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Dallas Symphony's new season brings world premieres, festival reprise and popular ReMix

DSO season brings world premieres, festival reprise and popular ReMix

Jaap van Zweden and Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Music director Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra have several world premieres to perform during the 2015-16 season. Photo by Mark Kitaoka
Conrad Tao
Conrad Tao delivers his second world premiere composition to the DSO, debuting during the second annual Soluna Festival. Photo by Ruiming Wang
Helene Grimaud
Pianist Helene Grimaud is one in a series of guest performers. Photo by Mat Hennek
Jaap van Zweden and Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Conrad Tao
Helene Grimaud

The forthcoming 2015-2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra season, which officially starts on September 4, will build on the success of the orchestra's previous work, featuring a wide range of classical music, world premieres and artist debuts.

The orchestra also will present the second annual Soluna Festival, a three-week music and arts exhibition (May 16-June 5, 2016). For the second time in three years, the DSO will go to Europe, visiting eight cities in seven countries (April 6-21, 2016).

Back in Dallas at their home at the Meyerson Symphony Center, audiences will enjoy a world premiere work from artist-in-residence Conrad Tao, who had previously composed a piece for the JFK Memorial Concerts in 2013. The new piece will debut during the Soluna Festival.

Other world premieres include pieces from American composer Jeremy Gill and Dutch composer John Borstlap. The latter is a joint commission of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Three pieces will make their DSO premieres, including Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 1, Qigang Chen’s The Five Elements and The Prelude to Act 1 of Palestrina by Hans Pfitzner.

Music director Jaap van Zweden, now entering his eighth season at the helm, is especially excited about the rare pieces the DSO will perform.

“There are works we are presenting that have not been performed by the Dallas Symphony for quite some time – Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5, Mahler’s Das klagende Lied,” he said in a statement. “In 2013 we presented performances of Wagner’s Die Walküre Act I, and we are bringing this music back to the Meyerson in a special performance before we take it on tour to Europe.”

The DSO also will welcome a number of great guest soloists, including pianists Hélène Grimaud, Katia and Marielle Labèque, and Behzod Abduraimov, making his DSO debut; violinist Midori; and vocalists Michelle DeYoung, Charles Castronovo and Noel Bouley, among others.

Several incumbent DSO musicians will get their time in the spotlight as well. Principal oboe Erin Hannigan will take center stage for Gill’s Serenada Concertante for Oboe and Orchestra, a piece written specifically for her, while principal flute Demarre McGill will give his first solo performance since joining the DSO in 2013.

If you prefer a more relaxed environment for your classical music, the DSO will bring back its ReMix series, with all performances taking place at Dallas City Performance Hall. 

The exciting Pops Series, which takes on more mainstream fare, will include a tribute to Frank Sinatra, a live-to-film performance of the score to West Side Story on Valentine’s Day weekend, a tribute to The Beatles and more.

Subscriptions for all packages for the 2015-2016 season are now on sale. Packages for the ReMix series are available for the first time and can be added on to a season package for just $49. Single tickets will go on sale in late summer 2015. Subscriptions can be purchased by calling 214-TIX-4DSO or going to