The Dallas Symphony Announces 2017 Gala Chairs and Guest Artist

Lisa and Clay Cooley – Gala Chairs
Yo-Yo Ma – Gala Guest Artist

International classical music superstar to perform with Jaap van Zweden
at spectacular black-tie event September 16, 2017

Dallas, TX (February 1, 2017) – The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announces the Gala Chairs for the 2017 DSO Gala. Lisa and Clay Cooley will chair the kick-off of the 2017/18 Dallas Symphony season on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

Lisa and Clay Cooley are very active in the community. In addition to managing their family owned car dealerships, their philanthropic interests include The Crystal Charity Ball, The Cattle Baron’s Ball, The American Cancer Society, The Family Place, New Friends New Life, Family Gateway, American Heart Association, The Dallas Opera, Callier Center for Communication Disorders, St. Mark’s School of Texas, The Hockaday School and Southern Methodist University.

“We are delighted that Lisa and Clay have agreed to chair this year’s gala,” said Jonathan Martin, President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “Their philanthropic work in Dallas is strongly recognized in our community, and we know they will lead an event that will be a night to remember.”

The star-studded black-tie gala will feature classical music legend Yo-Yo Ma performing with Music Director Jaap van Zweden and the DSO, following an elegant evening of food, fun and festivities at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Mr. Ma is one of the world’s most celebrated artists with a multi- faceted career encompassing performance, education and activism. He will perform the Dvořák Cello Concerto at the Gala Concert.

“There is no bigger soloist in classical music than Yo-Yo Ma,” said Martin. “He is revered for his musicianship as well as his commitment to education. We are so pleased that he will be the Gala guest artist to kick off and celebrate the 10th and Farewell Celebration Season of Music Director Jaap van Zweden.”

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 250,000 North Texas residents annually, including more than 30,000 children. The event on September 16, 2017, will feature a cocktail reception, elegant seated dinner, Gala Concert featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing with Music Director Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, followed by the Gala After-Party featuring savories, desserts and dancing to live DJ-spun music.


For information about Gala tickets, table purchases and Gala sponsorships, call Tab Boyles at 214-871-4045 or email Concert/After-Party tickets will be available as a DSO subscription add-on starting Saturday, February 11. Single tickets will go on sale on April 12, 2017.


About The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO)

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 250,000 adults and children through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. A European Tour in March 2013 elevated the orchestra to national and international prominence. 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.


About Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination. Click here for Yo-Yo Ma's complete biography.