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In this issue: One Arts Plaza, Fort Worth Opera, Basically Beethoven, Music Reviews, The DSO in Napa and more

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July 2008

Celebrate Independence Day Fair Park Style Join WRR this Fourth of July for a day of patriotic music and spectacular fireworks. We’re celebrating Independence Day at two incredible family events. We’ll broadcast the Dallas Wind Symphony “live” from The State Fair grounds for a Fair Park Fourth; and you’ll see us in Irving with the Irving Symphony’s Firecracker 4th Celebration. But no matter where you are when the sun goes down, you’ll want to watch your fireworks while tuned to 101.1 fm. A Fair Park Fourth begins at 5 p.m. on the State Fair grounds. Throughout the afternoon the Texas Skyway will be open for rides and the museums at Fair Park will host free admissions from 5-8 p.m. At 8:15 p.m. the Dallas Wind Symphony takes the stage for a Star Spangled Spectacular concert of patriotic music with the U.S. Army Brass Quintet. Fair Park organizers are promising to top the evening with a Texas-sized choreographed fireworks display by renowned fireworks artists the Grucci Brothers. The Grucci Company has produced many of the major firework programs in the world, including the Statute of Liberty Centennial, World’s Fairs and Olympic Games.

Directions and event details may be found on the Fair Park website at, or by calling 214-871-0783. The City of Irving and the Irving Symphony Orchestra play host to a family friendly celebration for the 4th in Las Colinas. Join us as we host the Firecracker 4th at Williams Square. Maestro Hector Guzman plans an Independence Day concert of musical favorites performed by the Irving Symphony Orchestra. Irving’s patriotic event is also free to the public, with food and beverage vendors on-site. For more information, contact the Irving Symphony office at 972-831-8818. Both venues tell us you’ll want to come early to stake your place for a birds eye view of the fireworks while listening to WRR’s music.

You’ll definitely want to turn up the volume while listening to WRR Friday morning. Thanks to a suggestion from WRR fan Ed Balouf of Dallas, WRR will play crowd pleasing march music while you watch your favorite neighborhood parade from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. You’ve heard the marches on Christopher Hackett’s ‘March of the Day” show, now you’ll get a chance to see them in action as your friends and neighbors march to the beat of our “Patriotic Parade.” This is the only time you’ll be allowed to wake the neighbors. So grab the kids, the dogs and head down to your favorite 4th of July parade and turn up the volume. It’s all the musical fun and excitement of celebrating our nation’s independence in 1776. The Fair Park Fourth broadcast is brought to you by 1-800-PAINTING, View Point Bank, Lyric Stage and Moore Tree Service.

Impressionist Masters at the Kimbell

The Bedroom, 1889 Vincent van Gogh Impressionist painting remains the most attractive period in the history of modern art and the most appreciated by the public. The impressionist style of painting is characterized chiefly by a group of artists working in and around France between 1867 and 1886. Their work became a major influence known as French Impressionism, and would later spread to music. This summer and fall, thanks to an exclusive loan from the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kimbell Museum of Art plays host to 92 of the most celebrated works by Impressionist painters. The Art Institute’s Impressionist collection has never before left Chicago in such a large group, and it will be shown only at the Kimbell. This is a one time only opportunity to view the works of the Impressionist Masters, as well as participate in scholarly symposiums and lectures. The exhibit features signature works by Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

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The loan of the Art Institute’s collection is possible because of an expansion project with renovations to the galleries and the construction of a new Modern Wing designed by Renzo Piano, the architect recently chosen by the Kimbell to design its own second building. During the renovation, many works had to be moved or put in storage. Relocating the Impressionist collection created a unique opportunity for these great works to be shown outside the Art Institute’s own walls, and the Kimbell was able to seize the moment. Organizers tell us you’ll want to get your tickets early and you’ll want to view this one many times. Because the French Impressionist movement heavily influenced music composition of the period, this exhibit particularly lends itself to classical music. WRR’s Kevin Pytcher will explore the works of impressionist style composers such as Debussy, Scriabin, Dukas, and Ravel during the exhibition. In addition, WRR will be giving you a chance to win some free tickets to the exhibit. Stay tuned as Kimbell Museum of Art Interim Director Malcolm Warner, and noted Impressionist authority Rick Brettell gives WRR a behind the scenes look at this fascinating exhibition at the Kimbell. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

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10 for the 4th • Fair Park Fourth • Irving Firecracker 4th • Fort Worth Old Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic • Grapevine’s 4th of July Fireworks Show • Plano All American 4th Fireworks Show • Red, White and Boom! McKinney • Addison Kaboom Town • ‘Music in the Park’ Fourth of July Concert Mesquite • Southlake Stars and Stripes Celebration • On the top of a parking garage, penthouse apartment, or any other high vantage point with friends, family, a Texas sized bbq and the radio tuned to WRR Visit for more details on Independence day festivities.


