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Review: Don Henley at Verizon Theatre

By Preston Jones


Don Henley, it seems fair to say, likes things the way they used to be.

In practice and in person, the 68-year-old Gilmer-born and Linden-bred singer-songwriter often appears to be steadfastly irritated by the march of time.

This is not a new trait — as evidenced by the performance of the ‘80s hit single Dirty Laundry Thursday evening, Henley has been gnashing teeth about societal deterioration in the modern moment for at least three decades now — but one which can, in certain circumstances, feel less endearing and more, well, cranky.

As such, there’s...

Pianist performs free concert as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days

Most people remember Daniel Pearl as the Wall Street Journal’s South Asia Bureau Chief based in Mumbai, India, who was kidnapped and assassinated by terrorists in Pakistan while working on a story about Al-Qaeda.  Before turning to journalism, though, he was trained as a classical violinist.  In October more than 2000 concerts in over 80 countries will commemorate his life and use the power of music to reaffirm a commitment to tolerance and humanity.

Pianist Nathan Ryland, a native of Richardson, will play works by Beethoven, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff as a part of this network of concerts on Friday, October 9, at 7...

UNT Symphony Orchestra: Die Walkure, Act 1

Thu, Sep 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Itkin, performs Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act 1, with vocal soloists Carol Wilson, William Joyner and Stephen Morscheck. Also on the program is Franz Liszt’s Totentanz (dance of death), with faculty pianist Joseph Banowetz. Liszt based this work on of the most famous melodies of Gregorian chant – Dies irae, Tickets are $15 and available online or by phone at 940-369-7802.

UNT's downrown gallery resumes weekly shows

By Lucinda Breeding

Now that class has begun at the University of North Texas, a downtown venue kicks off its two-month series of free jazz concerts. The series runs through Oct. 29.

UNT on the Square, a gallery and performance space, resumes its free Thursday Night Music series tonight with a performance by the UNT Vocal Jazz TF Quartet. The ensemble is made up of teaching fellows in the vocal jazz program in the College of Music. Expect smooth, intricate harmonies and possible a capella work.

The music runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays at the gallery, 109 N. Elm St. on the downtown Square.

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The Willis Conover archive is online


The music program at the University of North Texas has graduated hundreds of jazz artists who went on to successful careers as professionals. Woody Herman populated virtually an entire edition of his Thundering Herd of the 1970s with North Texas graduates, and they keep coming. Jimmy Giuffre, Herb Ellis, Billy Harper, Marvin Stamm, Bob Belden, Norah Jones, Dee Barton, Gene Roland, Marc Johnson, James Chirillo and Jim Snidero are a few of the musicians that UNT has sent into the jazz world. Now, UNT is making another kind of contribution to the preservation of jazz.Under Maristella Feustle of the university’s...