Strength of Collaboration
Through the SOLUNA Festival, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has committed to forming strong partnerships with its neighboring organizations and institutions. These partnerships have resulted in co-commissions and presentations, multi-disciplinary collaborations and opportunities for the incredible work of local performing arts institutions to shine. This year, SOLUNA is excited to welcome three new partners to the festival: NorthPark Center, The Cedars Union and Voices of Change.
With the support of NorthPark Center, SOLUNA has commissioned L.A.-based artist Sebastien Leon to create a new sound sculpture titled The Diffracted Symphony. Inspired by the rib cage of a whale that has washed ashore, the large work will feature a manipulated version of a recording of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jaap van Zweden, performing Verdi’s Requiem. This sonic experience will be on view at NorthPark Center on Level One between Neiman Marcus and Dillard’s for all to experience throughout the duration of the festival.
SOLUNA and The Cedars Union, an incubator for the arts, are partnering to present a world-premiere performance by Dallas native, Jennifer Wester. During the performance of Breaking Shadows, Wester will turn the parking lot adjacent to The Cedars Union into a skating rink composed of synthetic ice. Through the use of lighting and projection, Wester will perform a 40-minute piece that demonstrates how the body breaks light to create shadows.
Lastly, SOLUNA is proud to partner with Voices of Change, Dallas’s revered modern chamber ensemble which includes many musicians of the Dallas Symphony. Contemporary pieces from South American composers will be performed in a compelling evening of chamber music at the Latino Cultural Center.
This year’s festival has also established new collaborations with many local ensembles, including Haltom Color Guard and Drumline, Mariachi Rosas Divinas, SMU Ballroom and the UNT Latin Jazz Lab. With the valuable platform of Passport to the Park, SOLUNA is able to continue to nurture many new partnerships and invite student and professional ensembles alike to perform on the main stage at Klyde Warren Park in front of thousands of visitors.
The vast talent in Dallas and the spirit of collaboration that is a hallmark of our city makes SOLUNA a festival unlike any other. The festival’s growth and evolution is due to the dedication, support and creativity of individuals, organizations and institutions in our community.