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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 30 Jul 2012 7:54 AM

Today in the roundup: Getting to know FWSO musicians, the end of the line for pianos and the Nasher’s experiential environment.


IN THEIR OWN WORDS II: A few weeks back, we posted a link to the first three episodes in Fort Worth filmmaker Eric Clapp’s series of short profiles on Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians. Clapp has now posted the fourth video, which focuses on oboist Jane Owen; check it out at

END OF THE IVORY: There was a time – before TV and even radio – when nearly every house had a piano in it. These days, not so much. So what happens to all of those used pianos? Many of them are being taken to the dump, according to a story. “It is strange to think of them as disposable as tissues,” the story says. “Yet economic and cultural forces have made many used pianos, with the exception of Steinways and a few other high-end brands, prone to being jettisoned.”

CUE THE KIDS: Have you made it out to “Cuddle on the Tightrope: Ernesto Neto,” the new interactive sculpture at the Nasher? The museum descripes the piece as an “experiential environment,” and kids seem to be lining up to experience it. A video on follows some of the Nasher’s youngest visitors (and some not-so-young) as they explore the space.