Back by Popular Demand, Book of Mormon Returns

Back by Popular Demand, Book of Mormon Returns

Performing Arts Fort Worth, Broadway Dallas and Broadway Across America announced today that THE BOOK OF MORMON is returning to North Texas and tickets are on sale now. Back by popular demand, the hit Broadway musical will play Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall July 28-30 as part of the Broadway at the Bass Series presented by PNC Bank. The tour will then play Dallas’ Music Hall at Fair Park from August 1-6 as part of the Germania Insurance Broadway Series presented by Broadway Dallas.

Tickets for the Fort Worth engagement are available at or by calling 817-212-4280. For group sales discounts please visit

Tickets for the Dallas engagement are available at or by calling 800-982-2787. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 214-426-4768 or emailing

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. The Broadway production is directed by Parker and two-time Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw and choreographed by Nicholaw. The tour is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Werner based on the original Broadway direction and choreography. Set design is by three-time Tony Award® winner Scott Pask, costume design is by Tony Award® winner Ann Roth, lighting design is by five-time Tony Award® winner Brian MacDevitt, sound design is by two-time Tony Award® winner Brian Ronan, and hair design is by Josh Marquette. Orchestrations are by Tony Award® winner Larry Hochman and two-time Tony Award® winner Stephen Oremus. Music supervision and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus. Casting is by Carrie Gardner.

Since opening on March 24, 2011, THE BOOK OF MORMON has become one of the most successful shows in Broadway history, breaking the Eugene O’Neill Theatre house record more than 50 times. In addition to nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the Grammy® for Best Musical Theatre Album, THE BOOK OF MORMON won five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the Drama League Award for Best Musical and four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical.

The West End production opened in February 2013, winning four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, and breaking the record for the highest single day of sales in West End history. The first-ever UK and European tour launched in Manchester in June 2019, winning ‘Best Theatre Show’ at the Manchester Evening News City Life Awards before touring throughout the UK and Europe.

THE BOOK OF MORMON has been performed on three continents and has won over 30 international awards. The musical has smashed long-standing box office records in New York, London, Melbourne, Sydney and in cities across the U.S. and the world.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

NETWORKS PRESENTATIONS (Producer) is an industry-leading producer of touring theatrical productions, committed to delivering quality entertainment to audiences worldwide for more than 25 years.

Fort Worth Opera 78th Season Returns to Bass Performance Hall

Fort Worth Opera 78th Season Returns to Bass Performance Hall

Fort Worth Opera Sets the Stage for Vibrant 78th Season with a Diverse Production Lineup Emphasizing Artistic Collaboration, and Marking the Company’s Thrilling Return to Bass Performance Hall

From Operatic Concerts to Classical Productions the 2023 – 2024 Season, Under General & Artistic Director Angela Turner Wilson, Will Celebrate the Best of Fort Worth Opera While Ushering in a New Chapter

Fort Worth, TX (June 8, 2023) — Fort Worth Opera (FWO) proudly announced today details surrounding its upcoming 2023-2024 operatic season with seasonal subscription renewals officially available now and individual tickets available in mid-July. Under the deliberate and thoughtful leadership of General & Artistic Director Angela Turner Wilson, Fort Worth Opera seeks to build upon the multi-faceted legacy of the past decade by offering a tapestry of artistic programming that harmonizes with the vision of cultivating dynamic creative collaborations and crafting transcendent, socially relevant works of art. Patrons can look forward to experiencing poignant classic works, modern, socially compelling productions, a regional premiere, and a nationwide Spanish language premiere. The season will reach a crescendo with Fort Worth Opera’s highly-anticipated return to Bass Performance Hall. Turner Wilson wants to welcome the whole Fort Worth community to revel in the transformative power of opera during the company’s 78th season

From the company’s commitment to finding and propelling young, emerging talent onto the national stage, to producing socially relevant and contemporary works, Turner Wilson will utilize her deep-seated passion and vast knowledge of the art form to curate a dynamic season. With her career as a critically-acclaimed soprano with over a decade of experience in education at Texas Christian University, she stands as a pillar of expertise, poised to take on this important role and usher the company into its next chapter.


When asked what supporters can expect for the upcoming season, General & Artistic Director of Fort Worth Opera, Angela Turner Wilson, said, “As the General & Artistic Director of this storied organization, I’m thrilled about our new season which embodies both the legacy and future of this beloved art form. We’re building on the dedicated work of our predecessors, honoring the great works of the past while also looking forward to the future with renewed commitment.” 

FWO’s 15th season. ‘La Bohème’ at Will Rogers Auditorium (1960): Enrico di Giuseppe (Rodolfo), Lee Venora (Mimi), Richard Torigi (Marcello), and Jacquelynne Moody (Musetta). 

