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Opera, One O'Clock Lab Band highlight upcoming concerts

The UNT College of Music fall concert schedule concludes with Mozart’s Don Giovanni, a performance by the One O’Clock Lab Band with highly regarded drummer Dennis Mackrel, a night of chamber music presented by the UNT Center for Chamber Music Studies, a tribute to the legendary divas of jazz by the UNT Jazz Singers, and an abundance of holiday music, both in November with a Czech music festival featuring a Czech Christmas mass and in December with two concerts of classic holiday favorites:  the return of last year’s popular Sounds of the Holidays, this year featuring choral works, sing-alongs and more, and an annual Fort Worth favorite, the One O’Clock Lab Band’s holiday concert at McDavid Studio, this year featuring the band’s new director, Alan Baylock.

These highlights are explained in more detail below, followed by the list of concerts and events at the College of Music in November and December.

For a complete list of UNT College of Music events, including faculty and student recitals, visit the College of Music online calendar at http://music.unt.edu/calendar and connect with the College of Music on Facebook at Facebook.com/UNTCollegeofMusic and on Twitter at @UNTCoM.


UNT Opera presents Don Giovanni

8 p.m. Nov. 6 and 13; 3 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15, Lyric Theater at the Murchison Performing Arts Center

Mozart’s two-act opera is based on the fictional story of legendary libertine Don Juan, sometimes referred to as the “seducer of Seville.” In this retelling of the Don Juan legend, Don Giovanni recklessly pursues carnal pleasures without moral compass. In the course of his debauchery, Giovanni lies to, cheats or manipulates nearly all of the characters in this comedic melodrama, and even kills the father of a failed conquest. It is this murder that leads to his downfall, when the ghostly statue of the murdered Commendatore pays Giovanni a visit. Presented in Italian with English supertitles. UNT Opera’s version is directed by visiting professor David Ward and conducted by music director Stephen Dubberly. Learn more about the opera and the time period in which it was written at the “In The Know” lectures held 45 minutes prior to each performance.

Tickets: $35 includes dessert and wine; $25-$15 for all other seats at www.thempac.com. Parking is free in the Fouts Field parking lot. 

 

A Cappella Choir

8 p.m. Nov. 10, Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

The A Cappella Choir, under the direction of Richard Sparks, gives its fall concert, Sacred and Profane on Nov. 10. The first half is sacred with a particularly intense setting of the “Agnus Dei” by Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström, followed by romantic era composer, Gabriel Rheinberger’s beautiful double choir Mass in Eb. The second half – “profane” in this context means “secular” – begins with one of Mahler’s most expressive songs, “Ich bin der Welt abhangen gekommen” (I am lost to the world), arranged for 16 separate voice parts, with the choir taking the parts of the orchestra as well as the solo singer. The concert closes with Brahms beloved “Liebeslieder Walzer” (Love-song waltzes) for voices and piano four-hands.

Tickets: $10 adults; $8 seniors, non-UNT students, children and UNT faculty, staff and retirees, and groups of 10 or more. Purchase at www.thempac.com. Parking is free in the Fouts Field parking lot.

 

Veselé Vánoce! A Czech Christmas at the University of North Texas

The festival includes events from Nov. 18 to 22 at the College of Music and the Murchison Performing Arts Center. For full events listing, visit http://czech.music.unt.edu/.

This “Christmas-themed” festival of Czech music includes a performance Nov. 15 in Fort Worth and daily lectures, masterclasses and performances from Nov. 18 to 22 at the UNT College of Music. All are open to the public. The focal point of the festival, is the Česká mše vánoční, a pastoral Christmas Mass by Jakub Jan Ryba, which will be presented Nov. 21 (Saturday). Visiting professor Greg Hobbs will conduct the Mass with four soloists, the University Singers and the UNT Symphony Orchestra. Other highlights include Czech pianist and composer Sára Medková performing Hummel’s Piano Concerto in A minor with UNT’s Concert Orchestra on Nov. 18 and the UNT Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers joining forces with Czech harpsichordist Barbara Willi for Jiří Antonín Benda’s Concerto in D Major for Harpsichord and Strings on Nov. 20.

Many events are free. The Symphony Orchestra concert is $10. Tickets available at www.thempac.com. For events in the College of Music building, parking is free after 5 p.m. in lot 26 on Highland Street, between Bain Hall and the Music Practice North and South buildings for events. Parking during the day can be found at the Highland Street Garage. For events in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, parking is free in the Fouts Field parking lot.


