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

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...