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Musica Nova Concert Is First Spark of Art Fest

Musica Nova Spring Rehearsal

Students from the University’s Advanced Orchestra/Chamber Music Ensemble will perform with UT Dallas faculty and other professional musicians under the direction of composer-conductor Robert Xavier Rodríguez

UT Dallas students will present a night of “musical fireworks” in this year’s annual Musica Nova concert.

At 8 p.m. Friday in the Jonsson Performance Hall, an offering of pieces will celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Frideric Händel.

Selections for the concert include Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major by Bach. The second half of the concert includes Music for the Royal Fireworks by Händel.

Students from the University’s Advanced Orchestra/Chamber Music Ensemble will perform with UT Dallas faculty and other professional musicians under the direction of composer-conductor Robert Xavier Rodríguez, who holds the Chair in Art Aesthetic Studies at UT Dallas.

Naomi Damato

Naomi D'Amato

Undergraduate student Naomi D’Amato, who is concertmaster for the performance, said Rodríguez has been influential in her progress as a musician.

“Professor Rodríguez’ care and investment in individual students is encouraging and transformative. Under his mentorship I have experienced a high level of musical growth and I am thankful for the opportunities that have become possible with his support,” said D’Amato, who is also a Bryce Jordan Scholar.

UT Dallas’ Musica Nova ensemble performs music written for large and small ensembles, plus multimedia and theater works of all periods. Musica Nova guest artists have included members of the Dallas Symphony and Dallas Opera Orchestra and singers from the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera. 

Music from past Musica Nova concerts has ranged from Medieval and Renaissance dances and motets to standard repertoire to experimental mixed-media works written for or developed by the ensemble. Concerts have included an evening of tangos, improvisation, French cabaret and mariachi songs, chamber opera, video art and ballet.

Graduate or undergraduate students interested in auditioning for next semester, please call 972-883-2766 or 972-238-8703.

Student Artists to Showcase Variety of Skills this Spring

The Musica Nova concert marks the opening of the Spring Student Art Festival. The fest showcases the works of more than 600 students from more than 40 courses featuring classical, jazz, theater, dance, guitar, piano and vocal performances, as well as art exhibitions and receptions.Wednesday, April 29                  7 p.m. Jazz Band, Jonsson Performance Hall                    Thursday, April 30        6 p.m. Guitar Ensembles, Jonsson Performance Hall            Friday, May 1    5 p.m. Creative Writing Readings, Jonsson Performance Hall6:30 p.m. Student Art Exhibition, Visual Art Studio7 p.m. Vocal Instruction II, Jonsson Performance Hall7 p.m. William Shakespeare Abridged, Visual Art Studio (AS 1.105)7:30 p.m. Musical Theatre Workshop, Jonsson Performance Hall8:30 p.m. Senior Recital by Sarah Grubaugh, Jonsson Performance Hall            Saturday, May 2    1 p.m. Vocal Instruction I, Jonsson Performance Hall2 p.m. William Shakespeare Abridged, Visual Art Studio (AS 1.105)7 p.m. Chamber Singers, Advanced Voice, Senior Recital by Richard Campitelli, Jonsson Performance Hall            Sunday, May 3    2 p.m. William Shakespeare Abridged, Visual Art Studio (AS 1.105)2:30 p.m. Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, University Theatre3 p.m. Radiant Guitar Ensemble, Jonsson Performance Hall

April 30-May 2    8 p.m. Spring Into Dance Recital, University Theatre

May 1-14    Student Art Exhibition, Visual Art Studio

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