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Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly to become one of today’s most distinguished conductors. He has been Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008 and Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra since 2012. In January 2016, the New York Philharmonic appointed van Zweden as their Music Director starting with the 2018-19 season. He is widely recognized for his critically acclaimed music-making with the world’s most prestigious orchestras.
Under Music Director Jaap van Zweden, the Dallas Symphony presents the finest in orchestral music at more than 175 public concerts annually. The largest and oldest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO serves 250,000 patrons each year, including 50,000 children, through performances, educational programs and community enrichment initiatives.
Based in Dallas, Agence 5970 is an independent laboratory composed of the artist duo Frank Dufour (b. 1959) & Lee Dufour (b. 1970). Agence 5970 produces interactive audiovisual artworks and experiments in the poetics of communication. Frank is a sound designer and an interactive digital artist. Professor at the School of Arts, Technology & Emerging Communication at UTD, Frank holds a Ph.D. in Hypermedia. Lee is a digital artist, stylist and creative director who founded a pioneering digital art gallery & concept store in Paris, France.
Multimedia artist Martin Back holds a B.A. in Moving Image Arts from the College of Santa Fe and an M.F.A. in Studio Art & New Media from the University of North Texas, Denton. His video, sound and performance work has been presented at High Mayhem Emerging Arts, Santa Fe, and the Dallas Museum of Art. Back is currently Senior Lecturer of New Media Art in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas.
Born in Chicago, Jordan Belson (1926-2011) created non-objective films spanning six decades. When studying painting in the Bay Area in the 40’s, he began his ‘cinematic paintings’, inspired by the abstract films of Oskar Fischinger. In the late 50’s, Belson curated, with sound artist Henry Jacobs a series of concerts accompanied by visual projections. Belson’s remarkable body of films, sometime called cosmic cinema and considered to be visual music has been the object of retrospectives at the Tate Modern, London and the Whitney Museum, New York. (Photo: courtesy of Light Cone)
Internationally recognized as one of today's most acclaimed and admired pianists, Yefim Bronfman stands among a handful of artists regularly sought by festivals, orchestras, conductors and recital series. His commanding technique, power and exceptional lyrical gifts are consistently acknowledged by the press and audiences alike. Mr. Bronfman, a three-time GRAMMY-Award nominee, took home the award in 2009. (Photo: Dario Acosta)
Pia Camil (b. 1980) was born in Mexico City where she still lives. Her work is associated to the Mexican urban landscape, the aesthetic language of modernism and its relationship to commercialism. Camil’s recent exhibitions and performances involve public participation as a way to engage with the politics of consumerism. She had solo-exhibitions at the New Museum, New York; the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Blum & Poe Gallery, New York & Los Angeles; OMR projects, Mexico City.
American-born Chinese landscape painter Arnold Chang (b. 1954) has studied painting and connoisseurship with C.C. Wang for twenty-five years in New York where he still lives, identifying with the literati way of traditional Chinese painting. His work can be found in museums worldwide such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and British Museum, London. Since 2009, Chang has been creating joint works with photographer Michael Cherney that explore the differences and highlight the similarities between their media. (Photo: Jr-jye Chang)
Michael Cherney (b. 1969) also known as Qiu Mai ‘Autumn Wheat’ was born in New York, and is based in Beijing. Photographer, calligrapher, and book artist, Cherney draws on Chinese scholarly and esoteric traditions. His exquisitely crafted scrolls, books, and albums are in the collections of such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Getty Research Institute. Since 2009, Cherney has been creating joint works with Chinese landscape painter Arnold Chang, that explore the differences and highlight the similarities between their media.
Bruce Conner (1933-2008) emerged in the 1960’s as one of the most prolific Californian artist working across a large spectrum of media including assemblage, sculpture, photography and film. A counterculture force in the post-World War II era Conner used light, films and cut-up techniques to explore America’s psyche. In 2016 the Museum of Modern Art, New York, organized the first retrospective of his work bringing together hundreds objects, from film and video to painting, assemblage, drawing, prints, photography, photograms, and performance.
