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From Oak Park to Nashville with a bullet

Thu, Dec 3, 2015 - 8:00am

by Stephanie Bertholdo

A sophomore at Oak Park High School was among 150 students nationwide to earn a spot in the 2015 All-National High School Concert Band.

Ruitao “Ray” Zhang, a clarinet player, performed with the group from Oct. 25 to 28 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. He is one of seven students in California to play with the band this year.

The ensemble is organized by the National Association for Music Education, said Zachary Borquez, Oak Park High’s band director.

Ray said he was thrilled to perform with such a prestigious group and was particularly happy when...

Luther College brass ensembles to perform concert Nov. 3

Wed, Oct 28, 2015 - 9:00pm

Luther College's brass ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Luther's brass ensembles include the Horn Choir, Trumpet Ensemble, Trombone Choir, and Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble. The Clarinet Choir will join the brass ensembles for the concert. The concert's repertoire is selected from six centuries of musical resources including transcriptions and original compositions.

The Trumpet Ensemble is conducted by John Cord, Luther assistant professor of music. Cord has...

Review: Don Henley at Verizon Theatre

By Preston Jones


Don Henley, it seems fair to say, likes things the way they used to be.

In practice and in person, the 68-year-old Gilmer-born and Linden-bred singer-songwriter often appears to be steadfastly irritated by the march of time.

This is not a new trait — as evidenced by the performance of the ‘80s hit single Dirty Laundry Thursday evening, Henley has been gnashing teeth about societal deterioration in the modern moment for at least three decades now — but one which can, in certain circumstances, feel less endearing and more, well, cranky.

As such, there’s...

Pianist performs free concert as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days

Most people remember Daniel Pearl as the Wall Street Journal’s South Asia Bureau Chief based in Mumbai, India, who was kidnapped and assassinated by terrorists in Pakistan while working on a story about Al-Qaeda.  Before turning to journalism, though, he was trained as a classical violinist.  In October more than 2000 concerts in over 80 countries will commemorate his life and use the power of music to reaffirm a commitment to tolerance and humanity.

Pianist Nathan Ryland, a native of Richardson, will play works by Beethoven, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff as a part of this network of concerts on Friday, October 9, at 7...

UNT Symphony Orchestra: Die Walkure, Act 1

Thu, Sep 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Itkin, performs Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act 1, with vocal soloists Carol Wilson, William Joyner and Stephen Morscheck. Also on the program is Franz Liszt’s Totentanz (dance of death), with faculty pianist Joseph Banowetz. Liszt based this work on of the most famous melodies of Gregorian chant – Dies irae, Tickets are $15 and available online or by phone at 940-369-7802.