Dallas Symphony Orchestra Announces 2018 Parks Concerts

Free concerts in Dallas neighborhoods

New venue: Crawford Memorial Park

Artists from the Office of Cultural Affairs Community Artist Program to perform prior to select concerts

Dallas, TX (March 28, 2018) — The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announces the annual Parks Concert series, presented by Bank of America. These family-friendly concerts are FREE and open to the public and will be presented in Dallas-area parks stretching from North to South Dallas. Assistant Conductor Ruth Reinhardt will lead the DSO in a program featuring light classics, patriotic tunes and other popular fare.

“We are proud to serve our community with these concerts,” said Kim Noltemy, Dallas Symphony Association President & CEO. “It is a joy to meet our neighbors and share in the excitement of great music. We are grateful to our presenting sponsor Bank of America, and to the Office of Cultural Affairs for allowing us to expand our reach this year with a fifth concert.”

“Bank of America has a long history of supporting access to the arts in North Texas,” said Richard Holt, Dallas Market President for Bank of America. “We’re proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Parks Concerts and value this collaboration to create even more access to inspiring music through these free and open concerts in our community.”

The 2018 Parks Concerts kick off with the annual Memorial Day concert and fireworks display at Flag Pole Hill Park on May 28. This year’s event is part of the DSO’s Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival.

Subsequent performances will be presented at Timberglen Park (May 31), Crawford Memorial Park (June 5), Kidd Springs Park (June 8) and on the campus of Paul Quinn College (June 12).

Artists from the City of Dallas’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ Community Artist Program (CAP) will perform prior to select Parks Concerts. CAP provides funding to ethnic and culturally specific individual artists and cultural organizations to teach, perform and exhibit at host facilities in neighborhoods around the City of Dallas. 

CAP pre-concert performers at this year’s Parks Concerts:

  • Len Barnett/Percussion Things Rhythm Connections will take the stage at Crawford Memorial Park on June 5. Percussion Things uses traditional and modern rhythms and spoken word in a fast-paced, fun and entertaining program using jazz, AfroLatin and AfroCaribbean rhythms and music along with traditional folktales and legends.
  • Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico will perform at Kidd Springs Park on June 8. Ballet Folklorico’s dance performances depict the unique history, costumes, art and music of Mexico.
  • The South Dallas Concert Choir (SDCC) will perform at Paul Quinn College on June 12. SDCC provides a unique opportunity to enhance the cultural life of the community by educating, performing and preserving the Negro Spiritual in its original form.

The 2018 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Parks Concerts are presented by Bank of America with additional generous support from ExxonMobil, Cigna, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, the Office of Cultural Affairs and Nordstrom. All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, visit mydso.com or call 214.TIX.4DSO.

2018 Dallas Symphony Parks Concerts

Presented by Bank of America

May 28, 2018 at 8:15 PM 

May 31, 2018 at 8:15 PM 

June 5, 2018 at 8:15 PM

June 8, 2018 at 8:15 PM 

June 12, 2018 at 8:15 PM

Flag Pole Hill, 8015 Doran Circle
Includes fireworks
Rain site: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
(Part of the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival)

Timberglen Park, 3810 Timberglen Road
 No rain site.

Crawford Memorial Park, 8700 Elam Road
No rain site.

Kidd Springs Park, 711 W. Canty Street
No rain site.

Paul Quinn College, 3837 Simpson Stuart Road

Admission is free. For more information, visit mydso.com or call 214.849.4376.

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.

About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world's leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 46 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,600 retail financial centers, approximately 15,900 ATMs, and award-winning online banking with approximately 34 million active accounts and nearly 22 million mobile active users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and more than 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Media Contacts:

Denise McGovern, d.mcgovern@dalsym.com, 214.871.4024
Chelsey Norris, c.norris@dalsym.com, 214.871.4063