World renowned Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote is regarded as one of the great artists of our day. Equally famed on the great operatic stages as in concert and recital, her performances have been described as 'breathtaking in [its] sheer conviction and subtlety of perception' (The Times) and her voice as 'beautiful, to be sure, but, more importantly, it thrills you to the marrow.' (The Daily Telegraph). (Photo: Ben Ealovega)
Alex Czetwertynski is a digital artist working in the fields of creative technology and media arts. Born in Belgium and based in Brooklyn, his practice consists of large-scale immersive experiences, for which he designs and engineers interaction, motion and physical presence. He collaborated with artists such as Jessica Mitrani, Doug Aitken, threeASFOUR and served as a digital creative lead for tours of musicians such as Stevie Wonder, The Strokes and Beyoncé. He currently co-curates the Day For Night festival in Houston.
German baritone Matthias Goerne is one of the most internationally sought-after vocalists and a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls. He has collaborated with leading orchestras all over the world. Goerne’s artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards, including four Grammy nominations, an ICMA award, and only recently the Diapason d’or arte. (Photo: Marco Borggreve)
American tenor Paul Groves enjoys an impressive international career performing on the stages of all the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artists Development Program, Groves came to national attention as a winner of the Met’s National Council Auditions in 1991. With an extensive repertoire at his disposal, Mr. Groves appears frequently in recital throughout the United States and Europe.
Ping Ho, MA, MPH is Founder and Director of UCLArts and Healing as well as an organizational member, Steering Committee Member and Founding Administrator of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine. She co-developed Beat the Odds, a drumming program for social-emotional skill building. Its effectiveness is published in the journal, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Alexander Kerr assumed the role of Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September 2011. Previously, Kerr held the position of Concertmaster with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and the Cincinnati and Charleston Symphony Orchestras. After nine years in Amsterdam, he assumed the endowed Linda and Jack Gill Chair in Music as Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Composer and producer Andres Levin was born in Venezuela and lives in New York. The leader of Grammy-nominated band Yerba Buena, he has produced albums for David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, John Legend and Natalie Merchant. Levin has curated shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Barbican Centre, London and composed music for film and television, including Jessica Mitrani’s Headpieces for Peace (2012). Levin is a thirteen-time Grammy Award nominee, winning in 2009 for his production of the In the Heights recording.
Adam R. Levine is a film and video artist based in London. He received a BA in Film and English from the University of East Anglia and an MFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts, and is currently Assistant Professor of Art, Film and Media Studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts. His work has been screened internationally at festivals and galleries including the Vienna International Film Festival, Festival des Cinémas Différents et Experimentaux de Paris, and Antimatter Film Festival, the Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Dr. Charles Limb is the Francis A. Sooy Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Chief of the Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at UC San Francisco. He is the Director of the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center at UCSF, where he conducts research on the neural basis of musical creativity as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants.
Tod Machover has been called a “musical visionary” by The New York Times and “America’s most wired composer” by The Los Angeles Times. He is Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab where he also directs the Opera of the Future Group. Machover's compositions have been awarded numerous prizes and honors worldwide, including the 2016 Composer of the Year Award from Musical America. Machover is also recognized for designing new technologies for music, such as Hyperinstruments for both virtuosi and amateurs, and applications that diagnose disease and promote general wellbeing.
Gerard McBurney is a British composer and writer with a specialist interest in Russian music. He studied at the Moscow Conservatoire in the mid-1980s before returning to London to spend 20 years as a freelancer, teaching, writing, broadcasting, composing and orchestrating, and working with orchestras, festivals, theatres and in television. Between 2006 and 2016 he was Artistic Programming Advisor to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Creative Director of the CSO's acclaimed “Beyond the Score®” programme.
The multi-media and performative work of Colombian-born, New York–based artist Jessica Mitrani (b. 1968) investigates how femininity shapes identities. Her video Headpieces for Peace (2012) won the Grand Prix at the ASVOFF5 Festival at Centre Pompidou, Paris. Mitrani received a grant from the Hermès Foundation to create Traveling Lady, presented by the Crossing the Line festival, New York and the New Settings program, Paris. In 2016, her theatrical collaboration The Undertaking appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and she performed in Ryan McNamara’s Back to School at MoMA PS1, New York.
Nominoë is an artist collective founded in 2000 around the practice of expanded cinema by French filmmakers Emmanuel Lefrant, Nicolas Berthelot and Stéphane Courcy di Rosa. Interested in the materiality of film, image and sound they create multi-screen projections and audio-visual live actions. Nominoë have performed at major events in France and abroad including the Centre Pompidou and the Fundação de Serralves, Porto.
