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Rhapsody before retiring

DiFiore to give final concert as UNT professor

In her final University of North Texas concert before retirement, regents professor Linda DiFiore will perform in Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody as a soloist with male chorus and orchestra at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

DiFiore’s solo performance is part of a larger performance with the UNT Symphony Orchestra and Grand Chorus. DiFiore will share the bill with voice professor Carol Wilson. The program includes Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, J.A.C. Redford’s Rest Now, My Sister and Poulenc’s Gloria. The symphony is directed by David Itkin and the Grand Chorus is directed by Jerry McCoy.

DiFiore is a mezzo-soprano who has performed for 40 years as a soloist in opera, oratorio, recital and musical theater. She’s performed with opera companies, symphony orchestras, theaters and smaller ensembles all over the world.

DiFiore joined the UNT College of Music in 1996, and since then, her students and former students have been accepted into prestigious summer opera programs and young artist programs. Her students have also sung roles in major opera houses here and abroad.

Wilson will be the featured soloist on Poulenc’s Gloria with the Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Chorus. A UNT faculty member since 2012, Wilson previously served on the voice faculties at Oberlin, Vassar and Sarah Lawrence colleges, among others.

The Murchison is on the north side of Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and non-UNT students, children, UNT faculty, staff and retirees. For tickets, call 940-369-7802 or visit

— Staff report