Sneak Peek: A Q&A with Operatic Bass Singer Jared Schwartz

Fine Arts Chamber Players’ last free 2018 Basically Beethoven Festival concert starts Sunday, July 29, at 2:30 p.m. at Moody Performance Hall. DART to the concert to hear operatic bass singer, Jared Schwartz, and pianist, Mary Dibbern, perform pieces by French and American composers.

Fine Arts Chamber Players talked with Schwartz about his history, career and interests. Check out a sneak peek of the interview:

Q: When did you decide to pursue a career as a musician?

A: I began college as a Chemistry/Pre-Med/French Horn/Piano major (yes, all four).  It was absolutely insane. I had a blast learning so many different things, but I was sick every two weeks from lack of rest!  After one semester of that, I decided to hone in on music and use medical school as my Plan B. At this point, I think music is where I’ll stay.

Q: Who’s your favorite composer to listen to? To sing?

A: My favorite composer to listen to, as of late, is Mieczysław Weinberg. His orchestral music, particularly his cello concerto, are sublime. My favorite composer to sing is Verdi, particularly his Requiem. He knew exactly how to write for the bass voice. He elevated basses from silly buffo roles to real, emotional, powerful lyrical singing. I also like to sing songs I’ve written. Then the only person I can blame for writing something difficult is myself!

Want to learn more about Schwartz? Read the full Q&A.

The 38th Annual Basically Beethoven Festival highlights family-friendly classical music concerts every Sunday in July. Learn more about the festival at:

DART to Pearl/Arts District Station or catch D-Link (Route 722) to San Jacinto and Pearl streets to visit Moody Performance Hall. The hall, in the Dallas Arts District, sits a short walk away.

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New, Electric and Built for the Long-Haul

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Manufactured by Proterra, DART’s new D-Link buses are built for the long-haul, with a battery life of around six years. They also are designed to last longer than a traditional steel body bus.

The advanced carbon composite body of the electric bus resists rust and minimizes repairs and maintenance — keeping buses on the road, on average, six years longer than a traditional bus. Since it is a durable one-piece fiberglass mold, the body of the bus can still be used even after internal components need to be replaced.

See DART’s new electric bus for yourself July 28 at Dallas Farmers Market, from 10 a.m. to noon. Then, check out all the merchants, artisans and great restaurants that call the market home. It’s a day of fun for the whole family!

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

The heat wave continues, but there is plenty going on indoors this weekend, and DART is the way to get there. Going to these or other events on DART? Let us know about it in the comments.

Friday, July 27

Hot enough for ya? Why not Beat the Heat at the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck? You’ll get a nice, air-conditioned 360-degree view that’s one of the best in town, plus a little bingo fun – complete with the opportunity to win prizes. You can get to Reunion Tower via a pedestrian underpass from Union Station, served by the Red and Blue lines, as well as the Trinity Railway Express.

Saturday, July 28

If you’re a comedy lover, you’re in luck tonight. The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory has hosted some really cool acts in its short history, and tonight is a special treat. Bill Burr takes the stage with his “loud guy at the bar” persona, and demonstrates why he’s become known as a comedian’s comedian. There are early and late shows.

Have you seen the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibition at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science yet? Well, you need to. It’s a fascinating exhibition that reveals a new species of dinosaurs with 15 dinosaur casts, more than a dozen prehistoric specimens, lifelike recreations of the dinosaurs in the flesh, touchable fossils and more. The Perot Museum is a short walk from West End Station.

Sunday, July 29

Today’s your last chance to catch a number of cultural events.

The Dallas Museum of Art’s Laura Owens exhibition is challenging and provocative, and this is the most comprehensive show in the innovative painter’s career. It ends today. Any DART Rail line will get you to St. Paul Station; the DMA is a short walk away.

It’s also the last performance of Brad Zimmerman’s My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy. Part stand-up routine, part one-man play, the performance tells the story of Zimmerman’s struggle to make it big in New York City. It takes place at the Eisemann Center, a few steps from Galatyn Park Station.

