April 12, 2013
I would like to tell you about an event of historical significance taking place at UNT on April 24.
America’s preeminent opera composer Jake Heggie, building on the international success of Moby-Dick (premiered by the Dallas Opera in 2010), has written a related work under commission from UNT’s Institute for Advancement of the Arts.
This is Ahab Symphony, Heggie’s first symphonic work, which expands ideas first explored in Moby-Dick, with texts from Melville’s novel as well as from W.H. Auden's poem "Herman Melville." We are honored that it was written expressly for the UNT Symphony Orchestra and Grand Chorus, David Itkin, conductor, with celebrated faculty tenor Richard Croft as soloist.
The first half of the concert program will introduce the sea theme of the evening with Felix Mendelssohn’s Overture: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Opus 27, and Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, Opus 33a, from the opera Peter Grimes.
This concert represents a high point of pride and honor for the College of Music – pride in the quality of our Symphony Orchestra, our Grand Chorus, its conductors and our faculty soloist; and the honor of presenting to the world the premiere of the first major symphonic work of one of America's most celebrated living composers.
I hope you will join us at 8 p.m. April 24 in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center to experience the world premiere of Ahab Symphony.
James C. Scott
Dean, College of Music
University of North Texas
Posted on: Fri 12 April 2013