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Less-heard selections make Round 2 memorable

In the world of classical music, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better-known trio of composers than Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. That’s undoubtedly one of the reasons that the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra based its last two August festivals on their music. Read more

FWSO fest opens with hauntingly beautiful Mozart, ironic ‘Farewell’


Special to the Star-Telegram

For the second year in a row, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is drawing names from the A-list of Viennese composers to kick off another season of the classics. Read more

Solomons the clear star of Modern Dance Festival

Modern Dance at the Modern


The big showcase of Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth’s 13th annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern is stripped down this year: no lighting rigs, no marley floor, no formal seating. Featured guest artist Gus Solomo... Read more

Sunday concert at Mimir Chamber Music Festival gets standing ovation



Franz Schubert’s Fantasy in F minor, D. 940, for two pianists at the same keyboard is rarely programmed. But it opened the Sunday-afternoon concert of the Mimir Chamber Music Festival with two superb pianists. Read more

Fort Worth Symphony hits all right patriotic notes in ‘Picnic’

FWSO Family Fireworks picnic 01

Special to the Star-Telegram

Predictability is not always a bad thing. Read more

Opening Mimir concert composed some nice surprises

Mimir Chamber Music Festival


The Mimir Chamber Music Festival is an anomaly. Read more

Fort Worth Symphony’s ‘Rock On!’ was born to be mild


Malinda M Julien

The Fort Worth Symphony’s Concerts in the Garden presentation at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden on Sunday night, “Rock On!,” was an appealing show — for anyone who does not par... Read more

Amateur playing was strong enough for six-way tie

Cliburn Amateur Finals 001


Saturday was the kind of day when being a judge in a piano competition was an especially unenviable task. How about a six-way tie for first place? Sorry, the rules don’t allow it. Read more

In semifinals, Cliburn amateurs tackle more substantive works

Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition

Cliburn Foundation

The semifinal round of the seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition granted the participants more time (28 minute maximum) than the opening rounds. This opened up the possibility of programming more substantial pieces than before. Read more

Pianists of many countries show fluency in their common language

Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition

Cliburn Foundation

It’s a good thing that music is a universal language. Otherwise, the seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition might remind some of the Tower of Babel. Read more

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