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 J.M.W. Turner                                                                                              Turner-inspired Concerts
                                                                                                                 Enjoy DMA concerts, readings and
  at the DMA                                                                                                     performances inspired by the J.M.W.
    The largest and most comprehensive                                                                           Turner exhibition. All programs begin
retrospective ever presented in the united                                                                       at 3 p.m. and are included as part of
states of the career of J. M. W. Turner (1775–                                                                   museum general admission.
1851), will open Feb. 10 at the Dallas Museum                                                                                     February
of Art. One of the greatest landscape painters                                                                     9 Beethoven, Chopin, and Other
in the history of art, Turner’s extensive range                                                                  Contemporaries       of Turner,    Mary
of subjects—seascapes, topographical views,                                                                      Medrick
historical events, mythology, modern life, and                                                                     16 love in the Time of Turner: shelley,
scenes from his own fertile imagination will be                                                                  Keats, and Byron, lydia Mackay
represented in this exhibition.                    J. M. W. Turner, Venice, from the Porch of                      23 Flute Duets from the 18th and 19th
    Approximately 140 works, divided almost Madonna della salute, 1835, oil on canvas,                           Centuries, David lee schloss & Javier
evenly between oils and works on paper, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of                               Gutierrez
including many never shown before in the united Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1899 (99.31)                                                  March
states will comprise the exhibition that also survey Turner’s mastery of watercolor from highly                    1 Romantic Violin Music from the Time
innovative and experimental sketches and studies to large-scale finished works. Among these will                 of Turner, Kristin Van Cleve
be Tintern Abbey (1794), The Battle of Fort Rock, Val d’Aouste, Piedmont 1796 (1815), Sunset                       8 Beethoven, Chopin, and Other
(c.1820–1830), and Norham Castle, on the River Tweed (c. 1822–1823) from Tate Britain.                           Contemporaries       of Turner,    Mary
    Dorothy Kosinski, the DMA’s senior Curator of Painting and sculpture and The Barbara                         Medrick
Thomas lemmon Curator of European Art, is part of the prestigious team of American curators                        15 sea symphonies from the Time of
who organized the Turner exhibition.                                                                             Turner

                                                     of the Sphinx Organization, a Detroit-based,

                                                                                                                                                      on silk. Collection of Gerald and Alice Dietz, Dallas photo courtesy of
                                                                                                                                                      Morning Glories, suzuki shuitsu. Japan, 19th century. Ink and color
                                                     national non-profit dedicated to bringing
                                                     classical music to African-American and La-
  classical music                                    tino youths. Sphinx Organization has been
                                                     featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, The To-
    still matters                                    day Show, NPR and in The New York Times,
                                                     Dworkin was selected by Newsweek Maga-
                                                     zine as a 2006 recipient of a Giving Back
                                                     Award presented to 15 people who make
BOOKS:                                               America great.
Why Classical Music Still Matters                        “Music, like all culture, is
                                                     cumulative—the past will al-
     lawrence Kramer, a Professor of English         ways inform the future. unfor-
and Music at Fordham university and editor of        tunately, classical music has
19th Century Music, is the author of a recently-     not been helped by some of
published book, Why Classical Music Still Mat-       its traditions. Elitism, either
ters.                                                real or perceived, has kept
     Ranging for J.s. Bach to John Adams and         some people away from clas-
in prose that is fresh, stimulating and conversa-    sical music. This leads me to the question that I
                                                                                                                                                      The Crow Collection

