UNT Symphony Orchestra and Grand Chorus concert to feature voice professors

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 14:32

What: UNT Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Itkin, and Grand Chorus, directed by Jerry McCoy, present a concert featuring retiring Regents Professor of Voice Linda Di Fiore and Associate Professor of Voice Carol Wilson

When: 8 p.m. April 23 (Wednesday)

Where: Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Denton. The concert will also be streamed online.

Tickets: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, non-UNT students, children, UNT faculty, staff and retirees, and groups of 10 or more; free for UNT students with valid ID. UNT student tickets must be picked up in person at the Murchison Box Office. Purchase tickets online or by calling the Murchison Box Office at 940-369-7802.


DENTON, Texas (UNT) – Two of the College of Music's premier ensembles, the UNT Symphony Orchestra and Grand Chorus, will perform in a concert April 23 featuring two faculty singers, retiring Regents Professor of Voice Linda Di Fiore and Associate Professor of Voice Carol Wilson.

The 8 p.m. concert on April 23 (Wednesday) will be a varied program of instrumental and vocal masterworks, including Brahms' Alto Rhapsody, Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, J.A.C. Redford's Rest Now, My Sister and Poulenc's Gloria. The UNT Symphony Orchestra is conducted by David Itkin and the Grand Chorus is directed by Jerry McCoy.

Di Fiore, who was appointed Regents Professor in 2005 and will retire in May, performs in Brahms' haunting Alto Rhapsody as soloist with male chorus and orchestra. A mezzo-soprano, she has performed for 40 years as a soloist in opera, oratorio, recital and musical theatre with opera companies, symphony orchestras, theatres and smaller ensembles throughout the world. She joined the College of Music faculty in 1996 and has held the distinction of Master Teacher in the National Association of Teachers of Singing since 2004. Current and former students of Di Fiore have been accepted into prestigious summer opera programs and young artist programs, and have sung roles in the major opera houses in the U.S. and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Wilson will be the featured soloist on Poulenc's Gloria with the Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Chorus. A faculty member at UNT since 2012, Wilson previously served on the voice faculties at Oberlin College, Vassar College and Sarah Lawrence College, among others. She holds a doctorate from the Yale School of Music and made her international opera debut at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Noted for her vocal versatility, Wilson has performed principal roles with many of the world's major opera houses, in addition to frequent concert engagements and performances of 20th and 21st century chamber repertoire.

The Grand Chorus, an ensemble of more than 160 singers drawn from the A Cappella Choir, University Singers, Concert Choir and others, will be featured along with the orchestra in Emmy-winning composer J.A.C. Redford's elegy Rest Now, My Sister, and the Symphony Orchestra performs one of Stravinsky's earliest masterpieces, the 1919 Suite from his ballet The Firebird.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Denton. The concert will also be streamed online.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, non-UNT students, children, UNT faculty, staff and retirees, and groups of 10 or more; free for UNT students with valid ID. UNT student tickets must be picked up in person at the Murchison Box Office. Purchase tickets online or by calling the Murchison Box Office at 940-369-7802.

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.

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