SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival concludes its fourth edition


Dallas, TX (June 8, 2018) – The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival concluded its fourth edition, presenting a groundbreaking series of new commissions and world-premiere performances by a number of leading international contemporary artists, performers and musicians. Partners once again included cornerstone organizations throughout the Dallas Arts District and beyond, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and for the first time, the Cedars Union and NorthPark Center, among many others.


“In four short years, SOLUNA has become a pillar of the Dallas arts community, providing an unprecedented opportunity to forge rich and meaningful partnerships within our own back yard,” said Kim Noltemy, President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Association. “As we continue to evolve our vision of a symphony orchestra in the 21st century, SOLUNA is an important reminder of the need to constantly push and expand our programming.”


Orchestral concerts by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra anchored the three-week festival. Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducted this year’s ReMix concert, which saw record attendance numbers for the series and highlighted four DSO principal musicians in stunning solos. Maestro van Zweden also led the DSO in a concert performance of Wagner’s Die Walküre, the complete opera in three acts, with a cast of world-renowned soloists. SOLUNA 2018 coincided with Jaap van Zweden’s final performances as DSO Music Director, during which the 200-member Dallas Symphony Chorus joined the orchestra on stage at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center for Beethoven’s joyous Symphony No. 9.


SOLUNA also presented a number of chamber music performances by musicians of the Dallas Symphony, including A Musician’s View, a unique concert experience where patrons join the musicians on the stage. The festival also welcomed a new partner organization, Voices of Change who provided “a rare and welcome evening of modern Latin-American music” said Scott Cantrell, former music critic for the Dallas Morning News. At Moody Performance Hall, science and music merged in Music and the Brain, a seminar presented in conjunction with UT Southwestern’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute, in which a group of scientists and researchers explored the power of music to influence early childhood education alongside performances by students from the Dallas Symphony’s Young Strings program. 


At Array, presented by Capital One, hip-hop artist Nas performed alongside members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, while musicians Big Gigantic, Kaleo, Jacob Banks, Cure for Paranoia and Zhora presented new collaborations with the Dallas Mavericks Drumline, the Booker T. Washington HSPVA Gospel Choir and Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet at The Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum.


“I believe the soul of a city is created in the arts, and without it, a city’s foundation is lost. With Array, we were able to merge the soul and rich art foundation of Dallas with science and technology for a one-of-a-kind experience,” said Sanjiv Yajnik, president, Capital One Financial Services division and Chairman of the Dallas Symphony Association. “This innovative merging of events allowed us to showcase the wealth of talent right here in our backyard, showing that Dallas is a catalyst for unique and disruptive cultural experiences.”


The second annual Passport to the Park brought many families and music lovers out to Klyde Warren Park on a sunny day to enjoy culturally diverse music performances, yoga with classical music and hands-on arts activities. As the festival draws to a close, The Diffracted Symphony, a newly commissioned sound sculpture by artist Sebastien Leon will remain on view at NorthPark Center through July.


This year’s highlights included Melodies of Certain Damage, a performance by Israeli artist Naama Tsabar in which shattered guitars strung with piano keys were collectively activated, creating an immersive soundscape throughout the Meyerson Symphony Center; Breaking Shadows, a commission by artist and professional figure skater Jennifer Wester performed on a synthetic ice skating rink at the Cedars Union with an original composition of sounds harvested from her own skates; and Mariachi Wagner, a mariachi interpretation of Richard Wagner’s most iconic compositions by Dallas’s only all-female ensemble, Mariachi Rosas Divinas. At the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas-based artist duo Jeff Gibbons and Greg Ruppe debuted Grubnik + Suzanne, a unique, performative dialogue between a tree and vocalist Liz Tonne in the Nasher garden. Performances such as these continue to bring new, younger and more diverse audiences to the festival and into the halls of each of the SOLUNA partner organizations.


“This year at SOLUNA, more than 35,000 visitors enjoyed genre-bending performances and installations by acclaimed artists and musicians from around the world, as well as from within our own community,” said Gillian Friedman, Director of SOLUNA Projects. Each of these events demonstrates the incredible artistic talent of Dallas as well as the city’s collective desire to experience something they’ve never seen before.”

About The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival
The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival showcases internationally-acclaimed guest soloists, visual artists and performing artists alongside leading Dallas-based companies and ensembles. An annual, three-week multidisciplinary event, SOLUNA stages 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.


About The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO)
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra 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.