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The Fort Worth Symphony Presents Ellis Island and Tan Dun Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in two major works by living composers in March and April, and both are engaging Tan Dun both as music and also as pieces of theater. First to be performed was composer-inresidence Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America (March 4-6), an epic multimedia piece for orchestra and actors. For the libretto, Boyer fashioned a dramatic narrative out of the real words of immigrants as gathered by the Ellis Island Oral History Project. Unlike other works

in the symphonic repertoire that make use of narration, he says, “this piece demands true actors who can do more than simply read the words, but can embody the immigrants whose actual words these are.” Evocative photos from the Ellis Island Immigration Museum will be projected above the stage. WRR will rebroadcast this groundbreaking concert March 30 at 8 p.m. On April 15-17, the orchestra will perform Tan Dun’s Water Concerto, with soloist David Cossin on water percussion. The FWSO’s percussionists get to have fun here, too. Among the instruments they and Cossin will play: hemispherical transparent water basins with special lighting, a gong with dipping basin for changing pitch, water drums (wooden salad bowls floating upside-down on water), and a long water tube with foam paddle (Cossin says a flip-flop works perfectly). Tan aimed to create “music that is for listening to in a visual way,

and watching in an audio way. I want it to be intoxicating. And I hope some people will listen and rediscover … things that are around us but we don’t notice,” Tan says. WRR will rebroadcast this concert on Wednesday, May 11 at 8 p.m. For tickets to the April 15-17 performances, please call 817-665-6000 or fwsymphony.org.

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The Dallas Symphony visits Countertenors Descend on Carnegie Hall Fort Worth Opera Jaap van Zweden will mark another important milestone in his tenure with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on May 11 when he conducts an encore performance – and the New York City premiere – of Steven Stucky’s August 4, 1964 at Carnegie Hall. WRR will simulcast the performance from Carnegie Hall beginning at 7 p.m. The performance by van Zweden, the Dallas Steven Stucky Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Chorus and vocal soloists Indira Mahajan, Kristine Jepson, Vale Rideout and Nathan Gunn is part of the inaugural Spring for Music Festival, to be held May 6 – May 14 at Carnegie Hall. Spring for Music features new and innovative concerts by seven North American orchestras, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, built around adventurous and creative programs at affordable prices. Tickets for all concerts are just $25. August 4, 1964 was commissioned by the DSO in honor of the centennial of the birth of President Lyndon B. Johnson and was premiered by van Zweden and the DSO on Sept. 18, 2008 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The evening-long concert drama follows events of August 4, 1964 in the LBJ White House – the discovery in Mississippi of the bodies of three recently murdered young civil rights workers, and the spurious “attack” on two American warships in the Gulf of Tonkin. The pivotal day shaped the civil rights movement in America and led to the tragic escalation of the war in Vietnam. Stucky’s August 4, 1964 is based on an original libretto by Gene Scheer created from diaries, news reports and historical documents. The Carnegie Hall performance will mark the fifth performance of the work, the first since its world premiere performances in Dallas. Carnegie Hall Tickets to the DSO’s Carnegie Hall performance on May 11 are available by calling 212-247-7800. Visit springformusic.com

