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Thursday Night Music brings performance to UNT on the Square

Thursday Night Music brings performance to UNT on the Square

April 17
10:33 2014

Kresheera Helaire // Intern Writer

The UNT College of Music and Institute for the Advancement of the Arts will host its annual Thursday Night Music at UNT on the Square, where they invite students, faculty and bands with diverse musical talents to perform.

Performances take place every Thursday night from March through April. It’s free and open to the public starting at 7 p.m.

This Thursday, music professor Nikola Ruzevic will be performing with his students.

Meredith Buie, administrative coordinator at UNT on the Square, said Thursday Night Music was created in September of 2009 to further art and music in the city.

“We tried to make this place a portal to the arts for the public, because a lot of times they don’t know what’s going on on-campus,” Buie said. “I think it’s just another way to incorporate the arts into the community; to connect UNT with Denton.”

Buie described the atmosphere at most showcases as warm and fun, depending on the weather. She also said that the Square gives students a chance to perform at a venue where their anxiety and nervousness can be conquered.

“It’s a way for the students to gain more confidence and exposure, and I think they have lots of fun,” Buie said.

John Murphy, co-creator and programmer of the weekly series, explained that the weekly series thrived from the ideas and collaboration of the director Herbert Holl and himself.

Murphy said UNT on the Square was created after he noticed an empty lot that could be used for musical presentations that would be more accessible to the community than many of the performance spaces on campus.

“I thought we could make more use of the UNT on the Square space [because] it’s very easy for people to get to and become more aware of the talents and performances of the College of Music,” Murphy said. “It’s intended to be community outreach.”

John Murphy sends out an email to recruit student groups and faculty to perform different genres of music. They discuss their routine and suggest available dates, and he works with the information given.

“It’s typically an informal performance…. People will welcome and talk with the audience about their music,” Murphy said. “It’s very laid back and we’ve been pretty successful with it.”

He also said that there were many regulars who stay connected with UNT on the Square by their newsletters and those who just happen to stroll in because of plain curiosity.

“We see people casually walking around the Square that hadn’t intended on hearing a College of Music performance enter anyway,” Murphy said. “It’s so informal that it doesn’t matter if you come in during the middle of it.”

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