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Passion, Art, Community: Denton, Texas in Word and Image will be released on Aug. 30.

Book combines Denton art with Morton’s poetry

Denton resident Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas poet laureate, will release her latest book, Passion, Art, Com­mu­nity: Denton, Texas in Word and Image, on Aug. 30.

Morton was commissioned by the city’s art committee and the Greater Denton Arts Council to write the history of Denton in poetry. After the poems were written, artists from Denton were commissioned to create art inspired by Morton’s work.

The Greater Denton Arts Council will open an exhibition of the book’s art Aug. 26 in the Meadows Gallery at the Center for Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. The exhibit includes paintings, photographs and collages, and the poems that inspired each piece. The exhibit will run through Oct. 28.

“I am proud to call Denton, Texas, home and so honored to have been selected to write its history,” Morton said. “I am especially thankful to the Public Art Committee of Denton and excited that this book combines poetry with work by so many local artists.”

Passion, Art, Community will be launched at an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 30 at the arts center. Books will be available for purchase at the reception. The book can also be purchased at the Denton Civic Center and the Center for the Visual Arts through Sept. 7. After that, it will be available for purchase by contacting the city purchasing department.


Area wind ensemble invited to regional convention

The Lone Star Wind Orchestra has been invited to perform at the annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Convention in Chicago in December. The Dallas orchestra is under the direction of Eugene Migliaro Corporon, regents professor of conducting at the University of North Texas.

The nonprofit wind orchestra is made up of volunteer musicians. Cor­po­ron announced last week that the orchestra has launched a Kick­starter campaign to raise the money for the orchestra’s travel and stay in Chicago.

The campaign will end Sept. 1. The policies of Kickstarter, a crowd-sourcing fundraising company, re­quire that fundraisers raise all of the money needed — or more — by the deadline.

If the campaign succeeds, Corporon will lead the orchestra on the podium, and the ensemble will be guest conducted by Leonard Slatkin, music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will premiere a new percussion trio accompanied by the wind orchestra with world-renowned soloists Mark Ford, Christopher Deane and Brian Zator.

To donate to the campaign, visit


Council announces conference speakers

The Greater Denton Arts Council has announced the speakers lined up for its inaugural symposium exploring interdisciplinary intersections within the arts.

The symposium, “Ekphrasis: A Collaboration Among the Arts, will run Oct. 11-13 at the Center for the Visual Arts.

The speakers and their subjects are:

■ Pat Porter, former CEO North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts, on arts advocacy and cultural tourism.

■ Michelle Kraft, on art and communities and arts education.

■ Martha Peters, public art director of the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, on public art and public policy.

■ Donna Howell-Sickels, cowgirl artist, on arts and heritage.

■ Craig Schaefer, associate executive director of membership, marketing and development at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, on arts and heritage.

■ Honor Moorman, on education and interdisciplinary connections.

The symposium’s opening reception on Oct. 11 is free. Admission to the symposium on Oct. 12 will cost $50 for the full day, workshop and evening event, or $25 for students; or $10 for evening events only.

For more information, call the council at 940-382-2787 or visit


Gainesville-based choir seeks new voices

The North Central Texas Chorale is seeking more singers for the fall season.

The chorale is a community-based chorus that has been in existence for more than 36 years and has presented music in Texas, New York and abroad.

The fall season will feature Handel’s Messiah. The chorale has been invited to sing in concert Dec. 8 at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lindsay.

Most chorale members are from Gainesville, but singers come from Denton, Decatur, Pilot Point, Muenster and St. Jo, too. No audition is required, but previous choir participation is preferred. Singers must be able to sing on pitch and read music.

Daniel Banke is the director of the North Central Texas Chorale, and Carolyn Hook is the choir’s accompanist.

Rehearsals are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts, on the North Central Texas College campus in Gainesville. Rehearsals start Aug. 28.

For more information, call Banke at 940-580-3004 or chorale President Phil Schenk at 940-387-1886.

— Staff reports

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