UNT College of Music's fall season reflects the variety and talent of students and faculty

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 11:43
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DENTON (UNT), Texas – The fall 2014 season of UNT's College of Music will once again feature special concerts that are fast becoming perennial favorites, including the College of Music Gala and the Sounds of the Season Holiday Concert, as well as a dazzling array of jazz, operatic, symphonic, chamber and experimental music performances. There is truly something for every musical taste!

Students, faculty and guest artists will be coming together to create the college's vibrant music scene, starting with the Sept. 3 faculty recital featuring jazz voice professor Jennifer Barnes and others, including jazz saxophone professor Brad Leali and jazz piano professor Stefan Karlsson. The Sept. 8 Brass Fanfares! concert highlights the collaboration of graduate students from brass studies with visiting trumpet professor Allen Vizzutti. Vizzutti has worked with jazz legends such as Chick Corea and Doc Severinsen, and on several movie soundtracks, including those for Back to the Future and Star Trek. The faculty/student collaboration continues with a Sept. 10 recital that includes Dvořák's Serenade for Winds and Mozart's Gran Partita, a work noted for its unusual instrumentation (including two basset horns) and proportions.

One of the college's newest faculty members, early keyboard professor Petra Somlai, will present a faculty recital on Nov. 12, also featuring Cynthia Roberts on violin, Daphne Gerling on viola and Alan Whear on cello. Somlai was the 2010 winner of the first prize and special public prize at the International Fortepiano Competition in Belgium – the biggest competition in that field. This performance is followed by a Nov. 22 concert of Bohemian music that will showcase Somlai's top early music students.

UNT Opera will present two programs this fall, including the dramatic concert version of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) on Sept. 21. This one-night-only performance will feature both singers and orchestra on stage for the comic masterpiece. UNT Opera's production of Lehár's The Merry Widow takes place Nov. 7, 9, 14 and 16. This English-language presentation of the classic operetta is filled with hilarious satire, touching romance and unforgettable melodies.

Ensemble concerts and seasonal fan favorites make up a large part of this semester's offerings. The Symphony Orchestra begins its season with a Sept. 26 concert that includes Rimsky-Korsakov's colorful symphonic poem Scheherazade. Also billed as a celebration of the recent release of conductor David Itkin's book Conducting Concerti, the concert also includes a performance of Ginastera's Harp Concerto with faculty member Jaymee Haefner and a meet the author event prior to the concert.

The Oct. 12 College of Music Gala: A Symphonic Celebration of Popular Song includes two special guest artists, classical saxophonist Eugene Rousseau and legendary trombonist (and alumnus) Tom "Bones" Malone, of Blues Brothers and CBS Orchestra fame. The program includes chart toppers from throughout the decades, such as "My Girl" and arrangements from Porgy and Bess and South Pacific. All proceeds will support music student scholarships.

Two concerts this season will also honor veterans, starting with the Brass Band's Salute to American Veterans on Nov. 10. The next evening, the University Singers premiere a new composition by alumnus Kevin Walczyk, Drifting Gently Through Endless Beauty, which incorporates prose by Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle, an unattributed poem dedicated to the U.S. Marine Corps and sacred texts from the Bible.

Jazz favorites include the annual fall One O'Clock Lab Band© concert on Nov. 25. The concert includes guest trumpeter Chuck Findley, who is a longtime "Tonight Show" band member and regular collaborator with artists such as B.B. King and Steely Dan. On Dec. 6, Sounds of the Holidays: An Evening with North Texas Jazzpresented by the One O'Clock Lab Band, directed by Jay Saunders, and the UNT Jazz Singers, directed by Jennifer Barnes will include jazz arrangements of favorite holiday tunes in a concert that the whole family will enjoy.

The College of Music will also pay tribute to past UNT musicians in two concerts this season. The Nov. 3 Global Rhythms concert is a memorial for the late Jon Kellis, a former percussion student who was active in the steel drum ensemble. On Nov. 5, faculty and students present a tribute to George Morey, former UNT flute and composition professor. An influential teacher and mentor, Morey also served as conductor of the UNT Symphony Orchestra for 25 years.

New and experimental music will be highlighted this season as well. UNT's Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia will be hosting the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music Conference from Oct. 1 – 4. The conference, which includes 20 presenters from around the world, features nightly concerts that are free and open to the public. On Oct. 13, faculty and students will give the UNT premiere of Music for Eighteen Musicians, the iconic 20th century minimalist work by Steve Reich.

For a complete list of UNT College of Music events, including faculty and student recitals, visit the College of Music online calendar. Tickets go on sale Sept. 2. For ticket information for performances at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, call the box office at 940-369-7802 or visit the center's website. Many concerts are streamed live online.

