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Ann Barnett is retiring from her longtime post at the organ of Trinity Pres¬byterian Church in Denton. She has been the church’s organist for 52 years.
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Church to celebrate organist’s service today

Ann Barnett has spent most Sundays of the last 52 years at the organ at Trinity Pres­byterian Church in Denton.

At 4 p.m. today, the church will celebrate her years of service with a tribute concert. Barnett is retiring from her leadership position in the church’s music ministry.

The church has planned what official say will be a “festive concert” in celebration of Barnett’s long devotion to the ministry and music of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Musicians include singers Haley Sicking, Dianne Ran­dolph, Lanelle Blanton, and Robert and Kay Beeks. Also performing will be the 4 Evermore Quartet, with Pren­tice Barnett, a retired Presby­terian minister and Ann’s husband, as well as instrumentalists Kosta Travinsky, Sarah and Richard Demy, Clinton Bray and Lurline DuPree. The adult choir will appear with special guests.

Barnett received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of North Texas. Before becoming a charter member of Trinity Presby­terian, she was the organist of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Denton and two churches in Nacogdoches.

She served as organist for the Denton Festival of Carols from 1982 to 1988. She was the organist for the Vocal Majority, a large men’s chorus in Dallas, from 1985 to 2008.

Barnett is an elder of Trinity. She served Texas Woman’s Uni­versity as an administrative assistant from 1980 to 1997. She is active in the alumni chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, a national professional music organization, and the Music Department of the Denton Ariel Club.

A reception will follow today’s concert, and child care will be available. The church is located at 2200 N. Bell Ave.

 

Symphony starts new contest for students

Adron Ming, the music director and conductor of the Lewisville Lake Symphony, announced a new competition for college musicians planning a professional career in music.

The competition is open to violinists, violists, cellists and bass violinists ages 18 to 24. The winner will be awarded $2,000 and will perform as guest soloist with the symphony in the opening concert of the 2013-14 season, in September 2013. Second prize includes a $500 award and an opportunity to perform in the symphony’s International Chamber Series.

The contest will focus on piano in even-numbered years and strings in odd years.

R. Neil Ferguson, the symphony association chairman, said that the symphony re­ceived a lot of assistance from board member Pamela Mia Paul, regents professor of Piano at the University of North Texas.

“Dr. Paul helped greatly in making sure the competition’s rules fitted the formats broadly used in the United States and overseas,” Ferguson said. “She also set up the audition venue and logistics at UNT’s College of Music.”

Full details, including repertory and application forms, are available at www.lewisville
symphony.org.

 

Concert today to help choir perform abroad

The famed A Cappella Choir in the University of North Texas College of Music will travel to attend the Inter­na­tional Choral Festival in Dae­jeon, South Korea, on Friday through next Sunday.

The choir, which was invited to participate, will perform alongside professional groups from Germany, Taiwan and South Korea and a famed children’s chorus from Norway.

Following performances in Daejeon, the choir will sing a concert in Incheon, a suburb of Seoul.

The A Cappella Choir will perform a “Bon Voyage” concert at 8 p.m. today in UNT’s Winspear Hall. The performance will feature music the choir will sing during their trip.

The program includes a set of African-American spirituals, folk songs and Korean and Vene­zuelan songs, as well as Cantus Missae by Joseph Rheinberger, Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine by Eric Whitacre and Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Gustav Mahler.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, non-UNT students, children, UNT faculty, staff and retirees. UNT students can attend for free, but must present their ID at the box office. Ticket sale proceeds will help defray the choir’s travel costs.

Regents professor Jerry McCoy directs the A Cappella Choir and serves as director of choral studies at UNT.

 

Photographer opens ‘Wild Light’ in gallery

An Idaho photographer returns to North Texas for a solo exhibit of his latest work in “Wild Light.”

Keith S. Walklet, a nature photographer, hunts for the best natural light when he sets out to take pictures. The results of some of those jaunts are on display at Sun to Moon Gallery in Dallas. The exhibit runs through Oct. 13.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Satur­day, and by appointment. The gallery is located at 1515 Levee St. in Dallas’ Design District.

The gallery is owned and run by Denton native Scot Miller and his wife, Marilyn.

— Staff reports

 


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