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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 21 May 2013 7:55 AM

Today in the roundup: The 2013-14 Eisemann Center season, how the Cliburn matches players with hosts and Lone Star Film Fest’s big honoree.


AT THE EISEMANN: The Eisemann Center has released the huge list of performances that will make up its 2013-14 season. The season is broken up into a few subseasons – including a Theatre Comedy Series and Family Theatre Series. And, of course, there’s the MainStage shows, which will include an acoustic show from Clint Black, Flipside: The Patti Page Story and Debby Boone and the Glen Miller Orchestra, among others. Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations series is also back for another year.

THE HOST FAMILIES: When the 30 competitors at this year’s Cliburn Competition finish up a day of exhausting performance, rather than head back to a dreary hotel, they get to return to the home of their host families. It’s a tradition that’s been in place since the first competition and one that both the competitors and local music fans seem to enjoy. Both the players and the families are quizzed about their preferences to make sure the match is a good one. But Maureda Travis, the host committee chair, tells there is one common request. “I have families who come up and say to me, Oh, if you could match us with an Italian,” she says. “The Italian competitors are so sociable, and the minute they have a bit of down time, they always want to get into the kitchen and cook!”

THEY LOVE LYLE: The Lone Star Film Festival has announced that Lyle Lovett will receive its Stephen Bruton Award this year. The award is named for the late Fort Worth guitarist and goes to a Texas musician who’s impacted the film world. “As a musician with a highly original sound, Lyle Lovett has long had a relationship with cinema,” Lone Star’s artistic director Alec Jhangiani tells “His songs have been included in 30 films and he has appeared as an actor in eight.” This year’s festival is Nov. 6-10.