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2010 Dallas Symphony Orchestra AT&T Gala Celebrating 10 consecutive years with AT&T The 2010 Dallas Symphony AT&T Gala proudly ushered in the opening weekend of the Texas Instruments Classical Season in high Dallas style. For ten years, AT&T has sponsored the Dallas Symphony’s largest single fundraising event. Chairman and CEO of AT&T, Randall Stephenson and his wife, Lenise, served as the 2010 Honorary Gala Chairs. Melissa Ruman Stewart and recently-named DSO President Paul Stewart served as the 2010 Gala Chairs, and Anna-Sophia van Zwelden returned for her second successful year as the Honorary After-Party Chair. Décor co-chairs Barbara Daseke and Todd Fiscus transformed the Meyerson Symphony Center into an evening “Of Life and Love”, capturing
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The Dallas Symphony, under van Zweden, is equal of many of the finest orchestras in the world. -Paul E. Robinson, The Art of the Conductor
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grace and enchantment by emulating a romantic garden with rich greenery and soft tonal floral inspired by an all-Beethoven program. Guests were greeted by giant “living vines” that playfully poked at guests as they savored lavish cocktails and savory treats. Following dinner, Maestro Jaap van Zweden led the orchestra in what would become a critically acclaimed performance of Beethoven’s Symphonies number 3 and 5. Smoky live vocals of Goga and the infectious coolness of DJ Lucy Wrubel ushered attendees of the Star Bar after-party past the magical midnight hour in what came to be one of the most talked about events of the season. DJ Lucy Wrubel works the crowd at the Star Bar No.1 after-party
Lenise and Randall Stephenson, 2010 Dallas Symphony AT&T Honorary Gala Chairs
Jaap van Zweden, Myrna Schlegel, Anna-Sophia van Zweden, and Robert Schlegel
2010 Dallas Symphony AT&T Gala Chairs Melissa and Paul Stewart stand in front of the “living vines” 2011 Dallas Symphony AT&T Gala Chairs Barbara and Don Daseke
Dallas Symphony President on Improvements to the Concert Experience There are some exciting changes in our operations at the Dallas Symphony this year. To better serve you, we have analyzed a broad range of issues with Bain and McKinsey, two of the world’s leading consulting firms. The studies included surveys of concertgoers and the community, benchmarking analyses comparing us to other major American orchestras, and detailed recommendations for changes and enhancements. This work will result in significant enhancements to your concert experience at the Meyerson. In addition to our usual dining options and Performance Prelude educational lectures, you will notice students from our education programs and other affiliated organizations performing in the atrium prior to every classical concert. These performances demonstrate the impact of our award-winning educational programs and our musicians’ roles as teachers in the community. They are also intended as a free gift of additional entertainment to you! We are also launching Coda, a post-concert lounge in the atrium. Now you can relax with friends over a drink or cup of coffee and free food from Culinaire following each performance. You will also have the chance to mix with musicians, many of whom will also attend. In short, we want to make every visit to the Meyerson memorable! Other recommendations from the Bain and McKinsey studies will be less
noticeable but equally important. For example, we learned that by comparison with our peer cities, our annual fund results should be significantly better. We are grateful for each of our wonderful supporters, but need to expand our outreach, especially among corporations and professional firms. Fortunately, we have the help this year of some outstanding volunteer supporters. Joe Hubach, General Counsel of our long-term supporter Texas Instruments, has taken the reins as Chair of the Annual Fund with great energy. Jim Karen, partner at major law firm Jones Day, is leading the Corporate Development Committee with equal passion. Other great committee chairs include Barbara and Don Daseke (Gala), Skye Brewer (Friends of the DSO), Jeff Rich and Steve Durham (Jaap van Zweden Society/Platinum), and Selena LaCroix (Vivaldi Patrons). The team is already hard at work. In short, we hope to keep up on the business side with the amazing quality of the performances in the hall created by Jaap van Zweden, Marvin Hamlisch, and our outstanding musicians! Thank you for your support. We hope you will consider coming to the Meyerson even more often and bringing your family and friends. We’re making this even easier with free vouchers for friends, $5 tickets for kids, and other opportunities. Your augmented support as we continue to enhance our performance and operations is greatly appreciated!
