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Season Announcements And Grants Are Music to Arts Lovers’ Ears



    Season Announcements And Grants Are Music to Arts Lovers’ Ears
    Junior Players students performed at the 2019 TACA Grants Celebration.

    Dallas Arts District neighbors, The Dallas Opera and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, announced their 2019-2020 seasons featuring artistic collaborations, an introduction to new leadership, the return of an opera legend and the 30th anniversary celebration of Dallas’ beloved concert hall.

    Dallas Black Dance Theatre Chairman Gilbert Gerst announced the artistic collaboration with the Dallas Opera on a staging of Stravinsky's Pulcinella
    Photo credit: Karen Almond

    The Dallas Opera’s new season celebrating 10 years at the Winspear Opera House begins with the Sir Peter Hall production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” (October 18-November 3). Rounding out the fall offerings is Rimsky-Korsakov’s comedy “The Golden Cockerell (October 25 – November 2). The spring brings Verdi’s “Don Carlo” in concert (March 20 – 28) and Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” (April 24 – May 10). Stravinsky’s ballet with song “Pulcinella” and Poulenc and Couteau’s “La Voix Humaine” (April 3 – 8) will be performed in Dallas for the first time as part of a double-bill performance, with Dallas Black Dance Theatre collaborating on “Pulcinella.”

    In 1961, Placido Domingo made his American opera debut at the Dallas Civic Opera, singing the role of Arturo with Joan Sutherland in “Lucia Di Lammermoor.” The legendary tenor is returning to Dallas to sing in an exclusive performance with Emmanuel Villaume, The Dallas Opera’s Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director, and The Dallas Opera Orchestra on March 11, 2020.

    DSO Announces 2019-2020 SeasonDSO Announces 2019-2020 Season

    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019)

    The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-2020 season celebrates the beginning of a new artistic chapter for the orchestra. Music Director Designate Fabio Luisi will lead the orchestra in five programs including Strauss’ “Alpine Symphony” (September 12-15), the Dallas premiere of Julia Wolfe’s “Fountain of Youth” (January 9 – 12), Strauss’ “Salome” presented as an opera-in-concert (January 31 and February 2), Schmidt’s “The Book with Seven Seals” (April 3 – 5) and Brahm’s Second Symphony (April 9 – 11).

    Gemma New, the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, will make her debut during the 2019-2020 season, conducting concerts in November and March as well as the annual New Year’s Eve Concert. A few of the works New will be conducting include “Rainphase” by New Zealand female composer Salina Fisher and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Barber’s Piano Concerto with soloist Garrick Ohlsson.

    The orchestra’s home, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, turns the big 3-0 this fall. To celebrate the symphony hall’s 30th anniversary, the orchestra will host several concerts including a $10 DSO concert on September 4 and the Dallas Symphony Chorus’ Celebration of Singing event on September 22. An Open House on September 14 will feature many of the Meyerson’s resident ensembles, members of the DSO and other Dallas Arts District organizations.

    Both cultural institutions will host events supporting and promoting women in the classical music industry. The Dallas Opera will present six women conductors participating in the fifth annual Hart Institute for Women with a showcase on November 9 at the Winspear Opera House. That event is on the last day of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s first annual Women in Classical Music Symposium. Talks and panel discussions will be held throughout the Dallas Arts District from November 6 - 9.

    It is every art organization’s frustration when applying for grants: most foundations and corporations do not offer funds for operating costs. The 2019 Arts General Operating Grants from The Arts Community Alliance (TACA) offer that rare support. This year, TACA distributed $753,000, an increase over last year’s $700,000, to 48 North Texas arts organizations. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 were awarded to theaters, music companies, dance companies, youth performance organizations, and for the first time, visual arts galleries and museums.

    TACA developed a strategic granting process, using 54 volunteers to conduct a detailed evaluation of the grant applicants. The volunteers spent 2,600 hours considering arts organization’s artistic excellence, innovation and originality, support of local artists and local creation, access, diversity and inclusion of all Dallas county residents, and financial and administrative stewardship.

    2019 Grant Recipients

    African American Repertory Theater$5,000
    American Baroque Opera Company$5,000
    AT&T Performing Arts Center$25,000
    Avant Chamber Ballet$5,000
    Ballet Dallas$5,000
    Blue Candlelight Music Series$5,000
    Bruce Wood Dance$16,000
    Cara Mía Theatre Co.$19,000
    Chamber Music International$7,000
    Chamberlain Performing Arts$9,000
    Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas$26,000
    Cry Havoc Theater Company$8,000
    Dallas Bach Society$5,000
    Dallas Black Dance Theatre$47,000
    Dallas Chamber Symphony$14,000
    Dallas Children's Theater$50,000
    Dallas Contemporary$21,000
    Dallas Museum of Art$25,000
    Dallas Symphony Orchestra$41,000
    Dallas Theater Center$43,000
    Dallas Winds$13,000
    Dark Circles Contemporary Dance$15,000
    Fine Arts Chamber Players$14,000
    Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra$19,000
    Irving Symphony Orchestra$5,000
    Junior Players$21,000
    Kitchen Dog Theater$15,000
    Lone Star Wind Orchestra$11,000
    Lumedia Musicworks$5,000
    Nasher Sculpture Center$25,000
    Orchestra of New Spain$10,000
    Orpheus Chamber Singers$5,000
    Plano Civic Chorus$5,000
    Plano Symphony Orchestra$20,000
    Sammons Center for the Arts$12,000
    Second Thought Theatre$11,000
    Shakespeare Dallas$5,000
    Soul Rep Theatre Company$5,000
    Texas Winds Musical Outreach$11,000
    The Dallas Opera$42,000
    The Women's Chorus of Dallas$5,000
    Theatre Three$10,000
    TITAS Presents$26,000
    Turtle Creek Chorale$13,000
    Undermain Theatre$15,000
    Uptown Players$15,000
    Voices of Change$5,000
    WaterTower Theatre$14,000

    The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the recipients of more than $27 million in grants. The grants were distributed to all 50 states and Puerto Rico with arts organizations in Texas receiving 52 grants totaling $1,277,000.

    14 North Texas Recipients

    Big Thought$100,000
    Dallas Black Dance Theatre$15,000
    Dallas Museum of Art$55,000
    The Dallas Opera$40,000
    Dallas Symphony Orchestra$20,000
    Dallas Theater Center$25,000
    Nasher Sculpture Center$25,000
    TITAS Presents$15,000
    Dallas VideoFest$10,000
    The Cliburn$10,000
    Kimbell Art Museum$30,000
    Chamberlain Ballet$10,000


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