MARGARET MCDERMOTT AND MARGOT PEROT ELECTED VICE CHAIRMEN OF DALLAS SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION
MCDERMOTT AND PEROT JOIN NANCY A. NASHER AS VICE CHAIRMEN OF THE DSA BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Dallas, TX (January 3, 2018) – The Dallas Symphony Association (DSA) Board of Governors announced today the election of Margaret McDermott and Margot Perot as Vice Chairmen, effective immediately. McDermott and Perot will join current Vice Chairman, Nancy A. Nasher.
In their role as Vice Chairmen, McDermott, Nasher and Perot will support the DSA Board of Governors Chairman Sanjiv Yajnik, the Board of Governors, President & CEO Kim Noltemy, the DSA executive team and Music Director Jaap van Zweden in setting the vision for the future of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
“Mrs. McDermott and Mrs. Perot are transformative leaders in Dallas with decades of experience in supporting the Dallas Symphony. I am proud and humbled that they accepted my invitation to join the board,” said Yajnik. “Their passion for artistic excellence and commitment to raising the profile of the DSO around the world is inspiring. With their and Ms. Nasher’s support, we look forward to establishing the DSO as one of the world’s great cultural institutions.”
Margaret McDermott is a long-time supporter of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and is an Emeritus Director of the Dallas Symphony Foundation. She has been a driving force that has propelled the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from a point of civic pride to an ensemble applauded on the world’s stages. A significant gift from McDermott during the construction of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center helped move the project to completion. In recognition, the concert hall is named for her late husband, Eugene McDermott.
Margot Perot has played a key role in the DSO’s history since she arrived in Dallas. She and her husband, H. Ross Perot, Sr., were instrumental in the construction of the Meyerson Symphony Center and their tireless support of the orchestra has allowed it to flourish. Perot is an iconic Dallas civic leader, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Museum of Art, Board member of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and an active supporter of the Salvation Army.
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.
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