Since the Dallas Opera recently announced its 2011-'12 season, and the new seasons for the Dallas and Fort Worth symphonies will be coming in the next few months (and Fort Worth Opera shortly after that), here is my wish list for some works/concerts that never make the major groups' docket—and probably never will. But, I can dream.
I would like to hear some music by Hindemith. He wrote something wonderful for every type of instrument and performing organization that exists. Why don’t we hear him more?
It would be fun to mount a concert of all of the 1960’s "happening" music.
One of the opera companies should do some of the American operas that are languishing. Menotti’s The Consul, Bolcom's McTeague, Rorem's Miss Julie, Thompson’s Four Saints in Three Acts, the list goes on.
The Lay Family Concert Organ at the Meyerson Symphony Center should be given to the Dallas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, completely underwritten, for a concert series. Why does it just sit there looking impressive most of the time?
I wish someone would put together a vocal quartet and a pair of pianists to play Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes. Sing them in English so the audience gets all of the witty lines first hand. On that same subject of witty lines set to music, how about a performance of Walton’s Façade?
How about a series of chamber concerts that feature one piece by all of the outstanding local composers?
Why don’t we get the touring orchestras here?
Lastly, it would be really nice if the performing and presenting organizations planned their seasons together. Why do we get a Don Giovanni or a Beethoven Ninth in both Dallas and Fort Worth within shouting distance of each other? (Now I am really dreaming.)