Dallas Symphony, delivering groceries to families in need during pandemic

Posted on: April 23, 2020

Dallas Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Kim Noltemy gathers groceries to deliver to families affiliated with the DSO’s Young Strings and Young Musicians programs. Photo by DSO violinist Bruce Patti

“It’s not often that the CEO of a major American orchestra hops in her car and delivers groceries to families in need. But that is exactly what Kim Noltemy, president and chief executive of the Dallas Symphony, did last weekend,” writes Tim Giovanni in Wednesday’s (4/22) Dallas Morning News. “Along with her daughter, who’s home from New York, Noltemy drove packages of groceries to the doorsteps of families affiliated with the DSO’s Young Strings and Young Musicians programs…. ‘So many people are losing their jobs or hours at work or parts of their livelihood,’ … Noltemy says.… Orchestra members, staff and choristers [have] provided about $6,000 in groceries to 34 families…. Scott Walzel, associate principal bassoon at the DSO, [has] spearheaded a project … in local hospitals.… Online content from previous concerts and recordings … are currently playing on lobby televisions and in patients’ rooms in William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Dallas, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children” and elsewhere. Says Walzel, “The medical industry is … taking care of our community at this time. And we want them to know we support them.”