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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 26 May 2011 7:57 AM

Today in the roundup: The 25 Cliburn amateur semi-finalists, the DSO gets an associate concertmaster and local music bits.


MOVING ON: On Wednesday night, the judges of the Cliburn Foundation’s International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs announced the 25 competitors who will be moving on to the semifinals. Congratulations to J. Michael Brounoff of Plano and Clark Griffith of Fort Worth, the two Texans who made the cut. Griffith also received the Fort Worth Piano Teacher’s Forum’s special award. Today is an off day for the competitors, who’ll be back on stage Friday.

A DSO ADDITION: The Detroit Symphony’s loss will be the Dallas Symphony’s gain. Emmanuelle Boisvert, who has been Detroit’s concertmaster for the last 23 years, will join the DSO as its associate concertmaster. The Detroit Symphony has been going through a rough patch lately due to a recent musician strike. “Music Director Jaap van Zweden fell in love with my playing as soon as they saw me work with others and blend in,” she tells Detroit Free Press music critic Mark Stryker. “They went out of their way to get me to come to Dallas, and they offered me a position I could not refuse.”

MUSIC BITS: Fort Worth Weekly has gathered an impressive lineup to contribute tracks to its 2011 Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards compilation CD. The disc will be available June 22. ( … Centro-matic is offering up a new free mp3 download, plus 24 other free songs from throughout the band’s history. (DC9 at Night) … If you’ve been to a party around town that had good music, there’s a strong chance DJ Sober was spinning. He tells Quick about his go-to track as well as which new songs he’s mixing into his repertoire. (

  • I certainly hope Gary Levinson is remaining as senior associate concertmaster, and what about Jan Mark Sloman, who is principal associate concertmaster? I assume that Boisvert is just taking the chair that Diane Kitzman had been sitting in as interim associate concertmaster…

    That’s at least the second player we’ve poached from Detroit recently–the new tympanist also came from there. I guess given a good opportunity elsewhere, combined with Detroit’s recent troubles, they take the chance to get out of Dodge.

  • I see in the article that she’ll be the #4 chair–I guess that’ll be behind concertmaster Alex Kerr, co-concertmaster Nathan Olson…but then Sloman and Levinson?? Maybe Sloman is retiring???