The Dallas Symphony Orchestra brings the sound of music back to the Metroplex


As of last September, the Dallas Symphony has been one of the only orchestras in the country to resume performing weekly for the public. Connected through a combination of virtual and live performances, the organization has been a pioneer in how to create and share music during the pandemic – not just for its season subscribers, but for all who love and enjoy connecting through music.

The chamber music concerts in the aisles and parking lots were just the beginning. Today, as more people begin to feel comfortable reappearing in once limited activities – health and safety still being a top priority – the DSO hopes to welcome more audiences across the metroplex. with a number of entertainment opportunities coming this spring and summer.

Calvin Alexander, winner of the 2021 Lynn Harrell concerto competition(Sylvia Elzafon)

At Meyerson and other places

Audiences can attend performances at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, ranging from Mozart to the sounds of spirituals. Families can enjoy the Magic Circle Mime Company theater on June 5 with the Mozart Experience. On June 11, guest conductor Michelle Merrill will lead the DSO at the annual Teen Concert, hosted by the DSO Teen Council. DSO Lynn Harrell Concerto 2021 winner Calvin Alexander will make his DSO debut with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. From June 18-20, audiences can join the DSO at the June 17 Celebration of Freedom and Diversity with soloists Kearstin Piper Brown, soprano, and Kevin Deas, bass baritone. The Vertigo Troupe will present haunting performances featuring acrobats in an eclectic and innovative mix of circus, dance and theater at the Meyerson from June 25-26.

The DSO will maintain strict health protocols at each site. Masks are required for all concert attendees, as well as DSO staff and musicians, as well as timed entry and exit and party seats six feet apart.

The new season will begin in September 2021 with a line-up of music from the Texas Instruments Classical Series; the Pops series, presented by Capital One; Family concerts and holiday shows.

Outdoors with DSO Symphony in the City

Performing in parks around Dallas has been a decades-long tradition for DSO. After missing out last year, DSO Symphony in the City is making a big comeback to outdoor stages, with programs supported by the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.

The DSO will launch a summer of shows at Flag Pole Hill on May 31 at 8:15 p.m., which will include fireworks for all to enjoy. The performance rain site will take place at the Meyerson.

On June 3, the DSO will visit Kidd Springs Park in Oak Cliff at 8:15 p.m., sponsored by the Methodist Dallas Medical Center and GFT Charity.

Finally, the DSO will perform at Paul Quinn College on June 15 at 8:15 p.m., with a rain site at the college’s Tiger’s Den Gymnasium.

Students learn instruments as part of the DSO Young Musicians program.
Students learn the instruments as part of the DSO Young Musicians program.(Sylvia Elzafon)

For kids

Showing its commitment to music education and special programming for all, DSO is offering Dallas youth a chance to strike a chord through Young Musicians Summer Camp. Beginning in mid-July, the camps offer free instruments and lessons to students in Grades 1-5, with distance and in-person learning for current students, and an in-person camp for new students. All students will have the instrument of their choice to participate in ensembles, a drum circle and a choir, with a progressive program that includes social and emotional learning.

As with the DSO’s indoor performances, safety protocols will be in place at the Young Musicians Summer Camp, including masking, social distancing and hand sanitation.

The DSO Young Strings program offers summer camps for all Dallas students in grades 5 and up who play violin, viola, cello, and double bass. These intensive week-long workshops led by musicians from DSO and other professionals are designed to help students improve their technique and musicianship while working in chamber ensembles. The first week of the camp July 26-30 is for beginner / intermediate students in Suzuki books 2-4, and week two August 2-6 is for students more advanced in Suzuki book 5 or above. Both camps are held at the Meyerson and cost $ 200 to attend.

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Music for the whole community

With roots dating back to the early 20th century, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has always been committed to bringing the joy of music to everyone, and that dedication remains unchanged. With a combination of classic programming, innovative pop concerts, and community outreach and education programs, audiences new and old have a lot to look forward to this summer.

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