As the oldest, continually running opera company in Texas and with Turner Wilson at the helm, Fort Worth Opera takes great pride in continuing to produce engaging, diverse, and relevant work that represents the vibrancy of the Fort Worth community. The season package available today includes the first production of the season, La Médium, a highly popular, short, two-act dramatic opera by Gian Carlo Menotti. Fort Worth Opera will present the work translated into Spanish at the Rose Marine Theater, marking the national premiere of the Spanish language production (the work previously premiered in Spanish in Puerto Rico in 1989). Beloved traditional works are also included, such as Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, the semi-staged production marks Fort Worth Opera’s triumphant return to Bass Hall. Patrons will be delighted to know that this isn’t a typical “semi-staged” performance. Fort Worth Opera will fully embrace the true definition of the term by including gorgeous costumes, engaging dramatic staging, breathtaking projections, and the masterful Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performing on stage alongside the remarkable cast. Contemporary opera lovers can’t miss the regional premiere of the culturally meaningful modern project, dwb (Driving While Black). This heart-wrenching production will challenge conventions, ignite conversations, and evoke profound introspection. Additionally, An Evening with Morris Robinson, an operatic recital curated by the Metropolitan Opera star and Grammy Award-Winning Bass himself, is included. The evening will focus on works from the classic canon and traditional Black spirituals, honoring the Juneteenth Holiday. 

Beyond that, FREE and community partnership events include Wintersong: A Musical Holiday Celebration & Sing-a-long, a celebratory holiday concert and sing-a-long which is FREE to the public. Back by popular demand, in partnership with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is Amahl and the Night Visitors, the beloved one-act opera also composed by Gian Carlo Menotti (ticketing available through BRIT). Patrons can also enjoy special performances by the Hattie Mae Lesley Resident Artists in the one-act opera The Tragedy of Carmen as well as the Resident Artists’ Scenes Showcase (more information forthcoming). 

Collaborative partnerships with vital performing arts organizations take center stage this season, including The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Artes de La Rosa, and Texas Christian University’s Opera Studio. The company will continue to purposefully broaden the accessibility of opera by staging productions at both traditional and unconventional venues, including the Van Cliburn Concert Hall, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Rose Marine Theater, The Modern Museum of Art, and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT).

Through her unwavering dedication, Turner Wilson aspires to create a vibrant opera company that the Fort Worth community can take great pride in. She continued, “Our patrons can expect reliably high-quality productions that showcase the best of what opera and the performing arts community of Fort Worth have to offer. We’re dedicated to creating art that is not only beautiful but also relevant and truly representational of today’s world. I’m confident that our upcoming season will be a testament to our unwavering passion for this art form and a promise to our patrons that this breathtaking art form will always be here, and Fort Worth Opera will always be here, producing exceptional, purposeful works for our community.”

Fort Worth Opera 2023 – 2024 Season Lineup

* Included in Season Package

** Available to Add-On to Season Package or for Single Ticket Purchase 

Dinner with the Stars **

September 22, 2023 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

Fort Worth Club | 306 W Seventh St. 

Hosted by Joe Illick & Underwritten by Simmons Bank & Visit Fort Worth

Launching the season will be the fundraising dinner, “Dinner with the Stars,” hosted by Joe Illick, Music Director Emeritus and dear friend to the company. The dinner will support the arts organization’s efforts to continue producing high-quality operatic experiences. 

Featured Soloist Include: 

  • Vanessa Becerra – Soprano

  • Siphokazi Molteno – Mezzo-soprano

  • Alok Kumar – Tenor

  • Kofi Hayford – Bass

La MédiumSpanish Language National Premiere *

Presented by Fort Worth Opera

October 20, 2023 | 7:30 pm

October 21, 2023 | 7:30 pm

October 22, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Rose Marine Theater|1440 N Main St 

By Composer and Librettist Gian Carlo Menotti

Directed by Malena Dayen 

Putting complex women at the forefront and deepening collaborative ties, Fort Worth Opera will present La Médium, a one-act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti; tickets start at $50. Internationally recognized director, performer, and visual artist Malena Dayen will direct the production. Dayen previously directed the Fort Worth Opera’s 2023 production of Aida

The opera tells the story of Madame Flora, played by Janara Kellerman, a fraudulent medium who pretends to communicate with the dead, along with her two assistants, Monica, played by Cristina María Castro and Toby – a silent friend. The opera explores Madame Flora’s descent into madness as she begins to experience a series of terrifying events during her séances. La Médium delves into themes of sanity and the supernatural and will be performed in Spanish with English titles at the Rose Marine Theater. Perfectly timed with Halloween just around the corner, this chilling opera can’t be missed!

Amahl and The Night Visitors **

Presented by Fort Worth Opera featuring Hattie Mae Lesley Resident and Studio Artists

December 8, 2023 | 2:00 pm

December 9, 2023 | 11:00 am + 3:00 pm

December 10, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Botanical Research Institute of Texas | 1700 University Dr. 

Written by Gian Carlo Menotti 

Ringing in the holiday season will be the highly celebrated annual partnership with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) and the return of Amahl and the Night Visitors. The beloved one-act opera composed by Gian Carlo Menotti. It tells the heartwarming story of a young boy named Amahl and his mother, who are visited by three kings to see the newborn baby Jesus. The story is a poignant reminder of the generosity and power of love, featuring operatic and folk music elements. Its themes and characters are beautifully crafted to resonate with the collective experiences of people from all walks of life, making it a timeless classic that continues to inspire and delight audiences across the globe. 

