Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO)
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Founded 1900
Concert hall Meyerson Symphony Center
Principal conductor Jaap van Zweden
Website www.mydso.com

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is an American orchestra based in Dallas, Texas. Its principal performing venue is the Meyerson Symphony Center in the Arts District of downtown Dallas.


The orchestra traces its origins to a concert given by a group of forty musicians in 1900 with conductor Hans Kreissig. It continued to perform and grow in numbers and stature, so that in 1945 it was in a position to appoint Antal Doráti as music director. Under Doráti, the orchestra became fully professional. Several times during the history of the orchestra it has suspended operations, including periods during the First and Second World Wars from 1914 to 1918 and from 1942 to 1945, and more recently in 1974 due to fiscal restraints. Subsequent music directors have included Georg Solti and Eduardo Mata. Andrew Litton was music director from 1992 to 2006. In 2007, Jaap van Zweden was named the DSO's 15th music director, to begin full-time with the 2008-2009 season, with an initial contract of 4 years.[1] In October 2009, the orchestra announced the extension of van Zweden's contract through the 2015-2016 season.[2] In November 2013, the orchestra announced a further extension of van Zweden's contract through 2019.[3] In January 2016, the orchestra announced the re-scheduled conclusion of van Zweden's tenure as music director after the 2017-2018 season, after which time he is scheduled to become the orchestra's conductor laureate, for the period 2018-2021.[4]

The 2004 recording of the four Rachmaninoff piano concerti and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Stephen Hough during live performances has been compared to the recordings by the composer himself. The orchestra was awarded the Gramophone Awards 2005 Editor's Choice; CD of the Week and Record of the Year 2004 from The Sunday Times; and Classical Brit Award 2005 Critics' Choice.

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Members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with articles in English Wikipedia include:


  1. ^ Scott Cantrell, "New director for DSO". Dallas Morning News, 1 February 2007.
  2. ^ "The Dallas Symphony Announces Contract Extension For Music Director Jaap van Zweden" (Press release). Dallas Symphony. October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  3. ^ Scott Cantrell (2013-11-24). "Dallas Symphony, van Zweden extend contract through 2019". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  4. ^ "The Dallas Symphony Orchestra congratulates Jaap van Zweden on the announcement of his appointment as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic" (Press release). Dallas Symphony Orchestra. 2016-01-27. Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  5. ^ School of Music Program Book 1969-1970. North Texas State University. School of Music. School of Music Program Book 1969-1970. Denton, Texas. UNT Digital Library. Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  6. ^ Life of a Poet~Madeleine Begun Kane. Retrieved 2015-07-08.

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