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.
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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.
BY DOUG RAMSEY
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...
By Mike Telin
On Friday, September 4 at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, the creativity of five composers will be tested when they have five hours to write a brand new piece of music in order to win the coveted titled of Iron Composer. Competition director Joe Drew said that this years contestants are all accomplished composers and college-level teachers whose musical styles are quite varied. “We try to select as diverse a group as possible. We are putting on a show, and it wouldn’t work if we had a group of composers who all write in similar styles, or who would all have a similar...
Music for the soul
By Jessica Pounds
Inside the Nolan River Mall, the sound of children singing and playing instruments echoes throughout the halls. The joyful noise comes from Arts Unlimited Southwest, an art center established by a Keene woman with a desire to provide an outlet for at-risk children.
Hortensia Bryce, who was adopted by her uncle when she was 5 months old, said her love of music began while she was living in Kingston, Jamaica.
“It was in high school that I discovered I loved singing in the school’s choir, singing solos and acting,” Bryce said. “The drama club was an after school activity and I found that I had...