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Joel Ferrell Steps Down
Dallas Theater Center's Associate Artistic Director will leave that position in August, and will continue to direct there while pursuing other directing work.

published Monday, May 13, 2019
Photo: Dana Driensky
Joel Ferrell

DallasJoel Ferrell is stepping down as Associate Artistic Director at the Dallas Theater Center, it was announced Monday.

Ferrell, who has directed many acclaimed productions at DTC, will leave the position at the end of the season in August. He will continue to direct there as an Associate Artist, including this year's A Christmas Carol, while pursuing other directing and choreographing endeavors around the country. His next local production is Sweeney Todd at Circle Theatre in June.

 

Below is the complete press release from Dallas Theater Center:

2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award Recipient Dallas Theater Center announced that Associate Artistic Director Joel Ferrell will be stepping down from his full-time position at the theater at the end of August 2019,  following the 2018-2019 season, to pursue new professional opportunities. Ferrell will continue to work with the theater on a contractual basis as an Associate Artist, and will return to the theater to direct A Christmas Carol this winter.  

"Since 2009 Joel has been an essential part of the fabric of Dallas Theater Center as a member of our artistic staff,” said Enloe/Rose Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. “He has been a valued collaborator, whose work at Dallas Theater Center has included directing some of the most critically lauded productions in our history, including his definitive CabaretDividing the EstateFrankenstein and Rocky Horror Show, to name just a few. He’s also served as a producer, casting director, teaching artist and literary advisor, and he has tirelessly championed the work of local actors, designers and directors with passion. We will miss him as a member of our full time staff, but look forward to continuing to produce his work on our stage as an Associate Artist, including his work next season as director of A Christmas Carol.”

Ferrell’s Dallas Theater Center directing/choreography credits include: The Rocky Horror Show; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat; Cabaret; A Christmas Carol (2005-2009, 2011, 2012). Dallas Theater Center directing credits include: Steel Magnolias; Hairspray; Frankenstein; The Christians; Dreamgirls; Romeo and Juliet; Driving Miss Daisy; Clybourne Park; Red; God of Carnage; Dividing the Estate; reasons to be pretty; The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later; and Cotton Patch Gospel (starring its creator Tom Key). Dallas Theater Center choreography credits include: Fly by Night; It’s a Bird... It’s a Plane... It’s Superman; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Who’s Tommy; and My Fair Lady. DFW Credits: Gruesome Playground Injuries (Second Thought Theatre); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and The Baltimore Waltz(Stage West). Ferrell is a former Artistic Director of Casa Mañana Musicals Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas. He has worked extensively around the country for Denver Center Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Papermill Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, Lyric Theater of Oklahoma and North Shore Music Theatre, among others.

“I am very proud to have been part of Dallas Theater Center's journey over the last decade,” said Ferrell. “Very few artists are fortunate enough to have an artistic home, and I'm grateful to Kevin, the board and staff for giving me a place to work, grow, and promote the wonderful theater artists who call DFW home. I look forward to many more collaborations with my Dallas Theater Center family, as well as new opportunities, projects and partnerships in DFW and around the country.”

Hamilton Lottery Announced
Here's the scoop on the digital lottery for each performance of Hamilton, running April 2-May 5 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

published Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Photo: Joan Marcus
Hamilton company

 

Dallas — If you're like pretty much everyone, tickets for the mammoth Broadway hit Hamilton are too expensive. But you're in luck, or at least you can try your luck, with the Hamilton digital lottery. Forty tickets will be sold for very performance of the Dallas stop, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, for $10 each. Information on how to enter the lottery is below.

The digital lottery will open at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 31 for tickets to the Tuesday, April 2 performance. Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance.

It might be worth it to...wait for it.

 

HOW TO ENTER

  • Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (http://hamiltonmusical.com/app).
  • You can also visit http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery to register.
  • The lottery will open at 11:00 AM CT two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9:00 AM CT the day prior to the performance.
  • Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 11:00 AM CT the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).
  • No purchase or payment necessary to enter or participate.
  • Each winning entrant may purchase up to two (2) tickets. 
  • Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.
  • Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 PM CT the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4:00 PM CT the day prior to the performance are forfeited.
  • Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 2 hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets void if resold.

 

ADDITIONAL RULES

Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice.

Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final - no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

Tickets for HAMILTON are currently on sale.  Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels and www.ticketmaster.com for late release seats which may become available at short notice.

HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and music supervision and orchestrations by Alex LacamoireHAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS.

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA, and General Management by Baseline Theatrical

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

Launching April 2019 in Chicago, HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION will take visitors deeper into the life and times of Alexander Hamilton through the immersive exhibit featuring a dynamic, interactive mix of in-depth scenography, lighting, sound, multimedia, music, and an audio tour narrated by Mr. Miranda. For more information about HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION, please visithamiltonexhibition.com.

The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide.  The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

Shane Peterman Takes Reins at WaterTower
WaterTower Theatre's board announces Shane Peterman as Producing Artistic Director.

published Monday, March 4, 2019
Photo: Courtesy
Shane Peterman

 

Addison — The WaterTower Theatre board has selected a new leader, Shane Peterman, replacing Joanie Schultz, who resigned last year. Peterman has a long career in DFW theater, as a musical theater performer and administator, most recently at Lyric Stage.

