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Jacques Marquis Is Cliburn’s New CEO, Prez

Kristian Lin
Breaking news from the Van Cliburn Foundation: Jacques Marquis has had the “interim” tag removed from his position there and been named the president and CEO of that organization. When I interviewed Marquis for the ...


GREEN LIGHT PISTOL'S WOMANLY FOOTWEAR (all photos on this post by Jeff Prince)

Estrogen Infuses Battle Of Bands At White Elephant

Jeff Prince
Female power ruled the White Elephant Saloon during last night’s 8th Annual Texas Music Showdown. Red Dirt/Texas Music is densely populated by hairy-legged guitar slangers singing about home, heartache, hangovers, and hea...



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Van Cliburn Finalists Announced

Kristian Lin
A few hours ago, the Van Cliburn Foundation e-mailed a list of the 30 pianists who have been selected to perform in this summer’s 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and just as I promised you last week, I&#...


KELLY CLARKSON IS IN TOWN ON FRIDAY NIGHT FOR A BIG SHOW.

And The Winner Of The Kelly Clarkson Free Tickets Is…

Jeff Prince
… Bill Symon. Here is Symon’s winning response to the question of what he would say to Clarkson: “My partner is your #1 fan and has followed you since your American Idol days. He’s seen you in concert 15 tim...



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R.I.P., Van Cliburn

Kristian Lin
The world is now resounding with the sad news out of Fort Worth. This morning, the Van Cliburn Foundation announced the death of the concert pianist, goodwill ambassador, and son of Texas who installed the world’s premier...


Fort Worth pop-jazz-blues singer-songwriter D. Anson Brody will release a song a week for a year.

D. Anson Brody: A Song a Week for a Year

ANTHONY MARIAN
Now that major record labels have become the sole province of mega-stars, local musicians are coming up with creative ways to release new music. For example, instead of putting out an album per year or less frequently, the root...



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Van Cliburn Screening Recital Notes (Day 3)

Kristian Lin
Edward Neeman (USA/Australia) started the last day of screening auditions with an excellent Bach Partita in G major, doing particularly well in the slow sections of the piece. He then played Milton Babbitt’s puckishly tit...


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Van Cliburn Screening Recital Notes (Day 2)

Kristian Lin
There was a bigger and more enthusiastic crowd for the second day of the screening recitals, an encouraging sign. And the pianists have not been stopping between selections for applause, a decision motivated by the need to stay...



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Van Cliburn Screening Recital Notes (Day 1)

Kristian Lin
Right, so the Fort Worth round of screening recitals kicked off today, and I was there for the duration. The crowds have been sparse, which is hardly surprising given that this is the middle of the week and half the performance...


THE TYLER ROGERS BAND ROCKED THE HOUSE LAST NIGHT AT WHITE ELEPHANT'S TEXAS MUSIC SHOWDOWN (all photos by Jeff Prince)

Tyler Rogers Wins First Round At Battle O’ Bands

Jeff Prince
Brett Dillon and KHYI-95.3 “The Range” kicked off the 8th Annual Texas Music Showdown last night at the White Elephant Saloon, and it was fun to get back out there for another year to see some fresh new bands —...