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Dallas Symphony tunes up popular Concert Truck to take shows on the road

Dallas Symphony tunes up popular Concert Truck to take shows on road

DSO mobile concert truck
The Concert Truck is a 16-foot box truck converted into a fully functioning mobile concert hall. Photo courtesy of Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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They can fit a little chamber ensemble on stage. Photo courtesy of The Concert Truck
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The Concert Truck can set up a show wherever it can park. Photo courtesy of The Concert Truck
DSO mobile concert truck
DSO, concert truck
DSO, concert truck

The most applause-worthy concert pivot from pandemic times is back for an encore: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is hitting the road again with The Concert Truck for free pop-up performances around Dallas this fall.

The Concert Truck, a 16-foot box truck converted into a fully functioning concert hall on wheels (complete with lights, sound system, and piano), was introduced to Dallas audiences via a DSO residency in 2020 — back when concert halls and orchestras were operating at diminished capacity. It became an instant hit with audiences, who enjoyed free, 45-minute shows in outdoor settings at unexpected locations like bars and shopping centers. The truck rolled back in for another round of shows last spring — so far, 77 Concert Truck performances have been presented around Dallas.

From October 28-December 4, The Concert Truck will set up at destinations across the city, including NorthPark Center, Central Market, While Rock Ale House, Klyde Warren Park, and the Dallas Zoo. Once again, the concerts will be a collaboration among DSO musicians, members of other arts organizations, and concert pianists and Concert Truck founders Susan Zhang and Nick Luby.

“It’s a joy to welcome back Susan and Nick this season,” says Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony, in a release. “They became part of the DSO family last year, even recognizing some familiar faces from location to location. We are thrilled to share their music again this year and continue to build the excitement for music in our communities.” 

Each concert will be 45-60 minutes long, unticketed, and free to attend.

Here's the full Concert Truck schedule; more information can be found on the DSO website:

  • Thursday, October 28 at 6:30 pm: Medical City Dallas
  • Saturday, October 30 at 10 am: Dallas Zoo
  • Saturday, October 30 at 2 pm: Central Market (Plano)
  • Sunday, October 31 at 12 pm: Central Market (Greenville/Lovers Lane)
  • Wednesday, November 3 at 7: Main Street Park
  • Thursday, November 4 at 5:30 pm: Turtle Creek Conservancy
  • Friday, November 5 at 12 pm: One Arts Plaza
  • Friday, November 5 at 6 pm: White Rock Ale House
  • Saturday, November 6 at 12 pm: Central Market (Midway)
  • Sunday, November 7 at 2 pm: North Dallas (Location TBD)
  • Wednesday, November 10 at 12 pm: Methodist Dallas Medical Center
  • Thursday, November 11 at 12 pm: Baylor Medical Center
  • Friday, November 12 at 6:30 pm: Klyde Warren Park
  • Saturday, November 13 at 11 am: Central Market (Southlake)
  • Saturday, November 13 at 3 pm: The Sounds at Cypress Waters
  • Sunday, November 14 at 2 pm: NorthPark Center
  • Thursday, November 18 at 12 pm: UTD Science Learning Center
  • Saturday, November 20 at 12 pm: Central Market (Plano)
  • Saturday, November 20 at 4:30 pm: Knox Street
  • Sunday, November 21 at 12 pm: Nasher Sculpture Center
  • Sunday, November 21 at 4 pm: City of Dallas (Location TBD)
  • Saturday, December 4 at 7 pm: Galleria Dallas