Ask your grandma--American music royalty did not begin with Elvis. In the 1930s a four-eyed clarinet player from Chicago began to make an unlikely name for himself in the world of big-band music. Leading one of the first racially integrated bands, Benny Goodman became one of the most widely respected jazz musicians of his time. He found popularity on radio, film and dance floors, and quickly shed the title "Patriarch of the Clarinet" for the much more hip "King of Swing." The Nasher Sculpture Center celebrates Benny Goodman's 100th Birthday as part of Symphonic Sundays, featuring chamber music performed by musicians from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The performance is free with admission to the Nasher (2001 Flora St.) and brunch is served at the Nasher Cafe from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit nashersculpturecenter.org for more info.
Sun., May 17, 2 p.m., 2009