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In this issue: Swiss Avenue, Tut’s coming to a close, DADA Art Walk, Book review: The Composer is Dead

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April 2009

Fort Worth Opera Festival Returns by Matt Erikson A sultry cigar-smoking siren, a classic storybook romance and a contemporary tale of redemption are the themes of the 2009 Fort Worth Opera Festival which kicks off at the end of this month. Bizet’s Carmen, Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella), and Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking will all get repeat performances at Bass Hall during the concentrated 16-day event. And WRR will be there before and during the festival to keep listeners informed of all the activities. Get a sneak-peek with singers in the casts, composer Jake Heggie and Fort Worth Opera staff on Wed., Apr. 1 when WRR broadcasts live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at One Arts Plaza.  It’s one of two extended programs that WRR will produce about Festival 2009. For opening night, Sat., Apr. 25, join host Adriana Bate for a two-hour broadcast featuring live backstage and pre-recorded interviews, along with reports of the grand festivities

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award goes to Arlington composer

Last month Arlington composer Michael Taylor was featured on From the Top, which airs Saturdays at 9 a.m. Seventeen-year-old Michael Taylor was born in England to an American mother and Australian father. Perhaps the variety of his geographic background cultivated in him a predisposition toward being at home in many places – and with many instruments: piano, violin, and composition. Michael is the recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. The award supports Michael’s private violin, piano, and composition lessons, as well as his summer studies at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Michael has compiled many awards for his talent in each concentration including first place in the 2009 Dallas Symphonic Festival on violin and first place in the 2008-2009 Music Teachers National Association Senior Piano Competition. He will go on to represent Texas in the National Finals of the MTNA in Atlanta, Georgia this Spring. Michael’s works so far include pieces for solo/duet piano, violin, viola, cello, bassoon, choir, string quartet, and a clarinet sonata (in progress). His current teachers are Tamas Ungar (piano), Jan Mark Sloman (violin), and Michael Cox (composition). If you missed the original broadcast, listen to an original work by Michael on the From the Top web site at

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This season features a number of familiar and fresh faces. Mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton, a graduate of Southern Methodist University, sings her signature role of Carmen on Apr. 25, May 3 and 8. The 2000 opera Dead Man Walking receives its North Texas premiere with mezzo-soprano Robynne Redmon (Suzuki in Fort Worth Opera’s 2006 production of Madame Butterfly) and bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch (Figaro in Dallas Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro last season) in the leads.  Performances are May 2 and May 10. WRR will broadcast Rossini’s La • Fort Worth Opera joins Cenerentola live on Sun., Apr. 26 at 2 p.m. Isabel Adriana Bate at One Arts Leonard sings the title character in a production Plaza April 1 directed by David Gately.   The laughs and bel canto tunes will continue to roll on May 1 and 9. • Adriana takes us backSeason tickets for this year’s Fort Worth stage April 25 for all the Opera festival run from $31 to $394. Individual opening night buzz tickets range from $19-$159 with special student • Rossini’s La Cenerentola and military pricing available. For more inforbroadcast live April 26 at 2 mation, call 817-731-0726 or go to the web site p.m. on WRR

Cowtown’s Cultural Celebration MAIN ST. Fort Worth April 16-20 Join WRR at MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival, Cowtown’s most honored event, April 18 from 10-5 p.m. Meet WRR announcers, get some WRR goodies, enjoy all the great food, music and art MAIN ST. is famous for. MAIN ST. hosts tens of thousands of people annually during the four-day visual arts, entertainment and cultural event. It showcases a nationally recognized fine art and fine craft juried art fair, live concerts, performance artists and street performers on the streets of downtown Fort Worth, stretching nine blocks on Main Street from the Tarrant County Courthouse to the Fort Worth Convention Center. The streets of downtown are filled with fascinating sights and sounds as more than 500 fine artists, dancers, performance artists, musicians, exhibitors and food vendors take part in the fourday celebration. Two hundred juried artists line Main Street weaving a diverse blend of texture and shape down the “magnificent mile” of visual art booths, performance stages and intriguing characters against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century buildings and modern skyscrapers of downtown Fort Worth. MAIN ST. opens each day at 10 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. on Thursday, 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 8 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit

Movies worth mentioning Already getting the Oscar buzz, Paris 36 gets its debut in Plano April 15. Set in Paris in 1936, the film visits a group of out of work characters as they set out to bring the stage back to the war torn Parisian people. The Los Angelos Times said “When it was shown at the Toronto and Montreal film festivals, it was widely compared to past Oscar contender Amelie in whimsical approach” and Variety says “A bracingly old-fashioned, lushly visualized showbiz meller set against pre-World War II Gallic political unrest, Paris 36 is a loving tip of the hat to studio-bound French pics of the period that’s plenty entertaining on its own terms.” The film’s sound track features works by Wagner and WRR will have a private screening at the Angelika in Plano April 15 at 7:30 p.m. Sign up for the Classical Connection at to learn when those tickets become available.


