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Hall Ensemble, Alex McDonald bring surprises to BRIT concert


Special to the Star-Telegram

Hall Ensemble audiences have come to expect something a little offbeat when the musical group sits down to play. Tuesday night’s program had two such surprises — one musical, the other technical. Read more

Concert review: Leonard Slatkin conducts Fort Worth Symphony

FWSO with Leonard Slatkin

Special to the Star-Telegram

There was a larger than usual audience at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s concert in Bass Hall on Friday night. Tchaikovsky may have had something to do with that, but a bigger factor was probably the presence of Leonard Slatkin on the podium. Read more

Review: Texas Ballet Theater's 'Classic Combination'

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It’s unusual to see a Texas Ballet Theater mixed-repertory production and leave feeling like the Balanchine was the so-so work on the program. But so it was with the “Classic Combination” program, which opened Friday night at Bass Hall for the first of four performances. Read more

Review: Chamber Music Society performance full of fiery surprises


The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth is known for surprising the audience, mostly with superior programming and world-class musicians. But on Saturday, in the auditorium of Fort Worth’s Modern Art Museum, there was a surprise of a different sort. Read more

Review: Cliburn Festival Programs 3 and 4


Special to the Star-Telegram

Programs 3 and 4 of the Cliburn Festival, titled “Musical Theatre” and “Hollywood,” were the most populist of the five-concert series. The music was familiar, the performers excellent and the audiences responsive. Read more

Review: Cliburn Americana festival

Cliburn Festival


“Jazz,” the second program of the 2016 Cliburn Festival — An American Influence would be hard to beat for variety. It ranged from jazz-oriented classical pieces through straight pop of a few decades ago, songs in an array of styles and humorous compositions with an attitude. Read more

Review: Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie

Associated Press

“Well, it all started 50 years ago. …” Read more

Schola Cantorum brings humor to Valentine’s Day concert

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How can you not love a Valentine’s Day concert that includes a number called My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth? Read more

Review: Ben Moore, Cliburn at the Modern

Ben Moore Van Cliburn Concert

Special to the Star-Telegram

Saturday afternoon’s Cliburn at the Modern program focused on the human voice. The center of attention was the music of Ben Moore, who proved to be a composer of real substance. Read more

Review: FWSO 'West Side Story' concert full of energy -- and an unexpected conductor switch

FWSO West Side Story Dances


There was an unusual development at Friday night’s concert by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra: Music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducted the first portion of the program, and then assistant conductor Daniel Black took over for he rest of the evening. Read more

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