Soluna Festival in 2015 Has the Potential to Become the City's Coolest Festival

WCD (Washington Crossing the Delaware)
WCD (Washington Crossing the Delaware)
Francisco Moreno

It's not every day you get a press release in your inbox that makes you believe in this "world class city" business people in Dallas are always talking about. But today, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced its plans for the inaugural Soluna Festival, a 3-week performing and visual arts feast of local and international artists. And from the sound of it, this festival has the potential to make Dallas a destination during the month of May.

Extending throughout the Arts District, the festival includes music, film, new media, visual art, with names like Dallas-based painter Francisco Moreno alongside the likes of Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist. Let's hope this strong line-up can be replicated and that collaborations between the DSO and local institutions like Goss Michael Foundation continue year after year. See the full, impressive line-up below.

More information at mydso.com.

Press Relase: SOLUNA: International Music & Arts Festival Schedule As of November 11, 2014

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7:00PM A Musician's View Meyerson Symphony Center Stage, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas Musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra including Angela Fuller Heyde, Daphne Volle, violins; Christine Hwang, viola; Jeffrey Hood, cello; Demarre McGill, flute; Greg Raden, clarinet; Ryan Anthony, Kevin Finamore, trumpets; Wilfred Roberts, Scott Walzel, bassoons; John Kitzman, Darren McHenry, trombones; David Cooper, horn; Daniel Florio, percussion STRAVINSKY Fanfare for a New Theatre GOLIJOV Lullaby and Doina MARTINU Quartet for Horn, Clarinet, Cello and Side Drum STRAVINSKY Octet DVOŘÁK String Quartet No. 12, "American" Current ticket prices are $19. For tickets and information, visit www.mydso.com or call 214.TIX.4DSO. Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 7:30PM Avant Chamber Ballet at the SOLUNA Festival Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas Avant Chamber Ballet, Artistic Director Katie Puder Musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra George Balanchine's "Valse Fantaisie" (Music by Glinka) Christopher Wheeldon's "The American" pas de deux (Music by Dvořák) A new ballet by Katie Puder George Balanchine brought ballet to America and created a truly American style of ballet and dancing. Christopher Wheeldon and Paul Mejia were dancers at Balanchine's company New York City Ballet and were protégés of his style. The current generation of choreographers are continuing the legacy of American ballet while continuing to find innovation and inspiration through the style. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 7:00PM SOLUNA Festival Opening Performance Three Short Films by Alex Prager with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas Dallas Symphony Orchestra Karina Canellakis conducts Face in the Crowd (2013) La Petite Mort (2012) Despair (2012) Karina Canellakis leads the DSO in a live music performance accompanying the screening of three Alex Prager films with music composed by Ali Helnwein. An After-Party will be hosted at a venue to be determined. Current ticket prices are $49 for concert only, $150 ticket price for concert plus After-Party. For tickets and information, visit www.mydso.com or call 214.TIX.4DSO. May 6 and 7, 2015 at 5:00PM Dallas Theater Center Wyly Theater, 2400 Flora Street, Dallas Dallas Theater Center Brierley Resident Acting Company & Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Skokos Advanced Acting Lab students will present a showcase of scenes highlighting SOLUNA's theme, Destination (America). Free & open to the public Thursday, May 7, 2015 6:00PM Alex Prager Exhibit Opening Goss-Michael Foundation 1405 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas Three video installations and a new body of photographs presented for the first time in the United States will open at the Goss-Michael Foundation, which will host a reception for SOLUNA Festival participants. A Friday lunch conversation with the artist will also be promoted by GMF as part of their regular Friday lunch series with Green House Market. Exhibit continues May 8-June 20, 2015. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:30PM Rachmaninoff + Korngold Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas Amernet String Quartet Misha Vitenson, Marcia Littley, violins; Michael Klotz, viola; Jason Calloway, cello Musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Eunice Keem, Miika Gregg, violins; Ann Marie Brink, viola; Theodore Harvey, cello and Baya Kakouberi, piano RACHMANINOFF String Quartet No. 1 KORNGOLD Piano Quintet ENESCU String Octet Current ticket prices are $19. For tickets and information, visit www.mydso.com or call 214.TIX.4DSO. Thursday, May 7 at 7:30PM Oaxacan Cultural Exchange Performance Latino Cultural Center 2600 Live Oak Street, Dallas An educational initiative between the State of Oaxaca, Mexico, and the DSO's SOLUNA: International Music & Arts Festival, this cultural exchange began in August 2014 when six DSO musicians traveled to Oaxaca for a week-long residency including private lessons, music coaching and ensemble rehearsals. The exchange concludes when select Oaxacan music students travel to Dallas to perform with the DSO's Young Strings students and members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The concert will feature chamber music by renowned Mexican and American composers. May 8 & 9, 2015 at 7:30PM Hollywood Exile ReMix Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas Dallas Symphony Orchestra Karina Canellakis conducts Conrad Tao, piano and DSO Artist-in-Residence Video by Pipilotti Rist (World Premiere - DSO Commission) KORNGOLD The Sea Hawk Overture STRAVINSKY Scherzo à la Russe SCHOENBERG Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene ROZSA Andante for String Orchestra Video by Pipilotti Rist ROZSA Spellbound Concerto Conrad Tao, piano Current ticket prices are $19. For tickets and information, visit www.mydso.com or call 214.TIX.4DSO. The Dallas Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the 2014/15 ReMix series with additional support from JPMorgan Chase & Co.