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Listen Up! by Matt Erikson I’m always suspicious of socalled connoisseurs who jeer Puccini’s La Bohème. They lack a romantic urge or any red-blooded sensitivity to the sweetest melodies that opera has to offer. These are musical snobs of the worst sort. Of course, La Bohème is performed a lot. A certain ennui follows news of the latest recording. Do we really need another La Bohème for the CD shelves? In the case of the newest Deutsche Grammophon release featuring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón, the answer is a joyful yes. There’s been much hype — and excessively high expectaLa Bohème tions — surrounding DeutscheGrammophon these two young and appealing opera stars. Netrebko’s rich voice, awash with dark, smoldering timbres, is almost always a pleasure to hear. And when he’s in good form, Villazon’s thrilling tenor evokes a young Plácido Domingo. Their palpable chemistry and thirtysomething enthusiasm are put to admirable use in this live recording, which includes a uniformly young cast, including American soprano Nicole Cabell as a saucy Musetta. Lest there be any doubt, the Act I encounter between Netrebko and Villazón is nothing short of magic. Conductor Bertrand de Billy elicits equally enchanting playing throughout from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. This Bohème will definitely leave you Moonstruck.

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Fort Worth Opera Experience by Adriana Bate

Everyone else was dressed smartly, and there was I, wearing jeans but feeling very much appropriately attired, because I was in the booth at the back of the Bass Performance Hall audience, getting ready to host the live broadcast of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in its premiere performance as part of the Fort Worth Opera Festival 2008. This WRR exclusive was the first-ever live broadcast of the Fort Worth Opera. The performances by leads Elizabeth Futral and Stephen Costello were compelling; the audience shot to its feet at the final curtain. Mix in the generous presence of Fort Worth Opera Music Director Joe Illick contributing his unique insight during WRR’s broadcast intermissions, and what you had was a recipe for great music and great radio, whether you were in black tie or a black T-shirt. I hope you had a chance to listen!

Listener Comments “I listened to Lucia at Bass hall on the 25th. It was soooooo good... It is the best Lucia that I have ever heard. I, my sons and friends need the production. I would also welcome having it in Itunes catalog for thousands to enjoy. I want them to have all of the warts that are usually eliminated in so called production CD’s. I want to hear the audience coughing and applauding. I also want to hear the stage noises and the conductors foot stomping so that I know that the production is truly the real live thing and not real live phony taped and masticated reproduction... I am willing to pay whatever the cost.” Henry H. of Fort Worth

One Arts Plaza Sizzling Summer If you’ve been to downtown Dallas at night in the last few months you’ve seen the big square in the sky. That’s the new One Arts Plaza and they’re celebrating their opening with plenty of events this summer. Visit for a full list of events as they’re being updated daily but a few things we know happen every week: • Sundays - 11:30-1:30 p.m. - Brunch entertainment (currently classical guitarist Yoban Quijano.) • Tuesdays, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Musicians - 7-9 p.m. • Wednesdays - musical entertainment - 6-8 p.m. • Thursdays - Dallas Black Dance Theater 6:30-8:30 p.m. • Fridays, Fresh Flower Kiosk from GRO and musical entertainment (varied) 7-9 p.m. • Saturdays - various entertainment - 79 p.m.

Dallas Black Dance Theater at One Arts Plaza Also to note - on the last Friday of each month - St. Paul’s Jazz will play from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month - One Arts will host an organic Farmer’s Market from 112 p.m.

Basically Beethoven Festival “Due to renovations at Fair Park, the Fine Arts Chamber Players (FACP) Basically Beethoven Festival will hold its 28th season at the Dallas Arboretum,” says Gae Hatton, Executive Director for FACP. Some of the finest professional musicians from across North Texas have gathered for the festival. And, for the first time in the festival’s history, the performances will be held inside air-conditioned Rosine Hall of the Dallas Arboretum. The concerts are free to the public but require a reservation, which also provides free Arboretum admission. Seating is limited, so please reserve early. Each July, the Basically Beethoven Festival comes alive with a series of free classical chamber music concerts that take place every Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from July 6-27. For the Love of Music, a 20-minute pre-concert recital series, precedes the feature performances. The recital showcases young talented musicians, giving them an opportunity to perform before a wider audience. For more details, visit or


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July Programming Highlights By Kurt Rongey Operations Manager Two remarkable installments in this year’s Cliburn Concerts broadcast series take place Friday July 11 and 25. Lang Lang will be heard in a stunning solo performance July 11. Then on July 25, mezzo-soprano Anne Sophie von Otter is presented in recital. These exclusive concerts, both commencing at 8 p.m., can only be heard on WRR 101.1. One of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, Leon Fleisher, will turn 80 July 23. Fleisher’s life has been a great inspiration. After a glorious early career, he lost the use of his right hand, a challenge that would have been the end of hope for many. His subsequent championing of left-hand piano repertoire and, more recently, his regaining of the use of his right hand after decades of experimental treatments and even brain surgery, have secured him as an icon of perseverance. Tune to WRR to enjoy many of his unforgettable renditions throughout the day and evening July 23.

We’re live from Napa Valley! with DSO Friday, July 18 WRR continues to bring you live broadcasts of exciting musical events. On Friday, July 18, join us as we broadcast The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) live from the Festival Del Sole music festival in Napa Valley, Lincoln Theater/ Napa Valley California. The DSO will be joined by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky, for a provocative program that includes Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto #2, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G and one of Beethoven’s most popular symphonies, the Seventh. Tune in to WRR Friday night, July 18 at 8:30 p.m. for this live broadcast. This special broadcast is made possible by: The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, Texas Women’s University, Centennial Fine Wines & Spirits, Your Dallas-Fort Worth Lexus Dealers and Aneita Fern.

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Fair Park 4th, Impressionist Masters, One Arts Plaza, Fort Worth Opera, Basically Beethoven, Music Reviews, The DSO in Napa

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