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Main St. fest: Performing arts groups get into the act

Posted 11:11pm on Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2013

When you think of art at the Main St. fest, your brain might not immediately conjure things like a musical instrument “petting zoo” or a giant piano like the one Tom Hanks frolicked on in the movie Big. And you also probably wouldn’t imagine hanging out at the Flying Saucer, throwing back whiskey shots while watching an opera singer let loose with an aria about 10 feet away.

But with four of Fort Worth’s performing arts groups getting into the act, you can add those delights and more to the Main St. roster. Bass Hall will host a free open house, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, which will feature its four resident arts groups: the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Opera, the Cliburn and Texas Ballet Theater. The details:

• The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s brass ensemble will perform. Visitors can also get up close and personal looks at the orchestra’s wide array of instruments at its family-friendly “instrument petting zoo.”

• The Fort Worth Opera will display costumes from past performances, including the stunning designs from the 2011 production of Julius Caesar. The opera also will feature an interactive station where visitors can snap keepsake photos with opera characters like Hansel and Gretel. In addition, visitors can get an early look at the Parisian-inspired lobby decorations that will help kick off the 2013 Fort Worth Opera Festival season opener, La Bohème, on Saturday. And as part of an event called “Off Main,” Fort Worth Opera also will be taking its popular Opera Shots series to the downtown Flying Saucer. So, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, opera singers and festival stars will be out on the patio to satisfy all your high-meets-low culture needs.

• The Cliburn will present four pianists — two per piano —performing Stars and Stripes Forever and Aram Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance. Also, in the Bass Hall lobby, the new 15-foot-plus Cliburn floor piano — created by Inside Image Design — will be unveiled for patrons to play.

• Texas Ballet Theater dancers Heather and Alexander Kotelenets will perform selected dances from Ave Maria, a lyrical pas de deux highlighting the graceful exchange between the ballerina and her male partner.

— Heather Svokos

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