Tag: Dallas Symphony

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: Dallas Symphony Children’s Chorus gears up for a world premiere

“I think the audience will be amazed by how well a children’s chorus can perform a piece of music that’s as complex as this one,” says Ellie Lin, Artistic Director of the Dallas Symphony Children’s Chorus, who is presenting the world premiere of a work written especially for the chorus. Hear more about the chorus… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: DSO Maestro Fabio Luisi’s Reflections on The Ring

In this podcast with WRR’s Kurt Rongey, DSO Maestro Fabio Luisi discusses the first time he cracked open the score to one of the Ring operas, what the audience can expect at the Ring of the Nibelungs performances, upcoming recording projects and the maestro’s personal highlights for the 2024-2025 DSO season.

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: How the DSO is attracting young professionals to the concert hall

“This is the one show where I actually have the worst seat in the house, because my back is to everything that’s actually happening,” says Enrico Lopez-Yanez, Principal Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Presents Series. He’ll be leading the live orchestra in a performance with the spellbinding acrobatics of Troupe Vertigo in three concerts –… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: And the DSO Music Teacher of the Year award goes to…

“Elementary music teachers often get overlooked with the hard work that they’re doing to educate our children, and so we wanted to give a time to recognize them and celebrate their accomplishments,” says Jennifer Guzman, Director of Education for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The DSO has tapped Chris Drews from Leslie A. Stemmons Elementary School… Read more »

WRR101: DSO is prepping for its European tour – here’s what it’ll include

It’s taken three years of planning and prep, but the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is heading to Europe this summer. In this podcast, WRR’s Kurt Rongey chats with Kim Noltemy, the DSO Ross Perot President & CEO, who gives details on tour dates, destinations, star soloists and works, including new pieces by Angelica Negron and Sophia… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: Why this Mozart concerto is dear to Alessio Bax’s heart

“Every Mozart concerto is an absolute gem and they’re all different from one another in different ways,” says pianist Alessio Bax. “This one is very dear to me because it is actually the one piece that made me fall in love with the piano.” Bax revisits Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 with the Dallas Symphony… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: How the Dallas Symphony is bringing the music to YOU

“We want to do what we do everywhere, for everybody,” says Scott Walzel, Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Principal Bassoon and Director of Community Development. This fall, the DSO has launched a series of free community concerts across the city and beyond, ranging from pop-up performances by The Concert Truck and chamber music performances at Klyde… Read more »

WRR101 Focus on the Arts: Ben Folds and the Dallas Symphony are uniting for a classically cool crossover experience

“I always hope that my shows can be a way in for some people,” says singer/songwriter/pianist Ben Folds. “What I want is for people to see the orchestra in the best possible light and then come back and see Prokofiev, or Ravel or Beethoven or Mozart or Mahler. There’s really insanely good music right around… Read more »

WRR 101 Focus on the Arts: The excitement and challenges of conducting a film score live

“It’s a lot harder than it looks,” says Lawrence Loh, who will conduct the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in their season opener, Amadeus in Concert. “The musicians will have to play in a way (that) they can’t let go, and I can’t let go. I have to keep the music going at the exact tempo and… Read more »