Singer/Songwriter SARAH JAFFE To Collaborate with Artist JEN RAY On Eyes as Bright as Diamonds

SOLUNA-Commissioned Project to Receive Its World Premiere as Part of Dallas Art Fair

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 5:45 PM | Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center


Last Call (2009) | Photo by Trevor Good


Dallas, TX (January 31, 2018) –  New York-based visual and performance artist Jen Ray will collaborate with Texan singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe on a newly-commissioned performance piece as a prelude to the 2018 Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival and in partnership with Dallas Art Fair. This world-premiere work will be presented on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, beginning at 5:45 PM. Admission is free to the public.

Eyes as Bright as Diamonds is the creation of Jen Ray, who was raised in South Carolina and established her career in Berlin. Ray’s work explores feminism and the dark side of glamour. In this work, a female singer will unite with squads of women to create a sense of pageantry, celebration and tension. Eyes as Bright as Diamonds will be performed on the radial staircase of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center lobby with viewers situated above the scene. The squads have been cast from three outstanding arts institutions here in North Texas – Booker T. Washington High School, Haltom High School and Southern Methodist University. Tap and ballroom dancers, drumline and color guard will create a sense of spectacle and wonderment. This performance will also highlight the talents of local choreographer Sherri Segovia and stylist Carlos Alonso-Parada.

“As the project came into focus, I knew that the key element would be the female singer,” said Ray. “When Sarah and I met, we knew she would be the perfect fit. She has been an amazing collaborator, helping to shape the work with her music and staging.”

“Now more than ever, it is of the utmost importance that women stand together,” shared Sarah Jaffe. “Jen’s performance ultimately is about women standing together and collaborating in every sense.”

Jaffe also shares how Jen captured the essence of the South in an elegant way. Jen Ray has thoughtfully united talented performers and cultural leaders who will highlight the artistic strength of North Texas.  

Photo by Jason Forrest

About Jen Ray

New York based artist Jen Ray creates large drawings and performances inhabited by Amazonian women in a variety of guises and costumes. These compelling and powerful women present a multivalent idea of female identity. Selected international exhibitions and performances include Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; Kunstverein Kassel, Germany; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Kunsthal KAdE, Netherlands and Albertz Benda Gallery, New York.


Photo by Lindsey Byrnes

About Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe’s endearingly stark narratives have gone from homespun folk-pop songs to decidedly cathartic pop ballads without losing any of their thoughtfulness or intimacy. Instrumentations now veer more towards electro-pop, but her storytelling and heartfelt lyricism is still every bit as cerebral. She’s toured, performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and shared the stage with Norah Jones, Erykah Badu, Chelsea Wolfe and Cyndi Lauper, to name a few. Jaffe also has a writing partnership with hip-hop producer S1 and the duo’s first collaboration, “Bad Guy” appears on Eminem’s Grammy Award winning MMLP2.


WHAT:            Eyes as Bright as Diamonds

WHEN:            April 11, 2018
                        5:45 PM

WHERE:          Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
                        2301 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas, 75201

PURCHASE:    Admission is free. For more information, visit

About The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival

Anchored by DSO performances led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival will showcase internationally-acclaimed guest soloists, visual artists and performing artists alongside leading Dallas-based companies and ensembles. An annual, three-week multidisciplinary event, SOLUNA will stage performances and exhibitions at venues, prominent galleries and performance spaces throughout the Dallas Arts District. SOLUNA aims to steward authentic collaborations within the Dallas Arts District and serve as a magnet for artists and performers around the world. By incorporating strong educational and science components, audiences are invited to experience music and art and interact with their Dallas community in new and exciting ways.



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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