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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...

"Iron Composer" returns to Baldwin Wallace
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Mon, Aug 24, 2015 - 12:00pm

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
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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...

The Big Deal: American Liszt Society Annual Festival at the University Of North Texas College Of Music
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Wed, Aug 26, 2015 - 5:00am

The American Liszt Society Annual Festival is typically held at a university, library or music organization across the country. This year’s festival will be hosted by the University of North Texas College of Music, Sept. 16-18. The theme for 2015, Liszt and Damnation, explores the dark and death-obsessed side of the Hungarian composer.

The conference and festival will feature multiple...

Review: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band at Bass Hall
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By Preston Jones

Like clockwork, every year for the better part of the last decade, Lyle Lovett has performed at Bass Hall.

And, just as predictably, every year for the last two or three years, my friends and family have offered some variation on the question “So why are you going to see Lyle Lovett again?”

The answer is a bit of a paradox: The constancy of both Lovett’s regular Fort Worth stops and my friends and family’s bemusement at my religious attendance is justified by the guarantee that you never quite know what you’ll get...