May 9, 2015 at 2:30PM Conrad Performs Copland + Bartok Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas Conrad Tao, piano and DSO Artist-in-Residence Nathan Olson, violin Gregory Raden, clarinet COPLAND Piano Sonata RACHMANINOFF Vocalise with Nathan Olson, violin BARTOK Contrasts with Greg Raden, clarinet; Nathan Olson, violin RACHMANINOFF Three Etudes-tableaux Current ticket prices are $19. For tickets and information, visit www.mydso.com or call 214.TIX.4DSO. Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 6:00PM Phantasy Quartet Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass Street, Dallas, TX Amernet String Quartet Misha Vitenson, Marcia Littley, violins; Michael Klotz, viola; Jason Calloway, cello Musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to include Erin Hannigan, oboe NICHOLAS MAW Intrada BERNARD RANDS String Quartet No. 2 BRITTEN Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings Erin Hannigan, oboe KORNGOLD String Sextet Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 2:30PM Southern Methodist University Orchestra Concert Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas Paul Philips conducts Hando Nahkur, piano XI WANG Above Light SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto in G minor RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances Xi Wang is an acclaimed member of the Meadows School of the Arts faculty in composition. Originally from China, she came to the U.S. to study and has remained here. Estonian pianist Hando Nahkur is the first person to enroll in the new Meadows School of the Arts Artist Diploma program. Rachmaninoff emigrated from Russia to the U.S in 1917. His last completed work, Symphonic Dances, was composed in 1940. May 14, 2015 at 7:30PM Kevin Beasley Artist Talk Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood Street, Dallas The evening will include an interview/talk/Q&A with Kevin and a curator at the DMA. Details to follow. May 14 & 16, 2015 at 7:30PM Bernstein 3 Texas Instruments Classical Series Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas Jaap van Zweden conducts Liza Ferschtman, violin Kelley Nassief, soprano Ronald Guttman, narrator Dallas Symphony Chorus: Joshua Habermann, director Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas: Cynthia Nott, director BERNSTEIN Serenade BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 3, "Kaddish" Prior to the performances, Yael Bartana's film Inferno will be screened. Bartana explores the imagery of cultural identity. In her films, installations, and photographs, she critically investigates her native country's struggle for identity, and the ideas of displacement and belonging. Her thought-provoking film Inferno deals sensitively with the experience of being uprooted from one's homeland, and explores the intersection of culture and individuality. Current ticket prices are $29 - $129. For tickets and information, visit www.mydso.com or call 214.TIX.4DSO. May 15, 2015 at 7:30PM Transfigured Night Meyerson Symphony Center Stage, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas Amernet String Quartet (Misha Vitenson, Marcia Littley, violins; Michael Klotz, viola; Jason Calloway, cello) Musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra including Emanuelle Boisvert, Andrew Schast, violins; Pamela Askew, viola; Christopher Adkins, Jennifer Humphreys, cello; Nicolas Tsolainos, bass; TBD, soprano GINASTERA String Quartet No. 3 GOLIJOV Last Round SCHOENBERG Transfigured Night May 15, 2015 Kevin Beasley Performance Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood Street, Dallas As part of the DMA's Friday Late Nights, New York artist Kevin Beasley will present a performance using sculptures incorporating microphones that will capture environmental sounds. FREE event - part of the Dallas Museum of Art's Late Night series May 15-17, 2015 Dallas Black Dance Theater Wyly Theater, 2400 Flora Street, Dallas Part of DBDT's Spring Celebration Series. Dallas Black Dance Theatre will present a world premiere created by New York based choreographer, Daniel Catanach. Catanach will integrate ballet, Black and Hispanic urban gesture, and social and modern dance to create this transformative work which focuses on the experience of young men growing up in Urban America. The work will feature six male dancers who are celebrating "coming of age" in very different ways. Though they are from various social and economic backgrounds and are finding their own unique voice through independent journeys, they still share one common ground: growing up a "minority." The piece will be structured in three parts. Celebration: will highlight the ways in which they feel they are moving forward in the