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Children’s chorus welcomes new director
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The Children’s Chorus of Greater North Texas is beginning its new season by saying farewell to its long-time director, welcoming a new director and recruiting new members.

Retiring as director is Susan Matthews who formed the non-profit choir in 2003. Since that time, she has directed the chorus in multiple concerts each year, promoting the art of vocal music. A voice and piano teacher, Matthews earned a master of arts degree in voice, music theater and vocal pedagogy from Texas Woman’s University and a bachelor of music degree from Colorado State University. She has traveled to Vantaa, Finland twice to receive a...

New director to lead Choral Guild
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Thu, Aug 13, 2015 - 9:00am

VALDOSTA — Valdosta Choral Guild returns to rehearsals next week with a new director.

Ronda L. Paoletti will direct during the next several weeks to prepare the long-running Valdosta singing group for its annual Christmastime concerts, said Jim Rinehart, a Guild member.

Paoletti knows singing.

She is a soprano who has sung “the leading soprano role of Susanna in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ with Peach State Opera in Georgia in 2012 and Gretel in ‘Hansel and Gretel’ with First Coast Opera in November 2013,” according to a Paoletti biography provided by the Choral Guild. “She was a featured soprano soloist with the...

Snarky Puppy: Behind the climb of fusion's new heavyweights
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Snarky Puppy began as a bunch of music-obsessed undergrads at the University of North Texas, and now it’s the most popular instrumental band in the country. The explanation, it would seem, has to do with the ability to raise precision and prowess to a grand scale while making it look good for YouTube. Forty-five years after Weather Report’s debut, in the era of the niche, an audience still waits at the waterline between jazz chops and pop aesthetics—though the definition of both has changed.

The band’s lineup ranges from a dozen musicians to nearly three times that, depending on the gig. Its carefully scripted songs tend...

'Young Artists' take the deep dive
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The halls are alive with the sound of music.

The halls in question are at the First Congregational Church in Manchester Village, where, depending on the time of day, visitors get a preview on what the Manchester Music Festival's "Young Artists" are up to for the upcoming performance they will present the following Monday.

Chamber music reverberates from the practice rooms, mostly from the large meeting room on the main floor under the sanctuary. In small groups and large, they practice and practice, rehearsing for their moment in the spotlight. The last opportunity to hear them, at least for this year, arrives this...

Today in music history
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A look at events from past August 11ths

In 1943, Jim Kale, the original bass guitarist with "The Guess Who," was born. He was also a member of "The Guess Who's" forerunner, "Chad Allan and the Expressions," a group formed in Winnipeg in the early 1960s. "The Guess Who" moniker was designed to promote the "Expressions"' 1965 single "Shakin' All Over," and after the international success of the record, the name stuck. "The Guess Who," under the leadership of guitarist Randy Bachman and vocalist Burton Cummings, became Canada's leading rock band of the late '60s and early '70s with such million-selling hits as "These Eyes," "...