The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Jaap van Zweden, presents the finest in classical music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, regarded as one of the world’s premiere concert halls. In November 2011 van Zweden was named as the recipient of Musical America's Conductor of the Year Award 2012 in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as a guest conductor with the most prestigious US orchestras.
As the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the southwest, the Dallas Symphony is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience. Each year, the orchestra reaches more than 240,000 adults and 60,000 children through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. In the last 25 years, the orchestra has released more than 30 CD recordings; toured Europe four times; and performed in Asia, Mexico, Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center, and in New York at Carnegie Hall.
In his fifth year leading the Dallas Symphony, Maestro van Zweden continues to deliver artistic excellence by bringing prominent and emerging guest soloists and conductors to Dallas, and by programming new works alongside beloved favorites. The DSO’s residency at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival as well as invitations to prominent events, such as the 2011 Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall, are also elevating the orchestra to national and international prominence.
The DSO performs more than 175 public concerts each year, including the 16-week Texas Instruments Classical Series and a 9-week DSO Pops series. The DSO on the Go series takes the orchestra to concert halls in communities across North Texas.
Under Maestro van Zweden, the orchestra has released four CDs on the DSO Live label, including the world premiere recording of Steven Stucky’s oratorio August 4, 1964; Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh Symphonies; and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and Suite No. 4, Mozartiana and Fifth Symphony and Capriccio italien. DSO Live recordings are distributed internationally and available as downloads through the Naxos.
A key part of its mission, the DSO’s award-winning youth education programs also enhances community ownership by building new and diverse audiences for the future. Key programs include the Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concert Series at the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Young Strings program for minority students, Symphony YES! ensemble presentations in the schools, Open Rehearsals, and DSOKids.com/ StudioDSO.com website resources for children and teenagers.
Founded in 1900, the Dallas Symphony is now a central figure in the Dallas Arts District, the largest of its kind in the nation. The 68-acre district in downtown Dallas is home to multiple museums, parks, and performing arts venues, including the Meyerson Symphony Center.