tional, Kramer shows how classical music par-        have been asking for years: What can we do to
ticipates in the exploration of subjectivity, the    make classical music relevant to all, regardless
conquest of time and mortality, the harmoniza-       of age, race, education, or socio-economic back-
tion of humanity and technology, the cultivation     ground? I believe the future of classical music in
of attention and the liberation of human energy.     this country depends largely on how the clas-
     Why Classical Music Still Matters is a small    sical music community answers this question.
volume that engages both skeptics and music          There is so much research showing the benefits
lovers and well worth a read.                        of studying music—higher test scores, better at-
                                                     tendance, and so on, but the ultimate benefit of
                                                                                                            10 Years in the Making:
Why Classical Music Still Matters?
                                                     classical music is pure enjoyment.”
                                                         James Ehnes is a multi-award-winning               Texas Collects Asia
                                                     recording artist nominated for a 2008 GRAM-                 In 1998, The Trammell & Margaret Crow
                                                     MY Award for his recording of concertos by
     WRR posed the question “Why does clas-          Barber, Korngold and Walton with the Van-              Collection of Asian Art opened its doors to the
sical music still matter?” to several classical      couver Symphony Orchestra. The GRAMMY                  world. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the
musicians, conductors and music professors.          Awards will be handed out on Feb. 10.                  Crow family’s collecting spirit, the museum
Following is a sampling of the responses. The            “I think that our so-called ‘classical’ music      presents Texas Collects Asia, a five-show,
comments address the importance of classical         has as much relevance in today’s world as ever.        yearlong exhibition that showcases works of art
music and are not a commentary on lawrence                           ‘Classical music’ is a term that is    from some of the most prestigious private and
Kramer’s book. If you’d like to share your com-                      difficult to define, but I might say   public collections. Assembled from 39 Texas
ments, please e-mail us at wrrmac@wrr101.                            that it describes two kinds of mu-
com                                                                                                         collections—including 31 private collectors and
                                                                     sic: music that has lasted years       eight museums—this enterprise is the result of
     Van Cliburn, winner of the first Interna-                       and generations by virtue of its
tional Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow                                                                    a lengthy statewide canvas of Asian art, and
                                                                     profound effect upon the listener,     stands as the first time that Texas collections
in 1958 and founder of the Van Cliburn Inter-                        and music that is written today
national Piano Competition.                                          with that goal in mind. Music          have been represented as a single genre.
     “In 385 B.C. when Plato established the         can affect mankind like no other art form; it can           The first in the series presents a selection
Academy of learning at Athens he knew very           make us feel and think and react in ways that          of impressive Japanese paintings and works of
well that music because of its ethereal and invis-   are unique and often wonderful. Classical mu-          art. This exhibition includes over 20 Japanese
ible qualities had the great sway over the human     sic has been preserved over time precisely for         paintings of recent centuries that take as their
heart.                                               this reason. Therefore, I would think that as long     subject animals, nature, humanity and legends.
     All people are the same the world over and      as humans are capable of emotion and thought,          This exhibition also showcases fine examples
all people need beauty, inspiration, art and great   classical music will AlWAYs have relevance.”
music—the things that make life truly valuable.”                                                            of netsuke, metal wares, screens and porce-
     Aaron Dworkin, founder and president             Continued on Page Four                                lains.
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   Strings Attached
   Two groups’ commitment to students

                                                                                                      By Gail Sachson
                                                                                                      Guest Columnist

