(Editor's Note: Please also see the accompanying release on musical performances during the last week of February. Additional information on the jazz festival guest artist Bobby Shew and the Christine Albert concert will be released later.)

(KINGSVILLE, February 26, 1997) -- Performances and recitals offer a spectrum of musical entertainment during March at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Performances are open to the public at no charge, except where noted.

On Monday, March 3, music lovers will be able to choose between Austin-based recording artist Christine Albert and a piano recital by alumnus John Berkstresser.

Albert is known for playing music from rock, folk, jazz, country and the French music halls of the 1940s. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre. A meet-the-artist reception will follow in the Blue Room of Sam Fore Hall. Admission is free to students with A&M-Kingsville identification cards, $2 for faculty and staff, and $3 for others. For tickets and more information, contact Dr. Jacki Thomas at (512) 593-2579.

Albert will also perform during the opening ceremony for Women's History Month at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, in the Student Union Building Ballroom A. Call (512) 593-2166 for more information.

Berkstresser, now a Continental Airlines pilot, received his bachelor's degree in applied piano from A&M-Kingsville. He plays at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 3, in the Frank Smith Recital Hall. "John flies an airplane to live, but lives to play the piano," said Dr. Jan Drath, professor of music at A&M-Kingsville. Drath said Chopin and Liszt are Berkstresser's favorite composers and that he expects Liszt's "Spanish Rhapsody" to be a highlight of the recital.

A Symphonic Band Concert, presented by A&M-Kingsville's top wind and percussion performing groups of the Music Department under the direction of Paul Hageman, will perform traditional and new concert band literature at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, in Jones Auditorium.

As part of Women's History Month, La Rondalla Femenil Municipal de Matamoros, Tamaulipas, will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, in Jones Auditorium. The 12-member singing group is composed of females from Matamoros. For more information call (512) 593-2166.

Dr. Nancy King Sanders, associate professor of music at A&M-Kingsville, will be the featured clarinetist during a recital of music by composers Bartok, Uhl and Devienne at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 17, in the Frank Smith Recital Hall. Assisting the performance will be Dallas pianist Scott Carrell. Joining Sanders to perform Bartok's "Contrasts" will be violinist Barbara Barber, director of the Suzuki Pedagogy Program at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and founder of Suzuki String Program at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. A clarinet quartet of Sanders and A&M-Kingsville students Michelle Uribe of Laredo, Jessica Ramirez of Laredo and Natalie Bercegeay of Weslaco will present music by Uhl.

A vibraphone recital by guest Lisa Rogers, an instructor from Texas Tech University of Lubbock, will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, in the Frank Smith Recital Hall.

In celebration of Women's History Month music written by women composers will be performed by women faculty and students from the Department of Music on Wednesday, March 19, at 8 p.m. in the Frank Smith Recital Hall. A reception will follow in the Bailey Art Gallery. For more information call (512) 593-2166.

The 30th Annual Jazz Festival will entertain all day on Saturday, March 22, in Jones Auditorium. Beginning at 8 a.m. jazz groups from South Texas schools will compete for top ratings. Guest artist Bobby Shew will also conduct a workshop during the day. The evening will include performances by trumpet player Bobby Shew and Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Bands I and II under the direction of James Warth and Paul Hageman. The evening concerts will begin at 7 p.m. Admission for the evening performances is between $5 and $7. For more information call (512) 593-2806.

Faculty member Dr. Jack W. Burt will present a trumpet recital on Tuesday, March 25, at 8 p.m. in the Frank Smith Recital Hall.

The Frank Smith Recital Hall is located in the Bellamah Music Building at A&M-Kingsville. For more information about spring musical performances at A&M-Kingsville, call (512) 593-2803 or the number shown.

A&M-Kingsville's Music Department recently received reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the national accrediting agency of college music departments. The university's music program is well-known throughout South Texas, tracing its beginnings to the establishment of the university in 1925.

- Mary Daniel

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