Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family
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.
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.
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 a quickly substantiating its addition to the school’s course schedule. With over 6 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.