Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Arts Week

Sunday night my friend Amanda and I attended the Chanticleer concert at Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas. Amanda moved back to Dallas from Manhattan this year, and she introduced me to Chanticleer’s music, having heard them twice at The Met at Christmastime. 

Chanticleer is a world renowned choir of twelve male a cappella voices whose repertoire is largely sixteenth-century music, though they also perform contemporary numbers that include jazz, gospel, and spirituals. The rotunda of the Virgin of Guadalupe church, which celebrated its 110th anniversary this weekend, has some of the city’s finest acoustic space. And the seamless harmony bouncing off the rotunda reverberated in a fantastic mix of sound.  

Chanticleer is headed into its Christmas season, with concerts mostly scheduled on the west coast, their home base. Check out their web site to see if they’ll perform near you. Fantastic!

This weekend also marked the opening of Klyde Warren Park, a 5.2-acre green space that sits atop a recessed strip of Woodall Rogers Freeway. Located across from the Dallas Museum of Art and connecting downtown with uptown Dallas, the park has a performance pavilion, walking trails, a dog park, a children’s park, a games area, and even an outdoor library section, where kids can borrow books. 

Yesterday I took my creative writing students on our trek to the Dallas Museum of Art, and afterward some of us wandered over to the park, conscious that we got to enjoy a balmy day during while much of the country endured snow, flooding, and misery. At Klyde Warren, kids on field trips tossed footballs, people walked dogs, and we sat in the shade in comfy chairs enjoying sack lunches and the green in the city. A great addition to Dallas’s arts district.

BTW, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the DMA’s Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Loutrec and His Contemporaries, or the Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico exhibits, you have till January 20 and November 25 respectively. Members get in free; non-members pay a fee in addition to museum admission. Worth a look.

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