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Friday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 21 Jan 2011

Today in the roundup: A debut from the DSO, local music notes and a look at Ed Ruscha at the Modern.


A DSO DEBUT: This weekend, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra debuts a new work by Danish composer Poul Ruders. His An Organ Symphony will feature Mary Preston on the Lay Family Concert Organ. The two principal players discuss their approach to presenting a debut in a Q&A on the symphony’s website.

MUSIC BITS: Randy Newman talks about playing for kids and adults alike ahead of his Bass Hall performance on Sunday. (dfw.com) … If you missed the Ozzy Osbourne/Slash show last night at the American Airlines Center, or if you want to relive it, a slideshow of pics is at your disposal. (DC9 at Night) … The members of Austin’s Monahans, which traces its roots to the Deep Ellum band Milton Mapes, talk about releasing their music for free. (texasmonthly.com)

RUSCHA AT THE MODERN: Earlier this week, we pointed you to a Wall Street Journal interview with artist Ed Ruscha. He’s the focus of a splashy new show at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth called, “Ed Ruscha: Road Tested.” The show opens on Sunday, but Gaile Robinson got a sneak peek. In her dfw.com review, she says that Ruscha’s images of gas stations and other elements of the open road feel right at home. “His pieces are not deliberately complex; if anything they are often funny or so familiar as to seem like family. But they are not as easily interpreted elsewhere. In Texas, his road work seems perfectly natural.”