Dallas Symphony Orchestra Announces 2018 DSO Gala Guest Artist and Chairs


Dallas, TX (January 17, 2018) – The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announces the Guest Artist for the 2018 DSO Gala.

Kristin Chenoweth © Gian di Stefano
For the first time in nearly ten years, the DSO Gala Concert will feature an artist from the Great White Way. Emmy and Tony® Award-winning singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth will take center stage with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra following an elegant evening of food, fun and festivities at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. She is best known as the original Glinda in the musical Wicked and for recurring roles in Glee and The West Wing. Her most recent album, The Art of Elegance debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Jazz and Traditional Jazz charts, and #1 on Amazon’s Vocal Pop chart. 

“Kristin Chenoweth is a consummate performer,” says Michelle Miller Burns, Interim President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “Her concerts are always full of energy and spirit. This will be a thrilling start to the 2018/19 season.”


Lisa and Bob Segert will chair the kick-off of the 2018/19 Dallas Symphony season on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Lisa and Bob Segert first became Dallas Symphony Orchestra season ticket subscribers in 1991. Since 2015, Bob has been a member of the DSO Board of Governors, and Lisa and Bob have served on the Gala Host Committee since 2015.

Bob has been in the Software and IT Services industry for over 20 years, currently serving as Executive Chairman of Aspect Software and on the Board of Directors of EPAM Systems.  He was most recently President & CEO of Expert Global Solutions until its successful sale in June of 2016.  Lisa and Bob are also active supporters of Vogel Alcove, in their fight to eliminate childhood homelessness in our community, where Bob has served on the Board since returning to Dallas in 2014.

“Lisa and Bob have been part of the DSO family for over 20 years, and we’re delighted that they have accepted our invitation to lead this year’s gala,” said Burns. “We are confident that their leadership will result in a night to remember.” 

Lisa and Bob Segert at the 2017 DSO Gala

The DSO Gala 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 230,000 North Texas residents annually, including more than 30,000 children. The black-tie event on September 15, 2018, will feature a cocktail reception, elegant seated dinner, Gala Concert performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and guest artist, followed by the Gala After-Party featuring savories, desserts and dancing to live DJ-spun music.

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.

Concert/After-Party tickets, which do not include the pre-concert reception or dinner, will be available as a DSO subscription add-on starting Sunday, February 18, 2018.  Single tickets will go on sale on April 12, 2018.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Jaap van Zweden, 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 230,000 adults and children through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. 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 it 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.


Emmy and Tony® Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth’s career spans film, television, voiceover and stage. In 2015, Chenoweth received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Pushing Daisies.” In 1999, she won a Tony® Award for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and she was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked” in 2004. Chenoweth has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and for a People’s Choice Award for her role on “Glee.” In 2009, she wrote an upliftingly candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, A Little Bit Wicked, which debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Seller List. Chenoweth is set to star as “Madeline” in the upcoming musical comedy “Death Becomes Her,” an adaptation of the 1992 film directed by Robert Zemeckis.

In 2015, Chenoweth earned a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for her lead role in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s “On the Twentieth Century.” She also earned nominations for a Tony® Award and a Drama League Award. Chenoweth has performed to sold-out audiences across the world, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. In 2014, she released a CD and DVD of her own live concert performance, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home. Notable television roles include appearances in “The West Wing,” Disney’s “Descendants” and “The Muppets.” In film, Chenoweth voiced the role of Gabi in the hit animated film Rio 2 and Fifi, Snoopy’s beloved French poodle in The Peanuts Movie. She starred in the indie teen drama entitled "Hard Sell" and additional film credits have included The Boy Next Door, Deck the Halls, Twelve Men of Christmas, Four Christmases, RV, Bewitched, The Pink Panther, Hit & Run and Family Weekend. She also starred in NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” as Velma Von Tussle in December 2016. She was recently seen in the Starz original series “American Gods,” where she has reunited with executive producer Bryan Fuller in the role of Easter. Chenoweth voiced the role of Princess Skystar in Lionsgate/Hasbro’s My Little Pony: The Movie, and can also be heard in the recently released animated film The Star. In addition to her film projects, Chenoweth will produce and star in the upcoming ABC comedy The Real Fairy Godmother.

Last year, Chenoweth released “The Art of Elegance,” her first album of American Songbook classics via Concord Records.  The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Jazz and Traditional Jazz charts, and #1 on Amazon’s Vocal Pop chart. Chenoweth also returned to the stage in her limited engagement MY LOVE LETTER TO BROADWAY, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, receiving rave reviews. 

Chenoweth is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a master’s degree in Opera Performance. She formed a charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BAPAC) Foundation in her home state of Oklahoma. Chenoweth's accomplishments were honored by her hometown with BAPAC naming "The Kristin Chenoweth Theatre" in 2012. Partnering with the BAPAC in a labor of love, she launched an annual Broadway Bootcamp in 2015, providing young Broadway hopefuls with the opportunity to take classes, hold performances and learn from top mentors in the entertainment industry including Chenoweth herself. She is also a passionate supporter of charities that dedicate their time and efforts to helping those in need.  Chenoweth is an inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.