Season Announcements And Grants Are Music to Arts Lovers' Ears

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.

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

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.

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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