In Remembrance of Janet Cherry

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra remembers the life and musicianship of violinist Janet Cherry, who was a member of the DSO until her retirement in 2011. Cherry passed away peacefully on April 11, 2017. She is survived by her husband, siblings, children, grandchildren and many cherished friends and extended family.

Growing up in Cleveland, the Cleveland Orchestra and George Szell were her soundtrack. Janet attended the University of Louisville and spent two years with the Louisville Orchestra before becoming a member of the Dallas Symphony in 1969. It was in the orchestra that she met her husband, Kalman, the DSO’s Principal Timpanist at the time.

The Dallas Symphony and music were the highlights of her life. When the orchestra expanded to a full-time ensemble, Janet had two young girls and gracefully balanced the life of mother and orchestral musician.

Janet performed with the DSO for 42 years. Even after leaving the orchestra, the Cherrys continued to attend DSO performances and visited with their friends and colleagues backstage during intermissions.

The Dallas Symphony celebrates Janet’s spirit, her bright smile and cheerful hellos. She will be missed. 

Photo courtesy of the Cherry family