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A Mother’s Day March through Swiss


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The Swiss Avenue Historic District proudly announces its 36th annual Mother’s Day Home & Garden tour which takes place Mother’s Day weekend, May 9-10. The hours of the tour are Saturday, 10 am – 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. Other event highlights include music and entertainment in Savage Park throughout the weekend, a parade down Swiss Avenue on Saturday at noon and a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch on Sunday from 11 am - 2 p.m. provided by Penne Pomodoro. New to the tour this year is an expanded Art Fair featuring a collection of Dallas’ finest artisans showcasing fine art, photography, jewelry, textiles, ceramics and exquisite wood and stone carvings.

Mother’s Day weekend, May 9-10, 2009

Saturday 10am-6pm with Parade at noon, Sunday noon-6pm Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

tour tickets are available at whole Foods, talulah Belle, and needless necessities.

Tut’s tour coming to a close Just a little reminder... Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs packs up it’s sarcophagus and leaves Big D May 17 so visit soon to reserve your tickets. The exhibition includes an extensive array of more than 130 extraordinary artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun and other ancient Egyptian sites.

The Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) presents its annual Spring Gallery Walk, Panel Discussions and Scholarship Exhibition Saturday, April 18. The Gallery Walk features 30 of DADA’s member galleries, museums, and nonprofit art spaces open from 2-8 p.m. The Panel Discussions provide education for artists and members of the public and are $15 each. Panel 1 will be 10:30-noon and will look at How To Create A Great Artist’s Portfolio. Panel 2 will be from 1-2:30 p.m. and will offer On-Site Appraisals by accredited appraisers. Tickets are available at the door. Panel discussions are held at Dallas Contemporary, 2801 Swiss Avenue.

Listen Up! The Composer is Dead

by Lemony Snicket with music by Nathaniel Stookey By Matt Erikson

May will be Kids’ Month at WRR. And for parents eager to introduce their children to the wonders of classical music, the choices are superb, but not necessarily limitless. Sure, there’s Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” and Benjamin Britten’s “A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” We love them all. But there are too few contemporary options. Fortunately, parents and children can now delight in the picture book and accompanying CD “The Composer is Dead.” The new book is written under the Lemony Snicket name (a.k.a., Daniel Handler, the best-selling author of the “Series of Unfortunate Events” series), and is designed to introduce young readers to the instruments of the orchestra under the guise of a murder mystery. The premise? The white-wigged composer of the opening pages is no longer “muttering and humming and figuring out what notes the orchestra is going to play.” He’s “decomposing,” describes the somewhat snarky narrator. From there, a bumbling Inspector conducts an investigation to discover which of the orchestral players committed the crime. (Hint: more than one is to blame.)

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Carson Ellis’ entertaining illustrations and Nathaniel Stookey’s clever music should hold the attention of even the fussiest child. The wry narration is sometimes dark, but helps make this story current.

General Manager: Greg Davis Editor: Paul Adams Overture is the official publication of WRR Classical 101.1 FM. Send Comments or story ideas to: Editor:, or Overture Editor - WRR FM PO Box 159001 Dallas, TX 75315 214-670-8888

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Romantic Hours with Mona Golabek

If I’m not driving my kids to basketball or cheerleader practice, then I’m rushing out to get something for dinner. But that doesn’t stop me from recycling. It’s really easy and the City of Dallas picks it up every other week. And best of all, I’m setting a good example for my kids!


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We are once again reaching the end of the Metropolitan Opera broadcast season. As always, they’ve saved the best for last. Saturdays in By Kurt Rongey Operations Manager April are dominated by the continuation of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelungs from the Metropolitan Opera. Don’t forget that these productions – Die Walkure on April 11, Siegfried April 18 and Gotterdammerung April 25, begin an hour earlier than usual, at 11 a.m. On April 6, one of the most versatile and accomplished musicians of modern times, Andre Previn, turns 80. We will feature examples of his artistry throughout the day and evening. April 12, tune to WRR at 5 p.m. for a special Easter Sunday presentation of Handel’s Messiah. Matt Erikson is your host for this masterpiece that carries as much emotional resonance at Easter as it does at Christmas.

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Fort Worth Opera Festival, Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, Main St. Fort Worth, Movies worth mentioning, Swiss Avenue, Tut's coming to a...