Garland Summer Musicals’ production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate also gets its last performance today. The entertaining story revolves around a musical production of “”The Taming of the Shrew,” and the various conflicts between the leading man and lady. You can catch it at the Granville Arts Center, right next to Downtown Garland Station.

The Fine Arts Chambers Players’ Basically Beethoven Festival is an amazing convert series that’s been happening every Sunday all July at Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District. Today’s the last one, and it’s a good one, too:  Operatic bass Jared Schwartz performs songs by Flégier, Fauré, and Liszt. Door open at 2 p.m. and the main performance takes place at 3 p.m. Arrive early enough to catch the Rising Star recital at 2:30 p.m. – today, it features work by local composer Jason Mulligan.  Take any DART Rail line to Pearl/Arts district Station. The venue is a short walk or D-Link ride away.

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Calling all Cotton Belt Aficionados

DART is making exciting progress on the Cotton Belt. We’ve finished up the draft environmental impact statement or DEIS, and we are moving forward in creating this 26-mile regional rail line. The Cotton Belt will provide much needed mobility relief for our growing region; opening-up access to new communities and providing North Texans with flexibility and ease as they travel, commute, and move around the region.

Test your knowledge today to see if you’ve been keeping up with our latest blogs and updates on the Cotton Belt!


Stay tuned. Next week we will post the answers on DART Daily. In the meantime, check out our Behind the Tracks series and catch up on the latest news on North Texas’ newest regional rail line.

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Top 5 Things You Need to Know about the Cotton Belt’s DEIS

You may be asking yourself, what is a DEIS DART keeps talking about? DEIS stands for Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

As a refresher, a DEIS maps out the positive and negative effects a transit project, like the Cotton Belt, may have on a surrounding area.  We know that when large transit projects come to town, there can be an array of effects that can occur, that’s why DART plans ahead, to ensure that our transit projects fit in seamlessly to help best connect residents to our region.

Find out the top 5 things the latest DEIS lays out on the Cotton Belt.

  1. North Texas’ population growth is not slowing down anytime soon—that means we need more mobility options.

Population has increased by 25 percent between 2000 and 2010. By 2040, the region’s population is expected to increase by another four million. Furthermore, employment will continue to grow in these areas as well. Check out the chart below to see how important increased mobility will be to sustain our staggering growth and support our population and employment opportunities for the future.

  1. You’ll save some time on your commute – even if you’re not riding the Cotton Belt.

DART reports that it expects the Cotton Belt line will shave off 80,000 vehicle miles traveled per day by 2040 and save 3,800 hours of daily congestion delays.

  1. The Cotton Belt will make critical connections to other forms of transit in our region.

This project will connect with the future TEXRail Project (currently under construction), extending to DFW Terminal B Station. As the Cotton Belt makes its way to Carrollton, it will interface with the DART Green Line. Additionally, there will be a side-by-side platform transfer with existing DART light rail at the CityLine/Bush Station. Making sure that the Cotton Belt connects with other transit options will continue to make our entire transit system more flexible for all North Texans.

  1. DART is partnering with local groups to develop and preserve a network of off-street trails for hiking, biking, and pedestrian use.

DART and the North Central Texas Council of Governments are working together to preserve and build pedestrian bridges, and development and transition to trail access from Cotton Belt where it is convenient and feasible.

  1. DART is looking to work with the public, just like you, to ensure the Cotton Belt is a success.

DART has followed a comprehensive public involvement effort to proactively and effectively communicate the project’s scope, issues, and potential impacts while collecting public, agency, and stakeholder input. This information will be reflected in the final version of the document, Final EIS.

Stay tuned as we continue to bring you updates on the Cotton Belt! Want to get updates straight to your inbox? Join now to receive our Cotton Belt newsletters and information on public meetings.

