Looking for a Horse to Root For in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition?

Tomorrow The 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition kicks-off in Fort Worth. Basically, the event, which takes place every four years, is something like the classical music version of the NCAA basketball tournament  There are 30 competitors from around the world who face off in rounds of recitals. And the winner doesn’t just get prestige and a $50,000 check; they will […]

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Dallas Opera Taps Frenchman as Third Music Director in Company’s History

The Dallas Opera has only had two music directors since its founding 56 years ago. Graeme Jenkins just took his final bow with the organization after almost 25 years at the conductor’s stand. Today, his successor was announced, and yes, it’s another European to lead a local classical music organization (which had some music watchers […]

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George P. Bush Removes Beyonce’s ‘Halo’ From Campaign Announcement

The Texas Tribune has the scoop this morning: The video announcing Bush’s run for Texas Land Commissioner on Wednesday was set to a familiar tune: the back-track to Beyoncé’s hit 2009 single “Halo.” The campaign’s decision to use music from a prominent supporter of President Obama’s, someone who sang at his inauguration, attracted media attention from around the […]

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Programming Note: Artist Richard Patterson Unveils Rare Video Work at Texas Theater Tonight!

You may know the name of British artist Richard Patterson for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you were enthralled with his defense of the opening ceremonies of last summer’s London Games. Perhaps you’ve read his musings on FrontRow. Maybe you caught his exhibition at the Goss-Michael Foundation in 2009. More than likely, though, you know […]

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Clive Davis Called Burleson Native Kelly Clarkson a ‘Sh*tty Writer Who Should Be Grateful For The Gifts That He Bestows’

Let’s go straight to the source, KellyClarkson.com: So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music. I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans. It feels like a violation. Growing […]

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Leading Off (2/11/13)

Perry Goes to California to Poach Businesses: Rick Perry is on tour of California, where he hopes to swoop-in and woo businesses to Texas. It’s a trip that puts the epic state showdown in context: In that corner, Athens. In this one, Sparta. Each serves as the other’s foil, the Ali to its Frazier, the […]

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The Video Teaser That Doesn’t Announce Who’s Playing KXT Summer Cut

In the video above, you’ll recognize some of the faces (Hi Dirk!), maybe a voice (that’s Sean Bass?), and put faces to some of the bylines you see in the local music press. But what you won’t get is any info about who’s playing the next KXT Summer Cut concert. That’s the joke, of course. […]

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Musician Nadia Sirota and Artist Tania Bruguera Awarded 2013 Meadows Prize

Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts announced the two winners of its annual Meadows Prize today. Nadia Sirota is a musician and a founder member of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, and her 2009 debut album was a New York Times album of the year; Tania Bruguera is a Cuban-born artist whose work was featured in […]

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