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Photo by Olaf Growald

The Music of Harry Chapin and Jim Croce

Casa Mañana 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, 817-332-2272, casamanana.org

Casa Mañana’s Reid Cabaret will bring the folk and soft-rock music of 1970s-era singer-songwriters Jim Croce and Harry Chapin to center stage. Both artists used music as a vehicle for social change, addressing poverty, hunger and other issues of their days. Their hits include “Cats in the Cradle,” “I Got a Name,” “Time in a Bottle” and “Taxi.” March 26-April 5

La Boheme

Fort Worth Opera 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth, 817-731-0726, fwopera.org

Engage with a timeless, classic story of young love between Bohemian artists set in 19th century Paris. Rodolfo, a poet, and his seamstress lover Mimi take center stage while navigating poverty, friendship and romance. A chance encounter in their Parisian loft apartments brings this pair together. Mimi’s poor health and Rodolfo’s fear of commitment complicate the relationship and create heartbreaking moments. “La Boheme’’ is a three-hour opera sung in Italian with English and Spanish supertitles. This production is semi-staged, meaning costumes and orchestra, but no sets. April 5 and April 7

Water by the Spoonful

Circle Theatre 230 W. 4th St., Fort Worth, 817-877-3040, circletheatre.com

The regional premiere of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winner for drama takes place after Elliot has returned from Iraq. He’s back home in Philadelphia, trying to find his place. An online chat room provides solace for Elliot’s mother, a recovering addict, after a loss in the family. Family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace. Worlds collide and families break during this play that emphasizes the power of connection and forgiveness. March 21-April 13

Wagner’s Die Walküre and Sibelius’ Sixth

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth, 817-665-6000, fwso.org

Music director Robert Spano will lead the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and guest vocalists, including Karita Mattila, Brandon Jovanovich and Raymond Aceto, in a special performance of Die Walküre, the second of Richard Wagner’s four-opera Ring cycle. The first act focuses on a forbidden romance and recalls themes present in the cycle’s other operas. The concert will open with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 6, a piece the composer described as “cold spring water” and the “scent of first snow.” April 19-21

Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra