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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

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

Cliburn amateur competition starts Sunday with few surprises


The Cliburn

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

FWSO duels with ‘Hamilton’ for Fort Worth’s biggest Broadway fans

Concerts in the Garden 1


The sunny sounds of Broadway kept the rain away at the Fort Worth Symphony’s Concerts in the Garden presentation on Sunday night. Read more

‘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

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