Concert to Honor Lives Lost to Racial Violence and Injustice
November 11 | 2020
Lawrence Loh CONDUCTS
Reginald Smith, Jr. SOLOIST
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Project Unity host a public concert to honor those who have lost their lives to racial violence and injustice – most recently, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake and Dallas’s Botham Jean. The November 11 concert is a fundraiser for Project Unity, an organization founded by Pastor Richie Butler of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church. Project Unity works to unify Dallas by implementing community-building programs to help heal race relationships between law enforcement and Dallas citizens.
“The events of recent months have been devastating and painful. We have reflected on how we as an organization can respond, and, with the magnitude of the crisis, we have more questions than answers,” said Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “How can we take a leadership role as an arts organization and respond in a meaningful way? How can we expand the DSO's inclusivity on every level, and what can we do to build consensus to move forward to unite people of different backgrounds, races and ethnicities? As a first step, this concert will use music to unite and heal and to pay tribute to those who lost their lives and deserved to be honored on a national level.”
"Since its founding in 1976 by Ann Williams, Dallas Black Dance Theatre has been committed to bridging cultures and will continue to educate and use dance to define our identity and values to advance a more just society," said Melissa M. Young, Artistic Director, Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Zenetta Drew, Executive Director of DBDT and member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Board of Governors added, “We are pleased to work with the DSO and Project Unity to honor those who lost their lives but who will be remembered and inspire us all to be catalysts for critical change in our communities.”
“The events of the past few months have left us hurting as a community with deep wounds that have been re-opened,” said Pastor Richie Butler. “It is in these times that we look to each other to make real change that is more than words on a page. Project Unity’s mission is to bring the community together and to listen to everyone. With the Dallas Symphony and Dallas Black Dance Theatre, we will gather to do just that.”
Join us for an evening of musical and dance performances and remarks from prominent Dallas leaders. The DSO will commission a new work for the occasion from Quinn Mason, a Dallas-based Black composer, to be premiered at the event. Students from the DSO’s Young Strings program, a 28-year old education initiative designed to increase diversity in America’s orchestras, will also perform.
In order to ensure the safety of our audience and of the musicians and performers, our new safety protocols following all social distancing and CDC guidelines will be in practice for this concert, both on the stage and in the audience.
If you prefer to watch the concert from your home, we are also offering access to a live stream of the same performance.
DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
A TENDER PARDON - CHOREOGRAPHED BY CLAUDE ALEXANDER III (PHOTO: AMITAVA SARKAR)
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