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The 2011 Fort Worth Opera Festival offers many “firsts” this spring, when its presents its first fully-staged Baroque Opera: Julius Caesar. Handel wrote the opera for three castrati. Castrati were young men who showed tremendous vocal abilities during childhood. To keep their pure, soprano-esque voices, they voluntarily had Randall Scotting themselves castrated before puberty, so they could retain their higher register throughout their lives. These singers often became the rock stars of their generation— amassing huge performance fees, court appointments, and “groupies” amongst women and men alike. Baroque composers wrote a great deal of music for castrati, and Handel often composed with particular singers in mind. In fact, the castrato Senesino, who created the role of Julius Caesar, enjoyed a celebrated career singing Handel’s work. By the end of the 19th Century, castrati were no longer accepted by society; fortunately, this did not mean the end of Handel’s music. Instead, his music has found new life recently in the skilled hands of today’s countertenors – men whose voices are suited naturally to the specialized roles. However, countertenors are also rare, so North Texas audiences are in for a special treat for Julius Caesar with Randall Scotting singing the title role (opposite local favorite Ava Pine’s Cleopatra), and he will be joined by fellow countertenors Michael Maniaci and José Álvarez. All of these wonderful artists will be under the baton of Baroque Costume Design for Julius Caesar specialist Maestro Daniel Beck with. To maintain the original sound of Handel’s masterful opera, Fort Worth Opera made the choice to introduce three opera singers to the Metroplex who come as close as possible to sounding like castrati. Make plans now to see Julius Caesar during the 2011 Fort Worth Opera Festival, playing at Bass Performance Hall. WRR is proud to feature three special May programs about the Festival that will to add depth and insight to all the productions this year, including the countertenors. Listen Sundays May 1, 15 and 22 at 5 p.m. for our Arts Spotlight featuring the Fort Worth Opera Festival. For more info, go to FWOpera.org.

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Rolling Out the Red Carpet WRR is partnering with the Dallas International Film Festival, as the festival celebrates its 5th year, kicking-off the anniversary with an opening night screening and gala celebration at the Winspear Opera House. Dallas film aficionados are in for a treat, with 10 days of cinema, panels, education, red carpets, concerts, discussions, parties and much more! Throughout March 31- April 10 WRR highlights the great symphonic works of film with a number of film-centered features: •Visit wrr101.com to vote for your favorite film scores are of all time and register to win a pair of festival badges to the Film Festival. James Faust •Listen during the weeks leading up to the festival as we highlight the top 20 Film Scores of all time (chosen by you!) and other Movie Music Moments. •Listen during the Classic Cafe in April as we talk to James Faust, Artistic Director of the festival, about how to fest and what films they’re looking most forward to and maybe even learn how you can get a few screening passes! The 2011 Dallas International Film Festival, slated for March 31 – April 10, will be a not to be missed event. Ed Blaylock, evening host at WRR sums it up by saying, “Any film lover recognizes the relationship between film and music. It goes back to the earliest years of silent pictures when an orchestra would perform in theaters.”

ARTsPARK WRR joins NorthPark Center and Business Council for the Arts for the return of ARTsPARK on Saturday, March 26 from noon - 6 p.m. ARTsPARK is an “open door to the arts” for residents of Dallas, Collin, Denton and Tarrant Counties to learn about the wealth of arts and cultural organizations working in North Texas. ARTsPARK was created in 2010 WRR’s Kevin Pytcher and Amy Bishop to engage new audiences in membership benefits, events, volunteer programs, subscription series and more. Performances, programs and artistic demonstrations will take place on several different stages located throughout NorthPark Center in this one-day celebration of art and culture. We’ll be broadcasting live throughout the day beginning at 10 a.m. from NorthPark Center near Nordstrom, next to the new ArtsDesk. Throughout the day, we’ll be speaking with special guests from area arts organizations, featuring contests and ticket giveaways, and giving out WRR bags for all the great goodies and information that the 100+ arts organizations will be distributing at the event.

Spotlight Sounds for April Jennifer Higdon: On a Wire; GanDolfi: Q.E.D.: Engaging Richard Feynman (ASO Media B004GX91VG) -The Atlanta Symphony debuts its new label, ASO Media, with a recent work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. Higdon’s concerto is for a sextet of mixed instruments and orchestra, and her sometimes dense textures allow for the soloists to weave intricate patterns into a multicolored fabric. Schumann - The Complete Symphonies (Mahler Edition) (Decca Records B000YM4I4S)-- The Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly conducting, brings an authentic Romantic style to readings of all four symphonies. The recordings, made in the unique acoustics of the Gewandhaus, include revisions made by Gustav Mahler, a lifelong champion of Schumann’s symphonic works.

