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Annual summer dance concert will feature three ballets

Ballet Concerto

Kent Evans

In 2015, choreographer Elise Lavallee created her first 25-minute ballet for Ballet Concerto’s annual Summer Dance Concert. Read more

Several amateur pianists stand out in the quarterfinals of the Cliburn

Cliburn Amateur Piano Contest

Cliburn Foundation

Tuesday was a time for confirming or rebutting initial impressions at the seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition. All 68 competitors had been heard Sunday and Monday, and now it was time for the 30 quarterfinalists to play for the judges for a second time. Read more

Quarterfinalists named in Cliburn Amateur competition

Cliburn Amateur Piano Contest

Cliburn Foundation

Thirty pianists out out of a starting field of 68 advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, the Cliburn announced late Monday night. They will play solo recitals 15-18 minutes long at 2 and 7 p.m.... Read more

Monday sessions of Cliburn Amateur feature wealth of talent

Cliburn Amateur Piano Contest

Cliburn Foundation

As the preliminaries of the seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition neared an end, Monday afternoon’s session in Van Cliburn Recital Hall seemed the most satisfying overall. Eight of the 11 participants, including six in ... Read more

Critic’s review of Cliburn Amateur Day 1 preliminaries

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The Cliburn

Note: An early Sunday deadline didn’t permit a review of evening competitors. This story updates with impressions of the final concert of Dday 1. Read more

Cliburn amateur competition starts Sunday with few surprises

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The Cliburn

The Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition held no negative surprises as it got underway Sunday. Read more

What’s new and notable at the 2016 Cliburn Amateur

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Star-Telegram

It’s been five years since the last Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, and a few things have changed. Here’s what to know before you go (and go to the wrong pl... Read more

Hip Pocket Theatre offers enchanting take on ‘Connecticut Yankee’

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Robert Bourdage

Hip Pocket Theatre opened its 40th anniversary season on Friday with something vintage but, in true Johnny Simons style, reimagined. Read more

For Fort Worth pianist, third time might be the charm at Cliburn Amateur

Clark Griffith Cliburn Amateur contestant

jlmarshall@star-telegram.com

Clark Daniel Vann Griffith’s earliest musical memory has him at 4 years old, enjoying a steamy July day at his grandmother’s home in Levelland, in West Texas. Read more

Another winning year for the Trinity Shakespeare Festival

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Trinity Shakespeare Festival

Annual festival returns with generally strong takes on “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” and “The Winter’s Tale.” Read more

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