world. Struggle: will put forth various obstacles to be dealt with, sometimes between each other and other times from within. Triumph: will show the inner spirit that pushes through and keeps one living. May 17, 2015 at 7:30PM Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas TCHAIKOVSKY Cossack Dance from Mazeppa (with the student conducting competition winner) RAVEL Tzigane (Maria Schleuning, violin) R. STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" This evening also features the GDYO Gala at 6:00 PM, which benefits the GDYO Scholarship Fund and Tour Fund. Gala tickets start at $100 and include a concert ticket (reserve by May 1). Concert tickets range from $10-$25, with student tickets at $8 (student ID required). Tickets may be purchased online at www.gdyo.org, by phone at 214-528-7747 or at the Meyerson box office on the day of the concert. May 18, 2015 at 7:30PM Dvorak + Prokofiev Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX Musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra including Alexander Kerr and Nathan Olson, violins; Ellen Rose, viola; Christopher Adkins, cello; David Cooper, horn; Gregory Raden, clarinet Lucille Chung, piano PROKOFIEV Sonata for Two Violins DOHNANYI Sextet DVORAK Piano Quintet in A major Current ticket prices are $19. For tickets and information, visit www.mydso.com or call 214.TIX.4DSO. May 20, 2015 at 7:30PM Soundings: New Music at the Nasher Music from Yellow Barn: Music on the Brink of War Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora Street, Dallas, TX Soundings presents an evening devoted to Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. With soprano Lucy Shelton and songs of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht with actors Walter van Dyk and Liza Sadovy. Since its premiere in 1912, Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire has been regarded by generations of musicians and audiences as an icon of artistic originality. Igor Stravinsky referred to Pierrot as the "solar plexus of twentieth century music". Both Schoenberg and Kurt Weill (with dramatist Bertolt Brecht) whose Threepenny Opera, Mahogany, and Happy Days appeared in the first stirrings of the Second World War, found the cabaret to be an environment conducive to blurred lines separating art and popular music, and the socialist and capitalist worlds to which their music reacted. May 21-23, 2015 at 7:30PM Mahler 3 Texas Instruments Classical Series Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas Jaap van Zweden conducts Alice Coote, mezzo-soprano Women of the Dallas Symphony Chorus: Joshua Habermann, director Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas: Cynthia Nott, director MAHLER Symphony No. 3 Current ticket prices are $39 - $139. For tickets and information, visit www.mydso.com or call 214.TIX.4DSO. May 22, 2015 at 10:00PM TANGO FIESTA! Venue to be announced FREE Michael Guttman and Friends Musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra A program of Tangos, dances and more May 24, 2015 at 8:30PM Salute to the Armed Forces In partnership with Carry the Load Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway Dallas Symphony Orchestra Jaap van Zweden conducts Monte Laster, performance artist Students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts Francisco Moreno WCD Project - New installation and performance Dates and venue to be announced Francisco Moreno's performance WCD will take place after dark in an empty warehouse. On entering the space, visitors will hear the deep rumble of a custom-built car engine and witness a dynamic performance inspired by the artist's experience as a Mexican immigrant to the United States. WCD (Washington Crossing the Delaware) borrows its title from a painting by German artist Emanuel Leutze that was intended to inspire European revolutionaries. Moreno reinterprets this depiction of a symbolic American story in a performance involving a Japanese car--built by a company that contributed to that country's participation in World War II--with an implanted American engine rebuilt from scratch by Mexican technicians. Further partner organizations will include AT&T Performing Arts Center, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, TITAS Presents, UT Southwestern Medical Center and the University of Texas at Dallas. Additional performances and events to be announced. Artists, repertoire, venues and partners are subject to change. Press contacts: Denise McGovern | d.mcgovern@dalsym.com | 214.871.4024 Chris Shull | c.shull@dalsym.com | 214.871.4061 Mary Lou Falcone | mlf@mlfpr.com | 212.580.4302 Adam Abdalla | adam@nadinejohnson.com | 212.228.5555

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