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Fraternity alumnae present benefit concert

The Denton Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women, will host a benefit concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at First Presbyterian Church, 1114 W. University Drive in Denton.

The concert, “The Vocal Euphonium,” will feature University of North Texas faculty members Brian Bowman on the euphonium and Steven Harlos at the piano. They will play a variety of works for the two instruments, from sacred music to transcriptions of art songs, operatic arias and folk songs. The program includes pieces by Bach-Gounod, Brahms, Schumann, Bizet, Rossini and Copland.

Bowman works as a soloist, clinician, recording artist, educator and administrator. He has been the principal euphonium player and featured soloist in the University of Michigan Symphony Band, the Navy Band, the U.S. Bicentennial Band, the Air Force Band, and the River City Brass band in Pittsburgh. He is a regents professor and coordinator of brass studies at UNT.

Harlos has performed with Timofei Dokshutzer, Harvey Phillips, Erick Friedman and Gervase de Peyer. He has worked in popular music, playing with Marvin Gaye, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, Maureen McGovern and Tommy Tune.

As a jazz pianist, he helped Dick Hyman in the first performances of his ballet Piano Man with the Cleveland Ballet, and performed the work with the Cleveland Ballet. He also performed Hyman’s The Bum’s Rush with the American Ballet Theater at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Harlos is chairman of the division of keyboard studies at UNT.

The concert is free, but donations will benefit the group’s scholarship fund. The fraternity gives scholarships to students studying music at UNT and Texas Woman’s University.


Professor to lecture on sacred music, poetry

Nargis Virani will present “Sacred Poetry and Music in Muslim Cultures” at 2 p.m. Friday in Room 170 of the University of North Texas Business Leadership Building as part of the ongoing Islamic Art and Culture Forum at university.

Virani is a professor of Arabic and Islamic studies and the Arabic section coordinator at The New School, a university in New York City. Formerly, she taught at the University of British Columbia and Washington University in St. Louis, where she also headed the Arabic language program and served a term as the director of the Center for Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures.

A graduate of Harvard University, Virani has studied at the University of Jordan in Amman, the Bourguiba Institute in Tunis and Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo.

Her research explores intersections between the Quran and literature in a Muslim context. She is working on two books: The Multilingual Rumi, which will translate Rumi’s poetry into English, and a book exploring the use of the Quran in Muslim secular, religious and mystical literary writings.

Virani’s visit is sponsored by the Aga Khan Council for the Central U.S. and UNT’s Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute.


Kevin Prufer to speak about poetry at UNT

Poet Kevin Prufer will visit the University of North Texas as a guest of the Visiting Writers Series at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Golden Eagle Suite in the University Union.

Prufer is the author of five books of poems, the most recent of which are In a Beautiful Country (Four Way Books, 2011), a finalist for the UNT Rilke Prize; and National Anthem (Four Way, 2008), named one of the five best poetry books of the year by Publishers Weekly.

He’s also editor of numerous volumes, most recently New European Poets (Graywolf Press, 2008, with Wayne Miller), Dunstan Thompson: On the Life & Work of a Lost American Master (Unsung Masters Series, 2010, with D.A. Powell), and Until Everything Is Continuous Again: Poets on the Recent Work of W.S. Merwin (WordFarm Editions, 2012, with Jonathan Weinert). Among his forthcoming books are Churches (Four Way Books, 2014) and Into English: Essays & Multiple Translations (Graywolf Press, 2014, with Martha Collins).

Prufer is an English professor in the creative writing program at the University of Houston.

The event is free.


New ‘star’ honors theater volunteer

Denton Community Theatre, the managing company for the Campus Theatre, has announced the dedication of the newest Campus Theatre sidewalk star at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.

The granite marker commemorates the generosity of Lona Wolfe and her late husband, Dr. Henry Wolfe. Lona Wolfe’s financial contributions to the community theater and the Campus Theatre have made many needed improvements to Denton’s historic landmark.

Wolfe has made the theater a brighter place with lighted makeup mirrors in the dressing rooms and badly needed illumination in the properties storage area. The theater has relied on her donations to keep the doors open when expensive air conditioning repairs were required for having performances during the Texas summers.

In addition to her financial donations, Wolfe is also known for donating much of her time to the organization. She has fashioned wigs and hairpieces for countless productions over the last 15 years.


