Sheltering in place, Dallas Symphony streams archived performances; DSO musicians add daily music posts

Posted on: March 27, 2020

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Principal Oboe Erin Hannigan, Associate Concertmaster Eunice Keem, Principal Viola Meredith Kufchak, and Associate Principal Cello Theodore Harvey during a March 20 video recording session at Meyerson Symphony Center. Their performance of Benjamin Britten’s Phantasy Quartet will be streamed at the DSO’s Facebook and YouTube beginning March 27. Photo by Denise McGovern

“The economic impact of COVID-19 is extending far and wide, and the music and arts industries have been hit particularly hard,” writes Chelsey Norris in Wednesday’s (3/25) Dallas Observer. “The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has canceled performances through April 29 as of now, but according to president and CEO Kim Noltemy, they are taking things day by day…. One bright spot … is the plethora of positive social media content filling our feeds … while ‘sheltering in place.’ … The DSO is now sharing full-length performances from their archives. The first video was a real treat—Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, conducted by Fabio Luisi in April 2019 … his very first performance after being named the next music director of the DSO… ‘We don’t have that much in our audio archives, so we’re posting what we do have … every couple days,’ Noltemy says…. To fill the content gaps, the DSO is looking to their musicians to share ‘Music Minutes.’ These daily posts are meant to give followers a behind-the-scenes look…. ‘It doesn’t have to be strictly about music,’ Noltemy says. ‘It might include playlists and videos, photos, performances. Or it could be a musician sharing a recipe baking a cake.’ ”