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Grammy Awards love North Texas
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By Preston Jones

Don’t look now, but the National Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences is feeling a little sweet on Texas this year.

The California-based organization saw fit to nominate several North Texas artists for the awards it doles out on an annual basis: the Grammys.

From first-time contenders to veteran collectors of golden gramophones, this year’s crop of Grammy nominees showcases the diversity of the Lone Star State’s sound — everything from Top 40 pop to R&B to gospel and classical has been recognized — demonstrating that Texas can do much, much more than serve up good ol’ country music (...

UNT College of Music assistant professor tasked with choosing top trumpets for southcentral US
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Internationally renowned musician and University of North Texas College of Music Assistant Professor of Trumpet Jason Bergman has been chosen to take part in the Bach Artist Select program for Conn-Selmer Inc. As such, he was asked to hand select the top 14 Bach trumpets to be sold in a region that includes Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

"This is the first year for this exciting program," Bergman said. "I'm fortunate to be the first trumpet artist the Bach representatives selected from our area."

At the Conn-...

UNT alumna performs with Cincinnati Pops
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The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the direction of Pops Conductor John Morris Russell presents two concerts January 9-10 at Cincinnati Music Hall, dubbed I'M EVERY WOMAN, starring three powerhouse vocalists.

Pops favorite Capathia Jenkins returns along with operatic soprano Measha Brueggergosman (who recently impressed Cincinnati Opera audiences as "Bess" in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess) and jazz sensation Tatiana "LadyMay" Mayfield to perform songs made famous by the likes of Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Marian Anderson, and more.

With rich orchestral arrangements performed by the Pops, these...

Lewisville Lake Symphony seeks to expand its outreach
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By Grace Lawrence

The growing population and rapid development of the communities near Lewisville Lake provide both opportunities and challenges for The Lewisville Lake Symphony, an all-professional orchestra under the direction of Adron Ming that is in its 32nd year.

In keeping with its mission to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages in North Texas through live and inspiring classical music and to educate and support rising young talent, the LLS presents four subscription orchestral concerts each year at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville and four free chamber concerts at Trinity Presbyterian Church...

UNT faculty member and alumni receive Grammy nominations
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Well, the University of North Texas will be well represented at this year's Grammy awards. They have five alumni and one faculty member nominated. According to the Denton Record Chronicle, they have five alumni and one faculty member nominated. Jazz professor Rich DeRosa was nominated and the band Snarky Puppy is made up of UNT alums so they're nominated as is Don Henley, an alumnus and member of the Eagles. So good luck to them.