The Music Building is located at the southeast corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street. The Murchison Performing Arts Center is located along the north side of Interstate 35 at North Texas Boulevard.

Please include the following information in any briefs or calendars.

September

8 p.m. Sept. 3 (Wednesday)
Faculty Recital
Jennifer Barnes, voice; Brad Leali, saxophone; Stefan Karlsson, piano; John Adams, bass; Steve Barnes, drumset
Kenton Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Sept. 8 (Monday)
Faculty and Student Recital
Brass Fanfares!
Allen Vizzutti, trumpet; Brass Area Teaching Fellows
Nicholas E. Williams, conductor
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

8 p.m. Sept. 8 (Monday)
Guest Artist Recital
Joseph Wytko and Anna-Marie Wytko, saxophone; Cameron Hoffman, piano
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Sept. 10 (Wednesday)
Faculty and Student Recital
James Ryon, oboe; Deborah Fabian and Daryl Coad, clarinet; John Scott and Kimberly Cole Luevano, basset horn; Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon; Joseph Klein, contrabassoon; William Scharnberg, horn; and others
Mozart - Gran Partita; Dvořák- Serenade for Winds
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

1 p.m. Sept. 12 (Friday)
Guest Artist Clinic
Mike Clark, drumset
Recital Hall, Music Building
$5 (at the door)

3:30 p.m. Sept. 13 (Saturday)

Emeritus Faculty Recital
Dan Haerle Trio
Dan Haerle, piano; Bob Bowman, bass; Ed Soph, drumset
Kenton Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m.Sept. 15 (Monday)
Faculty and Guest Artist Recital
Alex Kerr, violin; Eugene Osadchy, cello; Anastasia Markina, piano
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Sept. 16 (Tuesday)
Faculty Recital
Rosana Eckert, voice; John Murphy, saxophone; Mike Steinel, trumpet; Stefan Karlsson, piano; Fred Hamilton, bass; Mike Drake, drumset
Kenton Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Sept. 17 (Wednesday)
Guest Artist and Student Recital
UNT Pierrot Chamber Players withHeidi Dietrich Klein, soprano
Arturo Ortega, conductor
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 (Thursday)
Symphonic Band
Dennis W. Fisher, conductor
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

8 p.m. Sept. 18 (Thursday)
Faculty Recital
Julia Bushkova, violin; Arsentiy Kharitonov, piano
Recital Hall, Music Building
Free

3 p.m. Sept. 21 (Sunday)
UNT Opera and chamber orchestra
Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Paula Homer, director
Stephen Dubberly, conductor
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$15

7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 (Thursday)
Wind Symphony
Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

8 p.m. Sept. 25 (Thursday)
Faculty Recital
Beethoven Trio Series - Part II
Felix Olschofka, violin; Nikola Ružević, cello; Pamela Mia Paul, piano
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Sept. 26 (Friday)
Symphony Orchestra with Jaymee Haefner, harp
David Itkin, conductor
Ginastera - Harp Concerto; Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

8 p.m. Sept. 29 (Monday)
Faculty Recital
Mary Karen Clardy and Friends
Mary Karen Clardy, flute; Kathleen Reynolds, bassoon; Nathan Olson and Felix Olschofka, violin; Daphne Gerling, viola; Steven Harlos, piano; and others
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Sept. 30 (Tuesday)
Choralfest!
Collegium Singers; Concert Choir; Women's Chorus; Men's Chorus; University Singers; A Cappella Choir
Jerry McCoy, coordinator
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

October

8 p.m. Oct. 1 (Wednesday)
Concert Orchestra
Adam Wodnicki, piano
Clay Couturiaux, conductor
Suppé - Poet and Peasant Overture; Liszt - Piano Concerto No. 1; Franck - Symphony in D minor
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8


International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music Conference

8 p.m. Oct. 1 (Wednesday)
ICEM Conference Concert 1
Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Oct. 2 (Thursday)
ICEM Conference Concert 2
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Oct. 3 (Friday)
ICEM Conference Concert 3
Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Oct. 4 (Saturday)
ICEM Conference Concert 4
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free


5 p.m. Oct. 3 (Friday)
Music from the Montpellier Codex, a concert in conjunction with the Texas Medieval Association Conference
Paul Leenhouts, conductor
Recital Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Oct. 6 (Monday)
Spectrum
Presented by Composers Forum and CEMI
Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater, Music Building
Free

7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 (Wednesday)
Concert Band
Nicholas E. Williams, conductor
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

