DENTON (UNT), Texas – Four musical acts will serve as the 2019-2020 artists-in-residence for the University of North Texas.
Maria Schneider, the New Zealand String Quartet, the Terri Lyne Carrington Super Group and Spektral Quartet will each perform a concert and work with students in the College of Music as part of the residencies.
In addition to composing, Schneider performs as a pianist with an 18-member orchestra. She and her orchestra have been nominated for 12 GRAMMY awards and have won five times.
“I’m so excited to come back to UNT. I know the power of their program from the many stellar UNT alumni I’ve worked with over the years. I can’t wait to make music with the next generation,” she said.
Schneider will be in residence at UNT Sept. 29-Oct. 4, 2019, with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 (Thursday) at Murchison Performance Hall. Ticket prices and additional information can be found at www.thempac.com.
New Zealand String Quartet
The New Zealand String Quartet celebrated its 30th season in 2017 and has a repertoire that includes a wide range of music, including Mozart, Beethoven, collaborations with jazz greats and new works by composers from China and New Zealand.
“We’ve never been to Denton or UNT before - I’m really looking forward to seeing the campus and getting a feel for the school I’ve heard so much about over the years,” First Violin Helene Pohl said. “We are delighted to be spending what I’m sure will be an intense week at UNT - it will be wonderful to get to know the students and share our journey with and love of chamber music with them.”
The New Zealand String Quartet will be in residence at UNT Oct. 6-11, 2019, with a concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 8 (Tuesday) at the College of Music Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
Terri Lyne Carrington Super Group featuring Kris Davis, Tia Fuller, Ingrid Jensen and Linda May Han Oh
Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington started her music career at 10 years old. She will be in residency at UNT with her group, consisting of her on drums, Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Tia Fuller on saxophone, Linda May Han Oh on bass and Kris Davis on piano.
“I can’t wait to return to UNT with this amazing band - it’s been far too long! We look forward to working with the students on improvisation and composition, as well as our presenting a diverse program of original music and standards. Our combined performance experiences range from John Zorn and Wayne Shorter to Pat Metheny and Beyonce. Our vast collective teaching experiences range from contemporary improvisation to bebop and beyond, so it should be a fulfilling week of music and fellowship,” Carrington said.
The Terri Lyne Carrington Super Group will be in residence at UNT Feb. 10-13, 2020, with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 (Thursday) at Winspear Hall. Ticket information will be released closer to the concert date.
Spektral Quartet will celebrate 10 years together in 2020. The twice-Grammy nominated group has become known for moving seamlessly between classical music, jazz and a variety of other styles.
"Spektral Quartet is thrilled to be in residence at UNT during the 2019-20 season,” said Clara Lyon, violinist and programs manager of Spektral Quartet. “UNT's longtime commitment to discovery and innovation is a perfect match for Spektral Quartet's stylistic versatility, artistic curiosity and enthusiastic embrace of artistic exploration."
Spektral Quartet will be in residence at UNT on March 2 and March 4, 2020, with a concert on March 2 (Monday) in Voertman Concert Hall. Time and ticket information will be released closer to the concert date.
The artist-in-residence program is sponsored by UNT's Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, the arm of UNT that promotes artistic and creative expression.
Past IAA artists-in-residence have included screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, composer Jake Heggie, visual and performance artist Nick Cave, sculptor and printmaker Kiki Smith, novelist Aleksandar Hemon and playwright Doug Wright.
About the UNT College of Music
The UNT College of Music is one of the world's largest and most respected comprehensive music schools. The college offers fully accredited degrees from the bachelor's to doctoral levels and is home to the world's first jazz studies program. The music faculty is made up of internationally acclaimed artists and scholars in composition, conducting, ethnomusicology, music education, music history, music theory and performance. The College of Music enriches the community by producing more than 1,000 diverse concerts and recitals annually. Distinguished UNT music alumni can be found around the globe in impressive, award-winning careers across a wide-range of music professions.