Wintersong: A Musical Holiday Celebration & Sing-a-long **

Presented by Fort Worth Opera featuring Hattie Mae Lesley Resident and Studio Artists

December 16, 2023 | 2:00 pm

Location TBD

Closing out 2023, the Fort Worth Opera will present Wintersong: A Musical Holiday Celebration & Sing-a-long, a FREE community concert featuring Christmas songs, timeless carols, holiday favorites, opera classics, and more performed by Fort Worth Opera’s Hattie Mae Lesley Resident and Studio Artists. 

dwb (Driving While Black) Regional Premiere *

Presented by Fort Worth Opera in Collaboration with the Kimbell Art Museum and Texas Christian University

February 16, 2024 | 7:30 pm

February 17, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Van Cliburn Concert Hall | 2900 W Lowden St.

Secondary Performance Location: 

Kimbell Art Museum | 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd

February 24, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Composer – Susan Kander; Librettist – Roberta Gumbel

Ticket Prices: $20, $35, $55

Launching in 2024 and in concert with Black History Month, Fort Worth Opera presents dwb (Driving While Black), a montage of poetic and haunting moments examining the trials and triumphs Black mothers experience as their children come of age in a society plagued by racism and inequality. Described as “deeply affecting and innovatively conceived” by Opera News, this modern work will surely be a profoundly compelling work that will stay with audiences long past curtain call. The opera is composed by Susan Kander and features a libretto by Roberta Gumbel. Performances will take place at Van Cliburn Concert Hall and at the Kimbell Art Museum.

To accompany the performance of dwb (Driving While Black), Fort Worth Opera will also host a symposium on February 17, 2024, that will delve into the themes explored in the opera. The symposium will be held at a location and time yet to be announced. 

La Bohème Semi-Staged Performance*

Presented by Fort Worth Opera in Partnership with The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

April 5, 2024 | 7:30 pm

April 7, 2024 | 2:00 pm

Bass Performance Hall | 525 Commerce St.

By Composer – Giacomo Puccini; Librettist – Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa

Ticket Prices: $22, $60, $100, $135, $165, $195

Celebrating its grand return to Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth Opera presents a semi-staged performance of La Bohème, a timeless story of young love set in the heart of 19th-century Paris. The opera follows the lives of a group of Bohemian artists as they navigate poverty, friendship, and romance. La Bohème is a poignant and insightful portrayal of the complexities of love, loss, and friendship, set against the backdrop of bohemian Paris. It is a classic love story that has resonated across generations, a favorite of opera lovers and novices alike. Its cultural impact continues to be felt as it has inspired many modern-day artists like Broadway writer Jonathan Larson (Rent) and Hollywood director and producer Baz Luhrmann, among others. La Bohème will be presented in Italian with English and Spanish supertitles at Bass Performance Hall. Fort Worth Opera will fully embrace the true definition of “semi-staged” by including gorgeous costumes, engaging dramatic staging, and breathtaking projections. As an added benefit, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform on stage alongside the remarkable cast! This poignant and visually striking production will be directed by Chuck Hudson and conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya. 

A proud moment for Fort Worth Opera, this production will showcase the thriving vibrancy which exists in the opera world. Turner Wilson and team intentionally chose a diverse cast of performers to wow audiences! The cast list includes award-winning Elizabeth Caballero, a Cuban-America lyric soprano who immigrated to the U.S. in the 80s and will play the title role of Mimi. Playing her lover Rudolfo is tenor Alok Kumar, a rising star in the world of opera, who was born in India and moved to the United States at a young age, on top of his international performance career, Kumar has had a highly successful career as a lawyer and currently engages in immigration advocacy work. Joining the cast as Colline is Kofi Hayford, a Ghanaian-American bass who is swiftly building his reputation as an accomplished young singer. Fort Worth Opera’s great wish for all attendees to see themselves reflected on stage! To take a fun and engaging look back at La Bohème’s history at Fort Worth Opera, which first took the stage in 1948, visit HERE.

An Evening with Morris Robinson *

Presented by Fort Worth Opera

June 18, 2024 | 7:30 pm 

Location TBD

Hosted by Morris Robinson

Ticket Prices: $50 

Capping off the 2023 – 2024 season is a one man show performed by All-American college football player and 2022 Grammy Award-winning bass Morris Robinson! Robinson will present works from the classic cannon and as well as traditional Black spirituals in honor of Juneteenth. 

2023 – 2024 Fort Worth Opera Young Artist Program 

Hattie Mae Lesley Resident Artists

A discovery and training program for emerging young opera singers, the Hattie Mae Lesley Resident Artist program offers professional experience to exceptional performers every year. This group of highly talented and driven young opera singers is selected through a nationwide audition process. Contracted for one full season, they come to Fort Worth Opera to work for a professional opera company in order to further or launch their performance careers. 

The 2023 – 2024 Season Resident Artists Are: 

  • Su Hyeon Park – Soprano

  • Kaswanna Kanyinda – Mezzo

  • Wonjin Choi – Tenor

  • Sergio Manzo – Baritone

2023 – 2024 Season Fort Worth Opera TCU Studio Artists

Fort With Opera is proud to partner with the Texas Christian University (TCU) School of Music to provide their Artist Diploma students with an enriched experience during their time at TCU. From educational operas to chorus and cover roles on the main stage, this program has proven to give the student a hybrid learning environment where they can work professionally while completing their degree plan.

The 2023 – 2024 Season TCU Studio Artists Are: 

  • Katherine Watson – Soprano

  • Ruby Warren – Mezzo

  • Andres Losada – Baritone

Additionally details to follow as the season continues. For more details surrounding subscription packages, visit:

For more information about Fort Worth Opera or to set up an interview with Angela Turner Wilson, please contact Ivy Lopez at 

Fort Worth Opera At-A-Glance

SOCIAL CHANNELS: Facebook| Instagram | Twitter| Youtube: @FortWorthOpera

TICKETS: Season package renewals available NOW through June 26, 2023 at a reduced rate. Please Note: single tickets for season add-on productions are currently available but seats will not be assigned until after June 23, 2023. New season package purchases available today. Seats will be assigned no later than July 1, 2023. Single tickets available for purchase on all production mid-July.  For more information, please call 817.731.0726 or toll-free at 1.877.396.7372. For latest up-to-date ticket information, visit


Founded in 1946, Fort Worth Opera is now in its 78th season.  We continue our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, collaboration and access in order to better serve our community. The company’s Civic Impact programs bring opera directly into the community making performance experiences accessible to all. The Children’s Opera Theatre program reaches about 40,000 students across North Texas each season with live, interactive performances.  Fort Worth Opera strives to continue our mission to educate, entertain, and expand the horizons of current and future audiences and artists through variety and artistic integrity.

Fort Worth Opera is sponsored in part by gifts from The Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County, The City of Fort Worth, the Texas Commission on the Arts, Visit Fort Worth, and OPERA America. Additional funding for Fort Worth Opera provided by Claytor Family Charitable Foundation Inc., Hattie Mae Lesley Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Amon G. Carter Foundation, Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, DuBose Family Foundation, Robert D. & Alma Moreton Foundation, Virginia Hobbs Charitable Trust, The Rea Charitable Trust, The Burnett Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Ann L. & Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust, The Thomas M., Helen McKee & John P. Ryan Foundation, North Texas Community Foundation, The Red Oak Foundation, Alcon Foundation, Fifth Avenue Foundation, Garvey Texas Foundation, Mary Potishman Lard Trust, Barbara Ann Baldridge Foundation, Marriott, Sewell Automotive, JP Morgan, Luther King Financial, Fisher Family Trust, and Simmons Bank. American Airlines is the Official Airline of Fort Worth Opera.

2023 Cliburn Junior Free Festival Events

2023 Cliburn Junior Free Festival Events

The Cliburn is excited to announce the public festival schedule of the Third Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, taking place June 8–17, 2023, in Dallas, Texas.

The active festival portion of the Cliburn Junior is just as, if not more, beneficial to the musicians joining us in Dallas as the competition. The Cliburn taps its vast network of artists and teachers to bring in a wide swath of experts for masterclasses, artists conversations, and performance discussions. A series of small group workshops led by industry specialists takes participants through topics such as stagecraft, personal branding, conservatory and college admissions, and career pathways. Furthermore, a number of community concerts provide valuable performance experience and introduce the Dallas community to these extraordinary young artists, through partnerships with NorthPark Center, Dallas Public Libraries, and Children’s Health.

Festival teaching artists are: Greg Anderson, Janina Fialkowska, Wu Han, Daniel Hsu, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Bridget Kibbey, Jon Kimura Parker, Pamela Mia Paul, Valentina Peleggi, Benjamin Rossen, and Kasey Shao.

All of these Festival events are open to the public to attend, free of charge. The full public schedule is below and at

Tickets to Competition performances are on sale now at



Seven Junior artists will each perform 18-minute recitals for members of the Jury. Festival concerts will be held at Caruth Auditorium at SMU.

Festival Concert 1
Saturday, June 10  I  10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Artists and program to be announced.

Festival Concert 2
Sunday, June 11  I  10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Artists and program to be announced.


Junior artists will perform in public concerts around Dallas.

Concert at NorthPark Center
Sunday, June 11  I  2:00 p.m.
Artists and program to be announced.

Concert at Dallas Public Library Bachman Lake Branch
Sponsored by Children’s Health
Wednesday, June 14  I  4:00 p.m.
Artists and program to be announced.

Concert at Dallas Public Library Vickery Park Branch
Sponsored by Children’s Health
Thursday, June 15 I 4:00 p.m.
Artists and program to be announced.


