Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family
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.
Fabio Luisi was named Music Director Designate of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in June 2018, and he will assume the title of Music Director in the 2020/21 season. Luisi is also General Music Director of the Zurich Opera, Chief Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Designate of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He was Principal Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 2011 to 2017, prior to this he served as Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (2005-2013), General Music Director of the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Saxon State Opera (2007-2010), Music Director and Principal Conductor of the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig (1999-2007) and Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (1997-2002) and of the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna (1995-2000).
Formed in 1992, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. Performing each year throughout the U.S. and internationally, the All-Stars have shattered the definition of what concert music is today.
Terence Blanchard made a name for himself as a top-tier jazz trumpeter who has gone on to enjoy a multifaceted career in jazz and beyond. He’s not only a four-time Grammy Award winner, he’s one of the most influential jazz musicians and film score masters of his generation--a member of a jazz legacy that has shaped the contours of modern jazz today. He’s been recognized by USA Artists, the MAPFund, and the NEA for his work in the jazz idiom and beyond.
Rennie Harris is a dancer, choreographer, artistic director and professor of hip-hop dance. Harris formed the first and longest running hip-hop dance touring company, Rennie Harris Puremovement in 1992. Dance Theater, Philadelphia Dance Company, & Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
Andrew Scott is a visual artist living and working in Dallas who specializes in the intersection of digital fabrication technologies and traditional fine arts practices. He is currently an associate Professor of Art and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas where he teaches courses in digital fabrication.
Julia Wolfe draws inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres, bringing a modern sensibility to each while simultaneously tearing down the walls between them. Wolfe is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow and was a recipient of a 2015 Herb Alpert Award in Music. She is on faculty at the NYU Steinhardt School and is co-founder/co-artistic director of New York’s legendary music collective Bang on a Can.
Founded in 2017, Verdigris Ensemble has quickly established itself as “one of the most innovative chamber choirs...a major artistic force” (TheaterJones) and called “a group to watch” offering “accomplished performances” (Dallas Morning News). Verdigris gathers Dallas’s best vocal talent to engage a modern audience with an ancient art form. In collaboration with creatives from Dallas and beyond, Verdigris weaves intricate choral programs into cross-disciplinary experiences.