Denton artist exhibits work in Dallas gallery

Denton artist Pam Burnley-Schol has a new exhibit up at Norwood-Flynn Gallery in Dallas.

The exhibit, “Looking for Heaven,” features paintings the local artist has completed since her work was selected as part of “Gold,” an international exhibit of art that makes use of gold leaf, held last March in Austria’s Belvedere Palace Museum.

The Dallas gallery includes Burnley-Schol’s small and midsized paintings, which feature mundane subjects — shells, fish, skyscapes and more — framed or embellished by painstakingly applied gold leaf.

The artist said she uses gold leaf in paintings of everyday objects to bring a sense of the sacred around us.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 3. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment. The gallery is located at 3318 Shorecrest Drive in Dallas. For more information, visit or call 214-351-3318.


Music professor wins international award

Jon Christopher Nelson, professor of composition studies and the associate dean of operations for the University of North Texas College of Music, won the International Computer Music Association’s 2012 America’s Region Award at the International Computer Music Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

This recognition is provided by an international jury that evaluates more than 500 conference composition submissions from around the world in a double-blind, two-tiered process. The jury provides one award for the highest ranked composition in each of three international regions: the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific regions.

Nelson’s composition, Turbulent Blue, was the highest-ranked composition from the Americas region, and is featured on the conference CD.

Nelson’s electroacoustic music compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.


Conversation aims to inspire art advocacy

Students in the “Politics and Advocacy” class at the University of North Texas are partnering with Americans for the Arts to host a Creative Conversation, “Arts Advocacy on the Square,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Denton Square Donuts, 208 W. Oak St.

Ben Davis and K.C. Jenkins will moderate the event, which is free and open to the public.

The Creative Conversations movement bring local arts and community leaders together to talk about challenges and issues regarding the arts in their communities. Creative Conversations are part of National Arts and Humanities Month, which is coordinated by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts.

“We feel that it is important to make our voices heard and raise awareness for arts advocacy in our local community,” said Timothy Garth, a UNT teaching fellow. “This event is our first step towards engaging the UNT student population and the greater Denton community in conversation about their role in sustaining the arts.”

To register for the event, visit and click on Creative Conversations.


Artist has solo exhibit in downtown space

Visual Arts Society of Texas member Fran White Shurtleff has an exhibition of paintings at the PointBank Black Box Performing Arts Center, 318 E. Hickory St.

The theme of this body of work is metal. All of the paintings are either close-ups of machinery or include metal on walls. The show runs through December.

Shurtleff has taught art to adults and young people, both in public schools and privately. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington, and she has studied at Midwestern University, the University of Washington and Navarro Junior College.

Shurtleff earned Signature Status in Southwestern Watercolor Society in 1992. Her work is included in private and public collections throughout the country. Two of her paintings were published in Splash 6: The Magic of Texture.

To learn more about Shurtleff, visit

Black Box hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The art may also be viewed during any of the performances at the theater.


Gallery features panoramic landscapes

Sun to Moon Gallery opened “A Matter of Perspectives” on Thursday. The exhibit features the fine arts photography of Scot Miller and R.P. Washburne.

The exhibition features colorful panorama photographs of both natural and urban landscapes, shot using only the light in the environment. The exhibit is of new work, photographs taken in Dallas, Vancouver Island, Tuscany, the Ozarks and elsewhere.

Miller is a Denton native and a 1977 graduate of the University of North Texas. Through his photography, he attempts to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of places such as Yosemite, Walden, the Maine Woods, the Texas Hill Country and the Great Trinity Forest.

His photographs illustrate Walden: 150th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American Classic, published in 2004. In 2005, he collaborated with the Harvard Museum of Natural History to develop a traveling exhibition that features 29 photographs from the Walden book, plus interpretive materials. The exhibition is currently on a multiyear museum tour across the country.

Washburne, a lawyer, had his first solo photography exhibit in 2003 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

In 2008, Washburne’s photographic study of master potter David Hendley was exhibited at the Museum of East Texas and added to its permanent collection.

Washburne has been represented by Sun to Moon Gallery since 2009.

The show runs through Nov. 24.

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 the Dallas Design District.

For more information, call 214-745-1199 or visit

Sun to Moon Gallery is owned and operated by Miller and his wife, Marilyn.

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