Look for an interview with Peterman coming later on TheaterJones. For now, here's the news release from WaterTower Theatre:

 

The Board of Directors of WaterTower Theatre announced today the appointment of Shane Peterman to the position of Producing Artistic Director. Peterman formally assumed his position on Friday, March 1, 2019. As the Chief Executive Officer for the Theatre, Peterman will lead the company’s artistic vision, and oversee fundraising, marketing, and administrative initiatives.  

Peterman brings over 23 years of experience in the theatrical arts as an Entrepreneur, Producing Artistic Director, Executive Producer, Casting Director, and Performer for many award-winning theaters and programs across the country. 

“The search committee went through extensive efforts conducting interviews with talented individuals from across the country to find someone whose goals, mindset, and drive matched that of the mission and current needs of WaterTower Theatre (WTT),” said Grace Daniels, WTT Board President. “Shane rose to the top as a successful producer and businessman as well as one who knows WTT and its community intimately as a performer and a patron. We ask that you help us welcome Mr. Peterman as the newest member and leader of the WTT family.”

“I am extremely excited to begin work as the Producing Artistic Director for WaterTower Theatre, a truly exemplary arts organization in North Texas. Many thanks to the Board of Directors, staff of WaterTower, and my family for believing in me. I’m eager to get the work started and to collaborate with the amazing talent we have in this town.” – Shane Peterman, Producing Artistic Director   

 

About Shane Peterman

Shane Peterman is a dynamic leader who recently served as Producer for Lyric Stage over the last five seasons and was instrumental in the relocation of Lyric Stage from Irving to Dallas’ Historic Majestic Theater. Mr. Peterman steered Lyric Stage back to fiscal solvency due to a reflection of a shift in programming choices and strong leadership which saw two out of the last four productions over 95% sold. Mr. Peterman’s history with WaterTower Theatre dates back to 1999 as an actor and teacher, he has been seen on the WaterTower Theatre stage numerous times. Mr. Peterman has produced over 65 productions and directed over 35 shows in numerous markets around the country including New York City, Denver, Orlando and Minneapolis. Mr. Peterman was central in producing the World Premiere of Pure Country based on the 1992 Warner Brothers film, now being produced at Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars in the spring of 2020. Shane, his wife Erica and partner Kellie Carroll opened The Acting Studio in 2009 which has grown into North Texas’ largest independently owned children’s theatre training and performance program with multiple locations. Mr. Peterman is a native Dallas Texan and currently resides in Trophy Club with his wife and two children.

 

About WaterTower Theatre

Founded in 1996, WaterTower Theatre (WTT) is one of Texas' leading professional theatre companies and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas, having played an important role as a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community through its commitment to hiring local artists. WaterTower Theatre is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 24,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  WaterTower Theatre relies on its ticket income and generous donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government organizations to produce world-class live professional theatre and to offer community engagement and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of the Town of Addison, The Shubert Foundation, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. WaterTower Theatre’s 2018-2019 Season is also supported, in part, through the generosity of its Producers Circle, including civic, corporate, and foundation donors AMLI Residential, Atmos Energy, FASTSIGNS Carrollton, Frost Bank, ONCOR, Slalom, Veritex Community Bank, Whole Foods, and individual donors Don and Barbara Daseke, The Bob Downs Family, Stan Graner and Jim McBride, Phillip and Janeva Longacre, Tom and Holly Mayer, Kathy Messina and Gary Goodwin, Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Karol Omlor, Paul and Norma Schultz, Jack and Libby Swindle, Deborah and Craig Sutton, Ron and Donna Whitehead.

Get Lit at the Shakes Pub Crawl
Here's info on the annual Shakespeare Dallas Pub Crawl, March 9 in Deep Ellum. Join us!

published Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Photo: Courtesy D Magazine/Shakespeare Dallas
From the 2018 Shakespeare Dallas Pub Crawl

 

Dallas — The annual Shakespeare Dallas Pub Crawl is from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9 in Deep Ellum, and once again, TheaterJones is thrilled to be part of the festivities. The event is broken into three sections, with two bars in each group offering drink specials, and there will also be a "shop hop" event at retail locations, trivia and costume contest, and more. The big prize is a stay in Dallas' Magnolia Hotel and two tickets to see the Dallas Opera's production of Verdi's Shakespeare-inspired Falstaff.

You can learn more about the event on its Facebook page, here, and you can buy tickets in advance here or get them at the check-in on the day of the crawl.

 

Below is the complete info, with locations and ticketing information:

To drink, or not to drink? Is that really a question? We’re back for our 8th annual Shakespeare Dallas Pub Crawl, so come celebrate by drinking with us in Deep Ellum on Saturday, March 9th! Don your best Elizabethan garb or Shakespeare Dallas tee shirt and come raise a glass or two or five to the bard!

Pub crawlers will receive drink specials, be able to enter into Shakespeare Trivia, and participate in a Deep Ellum "shop hop" for a Shakespeare in the Park ticket giveaway. You can also purchase raffle tickets to enter to win some great prizes and support Shakespeare Dallas! Visit our website at shakespearedallas.org/special-events for more details!

 

WHEN: Saturday, March 9 from 2 to 7 p.m.