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Mozart: Symphonies 39, 41 (Soli Deo GloriaB004GX91RK)-- Conductor John Eliot Gardiner’s survey of the late Mozart symphonies in almost chronological order took some six years to record. The two works here, often considered crowning achievements in Mozart’s catalogue, have been reissed just five years after they were recorded. Holst: Orchestral Works Vol. 2 / Davis, BBC Philharmonic (Chandos- 5086) -- What else did Holst write besides “The Planets?” This new disc offers two richly-timbred examples, suites on oriental themes, “Beni Mora,” and “Japanese Suite.” Also for good measure is a new recording of the celestial cycle that became Holst’s calling card.

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Bravo Maestro Richard Giangiullo The Allen Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by the Allen Symphony Chorus to close the 2010-2011 season and to celebrate Richard Giangiulio’s fifth year with the orchestra as Conductor and Music Director. The concert, entitled Classical & Romantic, will be performed on April 30 at the First United Methodist Church of Allen and features works from the Romantic period where composers incorporated their country’s local customs and traditions, language and folklore, making the music more passionate and expressive. Repertoire for this evening includes Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Festival Overture, Alexander Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and Symphony No. 1 by Jean Sibelius. The Allen Symphony Chorus joins the orchestra in a selection of Opera Choruses from this same music period: Va Pensiero (the Hebrew Slaves Chorus) from the opera Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi, Antiphon from Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Excerpts from Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi, movements 1, 11 and 12. Visit the allenphilharmonic.org for more details.

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Extraordinary Dance at the Winspear

Sounding Off In November of last year, The Nasher Sculpture Center introduced Soundings: New Music at the Nasher, an innovative, new music series, which The Brento String Quartet explores the definition of music and tests photo Christian Steiner the very boundaries of the art form. Created in partnership with Seth Knopp, a founding member of the Peabody Trio and artistic director of Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, Soundings presents groundbreaking concerts showcasing both today’s music and that of the great composers of the past, performed by nationally and internationally renowned musicians amid the art-filled spaces of the Nasher Sculpture Center. On April 1, The Brentano String Quartet brings two of contemporary music’s most individual voices to the Nasher in works by the American composer Steven Mackey and Soviet composer Sophia Gubaidulina. On this program they are linked by their shared homage to Bach’s masterpiece Art of Fugue. The Brentanos underscore how deeply the music of our time is influenced by the genius of past generations with a performance of one of Beethoven’s final works, the inconceivably forward-looking String Quartet, Opus 135 and Alban Berg’s String Quartet, Opus 3. Visit nashersculpturecenter.org for further details.

Contemporary dance lovers should rejoice as TITAS brings us four of the most anticipated events this season. Beginning with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet April 9, TITAS takes over Hamon Hall at the AT&T Soojin Choi Performing Arts Center for a “dance photo Ezez Sabag installation” allowing the audience to move freely within the same space which the dancers are performing. The physical elements of light, space, sound and movement are all here but experienced through the unpredictable and surprising conditions created by the live performance of the 16 member Cedar Lake company. On April 23, Command Performance enters its new home at the Winspear Opera House. Ten of the world’s greatest dance stars come together for a spectacular evening of dance, with classic Pas de Deux alongside awe-inspiring contemporary works. The Martha Graham Dance Company, known as the oldest modern dance company in the world, visits the Winspear April 30 and the dance lovers’ month du jour closes May 13 with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. It’s a dance festival of sorts that promises to inspire, dazzle and awe fans of the medium. Learn more details and purchase tickets at titas.org.

