Dallas Chamber Symphony brings free concerts to shelters, hospitals, and more

Posted on: January 23, 2017

“The Dallas Chamber Symphony is proving classical music is not just for the concert hall,” reports Kimberly Richard on Thursday (1/19) at NBCDFW.com (Fort Worth-Dallas, TX). “DCS’s ‘Taking It to the Streets,’ a series of 22 free informal concerts performed in public spaces over 18 months … consists of DCS Live! ensembles of up to twelve musicians performing at hospitals, homeless shelters, parks and other public venues.” Following a concert at the Bridge Homeless Recover Center where musicians recently performed, “DCS will use metrics to measure the impact of the concerts, but the Bridge staff has already [noted] high levels of verbal and physical engagement, development of social and leisure skills and the extension of those effects beyond the actual concert…. More spring concerts are planned for the Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, Dallas County Juvenile Department programs and Pegasus Plaza…. The ensembles will play at the Akard and Victory DART stations.” Says DCS Principal Flute Margaret Fischer, “I want to grow as a musician and push myself to try things I’ve not done. I’m open to being flexible with the programming and talking with the audience, jamming to a certain degree. I am having fun.”

Posted January 23, 2017