ANOTHER JOB FOR JAAP: Dallas Symphony Orchestra music director Jaap van Zweden has added another post to his resume. Beginning with the 2012-13 season, van Zweden will also lead the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Not to worry though – most big time conductors lead two or more orchestras.
REMEMBERING ANNE: Even if you haven’t read The Diary of Anne Frank or seen the stage play, you know what happens at the end. How can you not? But don’t let that keep you from attending WaterTower Theatre’s current production, which is earning very strong reviews. “WaterTower Theatre sets a high bar for the story in their current production, which is marvelously designed and acted, and thoughtfully directed by Terry Martin,” Mark Lowry writes in his theaterjones.com review. Alexandra Bonifield was also moved. “The audience gets drawn into the families’ everyday life routine so completely that when the Nazis burst in, they experience the shock and terror of the moment right along with the captured Jews on stage,” she writes on criticalrant.com. “No matter how intellectually prepared one may be, grief and horror wash away all reason.” Catch it through Jan. 29.
CAROLS FOR A CAUSE: Back in August, I stopped by a recording session for HOLIDAZZLE ACT II, a Christmas album recorded by local theater actors. Revenues from the album sales would benefit Jonathan’s Place. Now that the holidays have come and gone, all of the sales have been counted up. And DFW Actors Give Back has announced that it will be able to donate $15,000 to the emergency shelter – $5,000 more than the first album generated in 2009.