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Over the last decade, conductor Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents. This season marks a major milestone as he completes his ten-year tenure as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and simultaneously is Music Director Designate in New York, anticipating his inaugural season (2018-19) as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. He continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Jaap van Zweden, presents the finest in orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, regarded as one of the world's premier concert halls. The largest and oldest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO serves 230,000 patrons each year, including 30,000 children, through performances, educational programs and community enrichment initiatives. In addition to the Texas Instruments Classical Series and the Pops Series, DSO programming includes ReMix, DSO on the GO, Family Concerts and Dallas Symphony Presents.
GRAMMY®-nominated cellist Christopher Adkins was appointed Principal Cello of the Dallas Symphony in 1987. He previously served with the Milwaukee, New Haven and Denver symphonies. A native of Denton, Texas, Adkins holds degrees from the University of North Texas and Yale University. He also serves as adjunct Associate Professor of music at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Adkins is married to Dallas Symphony violinist Alexandra Adkins.
Sheryl is a Puerto Rican artist residing in Dallas. Her work explores themes related to identity, personal experience and memory. While largely focused on life-sized, fiber-based installations, she also explores similar themes through the use of photography and found objects. She has exhibited her work locally, regionally and nationally.
Born in Nigeria and based in England, 25-year-old singer/songwriter Jacob Banks creates soul music that’s uncompromisingly honest but thrillingly cinematic. A self-taught musician who began singing, playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 20, Banks got his start at open mic nights around Birmingham in 2011 and quickly won major attention for his commanding vocal presence and daringly intimate songwriting.
Big Gigantic is the Boulder, Colorado-based duo of saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken who interpret traditional DJ-based music with live instruments and have successfully created an innovative, distinct sound that’s all their own. Their transcendent live shows are a showcase of brilliant improvisation and a tightly-knit bond between Salken and Lalli, who breathlessly alternate between keys, sax and laptop, building a futuristic wall of sound that keeps the crowd on its feet.
Emmanuelle Boisvert joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as Associate Concertmaster in September, 2011. She came to Dallas from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where she served 23 years as Concertmaster— the first woman ever to be appointed Concertmaster of a major orchestra. She has worked with many eminent conductors including Herbig, Jarvi, Graf, Vonk, Abbado, Sandeling, Tortellier, receiving acclaim for her release of John Williams’s violin concerto with Leonard Slatkin.
The Booker T. Washington Dance Conservatory is part of the nationally recognized Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Celebrating excellence since 1976, the school has received recognition through the Arts Schools Network Exemplary Schools Awards, Texas Medal of the Arts Awards, and numerous national rankings of top high schools and magnet schools.
A rarity in secondary music education to date, this curriculum-based gospel choir is quickly substantiating its addition to the school’s course schedule. With over six million views on social media and an ever-growing student and community interest, this group brings sounds of joy and inspiration to audiences both near and far. Under the guidance of its founding director, Nathan De'Shon Myers, students in this choir are learning through lectures and collaborations with national gospel recording artists.
Mattheiu Brooks is a distinguished interactive installation and performance artist here in Dallas. He has exhibited his work at the Dallas Museum of Art, while also contributing performances and installations for the Modern Art Museum, Dallas Aurora festival and the UTD Gallery. Brooks is a master at blending calculated technology with beautifully precise abstract creativity.
David Buck was appointed Principal Flute of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the 2017/18 season. He was previously Principal Flute of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and has also held positions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Oregon Symphony. A native of Philadelphia, Buck is a graduate of The Juilliard School. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, flutist Jung-Wan Kang.
Raised in Venezuela, Alejandra Camargo is a Dallas-based graphic designer, artist and muralist. She works as a digital art director for Publicis Hawkeye, but her passion for painting drives her to work after hours and weekends on various art projects. She has done collective and solo shows throughout Dallas’s gallery circuit. Her energetic and whimsical murals can be found in Deep Ellum, the Design District, Oak Cliff and custom B&G Letters in East Dallas.
Dallas-based artist, Jordan Castilleja is a multi-material fabricator who received his BFA from SMU. He has developed a combination of techniques using traditional and digital sculpting methods to produce objects that engage dialogue between spatial perception and subjective concepts.
Originally from Venezuela, Cottier-Bucco came to the United States when she was six years old, which is when she started to play the violin. She earned her Bachelor of Music at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Alexander Kerr. Prior to joining the orchestra full time in September 2015, she was a member of the DSO/Jaap van Zweden Scholars Program.
