DSO Supports Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Southeast Texas, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will donate 100% of single ticket revenue from the Thursday, September 14 and Sunday, September 17 concerts to hurricane relief. Music Director Jaap van Zweden is leading the DSO this weekend in performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.
“Hurricane Harvey has impacted so many of our friends and colleagues,” said Michelle Miller Burns, Interim President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “We are honored to dedicate the single ticket revenue that we receive from these concerts to aid in their rebuilding efforts.”
“When I learned of the storm and its impact, I immediately spoke to Michelle about how I could lead the orchestra in giving back,” said Music Director Jaap van Zweden. “The start of our Texas Instruments Classical Series seemed like the right fit – a fresh start and a new beginning as our friends start to rebuild. Our hearts and thoughts are with all who have been impacted by this devastating storm.”
“We are Texans,” said Scott Walzel, DSO Associate Principal Bassoon and Director of Orchestra Personnel and Engagement. “We are tough of spirit, and we will always help our neighbors. My colleagues and I are proud to be part of the effort to support those in Southeast Texas during the recovery.”
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was chosen upon the recommendation of the Houston Symphony Society Board President Janet F. Clark, in a public message. “To support Houstonians who have suffered from flooding, we encourage you to support Mayor Sylvester Turner’s relief fund,” Clark said. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to accept tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims affected by the recent floods. The fund is housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation. More information is available on the Fund at https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/.