Junior artists will play for and learn from these renowned musical figures. All masterclasses will be held at O’Donnell Recital Hall at SMU unless otherwise noted.

with Wu Han, piano
Artistic Co-director, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Wednesday, June 7  I  1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 8  I  10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

with Stanislav Ioudenitch, piano
2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist
Friday, June 9  I  10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

with Janina Fialkowska, piano
2023 Cliburn Junior Jury Chairman
Tuesday, June 13  I  10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

with Yoheved Kaplinsky, piano
Piano Department Chair, The Juilliard School
Wednesday, June 14  I  10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 15  I  2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Concerto Masterclass
with Valentina Peleggi, conductor and small ensemble
2023 Cliburn Junior Final Round Conductor
Thursday, June 15  I  10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Caruth Auditorium at SMU

with Jon Kimura Parker, piano
Keyboard Chair, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
Friday, June 16  I  10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Saturday, June 17  I  11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Moderated by Buddy Bray with members of the jury. Members of the 2023 Cliburn Junior Jury will examine how training, technique, and artistic sensibilities have changed, and discuss their own approach to and experiences in their careers in music. They will also look at repertoire, programming, and what it takes to build a career today—and how those considerations play into their decisions. Featuring jury chairman Janina Fialkowska, Jane Coop, Adam Golka, Carol Leone, Anton Nel, Roberto Plano, Katia Skanavi, Jeffrey Swann, and Orion Weiss.

The Jury Symposium will be held at O’Donnell Recital Hall at SMU.


The Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival was established in 2015 as another means for the Cliburn to use its standing and expertise to encourage tomorrow’s great artists, to provide a valuable forum for them to express themselves, and to give them an entrance to the next step of their journeys. Key ingredients are top international jurors, the media and webcast, Final Round performances with orchestra, and the festival atmosphere, which includes performance experience and artistic workshops—all put into place to make the program significantly useful for students of piano of the highest level.


COMPETITION  Four riveting rounds of Competition take place June 8–17, 2023:

  • Preliminary Round (24 pianists each performing 20-minute recitals, to include one virtuosic etude and one Bach Prelude and Fugue) at SMU
  • Quarterfinal Round (12 pianists each performing a 30-minute recital, to include one movement of a Classical sonata and one lyrical work) at SMU
  • Semifinal Round (6 pianists each performing a 40-minute recital, to include one work by a living composer and one substantial work of at least 16 minutes in length (phase one), and one concerto movement with piano accompaniment (phase two)) at SMU
  • Final Round (3 pianists each performing one complete concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valentina Peleggi) in a stunning conclusion at the Meyerson, followed by the Awards Ceremony directly after jury voting.
  • Tickets on sale now.

INTERNATIONAL  Applicants and competitors hail from all around the world. 2023 applications totaled 248, with pianists representing 44 countries, and the 38 selected competitors and participants represent 13 countries. Widespread media coverage is expected; 2019 outreach resulted in over 120 stories in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.


  • Janina Fialkowska, jury chairman (Canada)
  • Jane Coop (Canada)
  • Adam Golka (United States/Poland)
  • Carol Leone (United States)
  • Anton Nel (South Africa/United States)
  • Roberto Plano (Italy)
  • Katia Skanavi (Greece/Russia)
  • Jeffrey Swann (United States)
  • Orion Weiss (United States)

SMU  Meadows School of the Arts is a leader in developing innovative outreach and community engagement programs, challenging its students to make a difference locally and globally. The university will serve as home to the 2023 Junior Competition, hosting most performances and festival events, and housing the competitors.

DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA  The largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs and more. For the second time, the orchestra partners with the Cliburn to perform in the Final Round at the Meyerson Symphony Center under the baton of Valentina Peleggi.

FESTIVAL  In addition to the Competition performances, a variety of events aimed at artistic advancement of competitors, festival participants, and other pianists will be offered, including masterclasses, workshops, artist conversations, performance discussions, and free community performances around Dallas.


  • June 8–9, 2023 – Preliminary Round (SMU)
  • June 10–11, 2023 – Quarterfinal Round (SMU)
  • June 14–15, 2023 – Semifinal Round (SMU)
  • June 17, 2023 – Final Round and Awards Ceremony (Meyerson)

LOGISTICS  Competitors and festival participants will be housed at SMU for the duration of the Competition and Festival. All travel (domestic and international) and lodging will be provided by the Cliburn.

PRIZES  The first-prize winner will receive a cash award of $15,000; second prize is $10,000; and third prize is $5,000. All three top prizes will also include $2,500 scholarships.


The Cliburn advances classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of new artists. Established in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition remains the most visible expression of that mission and is, as always, committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of emerging artists, age 18–30. It shares the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience, through fully produced webcasts and by providing comprehensive career management and concert bookings to its winners. Rounding out its mission, the Cliburn also produces the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival (third edition, June 8–17, 2023) for exceptional 13- to 17-year-old pianists and the Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition for outstanding non-professional pianists age 35 and older.

Over a four-year cycle, the Cliburn contributes to North Texas’ cultural landscape with over 170 classical music performances for 150,000 attendees through competitions, free community concerts, and its signature Cliburn Concerts series. It presents 1,000 Cliburn in the Classroom in-school, interactive music education programs for more than 200,000 area elementary students. During the same time period, it garners the world’s attention with more than 40 million views from 177 nations for competition webcasts; 300 concerts worldwide booked for competition winners; more than 10,000 news articles about the Cliburn and its winners; and regular national radio broadcasts to 245 public radio stations.

