Dallas Symphony connects with autism community via free concerts

Posted on: December 16, 2016

“The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will present its second free concert designed specifically for people on the autism spectrum Feb. 5 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center,” writes Holly Haber in Thursday’s (12/15) Dallas Morning News. “ ‘The response to the first “My DSO Concert” was overwhelming, joyful and affirming,’ said symphony president and CEO Jonathan Martin. ‘There was a buzz of enthusiasm from the audience as the music was performed, and gratitude from families that they could enjoy a Dallas Symphony concert without stress or worry.’ The concert is presented in partnership with Autism Treatment Center, Best Buddies, LaunchAbility, My Possibilities, the Eugene McDermott Scholars at the University of Texas at Dallas, UT Southwestern Medical Center and The Warren Center. It begins with a 1:30 p.m. fair where visitors can touch musical instruments and get information from service organizations that address intellectual disabilities. The hour-long concert begins at 2:30 p.m. and concludes with a casual reception with the musicians.… The first concert, held in April, was inspired by symphony music director Jaap Van Zweden, who discovered he could communicate with his autistic son through music, and interest from philanthropist Margaret McDermott, who has a beloved autistic friend.”

Posted December 16, 2016