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Plug in for a Greener Planet. Plug in to Something NEW

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At DART, we’ve got a lot of new. This spring, we rolled out new ways to pay, with the new version of the GoPass app. Now we’re giving you new ways to ride, with our new fleet of zero-emission electric buses!

Now rolling in downtown Dallas, these seven new buses provide clean, quiet transportation on our D-Link route. That makes two zero-emission options in downtown, joining DART Rail as the other vehicle with that distinction.

These buses really go the distance. According to recent tests by the bus’ manufacturer, Proterra, these buses are capable of going 30 miles on a single charge. They recharge fast, too, with the propulsion battery going from 10 percent state of charge to 90 percent in just 10 minutes! The bus is powered by eight battery packs — six on the bottom and two on the top.

With seating for 28 people, DART’s new electric bus has the power to take a lot of single-occupancy vehicles off the roadway. That means it has the power to reduce a lot of pollution! It also uses 30% fewer parts than a traditional bus and does not require oil changes or exhaust after-treatments. With so little maintenance needed, this makes the bus cheaper over its lifetime than other alternatives, such as a hybrid-diesel or natural gas bus.

Rolling out an electric bus may seem like a small thing, but it can have a big impact. Per bus, emissions are reduced by 243,980 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Meanwhile, DART’s electric bus emits no tailpipe pollution. This is particularly critical in Dallas-Fort Worth, one of the largest and fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. The electric fleet is one more way DART is helping to clear the air across North Texas.

It’s time to ride more, drive less, and breathe easy. Check out the new electric buses July 25 at Pegasus Plaza in downtown Dallas from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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A D-Link Comparison: Native Plants

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D-Link’s new line of Proterra buses offer you a local and environmentally friendly ride around downtown Dallas. These buses receive electric power from rechargeable batteries and run as zero-emission vehicles.

DART’s local and environmentally friendly focus doesn’t just stop with D-Link. DART uses native and drought-tolerant plants, such as the ones at Kiest Station, to conserve water and make its stations easier to maintain.

Continue to stay tuned this month as we share more interesting facts about DART’s new fleet of Proterra buses.

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French Horns, Beethoven, the Apocalypse — Oh My!

Fine Arts Chamber Players’ 38th annual Basically Beethoven Festival continues Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Moody Performance Hall. Join us for a fun, FREE afternoon of great music.

French horn quartet, The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse, will play a family-friendly concert of orchestral and opera hits, including the overture to “The Marriage of Figaro,” the “William Tell” overture and selections from “Carmen” and “La Traviata.”

Trust us. You’ll know the music even if you don’t recognize the titles.

The Hornsmen, known for their easygoing, down-to-earth approach to the classical repertoire, have performed all over the country in recitals, educational programs and teaching camps, including the University of Texas at Arlington Honors Horn Camp. Sunday’s concert is a must-go for young musicians, especially brass players and band students.

The Basically Beethoven Festival marks one of the few chances to catch classical music concerts during the summer in the city, because many orchestras migrate north to music festivals in cooler climates.

What’s better than an indoor concert with air conditioning? The concerts features North Texas musicians playing Beethoven’s music, as well as other composers playing both contemporary styles and styles from times past.

Each Basically Beethoven concert begins with a short recital by promising young artists. This week, local oboist William Sprinkle performs and shares the spot light with pianist Eduardo Rojas, founder of the Rojas School of Music in Grapevine. William will play what’s left of Beethoven’s once-lost Oboe Concerto, along with virtuoso pieces by Haydn and Saint-Saëns.

Ride any DART line or catch D-Link to Pearl/Arts District Station. Moody Performance Hall sits just a short walk away, north at 2520 Flora St. Seating opens at 2:00 p.m. Come early to guarantee a seat.

After Sunday, you have one more chance to catch a Basically Beethoven Festival concert on July 29th. The concert, called “Art Song,” highlights composer Jason Mulligan’s works for piano and voice and the powerhouse voice/piano duo of bass Jared Schwartz and Mary Dibbern, performing modern and classical French and American songs.

