UNT COLLEGE OF MUSIC TO PRESENT BENEFIT CONCERT FOR VICTIMS OF ASIAN TSUNAMI. YOU CAN HELP AND ENJOY A GREAT CONCERT AT THE SAME TIME!!For the moment, the entire press release can be found on the front page of the UNT Jazz Studies website.
Where: Sunday, January 23rd, at 8 p.m. in Winspear Hall of the Murchison Performing Arts Center.
Who: College of Music jazz faculty ensemble (Mike Steinel, trumpet, Jim Riggs, saxophone, John Murphy, saxophone, Tony Baker, trombone, Stefan Karlsson, piano, Fred Hamilton, guitar, Ed Soph, drums, and Lynn Seaton, bass); UNT One O'Clock Lab Band (Neil Slater, director); College of Music Faculty Brass Quintet (John Holt, trumpet, Keith Johnson, trumpet, William Scharnberg, horn, Tony Baker, trombone, Brian Bowman, euphonium, and Donald Little, tuba) performing Mendelssohn & Brahms; and the UNT A Cappella Choir (Dr. Jerry McCoy, director), who will perform works by Mendelssohn and Ginastera. Also featured: the world premiere of "Panggul Interlace Dua" by Ed Smith, which will performed by I-Jen Fang and Smith on a "gender wayang," an Indonesian instrument.
Admission is free, but donations are requested.
One of the driving forces behind this concert is the relationship between UNT and the King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who lost a grandson in the disaster. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the American Red Cross in memory of the grandson, Poomi Jensen. As I noted in last year's Lab Band Madness post, the One O'Clock Lab Band went to Thailand last spring break, where the king, a talented multi-instrumentalist and composer, received an honorary doctorate from UNT and sat in with the band, which returned the favor by playing one of his compositions at Madness a few weeks later.
Anyway, just wanted to pass the word along, as this should be a good one.