Since it opened in February 1999 as the College of Music’s premier venue, the Murchison Performing Arts Center has been host to countless world-class performances by students, faculty and guest artists.
Two special performances marked the month-long celebration of the center’s 10th anniversary this spring. Dallas Opera music director Graeme Jenkins opened the festivities with Handel’s oratorio Saul, featuring renowned UNT music faculty, the UNT Baroque Orchestra, Collegium Singers and A Cappella Choir. The collaboration was the fourth between the UNT early music program and Jenkins to present Handel’s works. The anniversary celebration concluded with the famed Dave Brubeck Quartet, conducted by alumnus Russell Gloyd (’71), in a sold-out performance with the UNT Symphony Orchestra, UNT Grand Chorus and One O’Clock Lab Band. Members of the quartet taught master classes and stayed in town to deliver another sold-out show.