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Review: Texas Ballet Theater’s ‘The Nutcracker’

Texas Ballet Theater Nutcracker dress rehearsal


Texas Ballet Theater’s annual parody The Nutty Nutcracker is a week away, but honestly, no one goes as brilliantly nuts in the traditional The Nutcracker than Ben Stevenson. The production that opened at Bass Hall on Friday is the ... Read more

Review: Ballet Concerto’s ‘Holiday Special’


Perry Langenstein

Even though Friday night’s performance of Ballet Concerto’s annual A Holiday Special undoubtedly had many children in the audience, Will Rogers Auditorium probably wasn’t ... Read more

Review: ‘Jubilation II’ a sweet Christmas revue


Cecil Fuqua

There are few better places to spend Christmas than Rudyville — even though it doesn’t really exist. Read more

Review: Schola Cantorum combines tradition with fun in holiday concert

The Schola Cantorum of Texas demonstrated on Sunday evening that there can be fun in Christmas beyond the holiday traditions. The program, in White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, began traditionally enough and became increasing... Read more

Review: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer



No matter how a beloved holiday TV special is adapted for the stage, it probably won’t please everyone. Unless you’re talking about Wishing Star Productions’ staging of the 1964 stop-motion Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which opened Friday nigh... Read more

Guitarist Christopher McGuire presents fine mixed program at Piano Pavilion

Christopher McGuire is all things guitar in the Metroplex. Best known as the energy behind the Allegro Guitar Society concert series, he boldly stepped forward Thursday evening to present a recital in the Piano Pavilion concert hall at the Kimbell Art Museum. Read more

Von Trapps bring a bit of Christmas to Bass Hall

FWSO Von Trapps 2


Anyone who expected the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Christmas with the von Trapps at Bass Hall on Thursday night to feature a bunch of little Austrians in sailor suits singing O Tannenbaum was probably disappoin... Read more

Review: Ballet Frontier’s ‘The Nutcracker’


Special to the Star-Telegram

Most productions of The Nutcracker in North Texas (and really, in any city) are from ballet schools, as opposed to professional companies, which is why you’ll see most of the ensemble and satellite roles performed by kids and teenagers and the major roles give... Read more

Review: Deljavan’s playing bold but respectful

Deljavan Chamber Music


Alessandro Deljavan was surely the most easy-to-remember contestant in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. His expressive face reflected the intensity of ... Read more

Review: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra


Special to the Star-Telegram

There’s a new face on the podium for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s concerts this weekend, but he’s no stranger. He’s Andrés Franco, who’s had much experience with the orchestra though generally not on the main classical series. Read more

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