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Odysseus Chamber Orchestra sets 2013-14 season

Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, a Denton professional ensemble that just completed its first season, has announced its upcoming season.

The first concert, “Polka Sensations,” is a pops concert featuring the music of two-time Grammy-winning Denton band Brave Combo.

The Nov. 2 concert will be at Margo Jones Performance Hall at Texas Woman’s University. The orchestra will perform arrangements of “Let’s Kiss,” “Denton Polka,” “Why Oh Why,” “I Want to be Civilized” and others.

Next up is “Viva La Tango,” an installment of the orchestra’s classical concert series featuring the music of Astor Piazzolla with guest soloist Jeff Bradetich on the string bass. The concert will be on Feb. 1 at the First United Methodist Church of Denton.

Also in the upcoming season, the orchestra will reprise its family concert series performance of Peter and the Wolf and The Carnival of the Animals, a concert of storytelling and dance with Denton City Contemporary Ballet.

You can follow the professional chamber orchestra, which is under the direction of Jason Lim, visit www.odysseuschamberorchestra.org .

 

UNT sculptor’s work wins first place in Graham exhibit

University of North Texas senior Jordan Grimes is a semi-professional hockey player. He’s also an emerging artist studying in the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design.

When Grimes entered the program, his sketching led to watercolor paintings; then his focus became three-dimensional sculptures that fuse watercolors and natural objects.

Grimes recently won first place in the Texas Spirit Art Show in Graham. He’ll show work in the Bath House Cultural Center in August.

The piece that earned a spot in the Graham exhibit was “Within the Undergrowth.” Grimes’ work was among about 90 pieces accepted into the exhibit, out of more than 200 submissions.

Grimes was inspired by his family history, and especially by ancestor, Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped by Comanches in Parker County in 1836. When she was finally found by settlers, Parker was thoroughly integrated into the tribe’s culture.

Grimes modeled his sculptures using his fiance, then added elements he found in nature, such as moss and wood.

He hopes to continue creating art after his graduation in December.

 

UNT student performs in festival orchestra pit

A University of North Texas junior will lend his musical skill during a show at the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival today and Thursday.

UNT student Eric Breon is the pianist for the festival’s non-Shakespeare entry of the summer, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The festival is in its 34th season.

Breon is studying music performance at the university’s College of Music. He was a three-year All-State Band member during his high school days in Oklahoma. He’s played for the festival in previous seasons, for Four Guys Named Al and Al Be Home for Christmas.

The Oklahoma company staged Smoke on the Mountain and Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors before the musical about the legendary “Chicken Ranch” brothel in Texas.

“I think Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival is a great experience because it provides musical opportunities that I don’t really get during the school year,” Breon said. “I’ve had a wonderful time accompanying The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas so far. It’s a hilarious show, and the people with whom I’m working are fantastic.”

For more information about the show or to make reservations, visit www.oklahomashakes.com .

— Staff reports


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