Dallas Symphony Orchestra Announces 2019 DSO Gala Leadership

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Announces

2019 DSO Gala Leadership     

Barbara and Don Daseke – Gala Chairs

Kathryn and Craig Hall – Gala Honorary Chairs


2019 DSO Gala Guest Artist

Joshua Bell, violin

Gala Concert Sponsor, Capital One


Dallas, Texas (January 29, 2019) – The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today the leadership for the 2019 DSO Gala. Barbara and Don Daseke will chair the event on Saturday, September 28, 2019, with Kathryn and Craig Hall as Gala Honorary Chairs. The chairs will lead the planning and fundraising for the DSO’s signature benefit event. This year’s Gala will also celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

Barbara and Don Dasekes’s generosity is well known throughout the community. In addition to the DSO, they are supportive of the Aging Mind Foundation, the Cattle Baron’s Ball (benefiting the American Cancer Society), the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Zoo, The Arts Community Alliance and WaterTower Theater. Barbara has been a member of the Dallas Symphony Board of Governors since 2002, and she and Don were Gala Chairs in 2011.

Kathryn and Craig Hall have a personal long-term commitment to philanthropy. In 1974, Kathryn co-founded the North Texas Food Bank, the largest charity in North Texas, to fight hunger throughout Dallas-Fort Worth. In 1977, Craig started the family’s foundation – today the Craig and Kathryn Hall Foundation – which has a mission to support and encourage the expansion of knowledge, the experience of arts and culture and the improvement of well-being. Craig also served on the building committee that planned and opened the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2019.

“The Dasekes and the Halls have been great supporters of the DSO for many years,” said Kim Noltemy, Dallas Symphony Orchestra President & CEO. “We are grateful that they will lead this year’s event, which is sure to be a great success.”

2019 DSO Gala Chairs Barbara and Don Daseke
2019 DSO Gala Honorary Chairs Kathryn and Craig Hall


2019 DSO Gala Artist Joshua Bell


Superstar violinist Joshua Bell will take center stage with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra during an elegant evening of food, fun and festivities at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Bell last headlined the DSO Gala in 2011 and performed to a sold-out house. 

Hailed as “the greatest American violinist active today” (The Boston Herald), Bell will return to the Meyerson to perform Brahms’s Violin Concerto, one of the best-loved works of the violin repertoire.

“Joshua Bell is one of the biggest names in classical music, and his concerts are not to be missed,” said Noltemy. “He has become one of the world’s most important musicians, and his performances always bring down the house.”

The DSO Gala will feature a cocktail reception, elegant seated dinner and Gala Concert performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Joshua Bell, followed by the Gala After-Party featuring savories, desserts and dancing to live DJ-spun music. This black-tie event on September 28, 2019, is one of the Dallas Symphony’s largest annual fundraisers, benefitting the DSO’s 

music and education programs, which touch the lives of more than 211,000 North Texas residents annually, including more than 30,000 children. This year, the DSO launched a Southern Dallas Residency as part of its comprehensive outreach programs. The residency provides instruments and instruction to children in area schools and in after-school programs; features DSO musicians performing concerts on weekends and evenings in the community; and fosters collaborations with artists in the community.

Capital One will return this year as Gala Concert Sponsor. “Capital One is committed to investing in the communities where we live and work, and the arts are a huge component," said Sanjiv Yajnik, President, Financial Services at Capital One and Dallas Symphony Association Chairman of the Board of Governors. "From the established Young Strings program to the newly launched Southern Dallas Residency, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s education and neighborhood programs are fostering a love for music in our communities, and nurturing leaders of tomorrow with the skills, tools and resources they need for a vibrant future.”   

Full-evening Gala tickets start at $1,250 each and include the pre-concert reception, dinner, premium concert hall seating and the After-Party. For information about full Gala tickets, table purchases and Gala sponsorships, call Tab Boyles at 214.871.4045 or email at Gala@DalSym.com.


Barbara Daseke is an interior designer, and as owner of Barbara Elliott Interiors, she has worked on projects as diverse as luxury residences, high-rise hotels and offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. 

In addition to a successful career in real estate and trucking, Don Daseke has served his home community of Addison, Texas on the board of the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Addison City Council and as President and Chairman of Addison’s WaterTower Theater. He was recognized in 2014 by Ernst & Young as the Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwest Region and in April 2018 was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association which recognizes leaders who are committed to helping young people overcome adversity and pursue their dreams through higher education.

Mr. Daseke is Chairman & CEO of Daseke, Inc., the largest flatbed and specialized transportation and logistics carrier in North America.

Barbara and Don enjoy going on hiking and bicycling adventure trips around the world.

Concert and After-Party tickets, which do not include the pre-concert reception or dinner, will be available as a DSO subscription add-on starting February 8, 2019. Single tickets will go on sale on April 17, 2019.

Craig Hall is an entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author and philanthropist. He formed HALL Group in 1968, and today the company is made up of multiple brands, including HALL Park, HALL Arts and HALL Structured Finance in Dallas, and HALL, WALT and BACA Wines in California. The company’s interests range from real estate development, ownership and management to financial lending and winemaking.

Kathryn Walt Hall is the co-proprietor of HALL Wines, WALT Wines and BACA Wines, and has been involved in the California wine industry since her family first purchased a vineyard more than thirty years ago. She has had a distinguished career as a successful businesswoman, community activist, and from 1997 to 2001, served as the United States Ambassador to Austria. Long committed to social issues, Kathryn co-founded the North Texas Food Bank in 1982, served on the U.S. House of Representatives Hunger Advisory Committee, and was the director/vice president of the Texas Mental Health Association.


The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Designate Fabio Luisi, presents the finest in orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, regarded as one of the world's premier concert halls. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 211,000 adults and children through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives annually. The DSO’s involvement with the City of Dallas and the surrounding region includes an award-winning multi-faceted educational program, community projects, popular parks concerts and youth programming.

The DSO has a tradition dating back to 1900 and is a cornerstone of the unique, 68-acre Arts District in Downtown Dallas that is home to multiple performing arts venues, museums and parks; the largest district of its kind in the nation. The DSO is supported, in part, by funds from the Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas.


With a career spanning more than thirty years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor and director, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. His curiosity and clarity of insight are a testament to his belief in the power of music as a unifying cultural force. An artist of precision and passion, Bell is committed to the violin as an instrument of expression and a vehicle for realizing the new and unexplored.

Having performed with every major orchestra in the world on six continents, Bell continues to maintain engagements as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Since 2011, Bell has served as Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, succeeding Sir Neville Marriner, who formed the orchestra in 1958. Bell’s multifaceted interests range from performing the repertoire’s hallmarks to recording commissioned works, including Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto, for which Bell received a GRAMMY® Award. He has also premiered works of John Corigliano, Edgar Meyer, Jay Greenberg and Behzad Ranjbaran, continually exploring the boundaries of the repertoire and the instrument.

Committed to innovative ways of expanding classical music’s social and cultural impact, Bell has collaborated with various artists and organizations across a multitude of genres. He has partnered with peers including Renée Fleming, Chick Corea, Regina Spektor, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Anoushka Shankar, Frankie Moreno, Josh Groban and Sting, among others, emphasizing music as a crucial element of cross-cultural conversation.

As an exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 albums garnering GRAMMY®, Mercury®, Gramophone and ECHO Klassik awards. Sony Classical’s most recent release in June 2018, with Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, features Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and G minor Violin Concerto. Bell’s previous release, For the Love of Brahms in 2016, includes 19th-century repertoire with the Academy, Steven Isserlis and Jeremy Denk. Bell’s 2013 release with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, featured him conducting Beethoven’s Fourth and Seventh symphonies and debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts.

Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Bell began the violin at the age of four, and at age twelve, began studies with his mentor, Josef Gingold. At age 14, Bell debuted with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 17 with the St. Louis Symphony. At age 18, Bell signed with his first label, London Decca, and received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. In the years following, Bell has been named 2010 “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America, a 2007 “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, nominated for five Grammy® awards, and received the 2007 Avery Fisher Prize. He has also received the 2003 Indiana Governor’s Arts Award and a Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1991 from the Jacobs School of Music. In 2000, he was named an “Indiana Living Legend” and one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful.”

Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin, with a François Tourte 18th-Century bow. Joshua Bell’s full bio is available at www.joshuabell.com.