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Dallas Symphony Announces Live Outdoor Simulcast and FB Live Streaming on April 18 of Fabio Luisi’s Debut Concert as Music Director Designate

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will present a free, live, outdoor simulcast of its 7:30 performance on April 18, screening in Annette Strauss Square at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, as Grammy Award-winning conductor Fabio Luisi takes the podium for the first time since being announced as the orchestra’s next Music Director. The event will also be streamed via Facebook Live, marking a first for the orchestra. As part of the DSO’s annual SOLUNA Festival, dedicated to showcasing innovative contemporary culture, the program to be simulcast from the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center features William Grant Still’s Poem for Orchestra and Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Winds, Timpani, Percussion and Strings, along with Beethoven’s inspiring Seventh Symphony. The same program will be repeated the following night.

Kim Noltemy, Dallas Symphony Association President & CEO, says of the event:

“Fabio’s debut is a momentous occasion for the orchestra, and it is a great cause for celebration. We invite citizens of Dallas to join us next door at Strauss Square, and audiences worldwide to watch online, for a beautiful evening of music and to be a part of a new artistic era for the DSO.”

The simulcast marks only the second such event in the orchestra’s history. The first, in September 2014, attracted over 2,300 visitors to Klyde Warren Park to enjoy the 2014 DSO Gala streamed live from the Meyerson. This will also be the first time a full performance of a DSO concert will be made available via Facebook Live. The Strauss Park simulcast is free, but RSVPs are recommended, at

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival, running from April 4-28, 2019, will present performances and installations by an expansive range of contemporary artists working across multiple mediums. In its fifth year, the festival continues a compelling collaboration with the Dallas arts community, engaging both local and international talent to present singular and unique programming for all audiences. Throughout the course of the festival, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will stage performances that share innovative classical music with new audiences, reinforcing the vital role that the orchestra plays within contemporary American culture. Highlights of the 2019 festival include the world premiere of a SOLUNA co-commission, Caravan: A Revolution on the Road with Terence Blanchard, Rennie Harris and Andrew Scott, and Anthracite Fields, the Pulitzer Prize-winning work by Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence, Julia Wolfe.

Looking ahead to 2019-20, Luisi will conduct five programs in a transitional season prior to his assuming the full title of Music Director in the 2020-21 season. Among the highlights are Richard Strauss’s monumental Alpine Symphony and a concert performance of the same composer’s opera Salome; the Dallas premiere of Fountain of Youth, the new orchestral work by DSO composer-in-residence Julia Wolfe; and, as part of next season’s SOLUNA Festival, Franz Schmidt’s The Book with Seven Seals (Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln)—a work Luisi recorded in 2006 with the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig. The conductor also leads Brahms’s Second Symphony, in a concert that will be recorded for a future release on the DSO’s record label, DSO Live. Luisi and the DSO will record all of Brahms’s symphonies throughout his Music Directorship to create a full recorded Brahms cycle.

The DSO’s 2019-20 season also features the launch of a multi-year initiative to elevate the role of women in classical music and increase female representation in the field. Highlights include: a four-day symposium in November; the debut of new DSO principal guest conductor Gemma New as well as five other female guest conductors throughout the season; and four works by female composers featured in the Texas Instruments Classical Series. Other highpoints of the season include three world premieres, one U.S. premiere and six Dallas premieres; a stellar roster of guest soloists, including violinists Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Maxim Vengerov, Pinchas Zukerman and DSO Artist-in-Residence James Ehnes, and pianists Garrick Ohlsson, Stephen Hough, Joyce Yang, and Cliburn prizewinner Beatrice Rana; a special concert commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Meyerson Symphony Center; and much more.

High-resolution photos can be downloaded here.


Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Fabio Luisi in SOLUNA Festival

Apr 18 & 19, 7:30pm
Dallas, TX
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Dallas Symphony Orchestra/Fabio Luisi (debut as Music Director Designate)
WILLIAM GRANT STILL: Poem for Orchestra
FRANK MARTIN: Concerto for Seven Winds, Timpani, Percussion and Strings
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 

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