25 Years and Counting

DSO kicks off Meyerson's 25th anniversary with music-filled week of mostly free events

DSO kicks off Meyerson's 25th birthday with week of mostly free events

Meyerson Symphony Center
The Meyerson Symphony Center, which opened in September 1989, will be celebrated throughout the 2014-2015 Dallas Symphony Orchestra season. Photo by Andreas Praefcke

The Meyerson Symphony Center, home to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, turns 25 in September. To get the yearlong, silver anniversary party started, the DSO will host a week full of special events at the I.M. Pei-designed building.

Running September 6-13, the mostly free activities include performances by the DSO and other ensembles who perform frequently at the Meyerson, including the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and Dallas Winds.

The J.J. Pearce High School marching band will start things off on Saturday, September 6, by leading a parade down Flora Street into the Meyerson. The band was the first group besides the Dallas Symphony to sign a performance contract at the then-new Meyerson Symphony Center in 1989.

The day will also include family activities; building tours; educational crafts and games; and 20-minute performances by Dallas-area ensembles and dance troupes, including the Avant Chamber Ballet and the Turtle Creek Chorale. Dallas Winds will close out the day with a concert.

Concurrently, the Dallas Symphony Pops season will open with three performances of Let's Dance September 5-7. The concerts, led by principal conductor Jeff Tyzik, will feature tango, waltz and cha-cha dancers strutting their stuff on the Meyerson stage.

During the following week, a different ensemble will present a free concert on four consecutive days. Monday, September 8, will bring the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, followed by the Dallas Symphony on Tuesday, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts on Wednesday, and Dallas Symphony Chorus with the Lay Family Concert Organ on Thursday.

Following the private Meyerson Legends Lunch on Friday, which will celebrate the community leaders and philanthropists who made construction of the Meyerson a reality, the week will end with the 2014 Dallas Symphony Orchestra AT&T Gala featuring renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman.

There will be more anniversary events throughout the DSO's 2014-2015 season, including a repeat of select concerts that were performed during the Meyerson's inaugural season. The concerts on January 8-11, 2015, will honor Eduardo Mata, the DSO’s music director in 1989; Mata died in an airplane crash in January 1995.