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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 18 Mar 2013 7:53 AM

Today in the roundup: Following the DSO in Europe, a call for public art and your 2013 Pritzker Prize winner.


ROAD TRIPPING: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra continued its barnstorming tour of Europe over the weekend with a pair of concerts. Scott Cantrell has been keeping tabs for The Dallas Morning News, and he found a marked difference between the last two performances. In Vienna on Saturday, he wrote, “Van Zweden gave Vienna a no-holds-barred Mahler Sixth — a fine account of the piece, but, well, it wasn’t Amsterdam. The less demonstrative Viennese responded with a good number of bravos, but no standing ovation.” But the DSO bounced back Sunday in Munich. “Every section of the orchestra was primed and fine-tuned and responsive to music director Jaap van Zweden’s every expressive gesture. He, too, seemed newly inspired,” he wrote.

PUBLIC ART CALL: Fort Worth Avenue Development Group is looking for proposals for a public art project. Specifically, the call is for a piece that will bolster pedestrian traffic on Fort Worth Avenue. And it’s got to be made from recycled materials. Interested? Details on how to submit your proposal are at

AND THE PRIZTKER GOES TO: Japanese architect Toyo Ito has been named the winner of the 2013 Pritzker Prize. Much of his work is located in his home country, including a solar-powered stadium. And he tells NPR that his goal is to create buildings that bring people together. “Because there are a lot of big cities in the world, people who live in cities have become more isolated than ever. I would like to use architecture to create bonds between people who live in cities, and even use it to recover the communities that used to exist in every single city.” Of course, all this means Ito is probably the frontrunner to design the next flashy building planned for Dallas. We like our Pritzker winners around here.