UNT Jazz Singers in concert

8 p.m. Nov. 20, Voertman Hall in the College of Music.

The UNT Jazz Singers, the premier vocal jazz ensembles in the Division of Jazz Studies, will pay tribute to legendary jazz divas, including Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Nancy King, by performing arrangements adapted from their recorded solo performances.

The UNT Jazz Singers, directed by Jennifer Barnes, include vocalists and a four-piece rhythm section who perform a challenging and varied repertoire of jazz and jazz-influenced music, emphasizing close vocal harmonies, cutting-edge repertoire and improvisation.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, non-UNT students, children, UNT faculty/staff/retirees and groups of 10 or more. Free to UNT students, who must pick up tickets at the Murchison Performing Arts Center box office prior to the concert. Park for free in lot 26 on Highland Street, between Bain Hall and the Music Practice North and South buildings for events.


Center for Chamber Music concert

8 p.m. Nov. 22, Voertman Hall in the College of Music.

The center, established in 2002, showcases music performances by College of Music students at the highest competitive levels, nationally and internationally. On the program for this concert are Ensembles from the UNT Center for Chamber Music Studies have performed in Europe, Asia, South America, and throughout North America and have been selected to participate in international competitions such as the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition.  This showcase concert features performances of Dvorak’s iconic American String Quartet, by the Bancroft String Quartet; Barber’s Summer Music, performed by the Center’s wind quintet; Ingolf Dahl’s “Music for Brass Instruments” performed by the Center’s brass quintet and Brahms’ Piano Quartet in C minor performed by the Center’s piano quartet.

Free admission. Park for free in lot 26 on Highland Street, between Bain Hall and the Music Practice North and South buildings for events.

 

The One O’Clock Lab Band welcomes Dennis Mackrel

8 p.m. Nov. 24, Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

The One O’Clock Lab Band led by Jay Saunders welcomes drummer, composer, arranger and conductor Dennis Mackrel. The program will begin with selections from the band’s recent album Lab 2015 along with new compositions by members of the ensemble. The second half will feature original compositions and arrangements by Mackrel.

Mackrel is well known in the jazz community as a bandleader, sideman, and educator. His Broadway credits include “The First” and “A Chorus Line.” He was a member of the Count Basie Orchestra, and has performed with the American Jazz Orchestra, Buck Clayton’s Swing Band, the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Mackrel is also a conductor, arranger and composer. He’s worked in Europe with the Kluvers Big Band in Denmark and the WRD Big Band in Germany, and his commissioned works have been recorded by West Point’s Jazz Knights Big Band, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and, most notably, the McCoy Tyner Big Band whose Grammy winning CDs “The Turning Point” and “Journey” included four of Mackrel’s arrangements.

Tickets: $15 at www.thempac.com. Parking is free in the Fouts Field parking lot.

 

Sounds of the Holidays: A Choral Celebration

8 p.m. Dec. 3, Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

The popular Sounds of the Holidays concert returns, this time featuring five different choirs, audience sing-along carols with brass & organ. Beautiful music to celebrate the holidays!

Tickets $3 at www.thempac.com. Parking is free in the Fouts Field parking lot. 

 

Holidays with the One O’Clock Lab Band, directed by Alan Baylock

7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, McDavid Studio at Bass Performance Hall, 301 E. 5th St., Fort Worth.

This annual concert is a Fort Worth tradition featuring the One O’Clock Lab Band performing a selection of arrangements for big band of favorite Christmas tunes. The band will be led by new director Alan Baylock, a College of Music alumnus.

Baylock received his master’s in jazz studies at UNT in 1995 and, as a student, was involved in the lab bands, jazz combos, the UNT Jazz Singers and the UNT Gamelan orchestra, which performs traditional Indonesian music. In 2001, he formed the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra. The band released their first CD in 2003 and their most recent one late last year. He has also worked with the Airmen of Note, an elite Air Force jazz ensemble that includes six UNT alumni in its ranks. Baylock’s music has been performed and recorded by jazz greats, including Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Kurt Elling and more. He has also arranged music for Wynonna, Al Jarreau, Spyro Gyra and others.

