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Season 2014-2015 for Dallas Symphony Orchestra

The DSO fills next season with a welcome mix of the tried-and-true and new, and introduces several new events and an Artist-in-Residence, Conrad Tao.

published Monday, February 17, 2014

Photo: Elizabeth Farmer
Conrad Tao will be the DSO Artist-in-Residence in 2014-15

Dallas — The Dallas Symphony announced its 2014-2015 season in a press conference on Sunday evening. It held more surprises than last season, with some exciting announcements, some that are puzzling and others that are what you would expect.

Few composers, other than Mozart, Mahler and Beethoven, as well as Russian favorites Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninoff, appear more than once. The 20th century is well represented by composers such as Barber, Bernstein and Bartók as well as some more Russians such as Shostakovich and Prokofiev. The usual German late romantics, Strauss and Bruckner, are represented—even Bach in some arrangements. And then there is a mixed flock made up of Mendelsohn, Haydn, Elgar, Faure, Berlioz, Liszt and some lesser lights. 

As far as soloists go, big names include Hilary Hahn, Stephen Hough, Emanuel Ax, Peter Serkin, Alisa Weilerstein, Gil Shaham, Daniil Trifonov and Yefim Bronfman. A most welcome appearance is that of pianist Lucille Chung.

One black hole that remains is the appearance of great guest conductors. A few big names are on the schedule. Hans Graf  and James Gaffigan  are personal favorites. Lawrence Foster is a welcome addition. Nicholas McGegan, a Baroque specialist, will return to mystify with his interpretative dance brand of conducting.

But where are other big name conductors on the level of the list of soloists? Not here. Instead, we get their assistants. “American conductors Case Scaglione and Joshua Weilerstein, both Assistant Conductors with the New York Philharmonic, make their DSO debuts,” the DSO press release breathlessly informs us. No doubt they are both fine conductors, but how about Alan Gilbert?

There are three choral works on the lineup. Mozart’s Requiem is always an addition to any season. Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3, Kaddish, is rarely performed and will be eagerly anticipated. Fauré’s gentle and inspirational Requiem remains undimmed by its being the frequent fodder for the faithful in community and church choirs. It will be a wonderful experience to hear it in all its modest glory performed by the Dallas Symphony (hopefully in its original chamber instrumentation) with a pared down chorus. 

Meanwhile, big works are ever-present. Our trip through the symphonies of Mahler continues with performances of his Ninth and Third symphonies. These should be landmark concerts. Music Director Jaap van Zweden has a special way with Mahler, and that should transfer to a performance of Bruckner, a composer in the mold of Mahler. One big surprise in the huge-major-works department is a performance of Bartók’s one act opera Bluebeard’s Castle (not to be missed.)

There are some new works, here and there. We eagerly look forward to the U.S. premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Triple Concerto, a DSO co-commission with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. We will also hear the Dallas premieres of Christopher Rouse’s Iscariot and electronica composer and DJ Mason Bates’ Liquid Interface.

The recent fascination with teenaged protégés continues with the appointment of Conrad Tao as Artist-in-Residence. He was the composer of the Kennedy tribute, which received mixed reviews. However, it appears that his residency is as a pianist. He will play Rachmaninoff’s ever-popular and perennial Cliburn competition favorite, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.  The superb pianist Lucille Chung will play the DSO premiere of Piano Concerto No. 1 from young Dallas composer Chase Dobson, a student at Booker T. Washington High School. 

As aside: Young artists need to be nurtured and encouraged, but is the subscription concerts of a major orchestra the place? Maybe so, but they will be judged alongside the other composers and pianists on the season. How wonderful it will be if they shine favorably.

It is terrific to see DSO players featured as well; so many of them deserve a solo turn.  David Cooper, our incredibly gifted new principal horn, will perform Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.  Alexander Kerr, our concertmaster and one of the great violinists of our generation, will play Barber’s meltingly beautiful Violin Concerto.

ReMix concerts will be presented Oct. 17-18, 2014, and Jan. 16-17, 2015 in the Dallas City Performance Hall. Something new will be the  three-week Soluna: International Music and Arts Festival. This will present internationally acclaimed (as well as local) guest soloists, artists and ensembles in the visual and performing arts. The inaugural festival will run May 7-24, 2015.

There is a lot of glory on the Pops side of the ledger. Jeff Tyzik returns to the DSO for his second season as Principal Pops Conductor. Hollywood music, dance music, some “golden age” jazz, and even a little Motown will delight audiences. The much-loved Christmas celebrations will also return.

