Tuning up to tailgate
Popular DSO Concert Truck returns to the road for shows around Dallas in fall 2022
The Concert Truck is tuned up and ready to take shows back on the road around Dallas in fall 2022.
The most applause-worthy concert pivot from pandemic times is back for another encore, as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is once again partnering with The Concert Truck for free pop-up performances around Dallas - in October, November, and December.
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 more shows in fall and spring of 2021.
From October 24-December 5, The Concert Truck will set up at destinations across the city, including Central Market, NorthPark Center, White Rock Ale House, Klyde Warren Park, and Galleria Dallas. 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.
“The Concert Truck is absolutely thrilled to be returning to Dallas this fall with the Dallas Symphony!” say founders Zhang and Luby in a news release. “We are excited to share new projects together, deepen our connection with the Dallas community, and showcase our favorite pieces of music with the sensational musicians of the DSO.”
According to the release, this season’s Concert Truck residency also includes two after-party concerts occurring after DSO concerts on November 11 and 18, 2022 at Hall Arts. The events, called DSO After Dark with The Concert Truck, will include light hors d’oeurves and drinks, and the November 11 after-party show will have an appearance from DJ Elkin Pautt. The residency will also include stops at Mozart in the Bar, a pop up classical music concert experience founded by DSO violinist Lydia Umlauf, the release says.
“It is wonderful to welcome Susan and Nick back for their third holiday season in Dallas,” says Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony, in a statement. “Our partnership with the Concert Truck began as a way to connect to the community during the first holiday season of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has now expanded to become a staple in Dallas and at the DSO. We are excited to share their music again this year and continue to broaden their reach across Dallas communities.”
Each concert will be 45-60 minutes long, unticketed, and free to attend.