Cure for Paranoia has become the new face of the storied Deep Ellum neighborhood. The musicians that make up the hip-hop group have their own bold energy and personal styles that would best be described as aggressively funky. Between Tomahawk Jonez’s and JayAnalog’s production, Stanley Francisko’s airy vocals and Cameron McCloud’s brisk lyrical delivery, the band has designed its own brand of “trippy soul-infused hip-hop.” They quickly made a name for themselves and were awarded Dallas Observer’s “Best New Act” in 2016 and “Best Group Act” in 2017.
The Dallas Mavericks Drumline is a group of musicians dedicated to bringing the power and intensity of percussive art to the arena of professional basketball. Founded in 2003, the drumline performs both on and off the court, on game day and outside appearances. The Dallas Mavericks Drumline represents the best of what Dallas has to offer in regards to in game entertainment.
Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet was established in 2011 by Artistic Director Emilie Skinner to bring collaborative concerts that emphasize neo-classic ballet to the DFW community. The vision of the company is to serve as a platform for collaborative works that invite artists of all genres to come together in order to create wholly aesthetic cultural programs. These productions include both revivals of historically poignant ballets and new, experimental works that often incorporate film, original music and costumes designed by visual artists.
Multi-GRAMMY® award winning mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung appears regularly with the world’s top orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic and the Concertgebouworkest. She has also performed at the prestigious festivals of Ravinia, Tanglewood, Edinburgh and Lucerne. Equally at home on the opera stage, she has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro alla Scala, Bayreuth Festival, Berliner Staatsoper and the Paris Opera.
Valerie Dimond is a graduate of The Juilliard School and former Assistant Principal Viola of the New Jersey Symphony. She has appeared as soloist in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Bartók Concerto, and had her Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert solo recital broadcast live on radio. She has toured with the Apple Hill Chamber Players and recorded with the Amelite Consortium. Before Dallas, she worked in Los Angeles's recording industry and played for over 125 Hollywood motion pictures.
Jesús Echevarría studied with composer Francisco Núñez, violinist Balbi Cotter and Mexican folklorist Héctor Sánchez Campero. He is a founding member of the group On’ta, affiliated with the new Mexican song movement, and collaborates with the Coordinación Nacional de Música y Ópera del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. In 2014 his soundtrack for the film “Huérfanos” received a nomination for the “Ariel” award in México. Echevarría regularly publishes and lectures on Mexican music and Latin American folklore.
Dr. Eidt received his PhD in Germanic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.A. in German Literature and Philosophy from the Katholische Universität Eichstätt, Germany. His teaching and research interests include German Romanticism, the age of Goethe, and Richard Wagner. He has published articles on German poetry, Opera and film, is chair of the Department of Modern Languages at UD, and the Vice President of the Dallas Goethe Center.
Assistant Professor of Physiology at New York Medical College and the Director of the Neurodome project, Dr. Jonathan Fisher has forged partnerships to engineer events and installations that bring neuroscience and brain health awareness to the public. As a performing artist he explores the interface between human expression and technology, and had his Carnegie Hall debut on piano in 2007. Dr. Fisher received his PhD in physics from the University of Pennsylvania and postdoctoral training in neuroscience at The Rockefeller University.
Jeff Gibbons (1982, b. Detroit) is an artist, musician, film maker, poet, curator, and often collaborator, living and working in Dallas. Select exhibitions include The Power Station, The Goss-Michael Foundation and Oliver Francis Gallery. His work has shown internationally in Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. He co-created the exhibition series Deep Ellum Windows (2012) with Justin Ginsberg and the project space Culture Hole (2016) with Gregory Ruppe.
Matthias Goerne is one of the most internationally sought-after singers and a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls. He has collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras, conductors and pianists. Goerne has appeared on the world’s principal opera stages including the Royal Opera House, the Opéra National de Paris and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Born in Weimar, he studied with Hans- Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, and with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
Lihuel González (b. 1986, Buenos Aires) graduated from film school at the Universidad del Cine. She participated in various fellowships such as Conti-FNA (2013) and the Artist Program of the DiTella University (2014) while receiving a grant from the National Fund of the Arts. In 2015 she exhibited at the Young Art Biennial of Buenos Aires. She received the Fundación Klemm Award and the Pira ADM Mexico DF scholarship in 2016. She teaches at the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Helping Hand Drums (HHD) was founded in 2014 by two former high-school classmates from McKinney, TX, in order to transform their passion for music into a fundraising tool that could benefit local community organizations. Under the leadership of co-founder Lawson Malnory, HHD has hosted events supporting or in collaboration with the Assistance League, Bridge the Gap Chamber Players, Uplift Preparatory Schools, South Dallas Strings, the We Are All Homeless project, the Samaritan Inn and the Dallas Symphony.
