Arts Jazz 2014

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2014

    Story by Krystal Maestas: Photos courtesy of Festival

    Jazz: More than a Four-letter Word

    As you walk throughout Quakertown Park, the sound of trumpets trill in your ears; little girls run around with fairy wreaths in their hair, ribbons blowing in the air behind them; a family rests under a large tree enjoying the shade while deciding which stage they will venture to next; delicious smelling tasty treats lure you through the crowd toward myriad […]

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    Denton Airshow

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2014

    Story by Renee Hansen

    Photos by Lynn Cromer

    The Show Must Go On

    Nothing will ground Denton’s annual high-flying production An array of planes gracefully soar over the horizon each Father’s Day Weekend – year after year – like clockwork. On June 14, 2014, the one-day Denton Airshow comes to town, entertaining the 13,000-plus visitors with aspirations as wide as the wing spans of a B25-J Mitchell. Since the show’s inception in the mid-1980s, the […]

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    Photo by Caroline Basile

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured

    Story by Lauren Williamson

    Photos by Jun Ma and Caroline Basile.

    Walk the Thin Line

    It started off as a small project making a music video and ended up an anticipated annual event for the Denton community, but the Thin Line Film Festival isn’t stopping there. The festival is evolving into a complete entertainment experience by expanding beyond only featuring documentary films and wading into music festival territory. And right now, festival founder and coordinator […]

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    COMING UP

    All Events
    Sep
    2
    Tue
    TWU Community Dance Center Begins! @ TWU Dance Building
    Sep 2 – Nov 10 all-day
    TWU Community Dance Center Begins! @ TWU Dance Building | Denton | Texas | United States

    TWU offers affordable dance classes for all ages and abilities. Styles include Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical Modern, Ballroom and more!

    The program runs September 2 – November 10. Registration is open through September 8. The registration fee includes 10 weekly classes. Contact TWU for more information at 940-898-3466 or ContinuingEd@twu.edu.

    Sep
    14
    Sun
    Open Mic with Bone Doggie @ The Abbey Underground
    Sep 14 @ 9:00 pm
    Open Mic with Bone Doggie @ The Abbey Underground | Denton | Texas | United States

    bone doggies open mic at abbey underground

    Bone Doggie’s Open Mic Showcase at the Abbey Underground at 9:00 p.m.

    For info on all events at the Abbey Underground, see their Facebook page here.

    Sep
    15
    Mon
    Faculty/Guest Artist Recital: Alex Kerr, violin; Eugene Osadchy, cello; Anastasia Markina, piano @ UNT College of Music Voertman Hall
    Sep 15 @ 8:00 pm
    Faculty/Guest Artist Recital: Alex Kerr, violin; Eugene Osadchy, cello; Anastasia Markina, piano @ UNT College of Music Voertman Hall

    Beethoven – Piano Trio in B-flat Major, “Archduke,” Opus 97
    Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Opus 67

    Alexander Kerr assumed the role of concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September, 2011. His expressive and charismatic style has made him one of the most accomplished and versatile violinists on the international music scene today. In 1996 at the age of 26, Mr. Kerr was appointed to the prestigious position of Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After nine successful years at that post, he left in June, 2006 to assume the endowed Linda and Jack Gill Chair in Music as Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition to his teaching responsibilities in Bloomington, he maintains a busy concert schedule appearing with orchestras and in recital and chamber music performances throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 2008 he began his tenure as Principal Guest Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

    Regarded by the press as a masterful virtuoso with an elegant, old-world sound, Mr. Kerr has appeared as soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, working with such renowned conductors as Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Chailly, Peter Oundjian, Robert Spano, Alan Gilbert, and David Zinman. An active chamber musician, Mr. Kerr has collaborated with Martha Argerich, Leif Ove Andsnes, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Edgar Meyer, Truls Mørk, Vadim Repin, Mstislav Rostropovich and Maxim Vengerov in performances at festivals in Aspen, Santa Fe, Caramoor, Stavanger, and throughout Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. Highlights this year feature a series of piano quartet concerts with renowned pianist Menahem Pressler and esteemed colleagues including Lawrence Dutton, Kim Kashkashian, Lawrence Power, Paul Watkins, and Eric Kim. He has recently launched a collaboration with Mr. Kim and the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation, showcasing the enormous wealth of talent at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The “Starling Chamber Players,” a mixture of faculty and students will tour chamber music venues throughout the nation.