 

AGES: 21+

 

PURCHASE PUB CRAWL TICKETS  $12 Members; $15 Public

Advanced Registration: https:www.prekindle.com/event/65999-annual-shakespeare-dallas-pub-crawl-dallas

Walk-up Registration: We will have limited number on event day

 

TICKET INCLUDES (Items received at check-in)

Wristband

Shakespeare Dallas souvenir cup

Drink specials at participating bars

Spot in our infamous Shakespeare Trivia for a grand prize giveaway

"Pub Crawl" map

Chance to participate in a "Shop Hop" at Deep Ellum retail shops. A pair of Shakespeare in the Park tickets will be given to those who receive their sticker at each stop of the Scavenger Hunt map. A limited supply of free wine samplings for our pub crawlers will be served at select participating stores.

 

ACTIVITIES

Performances at various bars

Shakespeare Trivia

Shakespeare Costume Contest: Shakespeare Dallas gift basket given to the best dressed in their Shakespeare or Elizabethan inspired costume.

Raffle Drawing at Easy Slider!

 

2-5 p.m. Shop Hop: In addition to visiting the participating bars, receive a sticker between 2 and 5 p.m.from each of the Deep Ellum retail shops on our “Shop Hop” scavenger hunt map, and turn it in at the Shakespeare Dallas table at Easy Slider from 5:30-7 p.m. to claim your free pair of Shakespeare in the Park tickets. Select retail stores will be offering complimentary wine samplings to Shakespeare Dallas pub crawlers while supplies last.

Participating Retail Stores: Kettle Art, Archer Paper Goods, Flea Style, Deep Vellum Books, 1890 Marketplace Dallas.

 

CHECK IN:

2-4 p.m. at Kettle Art Gallery

 

FIRST ROUND:

2-4 p.m.

Ruins:  Drink Special: Tequila/Rum/Mezcal-forward cocktails with a Shakespeare twist!

BrainDead Brewing:  Drink Special: $2 happy hour discounts

 

SECOND ROUND:

4-5:30 p.m.

Twilite Lounge Dallas: Drink Special: $1 discounts on drinks

Off the Record: Drink Specials: For $5 Deep Eddy Vodka flavors/mixed drinks or Deep Ellum Lagers & IPA, $5 Cabernet & Chardonnay

 

THIRD ROUND:

5:30-7 p.m.

Easy Slider: Drink Specials: $3 mystery shots and bottled domestic beers, $5 well drinks, $7 signature cocktails; Entertainment: Trivia, Costume Contest, and Raffle

Independent Bar & Kitchen: Drink Specials: $3 you call it for crown & down

 

RAFFLE PRIZES

A Dallas Staycation package: Two nights at the Magnolia Hotel Downtown + tickets to the Dallas Opera's Falstaff; a gift basket from Lucky Dog Barkery; A Shakespeare Dallas Silver Benefactor Membership (valued at $1,000); ten day passes to co-working space The Common Desk; Angelika Film Center movie tickets, and more!

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Sign up for chances to win tickets to Leslie Odom Jr., Teatro Dallas, and Dallas Children's Theater.

published Monday, February 25, 2019
Photo: Courtesy
Leslie Odom Jr.
Photo: Linda Blase
Tuck Everlasting at Dallas Children\'s Theater

 

 

Dallas — In 2018, the website you're reading became a non-profit under the umbrella of the new 501(c)(3) company Metropolitan Arts Media, which has proven instrumental in the site's growth and our future plans. This spring, you'll see significant changes, including a new website design that is more user-friendly, a mobile version, a more robust calendar, and the launch of a separate website, ContxtDFW, which will cover visual art in North Texas.

Also, we'll have an email newsletter. You can sign up for it here.

As perks for signing up for the email newsletter, we'll have a lot of giveaways for arts events in North Texas, including Leslie Odom Jr. at the Meyerson Symphony Center (presented by Dallas Symphony); Midgalia Cruz's Fur presented by Teatro Dallas at the Latino Cultural Center, a family four-pack to see Tuck Everlasting at Dallas Children's Theater.

The current giveaways are:

  • 2 tickets to Migdaliz Cruz's play Fur, presented by Teatro Dallas at Latino Cultural Center, March 13-30
  • 2 tickets to Tony-winning star Leslie Odom, Jr., who won a Tony for originating the role of Aaron Burr in Hamilton, presented by Dallas Symphony at the Meyerson Symphony Center, on March 29
  • A family 4-pack of tickets to Tuck Everlasting at Dallas Children's Thaeter, March 22-April 7

For these giveaways, we will notify winners by the following times and dates:

  1. Teatro Dallas: 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 1
  2. Leslie Odom, Jr.: 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 4
  3. Dallas Children's Theater: 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 8

HEAD'S UP: The first giveaway we'll do when the newsletter launches in mid-March will be for two tickets to see Hamilton at the Music Hall at Fair Park on Wednesday, May 1. Everyone who has signed up for the newsletter will get that info in the first edition of the newsletter, in all of our versions.

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Sign up for chances to win tickets to Leslie Odom Jr., Cirque Eloize, Avant Chamber Ballet, Undermain, Ochre House, Cara Mía, Teatro Dallas, Kitchen Dog, Casa Mañana and more.

published Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Photo: Linda Blase
Bless Me, Ultima at Cara Mía Theatre Company

 

Dallas — In 2018, the website you're reading became a non-profit under the umbrella of the new 501(c)(3) company Metropolitan Arts Media, which has proven instrumental in the site's growth and our future plans. This spring, you'll see significant changes, including a new website design that is more user-friendly, a mobile version, a more robust calendar, and the launch of a separate website, ContxtDFW, which will cover visual art in North Texas.

