Posted Wednesday, Jan. 02, 2013
The visual and performing arts venues throughout Dallas-Fort Worth will be filled with must-see events, including the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the debut of the Fort Worth Opera's promising "Frontiers" series during its festival. The Kimbell Art Museum will unveil its new addition later in the year. There will also be lots of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Here are 13 arts events we're looking forward to.
Texas Ballet Theater normally programs a big-story ballet in the early spring slot, but this year, it's going with Glen Tetley's 1973 ballet Voluntaries (music by Francis Poulenc), and also Val Caniparoli's Lambarena, which fuses the music of Bach and African drumming. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $19-$99. 877-828-9200; www.texasballettheater.org. (Repeats as part of the TBT Festival May 3-5 at Dallas' Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St.; $16.50-$52.50.)
FORT WORTH OPERA FESTIVAL 2013
April 20-May 12
In addition to three main-stage operas at Bass Hall (Puccini's La Bohème, Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment and Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos), and a contemporary opera about a Vietnam-era prisoner of war, Glory Denied, performed at McDavid Studio next to Bass Hall, the FWO launches a new series called "Frontiers." It is planned to be an annual event and will showcase up to 20 minutes of material from eight new operas that were selected from hundreds of submissions. One might become a commission for a full opera production down the road. Bass Hall and McDavid Studio, Fort Worth. $25-$200. 817-731-0726; www.fwopera.org.
The buzz created by the movie version of Les Misérables, which is sure to nab Oscar nominations, and maybe wins, might be good for the first locally staged professional production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's other hit musical, Miss Saigon. Inspired by the Puccini opera Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon is set during the Vietnam War. It will be interesting to see how Casa Mañana handles the show's best-known special effect, a helicopter that drops off troops. Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.
NEW KIMBELL ART MUSEUM BUILDING
The Renzo Piano-designed addition to the Kimbell Art Museum is scheduled to open late this year. A spokesperson for the museum says it will be "late, late fall," which sounds a bit like pre-Christmas. It could even be very early 2014, but the museum insists, as of right now, it will be on the 2013 calendar.
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