College of Music Gala raises funds for student scholarships
What: The 2013 College of Music Gala The Theatre of Debauchery, Deception and Delight, with UNT’s Symphony Orchestra and featuring student, faculty and alumni vocal soloists and the University Singers. The gala benefits College of Music student scholarships.
When: 4 p.m. Oct. 13 (Sunday)
Where: Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, Denton.
Tickets: $25 each. Purchase tickets online at www.theMPAC.com/tickets or by calling the Murchison Box Office at 940-369-7802.
DENTON, Texas (UNT) – The 2013 College of Music Gala, The Theatre of Debauchery, Deception and Delight, brings together students, faculty and alumni for the annual event that raises funds for student scholarships.
UNT’s Symphony Orchestra, directed by David Itkin, will be joined by student, faculty and alumni vocal soloists and the University Singers for the 4 p.m. concert on Oct. 13 (Sunday) at Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center in Denton. Fort Worth Opera General Director Darren K. Woods will serve as guest master of ceremonies for the concert.
This is the biggest fund-raising event of the school year for UNT College of Music students’ scholarships.
“The pieces chosen for the gala feature characters, ideas and operas with themes of treachery, deception and double dealing,” said Itkin.
The program includes song selections from opera and musical theater, including Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s La Traviata, Puccini's Tosca, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and the Tony Award-winning musical Les Misérables. The song “Caruso,” written by Lucio Dalla and dedicated to opera singer Enrico Caruso, will also be performed by student soloist Nereida Garcia with David Itkin at the piano.
Also of note will be performances by vocal professors, Jeffrey Snider, baritone, and Carol Wilson, soprano, Itkin said. Snider, along with student vocalists, will perform in both the sextet from Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffman and, adding the University Singers, a scene from Tosca. Wilson will be joined by two students for the famous trio from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier.
Tickets for the concert are $25. Purchase tickets online at www.theMPAC.com/tickets or by calling the Murchison Box Office at 940-369-7802.
For those who cannot attend, the concert will be live streamed at www.UNTMusicLive.com, and donations to College of Music scholarships can be made by calling Pam Acker at 940-369-7979.
About the UNT College of Music
The UNT College of Music is one of the largest and most respected comprehensive music schools in the country. More than 1,600 music students attend UNT each year, participating in more than 50 widely varied ensembles and pursuing specialized studies in performance, composition, music education or music scholarship. UNT faculty members and students have made appearances on the world’s finest stages and have produced numerous recordings, many receiving Grammy awards and nominations. Distinguished UNT alumni can be found around the globe, in top music ensembles, opera companies, universities and schools.