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Review: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band at Bass Hall

By Preston Jones

Like clockwork, every year for the better part of the last decade, Lyle Lovett has performed at Bass Hall.

And, just as predictably, every year for the last two or three years, my friends and family have offered some variation on the question “So why are you going to see Lyle Lovett again?”

The answer is a bit of a paradox: The constancy of both Lovett’s regular Fort Worth stops and my friends and family’s bemusement at my religious attendance is justified by the guarantee that you never quite know what you’ll get...

American cellist for Johannesburg Musical Society

Mon, Aug 24, 2015 - 3:37pm

The young American cellist, Ben Capps, will continue the Johannesburg Musical Society’s 2015 season on Sunday 6 September, at 17.00.The concert will be held in the Linder Auditorium, Wits Education Campus, St Andrews Road, Parktown.Ben Capps is a rising young star who enjoys a versatile performing career as soloist, chamber musician and as orchestra principal. Some of the comments that have been used to describe his playing are ‘virtuosic and impassioned’ and ‘young cello phenomenon’. His career has taken him from America’s Alice Tully Hall and The Kennedy Center to the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv.A native of New York City, Ben...

Snarky Puppy Engages in 50 Day/50 Gig US/Canada Tour

Mon, Aug 24, 2015 - 5:00am

By Mike Lamardo

It was probably only a month ago that several of my friends and colleagues started talking about this band, “Snarky Puppy“. Despite my jazz/fusion background, the group had been completely unfamiliar to me. So of course the only thing that I could do was listen to every track I could get my hands on. Not much to my surprise, the collective had struck/slapped/punched me like few bands have the capability of.

The clash of 90s R&B, progressive rock odes, alternative hip hop, rhythmically intricate phrasing and dense instrumentation led to more than...

Classes teach little ones to ‘speak music’ at UNT

Helping young children develop an inherent musical understanding has long been the purpose of the University of North Texas College of Music’s Early Childhood Music Program. This fall, a new face will continue building on that goal.

New assistant director Sandy Cubero will serve as instructor for the program, which begins on Sept. 18 and runs through Nov. 20. Cubero joins Early Childhood Music Director Warren Henry in the program, designed to create a musical environment for babies and young children to learn how to “speak music,” Henry says.

“The program includes songs, chants and activities that appeal to young...

2015 Vietnamese American music festival to open

by dangcongsan

The “2015 Vietnamese American Music Festival” will be held at the Grand Concert Hall in the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi from August 20th-22nd. The event will draw the participation of well known foreign and local artists such as Honna Tetsuji, Japanese music director and principal conductor of the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra; Dutch flutist and composer Paul Leenhouts, Director of the Early Music Department and the UNT Baroque Orchestra at the University of North Texas; and Cynthia Roberts, one of America’s leading performers on the Baroque violin.

Vietnamese artists will join...