However, the most astounding announcement is the launch of  a concert series featuring The Lay Family Concert Organ, which has served as a lovely backdrop to the Meyerson for way too long. Superstar Cameron Carpenter, who has presented highly acclaimed concerts in Fort Worth recently, opens the series on Jan. 17, 2015. Dutch organist and Grammy-winner Leo van Doeselaar takes over on April 25, 2015. Another Grammy Award-winner, and chairman of the organ department at The Juilliard School, Paul Jacobs comes to Dallas on June 6, 2015 to end the innovative series. It’s about time.


All Dallas Symphony Orchestra concerts take place at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street in the Dallas Arts District, unless otherwise noted. A programs feature the Dallas Symphony Orchestra unless otherwise noted.

Subscriptions for the 2014/15 season go on sale to the general public on February 17, 2014. Subscribers to the full classical season of 16 concerts receive free parking for the year ($160 value). Classical packages for 16 concerts start at $239.

This year the DSO is pleased to offer a new package, “Super Pops,” which includes our 9 Pops concerts as well as five Classical titles (Scheherazade, Paganini’s Rhapsody, Winter Dreams, Romeo and Juliet and Symphonie fantastique). Subscriptions to the Super Pops package start at $299 for 14 concerts, and subscribers receive free parking ($140 value).

Single tickets will go on sale in late summer 2014. For more information and to purchase subscriptions, please call 214-692-0203 or visit


The full schedule follows:




September 5-6, 2014 at 7:30 PM/September 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Let’s Dance!

Dallas Symphony Pops Series

Jeff Tyzik conducts

Ted Louis Levy, Tap Dancer

Patricio Touceda and Eva Lucero, Dancers

Stephen Sayer and Chandrae Roettig, Dancers

Forrest Walsh and Melissa Shahin, Dancers

Michael Lynche, Vocalist

Julie Jo Hughes, Vocalist

J. STRAUSS On the Beautiful Blue Danube

TBD Selections from Dirty Dancing

TBD “Blue Suede Shoes”

Tango, Waltz and Cha-cha with the DSO as three pairs of award-winning dancers strut their stuff!


September 13, 2014 at 8:45 PM

2014 Dallas Symphony Orchestra AT&T Gala

Jaap van Zweden, conductor

Itzhak Perlman, violin

Program TBA


September 19-20, 2014 at 7:30 PM/September 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Mahler 9

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Jaap van Zweden conducts

BACH/STOKOWSKI Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor

MAHLER Symphony No. 9

Mahler died just two years after composing his final, impassioned elegy, never having heard it performed. EMBARGOED UNTIL SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 AT 8PM Programs and Artists Subject to Change


September 25-27, 2014 at 7:30 PM/September 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Beethoven Violin Concerto

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Jaap van Zweden conducts

Hilary Hahn, violin

MASON BATES Liquid Interface (Dallas Premiere)

HAYDN Symphony No. 98

BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto

Technology joins the symphony sounds of the DSO as van Zweden leads the Dallas premiere of American composer Mason Bates’ water-inspired Liquid Interface. Hilary Hahn returns to the Meyerson stage performing Beethoven’s extraordinary concerto for violin.

*New York Times




October 2-4, 2014 at 7:30 PM/October 5, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Emanuel Ax

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Jaap van Zweden conducts

Emanuel Ax, piano

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 14


Emanuel Ax’s playing has been called “ravishing” and “full of bravura.” He will perform what is often called Mozart’s finest piano concerto. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 is the second of the composer’s “war symphonies” and reflects upon the philosophical tolls of war and humanity’s yearning for a true and total peace.


October 10-11, 2014 at 7:30 PM/October 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies

Dallas Symphony Pops Series

Sean O’Loughlin conducts

Selections from The King and I

Selections from Oklahoma!

Selections from South Pacific

Watch spectacularly remastered scenes from your favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein movie musicals as the DSO performs the hit scores.


October 17 & 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM


Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas

Program and artists to be announced.


October 24-25, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Tony DeSare

Dallas Symphony Pops Series

Jeff Tyzik conducts

Tony DeSare, vocals

This contemporary crooner has been called “two parts Frank Sinatra to one part Billy Joel” by The New York Times.


October 30-November 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM/November 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM


Texas Instruments Classical Series

Hans Graf conducts

Stephen Hough, piano

STRAVINSKY Song of the Nightingale

LISZT Piano Concerto No. 1


Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade dazzles with its tales of 1001 nights and conjures all the romance and exoticism of the Near East.




November 6 & 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Bluebeard’s Castle

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Jaap van Zweden conducts

Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano

Matthias Goerne, baritone

MOZART Symphony No. 25

BARTÓK Bluebeard’s Castle 

Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle is a chilling tale of seven locked doors, one curious bride and a castle filled with dark secrets. Matthias Goerne and Michelle DeYoung take the lead in this work that had its North American premiere in Dallas in 1949. Mozart’s “Little G Minor” symphony opens the program.


