Category Archives: Podcasts

Classical 101.1 WRR Focus on the Arts: The Mimir Chamber Music Festival Celebrates 25 years as a summer highlight in DFW’s music scene

Classical 101.1 WRR Focus on the Arts: The Mimir Chamber Music Festival Celebrates 25 years as a summer highlight in DFW’s music scene

“One of the things we really pride ourselves on is programming,” says Mimir Chamber Music Festival founder and Executive Director Curt Thompson, who adds that this year’s festival includes some touching, retrospective performances: A tribute to the late Jose Feghali, a quartet by Jennifer Higdon, works by Florence Price, and more. The festival runs June…Read more »

Classical 101.1 WRR Focus on the Arts: Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra continues to cultivate the next generation of exceptional musicians

Classical 101.1 WRR Focus on the Arts: Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra continues to cultivate the next generation of exceptional musicians

Fifty years ago, a group of parents, educators, and musicians who value music education banded together to create the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, which today includes nearly 500 students performing in nine ensembles from more than 50 communities in North Texas. WRR’s Amy Bishop sat down with GDYO’s Executive Director Cathy Hernandez to chat about…Read more »

Classical 101.1 WRR Focus on the Arts: Verdigris Ensemble closes their season with a program of healing

Classical 101.1 WRR Focus on the Arts: Verdigris Ensemble closes their season with a program of healing

Dallas-based Verdigris Ensemble is wrapping up their first post-pandemic season with a program described as being a roadmap for healing trauma through community. Titled “How to Go On,” the concert includes two works by contemporary American composers, plus visual and interactive elements to heighten the performance experience. Verdigris’ Community Relations Manager Richard Oliver joined Amy…Read more »

Classical 101.1 WRR Focus on the Arts: Meet TACA’s 2022 Silver Cup Honorees

Classical 101.1 WRR Focus on the Arts: Meet TACA’s 2022 Silver Cup Honorees

Each year, The Arts Community Alliance – or TACA – spotlights two individuals who have made lasting contributions to the cultural fabric of the community through their steadfast support for the arts. This year, it’s Jennifer Burr Altabef and Larry Angelili, who, along with TACA’s President and Executive Director Terry Loftis, joined WRR’s Amy Bishop…Read more »

Classical 101.1 WRR Focus on the Arts: UTD’s celebrated guitar competition brings a GRAMMY Award winner

Classical 101.1 WRR Focus on the Arts: UTD’s celebrated guitar competition brings a GRAMMY Award winner

Every year, the University of Texas at Dallas hosts a unique festival and competition, designed to showcase outstanding classical guitar students. This year’s festival will include a GRAMMY Award winner, an international guitar superstar, and a previous UTD Guitar Competition winner. WRR’s Amy Bishop gets the details from Enric Madriguera, Professor and Director of Guitar…Read more »