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The April concerts of Chamber Music International will feature a dazzling array of five of the top virtuosi of today in performances of the eerie “Ghost” Trio by Beethoven, the brilliant pyrotechnics of Martinu, and the greatest PostRomantic chamber work of the 20th century. Violinist Cho-Liang Lin has become very familiar to Dallas audiences through his 20 years of appearances with Chamber Music International and his many solo performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. CMI’s Artistic Director, Philip Lewis adds, “He is also a dear friend of chamber music and of CMI as he has introduced many fine Joyce Yang artists to us over the years. One of these spectacular photo: Larry Ford young artists is pianist Joyce Yang, who will be making her third appearances with us. Joyce is an incredibly-gifted pianist and one of the finest collaborators I have ever met. I heard her first in the Cliburn Competition when she was only a teenager, and I realized what a talent she was.” In addition to Cho-Liang Lin and Joyce Yang, the artists include violist Paul Neubauer, former Principal of the New York Philharmonic and member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society of New York; Fort Worth Concertmaster Michael Shih, and cellist Eric Kim. In addition to the “Ghost” Trio of Beethoven, the program will include Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola by Martinu, and formidable Michael Shih with Tempie Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 30 by Lindsey Serge Taneyev. “The Taneyev is a huge, contrapuntal bear of a work. It’s a challenge for the musicians and a great chunk of beauty and satisfaction for the audience. These spectacular concerts will take place on Friday, April 29, 8 PM at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church in Richardson, and Sat., April 30 at Caruth Auditorium, SMU. Chamber Music International is celebrating its 25th, Silver Anniversary Season--you may contact them by calling 972-385-7267 or through their website chambermusicinternational.org.

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Weekday mornings, right after that 7:20 morning Road Rage Remedy, we’re glad to offer radio’s best picker-upper, the March of the Day. This is the month for the WRR March March Countdown. Every weekday morning at 7:35 from now till March 31, we’ll count down your twenty favorite marches. It’s the best of the best to give you a musical morning boost. Thanks to Dougherty’s Pharmacy for making it possible.

Crafting a Movement The Dallas Museum of Art is presenting Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement through May 8th. The exhibit is the first comprehensive examination of the life and work of the recognized patriarch of the American Arts & Crafts movement, Gustav Stickley. The exhibition explores Stickley as a business leader and design proselytizer, whose body of work included furnishings, architectural and interior designs, and related imagery that became synonymous with the movement that was at its height between approximately 1880 and 1910. This exhibition includes over 100 works produced by Stickley’s designers and workshops, including furniture, metalwork, Armchair, Gustav Stickley, lighting, and textiles, along with drawings and Oak, copper, various related designs. Also featured in the exhibition woods, and leather is a re-creation of Stickley’s seminal model upholstery (replaced) dining room from his 1903 Syracuse Arts & 47 x 22 3/4 x 19 1/2 in. Crafts exhibition. Join WRR announcers on Dallas Museum of Art, April 2 from 1-3 p.m. at the DMA is we explore General Acquisitions Fund this exciting exhibit.

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Bach by Popular Demand March 21 marks the 326th birthday of arguably the most influential composer in all of classical music, Johann Sebastian Bach. Though he was no innovator in terms of introducing new forms, he brought a new richness to Baroque composition, and to a structure that has served as the framework for countless works composed by others. His mastery of contrapuntal writing has served as a blueprint for thousands of works written up to the modern time. A quick check of Bach’s catalogue reveals masterpiece after masterpiece, works as indispensable today as when they were first written. WRR will present many of these compositions that have been praised for their artistic qualities and technical brilliance. On Bach’s birth anniversary, listeners can thrill to the sounds of the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the cello suites, several of the cantatas, partitas and sonatas, and two readily recognizable organ pieces, the Toccata and Fugue in D minor and the Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor. Listeners may also choose to recommend some of their favorite Bach pieces to be broadcast on the daylong birthday celebration by sending an email to info@wrr101.com.

