Thursday, March 07, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The 2019 Spring Masterworks concert features a groundbreaking collaboration with UNT's 7-time Grammy nominated One O'Clock Lab Band under the direction of Alan Baylock, and the Sanctuary Choir of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, under the direction of Steven Jobman. Eminent UK choral composer and conductor, Will Todd, will conduct the premier of his spectacular new jazz suite, Praise all Things, commissioned for the two renowned musical ensembles.
No tickets are required. Doors open at 6:15PM.
English composer Will Todd is well known for his beautiful and exciting music. His work encompasses choral works large and small, opera, musical theatre and orchestral pieces, as well as jazz compositions and chamber works.
His anthem, The Call of Wisdom, was performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a TV audience of 45 million people. His breakthrough work, Mass in Blue (originally titled Jazz Mass), has been performed hundreds of times all over the world. His arrangement of Amazing Grace was performed at President Obama’s Inauguration Day prayer service in 2013 and as part of the BBC’s Nelson Mandela Thanksgiving Service.
His discography includes best-selling choral discs Lux Et Veritas and The Call of Wisdom, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Mass in Blue and Ode to a Nightingale all on the Signum Classic label. His music is regularly broadcast on Classic FM, as well as on BBC Radio 3.
Will Todd’s music is valued for its melodic intensity and harmonic skill, often incorporating jazz colors, and his choral music is much in demand from amateur as well as professional performers.
In addition to Preston Hollow, recent commissions include a choral piece for the BBC’s Great North Passion, an oratorio for The Bach Choir written with former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen and a commission for Church of the Presidents, St John’s Lafayette Square, Washington DC. His clarinet concerto recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra and Emma Johnson was released in 2016. International composer Will Todd is currently working on commissions from U.K., the Netherlands, the U.S. and Canada.
Will Todd’s current tour in the United States also includes a stop at the ACDA national convention, where he will be a featured clinician.
The One O’Clock Lab Band is the premier performing ensemble of the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas jazz studies program. Alan Baylock is director of the One O’Clock Lab Band. With an unprecedented seven Grammy nominations resulting from the library of over fifty critically acclaimed Lab Band recordings to date, the One O’Clock Lab Band is noted for exceptional individual musicianship and tight ensemble performance. One O’Clock Lab Band concerts feature the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson libraries (both housed exclusively at North Texas), original compositions by Grammy-nominated composers Neil Slater and Steve Wiest, jazz faculty member Rich DeRosa, and the wealth of compositions and arrangements in the UNT jazz library written by current and former North Texas students.
The One O’Clock frequently appears in major jazz venues such as Birdland (NYC), Blues Alley (DC), Catalina's (LA), and as the headliner at jazz festivals, major music conferences, and concerts hosted by numerous fine arts series, colleges and high schools across the United States, Canada, and around the world.
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