This season marks Joshua Habermann’s seventh year as Chorus Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Habermann is also Music Director of The Desert Chorale, a professional chamber choir based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Texas. A passionate advocate for music education, Habermann has served on the faculties at San Francisco State University and the University of Miami.
Assal Habibi is an Assistant Research Professor of Psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute at University of Southern California. Dr. Habibi completed her doctoral work at UC Irvine, investigating the effects of musical training in musicians, non-musicians and patients with auditory impairments. Currently, she is the lead investigator of a five-year longitudinal study, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, investigating the effects of childhood music training on brain, cognitive and social development. Dr. Habibi is a classically trained pianist.
The Haltom Color Guard is a performing ensemble from Haltom High School. In the fall, the guard performs with the Pride of Haltom Marching Band and contributes pageantry and art to bring the marching show alive. In the spring, we move indoors to compete in the North Texas Color Guard Association.
The Haltom Percussion Studio is made up of 9-12th grade students from the Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band I and Symphonic Band II concert ensembles. In addition, its participants perform with the Pride of Haltom Marching Band, Jazz band, and the Percussion Ensemble. Members consistently earn top honors in region, area and state level solo & ensemble activities. The Haltom Drumline was named Champion at the 2015 Lonestar Drumline Contest in the “Silver Novice Class” and Champion at the 2016 Lonestar Drumline Contest in the “Red Advanced Class.”
Jeffrey Hood, from Portage, Michigan, joined the DSO cello section in September 2011. He was previously a New World Symphony fellow and a member of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Hood received his Bachelor of Music and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a master's degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His primary teachers include Steven Doane, Stephen Geber and Crispin Campbell.
Jennifer Humphreys joined the cello section of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September of 2014. Before coming to Dallas, she was a section member of the Atlanta Symphony and Assistant Principal of the Charlotte Symphony. Humphreys’ summers are spent as a member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Since 2016 she has served as Adjunct Faculty at Texas Christian University. She also enjoys cycling, cooking, gardening and yoga.
Sarah Jaffe’s endearingly stark narratives have gone from homespun folk-pop songs to decidedly cathartic pop ballads without losing any of their thoughtfulness or intimacy. Instrumentations now veer more towards electro-pop, but her storytelling and heartfelt lyricism is still every bit as cerebral. She’s toured, performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and shared the stage with Norah Jones, Erykah Badu, Chelsea Wolfe and Cyndi Lauper, to name a few. Jaffe also has a writing partnership with hip-hop producer S1 and the duo’s first collaboration, “Bad Guy” appears on Eminem’s Grammy Award winning MMLP2.
Kaleo is a Grammy-nominated four-piece band from Iceland who now call the US home. Their split upbringing: the isolated heritage that results from coming of age in Iceland paired with the fresh inspiration of moving to America, the band has built a sound to match the disparate landscapes. A gorgeous and raucous blend of rock, folk and blues, Kaleo’s debut LP titled A/B showcases the band’s multi-layered dynamics and ability to play different genres with equal skill.
Alexander Kerr assumed the role of Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September 2011. Previously, Kerr held the position of Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and the Cincinnati and Charleston Symphony Orchestras. After nine years, he assumed the endowed Linda and Jack Gill Chair in Music as Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Kari Kettering joined the DSO cello section in 2003. A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she completed a bachelor's degree in music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a master's in music at Indiana University, where she studied with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. Kari plays a cello made in 1710 by Joseph Guarneri filius Andreas that is graciously on loan from Richard and Enika Schulze.
Principal Violinist Diane Kitzman joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1981. She is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan. She is an active chamber music performer and teacher in the Dallas area and has performed with Chamber Music International and the Dallas Bach Society. She is an adjunct professor of violin at Southern Methodist University.
Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer, and award winning graphic novelist. He has released four solo albums on Ninja Tune the most recent being 12 bit Blues. He has released two graphic novels: Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet. He has also been involved in collaborations such as Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew. Kid Koala has toured with the likes of Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Arcade Fire, Money Mark, A Tribe Called Quest, Mike Patton, DJ Shadow, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Gonzalo Lebrija (b. 1972, Mexico DF) uses the mediums of photography, video, sound, painting and sculpture to capture the aesthetic experience of time. Select solo exhibitions include Marfa Contemporary, Marfa; La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Mexico; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico DF; the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. He lives in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he recently founded the artist-run space, Serenata.