November 14-15, 2014 at 7:30 PM/November 16, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Alisa Weilerstein Plays Elgar

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Jaap van Zweden conducts

Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Susanna Phillips, soprano

Hugh Russell, baritone

Dallas Symphony Chorus: Joshua Habermann, director

ELGAR Cello Concerto

FAURÉ Pavane

FAURÉ Requiem

The Dallas Symphony Chorus debuts on the 2014/15 season in two Fauré favorites. Alisa Weilerstein, called “one of the most exciting American cellists of the new generation” by The New York Times, presents Elgar’s masterpiece for the instrument.


November 21-22, 2014 at 7:30 PM/November 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM

The Golden Age of Jazz

Dallas Symphony Pops Series

Jeff Tyzik conducts

Jeff Clayton, saxophone

Byron Stripling, trumpet

Wycliffe Gordon, trombone

Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik and guests celebrate the music and musicians who define America’s great art form.





December 5-6, 2014 at 7:30 PM/December 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Christmas Pops

Dallas Symphony Pops Series

Lawrence Loh conducts

The Dallas Symphony’s beloved traditions returns with an all-new concert featuring holiday favorites, Christmas classics, majestic choir music and a sing-along to familiar carols.




January 8-10, 2015 at 7:30 PM/January 11, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Jaap van Zweden conducts

Conrad Tao, piano

BACH-WEBERN Ricercare, from “The Musical Offering”

RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

MOZART Symphony No. 39

CHAVEZ Sinfonia India

Newly-appointed artist-in-residence Conrad Tao brings his energy and spirit to Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic concerto. Former DSO Music Director Eduardo Mata is remembered on the 20th anniversary of his death in a performance of Carlos Chavez’s Sinfonia India, a work loved by Mata and performed on the first concert at the Meyerson.


January 16 & 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM


Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas

Program and artists to be announced.


January 17, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Cameron Carpenter, organ

Opus 100 – The Lay Family Concert Organ Recital Series

January 22-24, 2015 at 7:30 PM/January 25, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Beethoven’s First

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Nicholas McGegan conducts

David Cooper, horn

Nicholas Phan, tenor

BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 1

BRITTEN Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1

DSO Principal French Horn David Cooper takes center stage in Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. The song cycle, composed at the request of legendary hornist Dennis Brain, features settings of British poets and reflects on the concept of night, from its most peaceful to its most sinister. Two “firsts” complete the concert program – the first Brandenburg Concerto of Bach and Beethoven’s debut symphony.


January 29-30, 2015 at 7:30 PM/February 1, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Serkin Plays Mozart

Texas Instruments Classical Series

James Gaffigan conducts

Peter Serkin, piano

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 3

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio espagnol

As Prokofiev lost hope for the production of his opera The Fiery Angel, he found new life for the music in his Symphony No. 3. A mid-point of Prokofiev’s symphonic output, the work has recently made a resurgence to modern concert programming. The DSO last performed the piece in 1995.

The always-affable Peter Serkin brings spirit to Mozart’s buoyant Piano Concerto No. 19. Rimsky-Koraskov’s Capriccio espangnol takes us to Spain in this beloved piece based on Spanish folk tunes.




February 12-14, 2015 at 7:30 PM/February 15, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Bronfman Plays Brahms

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Jaap van Zweden conducts

Yefim Bronfman, piano

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1

R. STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben

“It does have lots of horns, horns being quite the thing to express heroism,” wrote Richard Strauss of his Ein Heldenleben, or A Hero’s Life. Strauss’ sixth tone poem tell us a tale of the hero, his battles, victories and the end of his life. Filled with glorious themes, the work is always a favorite.

Bronfman returns to the DSO performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, the first large-scale orchestral composition of Brahms and a fitting complement to the Piano Concerto No. 2 heard in the 13/14 season.


February 20-21, 2015 at 7:30 PM/February 22, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Disney in Concert: Tales as Old as Time

Dallas Symphony Pops Series

Relive fond childhood memories with scenes from the new golden age of Disney animation accompanied by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Featuring music from Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and more. 


February 26-28, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Winter Dreams

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Lawrence Foster conducts

Alexander Kerr, violin

ENESCO Rumanian Rhapsody No. 2

BARBER Violin Concerto

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 1, Winter Dreams

Tchaikovsky’s early work delightfully blends East and West with enchanting accents of Russian folk music.


MARCH 2015


March 6-7, 2015 at 7:30 PM/March 8, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Ellis Hall Plays Ray Charles

Dallas Symphony Pops Series

Jeff Tyzik conducts

Ellis Hall, piano/vocals

A true Ambassador of Soul and protégé of Ray Charles brings the blazing spirit of Motown to the Meyerson. Selections include songs “Georgia on my Mind,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Let the Good Times Roll,” and other Ray Charles and Motown hits.


