Students, faculty and alumni from the University of North Texas College of Music are headed to Europe for an 11-concert, three-country tour in Germany, Austria and Croatia from July 1 (Tuesday) to July 21 (Monday). Current and former members of the UNT Baroque Orchestra, the UNT Collegium Singers and special guests will come together to perform as a baroque ensemble called “Fantasmi.”
Founded in 2010 by Paul Leenhouts, director of the early music program at UNT, Fantasmi performs chamber music repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries. This summer’s three-week tour will feature lesser-known, instrumental and vocal works from Austria and Bavaria, Germany. Leenhouts will also teach three master classes during the visit. This is the group’s second international tour, following a tour in Brazil last summer.
“Communities across the globe should have the ability to connect with their cultural and musical pasts and then be able to share that background with the world,” said Leenhouts, Fantasmi director. “The regions we are traveling to offer many unknown gems in the music literature. We’re bringing these works to the forefront, while building relationships internationally.”
The ensemble includes Leenhouts (recorder); students Bradley King (baritone), Andreas Stoltzfus (trumpet), Josip Kvetek (violin), Chuong Vu (violin), Jan-Hendrik Harley (viola), Fran Leboš (cello), Aaron Olguin (contrabass), and Fabiana González (mezzo-soprano); UNT music faculty member Brad Bennight (harpsichord and organ); and former UNT professor Christoph Hammer (harpsichord).
Historical venues: During the visit, Fantasmi will perform in several historical venues including a cathedral housing one of the largest baroque organs in the world, the tallest building in Croatia and a prominent center for historical instrument documentation and research.
Featured repertoire includes Georg Muffat’s Fasciculus I: Nobilis Juventus; Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber von Bibern’s Serenada `Der Nachtwächter and Sonata X; and Johann Friedrich Fasch’s Recorder Concerto in F major.
“For faculty and students of the College of Music, summer travel is an ideal time to make worldwide connections, perform and teach internationally, and reinforce UNT’s standing abroad,” said Dean James Scott. This tour follows a May visit to Vietnam, in which Scott and several faculty members and doctoral students performed and taught master classes in the country. That initiative was planned by Vietnamese doctoral violin student Chuong Vu, who is also traveling to Europe as a member of Fantasmi.
July 3 – 6 (Thursday – Sunday)
Master class at the Städtische Musikschule (Municipal Music School) in Passau, Germany.
7:30 p.m. July 5 (Saturday)
Concert with guest artist Inge Reinelt (recorder) at the Pfarrkirche Mariä Himmelfahrt (Parish of the Assumption) in the Vornbach am Inn in Bavaria, Germany. Built in the 1700s and among the historically significant and minimally altered organs remaining, the instrument’s original condition was preserved during restoration work completed in 2009.
11:30 a.m. July 6 (Sunday)
Performance during Mass at Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) in Passau, Germany. With more than 17,000 pipes and 233 registers, the Passau Cathedral Organ is considered one of the largest baroque organs in the world.
5:00 p.m. July 6 (Sunday)
Concert at the Gymnasium Leopoldinum in Passau, Germany. Fantasmi will accompany the top eight soloists from the Städtische Musikschule master class.
8 p.m. July 8 (Tuesday)
Concert with guest artist Karin Hageneder (recorder) at the Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church) in Vienna, Austria. Originally built during the Early Middle Ages, the Peterskirche is often cited as the first church in Vienna. While the original structure no longer exists, the newer, 18th century baroque building remains at this site.
8:30 p.m. July 9 (Wednesday)
Concert with guest artist Petra Wurz (recorder) in the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Dear Lady) in Freistadt, Austria. There is evidence that this small church likely existed before 1345.
8:00 p.m. July 10 (Thursday)
Concert with guest artist Winfried Hackl (recorder) at the Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church) in Baumgartenberg, Austria.
July 11 – 13 (Friday – Sunday)
Master class at the Flötenhof in Ebenhofen, Germany.
9 p.m. July 15 (Tuesday)
Concert at the Crkya svetog Donata (Church of St. Donatus) in Zadar, Croatia. The construction of this pre-romanesque church began in the 9th century and is often referred to as one of the most impressive buildings of the Carolingian period in Europe.
8 p.m. July 16 (Wednesday)
Concert at the Zagrebačka Katedrala (Zagreb Cathedral) in Zagreb, Croatia. At about 118 yards high, the cathedral is the tallest building in Croatia.
2 – 5 p.m. July 18 (Friday)
Master class with students of Iris Lichtinger at the Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum für Musik und Musikpädagogik der Universität Augsburg (Leopold Mozart Center for Music and Music Education at the Augsburg University) in Augsburg, Germany.
7:30 p.m. July 18 (Friday)
Concert with guest artist Iris Lichtinger (recorder) and former UNT professor Christoph Hammer (harpsichord) at the Goldener Saal (Golden Hall) in Augsburg, Germany. Completed in the 17th century, the Renaissance-style Goldener Saal is documented as the first building in the world more than six stories high.
7:30 p.m. July 19 (Saturday)
Concert at the Klosterkirche (Abbey Church) in Irsee, Germany. Constructed in the 12th century, the monastery was a center for learning and music cultivation in the 1700s.
5 p.m. July 20 (Sunday)
Final concert at the Institut für Musikinstrumentenkunde (Institute of Organology) in Greifenberger, Germany. This institute is devoted to the research and documentation of historical instruments.
Return to the United States
Members of our Early Music faculty, students and alums will be traveling and performing in Europe this summer. Check back soon for their updates.
UNT faculty member Lynn Eustis (soprano) and alumnus Brian Nedvin (tenor) will present a series of concerts in the Czech Republic this summer as part of the International Dvořák Society’s American Spring Festival. These concerts will feature compositions of American composers, but also works by Czech-Americans and Czech composers written during their stay in the US. For more information, visit the festival website.
MSAD – IDS
This annual festival of Czech-American cultural cooperation, consisting of concerts and lectures in Czech and Moravian cities, is organized by the International Dvořák Society, together with other participating institutions. The main purpose of the project is to enhance the image of the United State