Join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the lobby of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center for free lunchtime entertainment at the new Arts District Showcase at the Meyerson. On select Fridays, members of the DSO as well as performers from around the Dallas Arts District and the Dallas arts community will liven up the afternoon with music, dance and theater.
Bring your own food or purchase sandwiches and snacks in the Meyerson lobby.
Performances will begin at 12 Noon. Don’t forget a business card to participate in a drawing for prizes and tickets at each event!
AUGUST 23-chelsey danielle
Chelsey Danielle is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and song writer based in Dallas, TX. She has been playing and studying percussion instruments since she was 11. She was heavily involved in middle and high school Wind Symphonies, Marching Bands, Percussion Ensembles, and Chamber Groups which contributed to her opportunities and career in drum corps, orchestras, and musical ensembles. After completing her percussion studies at the University of North Texas in 2013 she went on to be a music educator, performer, song writer, and studio musician.
Chelsey Danielle has played drums and percussion with many successful artist such as Charlie Crocket, Dezi 5, Mark Letteri (Snarky Puppy), and Nigel Rivers (Erykah Badu). Currently, she is the keyboard/percussionist in award winning group Pearl Earl (Denton), drummer/vocalist for Helium Queens (Dallas), and a one woman band under her name Chelsey Danielle.
Chelsey's solo work has been described as vibey, dreamy, grooving, and soulful. Her strong background in percussion comes across in her music with different grooves and percussion instruments being featured throughout her songs. Her appreciation for R&B, Jazz, Electronica, and Pop has influenced her sound, especially her vocals. Some critics have compared her vocal style to Erykah Badu. In January of 2019, Chelsey will release her EP “All of Me’. Danielle recorded everything on the album at Reeltime Audio in Denton, TX. The EP will showcase Danielle’s musicianship as well as share her intimate thoughts, experiences, and memories with the listeners.
Hispanic Heritage Month
September 6-DSO ensemble
Flute: David Buck
Oboe: Erin Hannigan, Brent Ross, David Matthews (English Horn)
Clarinet: Greg Raden, Stephen Ahearn
Bassoon: Ted Soluri, Scott Walzel, Tom Fleming, Peter Grenier (Contra Bassoon)
Horn: David Heyde, Haley Hoops, Joe Assi
Trumpet: Russell Campbell, Wiff Rudd
Trombone: Barry Hearn, Darren McHenry (Bass Trombone)
Violin: Gary Levinson
Cello: Nan Zhang
Bass: Brian Perry
September 20-Mariachi Los Unicos
Eight years ago this mariachi was the only middle school mariachi in the Dallas Independent School District, this is why we named ourselves "Los Unicos", meaning "The Only" and "Unique". We are now an award winning mariachi who is well known in the Oak Cliff, Dallas area. They have performed at numerous local events, the House of Blues, in San Antonio at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention, Six Flags Over Texas, the State Fair, KUVN Ch.23, Ch.49, Fox 4, WFAA Ch.8, NBC Ch. 5 and 107.9 FM La Grande radio station! Los Unicos is composed of eleven to fourteen year olds in grades sixth through eighth under the direction of Mrs. Maria "Lupe" Vargas-Garcia whom is also a Greiner alumni and founder of this excellent student mariachi!
October 4-JAMIL BYROM
Jazz, Funk & Soul
A drummer noted for his immaculate timekeeping and his sartorial sharpness. Jamil endorses Pro Mark drumsticks, Evans drumheads, and Sabian cymbals.
He has a BA degree from Alcorn State University; also, the winner of the esteemed Guitar Center annual Drumoff 2005/2006. For the last 17 year he has held the drum throne at Friendship West Baptist Church.
Jamil has been blessed to share the stage with artists Roy Hargrove, Kirk Franklin, Kim Burrell, Erykah Badu, Joe McBride, Dave Hollister, LaShawn Pace, Vickie Winans, Tower of Power, Pieces of Dream, David "FATHEAD" Newman, Wessell Anderson, Alvin Battiste, Onzy Mathews, N'Dambi Tonya Blunt, The Turtle Creek Choral, and many others.
One of the most active and influential of all Texas musicians, Dallas born drummer, Jamil Byrom, is famed for both his music and style, remaining to this day a respected and in demand musician to the highest caliber.
November 1-Mariachi Rosas Divinas
Dia De Los Muertos
Mariachi Rosas Divinas seems an appropriate name for this divine all female group. Rosas Divinas have broken the mold when it comes to the beloved style of mariachi music. As the first and only all female mariachi in the DFW Metroplex and one of few in the Country, being different is not all that difficult. Lipstick smudges brass mouthpieces, long fingernails work perfectly for strumming guitars and glossy dark hair flows down the back of brightly coordinated outfits. Breaking away from traditional stereotypes, these vivacious women bring life back into a traditional music which began in the small pueblos of 19-century Mexico.
Desiring to perform the mariachi music she played in her hometown of Taos, New Mexico, Director Tabitha Sanchez Barrientos, sought out to find a team of like-minded musicians. “Playing with passion is the most important element when playing mariachi music,” she says ”But a commitment to musical precision is what we strive to be known and respected for.”
Bringing the heart-felt style of mariachi music with their precise musical execution is what sets these young women apart in a male dominated genre. “It’s musical integrity along with their rich, beautiful sound that makes them like no other mariachi group you’ve heard before,” says Grammy winner and Producer, Pete Orta. “These girls take the time to make everything they do special.” All who see them perform agree that their enthusiasm and musical creativity breaths life into familiar trios, rancheras and traditional boleros.
“Nothing about this group is typical,” says Louis Constancio, founder of Find A Mariachi. “They are different from anything mainstream but they are also different in the world of mariachi and it’s because each member brings a special element to the group.”
Lead violinist, Karen Gerardo, graduate of Booker T Washington, former member of the Dallas Young Strings and current Principal Violinist with Irving Symphony Orchestra says, “I heard the group and immediately saw the potential for greatness. Here I am 11 years later with a resume I could have only dreamed of at this stage in my career. The opportunities have been absolutely priceless.” From being the first mariachi to ever play in the Gran Caymen Islands to sharing the stage with legends such as Fito Olivares, Graciela Beltran and Ozomatli, Rosas Divinas have been captivating audiences since their very first performance in 2005.
Opportunities such as these and many others have opened doors they never expected. Month long performances at the State Fair of Texas, a recent week long performances at the WinStar Casino Resort in Oklahoma Texas followed by another week long Mariachi Tour in Chicago Illinois, and still, no one seems to resent the long hours rehearsing and performing. “You work hard to be the group you want to be and when the opportunities come you’ll be ready.” Says Director, Tabitha. Making sacrifices for the music they love is nothing new for these Divine Roses.
Lead Guitar Alexia Quintero played her first gig with the group in 2011 at The House of Blues in Dallas, “I was only supposed to help with a few gigs but here I am 6 years later!” She says. “I continued to perform even while going to Law School and people would worry saying I needed a break. I would explain that performing and making music was part of my break! Yes, it is a lot of work but we always have so much fun together and that’s rejuvenating.”
“That’s the thing about this group,” says Tabitha, “We work hard but we also care deeply for one another, we hang out and talk for hours, sometimes all you hear is laughing. We are like family and you can feel it in our music.”