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Thursday Morning Roundup


by Stephen Becker 16 Apr 2009

A LOCAL MAKES IT TO CARNEGIE HALL: Way back in December, we told you about a contest to put together a symphony orchestra through YouTube. On Wednesday night, that international group of musicians made its debut under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. And one of the players the famed conductor directed was Keller violinist […]

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A LOCAL MAKES IT TO CARNEGIE HALL: Way back in December, we told you about a contest to put together a symphony orchestra through YouTube. On Wednesday night, that international group of musicians made its debut under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. And one of the players the famed conductor directed was Keller violinist Jacqueline Morant. The Dallas Morning News caught up with the 26-year-old hours ahead of her Carnegie Hall debut and found that it’s been a pretty hectic week. She’s been rehearsing with her fellow musicians 12 hours a day since Sunday. “There hasn’t been a lot of time for sightseeing,” she says.

So how did they do? Writing for The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini says the group played “quite well,” especially considering its schedule. “Though a little rough and ready, the performance had drive, color and passion. Subtlety? Well, that takes more rehearsal time.”

RHETT + SALIM = MUSIC: On Monday, we talked about Quickdfw.com’s Hot and Fresh week, which has been gathering a ton of unreleased tracks from local artists. Since then, more music has been added to the site, including a gem from Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller. He’s been working in Salim Nourallah’s studio, and one of the results is “I Need to Know Where I Stand.” The mid-tempo track exudes a happy vibe despite its story of a guy whose trying to figure out if his love loves ’em back. Give it a listen and I promise you’ll be humming it the rest of the day.

AMON CARTER IS HIRING: If you’ve ever wanted to work in a museum, you’ve now got a couple good opportunities. The Amon Carter Museum is hiring three staff members: a control room operator, an interactive developer for its Web site and a part-time public programs coordinator. The folks over at the Amon Carter were nice enough to tell Art&Seek about these jobs by listing them on our calendar. If you’ve got an arts related job you are hiring for, or even an internship or audition, etc., you can list them on our calendar (free, as always) in the arts jobs and opportunities section.

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  • And of course you can hear and see the Youtube Orchestra ON youtube, the day after the concert.

  • Salim Nourallah is also a musician in his own right. And one of his beautiful songs made the first world list of best music from myspace and youtube.
    Best Dream Song, Salim Nourallah “Dreaming”