Dallas Symphony musicians, performing for hospital patients at a distance

Posted on: July 28, 2020

“Dallas Symphony Orchestra members are focusing their talents on spreading joy through music, but at a distance,” writes Eva Raggio in Friday’s (7/24) Dallas Observer. “In May, the organization sent two violinists to serenade a former DSO member on her 100th birthday. ‘When we stopped performing concerts as an orchestra back in March, it became clear that new ways to reach and serve our community were needed,’ says [associate principal bassoon] Scott Walzel … who also serves as the organization’s director of community development and outreach. Through their current project, the DSO One 2 One program, orchestra members are serenading hospital patients via video.” Some videos are prerecorded on the Meyerson stage, others live or pre-recorded at musicians’ private studios or homes. “After doing a woodwind recording session, Walzel says he had a conversation with [DSO president and CEO Kim] Noltemy in which they agreed to share these videos, along with other selected DSO videos from past concerts, with two local hospital systems…. In the last few months, orchestra members have performed outside of hospitals, and the company is sending videos to others…. Musicians perform for patients via Zoom or FaceTime, sometimes pre-recorded…. Clips are between 3-6 minutes in length.”