Classical Music

Broadway star and new conductor lead way in Dallas Symphony season

Broadway star and new conductor lead way in Dallas Symphony season

Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters will appear with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, January 24-26, 2020. Photo by Andrew Eccles
Fabio Luisi, Dallas Symphony Orchestra music director
Music director designate Fabio Luisi will lead five concerts for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra during the 2019-20 season. Photo by Barbara Luisi Photography
Meyerson Symphony Center
The DSO will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Meyerson Symphony Center, which opened in 1989, with several special events. Photo by Andreas Praefcke
Bernadette Peters
Fabio Luisi, Dallas Symphony Orchestra music director
Meyerson Symphony Center

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra's 2019-2020 season will include the first extended look at music director designate Fabio Luisi, appearances by big names like Bernadette Peters and the Indigo Girls, and more.

Luisi will lead the DSO in five programs during the 2019-20 season before officially becoming music director in the 2020-21 season, the orchestra announced February 8. Luisi will open the Classical Series on September 12-15, returning for additional appearances in January and February, and twice in April during the SOLUNA Festival. This will include a full opera-in-concert, Richard Strauss’s Salome, on January 31 and February 2, 2020.

Bernadette Peters headlines the DSO's Pops Series. Having recently starred in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway, Peters will perform hits from the Great White Way on January 24-26, 2020. The Pops Series will also feature appearances by pop duo the Indigo Girls, February 21-23, 2020, and trumpeter Chris Botti, March 13-15, 2020.

The season will also be a 30th anniversary celebration of the Meyerson Symphony Center, which opened on September 6, 1989. There will be a special 30th anniversary concert on September 4, with all tickets being $10, as well as an Open House on September 14 and a free concert by The Dallas Symphony Chorus on September 22. There will be other special anniversary events throughout the season.

Movies in Concert is among the most popular programs for the DSO, and this season will include four movies for audiences to enjoy. They include Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back as the first official event of the season, August 30-September 1; The Nightmare Before Christmas, October 31-November 3; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, November 27-December 1; and Coco, June 19-21, 2020.

The DSO's gala concert will feature violin superstar Joshua Bell joining the orchestra for Brahms' beloved Violin Concerto, September 28, 2019. Guest conductor Christian Reif will make his DSO debut.

Luisi will not be the only new face in town this season. Newly appointed Principal Guest Conductor Gemma New will make her DSO debut on November 8-10, and return for the annual New Year's Eve Concert and on March 6-8, 2020.

Her debut appearance will coincide with the DSO's new Women in Classical Music Symposium, running November 6-9, which is part of a multi-year project to highlight the role of women in classical music and to create more opportunities for female representation in the field. New will be one of six female conductors taking the stage through the 2019-2020 season.

Subscriptions for the 2019-2020 season are now on sale. They include new packages like a six-concert option that gives subscribers a 50 percent discount, and Fab Fridays, a three-concert package featuring a more relaxed atmosphere of concerts performed without intermissions and a free drink voucher included with the ticket. Special packages can be purchased by calling 214-TIX-4DSO, while all others can be done online at mydso.com.