Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us and in addition to all the barbecues, pools parties, and parades taking place in communities across the state, you can also explore some music, art, and theater events. Here are some of the fun ones taking place.
88 keys x 30 pianists = magic
For lovers of music, there is no more prestigious even in the United States than the Cliburn International Piano Competition, a quadrennial event now celebrating its 15th incarnation. Named after late Fort Worth native Van Cliburn, the most acclaimed pianist of his day, it welcomes 30 young competitions to Cowtown for 18 days of conversations, luncheons, and or course, magnificent music. It culminates with the awarding of honors on June 10. (Some events free; others range widely in price)
Become a Solunatic!
Though still a young event, the Soluna Festival has become of the premiere celebrations of the lively arts in North Texas. Sponsored by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Soluna features orchestral and chamber music, dance, theater, and visual artists across a variety of venues. Going on now through June 4, events include Latino Confections! (dance, May 28), The Traveling Lady (performance art, June 1) and even a Memorial Day fireworks display. (Prices vary)
Put the “fun” in funeral home.
Since its debut, the Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home” was heralded as a landmark theatrical creations of recent vintage. Funny, observant, and bittersweet, it’s an unlikely hit. And the national tour continues its run at Theatre Under the Stars through this weekend. Don’t miss the chance to see this transformative musical. ($39–$106)
Now in its fourth year, Madness on Main describes itself as a Frankenfest, combining live music on three stages (15 bands crossing a variety of genres), food trucks, an art installation, art market, and more. It’s a great, fun way to enjoy Memorial Day Weekend and it gets going at White Oak Music Hall starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday. ($15)
Check out Backstage’s Texas audition listings!