8 p.m. Oct. 10 (Friday)
Guest Artist Recital
Jun Fan, piano
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Oct. 10 (Friday)
Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers
Paul Leenhouts and Richard Sparks, conductors
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

4 p.m. Oct. 12 (Sunday)
College of Music Gala: A Symphonic Celebration of Popular Song
UNT Symphony Orchestra with guest artists Eugene Rousseau, saxophone; and Tom "Bones" Malone, trombone
David Itkin, conductor
Featuring music from Tosca, Porgy and Bess, South Pacific and hits by the Beatles, the Temptations, and others
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$25

8 p.m. Oct. 13 (Monday)
Faculty and Student Recital
Steve Reich - Music for Eighteen Musicians
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Oct. 15 (Wednesday) and 8 p.m. Oct. 16 (Thursday)
Student Chamber Music Concert Series
Nikola Ružević, coordinator
Recital Hall, Music Building & Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Oct. 20 (Monday)
Spectrum
Presented by Composers Forum and CEMI
Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Oct. 21 (Tuesday)
Jazz Repertory Ensemble
Chris McGuire, director
Kenton Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Oct. 22 (Wednesday)
UNT Trombone Choirs
Tony Baker, coordinator
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Oct. 22 (Wednesday)
Rawlins Fine Arts Series
Alice Giles, harp
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 (Thursday)
Symphonic Band
Dennis W. Fisher, conductor
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

8 p.m. Oct. 27 (Thursday)
Baroque Chamber Ensembles
Paul Leenhouts, coordinator
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 (Tuesday)
Guest Artist Recital
AndrésMartín, double bass
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Oct. 29 (Wednesday)
Concert Orchestra
Jeff Bradetich, double bass
Clay Couturiaux, conductor
Chabrier – España; Andrés Martín - Concerto for Bass and Orchestra; Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings; Falla - Three Dances from The Three-Cornered Hat
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

8 p.m. Oct. 30 (Thursday)
UNT Percussion Ensemble
Mark Ford, director
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

1 p.m. Oct. 31 (Friday)
Guest Artist Clinic
Robert Chappell, world percussion
Recital Hall, Music Building
$5 (at the door)

November

8 p.m. Nov. 2 (Sunday)
Center for Chamber Music Studies
Chamber Music Showcase
George Papich, coordinator
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Nov. 3 (Monday)
Concert Choir
Dwight Jilek, conductor
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

8 p.m. Nov. 3 (Monday)
Global Rhythms
Jon Kellis Memorial Concert
Robert Chappell, guest percussionist
Mark Ford, coordinator
Voertman Hall, Music Building
$10/$8

8 p.m. Nov. 4 (Tuesday)
U-TubesJazz Trombone Ensemble
Julie Gray, director
Kenton Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Nov. 5 (Wednesday)
Faculty and Student Recital
A Tribute to George Morey: A UNT Legacy
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 (Thursday)
Wind Symphony
Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

1 p.m. Nov. 7 (Friday)
Guest Artist Clinic
Eriko Daimo, marimba
Recital Hall, Music Building
$5 (at the door)

8 p.m. Nov. 7 (Friday)
Guest Artist Recital
Eriko Daimo, marimba
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Nov. 7 (Friday)
UNT Opera and Symphony Orchestra
Lehár's The Merry Widow
Paula Homer, director
Stephen Dubberly, conductor
"In the Know" pre-performance lecture at 7:15 p.m.
Lyric Theater, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$35/$25/$15

3 p.m. Nov. 9 (Sunday)
UNT Opera and Symphony Orchestra
Lehár's The Merry Widow
Paula Homer, director
Stephen Dubberly, conductor
"In the Know" pre-performance lecture at 2:15 p.m.
Lyric Theater, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$35/$25/$15

5 p.m. Nov. 9 (Sunday)
Avenue C Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Justin Binek, director
Kenton Hall, Music Building
Free

7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 (Monday)
A Salute to American Veterans
Brass Band
Brian Bowman, conductor
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

8 p.m. Nov. 10 (Monday)
Spectrum
Presented by Composers Forum
Recital Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Nov. 11 (Tuesday)
UNT Trombone Choirs
Tony Baker, coordinator
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Nov. 11 (Tuesday)
Guitarkestra Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Fred Hamilton, director
Kenton Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Nov. 11 (Tuesday)
University Singers
Richard Sparks, conductor
Kevin Walczyk - Drifting Gently Through Endless Beauty (world premiere)
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 (Wednesday)
Early Music Faculty Recital
Cynthia Roberts, violin; Daphne Gerling, viola; Alan Whear, cello; Petra Somlai, fortepiano
Recital Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Nov. 12 (Wednesday)
Symphony Orchestra
David Itkin, conductor
Kurt Weill - Kleine Dreigroschenmusik; Robert Schumann - Symphony No. 2
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

