DFW Music News

Marvin Hamlisch to Lead the Pops, While Stewart Copeland Gets His Date With DSO

After the jump you'll find the entirety of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's 2010-2011 season schedule -- including everything from Marvin Hamlisch's debut as pops conductor in August to the Classical Series' bow in early September to Liza Minnelli in October to the Masters of Film Music series sked. The list was just released, along with the formal announcement that Hamlisch -- whose name is synonymous with swingin' '70s cinema soundtracks, not to mention A Chorus Line and a mention in Role Models -- will be the principal pops conductor, meaning he'll be in Dallas thrice during a season that also includes appearances by a host of performers my mother will really enjoy.

"The combination of Marvin Hamlisch and Music Director Jaap van Zweden leading our organization in terms of programming and artistic vision is an unstoppable force," says Douglas Adams, president of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, in a press release accompanying the schedule. "We could not be more thrilled to welcome Marvin to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra family."

All the details concerning the pops and classical series are available at the DSO's "Destination DSO" Web site, where current subscribers can begin re-upping their renewals this week; latecomers will have to wait till February 15 to buy tickets. Concerning the Classical Series, DSO points to five premieres this season -- among them, finally, a date (or dates -- February 3-5) for Police drummer Stewart Copeland's collaboration with D'Drum, which we told you about way back in October. From the release today:

In a program led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden in February of 2011, Copeland's percussion concerto, titled Gamelan D'Drum, will receive its world premiere. Created in close collaboration with the Dallas Symphony and world music percussion group D'Drum, Copeland's work is promised to include influences from the traditional cultures of Bali, Africa, Persia and other locales, blended with the influences of Western classical and jazz forms.

2010-2011 Season Calendar

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Robert Wilonsky
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