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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 1 Aug 2011 7:46 AM

Today in the roundup: Remembering Nancy Hamon, advice for the Dallas Opera and Symphony and shortening Shakespeare.


REMEMBERING NANCY HAMON: Dallas lost one of its most generous arts patrons over the weekend. Nancy B. Hamon, who made multi-million dollar gifts to the Dallas Museum of Art, Winspear Opera House and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, died on Saturday. She was 92. “She understood how art can transform lives for the better and how they help define a great city,” AT&T Performing Arts Center board co-chair Bess Enloe said in a statement.

LISTEN UP: Scott Cantrell called both the Dallas Opera and Dallas Symphony Orchestra to the carpet over the weekend over what he says is a lack of vision. Both organizations have gone through leadership changes and suffered financially of late. But, being the nice guy that he is, he offers some thoughts on what both the opera and symphony can do to right the ship.

QUOTABLE: “I try to cut anything that people won’t understand. I keep in the major plot points and the exciting parts of the play. As I told someone, I cut everything but the fighting, the sex, and the villains. That’s an exaggeration and a humorous way of saying we’ve got to recognize the age we live in.”

– Jason Morgan, in a Fort Worth Weekly cover story about Stolen Shakespeare Guild, the company that Morgan runs with his wife, Lauren.