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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 7 Oct 2011 7:52 AM

Today in the roundup: A look at this weekend’s classical programs, Betty Buckley sings some for the boys, and words with a driven young local actress.


CLASSICAL PREVIEW: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra continues its multi-year Mahler cycle this weekend with his Symphony No. 4. And Punch Shaw explores a theory over on that the musicians appreciate the composer much more than the general public. “I did not realize that the public did not like Mahler,” FWSO concertmaster Michael Shih tells Shaw. “I think the reason we musicians love Mahler so much is that it is such expansive and challenging music. It really makes us think and work.” Meanwhile, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is already one night into this weekend’s “From the New World” program. Scott Cantrell writes that one of the highlights of the program is hearing the Meyerson’s Fisk organ during Samuel Barber’s Toccata festiva. “In a piece by turns flashy, piquant and lushly romantic, with virtuoso organ fireworks including a cadenza for pedals alone, DSO organist Mary Preston again proved herself a brilliant soloist,” he writes on

IT’S A MAN’S WORLD: In her new cabaret show in New York, legendary Fort Worth singer Betty Buckley pulls a switch-aroo in tackling some of the great songs written for men. It’s a bit of a gamble, but one that is paying off. “Ms. Buckley’s show is a witty, powerfully sung female occupation of male territory, waged with good humor and gusto,” Stephen Holden writes in his review. If you happen to be up that way, you can catch the show through Oct. 29 at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency.

QUOTABLE: “My mom asked me, ‘What if you win an Oscar in three years? Are you going to stop acting once you’ve accomplished your goal?’ I said, ‘No, I’m just going to keep winning more!’ ”

— 14-year-old Kaitlyn Dever, a native of The Colony, discussing her goal in life with Dever can currently be seen as Tim Allen’s daughter in Last Man Standing, which airs Tuesdays on ABC.