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Hecho in Dallas Professional local artists that reflect the cultural and ideological inspiration of the Dallas art scene are featured in the 8th Annual Hecho in Dallas (Made in Dallas) juried exhibition at the Latino Cultural Center through April 29. The exhibit is designed to showcase and recognize the recent work of professional Dallas-area artists whose creative endeavors give vitality to the cultural movement in North Texas. More than 300 entries were received and 46 pieces chosen for the exhibit. This year’s jury consisted of Marty Ray, Founder of the White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour and Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture and Art Programs Coordinator at North Lake College; Elizabeth Mellot, Professor of Photography and Book Arts at Collin College; and Awadh Baryoum, Professor of Drawing and Painting at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas. The jurors are professors as well as practicing visual artists themselves. The pieces chosen for the exhibit are as diverse as photo: Bryan Amann the artists participating ranging from clay, oil on canvas, digital prints, found objects, sculpture, mixed media and works on paper. More information about the exhibit can be found at www.dallasculture.org/latinocc

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Holistic, Natural Methods Can Easily Extend to Your Lawn & Garden

The Richardson Symphony closes its season April 9 at the Eisemann Center. Join Maestro Brusilow and special guest violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn (performing on the world famous Red Violin Stradivarius) featuring Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Sibelius Violin Concerto and the incredible Roman Festivals by Ottotino Respighi. Learn more at richardsonsymphony.org.

By Michael Bosco When it comes to the health and safety of our family and pets, we hear a lot about eating whole foods, nurturing Michael Bosco our bodies with vitamins and getting plenty of exercise. Yet, many of us still slather our lawns and gardens with chemical fertilizers and insecticides. Like our bodies, the soil in our lawns and gardens is alive. So why not treat it as a living organism? Going organic means using organic fertilizers, which are derived from something that was once living. It’s the perfect food for the soil to digest, returning the nutrients to your plants. When you use organic fertilizers, you are not feeding the plants but nourishing the bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes and worms that release the nutrients for plant intake. Synthetic fertilizer creates a vicious cycle in your lawn and garden. It is the drug of choice for insects and disease, which can lead to a dependence on chemical insecticides. Insecticides kill beneficial microbes and worms, further degrading soil diversity and structure and causing compaction. Of course, this causes the need for frequent watering, which leads to fungal diseases. The good news is that organic techniques can reverse the downward spiral created by repeated use of chemical fertilizers. By using organic tools such as compost, organic fertilizers and biological amendments, trained organic specialists can make your lawn and garden a healthier and more beautiful place for everyone. Michael Bosco is founder of Soils Alive, a Dallas-based organic lawn & landscape fertilization company. You can find Soils Alive on the web at SoilsAlive.com.

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Composting in the City Compost is humus-rich material that results from the decomposition of organic material, such as grass clippings, tree and shrub trimmings, food, cardboard and paper. By composting we can reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill. In fact, at least 30 percent of the material sent to the landfill is organic and could be composted at home. Compost returns nutrients to the land, holds moisture in gardens and on lawns, contributes to watershed health by controlling runoff and naturally fertilizes and provides structure to the soil. Composting at home is easy: Combine one part fresh/green yard waste, fruit or vegetable scraps, with three parts dried or brown yard waste. Turn the pile often to aerate (reduces smell) and add water to keep it a little moist. You can compost cardboard rolls, clean paper, coffee grounds and filters, dryer and vacuum cleaner lint, eggshells, fireplace ashes, fruits and vegetables, grass clippings, hair and fur, hay and straw, leaves, nutshells, sawdust, newspaper, tea bags, wood chips and yard trimmings Recycle Naturally is the City’s composting initiative to promote and increase backyard composting. The effort is funded in part by TCEQ and provides training by a master composter to teach Dallas residents the basics of backyard composting. At the completion of the class, residents receive a free C.E. Shepherd composting bin. (While supplies last) For more information on this and other City of Dallas programs please contact Sheila Overton at 214 670-5555.

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First United Methodist Church Richardson

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Christ Church Plano (Anglican) Christian Science Sentinel

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Lovers Lane United Methodist

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TheMorning Going Home Show The Show with Kevin Pytcher with Amy Bishop

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Art Matters Classical Sunday

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arts event listing covering the upcoming week, presented by Kevin Pytcher.

