A Cappella Choir Celebrates 75th Anniversary
On November 19, current conductor Jerry McCoy led the A Cappella Choir in celebrating its 75th season with Blessed are they…, a concert that commemorated several anniversaries. In remembrance of President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death, the choir presented Herbert Howells’ beautiful Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, commissioned for Kennedy’s memorial service and now considered a masterpiece of 20th-century choral music. And in honor of the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth, the choir sang his festival cantata Rejoice in the Lamb.
UNT Opera Presents Italian Opera Favorites
Don’t miss a chance to hear two of the world’s favorite Italian operas in one evening when UNT Opera presents Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, two performances only, April 4 and 6. These two celebrated one-act operas — Leoncavallo’s vivid and violent story of love and revenge, and Puccini’s outrageously madcap romp featuring the world’s most dysfunctional family — are among the very greatest of the genre, distinguished for their dramatic incisiveness and overwhelming vocal bravura. The double bill will be sung in Italian with English supertitles with a student chamber orchestra and minimal sets, costumes and lighting.
UNT Jazz Singers Perform With Janis Siegel
One of the brightest stars of vocal jazz comes to campus this spring for two performances with the UNT Jazz Singers in Voertman Hall. Best known as the lead singer of The Manhattan Transfer, Janis Siegel has garnered 9 Grammy wins and 17 Grammy nominations. She has generated more than a half dozen solo albums and numerous collaborative projects during her career, and has amassed a large international fan base and earned consistently high critical praise. Performances are April 11 and 12. Tickets are $8/$10 at www.theMPAC.com or by calling 940-369-7802.
UNT alumni win Grammy Awards
UNT alumni were involved in several groups that took top honors at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2014. Here is a complete list of winners and nominees:
Denton Mayor Proclaims One O'Clock Lab Band Day
On the evening of November 19, 2013, Mayor Mark Burroughs of Denton Texas designated that day as One O'Clock Lab Band Day in an official proclamation ceremony at the Denton City Hall. The current One O'Clock Lab Band as well as Steve Wiest, John Murphy, Assistant Dean Raymond Rowell, Katy Kinard and Craig Marshall were in attendance along with Floyd Graham's daughter Pati Haworth. Graham founded of the Aces of Collegeland, the fore-runner to the One O'Clock. Council person Pete Kamp was instrumental in arranging for the proclamation.