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University of North Texas (UNT) Music Library

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University of North Texas (UNT) Music Library

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The University of North Texas (UNT) Music Library has received a number of significant gifts in the past few months, most notably, a collection of big band and symphonic music arrangements by Bob McGrath, the actor and musician best known for his long-running role as Bob Johnson on the educational television series Sesame Street. The collection, primarily manuscript scores and parts, includes twenty-four boxes of McGrath's arrangements of popidar songs and music associated with Sesame Street ("Rubber Duckie," "People in Your Neighborhood," "I Love Trash," "Rainbow Connection," and "Sing, Sing a Song," among others). Also in the collection are musical arrangements from McGrath's earlier association with Mitch Miller's popular Sing Along with Mitch television series, which featured McGrath as tenor soloist from 1959 to 1964.

The UNT Music Library has also received from Dallas native Phillip Barbosa an important collection of materials relating to the Dallas Opera, which is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary this season. Barbosa performed with the Dallas Opera Chorus for thirty-six years, beginning in 1959 while he was still a teenager. This was two years after the founding of the company, then called the Dallas Civic Opera, in 1957 by Lawrence Kelly and Nicola Rescigno. Among the early highlights of the young company was the appearance of the famed Greek soprano Maria Callas, who opened the first season with an inaugural recital, and who would return the following year to perform starring roles in Verdi's La traviata and Cherubini's Medea. …

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