UNT concerts dedicated to late faculty pianists

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The University of North Texas College of Music will dedicate its fall faculty and guest artist piano concerts to the memories of two former UNT professors who died during the summer.

The Dan Haerle Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Kenton Hall in the UNT Music Building, at Avenue C and Chestnut Street. Dan Haerle will perform on piano, Brad Leali will play alto saxophone, James Driscoll will play bass and Ed Soph will be at the drumset. The concert is free.

Bob Rogers, who died May 14 at the age of 91, was a professor emeritus of music and an alumnus. He started at UNT in 1939 when it was North Texas State Teachers College. Known in the Denton community as the “Piano Man,” Rogers taught piano pedagogy and applied piano from 1948 to 1984 and served as assistant dean in the College of Music from 1969 to 1975.

Harold Heiberg, who died June 17 at the age of 91, was also a professor emeritus of music. He was a professor of voice and accompanying in the College of Music from 1971 to 2004. A piano recitalist, orchestra soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, Heiberg received the UNT Citation for Distinguished Service in 1989 and the university’s J.H. Shelton Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000.

“Their artistry and generosity of spirit have provided a model for generations of faculty and students,” College of Music Dean James Scott said in a statement. “This dedication is only a small suggestion of the depth at which we honor their memory.”

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