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Video: Mark Landson

In her Proust Questionnaire series, Betsy Lewis talks to violist, composer, innovator, and man behind Open Classical DFW.

published Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Welcome to a new series on TheaterJones: A Little Dreaming is Dangerous: The Proust Questionnaire Offstage.

If that sounds heady, you only need to know that it's based on the Proust Questionnaire, a series of questions that inform about the interviewee's personality. It was popularized by the French author Marcel Proust more than 130 years ago. Questions include "what historical figure do you most identify with," ""who is your favorite fictional villain," or "where would you like to die"? The magazine Vanity Fair famously co-opted the Proust Questionnaire.

This video series is now a collaboratin between Betsy Lewis, a Dallas-based journalist, and videographer Jon Collins. Lewis uses prompts from various versions of the Proust Questionnaire, and throws in a few questions of her own. The interview subjects will be folks in the performing arts community in North Texas.

Next is composer and violist Mark Landson, the founder and director of the innovative Open Classical DFW, which holds classical music open mike nights every Tuesday at Buzzbrews Kitchen in Lakewood (5815 Live Oak St., Suite 102, Dallas), and also occasional events in Frisco and Fort Worth. If you've never been, you bring your instrument (including your voice) and sheet music, and sign up to perform (there's always a fantastic piano collaborator, if needed, in Thiago Nascimento). Landson founded the ensemble Neo Camerata, and more recently, the New Canon Orchestra, in which our classical music critic Gregory Sullivan Isaacs called Landson "the Elon Musk of the North Texas Classical Music Scene."

At 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, Landson teams with violinist Dina Nesterenko at Chocolate Secrets in Uptown (3926 Oak Lawn Ave.) for an intimate concert. It's free and you can RSVP here



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