UNT Symphony Orchestra to perform Mozart, Carmichael and Mendelssohn Nov. 7
What: The UNT Symphony Orchestra brings together old and new music with a performance of pieces by Mozart, Carmichael and Mendelssohn.
When/ Where: 8 p.m. Nov. 7 (Wednesday) in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center
Cost: Ticket prices are $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens, non-UNT students, children, UNT faculty/staff/retirees and groups of 10+; and free for UNT students (UNT student ID required). Purchase online at www.theMPAC.com/tickets or by calling Murchison Box Office at 940-369-7802.
Contact: Leslie Wimmer at Leslie.Wimmer@unt.edu or 940-565-4835
DENTON (UNT), Texas--The UNT Symphony Orchestra brings together old and new music with a performance of pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn and John Carmichael at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 (Wednesday) in the Murchison Performing Arts Center.
The orchestra will perform Mozart’s “Magic Flute Overture,” which premiered in 1791; Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, which premiered in 1842; and Carmichael’s “Phoenix: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra,” which premiered in 1980.
“One of the reasons I paired the Carmichael with the other two pieces, which are very traditional European repertoire, is because the Carmichael couldn’t be more sonically different,” said UNT Symphony Orchestra Conductor David Itkin. “The Carmichael is influenced by a large number of 20th century styles including popular styles and movie music. There’s a big narrative in the piece.”
The narrative in Carmichael’s “Phoenix: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra,” which premiered at the Sydney Opera House in 1980, portrays the legend of the phoenix, a bird with colorful plumage that lived for centuries in the Arabian desert before burning itself on a funeral pyre, said Terri Sundberg, professor of flute in UNT’s College of Music.
“The myth ends with a new phoenix emerging from the fire to begin another life cycle,” she said. “The piece is very lyrical, very tonal and the audience will be interested to hear this piece, written about 30 years ago, along with the other better-known works in the program.”
Tickets to the performance can be purchased online or by calling 940-369-7802. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens, non-UNT students, children, UNT faculty/staff/retirees and groups of more than 10; and are free for UNT students. Student tickets must be picked up in person at the Murchison Box Office.
The UNT Symphony Orchestra was established in 1938, and has played concerts regularly for more than 70 years.
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. About 1,500 music students attend UNT each year, participating in more than 40 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.