Also, we'll have an email newsletter. You can sign up for it here.

As perks for signing up for the email newsletter, we'll have a lot of giveaways for arts events in North Texas, including Leslie Odom Jr. at the Meyerson Symphony Center (presented by Dallas Symphony), Cirque Eloize at Irving Arts Center, and tickets to Undermain Theatre, Avant Chamber Ballet, Ochre house, Cara Mía Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater, Teatro Dallas, Casa Mañana, and Dallas Children's Theater.

Photo: Courtesy
Leslie Odom Jr.

The current giveaways are:

  • 2 tickets to Cirque Eloize Saloon: A Musical Acrobatic Adventure at Irving Arts Center on Feb. 22
  • 2 tickets to Romance and Ragtime from Avant Chamber Ballet at Moody Performance Hall, Feb. 22-23 READ MORE HERE
  • Season passes for the remainder of the season at Undermain Theatre in Dallas, including the current production of An Iliad READ MORE HERE
  • 2 tickets to musical Doom McCoy and the Death Nugget at Ochre House Theatre, running through March 2
  • 2 tickets to the play Bless Me, Ultima, presented by Cara Mīa Theatre Company at Latino Cultural Center, running through March 3 
  • 2 tickets to the play You Got Older at Kitchen Dog Theater, running through March 10 READ MORE HERE
  • 2 tickets to Grease at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth on March 2
  • 2 tickets to Migdaliz Cruz's play Fur, presented by Teatro Dallas at Latino Cultural Center, March 13-30
  • 2 tickets to Tony-winning star Leslie Odom, Jr., who won a Tony for originating the role of Aaron Burr in Hamilton, presented by Dallas Symphony at the Meyerson Symphony Center, on March 29

For these giveaways, we will notify winners by the following times and dates:

  1. Cirque Eloize: 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21
  2. Avant Chamber Ballet: 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21
  3. Undermain Theatre: 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22 (you'll have eight more chances to see An Iliad)
  4. Ochre House Theatre: 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22 (you'll have six more chances to see Doom McCoy)
  5. Cara Mīa Theatre: 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22 (you'll have six more chances to see Bless Me, Ultima)
  6. Kitchen Dog Theater: 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25 (you'll have two more weeks to see You Got Older)
  7. Casa Mañana/Grease: 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25
  8. Teatro Dallas: 10 a.m. Friday, March 1
  9. Leslie Odom, Jr.: 10 a.m. Friday, March 1

 

HEAD'S UP: The first giveaway we'll do when the newsletter launches in mid-March will be for two tickets to see Hamilton at the Music Hall at Fair Park on Wednesday, May 1. Everyone who has signed up for the newsletter will get that info in the first edition of the newsletter, in all of our versions.

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Jennifer Hudson to Headline Soluna
The Oscar- and Grammy-winning star will perform at the Meyerson Symphony Center in the Dallas Symphony's Soluna: International Music & Arts Festival.

published Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Photo: Courtesy DSO
Jennifer Hudson

DallasJennifer Hudson, whose fame as an American Idol finalist (season three) rose when she won an Oscar for the film of Dreamgirls, will headline the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Soluna: International Music & Harts Festival, performing April 20 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. Hudson has also appeared on Broadway in The Color Purple, and has won and been nominated for Grammy awards for her R&B albums.

The full line-up for Soluna was announced a few weeks ago.

Read more about Hudson and the performance in the DSO news release below:

 

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce Academy Award- and GRAMMY® Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson as the headlining performance for the 2019 Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival, POWERED BY CAPITAL ONE.  Hudson will appear with the DSO in a special, one-night-only event on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Tickets range from $50-$350 and may be purchased beginning Thursday, February 21, 2019, at www.mydso.com/SOLUNA or by calling the DSO Guest Services Center at 214.TIX.4DSO. Hudson and the DSO will be led by Guest Conductor Sarah Hicks.

“We are honored and thrilled to perform with Jennifer Hudson,” said Kim Noltemy, President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “She is inspirational, and her soulful and powerful voice will ensure an unforgettable evening at the Meyerson. The Dallas Symphony will bring a unique perspective to her sound.”

Hudson’s appearance underscores the collaborative quality of SOLUNA, pairing different genres and disciplines to create new work. Previous SOLUNA collaborations with pop artists include St. Vincent (2015), Pharrell (2016) and Nas (2018).

This special event is sponsored by Capital One, a generous corporate partner of the DSO for five years.

“Capital One is passionate about elevating DFW as a hub for innovation,” said Sanjiv Yajnik, President, Financial Services at Capital One and Dallas Symphony Association Chairman of the Board of Governors. “The DSO has been a wonderful partner in building a thriving, forward-leaning community in North Texas. Through programs like the Young Strings, Women in Classical Music and world-class concerts, we are doubling down on the arts as a critical component in preparing for the future and unleashing innovation.”  

A two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author, Jennifer Hudson is an extraordinary talent. From humble beginnings, Hudson began singing in a small Chicago church where, week after week, she brought the congregation to its feet. From there, she’s gone on to worldwide acclaim.

