Dallas Symphony’s 2018 Soluna Festival: Wagner, Leshnoff, gospel, “The Diffracted Symphony”

Posted on: January 16, 2018

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra “has a history of taking its music outside the concert hall to perform outdoors for its annual Memorial Day concert or at other venues around the city,” writes Jennifer Smart in Thursday’s (1/11) Dallas Observer. “Four years ago, the DSO formalized its commitment to community and accessibility in the form of the Soluna International Music and Arts Festival, which returns this year from May 6-28…. Many of the events are free…. Passport to the Park, an all-day event [will feature a] gospel choir, the University of North Texas Latin Jazz Lab and more…. Dallas artist Jennifer Wester … will transform a downtown Dallas parking lot into a skating rink May 19, when she will perform to a score created from sounds of ice.… Audiences can encounter Sebastien Léon’s ‘The Diffracted Symphony,’ a soundscape and sculpture, at NorthPark Center throughout the festival…. Music director Jaap van Zweden … will conduct his final concerts with the DSO during Soluna’s last week. On May 18 and 20, van Zweden conducts Richard Wagner’s ‘Die Walküre’ in concert, and from May 24-26, his final performances with the DSO will include the world premiere of a DSO-commissioned violin concerto by American composer Jonathan Leshnoff.”

Posted January 16, 2018

Pictured: In 2018, the Dallas Symphony’s Soluna festival will offer events throughout Dallas, including Passport to the Park, an all-day event at Klyde Warren Park.