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Gary Payne

Nudge nudge, wink wink

UNT gala celebrates musical delight and debauchery

This year’s gala dinner and concert for the University of North Texas College of Music features the college’s opera theater, highlighting music that celebrates the sly and the sweet.

Maestro David Itkin will lead the UNT Symphony Orchestra and student, faculty and alumni vocalists in the college’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

“The pieces chosen for the gala feature characters, ideas and operas with themes of treachery, deception and double dealing,” said Itkin.

The concert includes songs from opera and musical theater, including Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s La Traviata, Puccini’s Tosca, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and the Tony Award-winning musical Les Miserables. The song “Caruso,” written by Lucio Dalla and dedicated to opera singer Enrico Caruso, will also be performed by student soloist Nereida Garcia with Itkin at the piano.

Professors Jeffrey Snider, baritone, and Carol Wilson, soprano, will also perform. Snider, along with student vocalists, will perform in both the sextet from Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffman and, adding the University Singers, a scene from Tosca. Wilson will be joined by two students for the famous trio from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier.

— Lucinda Breeding

UNT COLLEGE OF MUSIC GALA 2013

What: “The Theatre of Debauchery, Deception and Delight,” annual scholarship fundraising gala dinner and concert for the UNT College of Music

When: 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Winspear Performance Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 I-35E

Details: Gala dinner tickets are sold out. Tickets for concert only cost $25. To buy tickets, visit www.thempac.com or call 940-369-7802.