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In this issue: Litton’s Legacy / Antique Appraisal Day / WRR’s new announcers / Chamber Music Update / The Dog Bowl

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No Goodbyes

Litton’s Legacy

By Maestro Andrew Litton

By Kurt Rongey WRR Operations Manager

Since 1992 Dallas has been home. When I was named Music Director for the Dallas Symphony my wife and I moved here, bought a house, started a family and became a part of the community. My conducting schedule took me to locales all over the world but Dallas was where I came back to at the end of my travels. Now as I end my tenure as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, my travels will end in a new place. New York will soon be the home base of the Litton family. Not only will it mean living closer to my father, but much of my future conducting will take place overseas so New York made a bit more sense. But what’s comforting as we leave this wonderful city is the fact that I will come back to the Meyerson, the DSO and Dallas several times a year. In the 2006-2007 season I’ll be here twice: in September to perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and conduct the score to the silent film Battleship Potemkin, and in February 2007 to lead the Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances. In just a few weeks (starting July 7th to be exact) I will lead the DSO in their farewell appearance in Vail, Colorado at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. I know a lot of Dallasites head to Vail in the summer, so maybe we’ll cross paths. On a personal note, I’d like to thank the musicians and staff of the DSO I’ve had the privilege of working with over the past 12 years. To the patrons of the DSO I say thank you for coming and listening and hopefully enjoying. I look forward to seeing all of you again the in the future, which is why I can’t really say “goodbye” to Dallas. It’s more like “See y’all later.”

Join WRR and D Home at Antique Appraisal Day D Home and Dallas Auction Gallery invite you to the 2006 Antique Appraisal Day on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Twenty expert appraisers are ready to give you a verbal estimate so clean out your closets and check your attics for “treasures.” Tickets are $25 for two items and $40 for three items. To purchase tickets call 972-354-8308. Antique Appraisal Day benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of North Texas. People Newspapers and WRR are media sponsors. It’s all happening at the Dallas Auction Gallery at 1518 Slocum Street in Dallas.

Very few people have done such a service of evangelism for the Dallas arts as Andrew Litton. His initiative and reputation enabled the DSO to perform in the European centers of musical art such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Musikvereinsaal in Vienna. I was fortunate to accompany Maestro Litton and the orchestra on their European Tour in 2003. I remember his impression of the moment - “The Musikverein was standing like Everest before all of us. It just felt amazing to be in that room, to make music in that room. To be there together representing Dallas, representing the culture of our city. Really at the Mecca of music, the place where most of the music we listen to and play came from. The step up is to get regularly reinvited to these places like all the great orchestras of the world do, so that it’s not once every 103 years that we go to Vienna. ” Thanks to Andrew Litton, that is now a possibility. I also remember the incredible daring of the programming for that concert. He chose to perform Mahler’s Symphony #7 there - one of the composer’s most challenging works, for an audience who would not accept a second-rate performance. Their glowing reception was an endorsement not just of the performance, but of the creative spirit of Dallas. Please join us for Andrew Litton’s last concert as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. WRR will broadcast it live on May 13 at 8 p.m. One work will be performed, Mahler’s Second Symphony, featuring the Dallas Symphony Chorus, soprano Harolyn Blackwell and mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant.

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McKinney opens performing arts center The historic Collin County Courthouse is now the home of the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC). This unique multi-purpose center includes a 440-seat Courtroom theater, a reception hall, art gallery, working artist studios and executive suites for lease to non-profit organizations. This beautiful restored, turnof-the-century building is dedicated to providing the community a professional venue for cultural, artistic and educational opportunities.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Many exciting Cinco de Mayo events are planned throughout North Texas this year. Among the the colorful celebrations to check out in Dallas is the annual Cinco festival held at Pike Park at 2807 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas’ oldest Cinco celebration begins the evening of Friday, May 5 and runs through Sunday afternoon. Dallas Farmers Market also is planning a big Cinco event on Saturday, May 6 from 14 p.m. Enjoy performances by Cantante Ranchero Carolina Imperial, Ballet Ollimpaxqui, Trio Caporales Mariachi Music and Grupo Batacumbele. The event is at 1010 S. Pearl St.

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PING PONG WITH LANG LANG–Classical music superstar Lang Lang enjoyed playing ping pong with WRR listeners recently at Steinway Hall Dallas. The internationally-acclaimed pianist was in Dallas for his debut recital with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on April 11.

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WRR welcomes two new announcers

Classical Music CD Reviews By Kevin Sutton

Bate

Moyer

Two new voices are now gracing the airwaves of WRR Classical 101. General Manager Greg Davis is pleased to announce the arrival of Adriana Bate and Karen Moyer. Both are new to WRR, but not to broadcaasting or classical music. Bate is WRR’s midday host. She has more than 30 years of radio experience and comes to Dallas from New Orleans. She has a degree from Kirkland University in Clinton, New York with a major in Literature and Theater. Moyer spent five years as an on-air announcer. She graduated from Alma College in Michigan with a major in vocal music. She holds a Bachelors of Music Education degree from North Park University in Chicago amd a Masters in Music from UNT. Moyer is a weekend anchor and host of several WRR features. For additional info on Bate, Moyer and all the WRR announcers visit wrr101.com and click on “Announcers.”

