Music

Last week, the New Orleans bands Tank and the Bangas and The Soul Rebels traveled to Havana to participate in a cultural exchange; it was meant to acknowledge the past by celebrating the present.

By the end of the 62nd Grammy Awards on Sunday evening, a major star had been crowned: 18-year-old singer Billie Eilish, who swept all four of the night's biggest prizes — Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year — along with honors for Best Pop Vocal Album.

But that rush of awards came only at the tail end of a long, strange and emotionally ambivalent ceremony held Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Florida Tech Music Department

Winners of the 2019 American Prize in Chamber Music, Seraph Brass is a dynamic ensemble drawing from a roster of America's top female brass players. Seraph Brass released its debut album, Asteria, on Summit Records, winning a Silver Medal Global Music Award. Seraph Brass is in residency at the Walton Art Center’s Artosphere Festival, alongside the Dover Quartet, in the festival orchestra. More information at: music@fit.edu, floridatech.edu/music or 321-674-8082.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
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The critics continued to pan his technique, but the audiences came to love Tchaikovsky's melodies, and by 1888, he was among the most famous composers in Europe, decorated by the Czar, and soon to embark on a tour to New York for the opening of Carnegie Hall.

It was time for another symphony -- his fifth --  and we'll hear it this week on Mozart's Attic. The critics didn't like it, but the years have been kinder to Tchaikovsky than to them.

Marcus King has rock and roll in his bones: He comes from a family of famed guitarists in Greenville, S.C. With his raspy falsetto and guitar licks, he's been hailed as a revival of B.B. King or Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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