HELPING HANDS: If you are headed to Bass Hall tonight to see Cliburn gold medalist Nobuyuki Tsujii, you might be wondering how he manages his grueling touring schedule. When you a) are blind, b) speak little English and c) are 20 years old, there are some obstacles to overcome. Chris Shull at dfw.com looks into how organizations have accommodated Nobuyuki’s needs and finds that, whatever extra they may have to do is worth it because of his current rock-star status and huge drawing power.
DALLAS CHAMBER MUSIC QUEEN DIES: Dorothea Kelley, who played the violin viola in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and was a strong supporter of the chamber music scene locally, has died. She was 103. “We have lost one of the most important persons in our city’s cultural life,” DSO concertmaster Emanuel Borok tells dallasnews.com. Kelley was the longtime artistic director for Dallas Chamber Music.
THE VIEW FROM UP NORTH: The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance has received the results from an extensive study it recently completed on the city’s cultural landscape. I thought it might be of interest since Philadelphia and Dallas are very similar in population size. A couple of interesting nuggets from the study include: families with children increase their involvement with the arts, people of color attend arts events with greater regularity than their white counterparts and people who went to a museum aren’t very likely to return in the same year.