Yo-Yo Ma drew a crowd, but the real stars of the DSO gala were the orchestra and Jaap van Zweden
Yo-Yo Ma, the most famous cellist since Pablo Casals, was doubtless a big draw for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's 2017 Gala Saturday night. He delivered the goods, all right, in the Dvorák Cello Concerto, but the real stars of the evening were the DSO itself, and music director Jaap van Zweden. Also on the program were the last two movements of the Mahler Fifth Symphony, which the DSO played in its entirety on the weekend's subscription concerts.
Black-tie patrons including Mayor Mike Rawlings and several members of the Dallas City Council also got a splendid pre-concert dinner in the Meyerson Symphony Center's vast lobby, and dessert and dancing were promised afterward. Onstage just before the performances, outgoing DSO board chair Joseph Hubach paid well-deserved tribute to the evening's honorary chair, and one of the area's most generous arts supporters, Margaret McDermott.
How could the DSO outshine Yo-Yo Ma? Well, read on.