Arts & Culture

March 23, 2014

2014 Spring Arts Preview

Spring is abloom on stages across North Texas, with tours like ‘Evita’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ on the way, a packed opera calendar in Dallas and Fort Worth, and great reasons to get outside and play

Spring is officially here — have you ever wanted anything to come so badly after this winter? — and that will mean festivals, patios and outdoor events will be packed. But, of course, there’s still plenty of indoor arts excitement to be had.

Look for a popular Fats Waller tribute at Jubilee Theatre, Wagner at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Stomp at Bass Hall and the much-anticipated Fort Worth Opera Festival, which will present two newer works, Silent Night and With Blood, With Ink.

And you’ll have chances for casual outdoor arts with the annual Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival, Southlake’s Art in the Square and Mayfest.

Here is a guide to what’s going on in local performing arts this spring. As always, it’s not comprehensive; check your favorite venue or company’s website for additional events in North Texas.

Then, in a few months, look for our summer arts preview for what to see and do in the hottest months — when you’ll definitely want to stay inside.

Classical music

March

March 27 : Cliburn Concerts presents cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Sold out. 817-212-4280; www.cliburn.org.

March 29: The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents clarinetist Julian Milkis, Benny Goodman’s last living student. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $5-$28. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicfw.org.

April

April 3: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Gala features renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. Tickets no longer available online. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

April 3: The Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society presents Vida Guitar Quartet. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. $35. 817-498-0363; www.guitarsociety.org. Also, April 4 at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas.

April 3-6: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs Handel’s regal Royal Fireworks Music and Water Music. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas. $27-$131. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.

April 4-6: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents the Pops concert “Radio Days: A Salute to the Troops.” Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27-$85. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

April 5: Cliburn Concerts presents Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $25. 817-212-4280; www.cliburn.org.

April 6: Schola Cantorum performs a free concert, featuring Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, plus works by Handel and Mozart. Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth. Free. 817-485-2500; www.scholatexas.com.

April 8: The Hall Ensemble presents “Elegance Is the Key,” featuring pianist Tamas Ungar, at a private home in Fort Worth. Sold out; call for availability. 817-456-3584; www.hallensemble.org.

April 11: Schola Cantorum presents a concert of Barber, Debussy, Ravel and others at the Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. $18-$20. 817-485-2500; www.scholatexas.com.

April 17: Cliburn Concerts presents pianist Jon Nakamatsu, 1997 Cliburn competition gold medalist. Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Sold out. 817-212-4280; www.cliburn.org.

April 17: Symphony Arlington presents oboist Nicholas Arbolino. Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St. $16.50-$46.50. 817-385-0484; www.symphonyarlington.org.

April 19: The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Vermeer String Quartet in an Easter-eve performance of Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ. Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. $5-$28. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicfw.org.

April 29: The new Cliburn Sessions series welcomes Time for Three string trio at the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, Fort Worth. $20. 817-738-6536; www.cliburn.org.

April 29: Texas Camerata presents “A Joyful Noyse” at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3401 Bellaire Drive, Fort Worth. $5-$20. www.texascamerata.org.

May

May 4: Renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman gives a solo concert at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. $20-$100. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

May 8: Symphony Arlington welcomes 2013 Cliburn competitor Alex McDonald. Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St. $16.50-$46.50. 817-385-0484; www.symphonyarlington.org.

May 13: The Cliburn Foundation presents pianist Barry Douglas, bronze medalist of the seventh Cliburn competition. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $20-$90. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

May 16-18: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents a Pops concert called “Pixar in Concert,” with music from films. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27-$85. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

May 17: The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents music by Faure, Ravel and Rachmaninoff. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $5-$28. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicfw.org.

May 23-25: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra closes its season with Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $11-$80. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

June 6-July 4: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Concerts in the Garden series at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Lineup not announced at press time. Prices vary by event. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Opera

Through April 13: The Dallas Opera does Erich Korngold’s Die tote Stadt and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in repertory. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $19-$250. 214-443-1000; www.dallasopera.org.

April 11: The Dallas Opera’s 7:30 p.m. performance of The Barber of Seville will be simulcast for free (and have free parking) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. For reservations, visit www.dallasopera.org.

April 19-May 11: The Fort Worth Opera’s annual festival features Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers (April 19 and 27, May 2), the Mozart favorite Cosi fan tutte (April 26, May 3 and 11), the area premiere of Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Silent Night (May 4 and 10), and the world premiere of Daniel Crozier and Peter M. Krask’s With Blood, With Ink (April 20, 25, 26, 27 and 29; May 3, 4, 6, 9 and 10). Bass Hall and McDavid Studio, Fort Worth. Festival pass $53-$519; single tickets $25-$200.

April 20: Forte, an opera trio that found success on TV’s America’s Got Talent, performs at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall. $30-$75; VIP $100, includes reception at 6 p.m. 817-731-0726; www.fwopera.org.

