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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 25 Aug 2011 8:01 AM

Today in the roundup: Mongolian culture in Irving, celebrating America in Fort Worth and “The Three Phantoms” at Casa.


DANCING WITH KHAN: The Irving Arts Center is currently hosting “Genghis Khan: The Exhibition.” But Mongolia is about more than just its fearsome conqueror. To that end, the center has brought in programming that celebrates other aspects of Mongolian culture, including dancers. In a video, the performers explain that many of the dances have their roots in the region’s nomadic lifestyle.

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will open its season on Friday with its Celebrate America Festival. The music of Copland, Bernstein and Gershwin is all on the agenda. And that got Wayne Lee Gay thinking about what these composers say about America. Some of his insightful observations may make you think.

PHANTOM REGIMENT: Casa Mañana intends to raise some money on Saturday with a gala featuring three tenors who have each sung the role of the Phantom from Phantom of the Opera. “The Three Phantoms” has a nice ring to it, right? Certainly easier to market than the original pitch: “The Three Valjeans.”

  • Gracie

    Thank you for the heads up about FWSO’s Celebrate America Festival! I marched Bernstein’s “On the Waterfront” when I was in high school and it’s been one of my favorite works ever since. I’ve always wanted to see a full symphonic performance of it, so I will definitely be there on Saturday!