November 28, 2023


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Dallas Symphony spices up programming for 2023-24 year

In a city that likes to feel of itself as edgy, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has barely been in the avant-garde. But programming for the 2023-24 year is significantly much more imaginative.

Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung is hardly new audio, but programming the initially two of the cycle’s 4 operas — Das Rheingold and Die Walküre — in Could 2024 live performance performances is absolutely newsworthy. In his fourth season as new music director, Fabio Luisi will come to the cycle after profitable a Grammy award for Metropolitan Opera recordings of the past two operas. The DSO is organizing the last two — Siegfried and Götterdämmerung — for Oct 2024, adopted by a weeklong presentation of the complete Ring Cycle.

With soloists and the Dallas Symphony Chorus, Luisi will perform Austrian composer Franz Schmidt’s enormous oratorio The Ebook of the 7 Seals, to texts from the Bible’s Guide of Revelation. He’ll also guide the Brahms German Requiem and Mahler’s Fifth Symphony — and make his Pops Collection debut in a application including performs by African American composers James P. Johnson and William L. Dawson as nicely as overtures to Gershwin’s Woman Insane and Jule Styne’s Gypsy. He’ll direct the Gala concert, with mezzo Isabel Leonard singing excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen and pianist Emanuel Ax executing Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise for piano and orchestra.

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There’s a great offer of new — and new to Dallas — audio on the plan. Four of five scheduled earth premieres are by women: Anna Clyne, Jessie Montgomery, Victoria Vita Polevá and Southern Methodist University’s Xi Wang. Symbolizing contemporary male composers will be Andrea Basevi and, in very first Dallas performances of a DSO co-commission, Adolphus Hailstork’s JFK: The Previous Speech. The Hailstork sets words from President Kennedy’s 1963 Amherst University tribute to the poet Robert Frost, for soprano and narrator. It will be done a single month before the 60th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.

Ukrainian composers Polevá and Anna Korsun will be featured on a plan advancing the DSO’s fifth once-a-year Women in Classical New music Symposium. Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits will direct.

New names in the visitor conductor lineup contain Tabita Berglund, Marie Jacquot, Dmitry Matvienko, Daniele Rustioni and Yutaka Sado. Returning to the DSO are Karabits, Gustavo Gimeno, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, Donald Runnicles, Krzysztof Urbanski, Mark Wigglesworth and Simone Young.

Soloists producing DSO debuts include pianist Jeremy Denk, clarinetist Anthony McGill, trumpeter Tine Matter Helseth and mezzo Leonard. Coming again to the Meyerson Symphony Centre will be pianists Ax, Alessio Bax, Rudolf Buchbinder and Jan Lisiecki, violinist Maxim Vengerov and singers Karen Slack, Kelley O’Connor, Matthias Goerne and Eric Owens. DSO principals Alexander Kerr and Nathan Olson (violins) and flutist David Buck also will complete concertos.

Luisi and the DSO will comprehensive their recorded cycle of the Brahms symphonies with the Third and Fourth, and organist Bradley Hunter Welch will join for a new recording of the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony. The orchestra also will go on its digital live performance series, Future Stage, available on demand from customers on the orchestra’s web page.

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Principal Pops conductor Jeff Tyzik will lead 3 of 9 Pops programs in 2023-24, featuring tunes from the Prohibition era, from Harlem very hot spots and place hits. The lineup also incorporates multi-gifted vocalists Lila Downs, Ben Folds and Amos Lee. Flicks in Concert will consist of Amadeus, Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Polar Specific, and composer Danny Elfman will be part of the DSO for his audio for the films of Tim Burton.

Holiday break choices will consist of the regular Christmas Pops and New Year’s Eve concert events, and a concert by the King’s Singers.


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