Hudson can currently be seen as a returning coach on the eighth season of The Voice UK. This past year, she returned for the second time to Season 15 of The Voice. Hudson will soon be seen in Tom Hooper’s upcoming film adaption of Cats and has begun pre-production for Liesl Tommy’s Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect. Her song, I’ll Fight, written by GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren for the critically acclaimed documentary, RBG, is a 2019 Oscar® nominee.

In 2016, Hudson appeared in NBC’s Emmy®-nominated production of Hairspray LIVE!, where she wowed audiences as powerhouse Motormouth Maybelle. She made her Broadway debut as Shug Avery in 2015 in the Tony Award®-winning production of John Doyle’s re-imagination of The Color Purple. The show earned rave reviews and a GRAMMY® win for Hudson. She was also nominated for a Drama League Award in the category of Distinguished Performance. In 2007, Hudson won an Academy Award for her role as Effie in the smash hit Dreamgirls, an adaptation of the Broadway musical. Her breakout film performance also garnered a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA and an NAACP Image Award.

ABOUT THE DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents the finest in orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, regarded as one of the world's premier concert halls. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 211,000 adults and children through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. The DSO’s involvement with the City of Dallas and the surrounding region includes an award-winning multi-faceted educational program, community projects, popular parks concerts and youth programming. The DSO has a tradition dating back to 1900, and is a cornerstone of the unique, 68-acre Arts District in Downtown Dallas that is home to multiple performing arts venues, museums and parks; the largest district of its kind in the nation. The DSO is supported, in part, by funds from the Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas.

ABOUT THE NANCY A. NASHER AND DAVID J. HAEMISEGGER FAMILY SOLUNA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival showcases internationally-acclaimed guest soloists, visual artists and performing artists alongside leading Dallas-based companies and ensembles. An annual, multi-week interdisciplinary event, SOLUNA stages performances and exhibitions at venues, prominent galleries and performance spaces throughout the Dallas Arts District and beyond. SOLUNA aims to steward authentic collaborations within the Dallas Arts District and serve as a magnet for artists and performers around the world. By incorporating strong educational and science components, audiences are invited to experience music and art and interact with their Dallas community in new and exciting ways.

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Sign up now for a chance to win tickets to Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna, Spring Awakening at Uptown Players, or Ravenscroft at Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas.

published Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Photo: Mike Morgan
Spring Awakening at Uptown Players

 

Dallas — In 2018, the website you're reading became a non-profit under the umbrella of the new 501(c)(3) company Metropolitan Arts Media, which has proven instrumental in the site's growth and our future plans. Over the next few weeks, you'll see significant changes, including a new website design that is more user-friendly, a mobile version, and the launch of a separate website, ContxtDFW, which will cover visual art in North Texas.

Also, we'll have an email newsletter. You can sign up for it here.

Something that has already changed is that our searchable calendar of performing arts events listings is being repopulated, and is on its way to being more comprehensive than ever. You can search for events by date range, discipline and arts organization (just click the red SEARCH THE CALENDAR box above the listings). On the new site, you'll see an improved calendar.

As perks for signing up for the email newsletter, we'll have a lot of giveaways for arts events in North Texas.

For the current giveaway, you have a chance to win tickets to the thriller Ravenscroft at the Irving Arts Center (runs through Feb. 2); the Jan. 30 performance of Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil, in a tent in the parking lot of Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie; or the musical Spring Awakening by Uptown Players, running Jan. 31-Feb. 3 at Moody Performance Hall in downtown Dallas. 

We will notify the winners by noon on the following dates:

  • Ravenscroft: Friday, Jan. 25
  • Cirque du Soleil: Monday, Jan. 28
  • Spring Awakening: Monday, Jan. 28

Additionally, we'll soon add giveaways for the following:

  • Season passes for the remainder of the season at Undermain Theatre in Dallas
  • Tickets to Mass Transmission from Verdigris Ensemble, Feb. 8-10
  • Tickets to Doom McCoy and th Death Nugget at Ochre House Theatre, Feb. 9-March 2
  • Tickets to Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Eisemann Center in Richardson on Feb. 9
  • Tickets to Cirque Eloize Saloon at Irving Arts Center on Feb. 22
  • Tickets to Grease at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth on March 2
  • Tickets to Leslie Odom, Jr., presented by Dallas Symphony at the Meyerson Symphony Center, March 29-31
  • Plus tickets to Ochre House, Cara Mía Theatre Company, Avant Chamber Ballet, Teatro Dallas, Kitchen Dog Theater, and more.

Head's up: The first giveaway we'll do when the newsletter launches in early February will be for two tickets to see Hamilton at the Music Hall at Fair Park on Wednesday, May 1. Everyone who has signed up for the newsletter will get that info in the first edition of the newsletter, in all of our versions.

DID WE MENTION THAT YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER HERE?

Sign up and get weekly news about North Texas arts, a preview of upcoming events, and weekly giveaways.

 

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Cedric Neal to Co-Headline DTC Gala
Cedric Neal, an Oak Cliff native turned international star thanks to The Voice UK, and actor Wade McCollum will headline of the Dallas Theater Center Gala on May 4.

published Friday, January 18, 2019

 

Oak Cliff native Cedric Neal was already a big deal in the North Texas theater world in the 2000s, thanks to performances at Jubilee Theater, Theatre Three and the Dallas Theater Center, where he would become on of the inaugural members of the Hal and Diane Brierley Resident Acting Company. Then he had a few shows on Broadway (first was Gershwin's Porgy and Bess), which lead to roles in London's West End, notably Berry Gordy in Motown!

