Denton High jazz band, dancers collaborate
Denton High School Lab Band 1, a jazz ensemble, will perform a concert titled “Restless” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the school’s auditorium at 1007 Fulton St. The band will be joined by Body Art, a New York City dance company.
The band and dance company will weave stories with music and dance set to works by composers Fred Sturm, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Duke Ellington.
The evening includes Body Art’s collaboration with local Ryan and Denton high school dance students and Lab Band 1’s performance of Radiohead’s “Bloom.”
Lab Band 1 is the flagship performing ensemble of Denton High’s jazz studies program. In 2011, the Savannah Music Festival selected the band as a national finalist in the Swing Central jazz competition. The band has won Most Outstanding Performance awards at the Collin County Jazz Festival.
Lab Band 1 has performed with David Sanborn, Brave Combo, the N’Awlins Gumbo Kings, the University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band and the Six show of Branson, Mo.
UNT grad to speak, sign books at Dallas gallery
University of North Texas graduate and sculptor Jesús Moroles will attend an artist talk and book signing at 2 p.m. Saturday at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery in Dallas.
Moroles is famous for his large-scale granite sculptures, such as the looming monument at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas. Moroles has a solo show, “Rings of Granite,” on exhibit at the Dallas gallery through Nov. 24.
During his artist talk, Moroles will discuss his work in China, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan and Switzerland. He will sign copies of his book, Moroles: Granite Sculpture.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is located at 1202 Dragon St., Suite 103, in Dallas’ Design District.
Signed copies of Moroles: Granite Sculpture can be pre-ordered for $45 by calling 214-969-1852 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Beaujolais & More’ to pop cork on Thursday
Denton Community Theatre will host the annual “Beaujolais & More” wine and food tasting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.
The annual wine tasting celebrates the first crush of the Beaujolais wine region in France. The unboxing of Beaujolais Nouveau bottles is celebrated on the third Thursday of November around the world.
Beaujolais Nouveau is a fruity, light red wine meant to be drunk young. (It doesn’t get better with age; it just tastes “off” if it sits too long, according to sommeliers.) The whole point of Beaujolais Nouveau parties around the globe is to celebrate the flavors and joy the later harvests will bring.
In Denton, patrons will sample the wine and taste foods dished up by more than 20 area restaurants.
The event is the only fundraiser for the historic Campus Theatre, the performance venue for Denton Community Theatre and its Theatre School, Music Theatre of Denton, Tejas Storytelling Association, Thin Line Film Fest and more. The old movie theater was renovated to be the premier community performing arts space and, with its towering neon marquee, the belle of downtown Denton.
Admission to Thursday’s event costs $25 at the door. To purchase tickets online, visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com.
Professor to talk about Irish poet Heaney
Literary buffs have a date to make on Wednesday night. The monthly meeting of “Professor’s Corner” convenes at 7 p.m. at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Texas Wesleyan University professor Carl Smeller will present “Clearances: Seamus Heaney’s Sonnets in Memory of His Mother.”
Heaney has been called the most important Irish poet since Yeats and among the greatest poets of our age by scholars and poetry fans. The Nobel laureate is praised for down-to-earth imagery, subtlety and emotional density. These attributes are evident in Clearances, the sonnet sequence he published in 1986 to memorialize his mother.
Professor’s Corner is a regular discussion group devoted to literature. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
UNT groups perform chamber pieces
The University of North Texas Center for Chamber Music Studies will present a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in Voertman Hall in the UNT Music Building.
The center is a highly selective program made up of 17 top student musicians. In the concert, the musicians will perform works by Janacek, Nielsen, Dvorak and Arnold.
The concert features the center’s Bancroft String Quartet, Piano Trio, Wind Quintet and Brass Quintet. Current members of these ensembles have come from Brazil, China, Romania, Cypress, Japan, Germany, Korea and the U.S. to pursue graduate degrees in UNT’s College of Music.
“The primary goal in the chamber music program is to offer these very talented young artists intensive coaching and special performance possibilities,” said George Papich, director of the Center for Chamber Music Studies at UNT. “The individual groups are chosen and coached by faculty from the piano, string, wind and brass departments.”
The Bancroft String Quartet will be performing Leos Janacek’s String Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata, in advance of their trip to perform in the Czech Republic later in November. That trip is part of an international music festival and academic conference celebrating the life and music of Janacek, taking place in Brno, Czech Republic, in November and in Denton in February.
Other works on the program include Carl Nielsen’s Wind Quintet Op. 13, Antonin Dvorak’s Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65, and Sir Malcom Arnold’s Quintet for Brass.
The Bancroft String Quartet is the College of Music’s premier group of graduate string players. For the 2012-13 year, the Bancroft Quartet is violinists Leah Greenfield and Beixi Gao, violist Veronika Vassileva and cellist Lejing Zhou.
Saturday’s concert is free. The UNT Music Building is at the southeast corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street.
— Staff reports