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Pierrot Throughout the World

The UNT Music Library and College of Music will present a collaborative event to celebrate donors Dr. Richard Brooks, Dr. Nancy Bogen, and Arnold Greissle-Schoenberg.

After spending two days visiting their archives at the UNT Music Library, as well as the College of Music and other parts of the UNT campus, our guests will be honored with a concert.

  • When: Wednesday, September 17
  • Where: Voertman Hall, UNT College of Music
  • Time: 8:00 pm

The group will then travel to New York City, where they will be hosted by the Austrian Cultural Forum, and they will repeat the program there.  That event will take place Monday, September 22 at 7:30 pm at the Austrian Cultural Forum Theatre, 11 E. 52nd St.

The program will include Arturo Márquez’s famous Danzón No. 2 in a new arrangement by Bobby Lapinski for Pierrot Ensemble; the world premiere of Richard Brooks’ L’apres-Midi d’un Schoenberg, a cantata for Pierrot Ensemble and added chorus; and one of the 20th century’s most important works, Arnold Schoenberg’s iconic Pierrot Lunaire.

The UNT Pierrot Chamber Players is a chamber ensemble comprised of some of the most versatile and talented musicians with ties to the UNT College of Music and Music Library.  Among them are current doctoral students, undergraduates, recent alumni, and former faculty.  The group is under the direction of Dr. Arturo Ortega of the UNT Music Library and alumnus of the UNT College of Music (DMA, 2002).

The idea behind the program came from the various connections between the music and the concept of Pierrot.  Within the repertoire are a work with a decidedly Latin American flair by a Mexican composer, a work by a New York-based composer, and another by an Austrian master, hence the “worldly” travel.  All three works are scored for what has come to be defined as a “Pierrot Ensemble” (various combinations of flute, piccolo, A- and B-flat clarinets, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, and vocalists.)  Marquez’s work has been reorchestrated by Bobby Lapinski, current doctoral student of the College of Music, while Brooks’ work is a humorous and loving nod to Arnold Schoenberg, with a libretto by the wife of Schoenberg’s oldest living grandson.  The final work on the program will be the magnum opus by Schoenberg, himself, Pierrot Lunaire.

The events have already garnered significant attention and support from the UNT community, as the music is of interest to the Division of Composition Studies, the Division of Music Theory, History and Ethnomusicology, and the Music Library, to name a few.  In addition, because the program includes one a work that is known for its technical demands, many applied faculty have highlighted the program as one for their studios to attend.  In New York City, the concert has already received attention from regular members and supporters of the Austrian Cultural Forum, as well as friends and associates of the Schoenberg family.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 8:00pm

National Constitution Day - September 17, 2014

Students, faculty, and staff can enjoy trivia, prizes, and a free pocket Constitution (while supplies last) during this year's National Constitution Day celebration.

Join us on the Library Mall from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and at Eagle Commons Library in Sycamore Hall from noon - 3:00 pm. This event is sponsored by the following:

  • UNT Political Science Department
  • UNT Student Government Association
  • UNT Center for Leadership & Service
  • University Libraries

Contact Julie Leuzinger for more information.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 11:00am to 3:00pm