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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," "...

Leading global music schools: the science behind music and why it’s good for you
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Music is one of mankind’s most powerful and influential mediums: nothing else has the power to get us moving and grooving quite like a rhythmic beat, and nothing else has the power to unite such a unique and diverse global population quite like a soul-stirring song. Not only does music serve as the optimum emotional release, it has also been proven to be extremely beneficial to our health:

1. Music can help to ease pain

The autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling our blood pressure, heartbeat and neurological function) and the limbic...