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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 16 Jul 2012 7:51 AM

Today in the roundup: The Dead Sea Scrolls visit Fort Worth, plus bonding with symphony pros.


THE ART OF THE WORD: Did you know that 21 segments of the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth? At the exhibition, visitors can examine the fragments using digital technology. But aside from being so close to those important pieces of history, there are other highlights, including an exhibition dedicated to a hand-crafted Bible. “It’s a beautiful work, each page over two feet tall, written in English and adorned with illustrations in deep purples and vibrant reds and yellows and blues,” Teo Soares writes on Front Row. “It’s a striking combination of contemporary art and ancient scripture that renders Genesis as graphic abstraction and the Ten Commandments with bold text that dissolves into a background of color.” Check it out through Jan. 13.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Fort Worth filmmaker Erik Clapp is hard at work on a series of short films featuring musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony. In the films, the musicians discuss their instruments and tell stories about their careers. Three of the planned 10 have been posted; you can watch ’em at

BIG BUCKS FOR BAND CAMP: Each year, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra hosts a fantasy camp similar to a baseball fantasy camp. Amateur players pay $1,750 and up to play alongside the pros under the baton of music director Marin Alsop. Daniel Wakin, a clarinetist and writer for The New York Times attended this summer’s camp for a story in Sunday’s paper. And this note jumped out as a reason other symphonies in need of extra cash might consider a similar program. “The payoffs have been evident if modest. Some 20 campers in the first two years became new donors, 9 became subscribers, and 13 bought individual tickets for the first time. Less tangibly, several academy students are now taking lessons with Baltimore musicians.”