The Dallas Symphony Orchestra – as part of its overarching equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives – has strengthened its commitment and support of the LGBTQ+ community.

Dallas, Texas (October 23, 2020) – Today the Dallas Symphony Orchestra shares its commitment to the LGBTQ+ community in Dallas. “For years, members of the LGBTQ+ community have supported the organization, and the DSO is known to be a welcoming and safe environment,” said Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot President & CEO. “Now is our time to give back and engage in a meaningful way.”

The commitment includes community service, performance and business engagement.


Work with leading organizations in Dallas

In the past few years, the DSO has built a relationship with the Resource Center, the city’s largest group that empowers the LGBTQ+ community and all people affected by HIV through improving health and wellness, strengthening families and communities and providing transformative education and advocacy. The Dallas Symphony has provided free tickets to community members and co- hosted happy hours (in-person and virtual) to connect with members.

Providing VIP concert experience packages for their auction, the DSO continues to support the celebrated Black Tie Dinner, an annual Dallas event that is the nation’s largest fundraising dinner of its kind for the LGBTQ community; and is looking to partner with the organization next year as a sponsor. Each year, Black Tie Dinner selects up to 20 non-profit organizations from North Texas as local beneficiaries of its fundraising, as well as the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as its national beneficiary.

In 2019, the DSO became a member of the North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce and has participated in and helped co-host several Chamber events. The North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce fosters an inclusive business community that promotes economic vitality, connects members, and advocates on their behalf. The Chamber is a network of LGBT and ally business owners, corporate partners, and community leaders that support business development and equality.


Performance Opportunities within the Community

DSO musicians have launched a free series of chamber music performances hosted by prominent members of the LGBTQ+ community called the DSO Salon Series. Out members of the DSO are the leaders of the ensembles who use music to reach and engage new potential patrons, donors and music-lovers.


Partnerships with LGBTQ+-Owned Businesses and Recognition of Prominent Figures in the Community

Visibility and support of the overall community includes engagement with the business community. The DSO has begun a partnership with Zerbina Imports to serve their wine at special events and introduce the brand to a wide audience.

Additionally, the 2021 DSO Gala will be chaired by TI Foundation Executive Director Andy Smith and his husband Paul von Wupperfeld. Smith and von Wupperfeld are ardent supporters of the arts and culture in Dallas, and their philanthropic work has benefitted organizations across North Texas.


“We know that an orchestra belongs to its community, and that means all communities,” said Noltemy. “Though we are proud of the welcoming environment we have created at the DSO for LGBTQ+ Dallas citizens, we intend to build upon that work to become a vital partner for years to come.”



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