Chamber Music News WRR Classical 101 extends a happy 100th birthday to Dorothea Kelley, matriarch of the chamber music in Dallas. Ms. Kelley helped establish the Dallas Chamber Music Society 51 years ago and remains the group’s artist director. ****** The 3rd Annual WRR Young Artist Chamber Music Competition sponsored by Chamber Music International concluded April 30 with winners performing in concert at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. High School and college students participated in several categories including string trio, string quartet, piano quartet, wind quintet and reed trio. WRR is proud to support a program that advances classical music among young musicians.

Cleveland Symphony on WRR By Kevin Sutton The long awaited return of the Cleveland Orchestra to the WRR lineup of symphony broadcasts is over. The 26-week series of programs with music director and principle conductor Franz Welser-Möst also includes a host of great guest conductors. The series includes Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Robert Porco, and Vladimir Askenazy taking the podium to bring you week-after-week of great music all summer and into the autumn. The broadcasts begin at 6 p.m. each Saturday. One of the greatest orchestras in the world, the Cleveland Orchestra is truly a national artistic treasure.

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C.P. E. Bach (1714-1788) Sonatas and Rondos for Keyboard. Christopher H i n t e r h u b e r, piano. NAXOS 8.557450 Of all the successful children of Johann Sebastian Bach, the most widely respected was his second eldest son, Carl Philip Emanuel. Prolific, forward thinking and impressively talented, C.P.E. Bach was a profound influence on both Haydn and Mozart. The originality of his works stands in sharp contrast to those of his father, with whom he was simultaneously composing for a number of years in completely different styles. This collection of keyboard works, very ably performed by Christopher Hinterhuber provides a suitable portrait into the mind of a fascinating and unique composer. Listen for unexpected shifts of harmony and mood, and a technical facility that would have impressed Chopin and Liszt. A fine addition to any library of great keyboard music. Toshiro MAYUZUMI (1929-1997) Works for Orchestra. New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Takuo Yuasa. NAXOS 8.557693 Whether you’re a fan of dreamy music a la Debussy and Ravel, or the more spicy music of later composers, there is something of interest for everyone in this collection of works for orchestra by the relatively unsung Japanese composer, Toshiro Mayuzumi. A composer whose formative years ran concurrently with the Second World War, his influences included the works of the impressionists, along with a strong leaning for Latin American rhythms (music from the U.S. was banned in Japan during the war).

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The Dallas Bach Society will hold its second annual “Bachyard Bar-B-Que” on May 19 from 6-9 p.m. at Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake in Dallas. The event includes dinner, silent auction, and musical entertainment. For tickets, call 214-320-8700.

The annual Asian Festival presented by the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce and State Farm will be held May 6 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Centennial Building at Fair Park. Festival admission is free.

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REHEARSALS BEGIN FOR LIVING OPERA’S SECOND SEASON–The Living Opera has announced its 2006 season: Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), June 22-25, and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, July 20-23. Both productions will be at the Eisemann Center in Richardson and will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Under the direction of general manager Michael Chadwick, this is The Living Opera’s second season. For ticket information, call 469-366-6892 or visit www.thelivingopera.org.

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Sundays at the Park presents Texas’ largest dog park–a once in a lifetime opportunity to have dogs and their owners run free on the Cotton Bowl field. It’s happening Sunday, May 7 from 1-5 p.m. In addition to “The Dog Bowl” enjoy brunch al fresco at the Old Mill Inn, stroll Fair Park and enjoy live local musicians, storytelling hours, and swan rides on the lagoon. All museums will be open. The event is free. For more information, visit www.fairpark.org.

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Must-hear radio: May WRR highlights By Kurt Rongey Operations Manager Nobody is more authoritative on the music of Shostakovich than his friend Mstislav Rostropovich. Tune in at 8 p.m., Thursday, May 11 for The NYPO This Week as Rostropovich conducts the Violin Concerto #1 with Maxim Vengerov and the Symphony #10. We offer an in-depth look at past Cliburn Competitions with a new 13-part series called The Cliburn Winners Wednesday at 8 p.m. starting May 3. It will highlight performances by past winners of the competition. You’ll have another opportunity to hear Cliburn gold as Olga Kern performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #1 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on WRR at 8 p.m. on May 1. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra broadcast concert will feature guest conductor Andrew Davis in Holst’s Planets at 8 p.m. on May 8. May 14 is Mother’s Day! What better way to say you care than by making a request and a special dedication on Command Performance with Karen Moyer? Email request@wrr101.com with your selection and special message. Detailed WRR program listings are now available at WRR101.com. Click on “Programs,” and click on the “Programming Highlights” link for specifics on selections, soloists and more.

Join WRR at Dino Dash 13 Join WRR for Dino Dash 13 on May 13 from 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at The Science Place at Fair Park. Dino Dash includes a 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, and a 1K Fun Run. The event also includes Discovery Fest, a fun and exciting one-day family science festival open to the public. For more information, visit www.scienceplace.org.

Upcoming WRR Events May 5-7

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Pike Park, 2807 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas’ oldest Cinco festival set in the heart of Little Mexico.

May 6

Asian Festival, 11a.m.-5 p.m., Centennial Hall at Fair Park, displays, entertainment, and concessions. FREE

May 7

The Dog Bowl, 1-5 p.m., Cotton Bowl at Fair Park, dogs and their their owners can run free on the Cotton Bowl field. FREE

May 20

WRR live two-hour remote, 1-3 p.m. at Bachendorf Jewelers, The Shops of Preston Center, benefitting the Dallas Symphony.

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