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Review: Fort Worth Symphony with Anne Akiko Meyers

Friday evening’s program by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra was full of spice and sugar — in that order. The spice was a work by Donnacha Dennehy, the symphony’s composer-in-residence. The sugar — by no means cloying — was two lyrical works by Prokofiev. Read more

Review: Texas Ballet Theater’s ‘Nutty Nutcracker’

The Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker always soars not just because of the quality of dancers, but from Ben Stevenson’s knack for comedy, particularly in the opening party scene. For the past five years, that comedy has been turned up to 11 for the ... Read more

'Jubilation' makes a joyful noise


Cecil Fuqua

Jubilee Theatre is making a joyful noise with Jubilation, a holiday-themed revue that wraps old carols in new packages. Read more

Review: ‘Messiah’ at Bass Hall

It has been said that Handel’s Messiah is the first piece of classical music ever written — if you define classic as a work of art whose greatness was recognized at its first appearance and whose popularity has never diminis... Read more

Review: Casa’s ‘Frosty the Snowman’ is a heartwarming family tale


Casa Mañana Theatre

At the beginning of Casa Mañana’s reboot of Frosty the Snowman, young Julie admonishes Officer Bob for starting the show with the classic Frosty tune. Read more

Review: Ballet Frontier’s ‘The Nutcracker’

Although this year’s production of The Nutcracker from Ballet Frontier of Texas is filled with children in the opening party scene — the ratio of kids to adults has to be at least 4-to-1 — it’s the group’s most grown-up production o... Read more

Review: Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s JFK memorial concert


Special to the Star-Telegram

This weekend, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is joining the great national commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Read more

Review: Kitchen Dog Theater’s ‘Race’

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Just the announcement that David Mamet has a new play out gets fans and haters ready to perch on their soapboxes. His best days as a playwright are well behind him, many say — and it’s hard to argue with that. Still, it’s hard to find any other American playwright, aside fro... Read more

Review: This ‘Grinch’ is for kids


Paparazzi by Appointment

You’d have to be one heck of a Grinch to find too many reasons to dog on Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical, which opened Tuesday at Bass Hall for a week’s run, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth. Read more

Review: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with Adam Golka

You can’t accuse the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra of thinking small this weekend. The program lineup includes one medium-sized work that was probably unknown to anyone in Friday night’s audience and two large-scale masterpieces — Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 and Sibe... Read more

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