Tag: Classical music

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: The arts in Dallas are more accessible than ever for Dallas Arts Month

“There’s a lot of data that backs the way arts and culture have a positive impact on folks’ health and wellness,” says Martine Philippe, Director of the City of Dallas’ Office of Arts and Culture. April is Dallas Arts Month, founded to champion the arts and cultural sector of the city. This year, they’ve created… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: Gabriela Montero returns to Fort Worth with The Cliburn

The Cliburn welcomes internationally acclaimed pianist/composer Gabriela Montero for two concerts in Fort Worth – April 25th at the Kimbell Art Museum and April 26th at Tulips FTW. In this podcast, WRR’s Emilio Alvarez chats with Montero about the program, as well as her upcoming involvement in the 2025 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: Meet TACA’s 2024 Silver Cup Award Recipients

Every year since 1979, TACA has honored two individuals for their outstanding volunteer leadership and contributions to the arts in North Texas with the TACA Silver Cup Award. Past recipients have included Mrs. Eugene McDermott, Stanley Marcus, Bill Winspear, Raymond Nasher, Nancy Nasher, Gene Jones, and numerous others. This year, Sharon Young and Steve Penrose… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: An afternoon of art, music, history and mystery at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Dallas

Alessandra Comini is an art historian, curator, professor, and author based in Dallas, who started writing art and music mystery novels at the age of 77. To celebrate her 90th birthday, St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts in Dallas is performing a concert featuring music associated with Comini’s books, including Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, and more. Comini and… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: How the DSO is attracting young professionals to the concert hall

“This is the one show where I actually have the worst seat in the house, because my back is to everything that’s actually happening,” says Enrico Lopez-Yanez, Principal Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Presents Series. He’ll be leading the live orchestra in a performance with the spellbinding acrobatics of Troupe Vertigo in three concerts –… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: A bright future ahead for the Greater Dallas Choral Society

You may also know the Greater Dallas Choral Society (GDCS) by its previous name – The Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas. A couple of years ago, the artistic staff of CCGD and most of the singers reorganized under the new name, but are continuing the 25-year legacy of CCGD. WRR’s Amy Bishop visited with Kimberley… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: Did you know ‘The Da Vinci Code’ author is also a composer? These North Texas musicians will perform his music soon.

“It’s very whimsical, it’s very engaging, and it’s a blend of poems, motivational messages, and music – all of that put together,” says Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Music Director and Conductor of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, describing Wild Symphony by NY Times bestselling author Dan Brown. The group will present the work in a kid-friendly… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: Catching up with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin ahead of his Cliburn concert

In this podcast with WRR’s Kurt Rongey, pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin talks in-depth about his experiences writing a commissioned work for The Cliburn, where North Texas fits into the worldwide music scene, what it was like recording his own music, and what’s coming up in new releases.Photo by Sim Cannety-Clarke

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: And the DSO Music Teacher of the Year award goes to…

“Elementary music teachers often get overlooked with the hard work that they’re doing to educate our children, and so we wanted to give a time to recognize them and celebrate their accomplishments,” says Jennifer Guzman, Director of Education for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The DSO has tapped Chris Drews from Leslie A. Stemmons Elementary School… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: Rock drummer Stewart Copeland on composing, teaching, and his recent award from SMU

“I’m primarily known for aggressing upon inanimate objects,” says Stewart Copeland, drummer and founding member of the rock band The Police, referencing an award he recently received from the SMU Meadows School. “To be elevated among such illustrious company is a bigger deal for me than it is for that other illustrious company… So I… Read more »