See you Sunday!

By: Jeff Tullis, intern and assistant director of the Fine Arts Chamber Players’ Basically Beethoven Festival.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend


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Sometimes you’re in the mood to savor a warm summertime evening, other times you seek relief in the cool indoors of a theater or museum. Either way, DART can get you there. Taking transit to any of these great events? Let us know about it in the comments!

Friday, July 20 

If expensive home repairs are getting you down, George Washington Slept Here might make you feel a little better. The play at the Dupree Theatre in the Irving Arts Center is about a man who drags his city-slicker family to the country to live in an old farmhouse. To say it’s a fixer-upper is an understatement – for starters, there’s a cow in the kitchen. You can get to the venue by taking Bus Route 401 from North Lake College Station on the Orange Line, and getting off at MacArthur and Finley.

More theater awaits at the Granville Arts Center, where Garland Summer Musicals’ production of Kiss Me Kate opens tonight. This Cole Porter-penned classic revolves around a musical production of “The Taming of the Shrew,” and the conflict between the play’s leading man and lady. The Granville is right next to Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.

It’s the third Friday of the month, and that means another round of ’til Midnight at the Nasher. If you haven’t been yet, you should check it out: The museum is free, stays open late, and pairs a concert with a film screening. The Friday, the musical entertainment is Mary Lattimore and Julianna Barwick, and the movie is The NeverEnding Story. Best of all, there will be tacos! (Plus all-natural popsicles, a cash bar, and other treats.) Take any DART Rail line to Pearl/Arts District Station, then take a short walk or hop on the D-Link.

If you’re looking to spend a summer night outdoors, Addison’s Summer Series is just the ticket. Every Friday night all summer, great bands take the stage at 7 p.m. and play as the stars come out. This week, the M80s, a fun ’80s cover band, take the stage at Beckert Park in the Addison Circle neighborhood, a very short walk from Addison Transit Center.

Saturday, July 21

More into classic-style country than ’80s nostalgia? Head to Carrollton, where Melissa Ratley brings her twangy traditionalism to the Concert on the Square. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and come hungry if you like – there will be tasty treats on hand.  The concert starts at 7 p.m. on the square, a short walk from Downtown Carrollton Station.

Sunday, July 22

The Fine Arts Chambers Players are doing their thing again at this week’s installment of their super-fun Basically Beethoven Festival. This Sunday, the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse add a bit of comic repartee to the evening, along with awesome musicianship. The concert starts at 3 p.m. at Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District. There’s a recital beforehand at 2:30 p.m. – get there early if you want a good seat! And get there by taking DART Rail to Pearl/Arts District Station. From there, you can walk or take the D-Link.


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A D-Link Comparison: Clean Energy

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DART understands that giving you the best ride also means looking out for your environment.

Today we’re comparing our new D-Link Proterra buses with our solar-powered bus shelters. Both use clean energy to help you reach your destination.

Two overhead chargers at Convention Center Station give D-Link’s new fleet of buses electric power. Rechargeable batteries store this power. These buses can recharge within 10 minutes and can travel up to 30 miles when fully charged.

In comparison, the lights in 90 percent of DART’s passenger shelters use solar power, and solar panels recharge a battery at the base of the light. In direct sunlight, these panels can fully charge in 6-7 hours of direct sunlight. Once a panel obtains a full charge, it can produce 18 hours of illumination.

The agency also uses 120 freestanding solar lights at bus stops throughout the system.  DART installed a version of these lights called the Bright-Up PV-Stop in the Bishop Arts District. This solar-powered light stands along Route 723 and improves security with dusk-to-dawn lighting and a flashing beacon for stop recognition.

The new Proterra buses received funding from a $7.6 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo Program), and join the electric light rail trains as zero-emission vehicles in DART’s transit fleet.

Continue to stay tuned this month as we share more interesting facts about DART’s new fleet of Proterra buses.

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