1:21 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Six Cliburn Finalists Still Playing For Gold In Fort Worth

Clockwise from left: Nikita Mndoyants, 24, Russia; Sean Chen, 24 United States; Vadym Kholodenko, 26, Ukraine; Tomoki Sakata, 19, Japan; Beatrice Rana, 20, Italy; and Fei-Fei Dong, 22, China
Ralph Lauer The Cliburn

Six finalists of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano competition were named late Tuesday night. They include four men and two women, each from different countries.

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7:12 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Master Teacher Carries Five Students Into Cliburn Competition and Two Are Still Vying for Gold

William Grant Nabore, master piano teacher in Fort Worth's Bass Hall moments after two students advanced to the Cliburn semi-finals
Bill Zeeble KERA News

The 14th  Van Cliburn International Piano Competition names its finalists today. One teacher, William Grant Nabore, is a prodigy himself who arrived in Fort Worth last week with five students in the world-class contest. Two are still in the running to be among the final six.

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12:31 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Dallas Native Composes Comic Work For Serious Cliburn Piano Competition

Christopher Theofanidis, in Bass Hall. He composed 'Birichino,' the original work all Cliburn semi-finalists must perform in the competition.
Michael Warner TheaterJones

Fifteen years after composing the fanfare that opened Fort Worth’s Bass Hall,  Christopher Theofanidis is back at Bass Hall for the premiere of his Birichino, the original work all semi-finalists must play for the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

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9:50 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

A Dozen Advance in the Cliburn International Piano Competition In Fort Worth

The twelve young semi-finalists of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, on stage at Bass Hall, in Fort Worth
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Twelve young pianists have advanced to the semi-final round in the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. The musicians are playing for a top $50,000 prize and three years of worldwide concerts.

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5:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Casa Mañana Showcases Best Of The Best In High School Theater

Ben Allen and Sarah Roach were awarded Best Male And Best Female Actor awards and as a result are New York City bound.
Courtney Collins KERA News

With talent to spare and the charm of seasoned professionals, students filled the house at Fort Worth’s Casa Mañana Thursday night for the 13th annual Betty Buckley Awards. These musical theater awards promise to showcase high school’s top thespians, and the audience wasn’t disappointed.

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7:35 am
Wed May 22, 2013

14th Cliburn International Piano Competition Set To Start After "Draw" Party

Kathie Cummins, Van Cliburn Competition volunteer and new "backstage mother"
Bill Zeeble KERA News

For the first time since its inception more than fifty years ago, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will take place without its namesake. Cliburn died in February from cancer. There are additional changes to one of the world’s most prestigious music contests that brings the classical music focus to Fort Worth. The once-every-four-year competition is about to begin again with tonight’s traditional “draw” party.

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6:00 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Triple Threats Pack Fair Park For DSM High School Theatre Awards

The Best Actor nominees perform a medley of their shows' songs for the DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards crowd.
Chris Waits DSM

There’s no business like show business; just ask the hundreds of high school theater students who packed the Music Hall at Fair Park Tuesday night.

These kids were nominated for DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards and were given the full star treatment.

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1:28 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Arts Groups Weighing In On Dallas Council Races

Candidates for District 14 are seated, appropriately enough, on the set of the Dallas Theater Center production of The Odd Couple. L to r: Bobby Abtahi, David Blewett, Kevin Curley, Philip Kingston, Chuck Kobdish, Judy Liimatainen and Jim Rogers.
Jerome Weeks KERA News

Today is the first day of early voting for candidates and issues on the May 11 ballot. For arts groups in Dallas it’s an important election. In recent years the city has cut funding for the arts even as the number of events have grown.

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1:33 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Italian And Arias: Just A Day In The Life For 16 Fort Worth Kids

The kids in the children's chorus crowd on stage during the Fort Worth Opera's "La Boheme."
Ron T. Ennis Fort Worth Opera

Most people associate opera with the diva’s high notes, but some classics require the voice of a child. So when Puccini’s much loved La Bohème opened the Fort Worth Opera Festival last weekend (it repeats Sunday), 16 kids took the stage alongside Rodolpho and Mimi.

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3:09 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Dallas Gets A New Arts District Chief

Lead in text: 
The choice to replace Veletta Lill as the head of Dallas' downtown arts haven is a familiar face: Catherine Cuellar, a member of the city's Cultural Affairs Commission and a former reporter at KERA.
Catherine Cuellar, a member of Dallas' Cultural Affairs Commission, has been hired as the new executive director of the Dallas Arts District. She replaces Veletta Forsythe Lill, who retired in October. As the head of the Arts District, Cuellar will be charged with marketing the district, coordinating events featuring its many arts groups and boosting its economic development.