 This week, he became a much bigger name with a blazing performance of Stevie Wonder's Higher Ground on the U.K. edition of The Voice. In the blind auditions, he wowed all of the judges, including Tom Jones and Jennifer Hudson. The video (see above) already has more than 300,000 views on YouTube.

So, here's your chance to see him in Dallas. He'll co-headline the Dallas Theater Center's Center Stage Gala on May 4. His co-star is Wade McCollum, an actor who appeared at DTC as the Emcee in DTC's Cabaret, and was in the tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert when it came to Dallas Summer Musicals in 2016.

 

Here is the news release with complete details of the event:

Photo: Courtesy Dallas Theater Center
Wade McCollum

2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award® Recipient Dallas Theater Center’s annual fundraising event, Centerstage 2019 will take place at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre on Saturday, May 4, 2019.  Co-chaired by Andy Smith and Paul von Wupperfeld, and Honorary Chairs Bess and Ted Enloe, the event will honor original Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company Members Chamblee Ferguson, Liz Mikel and Sally Nystuen Vahle with the annual Linda and Bill Custard Award.

“I’ve served on the DTC board for the past seven years and have seen first-hand the impact this Tony-Award winning regional theater is making on our community,” said Smith. “Not only does DTC produce world-class theater that entertains and sparks conversation, but they have excellent education and community outreach programs, for which Centerstage provides much-needed funding. DTC is working hard to be the theater for all of Dallas, to be a thought leader and spark ideas, conversation and solutions to help make our community stronger.” 

Following the unprecedented success of the 2018 Rock On! Centerstage gala, Dallas Theater Center will once again welcome back two Broadway stars with Dallas Theater Center roots. Cedric Neal, an original Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company member and Oak Cliff native, whom Dallas audiences saw in The Who’s Tommy (2008), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009), and Stagger Lee (2015); and Wade McCollum, who will forever be remembered as the Emcee in Cabaret (2011). Neal and McCollum have both gone on to have successful careers on Broadway and beyond, and they look forward to celebrating an evening that includes a lively cocktail hour in the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre followed by a three-course dinner, a Tony-worthy performance and a jubilant late-night party.

Centerstage is Dallas Theater Center’s annual fundraising event that supports the theater’s innovative artistic programming, including thought-provoking new works and award-winning education programs like Project Discovery. Centerstage 2019 will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by a seated dinner, a special performance from Neal and McCollum, and an after-party with DJ Steffi Burns.

Individual tickets for Centerstage 2019 are $1,000 and underwriting levels start at $2,500. Can’t make it for the full evening?  The after-party includes the special performance and DJ. Individual after-party tickets are $100.

Regardless of whether you attend the event, anyone can participate in the Centerstage 2019 raffle that includes a trip to New York City and two tickets to The Band's Visit and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2, with round-trip first-class airfare and two nights in a luxury hotel. Tickets are $50 each or six tickets for $250. 

All tickets can be purchased online at www.dallastheatercenter.org/centerstage.

Soluna 2019 Announced
The lineup for the Dallas Symphony's Soluna: International Music & Arts Festival has been announced.

published Monday, January 14, 2019
Photo: Egill Sjbjörnsson
When the Trolls Go Rolling In

 

Dallas — The Dallas Symphony has announced its lineup for the 2019 Soluna International Music & Arts Festival, happening April 4-28 at various venues in the Dallas Arts District and elsewhere in the city.

Highlights include a world premiere collaboration between jazz musician Terence Blanchard, street dancer Rennie Harris and visual artist Andrew Scott; Ellen Fullman's Long Stringed Instrument, an installation in the Cedars of an 85-foot-long string instrument with an original composition created by artists Sheryl Anaya and James Talambas; a new work by sound artist Aki Onda; giant trolls created by Egill Sæbjörnsson. As usual, there are many collaborations with local arts groups, including Verdigris Ensemble, Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Theater Center, the Cedars Union and more.

New this year is a festival pass.

Below is the complete news release with descriptions, dates, ticket info and more:

 

 

Dallas, TX (January 14, 2019) – The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is pleased to announce programming for the 2019 Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival. Opening on April 4 and running through April 28, 2019, the festival will take place at venues in the Dallas Arts District and throughout the city. Tickets for SOLUNA events go on sale on January 18, 2019, at mydso.com/soluna. 

SOLUNA 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. 

“Over the course of several weeks, the festival will highlight the richness of the Dallas arts scene and pair great music with artists, dancers and performers to create a hub of cross-disciplinary thinking,” said DSO President & CEO Kim Noltemy. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is proud to have founded SOLUNA.”

“SOLUNA is reimagining what an orchestra can be for its community, and it underscores Dallas’s cultural vitality,” said Sanjiv Yajnik, Chairman of the Dallas Symphony Association Board of Governors. “SOLUNA is just one way that the DSO is drawing in new and diverse audiences while creating a lasting impact in our community.”