Paul Stewart, President of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Friends of the DSO: Playing a leading part to show that Music Matters
Photo of Young Strings musicians by Geof Kern
Music changes lives. Last year, your The Beethoven generosity and donations brought music was so good to over 75,000 students and 60,000 families throughout the community. because it was Supporting all activities at the Dallas powerful to me Symphony, the Friends of the DSO play and reminded a leading part in the success of your me about my orchestra and its vital programs for our childhood and youth and the city. good memories. Can we do more? Yes. There are -4th grade student at still children in Dallas who could find Cheatham Elementary, themselves with an instrument in Allen, TX their hands instead of drugs or guns. Music teaches discipline, creativity, and cooperation — and with your help, can help make Dallas a better place. While purchasing a concert ticket provides you with a wonderful evening of music, making a donation to the Dallas Symphony brings music to others. Since tickets sales alone can not cover costs, your support is greatly needed. Friends of the DSO make it possible for the Dallas Symphony to demonstrate how music matters! For more information about the Friends of the DSO, please contact Alicia Chick at 214.871.4047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of the DSO give $50 or more annually, making it possible for the Dallas Symphony to bring music to the community in a variety of ways.
Subscribers Receive Enhanced Benefits for 10-11 season
You make the concerts happen. We want to make them easy to come to.
Effortless Ticket Exchanges It is no longer necessary to return an original ticket before making exchanges. New ticket scanning technology now allows the box office to immediately void an exchange ticket. According to Curtis Meek, Director of Guest Services, this new process has resulted in more efficient transactions and less hassle for subscribers. “Now, [you] can call up to 2 hours before a performance to exchange or donate tickets for resale. We understand that last minute conflicts arise and we want our subscribers to enjoy as many concerts as possible. With one phone call, you can easily request an exchange to another performance, based on availability, within the series for which the subscription seats are held.” For subscribers who are also donors at the Stradivarius Patron level and above, Mr. Meek states that “our most generous donors receive the added
benefit of exchanging into any concert within the same series with no restrictions. As long as we have an unsold seat in the house, we will make it happen!” Exchange Fees Exchange handling fees have been eliminated. Although exchanging to another day of the week may involve a price difference, subscribers never pay an exchange handling fee. Year-Round Savings At a time when many arts organizations are implementing per ticket or per order fees, the DSO shows its appreciation for subscribers by offering discounted pricing and waiving per ticket fees on Texas Instruments Classical Series, Pops Series, Family Series and Christmas Celebration tickets purchased throughout the year.
Top Talent Fills Concertmaster Role While Replacement Sought
A concertmaster’s presence plays a significant role in the orchestra. Mark Melson, Vice President of Artistic Operations at the Dallas Symphony, relates it to that of the quarterback of a football team. “The quarterback sets the tone, discipline, character, and work ethic. It is very similar for a concertmaster.”
It’s likely that you’ve noticed several different violinists seated in the Michael L. Rosenberg Concertmaster Chair this season. Each is filling in for the place left by Emanuel Borok, concertmaster of the DSO for 25 years before retiring from the post in August. (Borok continues to teach and concertize.) A concertmaster’s presence plays a significant role in the orchestra. Mark Melson, Vice President of Artistic Operations at the Dallas Symphony, relates it to that of the quarterback of a football team. “The quarterback sets the tone, discipline, character, and work ethic. It is very similar for a concertmaster.” A search for the DSO’s permanent concertmaster is underway; preliminary auditions will be held Nov. 15. Until a new permanent concertmaster arrives — next season at the earliest — the DSO has invited leaders from America’s other top orchestras to fill in. The changes have been noted. Andres Cardenes, formerly concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, filled the post in Dallas on September 18, earning rave reviews from The Dallas Morning News music critic Scott Cantrell, for “flashy violin solos with unassuming authority and refined tone.”
Guest concertmasters at upcoming concerts this fall include: • Alexander Kerr (pronounced “Car”), who followed Jaap van Zweden as concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and is now at Indiana University, for an all-French program Nov. 11-14 • David Taylor, assistant concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony, for performances with pianist Leon Fleisher Nov. 18-20. • David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, for performances February 3-5. Keep your eyes and ears open and determine your favorite!
