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Karen Almond / The Dallas Opera

The Dallas Opera has never before commissioned three new operas for a single season. It’s also never before commissioned a kid-friendly holiday opera. Mark Adamo’s “Becoming Santa Claus” makes its world premiere tonight at the Winspear Opera House.

Ruven Afanador / AT&T Performing Arts Center

Twyla Tharp has been a choreographer and dancer for 50 years. She’s won a Tony, two Emmy’s, been a Kennedy Center Honoree and a MacArthur Fellow. For her golden anniversary, she brings a pair of new works to Dallas.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Dallas audiences heard two music premieres over the weekend, both commissioned to celebrate the legacy of  John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of the president's assassination. Listeners of the symphonic work and chamber piece found the music moving and effective, whether they lived through trauma half a century ago or not.