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Concert features retiring professor’s trumpet solo

University of North Texas Professor of Music Keith Johnson will make his final performance before retirement at 8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

Johnson, who teaches trumpet pedagogy at the college, will appear with Professor Pamela Mia Paul and the UNT Symphony Orchestra during Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The symphony is conducted by Maestro David Itkin.

Prior to teaching pedagogy and trumpet performance at UNT, Johnson was a trumpet professor at the University of Northern Iowa. He performs with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Fort Worth Early Music, the Orchestra of New Spain and the New Hampshire Music Festival.

He has played with the symphonies of Dallas, Fort Worth, Shreveport, La., and Kansas City, Mo., and with the Mexico City Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Mineria Festival, Solistas de Mexico (with whom he performed in maestro Eduardo Mata’s last concert) and Cape Town Philharmonic. He has been a member of the Northern Brass Quintet and Sundance Brass.

Johnson has served on the board of the International Trumpet Guild, and for eight years was music review editor for the International Trumpet Journal. He has appeared as a soloist and clinician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Africa.

Johnson has published more than 30 articles on brass performance. His two books, The Art of Trumpet Playing and Brass Performance and Pedagogy, have been translated into several languages and are used in universities and conservatories throughout the world. He also has published method books for modern trumpet and for baroque trumpet. His students have held teaching and playing positions throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Tickets cost $10 for adults; $8 for seniors 55 and older, non-UNT students, and UNT faculty, staff and retired UNT personnel. Admission is free for UNT students with valid ID.

Billy Harper returns to UNT for jazz concert

The University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band will perform with the Cookers at 8 p.m. Thursday in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

The concert is made possible by the Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies. The concert is part of a residency by saxophonist Billy Harper.

Known as one of the last, great tough-toned tenor saxophone players from Texas, Billy Harper was the first black musician to join the One O’clock Lab Band in 1964. He went on to work with jazz greats like Max Roach, Donald Byrd and Gil Evans.

Harper will be an artist-in-residence with the Division of Jazz Studies for the week. Later in the week, David Weiss, trumpet player with the Cookers and also a UNT alumnus, will join Harper in his residency. The rest of the band will be on campus to participate in the residency on Thursday, prior to the concert.

The first half of the concert will feature the Cookers, a band of veteran jazz performers that includes Harper, Weiss and Donald Harrison, alto saxophone; George Cables, piano; Cecil McBee, bass; and Billy Hart, drums. Then, they’ll all join the One O’clock Lab Band for a set featuring original music by Harper.

Tickets cost $15 for adults; $10 for seniors, students, children and UNT faculty, staff and retirees.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 940-369-7802.

— Staff reports

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