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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 21 Jan 2011 8:08 AM

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. ( … 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. (

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 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.”