Dallas Symphony to sell NFTs of concert with Metropolitan Opera musicians, proceeds to benefit musicians

Posted on: July 30, 2021

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Music Director Fabio Luisi conducts members of the DSO and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra on April 30, 2021 in Dallas. Photo: Ben Torres

“NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, continue to gain traction in the world of classical music,” writes Tim Diovanni in Wednesday’s (7/28) Dallas Morning News. “The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has released an NFT commemorating the historic performances of Mahler’s First Symphony by members of the DSO and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center in the spring. The concerts were led by DSO music director Fabio Luisi, who worked seven seasons at the Met, six as principal conductor. NFTs turn pieces of digital art or other collectibles into unique, verifiable assets…. The DSO is offering its NFT in three tiers: 1. Audio of the last movement of Mahler’s First Symphony and photos of the musicians and performances…. 2. Videos of the symphony’s first movement and interview with Fabio Luisi, as well as a ticket to a chamber music concert in New York City in 2022 featuring members of the DSO and Met Opera Orchestra…. 3. Video of the full concert, behind-the scenes footage and a VIP experience at the NYC reunion concert…. All proceeds will go to Met Opera musicians, who were furloughed without pay for almost a year during the company’s pandemic-caused shutdown.”