Major Underwriters and Acknowledgements for the 2023 Junior Competition
Bartolucci Family
Mercedes T. Bass
Texas Ballet Theater – Anne T. and Robert M. Bass
Capital One
Central Market
Children’s Health
Linda P. and William A. Custard
Hoblitzelle Foundation
Jean Baptiste “Tad” Adoue, III Fund at The Dallas Foundation
Junior League of Dallas
Cece Smith and Ford Lacy
The Eugene McDermott Foundation
Shirley and Bill McIntyre
The Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NorthPark Center
The Rea Charitable Trust
The Richard & Enika Schulze Foundation
Sewell Automotive Companies
Janny and Warren Strickland
Carolyn and Jere Thompson, junior
Carla and Kelly Thompson

Official Piano of the Cliburn
Steinway & Sons – North Texas / Houston




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Stage West is excited to announce the lineup for its 45th season!   The new season will feature six shows, one of which will be a co-production. Four will be presented in the Evelyn Wheeler Swenson Theatre (“The Evie”), with two in the Jerry Russell Theatre.. It’s a unique mix of 1 musical and 5 plays, which range from an intriguing drama to a delight-inducing comedy-mystery to a much-loved classic.  Here’s the lineup:


Once Upon a Mattress

Music by Mary Rodgers, Lyrics by Marshall Barer

Swenson Theatre

Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer

October 19 – November 5, 2023

A co-production with Theatre TCU

By royal decree of the Queen, all princesses must pass a series of tests if they want to marry the hapless Prince. Even worse, throughout the kingdom no one may wed until the Prince finds a worthy wife! Many have tried, all have failed, and the Queen plans to keep it that way. But when a bold and undeniably charming new princess makes a splash at court, it seems the Queen has finally met her match. Music and mischief reign in a tale where happily ever after has never been more ap-PEA-ling.

“As fresh, inventive, and funny as ever…with wit and sophistication, and more important, human feeling” –New York Daily News


Poor Clare

by Chiara Atik

Regional Premiere – Russell Theatre

November 30 – December 17, 2023

2022 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist

Meet Clare – a stylish teen living in medieval Italy, trying out the newest hairstyles, and keeping up with the latest fashions and juicy town gossip. But everything changes when she meets a man named Francis who has started ranting in the streets. Her mother, sister, and maids don’t understand it, but this man’s ideas are, like, totally starting to make sense – and now she can’t unsee the world he has shown her. The surprising story of Saint Clare of Assisi comes to vivid life in this modern parable of generosity, perfect for the holiday season.

“A powerful and very funny modern spin on the medieval story of Saint Clare of Assisi” – The Hollywood Times

Marjorie Prime 

by Jordan Harrison

Regional Premiere – Swenson Theatre

January 18 – February 11, 2024 

2015 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

In the near future, Marjorie and her daughter are worried that her memory may be fading. That is, until the appearance of Walter, a mysterious and charming young visitor who arrives to help Marjorie uncover the intricacies of her own past. But a secret truth is about to blur the lines between human and machine. In this richly spare, wondrous new play, profound questions emerge about the limits of technology and whether or not memory is an exclusively human invention.

“Elegant, thoughtful and quietly unsettling … keeps developing in your head, like a photographic negative, long after you have seen it” – The New York Times


POTUS: or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive. 

by Selina Fillinger

Regional Premiere – Swenson Theatre

March 7 – 24, 2024 

2019 Kilroys List

It all starts with a little four-letter word that the President blurts out – and what starts as a PR nightmare, turns into a complete global crisis! The seven brilliant and beleaguered women upon whom he most relies risk life, liberty, and the pursuit of sanity to keep things under control. It’s a total rollercoaster ride as Capitol Hill turns upside down in this riotous comedy. Get ready to laugh your stars and stripes off and root for the powerful women running the free world!

“A broad, zany, old-school comedy” – TimeOut NY

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear Regional Premiere

by David MacGregor

Regional Premiere – Russell Theatre

June 6 – 23, 2024

The as-yet-undiscovered genius, Vincent Van Gogh, presents a most peculiar case to noted detective Sherlock Holmes, his partner Dr. Watson, and his paramour Irene Adler. The trio embark on a rousing caper and find themselves confronting the daughter of Professor Moriarty. With a helping hand from Oscar Wilde, the world’s greatest detective attempts to uncover a Post-Impressionist conspiracy. This zany mystery adventure is the opening gambit in a Baker Street trilogy. The game is afoot!

“An expertly crafted, utterly intelligent, and yet purely delightful escape…thoughtful, artful entertainment full of imagination and intrigue” – Encore Michigan


The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde

Swenson Theatre

September 5 – 22, 2024

So, there are these two rich and eligible English bachelors. Both are pretending to be a man named Ernest, because they are trying to woo these two ladies who have decided they are all about that name. But when their romantic schemes collide, the whole charade unravels in a whirlwind of wacky surprises and dazzling wit. This classic comedy of courtship and manners is a masterpiece of social satire for all who appreciate the humbling folly of falling in love.

“One of the funniest and most beautifully crafted comedies” – The Times UK

Season tickets are on sale now, and will include, the Premium Season Ticket (which  includes several great additional perks) at $339 each, and the Standard Season Ticket at $219 each. 

