Dallas Symphony celebrates Meyerson’s 20th anniversary

Posted on: September 22, 2009

In Sunday’s (9/20) Dallas Morning News, Scott Cantrell writes that one of Dallas’ “claims to international fame is the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Talk to veteran classical concertgoers almost anywhere in the world and tell them you’re from Dallas, and you’ll hear, ‘Oh, you have that great concert hall.’ ” The Meyerson, home to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, is marking its 20th anniversary this month. “The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is celebrating with a free open house from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. next Sunday afternoon. And, for the price of a ticket, you can hear the DSO in concert this afternoon at 2:30. Music director Jaap van Zweden leads the orchestra in Barber’s Violin Concerto, with soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Adagio for Strings and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. The Meyerson is the only concert hall designed by I.M. Pei, one of the world’s most prominent architects from the 1960s through the 1990s. … A pianissimo at the threshold of audibility energizes the space. Throw a big, brassy Bruckner chord out into a long rest, and you can literally feel the sound moving through the room and gradually tailing off into the high ceiling. … We have Artec Consultants, the acoustical consulting firm founded by the late Russell Johnson, to thank for the Meyerson’s sonic miracles.”

Posted September 22, 2009