Tickets: $30 general admission at www.basshall.com/mcdavidStudio.jsp

 

The full list of November and major December concerts and events includes:

November Events

 

Nov. 1

Avenue C: Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Justin Binek, director

Kenton Hall • 5 p.m. • Free

Nov. 2

Global Rhythms

  • Mark Ford, coordinator

Voertman Hall • 8 p.m. • $10/$8

Nov. 4

Wednesday Night Jazz

  • Five O’Clock Lab Band – Daniel Matthews, director
  • Four O’Clock Lab Band – Garrett Wingfield, director

Gateway Center Ballroom • 9 p.m. • $4 at the door

Nov. 5

Symphonic Band

  • Dennis W. Fisher, conductor

Winspear Hall • 7:30 p.m. • $10/$8

Nov. 6

UNT Opera and Symphony Orchestra

Mozart’s Don Giovanni

  • Stephen Dubberly, music director
  • David Ward, stage director

Lyric Theater • 8 p.m. • $35/$25/$15

“In the Know” lecture • 7:15 p.m. • IRR

Nov. 7

Faculty and Guest Artist Recital

  • Pamela Mia Paul and Krassimira Jordan, piano duo

Voertman Hall • 6:30 p.m. • Free

Nov. 8

UNT Opera and Symphony Orchestra

Mozart’s Don Giovanni

  • Stephen Dubberly, music director
  • David Ward, stage director

Lyric Theater • 3 p.m. • $35/$25/$15

“In the Know” lecture • 2:15 p.m. • IRR

Nov. 8

Third Street: Vocal Jazz Ensemble

  • Ryan Howe, director

Kenton Hall • 5 p.m. • Free

Nov. 9

Brass Band

  • Nicholas E. Williams, conductor

Winspear Hall • 7:30 p.m. • $10/$8

Nov. 9

UNT Percussion Ensemble

  • Mark Ford, director

Voertman Hall • 8 p.m. • Free

Nov. 10

A Cappella Choir

  • Richard Sparks, conductor

Winspear Hall • 8 p.m. • $10/$8

Nov. 10

Super 400: Jazz Guitar Ensemble

  • Armen-Gurgen Movsesyan, director

Kenton Hall • 8 p.m. • Free

Nov. 11

Mary Jo and V. LaneRawlins Fine Arts Series

eighth blackbird

Winspear Hall • 8 p.m. • $20/$10

Nov. 12

Men’s and Women’s Choruses

  • Dean Jilek and Matthew Brady,

conductors

Winspear Hall • 8 p.m. • $10/$8

Nov. 12

Student Chamber Music Concert Series

  • Nikola Ružević, coordinator

Recital Hall/Voertman Hall • 8 p.m. • Free

Nov. 13

UNT Trombone Choirs

  • Tony Baker, coordinator

Voertman Hall • 8 p.m. • Free

Nov. 13

UNT Opera and Symphony Orchestra

Mozart’s Don Giovanni

  • Stephen Dubberly, music director
  • David Ward, stage director

Lyric Theater • 8 p.m. • $35/$25/$15

“In the Know” lecture • 7:15 p.m. • IRR

Nov. 14

Faculty Recital

  • Molly Fillmore, soprano; Terri Sundberg,
  • flute; Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinet;
  • Eugene Osadchy, cello; Elvia Puccinelli, piano

Voertman Hall • 12:30 p.m. • Free

Nov. 15

UNT Opera and Symphony Orchestra

Mozart’s Don Giovanni

  • Stephen Dubberly, music director
  • David Ward, stage director

Lyric Theater • 3 p.m. • $35/$25/$15

“In the Know” lecture • 2:15 p.m. • IRR

Nov. 16

Nova Ensemble

  • Elizabeth McNutt, director

Voertman Hall • 8 p.m. • Free

Nov. 16

Zebras: 70’s Jazz Fusion

  • Aaron Hedenstrom, director

Kenton Hall • 8 p.m. • Free

Nov. 17

Student Chamber Music Concert Series

  • Nikola Ružević, coordinator

Recital Hall/Voertman Hall • 8 p.m. • Free

Nov. 17

Concert Choir and University Singers

  • Dwight Jilek and Greg Hobbs, conductors

Winspear Hall • 8 p.m. • $10/$8

Nov. 18

African Ensemble

Special Rhythms and Dances of Africa

  • Gideon Alorwoyie, director

Voertman Hall • 8 p.m. • $10 (at the door)

Nov. 18

Wednesday Night Jazz

  • Seven O’Clock Lab Band – Connor Eisenmenger, director
  • Six O’Clock Lab Band – Rigoberto Velez, director

