Tuesday, April 25, 10 am
Exploring the Arts
Field Trip to AT&T Performing Arts Center
Visionary Dallas leaders saw their dream come true in October 2009 with the opening of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the downtown Dallas Arts District. Nestled on 10 acres next to the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the AT&T Center contains the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Annette Strauss Square, and Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park.
GUSTO! will tour this architectural and cultural gem on Tuesday, April 25, starting at 10 a.m. The tour covers all four venues. It lasts about 90 minutes and is docent led. No part of the tour goes backstage, but we get to see the stage and orchestra pit and all the public areas. The Wyly theater tour is the only way to see the facility other than for a performance. The tour is free, with lunch on your own at a local restaurant.
The Winspear, easily recognizable with its rich red glass exterior, reinvents the conventional opera house form. Its Margaret McDermott Performance Hall seats over 2,000 in updated “horseshoe” fashion and features flexible acoustics and staging features. It hosts not only operas but also musicals, lectures, ballet and other dance.
The Wyly, reminiscent of a giant cube, is equally groundbreaking. Stacked vertically and utterly flexible, it is one of the world’s most innovative theater facilities. It hosts not only the resident Dallas Theatre Center but also a variety of other classical and experimental drama, dance and musical productions. A time-lapse video of the Wyly’s transformation from one event to another, called “Stagecraft Redefined,” can be seen at www.attpac.org/rentals/wyly-theatre.
The King of Glory bus will leave church promptly at 9:15 a.m. and return to church about 1:30 p.m. Registration for this tour starts at the Monday, April 10, GUSTO! meeting. Please note that this event is on a Tuesday morning as most GUSTO! events are on Monday.
The AT&T Performing Arts Center is located at 2403 Flora St. in downtown Dallas, near the intersection of Pearl Street and Woodall Rodgers Freeway. More about the center is at www.attpac.org. To find out more about this field trip, email .
Monday, May 8, 10 am
The King of Instruments: An Introduction to the Pipe Organ
Speaker: Michael Shake, Director of Music and Artistic Ministries
King of Glory, 6411 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75240
One of the most complex creations of man prior to the Industrial Revolution, the pipe organ is heralded as the “king of instruments.” Learn about the history, mechanics and music of this centuries-old and increasingly complex “wondrous machine” in a virtual and hands-on exploration by organist Michael Shake, who will visit GUSTO! at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 8.
Shake, director of music and artistic ministries at King of Glory Lutheran Church, will trace the evolution of the pipe organ, early versions of which date back to classical Greece. He will explain how the instrument works, then ascend to the church balcony to demonstrate the functions of the 2,744-pipe organ especially constructed for King of Glory in 1994 by Rosales Organ Builders of Los Angeles. Shake will conclude his presentation with a brief concert.
Rosales instruments—new, rebuilt and expanded—are found in several Southern California churches as well as in other states across the country. Rosales collaborated with architect Frank Gehry on the unique visual design of the pipe organ for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
In addition to his position at King of Glory, Shake is dean of the Dallas Chapter, American Guild of Organists. He previously served Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas, and Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, hailed by USA TODAY as one of the "ten great places to be enthralled by heavenly music."
Shake has performed throughout the South as a solo artist and choral accompanist, including the 2011 Piccolo Spoleto Festival and 2013 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association. He has been heard on American Public Media’s Pipedreams.
A native of Florence, South Carolina, Shake holds degrees in organ and sacred music from Erskine College and Emory University. He has been a conductor at the Choral Institute at Oxford, a collaborative program of Westminster Choir College and St. Stephen’s House, Oxford, and a conducting fellow of the Voices of Ascension Conductor Academy. He received the 2012 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Erskine College.
Join GUSTO! on Monday, May 8, for an exploration of the amazing pipe organ. “The King of Instruments” is free to the public and will be held at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 6411 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. Coffee is served at 9:45 a.m., with program at 10 a.m. and a Q&A and reception to follow. Friends are always welcome.
Tuesday, May 23, 11 a.m.
Spotlight on the Visual
Field Trip to the Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art has been a local cultural institution since 1903, when it opened in the old Dallas Public Library. After nearly 50 years at Fair Park, the collection was moved to its current $54 million facility in the Dallas Arts District. The spacious four-story structure now houses more than 24,000 works of art from around the world and covering 5,000 years.
GUSTO! will tour this amazing facility on Tuesday, May 23, starting at 11 a.m. The tour will cover collection highlights and will be led by a DMA docent. The collection itself features paintings and sculpture by Renoir, Monet, Degas, Sargent, Mondrian, Picasso, Rodin and many others, plus ancient Greek, Roman and pre-Columbian artifacts and a significant American art and furniture collection. The museum also houses the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection, displayed in a 15,000 sq. ft. reproduction of the couple’s villa in France.
The King of Glory bus will leave church promptly at 10:15 a.m. and return to church about 2:15 p.m. The tour starts at 11 a.m. Cost is $5, payable the day of the trip. Lunch on your own will be at the DMA Café. Extra time can be provided to visit the Reves Collection (no charge) or the special exhibit on Mexico 1900 to 1950, featuring work by Diego Rivera, Frieda Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco and the Avant Garde ($16, free to DMA members).
Registration for this tour starts at the Monday, May 8, GUSTO! meeting. The KoG bus holds 24 people. Carpools can be arranged for overflow. Please note that this event is on a Tuesday morning as most GUSTO! events are on Monday. To find out more about this field trip, email .
The Dallas Museum of Art is located at 1717 N. Harwood near downtown Dallas. More about the museum is at dma.org.