ReMix Turns Five
The DSO’s casual concert series celebrates five years of different
Emerging from the silence, the lonely flute begins its pleading call. It’s a famous theme and a well-known solo. But this time, dancers appear at the front of the stage, punctuating Debussy’s familiar Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun with brand new choreography, bringing fresh perspective to the work.
Behind the stage, a giant screen glows brightly, almost psychedelically, with the colors of world renowned visual artist Pipilotti Rist. Her video was commissioned to accompany Miklós Rózsa’s Andante for String Orchestra on a program of music composed by artists who had immigrated to Southern California before and during World War II. “Hollywood Exile” featured music by Korngold, Schoenberg, Steiner and Stravinsky in a stunning visual setting.
These are just two programs presented during the five years of the ReMix series that launched in September 2013. A complement to the Texas Instruments Classical Series performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center, ReMix offers concertgoers a new twist on classical music. ReMix concerts are performed at the intimate Moody Performance Hall (formerly Dallas City Performance Hall) and last about an hour with no intermission. The programs pair familiar and unfamiliar works in unusual ways or reconfigure the DSO into chamber music formations. There is discussion about the pieces from the stage and an overall casual feeling of enjoying great music with friends.
“The format of these concerts is unique, and I love the vibrant and eclectic programming,” said DSO Assistant Conductor Ruth Reinhardt. “I also enjoy speaking with members of the audience in the lobby after the performances.”
Musicians and audience members get a chance to discuss the concert and get to know each other at the conclusion of each performance in a fun and casual atmosphere.
“Seeing the musicians, conductors and soloists and, on occasion, composers interacting and chatting casually with audience members after the excellent performances is a really exciting and gratifying experience. There is always so much to talk about,” said Peter Czornyj, DSO Vice President of Artistic Operations.
During this fifth season, ReMix has three programs, each with varied repertoire. On October 13 and 14, DSO Principal Second Violin Angela Fuller Heyde will perform Edgar Meyer’s Violin Concerto, a traditional solo work colored with Meyer’s bluegrass roots. Other works on the program also explore folk music through an unexpected lens. Aaron Copland’s Three Latin American Sketches represent the iconic American composer’s musical reaction to his visits and studies in Mexico. Dvořák’s American Suite was composed after his famed trip to the “New World” and mixes American themes and Czech folk music.
ReMix continues through the year with concerts on March 2 and 3, 2018, conducted by Ruth Reinhardt. The program will have an Italian flair pairing overtures by Rossini with Luciano Berio’s Rendering. The final ReMix is part of the DSO’s year-long Farewell Celebration Season of Music Director Jaap van Zweden and occurs during the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival. Van Zweden will lead the orchestra on May 10 and 11, 2018, in a program that features DSO musicians as soloists. The concert includes Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto with Associate Concertmaster Emmanuelle Boisvert as soloist, Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with Principal Flute David Buck and Principal Harp Emily Levin as soloists and Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capriccioso with Principal Cellist Christopher Adkinsas soloist.
Unexpected. Immersive. Social. Casual. Classical.Those all describe the DSO’s ReMix series. Five years has given us a great start, but there is so much more music and experiences to explore.
2017/18 ReMix Series
OCTOBER 13 + 14 | 7:30 PM
Ruth Reinhardt conducts
Angela Fuller Heyde, violin
COPLAND Three Latin American Sketches
EDGAR MEYER Violin Concerto
DVORÁK Suite in A major, “American”
MARCH 2 + 3 | 7:30 PM
Ruth Reinhardt conducts
ROSSINI Overture to The Barber of Seville
BERIO Selections from Folksongs
ROSSINI Overture to William Tell
MAY 10 + 11 | 7:30 PM
Jaap van Zweden conducts
Christopher Adkins, cello
Emmanuelle Boisvert, violin
David Buck, flute
Emily Levin, harp
TCHAIKOVSKY Pezzo Capriccioso for
Cello & Orchestra
BERG Violin Concerto
MOZART Concerto for Flute and Harp
ReMix is performed at Moody Performance Hall
(formerly Dallas City Performance Hall),
2520 Flora St. Tickets are $29 at
ReMix performances are generously supported by
TACA and the National Endowment for the Arts.