If you're a fan of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, you may have noticed there's a significant gap in events during March. Turns out the DSO is taking a cue from school-age musicians: They are heading to Europe for spring break.
Before you get too jealous, know that it will be a working vacation. The DSO will go on its first European tour under conductor Jaap van Zweden from March 8-22. The trip includes stops in seven cities and three countries: Eindhoven and Amsterdam in the Netherlands; Vienna in Austria; and Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Hannover in Germany.
DSO completists won't have to worry about missing out on any significant performances, though. The orchestra will be playing elements of its planned European shows during the next two weeks when it presents Beethoven and Strauss on February 23 and 24 and Mahler's Mighty Sixth February 28 through March 3 at Meyerson Symphony Center.
Mahler's Symphony No. 6 will be showcased in one of the European programs, while Strauss' Suite from Der Rosenkavalier will end the other.
Joining the DSO on the tour will be violinist Hilary Hahn, who will be at every stop save for Vienna, and violinist Simone Lamsma, who will play in Vienna. Both will perform the Violin Concerto by Korngold.
The trip marks the DSO's first trip to Europe in 10 years and its fifth in the orchestra’s 112-year history.