You may only dimly, painfully recall this, but this past weekend saw NX35 in Denton (Preston Jones’ festival review here), the start of SXSW in Austin, the end of the Out of the Loop Festival in Addison, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Greenville, Funky Finds in Fort Worth and an Art Crawl in Oak Cliff.
So it’s Monday. Hit the re-set button.
LOCAL WAR STORIES GO PRINT AND CABLE: Lancaster WWII Marine vet R. V. Burgin has co-written his memoirs with former Dallas Morning News reporter Bill Marvel. Islands of the Damned has just been released — to coincide with the HBO series, The Pacific, a new 10-parter follow-up to Band of Brothers that’s being called “brilliant.” Purple Heart- and Bronze Star-winner Burgin is played by Matthew McCann.
CLASSICAL MUSIC GOING YOUNG: In the Sunday NYTimes, Matthew Gurewitsch wrote about the phenomenon of young orchestras, young musicians, young conductors, and used the Salzburg Festival as something of a test case between idealism and cynical marketing (“While young orchestras have been around forever, marketing them as billboard attractions is something new. “) In these parts, Scott Cantrell reviewed the two winners of the 2010 Lennox International Young Artists Competition who played with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra (“At age 18, [violinist Holly] Jenkins is a huge talent”). And coming up Thursday-Sunday, the DSO will present the 17-year-old, Grammy-nominated violinist Caroline Goulding. Ain’t no moss growing on us.
AND SPEAKING OF YOUNG ARTISTS, NORTH TEXAS HIGH SCHOOLS ON TV: Tonight at 7 p.m. on KERA-TV, Channel 13, Celebrate America with Tim Janis will feature 14 area high school choirs. Songwriter Janis (five TV specials, 10 Billboard-charting CDs) and his staff selected the participating groups. Each one got a musical composition for rehearsal prior to the taping. The participating ensembles are a major musical mash-up of local talent: Woodrow Wilson High School (Dallas), Trinity High School (Euless), Duncanville High School, Grapevine High School, L.D. Bell High School (Hurst), Dunbar High School (Fort Worth), Arlington Heights High School (Fort Worth), Paschal High School (Fort Worth), O. D. Wyatt High School (Fort Worth), Southwest High School (Fort Worth), W.T. White High School (Dallas), Arlington High School, Western Hills High School (Fort Worth) and Fort Worth ISD High School Honor Choir.