    Mr. Kerr’s CD releases include the Dvorak Piano Quintet with Sarah Chang and Leif Ove Andsnes on the EMI label, music by Dutch composer Julius Röntgen on the NM Classics label, and the Shostakovich Romance on a series of discs including “Violin Adagios” and “Evening Adagios” released by Decca. A live DVD and CD recording of Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben with Mr. Kerr, the RCO and Maestro Mariss Jansons was released in 2005 on the RCO’s own label: RCOLive!
    Raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Mr. Kerr began his studies at age seven with members of the National Symphony Orchestra. He went on to study with Sally Thomas at the Juilliard School, and with Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1992.

    Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Anastasia Markina started playing piano at almost four years of age, winning her fi rst competition six years later. Her fi rst teacher, Tatyana Shrago, led her to win her fi rst international competition in 1992 in Marsala, Italy. After graduating from Music School, she studied with Alexander Mndoyants and Maria Mekler. In 1994, Miss Markina entered the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music where she studied for four years with Mary Guseva, former student of Pavel Serebryakov. During that time, she won several international piano competitions, including 1st prize at the 1st International Maria Yudina Piano Competition, 1st prize in solo and 1st prize in chamber music at the Beach of Hope International Music Festival and Competition in Dobrich-Albena, Bulgaria, and was one of the three prize winners at the Peter the Great Music Festival in Groningen, Holland in 1997. After receiving her diploma with honors from the College of Music, she was invited to study in the United States by Victor Rosenbaum, well-known teacher and pianist, and director of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1999, she moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to continue her education at the University of North Texas, with Professor Vladimir Viardo (Gold medalist of the 1973 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition). While a student at UNT, Anastasia was recognized in competitions here in the United States, with prizes that include 1st prize at the San Angelo Sorantin International Music competition, 1st prize at the First Boesendorfer International Piano Competition, 1st and Grand prize at the Young Texas Artist Music Competition, and
    2nd prize at the First Jose Iturbi Music Competition. In November 2005, she performed Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the San Angelo Symphony under Hector Guzman. In January 2007, she was a feature soloist in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with the Phoenix Symphony under Lawrence Golan. Her many solo and orchestral performances in the United States, Mexico and Russia include performances with Eugene Osadchy and Mark Peskanov in the Barge Music Series in New York City in 2009, and in the Vetta Chamber Music Festival in 2010 and 2011 with Eugene Osadchy and Joan Blackman. Other collaborations include, among others, recitals with Paul Rosenthal (as part of the Sitka Music Festival in Alaska), James Galway, Emanuel Borok, and Joseph Alessi. Since 2011 Anastasia has been a part of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Her recent recording with cellist Eugene Osadchy was released in 2010.

    Free admission.

    Jazz at The Greenhouse @ Greenhouse Restaurant & Bar
    Sep 15 @ 10:00 pm – Sep 16 @ 12:00 am
    Jazz at The Greenhouse @ Greenhouse Restaurant & Bar | Denton | Texas | United States

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    Greenhouse Restaurant has live jazz music every Monday from 10PM to 12AM!

    Come on out to enjoy a drink and great music.

    See the schedule for the month on the GreenHouse website.

    Boxcar Bandits @ Mulberry Street Cantina
    Sep 15 @ 11:00 pm – Sep 16 @ 1:00 am
    Boxcar Bandits @ Mulberry Street Cantina | Aubrey | Texas | United States

    boxcar bandits

    Boxcar Bandits play every Monday night at Mulberry Street Cantina!

    Come out to enjoy a drink and great local music.

    Sep
    16
    Tue
    Denton County Farmers’ Market @ Bayless-Selby House Museum parking lot at the corner of Mulberry Street and Carroll Boulevard
    Sep 16 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Denton County Farmers’ Market @ Bayless-Selby House Museum parking lot at the corner of Mulberry Street and Carroll Boulevard | Denton | Texas | United States

    farmers market

    Stop by for some fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits from local farmers. Open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or sellout from May through September. Located on the corner of Carroll and Mulberry.

