WED ▪ 5
There will be many misty eyes at Winspear Hall when retiring trumpet professor Keith Johnson gives his farewell performance with UNT Symphony Orchestra. He’ll be playing as part of Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto, which really is a concerto for the trumpet and the piano, with a crazed-sounding part for the brass instrument. The concert is at 8pm at 2100 I-35E, Denton. Tickets are $8-10. Call 940-369-7802.
FRI ▪ 7
Curtis Heath is still recuperating from a skin cancer operation, and his dedication to his work as The Theater Fire’s guitarist and as composer on such films as Ain’t Them Bodies Saints meant that he had no health insurance coverage. That’s why the Fire, The Baptist Generals, Dark Rooms, and Priya and Andy are holding a benefit concert for him at 8pm at The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, 1311 Lipscomb St, FW. Admission is $10. Call 817-926-0698.
SAT ▪ 8
It’s summer down in Buenos Aires right now, but Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth keeps to the seasons here when pianist Gabriela Martínez and the Díaz Quartet play “Invierno Porteño” from Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires as part of a Latin-flavored concert. The lively, minor key selection (whose title means “Buenos Aires winter”) is from the Argentinian composer’s homage to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. The concert is at 2pm at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $5-28. Call 817-877-3003.
SUN ▪ 9
The artist David Bates has carved out a fascinatingly variegated career, painting still lifes, landscapes, and figures in styles ranging from realist to Cubist. The Modern’s show of his work is more than just a tribute to this Texas artist. It’s also the museum’s first collaboration with the Nasher Sculpture Center, which will be showing Bates’ sculptures and drawings while the Modern exhibits his paintings. The show runs Feb 9-May 11 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Admission is $4-10. Call 817-738-9215.
MON ▪ 10
The unsexy instruments get their turn in the spotlight at the Spectrum Chamber Music Series of Fort Worth concert this evening. The ensemble will play the Double Bass and Guitar Sonata by Henry Eccles, who writes great soulful music for the bass, as well as Charles Koechlin’s Three Pieces for Piano and Bassoon, which has a stately and soothing second movement. The concert is at 7pm at First United Methodist Church, 800 W 5th St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-377-0668.
TUE ▪ 11
Perhaps the lightest and least complicated of Jane Austen’s romances is Emma, about an English landowner’s daughter who tries to play matchmaker for her friends and goes hilariously wrong with it. (Amy Heckerling famously adapted it into her 1995 classic movie Clueless.) Now Michael Bloom’s stage version of this comedy comes to Artisan Center Theater, running Feb 7-Mar 1 at Belaire Theater, 420 E Pipeline Rd, Hurst. Tickets are $9-20. Call 817-284-1200.