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Arts council to accept award nominations

The Greater Denton Arts Council is accepting nominations for the Community Arts Recognition Award, an annual award given to someone who has made a lasting commitment to the performing or visual arts, or both, through consistent service.

That service can be through:

implementing programs, objectives, facilities or goals in the community;

significant achievement in one or more arts disciplines;

work that ensures Denton’s future generations can enjoy and engage in the arts and have an optimal quality of life; or

enhancing the cultural life and status of Denton through long-standing and widespread support of the arts and arts organizations.

Nomination forms are available online at


DSO violinist joins UNT faculty

Nathan Olson, co-concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, has joined the University of North Texas College of Music as an adjunct faculty member. Denton can see the concertmaster perform here on Monday.

“We are very proud to have Nathan join our faculty, and it is a joy to have him perform twice on campus this fall,” College of Music Dean James Scott said in a news release. “Simply stated, he is one of the finest young violinists in today’s professional world. The Dallas Symphony is fortunate to have him as co-concertmaster, and we are delighted that he is choosing to make the guidance of our students a significant part of his life in Texas.”

Olson will perform in concert Monday and Sept. 25 on the UNT campus.

Olson will play violin alongside other College of Music faculty and guest artists at an 8 p.m. Monday recital in Voertman Hall, in the Music Building at Avenue C and Chestnut Street. The concert will also feature cello professor Eugene Osadchy and viola professor Susan Dubois, and guest artists Alexander Kerr, who recently joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster, on violin and Anastasia Markina, an alumna, on piano. The free concert features chamber works of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.

Olson performs again at the UNT Symphony Orchestra concert at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 in Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center. Percussion professor Christopher Deane will also be featured at the concert. Olson will perform Ernest Chausson’s Poeme for Violin and Orchestra, while Deane will be featured in Zoltan Kodaly’s Hary Janos Suite as soloist on the cimbalom, a Hungarian type of hammered dulcimer.

David Itkin will conduct the program, which also includes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.


Gallery brings Ansel Adams protege back to North Texas

Sun to Moon Gallery has brought photographer John Sexton back to Dallas for the first showing of his fine prints since 1990. This time, Sexton will show his prints alongside those of his wife, photographer and printmaker Anne Larsen.

Sexton worked for famed photographer Ansel Adams from 1979 to 1984. Working with the master influenced Sexton and Larsen. Both tend to elevate the pedestrian with a keen eye for line, composition and light. Both photographers work in black and white, and both lend a radiance to their subjects through a luminous natural lighting.

“For me, making photographs involves more than simply finding a subject and making an exposure, but also includes the processing of the negative, as well as the challenges and excitement of print making in the darkroom,” Sexton said. “The ultimate destination of this journey is the final expressive print.”

The exhibit runs through Oct. 12. 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.

The gallery is owned and operated by Denton native Scot Miller, an award-winning photographer, and his wife, Marilyn. For more information, call 214-745-1199 or visit


Local artist among top designers in contest

Corinth jeweler Cynthia Lester was recently named a winner in the Rio Grande 2013 Fall and Winter Jewelry Design Trends, a national contest.

Lester, of Vesta Studios, earned third place with her hand-forged links set with gemstones inspired by Moroccan spice market colors. The necklace features a detachable pendant.

In addition to being a winner in the Rio Grande contest, Lester has been named an artist to follow by the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America.

Lester specializes in heirloom jewelry sold online at


UNT memorial keyboard performances continue

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

On Wednesday, the Beckman True Piano Duo will perform at 8 p.m. in Voertman Hall in the Music Building at Avenue C and Chestnut Street. The duo highlights the artistry and sensitivity of pianists Brad Beckman and Carolyn True. The concert is free.

On Thursday, guest artist and pianist David Korevaar will perform a free concert in Voertman Hall.

The concerts are dedicated to the memories of late faculty musicians Bob Rogers and Harold Heiberg.

Rogers, who died May 14 at the age of 91, was a professor emeritus 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.

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 UNT J.H. Shelton Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000.

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