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!
JANUARY 10-ROBERT TRUSKO
Electronic, Jazz, Folk, and Minimalist
TRUSKO occurs in one of two forms. First is a solo show where Robert plays bass, sings, and uses his Ableton Push 2. The second involves a trio format that adds guitar and drums.
Trusko’s upcoming release First Light consists of both songs and instrumental music. The record includes layers of vocals, basses, synthesizers, rhodes, strings, and drums. Trusko’s music blends musical aesthetics including sample based electronic music, jazz, folk, and minimalist elements.
The record features performances by many great musicians including Matt Young (drums), Evan Bornes (Vocals), Nigel Newton (Vibraphone and Additional Keys), Skyler Hill (Guitars), Ben Gallegos (Drums), Jack Whitmil (Drums). Recent live performances have also included Terence Hobdy (drums) and Anthony Plant (Guitar).
Recent Live Performances Include Harvest House, Independent Bar and Kitchen, and Dan’s Silverleaf.
JANUARY 31-EDDIE HEALY & BRANDI ESTWICK
Eddie Healy began playing guitar at the age of 13. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in classical guitar performance at The University of North Texas and completed a Master of Music degree at Southern Methodist University.
Eddie performs regularly in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He has also performed live on WRR-Classical 101.1. He traveled to Spain in 2008 for a series of concerts and twice to Mexico in 2009 to perform at the 19th Annual International Guitar Festival of Morelia and the 4th Festival Internacional de Guitarra Ramón Noble. He has appeared on national television and radio programs in Hidalgo, Mexico.
He currently teaches at The University of Texas at Dallas, Eastfield College, Brookhaven College, Collin College and the Gray School of Music. He has served as the assistant festival director at the Texas International Guitar Competition/Festival since 2010 and has also been the co-director of the Annual Eastfield Collegiate Guitar Competition/Festival.
His original compositions have been performed in Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. He has composed the theme to a series of podcasts produced by UTD titled “A Conversation With…”, scores for several video games, and the alma mater for Rogers Middle School in Prosper, Texas. In 2012 Healy released a CD consisting exclusively of his compositions titled, Direction. James Scott of minor7th.com said that the recording, “…is a triumph, offering the listener accessible compositions matched by immaculate performances.” He published the sheet music for several of the compositions from Direction with Joachim-Trekel of Hamburg, Germany in 2010 and two more selections with Les Productions d’Oz in 2013. Eddie is a member of ASCAP.
Mezzo-soprano Brandi Estwick is a recent graduate of Texas Woman's University where she received both a BM and MA in vocal performance. Ms. Estwick serves as the Assistant Director of the Brookhaven-Allegro Guitar Orchestra, and frequently performs recitals throughout the metroplex in collaboration with Dallas-area classical guitarist, Eddie Healy. The duo recently presented a recital series in Madrid, Spain as participants in the Chamber Art Music Association of Madrid’s 12th International Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Estwick is currently working toward a DMA in vocal performance at the University of North Texas under the guidance of Dr. Carol Wilson. She is an active member of Dallas Opera's Education and Outreach program where she is currently performing the role of Despina in The Three Little Pigs.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
FEBRUARY 14-KWINTON GRAY PROJECT
Kwinton Gray was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where he and his two older siblings received a homeschooled education all the way through high school. A natural passion for music began to develop early for Kwinton and his sibling, and was strongly supported by their father and mother. The Gray parents purchased instruments for the children to practice with - It was then that Kwinton fell in love with the Piano.
He practiced for years playing at church and in different bands around town until he caught his first big break. He was accepted in 2014 as lead keyboardist for Dallas Theater Center (DTC) in the production of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at just 19-years-old. The following year, he was asked to return to DTC as Associate Music Director/Conductor/Pianist for the world premiere music “Stagger Lee.” And in 2016, he was selected as Music Director and Conductor in Booker T. Washington for the Performing and Visual Arts’ production of “Oklahoma.”
In addition, Kwinton is a founding member of the band “Friday’s Foolery” and his own Jazz band “The Kwinton Gray Project.” Both of which perform all over the Dallas area.
The Kwinton Gray Project is a high-energy jazz fusion group that was assembled in the fall of 2015 by keyboardist Kwinton Gray. The Dallas-based group’s first album titled, ‘Leap of Faith’ was released in summer 2018.
FEBRUARY 28-MoVMNT BAND
Movmnt Band is a Fusion Collective from Dallas, TX. Starting in 2015, the band has become one of the foremost up and coming Jazz Fusion bands in Texas. With their use of groove and musicality from different genres, Movmnt Band creates a unique experience for all who hear them. Movmnt Band released their self-entitled Debut Album in 2018, and is continuing to expand their reach in the USA and internationally.
Women’s HISTORY Month
March 6-DINA NESTERENKO
Russian-born violinist Dina Nesterenko established herself in the early years of her career as a winner of numerous competitions and as a frequent soloist with the orchestras throughout Russia. In 1995 Ms. Nesterenko won the Second prize in the Kloster Schontal International Competition (Germany), where she was also awarded the “Virtuoso” special prize. In 1997 she won the First prize in Classica Nova International Competition (Hannover, Germany), dedicated to Dmitri Shostakovich.
