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Discover the UNT Fine Arts Series

March 15, 2013

Late March and early April 2013 usher in an exciting array of music, dance and visual arts sponsored by the University of North Texas Fine Arts Series. On the music front,  Seryn and the Kurt Elling Quartet light up the Murchison Performing Arts Center, but there are so many other Spring productions upcoming. For details, visit: http://union.unt.edu/fas

March 21, 2013

Seryn 

Seryn

Seryn

UNT Fine Arts Series is proud to present Seryn on March 21st at 8 p.m. in the Winspear Hall, Murchison Performing Arts Center.

Seryn is a 6-piece band that calls Denton, Texas, their home. When listening to the well layered textures of guitars, ukulele, accordion, bass, viola, banjo and various percussion instruments, it’s hard to imagine This Is Where We Are is the band’s debut effort. The band’s strength resides in their vast musical talent and understanding of dynamics. Their beauty is gracefully displayed through chilling harmonies. Each member and their voice carry the same importance. One is not complete without the other.

The Denton Record-Chronicle said “Seryn’s set was so dynamic that you could feel the key changes in your feet, through Festival Hall’s concrete floor!” While the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported, “Watching Seryn perform, it’s hard to convince yourself that those crystalline, multi-part harmonies are not pre-recorded or some kind of sleight of ear.”

Ticket Information
FREE for UNT Students
Tickets available now at the Murchison Box Office.
940.369.7802
www.thempac.com

April 4, 2013 – 8 p.m.

 Kurt Elling Quartet

Kurt Elling

Among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists, Kurt Elling has been the DownBeat Critics Poll “Male Jazz Vocalist of the Year,” for the past 13 years. The New York Times declared, “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time.”

He is also a Grammy winner, and every record Elling has made has been Grammy nominated. His rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technique and emotional depth. His command of rhythm, texture, phrasing and dynamics is more akin to the skill set of a virtuoso jazz instrumentalist than that of a vocalist. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word and poetry.

Elling is currently at work on his next project, “1619 Broadway,” a tribute to the Brill Building, the most historic music address in the world.

Ticket Information
FREE for UNT Students, $15 UNT Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, $30 General Public
Tickets @Murchison Performing Arts Center

12th Annual Songwriter’s Competition

Finalist Showcase April 23, 2013 – 7:30 pm
The Syndicate, University Union

The 12th annual Finalist Showcase of the University Songwriters Competition will present the best student songwriters from UNT. Students will compete for the top prize, an invitation to perform at the Kerrville Folk Music Festival, and an all-expense paid trip to Nashville to record at the London Broadcasting Company’s studios. Students can submit their original works for consideration in March 2013. Selected students will perform in the Finalist Showcase.

Ticket Information
Free, no tickets required
Send submissions to www.kerrville-music.com in March 2013

About the UNT Fine Arts Series

The Fine Arts Series began as the Lyceum Series in 1903 when UNT was North Texas Normal College. The series has grown over the past century while never losing sight of its purpose. In all our endeavors we hope to enrich UNT students’ lives and provide a higher quality of life here at North Texas. As the Fine Arts Series enters its 109th season, we hope to entertain and educate our campus community by presenting an exciting series of performing, visual, and literary arts events. All UNT Fine Arts Series performances are presented free of charge to UNT students.

  • Other Fine Arts Series productions include:

Orissa Dance Academy

March 28, 2013 – 8 pm
Lyceum, University Union

Orissa Dance Academy

Odissi Dance is arguably the oldest and the most lyrical of all Indian classical dance forms, which originated in Orissa, an eastern state of India.  Its history has been traced to sculptures found in the ancient caves near the state capital dating back to the 2nd century BC. Orissa Dance Academy has earned its status as a premier institute for teaching, producing, and promoting Odissi dance, music and related art forms around the globe. It was founded in 1975 by legendary Guru Gangadhar Pradhan.  Orissa Dance Academy’s repertory group has enthralled audiences the world over, including in the U.S., Canada, U.K, Brazil, Peru, Chile, France, Holland, Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, and Germany.

Ticket Information
FREE for UNT Students, $5 for UNT Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, $10 General Public
Tickets available here.

Austin Kleon

April 11 – May 6, 2013
UNT on the Square
Gallery Talk and Reception on April 11, 2013

Austin Kleon: Steal Like An Artist

“Immersing yourself in Steal Like An Artist is as fine an investment in the life of your mind as you can hope to make.”
—The Atlantic

Austin Kleon is a writer, artist, speaker, and New York Times best-selling author. His work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, Time, The Atlantic, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. Now he’s brought his depth and range of experience as a creator to his new book, Steal Like An Artist, an illustrated manifesto for creativity in the digital age.

Steal Like An Artist is a lesson in applied creativity. It’s based on a list Austin drew up one day of key insights he wishes he’d known when he started out. He boiled them down into pithy phrases: “Steal like an artist”, “Use your hands”, “Creativity is subtraction”, and many more. He turned that list into a talk, the text and slides from the talk “rocked the creative world” and went viral— and since it’s been online, the original blog post has reached millions of readers.

Austin is also the author of Newspaper Blackout, a collection of poetry made by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker. His art has been called “brilliant” by New York Magazine and The New Yorker said his poems “resurrect the newspaper when everyone else is declaring it dead.” Austin speaks on creativity, visual thinking, and being an artist online.

Ticket Information
Free, no tickets required

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