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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.