                                                                                                   : of ART BAsEl Miami
                                                                  BRAVO! EnCORE!partDallas in MIAMI, but very
                                                                   Celebrating art deserves a calm
                                                                 atmosphere, where the bond between              much part of the week’s scene, showed
                                                                 viewer and artwork can be personal and          work which was often more exciting
    Two programs are under way to help Dallas children           private…like listening to good music.           and almost always less expensive than
hone their art and enrich their listening palate. The Black      But…that said, the 43,000 artists, curators,    the Convention Center art. The Dallas
Academy of Arts and letters (TBAAl) and st. Philip’s             consultants, collectors and art enthusiasts     galleries, COnDuIT, VAllEY hOusE,
school are busy introducing youth to classical music, and        who crowded the aisles of the Miami             Dunn & BROWn, MARTY WAlKER,
not just by listening, but by playing.                           Beach Convention Center,                                 PAn AMERICAn PROJECTs,
    st. Philip’s Young strings, in conjunction with the          Dec. 6-9, for the sixth                                  ROAD AGEnT, KETTlE ART and
Dallas symphony Orchestra’s Young strings, is comprised          annual ART BASEL MIAMI                                   PhOTOs DO nOT BEnD rented
of kindergarten through 6th graders under the baton of           BEACH, seemed to be                                      lofts, tented booths and rooms in
Richmond Punch and lauren Wiggins.                               happy, as they occasionally                              south Beach hotels, which, the
    Punch, a st. Philip’s and DsO Young strings alum,            bumped into each other,                                  most fun of all, were transformed
is the son of Gayle Punch, founder of the Punch Family           browsed and bought from                                  into funky, flirty, fifties-feeling
Foundation which financially helps minority high school          the 200+ galleries from all                              gallery spaces.
and college students who want to study string instruments.       over the world. It was one                                    “It was ‘Art Disneyland’,” says
St. Philip’s selects children between kindergarten and first     grand party!                                             Pan American Assistant Director
grade to join the program, which is open to all, although             This year Dallas was well represented      Caroline Finlay, “and we can’t wait to go
they only have instruments for 20 students.                      at the party. And not just as partygoers,       back!” COnDuIT’s nAnCY WhITnACK
    TBAAl’s Children’s Chorus and Youth string Orchestra,        but as the show itself. Eight Dallas            says, “We made lots of contacts, had great
started with DIsD’s help, had their debut performance in         contemporary galleries showed off our           response to our artists and sold work.
november, and looks forward to their next visit to the stage     homegrown talent to an international            What more could you want?” so now an
on March 8.                                                      audience. not in the sensory overloaded         international audience knows what we
    Curtis King, the founder and president of TBAAl said “the    Convention Center, but in nearby spaces         knew all along. Dallas and its artists are
key to making this work has been the four-year partnership       and in several of the 21 satellite art fairs,   worthy and world class!
with DIsD’s Craig Wells. The program continues to grow           which have piggybacked onto Art Basel,              Gail Sachson is vice-chair of the
                                                                 like ART MIAMI, AQuA and RED DOT.               City of Dallas Cultural Arts Commission
because of the parents.”
                                                                      These alternative fairs, not actually      and director of Ask Me About Art.
    King points out that many of the performers are from
single parent families, so the kids and parents work together,
often carpooling to get to practices and performances.
    The 26-member orchestra and 110-person choir started
                                                                 Farewell My Concubine at Eisemann Center
in 2007 but King hopes the group can grow to 50-75 in the                                                        worked with famed librettist Wang Jian.
orchestra and 150 in the choir. King has big dreams for                                                          Together, the two artists developed a
his little orchestra, a performance at the Kennedy Center,                                                       new “Western-style” production distinct
perhaps a Texas representation at the next Presidential                                                          from traditional “Beijing-style” opera
Inauguration or a collaboration with the harlem school of                                                        (incorporating instrumental music, vocal
the Arts where TBAAl would go to perform and return with                                                         performance, pantomime, dance and
the harlem school for a Dallas performance.                                                                      acrobatics). This version of “Farewell My
                                                                                                                 Concubine” captures the framework of a
                                                                                                                 classic Italian opera, but is sung entirely
                                                                                                                 in Mandarin with English subtitles.
                                                                                                                     The opera is based on real events
                                                                                                                 and characters from over 2,200 years
                                                                                                                 ago in China. set at the end of the Qin
                                                                                                                 dynasty, the love story revolves around
                                                                                                                 the heroic warrior, Xiang Yu, and his
                                                                                                                 beloved concubine, Yu Ji. The story
                                                                                                                 remains very popular today, and almost
                                                                                                                 everyone in present-day China is familiar
                                                                                                                 with its theme, characters and ill-fated
                                                                     The     Chinese     American     Inter-
                                                                 Cultural Exchange Foundation (CAICE
                                                                                                                     The well-known Chinese love story is
                                                                 Foundation) is proud to announce the
                                                                                                                 also the inspiration for a play, a novel and
                                                                 U.S. debut of the first Western-style
                                                                                                                 a 1993 Oscar-nominated movie.
                                                                 interpretation of the classic Chinese
                                                                                                                     For        tickets,      visit     www.
                                                                 opera, “Farewell My Concubine.” This
                                                                                                                 FarewellMyConcubineusA.com .

