Dallas Symphony Orchestra Announces Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center 30th Anniversary Events

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Announces

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center 30th Anniversary
Events in September
Tickets On Sale Now at www.mydso.com

 

Festivities at the Meyerson to feature concerts by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra,
Dallas Symphony Chorus, Meyerson Resident Groups,

building tours, family activities

 

Meyerson Symphony Center, Home of the Dallas Symphony, opened in September 1989

 

Tickets to these events are free to First Responders and Active Duty US Military

 

Highlights:

  • Opening Weekend of Texas Instruments Classical Season led by Music Director Designate Fabio Luisi September 12-15, 2019
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra Community Concert on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, to feature WORLD PREMIERE, DSO COMMISSION of work by Dallas composer Quinn Mason
  • Day-long open house Saturday, September 14, 2019, to include free daytime performances by local performing groups as well as educational and family activities
  • Special performance by world percussion group D’Drum on Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Dallas Symphony Chorus concert on Sunday, September 22, 2019, also to feature local choruses and the Lay Family Concert Organ and include the WORLD PREMIERE of a new choral work by Ryan Murphy

Dallas, TX (June 28, 2019) — The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announces the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, taking place during September 2019. The festivities will kick off in September with a number of events for the entire family, including performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Chorus and other ensembles who perform frequently at the Meyerson, including the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, Dallas Winds, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and the Turtle Creek Chorale. In addition, the Lay Family Concert Organ will be featured as part of the celebration.  

The Meyerson Symphony Center was opened to the public on September 6, 1989; opening events included two weeks of concerts by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and other resident performing ensembles. Designed by architect I.M. Pei with acoustics by Russell Johnson and Artec Consultants, the Meyerson Symphony Center was built as the new, permanent home for the Dallas Symphony
Orchestra. Now in its 30th year, the concert hall continues to receive wide praise for its warm, inviting sound and the timeless building design. In 2016, Business Insider named the Meyerson one of the “10 Best-Sounding Concert Halls in the World.” In 2018 the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects granted the hall a 25 Year Award for enduring design and excellence in Dallas. 

In the 2019/20 season, the Dallas Symphony will commemorate the anniversary with concerts that celebrate the unique role that the Meyerson plays in the Dallas cultural community. Throughout the fall, the DSO will host tours of the Meyerson for the citizens of Dallas to learn more about the building and its history. As a thank you to those who service the city, the DSO is offering free tickets to these events in September to first responders and active duty US Military. The tickets may be reserved by using promo code MEYERSON at checkout.

The DSO will perform on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10. At the concert, the DSO will present the WORLD PREMIERE performance of Inner City Rhapsody by Dallas composer Quinn Mason, a new orchestral commission made possible through the generous support of the Norma and Don Stone New Music Fund. Mason, 23, is currently a student at the Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts where he studies composition with Dr. Lane Harder. Mason's compositions have won awards throughout the US. Recently appointed DSO Assistant Conductor Katharina Wincor will conduct the orchestra in her DSO debut. 

“This Dallas Symphony Orchestra community concert celebrates the marvelous space in which musicians are privileged to perform for loyally attentive listeners on a regular basis,” said Peter Czornyj, Vice President of Artistic Operations.  “The Meyerson Symphony Center has also always been a platform for the discovery of new and exciting voices in classical music and, therefore, we present our new assistant conductor, Katharina Wincor conducting a new work by the impressively talented Quinn Mason and a recent work by the brilliant Jessie Montgomery, alongside lasting, celebrated masterpieces by Ginastera, Piazzolla, Johann Strauss and Wagner.”   

The Texas Instruments Classical Season will open on Thursday, September 12, 2019 when Music Director Designate Fabio Luisi leads the DSO in works by Richard Strauss, Beethoven and American composer Augusta Read Thomas. Italian pianist Beatrice Rana will be the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor.” Following the performances that weekend, the musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will welcome the audience to the lobby for Meet the Musicians events, where audience members can mingle and chat with the performers after the concerts. 

The DSO will host an Open House on Saturday, September 14, 2019, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Meyerson resident groups, small ensembles of Dallas Symphony musicians and other organizations from the Dallas Arts District will perform short concerts throughout the day. The lobby of the Meyerson will be filled with an instrument petting zoo, craft activities, organizational information and fun for the whole family. Visitors are invited to come and go throughout the event. Performances on the stage of the Eugene McDermott Concert Hall include:

11:30 AM-12:00 PM – Turtle Creek Chorale

12:30-1:00 PM – Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra

1:30-2:00 PM – Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Mariachi Pegaso

2:30-3:00 PM – Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas

3:30-4:00 PM – Dallas Winds  

Texas-based world percussion group D’Drum, which includes DSO Assistant Principal Percussion Ronald Snider and retired DSO Principal Percussion (Margie & William H. Seay Chair) Douglas Howard, will perform a special concert on Friday, September 20, 2019, at 8:00 PM. Further featured performers include John Bryant, Josh Jennings and Ed Smith, with guest artist Stan Richardson. The group, who premiered Stewart Copeland’s Gamelan D’Drum: Concerto for World Percussion and Orchestra with the DSO in 2011, will perform a full concert program featuring percussion instruments from around the world, with over 100 instruments on stage. Tickets start at $20. 

