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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...

Mother Courage, a review of "The Mother of Us All"

by J. Robin Coffelt

Denton — There were plenty of moments in Friday’s performance of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s opera The Mother of Us All, directed by David Ward, when it was easy to forget we were hearing a student performance. The University of North Texas is home to the second-largest College of Music in the United States. (The largest is at Indiana University.) So listeners have been spoiled to expect fine performances. Listeners were reminded of the musicians’ youth, however, only through tells such as an unlined face emerging from under a gray-streaked wig. Their musicianship was...