Arts and Music
When Byrd Williams owned a hardware shop in Gainesville in the 1890s, he wanted to sell postcards that didn’t depict overseas locales. So he bought a postcard camera and began taking pictures all across Texas.
That was the beginning of thousands of photographs that make up the Byrd Williams Family Collection– a selection of which will be shown in Proof: Photographs from Four Generations of a Texas Family, running from April 14 (Friday) to May 13 (Monday) at UNT on the Square. The opening reception is from 3 to 5 p.m. April 23 (Sunday).
UNT’s College of Music and the All-American College Band share a strong bond. No other university in the country has had more students chosen to participate in the Disneyland college band, which began in 1971.
UNT on the Square and the University of North Texas’ College of Music will feature a spring Thursday Night Music Series that runs from March 2 to May 4. The informal performances will feature different musical styles ranging from jazz to classical, as well as students and faculty from the UNT College of Music.
University of North Texas College of Music senior, Howard Dietz, won the Buffet Crampon and Julius Keilwerth Saxophone Idol competition and Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program award for saxophone.
Music students at the University of North Texas are invited to create and submit business plans as part of the College of Music’s inaugural Music Entrepreneurship Competition.
Competitors will be eligible to earn cash prizes totaling $18,000, which can be used by the students to launch start-up businesses.
The Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth is bringing their unique sound back to the University of North Texas. The eight-member ensemble that “mines the expressive potential of the human voice” will perform at 8 p.m. March 9 (Thursday) in the College of Music’s Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, Denton. The ensemble is returning to perform their final concert as part of their 2016-17 UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts residency.
Three writers will be appearing at the University of North Texas for the spring 2017 Visiting Writers Series sponsored by UNT’s Creative Writing Program.
University of North Texas student Matt Morton has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship program.
University of North Texas students who are looking to find a job in the visual arts and design field will find tips at the “Jobs in the Visual Arts and Design: Panels and Workshop” from4 to 8 p.m. March 9 (Thursday) at the Art Building, rooms 101 and 223.
The University of North Texas HarpBeats will perform at the World Harp Congress, one of the most prestigious honors in the world for harpists. The HarpBeats, a 10-member College of Music ensemble, will travel to Hong Kong in July for the concert.