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The Dallas Symphony College Card provides access to concert tickets for college students!

Ticket Availability

Throughout the season, the Dallas Symphony will publish which performances are available to College Card holders.

Each student card entitles the student to one (1) FREE ticket to the concerts listed below, plus a 25% discount on any additional tickets for those concerts. College Card holders access their free and discounted tickets by logging in to their online accounts. Once they are logged in, the discounts will be automatically available for included concerts.

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Students can purchase their card for $25 via this link.

If you need assistance, please contact Guest Services by calling 214.TIX.4DSO or by completing the contact form.

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Amadeus Live in Concert

Experience the multi-Academy Award®-winning 1984 motion picture, Amadeus, on the big screen while Mozart’s most celebrated works are performed live in-sync by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Winner of eight Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Milos Forman’s sumptuous Amadeus is an aural and visual treat for all the senses.

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Prohibition: The Music of Moulin Rouge, Boardwalk Empire and More!

Imagine time-traveling through the dark cabarets and speakeasies of New York, Paris, Berlin, London and Atlantic City, reliving the 1920s in all its decadence — prohibition, gangsters, ingénues and intrigue. Prohibition takes you on a journey through the era, from Rudy Vallée to Josephine Baker, from Kurt Weill to King Oliver, featuring the top hits of the decade authentically arranged for orchestra by GRAMMY® Award-winner Jeff Tyzik, accompanied by vintage imagery and video from the period.

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Pieces of a Dream

With more than 40 years of performing under their belts, Pieces of a Dream has built an impressive legacy of innovation and eclecticism – talents that have kept them fresh and authentic in a jazz world that’s ever-changing.

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Lila Downs in Concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, Lila Downs, one of the most influential artists in Latin America, joins the DSO for charismatic performances that showcase her unique voice. Her own compositions combine genres and rhythms as diverse as Mexican rancheras and corridos, boleros, jazz standards, hip-hop, cumbia and popular American music.

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Great American Songbook Selections

Music Director Fabio Luisi makes his first appearance on the Pops Series presented by Capital One. The evening opens with classic Gershwin, followed by selections from the Great American Songbook. These important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards began in the early 20th century and continue to be written to this day. Closing the program are pieces by Jule Styne, William L. Dawson, the great arranger of spirituals, and the foot tapping Drums by James P. Johnson.

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Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3

The Symphony No. 3 is unmistakably Rachmaninoff — with soaring melodies, shattering climaxes, and the dark rumblings of his signature Dies irae from the Mass for the Dead. But once the clouds have lifted, the Symphony ends in jubilant, life-affirming exclamations.

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Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

In a tongue-in-cheek quip, Brahms described his Second Piano Concerto as “a tiny, tiny pianoforte
concerto, with a tiny, tiny wisp of a scherzo.” Approaching the dimensions of a symphony, full of
nobility and brilliance, the monstrously difficult work will be performed by the world-renowned Austrian pianist, Rudolf Buchbinder.

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Día de los Muertos

Join us for a vibrant Day of the Dead concert, celebrating our lost loved ones with a colorful affirmation of life. The DSO’s annual tradition features traditional Latin American music and culture, dazzling guest artists, colorful festivities, decorated ofrendas and fun-filled events for the whole family.

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Thomas Ospital | Gould Family Organ Recital Series

Join us for an impressive organ recital featuring Thomas Ospital, Titulaire of the grand organ at St. Eustache Church in Paris, who has quickly earned a place amongst the world’s finest concert organists.

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Vienna Boys Choir

There’s something eternal and powerful about the Vienna Boys Choir’s pure and pristine sound. The evening will feature a diverse and challenging array of vocal music spanning many centuries and the angelic voices of one of the most famous choirs in the world will entrance you. Don’t miss the beauty and precision of the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir as they take the stage of the Meyerson for one night only!

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Vengerov Plays Brahms

Superstar violinist Maxim Vengerov, “the greatest living string player in the world today” (Classic FM),
returns to dazzle Dallas with the technical fireworks of Brahms’s Violin Concerto that has inspired the
admiration and awe of audiences for well over a century. Sibelius’s First Symphony, painting with darker shades of the musical palette and evoking the atmosphere of his beloved Finland, rounds out this concert.

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As We Speak: Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer featuring Rakesh Chaurasia

The DSO is excited to welcome Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer with Rakesh Chaurasia to the stage. NPR stated they are “simply the best at what they do… They are world-class masters of the banjo, the bass fiddle and the tabla [who] conquered mere technical prowess long ago.”

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Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”

Is Tchaikovsky’s searing final work — shrouded in mystery — his farewell to the world? You will decide. The music begins in the bassoon’s lowest register — dark and melancholy, with tumult and anguish to follow, but also a waltz with an offbeat rhythm.

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Stravinsky The Firebird

Stravinsky’s Firebird has it all: a prince, 13 princesses, the Firebird’s magic feather, and an evil ogre and his hellish minions! You’ll feel the music’s vibrant colors and rich harmonies, glittering and pulsing with fantastic effects, leading to the gossamer Lullaby and a shimmering Finale proclaiming a happily-ever-after. Concertmaster Alexander Kerr solos in Mozart’s sparkling Concerto No. 5, complete with a Turkish march.

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Christmas Pops

The beloved holiday tradition continues with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performing transcendent anthems, classical holiday favorites and sing-along carols. Your favorite holiday vocalists join the DSO and our choruses to bring a bit of Christmas magic to the Meyerson. Sprinkle in an appearance by you-know-who, a bit of snow and the joyous music of the DSO and there is nothing quite like it.