Highlights of SOLUNA’s past four years include St. Vincent’s orchestral debut in 2015; the world premiere collaborative performance piece Rules Of The Game with choreography by Jonah Bokaer, set design by Daniel Arsham and an original score by Pharrell Williams with David Campbell in 2016; and Jessica Mitrani’s Traveling Lady starring Rossy de Palma, performed for the first time in Texas in 2017. 2018 featured several world premieres of SOLUNA-commissioned works including Melodies of Certain Damage, a performance by Israeli artist Naama Tsabar in which shattered guitars strung with piano keys were collectively activated to create an immersive soundscape; Breaking Shadows, a performance on a synthetic ice skating rink by professional figure skater Jennifer Wester with an original composition of sounds harvested from her own skates; and Mariachi Wagner, a mariachi interpretation of Richard Wagner’s most iconic compositions by Dallas’s only all-female mariachi ensemble, Mariachi Rosas Divinas.


Photo: Osamu Inoue
Street dancer Rennie Harris

NEW FOR 2019

Due to popular demand, SOLUNA will offer two levels of passes for this year’s festival. The Explorer Festival Pass, available for purchase for $50, provides premium seating for seven signature events. The Culture Junkie Festival Pass, available for purchase for $100, provides the benefits of the Explorer Pass and also includes a 25% discount at many partner performances. Details on tickets and festival passes can be found at mydso.com/soluna.   

In addition, patrons can keep up with SOLUNA events, purchase tickets and learn more about artists and partners with the new SOLUNA app. The app will be available this spring and may be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play.

 

SOLUNA WEEK ONE

April 4, 6, 7

The festival will kick off with 2018 Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year, Augustin Hadelich, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the DSO as part of the Texas Instruments Classical Series. The program will be repeated on April 6 and 7. Under the baton of John Storgårds in his DSO debut, the Dallas Symphony will also perform Haydn’s Surprise Symphony and Carl Nielsen’s powerful Fifth Symphony.

 

April 5

The opening weekend will also include the Southwest’s premier contemporary chamber music ensemble, Voices of Change performing works by Julio Racine, Andrew Thomas, Toshio Hosokawa and Georgy Sviridov at Arts Mission Oak Cliff.

The same night, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham will present an evening of song as a benefit for her alma mater, Texas Tech University.

 

April 6

A new work by sound artist Aki Onda will activate the galleries of the Crow Museum of Asian Art with a performance celebrating contemporary music and art. This fusion of the auditory and the visual will unfold beneath Jacob Hashimoto’s soaring site-specific installation which weaves through the gallery’s architecture and will be on view for the final day of Hashimoto’s Crow exhibition.

Additionally, Live from Here with Chris Thile (formerly A Prairie Home Companion) will travel to Dallas for a live broadcast of the radio variety show. Presented by the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House, the evening will feature music from Chris Thile and the show band, comedy sketches and much more.

 

April 7

A screening of Spike Lee’s 25th Hour will be followed by an artist talk with renowned jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard. Blanchard wrote the music for all of the director’s films including the recent BlacKkKlansman, and his deep knowledge of the arts will be highlighted at multiple events throughout the festival. This event will be held at Alamo Drafthouse Cedars.

The culmination of the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas’s season will feature the world premiere of two commissions by British composer Alan Bullard. Performed at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, this event is made possible by a grant from the TACA New Works Fund and a gift from CCGD founder, C. Michael Hawn.

 

SOLUNA WEEK TWO

April 8

Photo: Brian Whar
Sound artist Aki Onda

The second week of SOLUNA will begin with A Musician’s View, a pillar event of the festival, which will include performances of chamber works by members of the DSO. Audience members will be invited to join the musicians on stage or in the choral terrace of the Eugene McDermott Concert Hall at the Meyerson and enjoy post-concert refreshments and conversation with DSO members.

 

April 9

GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, internationally renowned choreographer Rennie Harris and Dallas-based visual artist Andrew Scott will team up for an interdisciplinary world-premiere performance exploring the intersection of art and racial healing. With live music, dance, visual projections, sculpture and projection mapping, Caravan: A Revolution on the Road will examine the ability of art and music to bring about conversation, empathy and healing in difficult societal issues. This cornerstone event will be preceded that afternoon by a community discussion about activism and the arts, featuring Blanchard, Scott, Dallas-born dancer My’kal J. Stromile and activist Collette Flanagan and will be moderated by artist Vicki Meek. This event is a recipient of a grant from the TACA New Works Fund.

 

April 10

The trolls will take Texas: artist Egill Sæbjörnsson will bring the infamous trolls he let run amok at the 2017 Venice Biennale to SOLUNA in When the Trolls Go Rolling In. Using a mix of sculpture, painting and video projection, Sæbjörnsson gives life to Ūgh and Bõögâr, two trolls who are curious about classical music. This project is a continuation of SOLUNA’s long-standing partnership with the Dallas Art Fair, the preeminent art fair in the state of Texas.

 

April 11 13

The second weekend of SOLUNA will feature the DSO and the Dallas Symphony Chorus on the stage of the Meyerson with music by Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Tchaikovsky as part of the Texas Instruments Classical Series. Conductor James Gaffigan will lead the orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s choral and orchestral work, The Bells. These performances will mark the first time that the DSO has performed this work in the orchestra’s 119-year history. Renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman will solo in Liszt’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2, and the program will conclude with chorus and orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s theatrical 1812 Overture.

On April 12 and 13, Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s DBDT: Encore! will present Rising Excellence, featuring a new work commissioned by SOLUNA and choreographed by Boston Ballet II dancer My’kal J. Stromile, a Juilliard School and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts alumnus.