For more information, call Stage West at (817) 784-9378.  Tickets and information will also be available online at

Jammie Holmes: Make the Revolution Irresistible at The Modern

Jammie Holmes: Make the Revolution Irresistible at The Modern

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents

Jammie Holmes: Make the Revolution Irresistible

On View August 11–November 26, 2023 – FREE Opening Weekend August 11-13!


The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents the exhibition Jammie Holmes: Make the Revolution Irresistible, on view August 11 to November 26, 2023. This is the first solo museum exhibition of the artist and is accompanied by a publication with contributions by exhibition curator María Elena Ortiz, Dr. Lauren Cross, Emory Douglas, and the artist.

Holmes creates captivating paintings that show the visual and conceptual significance of the Black figure. Challenging stereotypes, Holmes explores notions of masculinity, mourning, childhood, and race. His works are filled with emotion and painterly gestures; his figures are often depicted in vulnerable situations or simply engaging in moments of contemplation. Rooted in the lived experiences of Black communities in the United States, Holmes is part of a continuum of painters that explore the human figure in current social and political conditions.

Highlighting Southern histories and contemporary realities, the exhibition includes approximately 15 paintings ranging from early to recent works, showcasing the breadth of Holmes’s signature approach toward painting. An early work that references his hometown of Thibodaux, Louisiana, BOX FAN HEROES, 2019, is a vignette of Holmes’s Southern upbringing that garnered national attention. The exhibition features striking paintings and deeply personal works; Blame the Man, 2021, captures a spiritual moment that alludes to how groups form bonds for resistance, while one of Holmes’s most recent works, Lefty, 2023, is a composition honoring veterans and the 1960s civil rights movement. Collectively, these works represent Holmes’s community—the lens through which the artist explores this nation’s history and invokes connections to essential themes of human existence.

Inspired by the culture of his hometown, Jammie Holmes’s figurative and expressive paintings elevate common events in everyday life such as death, grief, faith, and family, into scenes of conviction and compassion. He garnered national attention in 2020 for a public artwork in which he hired planes in Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York to display banners with the last words of George Floyd, killed by police days before in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

His work has been exhibited at institutions including Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Nassima Landau Foundation, Tel Aviv, Israel; and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. His work is included in the collections of Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Nassima Landau Foundation, Tel Aviv; Pérez Museum of Art Miami, Florida; and Xiao Museum of Contemporary Art, Rizhao, China.


Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

3200 Darnell Street

Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Telephone 817.738.9215

Toll-Free 1.866.824.5566


Museum Gallery Hours

Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm

Fri 10 am-8 pm


General Admission Prices (includes special exhibition)

$16: General (age 18 and above)

$12: Seniors (age 60+), Active/Retired Military Personnel and First Responders with ID

$10: Students with ID

Free: Under 18 years old

The Museum offers half-price tickets on Sundays and free admission on Fridays.

The Museum is closed Mondays and holidays, including New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. 


The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is a leader in collecting, showing, and interpreting art from the 1940s to the present. Situated in the heart of the Cultural District, the creative center of the city, the Modern has been housed since 2002 in an elegant concrete, glass, and steel building designed by the renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. In addition to 53,000 square feet of soaring, light-filled gallery space and landscaped grounds with outdoor sculptures, the museum features a reflecting pond, theater, education center, gift shop, and café, creating a thriving hub for our community and beyond.

Founded in 1892, the Modern is the oldest museum in Texas; however, our mission has changed over the years. Today, we strive to connect audiences of all ages and backgrounds with the most compelling art and ideas of our time. Showcasing the work of historically significant, mid-career, and emerging artists, the Modern is known for its evolving collection, which is international in scope. The Museum’s holdings include influential artists from Pablo Picasso, Philip Guston, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Puryear, and Agnes Martin to Mark Bradford, Teresita Fernández, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Kehinde Wiley. We have a long history of close relationships with the living artists we show and collect, many of whom visit the museum regularly to give talks and lead workshops.

The Modern is a center of lifelong learning and exchange. Our programs include tours, lectures by leading figures in the art world, youth and adult classes, art camps, workshops, and a range of small-group studio and gallery programs led by the Museum’s educators, docents, and community artists. We also present critically acclaimed first-run films and partner with other local arts organizations to offer music, dance, and theater.




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Hip Pocket Theatre 47th Season is Opening Soon!

Hip Pocket Theatre 47th Season is Opening Soon!

Hip Pocket Theatre’s 47th season will open a little earlier than usual to take advantage of [hopefully!] cooler weather, kicking off May 19. The season of six shows runs most weekends through Oct. 29 at its outdoor amphitheatre under the Texas stars, 1950 Silver Creek Dr. in Fort Worth. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. for May through August, and 8:15 p.m. for September and October productions. Hip Passes are on sale now through June 11, and may be purchased for either five or 10 performances at the Hip Pocket Box Office. Single tickets also are available. 

Hip Pocket’s Regular Season

Riders of the Purple Sage (May 19-June 11)

Johnny Simons and James Maynard adapted Zane Grey’s original story, which was last seen at Hip Pocket in 1996, with two previous productions. Action! Adventure! Romance in the wide open spaces! It’s a classic Western of the silent film era, about Lassiter, an avenging gunslinger in black, Jane Withersteen, a plucky and determined cattle rancher and the dastardly forces that separate them. JoAnn Gracey will direct, with music, lyrics and music direction by Joe Rogers.

