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The Cliburn

Virtuosity can be a tough thing to get a handle on – that’s exactly what a new documentary on the Cliburn International Piano Competition aims to do.The chronicle of the 2013 Cliburn in Fort Worth premieres nationally tonight on PBS. And KERA is the presenting station. 

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Quinn Mason’s been writing music for more than half his life, and he’s only 19. It’s been a life of challenges – he grew up the son of a single mom,  in a tough Dallas neighborhood, and he has Asperger’s syndrome, on the autism spectrum.  Quinn just got back from winning a national composition contest.

Rodger Mallison / The Cliburn

A 17-year-old from Kazakhstan won the top $10,000 prize Sunday at the first-ever Cliburn International Junior Piano competition in Fort Worth.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

The Van Cliburn Foundation is aiming for a new generation of pianists – kids. This weekend brings the Cliburn’s first international competition for 13 to 17 year olds. The main Cliburn, held every 4 years, has helped launch careers, and an amateur contest has enlivened off-years. Some wonder whether the newest effort is putting too much pressure on musicians too soon.

Sylvia Komatsu

We’re taking Anything You Ever Wanted to Know on the road.

We hope you’ll join Jeff Whittington and the rest of the Anything team again this Friday, back in Sammons Park just outside of the Winspear Opera House. We’ll broadcast live from noon to 1 p.m., so come prepared with your questions. And hang around for the whole show – you just might have an answer we’re looking for.

Political Science Junior Fellows

Renowned Texas sculptor Jesus Moroles died Monday in a car accident on I-35 north of Georgetown.

Last Thursday, Moroles and his crew from Rockport, near Port Aransas, delivered four giant granite columns to Dallas. Moroles’ 15-foot tall work, called Spirit Inner Columns, was installed Friday in Hall Arts. That’s the new tower complex going up in the Arts District, across from the Winspear Opera House.

Desire, Sorrow And New Work At The Modern

Mar 13, 2015
Courtesy Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has opened a new exhibit of photography and video called Framing DesireIt’s a big show with 115 works by dozens of different artists. It also includes over 40 recent museum acquisitions. Andrea Karnes, curator for The Modern sat down with Jeff Whittington to talk about the show and a few of the new additions to the museum’s collection.

Karen Almond / Dallas Opera

Celebrated British composer Joby Talbot has written for film, television and ballet. Now, at 43, he’s composed his first opera that gets its world premiere by the Dallas Opera Friday night. Everest tells a tale pulled together from survivor stories, including that of North Texan Dr. Beck Weathers.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Twenty years ago this week, the conductor who helped build the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Eduardo Mata, died in a plane crash. Starting Thursday night, and through the weekend, the orchestra honors his memory with a piece Mata conducted at his first Dallas concert. Some orchestra members share their own memories of the maestro.

BJ Austin

The fifth season of "Downton Abbey" makes its U.S. premiere Sunday night on PBS.  That’s KERA-TV, Channel 13, in North Texas. The British miniseries chronicles the lives of the uppercrust Crawley family and their cadre of servants downstairs. Across North Texas, "Downton Abbey" fans are planning proper commemorations.

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