8 p.m. Nov. 13 (Thursday)
Third Street and West End Vocal Jazz Ensembles
Cindy Dicken and Ryan Howe, directors
Kenton Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Nov. 13 (Thursday)
Women's and Men's Choruses
Peter Steenblik and Dean Jilek, conductors
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

8 p.m. Nov. 13 (Thursday)
African Ensemble
Gideon Foli Alorwoyie, director
Voertman Hall, Music Building
$5 (at the door)

8 p.m. Nov. 14 (Friday)
UNT Opera and Symphony Orchestra
Lehár's The Merry Widow
Paula Homer, director
Stephen Dubberly, conductor
"In the Know" pre-performance lecture at 7:15 p.m.
Lyric Theater, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$35/$25/$15

6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 (Saturday)
Afro-Cuban/Brazilian/Latin Jazz Ensembles
José Aponte, director
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

3 p.m. Nov. 16 (Sunday)
UNT Opera and Symphony Orchestra
Lehár's The Merry Widow
Paula Homer, director
Stephen Dubberly, conductor
"In the Know" pre-performance lecture at2:15 p.m.
Lyric Theater, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$35/$25/$15

8 p.m. Nov. 17 (Monday)
Nova Ensemble
Elizabeth McNutt, director
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Nov. 18 (Tuesday)
When You Wish Upon a Star
A Cappella Choir
Jerry McCoy, conductor
Featuring music from by Ešenvalds, Mendelssohn, Monteverdi, Nielsen, Poulenc and others
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

8 p.m. Nov. 18 (Tuesday)
Night of Percussion: Classical Percussion
Christopher Deane and Nick Guiliano, directors
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Nov. 18 (Tuesday)
Jazz Repertory Ensemble
Chris McGuire, director
Kenton Hall, Music Building
Free

7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 (Wednesday)
Concert Band
Nicholas E. Williams, conductor
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 (Thursday)
Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band
Eugene Migliaro Corporon and Dennis W. Fisher, conductors
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

8 p.m. Nov. 21 (Friday)
Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers
Paul Leenhouts and Richard Sparks, conductors
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

8 p.m. Nov. 21 (Friday)
Jazz Singers
Jennifer Barnes, director
Voertman Hall, Music Building
$10/$8

8 p.m. Nov. 21 (Friday)
Electric LaTex Electroacoustic Music Festival Concert 1
Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater, Music Building
Free

2 p.m. Nov. 22 (Saturday)
Electric LaTex Concert 2
Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater, Music Building
Free

6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 (Saturday)
Bohemian Music
Petra Somlai Early Keyboard Studio
Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Nov. 22 (Saturday)
Electric LaTex Concert 3
Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Nov. 23 (Sunday)
Student Chamber Music Concert Series
Nikola Ružević, coordinator
Recital Hall, Music Building & Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

8 p.m. Nov. 24 (Monday)
Concert Orchestra
Nikola Ružević, cello
Clay Couturiaux, conductor
Haydn - Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in C Major; Brahms - Serenade No. 1 in D Major
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$10/$8

8 p.m. Nov. 25 (Tuesday)
One O'Clock Lab Band with guest artist Chuck Findley, trumpet
Jay Saunders, director
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
$15/$10

8 p.m. Nov. 25 (Tuesday)
Student Chamber Music Concert Series
Nikola Ružević, coordinator
Recital Hall, Music Building & Voertman Hall, Music Building
Free

December

8 p.m. Dec. 6 (Saturday)
Sounds of the Holidays:
An Evening with North Texas Jazz
One O'Clock Lab Band and Jazz Singers
Jay Saunders and Jennifer Barnes, directors
Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $3

Fall season of Wednesday Night Jazz
Gateway Center * 9 p.m. * $5/$4 (at the door)
9/3 - One O'Clock Lab Band
9/10 - Three and Two O'Clock Bands
9/17 - Five and Four O'Clock Bands
9/21- Seven and Six O'Clock Bands
10/1 - Nine and Eight O'Clock Bands
10/8 - U-Tubes and Jazz Repertory Ensemble
10/15 - Zebras and Latin Jazz Ensemble
10/22 - West End, Third Street, Avenue C, Jazz Singers and Guitarkestra
10/29 - Three and Two O'Clock Bands
11/5 - Five and Four O'Clock Bands
11/12 - Seven and Six O'Clock Bands
11/19 - Nine and Eight O'Clock Bands

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