Alumni, guest artist join in for UNT recital
University of North Texas College of Music faculty and students will collaborate with UNT alumni and a guest artist from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a concert on Monday.
Titled “The Polish-French Connection,” the concert features the return of alumni Filip Fenrych, a violinist, and Anastasia Markina, a pianist, both of whom are Dallas Symphony Orchestra members. Guest cellist Jeffrey Hood, also with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and violist Susan Dubois, a UNT professor, will also perform.
The program begins with a violin and piano piece written in the second half of the 20th century by pre-eminent Polish composer and conductor Witold Lutoslawski.
“The program then travels back in time, adding performers on stage with each leap backward, and travels to France via the creative genius of Polish composer and pianist Alexandre Tansman, who moved to Paris, where he was immediately accepted into the highest artistic circles,” Fenrych said in a news release. “Tansman’s Suite-Divertissement for the piano quartet bears the influences of Ravel and Messiaen, as well as his native Polish lullabies.”
In the closing piece, Concert in D Major for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21 by Ernest Chausson, soloists Fenrych and Markina will be joined by a string quartet of UNT graduate students. The quartet members are College of Music students Beixi Gao on violin, Leah Greenfield on violin, Veronika Vassileva on viola and Lejing Zhou on cello.
The recital will be at 8 p.m. Monday in Voertman Hall in the UNT Music Building, at the corner of Avenue C and Highland Street. Admission is free.
Concerto contest winners to perform
Seven winners from the UNT College of Music’s annual Concerto Competition in the fall will perform with the UNT Symphony Orchestra in a concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, off Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard.
“The College of Music’s annual Concerto Competition concert is one of the highlights of our year,” said David Itkin, director of orchestral studies at UNT. “In this concert we are able to showcase the talents of our most outstanding student soloists as well as those of the student conductors in the orchestral studies program.”
The seven contest winners performing are:
■ Marimba player Jonathan Carr, a junior studying percussion performance. He will perform the third movement of Anders Koppel’s Concerto No. 1 for Marimba and Orchestra, conducted by Gregory Grabowski.
■ Organist Lerie Grace Dellosa, a doctoral student in organ performance, with related studies in fortepiano and harpsichord and in sacred music. Dellosa will perform the fourth movement of Joseph Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante for Organ and Orchestra, conducted by Jessica Morel.
■ Violinist Seula Lee, a senior music performance student. Lee will perform the first movement of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor, Opus 47, conducted by Morel.
■ Composer Daniel Routh, a senior music composition student. The Symphony Orchestra will perform Routh’s Rumors from an Aeolian Harp, conducted by Morel.
■ Trombone player Evan Sankey, a graduate of UNT with a bachelor’s degree in music performance in his last semester of his master’s work. Sankey will perform the first movement of Henri Tomasi’s Trombone Concerto, conducted by Grabowski.
■ Flutist Kristyn Son, a doctoral student. She will perform the third movement of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Flute, Strings and Continuo, Wq. 22, conducted by Morel.
■ Pianist Xiao Wang, a doctoral student. Wang will perform Maurice Ravel’s Concerto in D Major for the Left Hand, conducted by Grabowski.
The concert will be streamed live at http://untmusiclive.com. The College of Music’s live streaming system uses HD equipment to provide high-quality audio and video to viewers worldwide.
Remote-controlled equipment allows for the camera to be zoomed in on a particular musician, as well as show the entirety of the orchestra. Viewers will also be able to chat live while watching the concert, enabling them to request close-ups of the musicians or to discuss the performance.
Tickets cost $10 for adults, and $8 for seniors, UNT faculty and staff, non-UNT students, children and groups of 10 or more. Admission is free for UNT students with valid ID. For reservations, visit www.thempac.com or call 940-369-7802.
Photographer shows innovation in exhibit
Sun to Moon Gallery recently opened its most recent photography exhibit. “Dan Burkholder: Pushing the Photographic Envelope” runs through March 30 at the Dallas gallery.
Burkholder has been combining the old with the new for years. In the early 1990s, his book Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing taught artists and photographers how to combine the beauty of traditional photographic prints with the precision of digital imaging.
He’s continued experimenting with applying digital ideas to traditional ideals.
Burkholder pioneered pigment over platinum, combining handmade platinum prints with digitally applied archival color pigments, and platinum-palladium over 24-karat gold leaf on vellum prints, which is unique in the world of works on paper.
Burkholder will also exhibit a number of new pigmented ink prints
in the show. Some of
the prints were created with a smartphone. Burkholder recently had another book published, iPhone Artistry (Pixiq Press).
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and by appointment. The gallery is co-owned by Denton native and fine art photographer Scot Miller and his wife, Marilyn. The gallery is located at 1515 Levee St. in Dallas.
For more information, visit www.suntomoon.com.
— Lucinda Breeding