College to give family of musicians award

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The Adkins String Esemble is, from left, Elizabeth, Alexandra, accompanist Edward Newman, Anthony and Clare. The family will receive the UNT College of Music Honored Alumni Award at a local concert on Monday.

The five brothers and sisters who make up the Adkins String Ensemble return to the University of North Texas, their alma mater, to play a concert at 8 p.m. Monday at Voertman Hall at 415 Ave. C.

The family also will receive the 2013 College of Music Honored Alumni Award for their accomplishments. They are natives of Denton and received their early musical training at the University of North Texas, where their parents, Cecil Adkins and Alis Dickinson, were on the musicology faculty. Elisabeth Adkins, Christopher Adkins, Clare Adkins Cason, Anthony Adkins and Madeline Adkins made their debut as the Adkins String Ensemble in a 1993 concert and have released four CD recordings together. They currently perform professionally with orchestras throughout the United States, several in positions of national prominence. The siblings will return for the program, joined by Elisabeth’s husband, pianist Edward Newman.

The College of Music decided to present the award to the Adkins family to commend their extensive musical accomplishments. Dean James Scott will present the award following intermission. The college usually gives the award to one graduate.

The first half of the concert includes Piano Quartet in G minor by Mozart and Sonata for Two Violins Op. 15 by Miklós Rózsa. The concert concludes with Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44 by Robert Schumann. A reception honoring the Adkins family will be held in the Music Commons immediately following the performance.

— Lucinda Breeding

 


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