Artists in Action for September 2, 2012
by Hervey Folsom
Special to The Star
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The new arts season has officially started and entertainment events are lined up and ready for the kick-off! Enjoy a festive fall by attending some events already on the calendar.

Air Force clarinetists to play at JSU

When four active-duty Air Force clarinet musicians perform in concert Wednesday night at Jacksonville State University, the fare at 7:30 will be woodwind chamber music. It will be “music for friends” as chamber music is called, in a special way.

Mark Brandon, clarinet instructor at JSU and his college classmate and bass clarinetist Jeremy Cohen, concert tour manager, will be re-united as friends and musicians when Brandon joins the group in playing Guisganderie by brothers Faustin and Maurice Jean Jean, arranged by Dubois. It was written for the brothers’ friend, Henri Guisgand. Brandon will play solo, accompanied by the quartet.

The concert by the quartet, representing the band of the USAF Reserve, will be in the Performance Center, located on the third floor of Mason Hall on campus.

“Mark’s solo is short, but very technically challenging and fast,” Cohen said. “This piece, as well as our entire program’s variety, is planned for all levels of musical experience. We’ll play music from several time periods and styles.”

Earl of Oxford’s Marche by William Byrd is a stately British march, according to the concert program notes, while Three Preludes by George Gershwin (written in 1926) combines classical and jazz idioms.

“This is our premiere performance for this medley and we’re excited to play it for the public,” Cohen said.

The performers are Senior Airman Mary Gant, Staff Sergeant Jeremy Cohen, Airman First Class Joseph Philpott and Airman First Class Charlan Rieve. There is no admission fee.

Children’s musical at JSU

The Jacksonville Opera Theater has children in mind as the company starts its season. “The Fisher, the Fish, and the Wife” is a musical for children by Bruce Trinkley and a modern re-telling of the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale.

It will be presented Sept. 14-16 in Mason Hall. On Friday, Sept. 14, curtain time is at 7 p.m.; on Saturday, Sept.15, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m.

In the cast are Meg Griffin, Ellen Abney, Kevin Ward, Christina Booker, Kaitlyn Graves, Kaylon Gilley and David Lawshe.

The story is about a fisherman who catches a golden fish that promises him anything if the man will return him to the water. The man lets the fish swim away, but his selfish wife has other ideas.

Tickets are $2 for students and $5 for adults and may be purchased at the door or by visiting the JOT website at

Book signing at the Berman

Author Gaston Owen McGinnis celebrates 50 years of medical practice in Anniston. Now, after his latest book has been published, he can also celebrate the writing of three books.

Dr. McGinnis will be at The Berman Museum on Sept.16 beginning at 2 p.m. to discuss his inspiration and process in writing all three books. “Forward Flash-Back” is a novelette about enduring love and the struggle to regain lost identity. In this work, a piece of fiction, the characters discover themselves and try to understand their own changes within their lives, according to the publisher’s notes. Readers find themselves on a voyage from the mid-1950s to modern times, with episodes that extend from Alabama to a mysterious island in the Pacific Ocean and a love story that defies time.

Hervey Folsom is a longtime supporter of the arts in Calhoun County and has been writing for The Star since 1971. She can be contacted at
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