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Tuba player Jantsch to perform, present at UNT

The University of North Texas College of Music will welcome guest artist Carol Jantsch, principal tuba player for the Philadelphia Orchestra and the first woman tubist in a major symphony orchestra.

Jantsch will give a free concert at 8 p.m. March 23 at UNT. Before the concert, Jantsch will be part of a panel discussion at 1 p.m. and master class at 3 p.m. All events will be in Voertman Hall at the Music Building, 415 Ave. C.

Raised in a musical family, Jantsch started piano lessons at age 6 and later began playing the tuba. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan, and won the position of principal tuba in the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra in 2006 while still a senior in college. Jantsch became the first woman tuba player to play in one of the world’s major orchestras.

“Carol Jantsch is a phenomenal musician,” UNT regents professor Don Little, a longtime professional tubist, said in a news release. “She is one of the most dynamic young tuba players in the orchestral scene right now in the world. This is an incredible opportunity for our UNT students, faculty and staff.”

All events are free.

County inaugurates heritage festival in April

The Denton County Heritage Festival will be at 10 a.m. April 12 at the Courthouse on the Square in downtown Denton.

The event commemorates the years 1861-1877 in Denton County, a time of great change and growth. These were the years of the Civil War, Reconstruction, the rise of the ranching economy and the “cowboy culture.”

An opening ceremony will feature the Denton Community Band, the Guyer High School Color Guard and the introduction of four “historic” county officials of the era, played by local residents: District Judge Joseph A. Carroll, county judge and newspaper editor Tom Hogg, county treasurer and hotel owner Henderson Murphy and Sheriff W.F. Egan.

During the festival, there will be performances by the Denton Community Band’s brass ensemble; old hymns sung a cappella by Vocal Magic; and a re-enactment of a walking funeral procession, “The Bearing Away of the Ancestor.” There will be bluegrass and folk music concert by the Montague County Volunteers, storytelling and other activities for children, the “Cowboy Culture Corner” and a Civil War battle re-enactment.

Vendors and volunteers from the Denton Community Market will dress in period costume to sell handmade items.

The final event of the day will include a “Mini-Chautauqua,” held in the historic Commissioners Courtroom on the second floor of the Courthouse on the Square. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane will perform songs of Stephen Foster with harpist Ellen Ritscher Sackett. Attorney John P. Knouse will present a reading of Mark Twain’s “A Private History of a Campaign That Failed.”

The event will close with a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by Yul Shelton.

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Gallery offers workshop on digital photography

The University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design will offer a digital photography workshop as part of its Saturdays in the Gallery series from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the UNT Art Gallery, 1201 W. Mulberry St.

David Herman, a UNT doctoral student and the co-founder and creative director of Preservation LINK Inc., will lead students in kindergarten through high school in a digital photography workshop. The event is free, but space is limited. Families can make reservations for the workshop by e-mailing

Parking is available at metered spots on campus, and also at the Union Circle Garage, 1155 Union Circle, and the Highland Street Garage, at Avenue A and Highland Street. For more information on parking garages at UNT, including rates, visit

Dallas Opera announces national anthem contest

After soprano Renee Fleming earned raves for her Super Bowl performance of the national anthem, the Dallas Opera announced a new contest, “Oh, Say, Can You Sing?”

The winner of the contest will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a crowd of thousands at the April 11 simulcast of the Dallas Opera’s The Barber of Seville at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Aspiring singers should upload video of themselves singing the national anthem on YouTube, Vimeo or another site and submit their entry to the company by March 28.

Any singer age 9 and older who can perform at the live broadcast on April 11 is eligible. Finalists will be selected by the Dallas Opera senior staff and professional music educators.

The winner will be chosen by popular vote ending at 11:50 p.m. April 6 and announced by Dallas Opera general director and CEO Keith Cerny on WFAA-TV’s News 8 Midday on April 9.

For more information or to enter, visit

Guyer student takes part in scholarship ball

A Guyer High School student recently participated in the 20th Pearls and Onyx Scholarship Ball hosted in Irving by the Tau Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the Community Advancement Foundation.

Guyer senior Courtney Spinks attended the ball with Marvin “CJ” Harris.

The theme for this year’s event was “The Hero That Lies Within.”

The Pearls & Onyx Scholarship Ball promotes self-awareness and educational development, as well as an opportunity for high school seniors to earn scholarships. The young women and their escorts participated in a college preparation workshop, etiquette seminar and several community service projects at Metrocrest Social Services in Carrollton and Christian Community Action in Lewisville.

UNT’s Haerle earns Jazz Legend Award

A group of Dallas jazz educators, musicians and fans have named a University of North Texas music faculty member as the winner of a Jazz Legend Award, presented at a ceremony on Saturday.

Dan Haerle won in the jazz educator category of the awards given by Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month (D’JAM), the local part of a national initiative. U.S. Jazz Appreciation Month is held throughout April every year to draw attention to American jazz as both a historical and living treasure.

Shelley Carrol won the Jazz Legend Award given for a jazz artist, Stan Levenson won in the jazz benefactor category and Wendell Sneed won for jazz supporter.

Sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History since 2004, Jazz Appreciation Month is designed to energize and celebrate the American jazz scene and inspire people of all ages to participate in jazz. For more information, visit

The Dallas initiative includes partnerships with the UNT College of Music, Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, CBS/Oasis, Dallas Jazz Piano Society, the Dallas Museum of Art’s “Jazz in the Atrium,” KERA’s Art & Seek, Latino Cultural Center, New Texas Symphony Orchestra, Sammons Center for the Arts and Sammons Jazz, Sandaga Jazz, Southern Methodist University Meadows School for the Arts, South Dallas Cultural Center, St. Paul United Methodist Church, TeCo Theatrical Productions’ Bishop Arts Theater Center Jazz Series, University of Texas at Dallas School of Arts & Humanities, and Uptown Jazz Dallas.

— Staff reports

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