Sebastien Leon (b.1973, France) studied mathematics and received an MBA from Bocconi University in Milan. In 2001 he established his artistic practice, Studio Sebastien Leon, in New York. As a recording artist, he released his first solo album "Cranes of Glitter" produced by Kyle Fischer (Rainer Maria) in 2009, followed by several solo and collaborative works. Based in New York and Los Angeles he has exhibited internationally at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Park Avenue Armory, New York and UCCA, Beijing.
Emily Levin is the Principal Harpist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the youngest harpist with a major American orchestra. She is the Bronze medal winner of the USA International Harp Competition, the Classical Recording Foundation’s 2017 Young Artist of the Year, a Finalist in the International Harp Contest in Israel, and a winner of the 2016 Astral Artists auditions. Emily completed her Master of Music from The Juilliard School in 2015, and undergraduate degrees in Music and History from Indiana University.
Lise Lindstrom has commanded the stages of The Metropolitan Opera, San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Teatro alla Scala, among others. Recent engagements include Brünnhilde for Opera Australia, Färberin (Die Frau ohne Schatten) for Staatsoper Hamburg, and Turandot in Beijing and for Covent Garden. Highlights of 2017/18 include Marie (Wozzeck), Salome and Turandot in Vienna, Brünnhilde in Hamburg and Turandot in San Diego.
GRAMMY® Award-winners, Los Texmaniacs are the new kings of Tex-Mex. Anointed by Flaco Jimenez, Los Texmaniacs feed the masses with only the best in musical fare. Founded by Max Baca (bajo sexto, vocals), the Texmaniacs are a product of his wide-ranging experience touring and recording with Flaco Jimenez, the original Texas Tornados, Los Super Seven and even the Rolling Stones. Max has participated on eleven GRAMMY®-winning projects and is the premiere first-call bajo sexto player in the world.
Mariachi Rosas Divinas have been captivating audiences since their very first performance in 2005. As the first and only all-female mariachi in the DFW Metroplex and one of few in the Country, they have broken away from traditional stereotypes. 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. Under the direction of Tabitha Sanchez Barrientos, these vivacious women bring life back into a traditional music which began in the small pueblos of 19-century Mexico.
A Dallas local, Jeremy McKane travels the world documenting the threats facing our oceans with an emphasis on protecting what is left. He is best known for LUCiD, an installation that is currently on a world tour with the Ocean Plastics Laboratory. As a commitment of the G7 Summit, the German Ministry has licensed his work for the next three years as it travels the globe. His latest work, “Life Support,” is a piece of the ocean, which allows people to see and feel the very thing that supports life.
German mezzo-soprano Christa Mayer has established herself as one of her generation’s leading Wagnerian singers and is a frequent guest soloist with both the Bayreuth Festival and the Salzburg Easter Festival. She has also appeared in concert collaboration with some of today’s most acclaimed conductors and orchestras, in the world’s most eminent performance halls, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Vienna Musikverein, the Berlin Philharmonic and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
The young American dramatic soprano Heidi Melton has recently performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, Oper Frankfurt, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI in Torino and the Metropolitan Opera. In the 2017/18 season Melton will make her role debut as Brünnhilde in a new production of Götterdämmerung at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe followed by performances of the complete Ring Cycle later in the spring. Melton is the recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes, including the George London Foundation’s George London Award.
As an interdisciplinary Dallas artist, Carmen Menza’s practice spans new media, light sculptures, filmmaking and experiential public art installations. Her films have screened at Dallas Aurora, Dallas VideoFest and on KERA. Her software-based light work is part of the permanent collection at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary Museum in Dallas. She has exhibited in numerous shows and received her BFA in jazz guitar performance from the University of North Texas.
Ever since a 17-year-old Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones appeared on Main Source's 1991 classic "Live at the Barbeque," hip-hop would be irrevocably changed. With music in his blood courtesy of famed blues musician father Olu Dara, the self-taught trumpeter attracted crowds with his playing at age 4, wrote his first verse at age 7 and, with 1994’s Illmatic, created one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time before he could legally drink. Two decades on, the rap icon has gone on to receive 13 GRAMMY® nominations. Nas remains an incendiary, outspoken and brutally candid rapper on the recently released Life is Good, his tenth album and sixth to debut at the top of the Billboard 200.
