It’s (mostly) an Arts District day.
Broadway’s grown-up version of the story of boy who never grew up begins its limited run at the Winspear Opera House this evening with plenty of tickets available for your last-minute planning. Peter and the Starcatcher takes us pretty far back, long before Wendy and the rest of the Darlings show up to a time when a young boy was lost on a fantastical island overrun with pirates and thieves seeking a trunk of precious treasure. But the treasure wasn’t gold or jewelry. It’s magical “starstuff.” This Tony Award-winning play is the story of how a mistrustful orphan boy becomes Peter Pan. From what I heard of the New York production, it’s worth your time.
Across the street, the Dallas Chamber Symphony begins its season with a demonstration of concertmaster Kazuhiro Takagi’s chops. The Japanese violinist will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D Minor, a rarely performed piece. The concert, conducted by Richard McKay, also includes Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten. 2013 happens to be English composer Britten’s centenary, so the inclusion of this piece is apt.
Finally, in honor of the opening of the huge, beautiful new children’s adventure garden, the Dallas Arboretum hosts a big benefit concert that should appeal to all ages. Monica Lake has all the details over on D Moms, but you can expect Disney star Sterling Knight, plus local talent Amber Carrington, Jason Castro, Stephanie Crews, and Taylor Beckham, all contestants on American Idol or The Voice. Emerald City also performs, and there will be food trucks (including What’s Da Scoop?). Tickets are $30.
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