Extended contract: Fabio Luisi to remain Dallas Symphony’s music director through 2029

Posted on: January 14, 2021

“The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has extended music director Fabio Luisi’s contract five years, through the 2028-29 season,” writes Scott Cantrell in Wednesday’s (1/13) Dallas Morning News. “The internationally acclaimed Italian conductor’s original contract included the 2019-20 season as music director-designate and four seasons starting in 2020-21 fully in place as music director…. [During] the coronavirus pandemic … Luisi, working with Peter Czornyj, the orchestra’s vice president of artistic operations, and Kim Noltemy, DSO president and CEO, revised plans to present concerts in the 2020-21 season. Programming was adjusted to works that could be performed with chamber-orchestra complements of musicians [and] the orchestra began to make video recordings of performances…. In addition, the … recording label Deutsche Grammophon will present the DSO’s Jan. 14-16 all-Mozart program [guest conducted by Nicholas McGegan] on the label’s own DG Stage video platform…. The DSO will be the first American orchestra presented on the DG platform. Luisi returns to lead the orchestra in four concerts in January and February…. Luisi recently renewed his contract as principal conductor of the Danish National Symphony through 2026. But at the end of this season, he will end his tenure as general music director of the Zurich Opera in Switzerland.”