Dallas Symphony Orchestra Announces Third Annual My DSO Concert

Free Concert on March 3, 2018 Specially Designed for Children and
Adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Developmental Disabilities

Dallas, TX (February 7, 2018) - The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announces the third annual My DSO Concert on March 3, 2018, at 11:00 AM, a free concert specially designed for children and adults on the autism spectrum and with developmental disabilities, and their families, friends and caregivers.

My DSO Concert is presented in partnership with area organizations, including:

  • Ability Connection
  • Autism Treatment Center
  • Best Buddies
  • Daymark Living
  • Hope’s Seed
  • Highland Park United Methodist Church Special Needs Ministry
  • It’s a Sensory World!
  • My Possibilities and LaunchAbility Career Services Program
  • The McDermott Scholars at the University of Texas at Dallas
  • Mosaic Residential Homes
  • North Texas Angels Pageant
  • Rays of Light
  • Sing Your Way Home: Music Therapy and Education Services
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • The Warren Center

Tickets to My DSO Concert are free, however, seats must be reserved. Patrons may reserve up to four tickets. For reservations, visit www.mydso.com/buy/tickets/my-dso-concert-18 and enter promo code MYDSO or call 214.TIX.4DSO.

Prior to the performance, representatives from many partner organizations and local outreach groups will be on hand for a resource fair. Patrons will be able to interact with musical instruments at an instrument petting zoo and participate in a music therapy experience provided by “Sing Your Way Home.”  Pre-concert events start at 10:00 AM.

My DSO Concert will last about an hour and will be performed without an intermission. The performance will not vary from a traditional orchestra concert programmatically, but arrangements will be made to accommodate the individual needs of people with acute sensitivities. Fidgets, ear plugs and eye covers will be available to help prevent overstimulation, and “quiet rooms” will be set aside in case the music becomes overwhelming; the performance will also be broadcast via television monitors on the lower level of the Meyerson. House lights will be set to a brighter level. There will also be remarks from the stage to welcome the audience and introduce the music.

After the performance, patrons are invited to stay for a reception with light refreshments presented by The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program Alumni Association. Audiences can meet each other as well as musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Past My DSO Concerts have served close to 3,000 participants, many of whom had never attended a classical concert.

“Music is a critical and powerful outlet and motivator for many of the participants in the Best Buddies program,” said Sharyn Casey, Director of Best Buddies Texas. “Best Buddies is thrilled to be participating in the 2018 My DSO Concert. The My DSO Concert provides a unique opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disABILITIES to express their emotions while connecting with others in a warm and meaningful way without the barrier of using spoken language.”

Music Director Jaap van Zweden’s personal experience was the motivation for this concert. At about six years of age, van Zweden’s third child was diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Soon, his family discovered music was a way to communicate. “We had conversations with him by making music, through rhythm and other things,” van Zweden said. “We saw this really work for him.” The work with their child resulted in the creation of the Papageno Foundation. Today 25 screened and certified music therapists travel throughout the Netherlands visiting children in their home, and the organization researches the effect of music on children with autism. Papageno House, a new home for autistic young adults and children, was opened in Laren, The Netherlands, in August 2015.

“The DSO concert was a well-organized event that gave children on the autism spectrum a chance to interact with music in new ways.” said Debbie Grace, Family and Community Support Specialist for The Warren Center. “I never saw such big smiles on the faces of the children. The parents couldn’t believe the experience that was being given to them. It was just awesome.”

WHAT:            My DSO Concert | Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Ruth Reinhardt conducts

                       ROSSINI Overture to The Barber of Seville 
                       PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, “Classical Symphony”                                       
                       J. STRAUSS, JR. On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz                                 
                       ROSSINI Overture to William Tell     


WHEN:            March 3, 2018 at 11:00 AM
                        Pre-concert activities begin at 10:00 AM


WHERE:          Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

                        2301 Flora St. | Dallas, TX 75201


PURCHASE:    My DSO Concert tickets are free, however, seats must be reserved. Patrons may reserve up to four tickets. For reservations, visit www.mydso.com/buy/tickets/my-dso-concert-18 and enter promo code MYDSO or call 214.TIX.4DSO.

About the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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.


Media Contacts:

Denise McGovern, d.mcgovern@dalsym.com, 214.871.4024

Chelsey Norris, c.norris@dalsym.com, 214.871.4063