Darcy Neal is an electronic artist, LED enthusiast and workshop curator. She is the co-founder of Lady Brain Studios, a creative powerhouse originally established in Dallas that builds custom electronics, sculptures and other props with an emphasis on physical computing and immersive lighting.
Described as "THE Wagnerian tenor of his generation,” Simon O’Neill is a principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala and the Bayreuth and Salzburg festivals. He is a Fulbright Scholar, was awarded the Arts Laureate of New Zealand and holds a Doctor of Music (honoris causa) from the Victoria University of Wellington. Simon became an Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Jongmin Park was the winner of the Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2015 and has been a member of the prestigious ensemble at Wiener Staatsoper since 2013. His 2017/18 season roles include Ferrando (Il trovatore), Vodník (Rusalka), Banco (Macbeth), Don Basilo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Sir Giorgo (I puritani) and Hunding (Die Walküre). Park studied voice at the Korea National University of Arts.
New York based artist Jen Ray (b. 1970, Raleigh NC) creates large drawings and performances inhabited by Amazonian women in a variety of guises and costumes. These compelling and powerful women present a multivalent idea of female identity. Selected international exhibitions and performances include Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; Kunstverein Kassel, Germany; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Kunsthal KAdE, Netherlands and Albertz Benda Gallery, New York.
Six musicians are whipping a New York City crowd into a frenzy with an unprecedented, high energy, gut-busting fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go and scalding hot bhangra. A horn section blares, everybody shouts and the group’s charismatic leader, Sunny Jain, holds the explosive songs together with rhythms from his dhol – the Indian double-headed drum that provides bhangra with its frenetic heartbeat. The line of patrons couldn’t get enough of Red Baraat – a riveting octet that NPR has dubbed “The best party band in years.”
Ruth Reinhardt, born in Saarbrücken, Germany, received a master’s degree in conducting from the Juilliard School where she studied with Alan Gilbert. She was appointed Assistant Conductor of the DSO in the 2016/17 season and was selected to participate in the LA Philharmonic’s Dudamel Fellowship for the 2017/18 season. She has recently guest conducted the Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur in a concert televised throughout Switzerland.
Gregory Ruppe (1979, b. Houston) is an artist, musician and collaborator currently living and working in Dallas, Texas. Selected exhibitions and performances include Apples, Brooklyn; Réunion Gallery, Zürich; Hiroshima Art Center, Hiroshima; The Glasgow International at The Modern Institute, Glasgow; The Berlin Becher Triennial, Berlin and The Dallas Museum of Art.
He co-founded the project space Culture Hole (2016) with Jeff Gibbons and film series Sunscreen (2015) with Danny Skinner.
A native of Minnesota, violinist Nora Scheller began her orchestral career in high school, substituting in professional orchestras from the age of 15. She attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with DSO Concertmaster Alexander Kerr, and she joined the Dallas Symphony in 2014. Scheller has participated in the Verbier and Aspen music festivals, and was Assistant Concertmaster of the Aspen Chamber Symphony in 2013.
A multidisciplinary artist, Master Shen-Long is a contemporary master of the classical Chinese literati perfections of painting, poetry, and calligraphy. He works in a variety of styles, formats and techniques, including ink painting, oil painting, sculpture and photography. Recent public presentations include at Loyola University Museum of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Select publications include Wisdom of the Heart Sutra (2011) and Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch (2014).
Stuart Skelton is one of the finest heldentenors on the stage today, critically acclaimed for his outstanding musicianship, tonal beauty and intensely dramatic portrayals. He is engaged by the most prestigious orchestras and opera companies around the globe and collaborates regularly with today’s most heralded conductors including Edward Gardner, Daniele Gatti, Philippe Jordan, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jaap van Zweden and Franz Welser-Möst.
The SMU Ballroom dance team is a social organization dedicated to all things ballroom. Our members range from the social ballroom dancer to the intense competitor. SMU Ballroom persists as one of the most competitive collegiate ballroom clubs in the state of Texas while keeping true to our core purpose of fostering a social atmosphere in which our members can relax while doing what we love; that is, to dance.
Violist David Sywak has been a member of the Dallas Symphony since 1996. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester and completed graduate work at the University of Southern California and The Juilliard School. He has been invited to perform as guest artist with Voices of Change, Fine Arts Chamber Players, Bravo! Vail Music Festival and other prestigious organizations. Sywak works with young musicians through the DSO’s Symphony YES! program and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.
