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Monday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 23 May 2011

Today in the roundup: Amateur pianists invade Fort Worth, your pocket change going to good use and words with Bonnie Pittman.


KEYS TO VICTORY: The Sixth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs gets going today in Fort Worth. The competition, which is put on by the Van Cliburn Foundation, will bring in 72 very high-level amateurs from around the world for a week’s worth of performances. Before you head out to the recitals, get to know some of the competitors at theaterjones.com and dfw.com. One of the interesting story lines to follow this year: a mother and son each made the field – the first time that’s ever happened.

CHANGE FOR CHANGE: Ever wonder what happens to those pennies, nickles and dimes you throw into a fountain? If you’ve ever tossed them into the fountain at the Music Hall at Fair Park, then you’ve actually helped to pay for arts education. Those coins go to a scholarship fund for Music Hall ushers like violinist Richmond Punch, who tells dallasnews.com about how he was able to attend Julliard and Yale with your help.

CATCHING UP WITH BONNIE: As you’ve probably heard, Bonnie Pittman announced in April that she would be stepping down as director of the Dallas Museum of Art because of health problems. In a wide-ranging interview with dallasartnews, Pittman revisits some of the significant moments in her 11 years at the helm and talks about what she enjoyed most about the job.