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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 13 Feb 2012 7:59 AM

Today in the roundup: Dallas Art Fair’s exhibitor list, an Arts Center of North Texas update and the FWSO’s dueling Stradivari take center stage.


VACANCY AT THE TOP: The proposed Arts Center of North Texas has been on shaky ground for about a year now – ever since Frisco voters decided to discontinue its funding of the multi-city project in Collin County. And now things are even shakier as Mike Simpson, the Arts Center’s director, announced on Friday that he is resigning. The project is struggling to stay afloat financially, and Simpson’t salary is a large chunk of its administrative costs.

DALLAS ART FAIR LINEUP: If you’ve been wondering why you haven’t heard much about the Dallas Art Fair this year, it’s because the event has been pushed from its usual February slot to April. But news is beginning to trickle out, including the list of the more than 70 galleries that will exhibit. This year’s fair runs April 13-15.

BOWING UP: This Thursday, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will present an all-Bach program at Arborlawn United Methodist Church. The highlight of the program should be Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, played by Michael Shih and Swang Lin on the orchestra’s pair of Stradivari violins. The violinists spoke with about why the instruments they play really are worth all the hype they’ve been receiving of late. You might have seen a version of the story in Sunday’s New York Times.