Stradivarius Patrons Make Music Possible at the DSO The listener’s role in classical music is as important as that of composer or musician. Since the days of Bach, the support of those who love classical music has made it possible for compositions to be written and performed. Imagine a world in which Beethoven had no one to commission his music! At the Dallas Symphony, your support is essential in continuing a 110 year tradition of excellence. Without you, the music can’t keep playing. But as you play a part in keeping great music alive, why not have fun doing so? Join the Stradivarius Patrons, and enjoy the exclusive experiences that come with a gift of $2,500 or more. By becoming a Stradivarius Patron, you will: • Meet internationally recognized artists at our new DSO Insight series • Enjoy easy, complimentary parking • Make lasting connections with others who share your love of music • Have access to priority service and ticket opportunities • Attend the season finale Black Tie Dinner and other special events Become an instrumental part of the Dallas Symphony by joining the Stradivarius Patrons today. For more information about the Stradivarius Patrons, please contact Amy Camp at 214.871.4025 or email@example.com; or Nick Weege at 214.871.4071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ebby Halliday Acers with the legendary Tony Bennett
Yon Jordan with violinist Itzhak Perlman
New Hans Kreissig Society Member Leaves Condo and IRA to Dallas Symphony Ingrid Taubert Barrier was born near Dresden, Germany, and moved to Berlin as a young woman. Her early years overflowed with music of all kinds and inspired a lifelong passion for opera and classical music. In her mid-30s she married John Barrier and began a new life in the countryside of North Carolina. Since moving to Texas in the early 1990s, Ingrid has watched the growth of the Dallas Arts District and followed the progress of the Symphony. As a devoted classical subscriber, she’s been especially delighted with the musical quality of the Orchestra under Maestro Van Zweden and chose to make a permanent gift to establish the Taubert Barrier Family Endowed Fund. Ingrid Taubert Barrier “When I thought about it for just a moment, it seemed like the most obvious thing in the world,” Ingrid commented on her decision to make the Dallas Symphony Foundation the beneficiary of her condominium. “I was updating my will and realized that the dearest thing to me, next to my cat Frankie, is the Symphony and the pleasure it gives to so many people. It gives me such peace of mind to have taken care of this. Plus, eliminating the estate taxes on the condo is a bonus! I also decided to make the Foundation the sole beneficiary of my IRA. I’m grateful to the Symphony Foundation staff for making this process so pleasant and look forward to being an active participant in the Hans Kreissig Legacy Society.”
Sandy and David Alexander with Ann and Glen Wiley
Eugene McDermott Fdtn. Gives Cello to the DSO
Principal Cellist Chris Adkins performs on a fine Italian cello by Nicolo Gagliano, circa 1782. The instrument was recently made possible by a gift from the Eugene McDermott Foundation.
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The Dallas Foundation Supports New Masters of Film Music Series The Dallas Foundation has a history of supporting innovative programs with significant local and national impact. From 19972003, the foundation was a key sponsor of the Dallas Symphony’s International Organ Competition. This summer, the Dallas Foundation announced their support as presenting sponsor of the DSO’s new Masters of Film Music Series. Funded in part by the Foundation’s Jean Baptiste (Tad) Adoue III Fund, this two-year, $200,000 sponsorship will underwrite the six Masters of Film Music concerts scheduled as part of the Dallas Symphony’s 2010-11 and 2011-12 Pops series. The Masters of Film Music series is a ground-breaking initiative that brings today’s top film composers from Hollywood to Dallas. Each concert will feature a DSO-commissioned, world-premiere work from the film composer, in addition to a career retrospective in music and images projected on a large screen. Participating composers include James Newton Howard, George Fenton, Theodore Shapiro, Michael Giacchino, Harry Gregson-Williams and Sir Anthony Hopkins. “We loved the innovation of this series, but what attracted us most was the potential of bringing a whole new audience to the symphony,” said Mary Jalonick, President of the Dallas Foundation.
As a community foundation, the Dallas Foundation facilitates philanthropic giving, allowing people to easily support the issues and communities they care about most. In addition, the Foundation awards grants and scholarships for a broad array of charitable purposes that improve the well-being of residents in Dallas and Dallas County. The Masters of Film Music series will launch February 25-27, 2011, with the music of George Fenton (Blue Planet, Gandhi, Memphis Belle, You’ve Got Mail, and Groundhog Day). Tickets are available on-line at dallassymphony.com or by calling 214-692-0203.
Fall 2010 newsletter