Texas Arts To Take on Washington
WHEN Texas stages a raid on Washington's Kennedy Center next June, it will be with ballerina, oboes, scrims, and footlights rather than cowboys, lassos, six-guns, and Stetsons. The Texas Festival comes thundering in for two weeks next June 11-22 with more than 50 groups, including the Houston Ballet, the Fort Worth Ballet, the Dallas Symphony, the Texas Boys' Choir and productions of two Texas plays, ``In the West,'' and ``Camp Logan.'' It is the first state festival to be held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
In addition, there will be a country-and-western music evening in the Concert Hall, a gospel-music concert, and a ``Juneteenth'' celebration.
Mexican folk dances, Spanish dances, modern dance, contemporary music, and chamber music performanc es will be presented at the center's Terrace Theater. And Texas performers are being booked for the center's Encore Caf'e.
A free open house ``extravaganza'' will focus on the Lone Star State's diverse ethnic heritage. In addition, a spokeman said that negotiations are under way for a television gala based on the Texas Festival.
The Houston ballet will present the world premi`ere of a new Paul Taylor ballet, under the artistic direction of Ben Stevenson. The Fort Worth Ballet,directed by Paul Mejia, focuses on George Balanchine's ideals and choreography. The Dallas Symphony, now in its 90th season, will appear under the baton of director Eduardo Mata. The Texas Boys Choir, which has won two Grammy Awards, will perform.