Dallas Symphony’s third SOLUNA festival: local artists, cross-disciplinary works

Posted on: May 17, 2017

“SOLUNA, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s annual International Music & Arts Festival …  is running now through early June,” writes Jennifer Smart in Tuesday’s (5/16) Dallas Observer. In contrast to the previous festivals, “This year’s Soluna doesn’t feature any big-name commissions or international pop stars…. Instead, SOLUNA seems to be coalescing around the art and artists Dallas is already familiar with…. The two-part performance [Dallas Dreams Big] features original work culled from two months of workshops at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center and the South Dallas Cultural Center, including spoken-word poetry.… Passport to the Park, a multidisciplinary day of family-friendly performances and activities, returns … Music director Jaap Van Zweden … will [conduct] Prokofiev’s masterful 5th Symphony … and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius…. The Prokofiev … features a special multimedia first act, which promises to transport audiences to World War II Soviet Russia, and Gerontius … will showcase the Dallas Symphony Chorus’ 200 members…. DreamSpace, a site-specific, interactive audio-visual installation, will illustrate the vertical nature of dream time through video, dance and an elaborate voice recognition system…. In tandem with the festival’s intention to promote cross- and multidisciplinary works of art, that makes this year’s SOLUNA the most accessible yet.”

Posted May 17, 2017

Pictured: Dallas Symphony Young Strings will join members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for “Dallas Dreams Big” during this year’s SOLUNA festival. The Dallas Symphony Young Strings program is designed to increase the diversity of American orchestras by developing the talents of exceptional and underrepresented string players in Dallas.