Here is Saturday’s schedule for the finals of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Concerto performances will be with conductor James Conlon and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. All performances are in Bass Hall, Fourth and Commerce in downtown Fort Worth. Matinee Session 1:30 p.m.: Haochen Zhang of China will play Brahms’ Variations and […]
David A. Smith’s Money for Art: The Tangled Web of Art and Politics in American Democracy recounts the history of federal funding of the arts since 1817 when Congress bought its first set of oil paintings. But for Dr. Smith — a senior lecturer in history at Baylor University — the decades up to the 1960s are mostly a preamble to his account of the National Endowment for the Arts. Actually, the first seven chapters of Money for Art are an extended preamble to just the NEA’s culture wars in the ’80s and ’90s. At its heart, Dr. Smith’s study is an attempt to explain that outbreak by putting it in a historical context — to explain it, learn from it and perhaps even get past it.
If you are in Fort Worth this morning, head over to the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (3901 South Hulen) for the groundbreaking ceremony for the academy’s new building. The event begins at 11 and will feature Broadway star Betty Lynn Buckley as well as performances from the Texas Boys Choir and the Singing […]
THE PASSING OF THE FONZ: How does an actor take over an iconic role that is closely associated with someone else? That’s a question that Joey Sorge has had to answer. He plays Fonzi in the touring production of Happy Days: A New Musical currently camped at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Something that’s […]
Here is Friday’s schedule for the finals of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Concerto performances will be with conductor James Conlon and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. All performances are in Bass Hall, Fourth and Commerce in downtown Fort Worth. 7:30 p.m.: Evgeni Bozhanov of Bulgaria will play Takemitsu’s Rain Tree Sketch I, […]
Since no one is having any obvious blowouts in this year’s Cliburn finals (the overall level is higher than the historic norm for this competition), reactions are increasingly subjective. I have been a fan of South Korea’s Yeol Eum Son (shown above) since her preliminary recital, and her finals recital Thursday night did nothing to […]
The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is now mostly a night affair, at least until the weekend’s afternoon sessions. This leaves more time to take in some of the extracurricular activities surrounding the competition. Two recent events tied in to each other, though this was entirely by coincidence. One was the showing on Wednesday afternoon […]
Born Cora Walton, Taylor was 80, and her death was caused by complications from gastrointestinal surgery. Four weeks ago, Taylor collected her record 29th Blues Music Award in Memphis – capping a career that saw her become a female icon of the blues with such hits as “Wang Dang Doodle” and “I’m a Woman.” The […]
BOOKER T. LOSES 5: DISD announced Wednesday that it is moving 235 positions out of the district’s magnet schools and learning centers so that it will continue to qualify for federal funding. The local arts community has had its eye on how the repositioning would affect Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and […]
If it has happened at the Cliburn Competition, Louise Canafax has seen it. The Fort Worth resident has been apart of all 13 competitions, from playing the viola in the orchestra to her most prominent role – the backstage mother.