     

    American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity @ Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts
    Sep 16 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity @ Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts | Denton | Texas | United States

    The Greater Denton Arts Council exhibit American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity will be on display June 27 – October 24.

    Read the full story from the 2014 Spring issue of Denton Live magazine.

    Gallery hours:
    Tuesdays through Sundays, 1-5 p.m.

    Free admittance.

    American Brides

    Faculty Recital: Rosana Eckert, Jazz Voice @ UNT College of Music Kenton Hall
    Sep 16 @ 8:00 pm
    Faculty Recital: Rosana Eckert, Jazz Voice @ UNT College of Music Kenton Hall

    Stefan Karlsson, piano
    John Murphy, saxophone
    Mike Steinel, trumpet
    Mike Drake, drumset

    Free admission.

    Salsa Dancing @ Mulberry Street Cantina
    Sep 16 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Salsa Dancing @ Mulberry Street Cantina | Aubrey | Texas | United States

    Mulberry Street Cantina Hosts free Salsa Dancing Classes every Tuesday at 8:30!

    The class lasts until 9PM, and then there is an open dance floor.

    Location:
    110 W Mulberry St
    Denton, TX 76201

    MSC Salsa Dancing

    Sep
    17
    Wed
    Denton County Farmers’ Market @ Bayless-Selby House Museum parking lot at the corner of Mulberry Street and Carroll Boulevard
    Sep 17 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Denton County Farmers’ Market @ Bayless-Selby House Museum parking lot at the corner of Mulberry Street and Carroll Boulevard | Denton | Texas | United States

    farmers market

    Stop by for some fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits from local farmers. Open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or sellout from May through September. Located on the corner of Carroll and Mulberry.

     

    THE MAGAZINE

    Letter from the Mayor

    Denton recently ranked first of only two Texas cities on Livability.com’s 2014 list of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live in America,” coming in at number 55 nationally. It’s clear that the word is out: Denton is vibrant, hip, safe, creative, artistic, historic, original, independent and a happening place to live and visit.

    Downtown is dynamic, teeming with local musicians and artists showcased among 25 live music venues located within two blocks of our celebrated city square. Some of our most significant regional  events like the Thin Line Film Festival (now including a live music component to complement the 80-plus documentaries) and the giant, three-daylong, seven-stage-large Denton Arts & Jazz Festival spotlight raw creativity at its best.

    While music is a major theme in Denton year-round, spring and summer bring numerous events that highlight other attributes of our city. Cinco de Mayo and Juneteenth celebrations focus food and fun around cultural and historical commemorations of our nation’s diversity exemplified in Denton’s own rich heritage. Dog Days of Denton honors man’s best friend. The Denton Air Show boasts  aerial daredevils and stunt pilots at the Denton Airport, Texas’ eighth largest.

    Spring is a perfect time to try the A-Train, our two-year-old commuter rail connecting visitors between Denton and the rest of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Big city musical shows, theatre and  dining opportunities are clustered within blocks of each other in the new Hickory and Industrial Street arts and entertainment corridors, a short walk from the square. Our galleries offer world-class art  of every medium, and our international award-winning live theatre productions are far beyond that of other cities our size.

    Our two great universities are at the heart of our unique vivacity. Drawn by our creative wealth and energetic vibe, University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University students fuel Denton with a perpetual stream
    of new talent. While we are one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, we cherish our character that
    says, “we’re still small enough to be people-friendly with a ‘care about your neighbor’ attitude.” Our safe and conveniently-located entertainment venues, parks and public facilities make Denton a truly walkable city.

    While other cities try to replicate old-town charm, Denton’s famous 150-year-old courthouse square is like a Norman Rockwell painting, but one set to jazz and indie music. It has character. And it has characters. But it’s not as much the personalities of this place as it is the personality of Denton that hooks you. I love it here. We all
    do. And I believe you will, too.

    Now, relax and kick back. Then come out and experience for yourself why Denton is the place to be.

    Mark Burroughs,

    Mayor of Denton

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