September 10, 2019

Fabio Luisi opens the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO)’s 2019-20 Texas Instruments Classical Series season on September 12–15, when he takes the podium for performances of Richard Strauss’s monumental Alpine Symphony and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, with Cliburn prizewinner Beatrice Rana as piano soloist. Launching the Grammy-winning conductor’s first full season as Music Director Designate of the orchestra, the program also showcases the Dallas premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s Aureole, a highlight of the DSO’s “Women in Classical Music” initiative.

The September concerts mark the first of the five programs Luisi looks forward to leading over the course of the DSO’s new season, before inaugurating his music directorship there next fall. In early 2020, he conducts concert performances of Richard Strauss’s Salome, starring Lithuanian soprano Ausrine Stundyte, and the Dallas premiere of Fountain of Youth by Pulitzer Prize-winner and DSO Composer-in-Residence Julia Wolfe. Then, in the spring, Luisi returns for the long overdue Dallas premiere of Franz Schmidt’s The Book with Seven Seals (“Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln”), at the DSO’s SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival, and accounts of Brahms’s Second Symphony that will be recorded for future release on the orchestra’s own DSO Live label. Full details of his 2019-20 Dallas season are provided below.

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Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Designate Fabio Luisi in 2019-20

Sep 12–15
Dallas, TX
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
AUGUSTA READ THOMAS: Aureole (Dallas premiere)
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” (with Beatrice Rana, piano)
R. STRAUSS: An Alpine Symphony

Jan 9–12
Dallas, TX
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
COPLAND: Quiet City
JULIA WOLFE: Fountain of Youth (Dallas premiere)
BARBER: Andromache’s Farewell (with Lise Lindstrom, soprano)
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade

Jan 31–Feb 2
Dallas, TX
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
R. STRAUSS: Salome (opera-in-concert, sung in German with English surtitles)
Salome: Ausrine Stundyte, soprano
Jochanaan: Mark Delavan, baritone
Herodias: Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano
Herod: Herwig Pecoraro, tenor
Narraboth: Richard Trey Smagur, tenor
Page of Herodias: Deniz Uzun, mezzo-soprano

April 3–5
Dallas, TX
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival
SCHMIDT: The Book with Seven Seals (Dallas premiere; sung in German with English surtitles)
St. John the Divine: Herbert Lippert, tenor
The Voice of the Lord: Mika Kares, bass
Organ: Michael Schönheit
Dallas Symphony Chorus / Joshua Habermann, director

April 9–11
Dallas, TX
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
ELGAR: Violin Concerto (with James Ehnes, violin)
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 

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