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Basically, the Fine Arts Chamber Players’ annual Basically Beethoven Festival is a great way to try out a classical concert on the cheap (read: free). It’s also the perfect post-Sunday-brunch activity; its cool and dark inside Dallas City Performance Hall, the music is lovely, and you don’t even have to stop drinking because at these concerts, booze is welcome inside the hall during the performance. This Sunday, the 3 p.m. concert features the Orchard Ensemble performing works by Beethoven (Serenade for flute, violin and viola) and Mendelssohn (String Quartet No. 6, Op. 80). The doors open at 2 p.m. and seating is free and unassigned, so you’ll want to arrive early-ish to grab a good spot. At 2:30 p.m., this week’s “Rising Star,” Andrew Eldridge, will perform a half-hour pre-concert recital on his marimba, so there’s plenty of entertainment to be had while you wait for the main event. No RSVP necessary – you’ll be handed a free ticket when you enter the doors of Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora St.). For more information, visit
Sun., July 20, 2 p.m., 2014


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