WRR101 Focus on the Arts: Christmas with the Orpheus Chamber Singers

“Whenever I’m asked about this Christmas tradition, I kind of light up, because it’s such an important one – certainly to Orpheus – but it’s a hugely important one in our community,” says J.D. Burnett, Artistic Director for Dallas-based Orpheus Chamber Singers. Their annual Christmas program has been a beloved tradition for North Texans for… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: How these little trains make a huge impact every Christmas in Dallas

“I honestly think that when the Trains open, it tells you that the holidays are approaching,” says Jill Cumnock, CEO of the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Since 1987, The Trains at NorthPark have raised more than $18 million in support of the Ronald McDonald House, a non-profit providing a home and services for families… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: Another Dallas Opera world premiere by the ‘Dream Team’

“For an opera that sounds really challenging to present, they’ve done some wonderful creative opportunities in what you’re going to see visually… but it’s also just a story of great determination and inspiration,” explains Ian Derrer, The Dallas Opera’s Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO, describing the creative team behind The Diving Bell and the… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: New ballet ‘Nightmare Before Nutcracker’ premieres in Richardson in time for Halloween

“Anybody who likes The Nutcracker is going to see a lot of elements in it… this is a darker rendition of those elements,” says Geoff Henley, author and producer of Nightmare Before Nutcracker, a new ballet premiering in Richardson. In this feature, he chats with WRR’s Amy Bishop about the unique story of a ballerina… Read more »

Verdigris concert combines AI with music to advocate for Texas’ endangered species

“We want to inspire action,” says Sam Brukhman, founder and Artistic Director of Dallas-based Verdigris Ensemble. “And that action, in this particular case, is the conservation of our ecosystem and how important our environment is within the context of the City of Dallas – and what we need to do to be able to preserve… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: How the Dallas Symphony is bringing the music to YOU

“We want to do what we do everywhere, for everybody,” says Scott Walzel, Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Principal Bassoon and Director of Community Development. This fall, the DSO has launched a series of free community concerts across the city and beyond, ranging from pop-up performances by The Concert Truck and chamber music performances at Klyde… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: Dracula is coming to life in Dallas in this Avant Chamber Ballet production

“It’s incredibly danceable music,” says Katie Puder, Avant Chamber Ballet’s Artistic Director, describing Philip Glass’ music to Dracula. The ballet company will bring the story to life on stage at Moody Performance Hall in October, just in time for Halloween. Puder gives more details on her vision for the production in this feature with WRR’s… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: Ben Folds and the Dallas Symphony are uniting for a classically cool crossover experience

“I always hope that my shows can be a way in for some people,” says singer/songwriter/pianist Ben Folds. “What I want is for people to see the orchestra in the best possible light and then come back and see Prokofiev, or Ravel or Beethoven or Mozart or Mahler. There’s really insanely good music right around… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: TWO nights in Vienna with the Plano Symphony Orchestra

“Historically, Vienna has always been regarded as the city of music,” explains Maestro Hector Guzman, Music Director and Conductor of the Plano Symphony Orchestra. Soon, they’ll bring the music of Vienna to the Eisemann Center, followed by their first-ever performance at SMU’s Caruth Auditorium. In this feature with WRR’s Amy Bishop, Guzman talks about the… Read more »