Dallas Symphony and Dallas Black Dance Theatre to honor George Floyd and others killed in racial violence

Posted on: June 5, 2020

“The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Project Unity will present a public concert to honor those who have lost their lives to racial violence and injustice—including, recently, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Dallas’ Botham Jean,” writes Teresa Gubbins in Thursday’s (6/4) Dallas Culture Map. “The concert, set for November 11 … will benefit Project Unity, which works to unify Dallas by implementing programs to help heal race relationships between law enforcement and Dallas citizens. ‘The events of recent months have been devastating and painful,’ said President and CEO Kim Noltemy.… ‘We have reflected on how we as an organization can respond…. As a first step, this concert will use music to unite and heal and to pay tribute to those who lost their lives and deserved to be honored on a national level.’ The concert will include the premiere of a newly commissioned work by Quinn Mason, a Dallas-based black composer studying at SMU. Also performing will be students from the DSO’s Young Strings program…. All social distancing and CDC guidelines will be in practice.” Noltemy said, “I am completely committed to moving the organization’s inclusion and diversity efforts forward as quickly as possible.”