James Talambas is a multidisciplinary new media artist, composer and DJ. He employs technology, improvisation and space into the pieces he composes to create site- and musician-specific electro-acoustic bodies of work. As the owner of New Media Recordings in Fort Worth, he also writes scores and sound design for films, and has also produced pieces for international artists.
As a mixed-media visual artist from Dallas, Tramaine Townsend primarily uses photography, design, film and animation for his installations. A strong purveyor of aesthetic, his work has taken on the role of narration to create bodies of work with a storyline, usually within itself or for a larger construct that he is continuously building.
Eric Trich is a Dallas-based new media artist. His formative years studying at the Art Institute and the Meadows School of Art at SMU inspired him to continue his pursuit of designing interactive installations and developing virtual and augmented reality for new platforms. After college, Trich opened 1111 Studio Gallery in the Design District.
Naama Tsabar (b. 1982, Tel Aviv, Israel) creates installations and performances that examine the multi-sensory zones of nightlife and their associations with notions such as danger, seduction, and subversion. Selected exhibitions and performances include Prospect New Orleans 4; the Museum of Art and Design, New York; the High Line Art, New York; MoMA PS1, New York; the Palais de Tokyo, Paris and the Tel Aviv Museum.
Lydia Umlauf received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University's Jacob School of Music where she studied with Alexander Kerr. She is also an alumnus of the Music Institute of Chicago's Academy program for gifted pre-college musicians where she studied with Desiree Ruhstrat. Before joining the Dallas Symphony in 2014, she substituted with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and attended the prestigious Schleswig Holstein Academy Orchestra Festival for two summers.
The UNT Latin Jazz Lab is a big band that ventures into the musical realm that exists between the rich legacy of Latin American rhythms and the profound tradition of Jazz improvisational forms. The performance will be presenting original compositions in the idiom by its student members and arrangements of jazz standards. The band is under the direction of UNT Jazz Studies faculty member José M. Aponte.
The W. E Greiner Ballet Folklórico Dance Company has been active in Dallas, Texas, for the past two years under the direction of Koreyci C. Santiago. Their repertoire includes folklórico dances from many states including Jalisco, Veracruz, Michoacán, Guerrero and Tamaulipas. The mission of the group is to provide a healthy and educational environment in which children are given the opportunity to learn about Mexican culture and history through traditional regional dances.
Antoine Wagner (b. 1982, Evanston, Illinois) is a French-American visual artist and filmmaker. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and Sciences-Po Paris. He has completed residencies at the Robert Wilson Watermill Foundation in Watermill, NY and at the Villa Medici in Rome. Selected solo exhibitions include DECK, Singapore; the Völkerkunde Museum Hamburg; the Hermes Collection, Paris and the Lambert Foundation, Avignon, France.
Jennifer Wester is a multimedia artist with a degree in Computing and the Arts from Yale University. Prior to which she compiled an extensive resume in figure skating, including 5 years on Team USA in international competition and multiple professional ice shows and tours. A native of Dallas, she returned to the city in 2016 and now resides in Oak Cliff where she is currently expanding her artistic portfolio of works centering on life-long passions.
Dr. Lisa Wong is a pediatrician, musician, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and co-director of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School. A member of Longwood Symphony Orchestra, she served as LSO President for twenty years and wrote Scales to Scalpels: Doctors Who Practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine. She is a passionate advocate for life-long learning and healing through the arts, serving on the boards of Conservatory Lab Charter School, New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston Arts Consortium for Health and National Academies Committee on Arts and Humanities in STEMM.
Dr. Zatorre is a cognitive neuroscientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University focused on the neural substrate for auditory cognition, with special emphasis on speech and music. He and his collaborators have published over 280 scientific papers on topics including pitch perception, musical imagery, absolute pitch, music and emotion, perception of auditory space and brain plasticity in the blind and the deaf. In 2006 he became the founding co-director of the international laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound research (BRAMS), a multi-university consortium dedicated to the cognitive neuroscience of music.
Born in 1984 in Harbin, China, P.R.C., Nan started studying cello when she was 5 years old. She holds an Artist Certificate Diploma from Southern Methodist University. Nan has participated in a number of festivals in China, P.R.C., Canada, and the U.S. and has also received awards from many competitions, including 1st prize in the 1st Annual Chamber Music International Competition (CMIC) in Dallas, Texas. Nan joined the DSO in 2011 after serving as Assistant Principal Cellist at The Dallas Opera since 2008.