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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 24 Jan 2013 7:42 AM

Today in the roundup: A Fort Worth chamber music group makes house calls, local music bits and the health benefits of playing music.


IN THE HOUSE: It makes sense that a chamber music group would perform in a house – that’s where the idea got its start. So that’s what the Hall Ensemble decided to do. “We were looking for a niche that would not tread on other people’s territory. And the house-concert concept had not really been developed here,” Kevin Hall, the FWSO’s principal bassoonist and a founder of the ensemble, tells The group performs Friday and Saturday at the Thistle Hill mansion in Fort Worth.

LOCAL MUSIC BITS: Nathan Adamson, who operates Deep Ellum’s FourReelz Records, talks about his concept of recording and releasing an album in one day. (DC9 at Night) … Oil Boom plays KXT’s Summer Cut concert in June. Dugan Connors and Ryan Taylor talk about what it means for the band to play such a big show. ( … Dallas hip-hop duo A.Dd+ talks about how they hope to “set the tone for what Dallas hip-hop should be.” (

IT’S GOOD FOR YA: Has the doc told you you need to get that blood pressure under control? Instead of writing you a prescription for beta blockers, he or she might recommend you pick up a musical instrument. A new study shows that playing music can be good for the heart. “Our study suggests that active music making has some training effects that resemble those of physical exercise training,” the researchers say.