Composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard.

“Seven-time Grammy Award-winning composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s most recent win came at the 2023 Grammy Awards for Best Opera Recording for Fire Shut Up In My Bones,” reports Laura Harris in Monday’s (2/6) NBC DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas). “Blanchard, who has also been a two-time Oscar nominee, became the first Black composer to have their work staged at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in the company’s 138-year history … ‘I may be the first, but I can’t be the last,’ Blanchard said … ahead of his appearance at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra…. Blanchard credited much of his success to what happened for him when he was young…. ‘I have been blessed to have great teachers…. Those programs mean a lot to a lot of people. If it weren’t for those programs, I wouldn’t be here….’ That’s much of the reason Blanchard said he is excited about his visit to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as part of their upcoming speaker series. He said their continued work in communities of color, which dates back 30 years, proves investing in youth music programs is an investment in the future.” The Dallas Symphony Orchestra hosts a conversation with Blanchard on February 9 at Meyerson Symphony Center; after the chat, Blanchard will perform with E-Collective and Turtle Island String Quartet.