has been active as a session player in Houston, Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles. He is recognized as one of the most accomplished on the West Coast, and has also been fortunate to get to play music with some of traditional Irish music’s biggest names, including Paddy Keenan, Kevin Crawford, Mick Moloney, Isaac Alderson, Eileen Ivers, Darren Maloney, Máire Ní Ghráda, David Power, and Eliot Grasso.
About the Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series
The Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is a year-long program of art, music and theatre performances that bring culture and variety to Kingsville for faculty, staff, students and community audiences. The series strives to provide a new element of learning outside the classroom for students as they are entertained and educated through diverse mediums. Community members are welcome to continue life-long learning by attending these events.
For more information about the Texas A&M-Kingsville Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series, contact the Office of Student Activities at 361-593-2760.