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‘Beautiful’ takes viewers behind music, life of Carole King


Joan Marcus

More than once during Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, the character of Gerry Goffin laments the restrictions of three-minute pop songs. Read more

Art of Norman Lewis reflects 20th-century racial tensions


Amon Carter Museum of American Art

With all that is known about so many artists, it is challenging for a museum exhibition to achieve pure revelation — as in tossing off the veil on a previously obscure artist to reveal someone of monumental talent and scope of expression. But that is certainly accomplished with the Amon Ca... Read more

A darker side of Gershwin at Concerts in the Garden



It was probably the first time in classical music history that anyone has taken 41 minutes to perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Read more

Davide Cabassi kicks off PianoTexas festival with Schumann, plus a Cliburn favorite


Courtesy PianoTexas

The 35th year of the PianoTexas International Academy and Festival kicked off Saturday night in TCU’s PepsiCo Recital Hall. Over the next three weeks the festival will be presenting an impressive array of fresh and veteran talent in solo recitals, chamber music, concerto performances and c... Read more

Texas Ballet Theater takes big step forward with First Looks

First Looks ballet


In recent seasons Texas Ballet Theater has been working hard to make an image change, probably with plans to join the dialogue of the national conversation about big-budget ballet companies reaching out to new and younger audiences. Even with a world-renowned artistic director, Ben Stevenson, it&... Read more

Concert marks Spectrum Chamber Music Ensemble’s 30th anniversary

The Spectrum Chamber Music Ensemble celebrated its 30th anniversary with an unusual, varied program in First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church on Monday... Read more

Fort Worth Opera’s ‘Barber of Seville’ keeps audience laughing

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An increasingly hyper Barber of Seville was the Fort Worth Opera Festival’s latest entry, Saturday night in Bass Hall. Read more

Review: ‘JFK’ opera engrossing, sometimes puzzling

Dress rehearsal for Fort Worth Opera's JFK world premiere


The Fort Worth Opera’s much-anticipated JFK is an engrossing, sometimes puzzling musical tragedy that focuses on the final hours of President John F. Kennedy and the sorrows of first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Read more

Review: Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth

Roads Originatiing in Russia

Special to the Star-Telegram

The Fort Worth Chamber Music Society concert at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth was like some candy bars — soft on the outside and chewy in the middle. Read more

Caruso and the coliseum redux — cowboys and culture mix well

Caruso in Cowton

Special to the Star-Telegram

What if Pagliacci had been about a rodeo clown? Read more

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