The South/music: MoreThan Just Pickin'

The classical performing arts in the South are not yet a match for the best the North has to offer. Southerners nonetheless have been doing nobly to prove that there is more to their culture than just pickin'. Cities like Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Louisville, Miami and New Orleans have supported and enjoyed orchestras highly regarded all over the country. The South's most significant musical growth stems from the role it has played in the regional-opera boom now sweeping the U.S.

The Dallas Civic Opera, a kind of tumbleweed La Fenice, since the late 1950s...

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