The top local stories this evening from KERA News:
North Texas suburbs keep on growing, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data. Frisco and McKinney were two of the country’s fastest-growing cities with a population larger than 50,000.
Some of the world’s top younger pianists are in Fort Worth. The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano competition is underway. The Cliburn is held every four years – it received nearly 300 applications for this year’s competition. That’s quite a jump from last time. About 150 were selected for live screening auditions in London, Hanover Budapest, Moscow, Seoul, New York and Fort Worth.
Van Cliburn received worldwide recognition after winning the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow during the height of the Cold War. Today on Think, Krys Boyd talked with pianist Stuart Isacoff about what separated Cliburn from the rest of the competition.
The North Texas band Skinny Cooks may play jazz-funk fusion, but oddly enough, at its center is a classically-trained cellist. Brianne Sargent also plays bass and keyboards, she sings and co-writes the group’s music.Which is why Art & Seek’s Jerome Weeks gave a listen – for the latest Artist Spotlight, our weekly series of profiles of North Texas creatives.
You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.