A century of Don Gillis’ music cause for celebration

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If you listened to radio shows The Saint, Fibber McGee and Molly or The Life of Riley on the 1940s and ’50s NBC radio waves, you probably heard the work of University of North Texas alumnus Don Gillis.

Gillis was a producer for conductor Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Gillis’ birth, the UNT Symphonic Band will perform material from Gillis’ early years in radio at 7:30 p.m. today at Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

The UNT Music Library houses the Don Gillis Collection. The concert will feature multimedia presentations of digitized images and audio tracks from the Gillis Collection, as well as a demonstration of how to access the Gillis-produced radio shows in the UNT Digital Library. There will also be a lobby display of reproductions from the library’s collection, as well as a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. by UNT graduate musicology student Sean Morrison.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, non-UNT students, children and UNT faculty and staff. UNT students can attend for free. For reservations, call 940-369-7802 or visit www.thempac.com .


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