College of Music pays tribute to former flute professor, UNT Symphony Orchestra conductor with Nov. 5 concert

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:25

What: The University of North Texas' College of Music presents a collaborative faculty and student concert, A Tribute to George Morey: A UNT Legacy. The concert honors the late flute professor who was also the UNT Symphony Orchestra conductor for 25 years. All of the pieces on the program were composed or arranged by Morey.

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 5 (Wednesday)

Where: Voertman Hall in the College of Music, 415 Avenue C, Denton

Tickets: Free admission

More information: For a complete list of UNT College of Music events, including faculty and student recitals, visit the College of Music online calendarand the College of Music Facebook page.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – The late professor George Morey came to UNT in 1947 to teach flute, viola and composition, but his influence and legacy live on today. To honor him, the College of Music presents a tribute concert on Nov. 5 (Wednesday) featuring faculty and students.

A Tribute to George Morey: A UNT Legacy will include music composed and arranged by the late professor. The program includes:

  • Tribute for flute and women's voices (Morey)
  • Sonata for Cello and Bass (attributed to Henri Eccles, restoration by Ross Lee Finney, setting by George Morey)
  • Parade for violin and piano (Morey)
  • Joy in Prayer, Joy In Living for violin and piano (Morey)
  • Impressions for high voice and piano (Morey)
  • Music for Bassoon and Strings (Morey)
  • Choral and Fanfare for brass ensemble and timpani (Morey)

Although lauded as a flutist and conductor, many of Morey's compositions have not been heard, said Chair of Composition Studies Joseph Klein. The concert was made possible thanks in large part to Morey's grandson, Michael, who completed a doctoral degree in classical guitar at UNT and is now working on a Ph.D. in Musicology in the College of Music, Klein noted. His grandson copied a complete set of these scores enabling the College of Music to present Morey's works in concert and celebrate his work as a composer, Klein said.

"The name of George Morey was very familiar to me as a luminary in the flute world long before I came to UNT in 2001," said College of Music Dean James Scott. "Although I never had the opportunity to meet him, I have very much enjoyed getting to know two more generations of Moreys through the College of Music, as well as his wife Pat, and a number of his students. Today he still stands not only as a model of excellence but of the kind of versatility and breadth we encourage in today's students. We very much look forward to learning more of his work through the performances of his compositions."

Morey, who died in 1995, conducted the UNT Symphony Orchestra for 25 years and retired in 1980. He and his wife, Pat, stressed the importance of education to their children, all of whom graduated from UNT. Morey's family received the Generations of Excellence Award during Family Weekend at UNT in 2010.

The free concert starts at 8 p.m. in Voertman Hall in the College of Music, 415 Avenue C, Denton.

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