Sarofim School of Fine Arts

Guest and Faculty Recital: Jack Unzicker, bass, Kayla Chon, piano, and Jessica Gilliam-Valls, bass

7:30pm - 8:30pm CST November 11

Alma Thomas Theater
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The program will include chamber music by Giovanni Bottesini and Dave Anderson.

Free and open to the public.
Jack Unzicker is an Assistant Professor of Double Bass at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is currently the principal double bassist of the Dallas Chamber Symphony and Plano Symphony Orchestra. Unzicker has performed as principal of the AIMS Festival Orchestra (Graz, Austria), Caminos del Inka, Caprock Pro Musica, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony,Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, Orquestra Divertimento (Costa Rica), Santa Fe Pro Musica. He has performed and lectured at the International Society of Bassists, American String Teachers Association, and Texas Music Educators Association Conventions. Unzicker is featured in articles on playing and teaching the double bass in The Strad and Strings MagazineUnzicker received his Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music, and the Outstanding Graduate Student in Strings Award from the University of North Texas. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree, magna cum laude, and the College of Music Outstanding Graduate Award from Western Washington University. He has studied additionally at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and the Henry Mancini Institute.

Kayla Chon has maintained an active career as a collaborative keyboard artist performing in numerous recitals, chamber, choral, and orchestral concerts, as well as opera and musical theater productions. As a versatile artist, her knowledge of literature is expansive in chamber music, opera, art songs, musical theater, and choral music.  Dr. Chon holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from University of Southern California where she was awarded the Gwendolyn and Adolph Koldofsky Memorial Endowed Scholarship and an Outstanding Keyboard Collaborative Artist Award. She also has degrees in piano performance from Eastman School of Music and Westminster Choir College.  Active equally as an educator, Dr. Chon was a faculty member at Notre Dame de Namur University and Pepperdine University. She also has served as a musical director and pianist for the University of Southern California Chamber Opera. She has held various accompanying, coaching, and directing positions at Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, University of Southern California, The Ohio State University, San Francisco State University, Stanford University, Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute, TheatreWorks, Berkeley Opera, and Spotlight on Opera.  Currently, she is on the faculty at the Austin Chamber Music Center and active as a collaborative pianist and coach around Austin area including University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University. 

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