March 13-14, 2015 at 7:30 PM/March 15, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Romeo and Juliet

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Case Scaglione conducts

Lucille Chung, piano

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet

CHASE DOBSON Piano Concerto No. 1 (DSO Debut)

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2

This concert week features a trio of DSO debuts. Case Scaglione, Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, makes his conducting debut with the Orchestra. As her debut with the DSO, pianist Lucille Chung performs young Dallas composer Chase Dobson’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Dobson is currently a senior at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, and his works have been heard around Dallas and nationally on the radio program From the Top.


March 20-21, 2015 at 7:30 PM/March 22, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Gil Shaham Plays Bach

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Jaap van Zweden conducts

Gil Shaham, violin

BACH Violin Concerto No. 1

BACH Violin Concerto No. 2

BRUCKNER Symphony No. 4

From small to large, this concert spotlights the range of orchestral playing and the magnificent sound of the DSO. Gil Shaham solos in two Bach violin concertos, accompanied simply by strings and harpsichord. Bruckner’s “Romantic” Symphony on the second half calls for much larger forces allowing the sounds of the winds and brass to fill the hall.


March 26-28, 2015 at 7:30 PM/March 29, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Symphonie fantastique

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Jaap van Zweden conducts

Daniil Trifonov, piano

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 1

BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

The DSO performs the bewitching Berlioz masterpiece and presents the DSO debut of Daniil Trifinov.


APRIL 2015


April 9-10, 2015 at 7:30 PM/April 12, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Joshua Weilerstein conducts

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

ROUSE Iscariot (Dallas premiere)

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4

MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 (“Scottish”)

The DSO presents the Dallas premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Iscariot. The piece was written in 1989, and Rouse called it “my most autobiographical score to date.” American conductor Joshua Weilerstein makes his DSO debut on this concert conducting Mendelssohn’s delightful “Scottish” Symphony and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Ohlsson as soloist.


April 16-18, 2015 at 7:30 PM/April 19, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Mozart’s Requiem

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Jaap van Zweden conducts

Trio Jean Paul

Joelle Harvey, soprano

Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano

Joseph Kaiser, tenor

Bass tbc

Dallas Symphony Chorus: Joshua Habermann, director

RIHM Triple Concerto (US Premiere)

MOZART Requiem

The Dallas Symphony and Trio Jean Paul present the US premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Triple Concerto, a piece dedicated to the Trio and a co-commission of the DSO, the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.

Mozart’s Requiem marries choral forces with the Orchestra in one of the best-loved works of the classical repertoire.

April 25, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Leo van Doeselaar, organ

Opus 100 – The Lay Family Concert Organ Recital Series

MAY 2015

May 1-2, 2015 at 7:30 PM/May 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Ann Hampton Callaway Sings Streisand

Dallas Symphony Pops Series

Lawrence Loh conducts

Anne Hampton Calloway, vocals

Her “unabashedly romantic sensibility” coupled with an “extravagantly gorgeous” voice will dazzle as one of New York’s biggest cabaret stars brings fresh spirit and soulful grace to the biggest hits of the greatest name in show business, Barbra Streisand.


May 8-9, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Hollywood Exile


Soluna: International Music and Arts Festival

Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas 

Karina Canellakis conducts

ROZSA Andante for Strings

The DSO spotlights émigré composers who made their home in Los Angeles and left their mark on both classical and film music.


May 14 & 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Bernstein’s Symphony 3

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Soluna: International Music and Arts Festival

Jaap van Zweden conducts

Liza Ferschtman, violin

Ronald Guttman, narrator

Dallas Symphony Chorus: Joshua Habermann, director

Boys of the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas: Cynthia Nott, director


BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 3, Kaddish

The American impresario gives voice to the eternal struggle of Creator and creation, father and son in his “Kaddish”.


May 21-23, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Mahler 3

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Soluna: International Music and Arts Festival

Jaap van Zweden conducts

Alice Coote, mezzo-soprano

Women of the Dallas Symphony Chorus: Joshua Habermann, director

Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas: Cynthia Nott, director

MAHLER Symphony No. 3

Writing about his Third Symphony to a colleague, Mahler said, "You can't imagine how it will sound!" With augmented orchestra and two choral forces, the Symphony is colossal in scope and sweeping in emotion.


May 29-30, 2015 at 7:30 PM/May 31, 2015 at 2:30 PM

On Broadway with Sylvia McNair

Dallas Symphony Pops Series

Jeff Tyzik conducts

Sylvia McNair, vocals

Sylvia McNair’s hauntingly beautiful vocals bring out the best and greatest of Broadway. “I could get used to this kind of ecstasy,” raved Rex Reed for New York Observer. Jeff Tyzik leads the orchestra for the evening.


June 6, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Paul Jacobs, organ

Opus 100 – The Lay Family Concert Organ Recital Series Thanks For Reading

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