May 8-9: The Fort Worth Opera presents its second annual Frontiers, snippets of new operas. McDavid Studio, Fort Worth. Free, but tickets required. 877-396-7372; www.fwopera.org.

Theater and musicals

March

Through April 20: Jubilee Theatre does the Fats Waller revue Ain’t Misbehavin’. Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main St., Fort Worth. $15-$25. 817-338-4411; www.jubileetheatre.org.

Through April 6: Casa Mañana Children’s Theatre presents How I Became a Pirate. Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $10-$36. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.

March 27: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents “Forbidden Broadway.” Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $22-$55. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

March 28-April 13: Theatre Arlington takes on John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt: A Parable. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St. $5-$22. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.

March 28-April 5: Creative Arts Theatre and School presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Mosaic, 817 W. Park Row Drive, Arlington. $12-$15. www.creativearts.org.

April

April 3-May 4: Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando has its area premiere at Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $15-$32. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.

April 4-12: DVA Productions opens its 2014 season with a tribute to Sam Cooke, Soul of Sam. Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Sanders Theatre, 1300 Gendy St. $15-$25. www.dvaproductions.org.

April 8-13: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Stomp. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $38.50-$104.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

April 10-May 4: Amphibian Stage Productions presents Brooke Berman’s Hunting and Gathering, a co-production with Theatre TCU. 120 S. Main St., Fort Worth. $15-$30. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org.

April 11-27: Artes de la Rosa presents David Saar’s drama The Yellow Boat. Rose Marine Theater, 1440 N. Main St., Fort Worth. $10-$25. 817-624-8333; www.artesdelarosa.org.

April 15-27: Dallas Summer Musicals presents the tour of Evita. Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas. $20-$90. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

April 15-27: The Lexus Broadway Series brings the tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $19-$150. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

April 18-May 10: Artisan Center Theater debuts its production of Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers. $7-$18. 817-284-1200; http://artisanct.com.

April 18-May 4: The Stolen Shakespeare Guild does Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Sanders Theatre, 1300 Gendy St. $15-$18. 866-811-4111; www.stolenshakespeareguild.org.

April 25-May 11: Casa Mañana Children’s Theatre presents Peter Pan. 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $10-$36. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.

April 25-May 25: Dallas Theater Center does Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., Dallas. $15-$85. 214-880-0202; www.dallastheatercenter.org.

May

May 1-24: Circle Theatre does the area premiere of Sharr White’s drama The Other Place. 230 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $10-$35. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com.

May 9: Kids Who Care revives its popular Texas tribute, Deep in the Heart. Scott Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St. $17-$20. www.kidswhocare.org.

May 9-June 8: August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is at Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main St., Fort Worth. $18-$25. 817-338-4411; www.jubileetheatre.org.

May 9-June 1: Dan Goggin’s ever-popular Nunsense returns. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St. $5-$22. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.

May 15-June 15: The area premiere of Bruce Norris’ play The Unmentionables takes place at Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $28-$32. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.

May 21-25: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody. McDavid Studio, Fort Worth. $49.50-$60.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

May 30-June 8: Casa Mañana closes its season with the revue Always … Patsy Cline. Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.

June

June 3-15: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents the Tarrant County premiere of the hit musical Jersey Boys. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $38.50-$110. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

June 6-29: Hip Pocket Theatre’s 38th season opens with a Johnny Simons favorite, Pinocchio Commedia. Silver Creek Amphitheatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth. $5-$20. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.

June 6-29: Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s sixth season features The Comedy of Errors and The Tempest in rotating repertory. Texas Christian University, 2800 S. University Drive, Fort Worth. 817-257-8080; www.trinityshakes.org.

Dance

March

March 28-30: Texas Ballet Theater performs Balanchine’s Serenade, Ben Stevenson’s L and the world premiere of dancer Carl Coomer’s Clann. Dallas City Performance Hall, Dallas. $20-$65. 877-828-9200; www.texasballettheater.org.

April

April 4-5: TITAS presents Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Dallas City Performance Hall, Dallas. $55-$75. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

April 12-13: Ballet Frontier of Texas performs Stravinsky’s Firebird. Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Scott Theatre, 1300 Gendy St. $20. 817-852-6887; www.balletfrontier.org.

May

May 2: TITAS presents its annual Command Performance Gala. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $12-$100. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

May 16-17: Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents its Spring Celebration concert. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $50-$150. www.dbdt.com.

May 30-June 1: Texas Ballet Theater closes its season with Swan Lake, featuring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $15-$178. 877-828-9200; www.texasballettheater.org.

Art festivals

April 10-13: The Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival features art, music, food, kids’ activities and more, including a performance at 7 p.m. April 11 by 2013 Cliburn gold medalist Vadym Kholodenko, all in the newly renovated Sundance Square. Free. www.mainstreetartsfest.org.

April 25-27: Southlake’s Art in the Square is back for festival fun. Southlake Town Square. Free. www.artinthesquare.com.

May 1-4: The annual Mayfest brings back kids’ activities, music and family fun. Trinity Park, Fort Worth. $5-$8. www.mayfest.org.

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