 

SOLUNA WEEK THREE

April 14

The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving will present Mariachi and Mayan Night!, a salute to Mexico’s most-loved popular arts – mariachi and ballet folklorico.. The evening will feature Revueltas’s music for the film, The Night of the Mayas, choreography and dancers from Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico and Mariachi Pegaso from Booker T. Washington HSPVA.


April 15

Bang on a Can All-Stars and Verdigris Ensemble will perform Anthracite Fields. Written by Julia Wolfe, Anthracite Fields is a powerful oratorio that evokes Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th Century and is the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Called “unforgettably haunting” by the LA Times, this one-hour piece is set to a film by Jeff Suggs that is comprised of archival footage of coal country, providing context for the dreamlike commission. This will be the first performance of Wolfe’s work in Dallas since her appointment as the DSO’s Composer-in-Residence.

 

April 17

A signature SOLUNA event, Music and the Brain, presented in partnership with UT Southwestern’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute, will return on April 17. The annual seminar will feature world-renowned clinicians and scientists discussing the universality of music and rhythm through the lens of neuroscience in a program titled Minds Connect: Music and the Social World.

 

April 18, 19

Fabio Luisi makes his first appearance on the Dallas Symphony’s podium since the announcement of his position as Music Director Designate. Luisi will lead the orchestra in Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and works by Frank Martin and “the Dean” of African-American composers, William Grant Still.

“I am honored to join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra during the fifth year of SOLUNA.” said Luisi. “The festival provides such fertile ground for new ideas, and it challenges the boundaries of classical music.”

This week also brings a special appearance by Lonnie Holley, one of the most renowned artists to come out of the Deep South and famed for his boundless improvisational and multidisciplinary creativity. At the Dallas Museum of Art, Holley will improvise on piano with his longtime collaborator, cellist Dave Eggar, and musicians from the Meadows POINT Ensemble. This performance will meditate on American history and ties into the museum’s forthcoming exhibition America Will Be!: Surveying the Contemporary Landscape.

 

SOLUNA WEEK FOUR

April 25 28

In the final week of the festival, the DSO will present two of Stravinsky’s most-loved works – Fireworks and The Firebird – alongside Bernstein’s mesmerizing Age of Anxiety, in performance with conductor David Robertson and pianist Orli Shaham, as part of the Texas Instruments Classical Series.

 

Photo: Mark Lowry
Ellen Fullman\'s Long Stringed Instrument, as seen at the press preview in the Cedars

April 24

SOLUNA will partner again with the new artist incubator The Cedars Union. Sheryl Anaya and James Talambas will intertwine their respective mediums to compose a work that evokes humankind’s internal and collective rhythmic nature. A chamber performance by Talambas will pair Ellen Fullman’s Long String Instrument with DSO musicians beneath a suspension of delicately interwoven fibers by Anaya, creating an immersive web of dissonant light and consonant shadow.

 

April 26 28

The Verdigris Ensemble will present Faces of Dallas from April 26 through 28, a program celebrating the community and culture of Dallas. Synthesizing the poetry of local writers with visual artwork by Stephen Zhang, Verdigris will use a program of choral music to bring watercolor portraits of the people of different Dallas neighborhoods to life.

 

April 27

To close the festival, the interactive and family-friendly event Passport to the Park, a day of free, culturally diverse performances and activities at Klyde Warren Park, will return for its third year. Participants can take part in yoga with Exhale Spa, featuring classical music; help create a community mosaic art project; and explore scientific fun with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The afternoon will feature performances by New York-based Banda Magda, Booker T. Washington HSPVA’s Mariachi Pegaso Bruce Wood Dance, SMU World Music Ensemble and the TI Jazz Band,

“Across Dallas, our community will have the opportunity to engage with art in new and inspiring ways,” said Gillian Friedman Fox, Director of CONTEMPORARY & SOLUNA Programs. “Thoughtful art galvanizes subtle and significant change, prompting us to think critically and creatively about the world around us.”

 

2019 Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival Sponsors

  • Capital One
  • O’Donnell Foundation
  • Texas Instruments – DSO Classical Series Sponsor
  • PaperCity Dallas – Print & Digital Local Luxury Lifestyle Media Sponsor 
  • TACA I The Arts Community Alliance New Works Fund
  • Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District
  • Hersh Foundation – Music and the Brain Presenting Sponsor
  • Lyda Hill


About the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival showcases internationally-acclaimed guest soloists, visual artists and performing artists alongside leading Dallas-based companies and ensembles. An annual, multi-week interdisciplinary event, SOLUNA stages performances and exhibitions at venues, prominent galleries and performance spaces throughout the Dallas Arts District and beyond. SOLUNA aims to steward authentic collaborations within the Dallas Arts District and serve as a magnet for artists and performers around the world. By incorporating strong educational and science components, audiences are invited to experience music and art and interact with their Dallas community in new and exciting ways.

 

About the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Designate Fabio Luisi, presents the finest in orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, regarded as one of the world's premier concert halls. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 211,000 adults and children through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives annually. The DSO’s involvement with the City of Dallas and the surrounding region includes an award-winning multi-faceted educational program, community projects, popular parks concerts and youth programming.

The DSO has a tradition dating back to 1900 and is a cornerstone of the unique, 68-acre Arts District in Downtown Dallas that is home to multiple performing arts venues, museums and parks; the largest district of its kind in the nation. The DSO is supported, in part, by funds from the Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas.

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