                                                                 production is the first performance of
                                                                 the newly-scored opera, one of the rare
                                                                 times that an original Chinese opera will
                                                                 be performed in the u.s. by a Chinese
                                                                 cast and sung in Mandarin. This tour also
                                                                 marks the inaugural appearance of China
                                                                 national Opera house, one of China’s               General Manager: Greg Davis
                                                                 premier arts groups, in the united states.         Managing Editor: Victoria Eiker
                                                                     north Texans will have an opportunity          Editor: Paul Adams
                                                                 to see “Farewell My Concubine” at the
                                                                 Eisemann Center in Richardson on Feb.              Overture is the official publication
                                                                 5-6.                                               of WRR Classical 101.1 FM. send
                                                                     The heart and soul behind this                 Comments or story ideas to:
                                                                 Western-style production of “Farewell My
                                                                 Concubine” is internationally-renowned             Editor: wrrmac@wrr101.com, or
                                                                 Chinese composer and conductor Xiao
                                                                 Bai. For the past 18 years, Xiao Bai               Overture Editor - WRR FM
                                                                 labored to score a Western version of the          PO Box 159001
                                                                 traditional Chinese story, with the dream          Dallas, TX 75315
                                                                 of one day presenting his opera to an              214-670-8888
                                                                 international audience.
                                                                     To Westernize the opera, Xiao Bai
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     Dear WRR,

      This is WOnDERFul! I had no idea you had this marvelous service where I
 can find the names of pieces of which I have heard snatches of while in and out of
 the car running errands, etc. I had e-mailed WFAA to see if there was any way to
 learn the name of a work that was played on December 3--so lovely, I just had to
 sit in the car in front of the store and soak in the sound. They referred me to your
 website, and I just found it -- The Yellow River Concerto! Yeaaa! I’m going to order
 the CD.

     Thanks for having such a great service, and so user friendly.
     Pat from Fort Worth

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                      Black history Month presents the station with
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Classical Music Continued From Page One
    Stephen M. Heyde is the Mary Franks Thomp-             tural treasures of civilization are reflected our most   marked by fear, where we are cowed by the name-
son Professor of Orchestral Studies and Con-               cherished values. These are repositories of humani-      less, faceless specter of terrorism and encouraged by
ductor-in-Residence at Baylor University and the           ties most noble yearnings, deepest thoughts, most        some to turn away from the deeply cherished respect
Conductor/Music Director of the Waco Symphony              passionate emotions. The masterworks of art, music,      of one person for every other that distinguished our
Orchestra.                                                 literature have endured because they were created        society from its formation, how could we not desper-
    “An important component of the question “Why           by our most perceptive and sensitive commentators,       ately need the hope that great music offers? That
Classical Music still Matters” is the term classical. By   those that had the rare gift to somehow touch some       hope and life affirming quality is a hallmark of all
definition, something classical is long standing, not      common elements that we all feel but cannot ade-         great art. It may not always be ‘pretty’ or ‘happy,’ but
ephemeral. This is music that will endure, that will not   quately express. The works that are timeless, that are   it always ends up right-it always concludes the way it
be buffeted by the ever changing whims of popular          ‘classics,’ resonate deep within us, perhaps in that     must. There is always meaningful closure.
taste. nothing is quite so dated as the popular mu-        part of being some call the soul.                             “Beyond these rather philosophical and somber

sic of a decade or two ago! Beethoven’s ninth will              “how possibly could these musical masterpieces      qualities, classical music is just plain fun. how could
always be relevant because it deals with a timeless        nOT matter? I think in the increasingly isolated exis-   the uplifting exuberance of Bach’s 4th Brandenburg
concern; something that impacts what it is to be hu-       tence of technological, machine driven, 21st century     or Mozart’s Jupiter symphony ever not matter?”
man whether in 1824 or 2008!                               living, we need expressions of beauty and our hu-
    “That brings up the other issue. In the great cul-     manity more than ever. And in a time and in a society

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