Music lovers… You’re invited to the LSC-Kingwood music departments “Stellar Evening”

Community invited to annual Stellar Evening at Lone Star College-Kingwood

Music lovers are in for a treat this month when the Lone Star College-Kingwood music department kicks off the fall season with the return of the popular faculty showcase, “Stellar Evening.” Now in its 18th year, Stellar Evening is a 75-minute recital by members of the LSC-Kingwood teaching staff, who will perform a variety of selections in the new, acoustically superb recital hall.

The annual event raises money for the Fine Arts Scholarship program and will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Instructional Building’s Recital Hall. The performance will be followed by a meet-and-greet dessert reception in the atrium of the 23,000 square foot music building.

This year’s performers include newcomers to the LSC-Kingwood music faculty, as well as longtime faculty members who are audience favorites: Keith Almstedt, guitar; Patrick Brink, trumpet and piano; Barbie Butler, piano; Kelli Estes, soprano; John Gearhart, baritone; Anne Heath-Welch, soprano; Aaron Martinez, saxophone; Dr. Nell Matthews, piano; Dr. Todd Miller, tenor; Rosendo Reyna, guitar; Gottfried Schiller, tenor; Eric Skiles, baritone; David Sloat, baritone; Jay Whatley, piano; and Amy Wiggs, flute.

“Guests will enjoy works from the standard classical repertoire through contemporary music written in the last few years, along with several selections that are sure to have the audience laughing out loud,” said Jay Whatley, music professor and chair of Visual and Performing Arts at LSC-Kingwood. “Our ‘stellar’ faculty members donate their time and talent to raise funds, which go directly to support music scholarships for students,” said Whatley. The LSC-Kingwood Music Department comprises 26 diverse and highly specialized faculty members, who are also working professional musicians in their own disciplines. Many perform with prestigious organizations such as the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony, Da Camera Society, and in some of the top jazz venues in Houston; others hold prestigious positions at area churches, such as First Methodist–Houston and First Presbyterian–Kingwood.

General admission tickets to “Stellar Evening” are $25, which include the recital and dessert reception. Reservations are recommended due to limited seating. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 281-312-1709 or email

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