Arts Update: 6:52 a.m., 8:52 a.m. and 4:52 p.m. weekdays - Your source for arts listings covering the evening’s events as well as those a couple days ahead.

New York Philharmonic this Week: 8 p.m. Thursdays - America’s musical ambassadors perform from Avery Fisher Hall.

Road Rage Remedy: 7:20 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. weekdays - WRR will calm your rush hour commute with music to soothe the nerves. Relax and enjoy the ride! March of the Day: 7:35 a.m. weekdays - Having trouble getting around in the morning? WRR will get you in step with some of the world’s most upbeat music -- Marches! Sponsored by Dougherty’s Pharmacy. The Wine Experience: 6:20 p.m. weekdays - Presents topics relating to choosing and enjoying wine such as matching wine with different foods, virtual walks through vineyards and shopping tips. Dallas Symphony Orchestra: 8 p.m., some Mondays. Complete concert performances of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from the Meyerson Symphony Center. Arts Calendar: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays - An extended

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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra: 8 p.m. Wednesdays- Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts the orchestra in complete broadcasts from the Symphonic Series. From the Top: 9 a.m. Saturdays - Some of the nation’s most gifted young musicians take the stage for this inspiring and funny program. Inside the Dallas Opera: Noon Saturdays, once a month - A behind-the-scenes look at the Dallas Opera including past performances, interviews with staff and artists plus upcoming engagements. Times vary.

Art Matters: 5:30 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays - Quin Mathews and Sharon Benge co-host this in-depth look at the arts in North Texas. This is the place to hear insightful interviews with some of the area’s arts luminaries as well as distinguished visitors. Pipedreams: 10 p.m. Sundays - The king of instruments, the pipe organ, is the focus of this 90-minute program that spans the globe in its search for great music. Arts Spotlight: 5 p.m. Sundays -Featuring season highlights and upcoming events for several arts organizations in North Texas.

A Night on the Town: 10 p.m. Saturdays - From Richard Rodgers to Andrew Lloyd Webber, George Harter brings you the best of the American musical stage.

Performance Today: 9 p.m. weekends - Live concerts by famous artists in concert halls around the globe as well as interviews, news and features. Audiences, on any given day, may hear from performances in the great concert halls of New York, Prague, London, Berlin and Paris.

Religious programming: 7 a.m. until noon - Sundays - WRR airs religious services by churches of many denominations and faiths Sunday mornings. See Sunday listings for details.

Symphony Cast: 7 p.m. Saturdays - A weekly classical music radio program hosted by Brian Newhouse and featuring full-length concerts by national and international symphony orchestras.

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Must Hear Radio: April We’re now in our third year of broadcasting the Classic Café at One Arts Plaza. It’s from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the first week of every month. April 4-7 will be a particularly eventful series with Grammy-nominated pianist Joseph Banowetz joining us to perform on the One Arts Steinway on Tuesday, April 5. Another great personality, Bruce Adolphe who you’ll By Kurt Rongey recognize as the man who presents Piano Puzzlers every Saturday Operations Manager evening on WRR’s Performance Today broadcast, will appear on the Classic Café Thursday, April 7. The star power is simply stunning as the Metropolitan Opera season hits its peak in April. To name just a few - Bryn Terfel in Das Rheingold on April 2, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Florez and Diana Damrau are all together for Le Comte Ory on April 9. Renee Fleming has a big Met appearance coming up - Capriccio on April 23. All performances start at noon Saturdays. Many listeners have asked when they can hear WRR’s rebroadcast of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra concert that included the world premiere of Stewart Copeland’s Gamelan D’Drum. It’s coming up on Monday, March 21 at 8 p.m. Mark your calendar. There’s just something special about the combination of great classical music and the arrival of the spring season. As the bluebonnets bring that special color back to Texas, we hope you’ll have plentiful opportunities to get out and enjoy the beauty. When you do, be sure to take WRR along as the perfect musical companion.

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