Gateway Center Ballroom • 9 p.m. • $4 at the door

Nov. 19

Wind Symphony

  • Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor

Winspear Hall • 7:30 p.m. • $10/$8

Nov. 19

Guest Artist Recital

  • Joseph Gold, violin
  • Jaume Torrent, guitar

Recital Hall • 8 p.m. • Free

Nov. 19

Jazz Singers

  • Jennifer Barnes, director

Voertman Hall • 8 p.m. • $10/$8

Nov. 21

Afro-Cuban/Brazilian/Latin

  • Jazz Ensembles
  • José Aponte, director

Voertman Hall • 6:30 p.m. • Free

Nov. 21

Symphony Orchestra and

  • University Singers
  • David Itkin and Greg Hobbs, conductors

Winspear Hall • 8 p.m. • $10/$8

Nov. 22

Center for Chamber Music

  • George Papich, coordinator

Voertman Hall • 8 p.m. • Free

Nov. 23

Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and

  • University Band
  • Nicholas E. Williams, Kelly Desjardins and
  • Jacqueline Townsend, conductors

Winspear Hall • 7:30 p.m. • $10/$8

Nov. 23

UNT Opera Directors Scenes

Lyric Theater • 8 p.m. • Free

Nov. 23

West End: Vocal Jazz Ensemble

  • Andrew Evangelista, director
  • Camille DeVore, assistant director

Kenton Hall • 8 p.m. • Free

Nov. 24

UNT Flute Ensemble

  • Daniel Pardo, director

Voertman Hall • 6:30 p.m. • Free

Nov. 24

SPECTRUM

  • Sponsored by Composers Forum

Recital Hall • 8 p.m. • Free

Nov. 24

One O’Clock Lab Band

  • Dennis Mackrel, drumset
  • Jay Saunders, director

Winspear Hall • 8 p.m. • $10/$8

 

Veselé Vánoce: A Czech Christmas at UNT  czech.music.unt.edu

 

Nov. 18

Festival Masterclass

  • Barbara Willi, harpsichord

Recital Hall • 10 a.m. • Free

Nov. 18

Festival Welcome and Faculty Recital

  • Czech Piano Music of Jan Dussek
  • Steven Harlos, piano
  • Thomas Sovik and Justin Lavacek, festival coordinators

Recital Hall • 5:30 p.m. • Free

Nov. 18

Concert Orchestra

  • Sára Medková, piano Clay Couturiaux, conductor
  • Works by Dvořák, Hummel and Beethoven

Pre-concert lecture (Lyric Theater - 7:15 p.m.)

Winspear Hall • 8 p.m. • $10/$8

Nov. 19

Brass Music of the American Moravians

  • Bill Scharnberg, UNT faculty winds and brass

Voertman Hall • 5 p.m. • Free

Nov. 20

Music of American Moravians

  • Quartet Galant with Heidi Klein, soprano
  • and Mark McKnight, lecturer

Recital Hall • 4:30 p.m. • Free

Nov. 20

Recital of Czech Song

  • UNT Voice Faculty

Recital Hall • 6 p.m. • Free

Nov. 20

Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers

Musica Bohemica

  • Barbara Willi, harpsichord
  • Paul Leenhouts and Richard Sparks, conductors
  • Works by Benda, Schmelzer, Biber and Tolar

Pre-concert lecture (Lyric Theater - 7:15 p.m.)

Winspear Hall • 8 p.m. • $10/$8

Nov. 21

Czech Academic Conference

  • “From the Hussite Wars to the Moravian Lovefeast: How the Czech Nation Lost and Regained Its Musical Identity”

Recital Hall • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • $30 (includes

lunch) • czech.music.unt.edu

Nov. 21

Final Banquet & Keynote Address

Gateway • 5:30 p.m. • $35 (cash bar)

czech.music.unt.edu

Nov. 21

Symphony Orchestra and University Singers

  • David Itkin and Greg Hobbs, conductors
  • Ryba - Česká mše vánoční – A Czech Christmas Mass
  • Mozart - Symphony No. 40 in G minor

Pre-concert lecture (Lyric Theater - 7:15 p.m.)

Winspear Hall • 8 p.m. • $10/$8

 December Events  

Dec. 2

Wednesday Night Jazz

  • Nine O’Clock Lab Band
  • Eight O’Clock Lab Band

Gateway Center Ballroom • 9 p.m. • $4 at the door

Dec. 3

Sounds of the Holidays: A Choral Celebration

  • Richard Sparks, coordinator

Winspear Hall • 8 p.m. • $10/$8

Dec. 11

Holidays with the One O’Clock

  • Alan Baylock, director
  • McDavid Studio, Fort Worth • 7:30 p.m.

Tickets:

www.basshall.com/mcdavidstudio.jsp

 

   - Margarita Venegas, News Promotions

 

Posted on: Tue 03 November 2015

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