El Maleficio De La Mariposa; The Butterfly’s Evil Spell (June 23-July 16)

The play was written by Federico Garcia Lorca, and was last produced at Hip Pocket in 2011. Lorca’s poetic world of beetles, fireflies and other magical creatures is disrupted when a hypnotic, wounded butterfly enters their dewdrop paradise. Boybeetle is cast under the spell of love, and Scorpy is sure to shake things up in this timeless tale of longing and beauty. Yvonne Duque-Guerrero will direct, with music composed and performed live by Darrin Kobetich.


White Elephant (July 28-Aug. 20)

White Elephant was first produced in New York City by La Mama ETC in 2009, receiving two grants from the Jim Henson Foundation, with a reprisal on the Hip Pocket stage with the original New York cast. A reimagining of the original production, it is a meditation on transition, memory and release. The show is presented as a series of poetic vignettes about animals, people and objects that transform from one plane to another. Their stories come to life through puppetry, mask, movement, film and live music. White Elephant was co-written & directed by Lake Simons and John Dyer, with music composed and performed live by Dyer and choreographed and designed by Simons. 


Testing Ground 3+3 (Sept. 1-3)

Hip Pocket will return to its roots in experimental theatre by producing a festival of three new works by Rob Bosquez, JoAnn Gracey and Shelby Griffin. Stay tuned for more information.


Old And In The Way (Sept. 15-17)

Once upon a time three friends got the crazy idea of starting their own theatre. They had grown weary working with the restrictions of so called “professional theatre”. So they burned their equity cards and set out to create a place for original work in a rough- hewn, handmade space reflecting their hearts desires. Cash for this adventure began with $300 pulled from their hip pockets. These three were immediately blessed to have many talented folk flock to the fun and freedom of expression. Ticket prices were set at $2.50. This presentation is a nostalgic look back to the early days of a youthful dream, brought to life by the elders of our little tribe wrangled together by Doug Balentine, Diane Simons and Molemo! Molemo! is now one of the last living members of the original tribe and this presentation is meant to be a tender remembrance of the past and a tragi-comedic look at the last days of an old elderly hippy. This play is not for children. (Note: Tickets for this production only are set at $2.50 each!)


The Fly (Oct. 6-29)

James Clavell wrote the screenplay for this special Halloween production, which has been adapted by Shawn Gann. Gann also will direct, with music by Joe Rogers. “Terrifying! Nerve Shattering! Bloodcurdling!” Science played with The Atom and a MONSTER has emerged from the disastrous experiment! Combine your molecules with Hip Pocket Theatre as we use music, practical effects and whimsy to bring you The Fly! “If she looked upon the horror her husband had become… she would scream for the rest of her life!”

Hip Passes for five or 10 admissions are available now. Five-show passes are $85 and 10-show passes are $150 for adults, with reduced prices for seniors, military, teachers, students and children 12 and under. Hip Passes will only be available through June 11, so get your passes now and save money!

Single tickets are now available. Adult tickets are $25 on Fridays and Saturdays and $20 on Sundays, with reduced prices for seniors, military, teachers, students and children 12 and under. Tickets are available online on the Hip Pocket website. Performances are at 9 p.m. May through August and at 8:15 p.m. September and October. There is no late seating.  

The Hip Café in The BackYard opens at 7 p.m. and offers beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks for purchase before and after the show and during intermission for shows performed with two acts. No outside food or beverages are permitted. Live music will be performed in The BackYard before and after the shows, starting at 7:45 p.m. May through August, and at 7 p.m. September and October.


Special Events

In addition to the season of musicals and plays produced by Hip Pocket, two additional offerings are planned. These do not fall within Hip Pocket’s regular season and are not covered with a Hip Pass.

Theatre/Movement Workshop

ROUGH MAGIC: LIVE WIRE with Lorca Simons (May 20-21)

This dynamic ritual theatre lab will be produced by Ecstatic Dance Dallas. The workshop will be held at Hip Pocket Theatre during the day on May 20 and 21. In response to Gabrielle Roth’s investigation into what it means to be an authentic human being, Lorca Simons is dedicated to the creation of physical theatre that is both interactive and transformative. Offering labs rooted in a visionary and rigorous technique for people to become true “athletes of the heart,” Live Wire ritual theatre expands the imagination through curiosity, breath, physical gesture and space. Performance art in the raw, rooted in the real. Registration and more information are available at Ecstatic Dance Dallas.


Special One-Night Only Performance

A Night of Grief & Mystery, World Tour (July 12 at Hip Pocket Theatre)

Stephen Jenkinson and Gregory Hoskins

A Night of Grief & Mystery combines stories and observations by author/culture activist Stephen Jenkinson, drawn from his decades of work in palliative care, with original songs/sonics by recording artist Gregory Hoskins. These two Canadian artists have been exploring the intersection of their work for eight years, across three continents, in three recordings and two short films. They come to the road now in 2023 as they did in the beginning: the two of them, a singer and a storyteller, out into the mystery days. Tickets and more information are available on the Nights of Grief & Mystery website.