In 1998, after winning the Second prize in All – Russia National Violin Competition (First prize was not awarded), Ms. Nesterenko was honorably selected to represent Russia in 1998 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, where she was a semi-finalist and also the youngest participant.
Her most recent achievements and engagements include: participation in the Marlboro Music Festival in the summers of 2010 and 2011, where she had several successful performances; solo performance of Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 with Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra with the conductor David Lawton (December, 2010); winning Cosmo and Bauno International Competition which resulted in Weill Recital Hall performance (December, 2009); Claude and Pamela Frank workshop “Finding the voice in Beethoven and Schubert”, hosted by Carnegie Hall, which gave her the opportunity to perform Beethoven Sonata op. 96 in Weill Recital Hall (December, 2008); solo appearance with Rockaway Five Town Symphony orchestra in Long Island, NY; Alice Tully Hall performances of Sonatas by Corelli and Couperin (2003, 2004).
Ms. Nesterenko holds her Graduate and Undergraduate degrees from the Juilliard School and an Undergraduate Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. She holds a Doctorate Degree in Violin Performance from Stony Brook University.
March 20-BriANNE Sargent
An alumna of the DSO’s Young Strings program, Brianne Sargent began playing cello at age 12. After studying at Booker T. Washington HSPVA, she completed her high school education at Interlochen Academy in Michigan. She graduated in 2010 from the Baldwin-Wallace Music Conservatory where she studied with Regina Mushabac, teaching apprentice to the legendary Janos Starker. Brianne Sargent was a guest artist for the 2017 Soluna Festival and the Sound Designer for the Indigenous Sci-Fi play "Where Earth Meets the Sky". Brianne also had a featured artist spotlight in Art and Seek in May of 2017 and an article in Voyage Dallas Magazine in July 2018.
Aside from Skinny Cooks, I'm currently a member of Polyphonic Spree, Alejandro Escovedo Band, Mattie Michelle and Tha Mystics, i.Tina, McKinney Philharmonic, Melody Memory, Humid Seminar (with Amber Baker), Jason Davis & Friends, MAGGA ?Tet and Leoncarlo Canlas Band. I am also a private cello instructor with City Strings & Piano DFW and The Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Young Strings Program and bassist with Hamilton Park UMC.
Dallas Arts Month
BLACK WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
APRIL 10-DEON Q
Altruist Light,” so aptly describes the Dallas, Texas native known as “Deon Q.” A singer, songwriter and entertainer, she unselfishly delivers captivating performances with a glowing smile and stage presence that not only lights up a room, but hearts as well. Whether performing the sultry sounds of a Jazz standard or as an up and coming stage actress, Deon Q inspires, captivates and leaves audiences with a smile and wanting more.
A refreshing sound with a classic twist, sultry vocals and a musical style inspired by the early Jazz legends. She grew up listening to all genres of music. Like many accomplished artists, she cultivated her silky smooth vocals in a gospel choir. In a word, she is unique. She has the ability to either deliver a song with a smooth, rich delicacy, or effortlessly ascend into a commanding soulful explosion of emotion.
Her much anticipated single “It’s a Good Day” was released August 2016, has a catchy melodic ballot that transports you to a day of no worries and no cares. You can also enjoy the second single released May 2017 “Spring.” The light symphonic sound makes you drift off into a calmer, pleasant place, again giving us the diversity that she is capable of delivering.
Jazz, Soul and Gospel
An eclectic mix of jazz, soul and gospel in a contralto voice, describesvocal style of Dallas native Amanda E. Maxfield, more commonly known as “Mandi”. Born June 12, 1984 to the parentage of Debbie Robinson and Clifton W. Maxfield, Mandi has been singing as long as she could talk. Coming from a very musical background, she sat under her father, a minister of music and learned to play piano at the age of six. She furthered her education of music graduating from Skyline career and Development center and receiving a choir scholarship from Texas A&M University-Commerce. In 2005 and more recently 2010, she was blessed with the opportunity to use her gift touring Europe. The fourteen city tour of Italy included cities, such as Assisi, Milan, Venice, Cosenza and Rome. She has been blessed to sing behind many Dallas artists and even open up for gospel superstars Kierra “KiKi” Sheard, James Fortune and FIYA, Minon Bolton, Crystal Aikin. Singing background vocals for Lisa McClendon, Crystal Rucker, Earnest Pugh, Andrea Helms, Amber Bullock, Joshua Rogers and amazing Dallas/Ft. Worth artists, James Henderson, Shy Speaks, Norris J, Brennen “Nerdboi” Johnson, Terrance Mackey, Nathan Myers, Jai’Sun Williams and many more. She currently serves as the praise and worship leader for People’s Missionary Baptist church and the female lead singer of Dallas’ own Gino “Lockjohnson” Iglehart and The Ivory Jean Band. Amanda aspires to be a great mortician/funeral director like her father and currently works as the Staff Manager for their family business, Peoples Funeral Home and Chapel in Denton, TX. She continues to pursue her passion of music singing both lead and background all over the Metroplex, hoping to inspire others through her music.