2:25 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Kimbell Acquires Multi-Million Dollar Dutch Landscape To Match Its Dutch Seascape

The Kimbell Art Museum has acquired Jacob van Ruisdael’s Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield.
Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum has bought a great Dutch landscape to go with its great Dutch seascape. The seascape just looked so lonely, you know? Now it’s part of a surf ‘n turf pair.

The Fort Worth museum announced that it has acquired Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield, painted around 1656 by the leading master of Dutch landscapes, Jacob van Ruisdael (he always signed, never dated, his paintings, which is why their dates of origin are usually vague). 

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Friday Conversation
11:30 am
Fri March 7, 2014

TV's Gloria Campos On Her Last Night In The Anchor Chair And 'A Turning Point In My Life'

TV news icon Gloria Campos sits down with KERA's vice president of news, Rick Holter, to talk about her 30-year career with WFAA-Channel 8, which ends tonight.
Courtney Collins KERA News

For three decades, Gloria Campos has been like a member of the family to thousands of North Texans. In today’s Friday Conversation, the 59-year-old WFAA-Channel 8 anchor talks about her career as the first Latino anchor on local TV news and about how she’ll say goodbye tonight.

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6:18 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Cliburn Competitor: 'Kiev. I Know This Place, Every Corner Of It. It's A Battlefield.'

Pianist Alexey Koltakov, a native of Ukraine, is in Fort Worth to play a concert in tribute to Van Cliburn. Koltakov was a finalist in the 2001 Cliburn Competition
Sean MacEntee

Pianist Alexey Koltakov was a finalist in the 2001 Cliburn International Piano Competition. Back in Fort Worth to play in the memorial concert for Van Cliburn, he took time to talk of his native country, Ukraine, which has recently been on the world’s front pages.  

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11:53 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Eight Van Cliburn Finalists Honor The Late Pianist With Memorial Concert In Fort Worth

Van Cliburn at a gala fundraiser in Fort Worth. He died last year.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Exactly one year ago, legendary pianist Van Cliburn, who stunned the world when he won the Tchaikovsky Competition in the USSR at the height of the cold war, died. Tonight, in downtown Fort Worth, where the International Piano Competition named for him is held every four years, past winners will pay tribute.

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6:34 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Fort Worth Opera Shelves World Premiere Of 'A Wrinkle In Time'

Fort Worth Opera's Darren K. Woods listens to American composer Libby Larsen during a reading of A Wrinkle In Time. The opera has been cut from the company's 2015 season.
Ellen Appel Fort Worth Opera

The Fort Worth Opera has pulled the plug on the sci-fi opera A Wrinkle in Time, the $1.2 million world premiere by American composer Libby Larsen that was to have anchored the company's 2015 festival.

General director Darren K. Woods says the festival will shrink from four productions to three next year because the company's fundraising has not kept up with rising costs.

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1:37 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Remembering Benjamin Curtis, A Modest Innovator Who Came Up In Dallas' Music Scene

Before Benjamin Curtis joined School of Seven Bells, he was in a couple of Dallas' most influential bands. Music critic and Curtis fan Zac Crain shares what it was like to follow his work.
Abbey Drucker

Benjamin Curtis, who died Sunday at age 35 after a battle with lymphoblastic lymphoma, was the  drummer in Dallas bands UFOFU and Tripping Daisy. But he came out from behind the kit to give so much more. Curtis showed what he could do as a guitarist for Secret Machines, fronted by his brother Brandon. The release of their debut album Now Here Is Nowhere electrified the indie rock landscape in 2004 with a big, brave sound. The expansive guitar on that record was just the beginning of his wider contributions to music.

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5:30 am
Thu December 26, 2013

This North Texas Man Has Collected Thousands Of Soundtracks And Dreams Of Opening A Museum

Movie music collector Sal Favia happily showing off some prized items of his sountrack collection. He figures he's got several thousand recordings in a collection he's been amassing for more than fifty years.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Sal Favia has been collecting film recordings and books for more than 50 years.

Someday, he hopes to house his movie music collection in a local museum of his own making. The obsession may be realistic, maybe not.

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6:45 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Jury Awards Dallas Art Collector $500,000 In Fight Over Rothko Painting

A few Mark Rothko paintings on display at the National Gallery of Art. These paintings are not involved in the Dallas lawsuit.
mwms1916 Flickr

Update, 7:40 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23: A U.S. District Court jury on Friday awarded $500,000 to Marguerite Hoffman, a prominent Dallas art collector, over the sale of a Mark Rothko painting. It’s the latest twist in a lengthy fight between Hoffman and David Martinez, a Mexican financier who bought from her an untitled 8-foot-tall 1961 painting by Rothko that features two red rectangles.

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11:48 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Review: Dallas Theater Center Presents New Version Of A Christmas Carol

Alex Organ on the banjo as young Scrooge, Sonny Franks on the mandolin as Mr. Fezziwig, and Liz Mikel as Mrs. Fezziwig.
Karen Almond

For the first time in seven years — and the first time ever at the Wyly Theatre — the Dallas Theater Center is presenting a new version of A Christmas Carol. Artistic director Kevin Moriarty’s stage adaptation stresses musical life – and the harsh economic forces at work in Charles Dickens’ story.

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7:25 am
Thu November 21, 2013

For JFK Commission, Dallas Symphony Turns To A 19-Year-old Composer

Composer/performer Conrad Tao telling some Dallas classical music fans about his JFK work the night before its Dallas Symphony Orchestra premiere
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra premieres its composition in memory of John F. Kennedy on Thursday night. When the orchestra decided to commission an original piece for this 50th anniversary weekend, it didn’t turn to one of the graybeard composers with memories of that fateful day. It chose 19-year-old Conrad Tao, who was born three decades after the assassination.

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