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Review: Fort Worth Symphony Orchesta


Special to the Star-Telegram

The shocking news of the Kholodenko family tragedy cast a pall over Friday night’s performance of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The deaths of Nika and Michela Kholodenko, daughters of 2013 Cliburn gold medalist Vadym Kholodenko, had both professional and personal repercussions. Read more

Theater review: Stage West’s ‘The Nether’


Buddy Myers

The subject matter is repugnant, but the drama is relentlessly gripping in The Nether, the dark and powerful play that opened at Stage West on Saturday. Read more

Review: Fort Worth Symphony's ‘Sounds of New Orleans’


Special to the Star-Telegram

It was supposed to be a salute to the great jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Read more

Review: Dallas Black Dance Theatre

The Dallas Black Dance Theatre refused to acknowledge any barriers in its performance Dancing Beyond Borders at the Scott Theatre on Thursday, and the result was an evening of dance that artfully tested the limits of the dancers and the space. Read more

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'

Texas Ballet 104


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

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