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Review: Dallas Opera’s ‘Great Scott’ full of comedic touches

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The Dallas Opera

“I confess to wincing when I have heard Great Scott described as a ‘comic’ opera.” These are the words of playwright Read more

Review: Hall Ensemble Oktoberfest concert at BRIT

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Dwight Vasel

One thing the Hall Ensemble is not is predictable. Oh, it plays music by the likes of Mozart and Beethoven, but that’s almost always offset by pieces you’re surprised to hear in a recital of classical music. Read more

Review: Texas Camerata with baritone David Grogan

The vaulted interior of Fort Worth’s St. Andrews Episcopal Church was an exceptionally well-suited venue for a concert of Baroque music performed by the Texas Camerata. The group plays on historically accurate instruments of the era so the music sounds pretty much like it would have 300 ye... Read more

Review: ‘Self-Taught Genius’ at Amon Carter Museum is about the art

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Star-Telegram

The work of geniuses is on exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Not artists, geniuses. It seems the art establishment is rather touchy about who can lay claim to the term “artist,” although it is quite loose with the term “genius.” Read more

Review: ‘Pop’ goes the art at the DMA

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Courtesy Dallas Museum of Art

Pop was one of the most enthusiastically embraced art movements of the past century, hitting the timeline from the mid-1950s to early 1970s. It was carried on the visages of movie stars, neon, Coca-Cola, comic book lips, Brillo boxes and food — lots of food — all the things that sho... Read more

Review: Texas Ballet Theater’s ‘Dracula’

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Star-Telegram

Texas Ballet Theater is repeating itself again. Its seasons can seem like a tight rotation of big story ballets — The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet. Nutcracker, <... Read more

Review: Schola Cantorum

Monday night’s program of the Schola Cantorum of Texas began conventionally enough, with Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzer (Love Song Waltzes) for voice and pianos. But it quickly veered into unfamiliar territory and became downright hilarious by the final n... Read more

Review: Dark Circles Contemporary Dance

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Courtesy Jacob’s Pillow Dance

Things choreographer Joshua L. Peugh likes: klezmer music, American standards sung by jazzy female vocalists, dancers moving in awkward-looking body positions, toying with the audience, novelty songs, ensemble arrangements that don’t make sense until they do, the element of surprise and, per... Read more

Review: McCartney gets rousing salute in pops concert

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Special to the Star-Telegram

He’s been rumored to be dead, seen his band go on the run and even been reduced to singing silly love songs. Read more

Review: Marc-Andre Hamelin at Cliburn at the Bass

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Star-Telegram

If you mention the name Marc-Andre Hamelin to anyone even vaguely associated with the musical world, the first response will probably be “he can effortlessly play anything.” They don’t mean that his performances are blase as he tosses off some transcendental Liszt; they are ... Read more

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