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Symphony series to feature UNT pianist

Thu, Sep 15, 2016 - 6:51am

The Lewisville Lake Symphony will feature a performance by Boalong Zhang, winner of the biannual International Piano Contest, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville.

Zhang is a graduate artist certificate student at the University of North Texas, and previously graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He will perform Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 and Mendelssohn’s Reformation symphony. Also featured will be vocalist Jennifer Youngs, a doctoral candidate at UNT. The Grand will also have on view a portfolio exhibit of seven...

Beethoven, brews and brats on tap

Thu, Sep 8, 2016 - 9:00pm

By Janet Van Vleet

Bach gives way to Beethoven at the Sept. 17 season opener of the Abilene Philharmonic. That means no "Bachtoberfest," but no worries, brats and beers still are on the program for the afternoon before the concert.

This year, the first Masterworks concert is "Beloved Beethoven," featuring an all-Beethoven program. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in auditorium of the Abilene Civic Center, 1100 N. Sixth St.

"We can't do Bach every year," said David Itkin, music director and conductor for the Abilene Philharmonic. "Beethoven is a great way to open the season."

The three pieces to...

UNT group headed to Cuba in 2017

Sat, Aug 13, 2016 - 3:41pm

University of North Texas faculty and students, including president Neal Smatresk, will head to Cuba in May 2017 to pursue educational and cultural ambassadors, making UNT one of the first American universities to collaborate with Cuba. John Bourgeois, the retired commander of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, reached out to the UNT College of Music with the opportunity to visit Cuba.

In September, conductor Dennis Fisher and College of Music dean John Richmond will travel to Cuba and meet with the President of the Instituto Cubano de la Musica, representatives of music conservatories and the Banda Nacional...

Winston-Salem Symphony hires first female assistant conductor in 70-year history

Thu, Aug 11, 2016 - 12:15am

By Lynn Felder

Jessica Morel has been named the assistant conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony, effective Aug. 24, officials said Wednesday.

Morel is the first female full-time assistant conductor in the symphony’s 70-year history.

Before joining the symphony, Morel was visiting assistant professor and director of orchestral activities at the University of Evansville in Indiana, and conductor for the Lollipops Concert Series with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

As assistant conductor of the local symphony, Morel will direct the Youth Orchestras, Plugged-In Pops, the Discovery series...

Retired UNT conductor wins Book of the Year

Sat, Jul 2, 2016 - 4:16pm

Dallas author and retired University of North Texas Symphony conductor Anshel Brusilow won a Gold award in Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.

Brusilow won the award for his memoir Shoot the Conductor: Too Close to Monteux, Szell, and Ormandy. The book was co-written with fellow Dallasite Robin Underdahl and published by the University of North Texas Press.

Shoot the Conductor was selected by a panel of librarians and booksellers from about 2,000 entries. The winners in each of the 66 categories are considered the year’s best books published by independent...