From the Near East to the Balkans, Latin America to Saharan Africa—travel to faraway climes with progressive world-music troupe The Obscure Dignitaries, a five-human collective that tackles traditional folk and global pop with equal parts authentic recreation and free-wheeling invention.
Best known for her iconic roles in fellow Spaniard Pedro Almodóvar’s films, including Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), Kika (1993) and Julieta (2016) Spanish actress, Rossy de Palma (b. 1964), appeared on stage in 2015 with her piece Resilienza d'amore commissioned by the Piccolo Theatre, Milan. She has also played model and muse for fashion designers Jean Paul Gautier, Alaia, and Sophie Theallet. Before participating in Traveling Lady, De Palma worked with Jessica Mitrani on the film La Divanee (2013).
Appointed Principal Clarinet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1999, Gregory Raden also served as Assistant Principal Clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra and Principal Clarinet of the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and Charleston Symphony. He has been heard as guest principal with the orchestras of Minnesota, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Saint Paul, and Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic. Raden is adjunct associate professor of clarinet at Southern Methodist University. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.
S-Ankh Rasa is a gifted musician and composer who has performed as a saxophonist, keyboardist, and percussionist with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Natalie Cole. He began his studies at UC Berkeley at the age of 12 and continued at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His theater credits include working with directors Regina Taylor, Andrea Frye, Robyn Flatt, and David Lozano, and composer credits include original scores for productions with Dallas Children’s Theatre and Cara Mía Theatre Company.
Conductor Ruth Reinhardt was born in Saarbrücken, Germany, and graduated with a Master of Music degree in Conducting from The Juilliard School where she studied with Alan Gilbert. Ruth Reinhardt was recently appointed Assistant Conductor to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, having been Conducting Fellow with the Seattle Symphony for the 2015-2016 season and a Tanglewood Conducting Fellow in 2015.
Joost Rekveld was born in 1970 in Terneuzen, Netherlands and now lives and works as a filmmaker in Rotterdam. Rekveld is interested in research about optical illusions and often refers to the experiments of Joseph Plateau, Peter Mark Roget, and Vasco Ronchi. He also inquires about transformations and interferences of colors, the strong relationships between symmetry and harmony, and the works of early inventors of systems generating images from sound, like Charles Wheatstone’s Kaleidophone.
Bass John Relyea has appeared in the world’s most celebrated opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, Paris Opera, La Scala, and the Vienna State Opera. He also appears regularly with the distinguished orchestras of Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, London and Berlin, and at the BBC Proms, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Salzburg, Edinburgh, and Mostly Mozart festivals.
Will Richey is an award winning spoken word artist and creative arts innovator who has developed original, multi-disciplinary performance-presentations for corporate and educational workshops, speaking engagements and the production of live interactive events. He is the founder of DaVerse Lounge, performance curator for the Dallas Festival of Ideas and a graduate of the University of Dallas. (Photo: Journeyman Ink)
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 is currently a cellist in the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, leads the genre-bending band Skinny Cooks, plays electric bass for Melody Memory, and occasionally teaches for Young Strings.
Henri Scars Struck (b. 1969) is a French New York-based Grammy Award-winning composer and pianist inspired by all music. He has created a formidable body of work encompassing various styles from Hip Hop, Electronica, World to Classical music. Struck’s music endeavors cross over the worlds of art, fashion and cinema. He has worked on art installations at Chateau De Versailles, Notre Dame De Paris and Le Grand Palais in France and collaborated with visionaries such as Malcolm McLaren, Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Dreyfus, Madonna and KRS One. (Photo: Grace Palmer)
Born in Los Angeles, James Whitney (1921-1982), created groundbreaking abstract films over four decades. His early collaborations with his brother, John Whitney, were influenced by Arnold Schoenberg’s serial principles. Finding inspiration in spirituality and Jungian psychology, Whitney, produced experimental films both by hand (Yantra, 1995) and with analog computers (Lapis, 1966). Regarded as a pioneer of abstract cinema, Whitney’s work was exhibited at museums such as MOCA, Los Angeles; The Hirshhorn, Wahsington DC and The Centre Pompidou, Paris.