The Dallas Symphony Chorus will reprise their Celebration of Singing event on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at 2:30 PM. The chorus event is free to DSO subscribers and $10 to the general public. The DSC will premiere a new work by Ryan Murphy, a frequent collaborator with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The work was commissioned in honor of Morton H. Meyerson and the symphony center that bears his name.  The program also includes music by Duruflé, Vaughan Williams and South African freedom songs and will feature the Lay Family Concert Organ and Bradley Welch, DSO Resident Organist (Lay Family Chair). 

“Following on the success of the inaugural Celebration of Singing concert in 2017, we once again bring together 120 high school singers, organ and the 200 voices of the Dallas Symphony Chorus in an intergenerational celebration of the power of the human voice,” said Joshua Habermann, Dallas Symphony Chorus Director (Jean D. Wilson Chorus Director Chair).

“We have the Meyerson today because of visionaries in Dallas who worked so diligently 30-plus years ago to ensure the future home of the DSO and a hub of music in the city” said Kim Noltemy, Dallas Symphony Association President & CEO. “It is a great honor to celebrate and recognize their work and the enduring legacy of the building that we call home.”

“It is an honor to celebrate 30 years of this great symphony hall,” said Morton H. Meyerson. “When we began our plans for the building, we wanted it to stand the test of time. We settled for nothing less than greatness in acoustics and architecture. As it stands on Flora Street, now a pillar of the thriving Dallas Arts District, I am proud of the work that was done and with the foresight of the building committee, donors, supporters and citizens of Dallas over 30 years ago. The Meyerson Symphony Center is an award-winning building and continues to be heralded as one of the best concert halls in the world, but it is its role as home to some of Dallas’s best ensembles, community organizations, celebrations and events that make it worthy of its highest praise.”

About the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Opened in 1989, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center was created in response to both a city-wide desire for a major facility for cultural activities and gatherings and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s need for a new home. Following a historic 1979 bond election that set the stage for the creation of the Dallas Arts District, community leaders and the Dallas Symphony Association began drafting plans to build a symphony center in downtown Dallas. The location chosen was at the corner of Flora Street and Pearl Street, the site of a processing plant of Borden Dairy, who generously donated the land. Once opened, the response to the newly built symphony center was overwhelmingly positive and the hall continues to serve as an architectural and acoustic benchmark by which concert halls around the world are judged. The Meyerson’s magnificence has endured, remaining “the crown jewel of the Dallas Arts District” (D Magazine).

Designed by master architect I.M. Pei (of Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners), the Meyerson is the very model of a modern symphony center, with roots stretching back through the centuries and across the continents. Working in close concert with acoustics expert Russell Johnson of Artec Consultants, Pei took his cue from the acoustician and wrapped the building around the prescribed 2,062-seat horseshoe-shaped auditorium. This approach allows the strong architectural statement made by Pei with the Meyerson’s crisp contemporary exteriors to stand in marked contrast to the warmth of the concert hall found within.

The Dallas Symphony is grateful to the many donors and supporters who made the creation of the Meyerson possible, including: Dolores Barzune, Eugene Bonelli, Mary McDermott Cook, Borden Dairy, Robert Decherd, Jack Evans, Amy and Lee Fikes, Robert Folsom, Philip Jonsson, Mrs. Edmund J. Kahn, Richard Levin, Stanley Marcus, Margaret McDermott, Morton H. Meyerson, Henry S. Miller, Jr., Mrs. John G. Penson, Margot and Ross Perot, William L. Schilling, George Schrader, William H. Seay, Donald J. Stone, Leonard David Stone, Annette Strauss and Liener Temerlin.

The Meyerson Symphony Center is the cornerstone of the Dallas Arts District and the touchstone of the North Texas community. The City of Dallas recently approved a 99-year lease of the building to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the hall’s primary tenant. The DSO plays an active role in the life of the North Texas community and provides a wide range of artistic, educational and community outreach services to nearly 211,000 adults and children per year. Each season, the Dallas Symphony performs more than 150 concerts, including classical, pops, family, youth, holiday, community and special concerts. The Dallas Symphony’s education programs offer a continuum of free learning opportunities to tens of thousands of students of all ages. As a revered and welcoming place for the Dallas community, the Meyerson hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors for events ranging from concerts and lectures to graduations and galas. 

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