DSO on the Go Returns for Spring Concert
Treat yourself to an evening of familiar classics as UNT hosts the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, presented by The Ebby Halliday Companies and TACA (The Arts Community Alliance), February 1, 2014 at 8pm. Principal Second Violinist Angela Fuller Heyde will be featured soloist on Ravel’s Tzigane, a fiery, gypsy-style showpiece for violin and orchestra. Popular overtures by Rossini (The Barber of Seville) and Bernstein (Candide) will both delight and inspire, along with familiar pieces by Copland, Elgar, Verdi and others. Ticket pricing TBD.
UNT Opera presents Sweeney Todd
Mesmerizing, chilling and provocative… Stephen Sondheim’s macabre genius is in full flower in his Tony Award-winning 1979 musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In UNT Opera’s production of this theatrical and musical tour de force, the Concert Orchestra and opera students perform in the intimate and versatile Lyric Theater. Startlingly original, by turns disturbing, touching and darkly humorous, this performance of Sweeney Todd is sure to be unforgettable. Performances run February 21, 23 and 28 and March 2. Tickets are $15-$35
One O'CLock Lab Band with Billy Harper and the Cookers
The One O’Clock Lab Band welcomes back one of its own on February 6, 2014 when tenor sax phenom Billy Harper returns as the Glenn E. Gomez Endowment guest artist for 2014. Now known as “one of the last great tough-toned tenors from Texas” (JazzTimes), Harper made history in the 1960s as the first African-American member of the One O’Clock Lab Band, and went on to work with jazz greats like Max Roach, Donald Byrd and Gil Evans. The first half of the concert will feature Harper playing with his current project, jazz supergroup The Cookers. Then they’ll all join the One O’Clock Lab Band for a set featuring original charts by Billy Harper himself. Tickets are $15/$10.
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 professor publishes book on drum music of West Africa
In his new book, Agbadza: Songs, Drum Language of the Ewes, College of Music Professor Gideon Foli Alorwoyie explains the deeper meaning behind the music, lyrics and the language of the drums that the Ewes in Africa have developed for centuries.