Friday, 12/8, 7:30 PM

Tito Puente, Jr.

The incredible musical legacy left by Tito Puente is carried on by his son, Tito Puente Jr., who brings the same joy and vibrancy to his high-voltage celebrations on stage. An audience favorite, Tito Jr. will delight Dallas with a powerful performance that effortlessly mixes the old and the new.

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Country Christmas

Nashville-based recording artists Rachel Potter (Broadway and The X Factor) and Patrick Thomas (The Voice) will join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to bring a little country magic to your favorite Christmas hits! Get into the holiday spirit with festive songs made famous by artists like George Strait, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Johnny Cash – including When It’s Christmas Time in Texas, Hard Candy Christmas, and Feliz Navidad. 

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Carols with the King’s Singers

Representing the gold standard in a cappella singing on the world’s greatest stages, The King’s Singers are known for their sheer musicality, impressive versatility and ability to entertain. Drawing on the group’s rich heritage, their holiday programs cover everything from contemporary choral gems and folk songs to well-loved carols. Join us for an evening like no other this holiday season.

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Elgar Cello Concerto

A concert of differing moods from composers writing nearly a century apart. Elgar’s introspective Concerto reflects with intensity his despair about the world after the Great War that destroyed millions of lives. You’ll hear echoes of Bach, a sublime Adagio, and a finale conveying profound emotions. Beethoven, feeling nearly rambunctious in his sun infused Fourth Symphony, sends you home on an uplifting note.

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Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

Prokofiev’s most popular Symphony, composed before the end of World War II, found the composer — hounded by Stalin’s Central Committee of the Communist Party — watching his back. Fiery harmonies reveal 20th century sensibilities, where big climaxes alternate with haunting melodies, brass and percussion explosions with exquisite lyricism, tragedy with triumph, sweeping you towards the gripping conclusion. DSO Principal Flute David Buck solos in Nielsen’s Concerto, showcasing not just the flute, but also in dialogue with “fellow instruments.”

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Mozart and Beethoven

This concert features two iconic composers and their masterful works that showcase how they subverted the styles of the time and pushed the genre forward. Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute is the delightful prelude to his lyrical and joyous Piano Concerto No. 21. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, one of the most famous and popular symphonies in the history of classical music, brings the concert to a dynamic close.

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Rajaton Sings Queen

Revisit your favorite Queen songs with Finnish sensation, Rajaton. The six-person singing group, accompanied by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will sing Queen’s greatest hits including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “I Want It All,” “Somebody to Love,” “We Are The Champions” and many more.

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Sibelius Violin Concerto

Sibelius’s stylistic strengths are on full display in a program opened by his adventurous tone poem En saga and technically challenging Violin Concerto. Of his late-Romantic work, Sibelius wrote: “I begin already dimly to see the mountain that I shall certainly ascend. God opens his door for a moment and his orchestra plays the Fifth Symphony.”

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David Sanborn

With eight Gold albums and six GRAMMY® Awards under his belt, David Sanborn is a jazz legend. Described as “the most influential saxophonist on pop, R&B, and crossover players of the past 20 years,” Sanborn has transcended genres and musical boundaries throughout his career – which spans six decades and counting.

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Uptown Nights: It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing

Inspired by Harlem’s famed musical hot spots like The Cotton Club and The Savoy, this swingin’ night of musical sensations focuses on Harlem’s heyday when Duke Ellington’s orchestra was the house band, and Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and Ethel Waters showcased the classics of the Great American Songbook.

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Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

Showing off the power and majesty of “the king of instruments,” Bradley Hunter Welch is at the Lay Family Concert Organ when the DSO, led by Fabio Luisi, performs Saint-Saëns’s grand Romantic “Organ Symphony.” The composer told the commissioning body that it “will be terrifying, I warn you.” But do not be afraid; you’ll be safely guided to the blazing C Major chord that sets the last movement in motion.

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Chopin and Shostakovich

After Stalin died, Shostakovich, having suffered under the repressive Soviet regime, unleashed his fury
against the dictator in his Tenth Symphony — a titanic struggle pounded out in a code of savage pitches equivalent to his initials D-S-C-H (in German musical notation) — crushing the tyrant in the triumphant finale. Raising the curtain is Chopin’s rhapsodic Concerto No. 1, full of poetry and passion.

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An Evening With Sphinx Virtuosi

The Sphinx Virtuosi is a dynamic and inspiring professional self-conducted chamber orchestra and serves as the flagship performing entity of the Sphinx Organization — the leading social justice non-profit dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.

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Daniil Trifonov Piano Recital

With “colorful, dazzling and imaginative playing,” virtuoso Daniil Trifonov ranks as “one of the most awesome pianists of our time” (The New York Times). His DSO recital offers works by Rameau, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven. Do not miss this unique opportunity to see one of the most important pianists working today in a rare Dallas recital.

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In an intimate performance the DSO brings Ludmilla, an opera by Erich Ziegler (score) and Willy Rosen (libretto), to Dallas. The opera was originally performed for the Schutzstaffel in 1944 by the Gruppe Bühne (cabaret artists imprisoned at Westerbork Concentration Camp in the Netherlands) — two months later, all forms of entertainment were banned. This moving production weaves together the comedy created for the SS’s entertainment with memories drawn from prisoners at Westerbork that were ultimately murdered in Auschwitz.

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Mahler Symphony No. 5

For intense emotions and radiant beauty, nothing can surpass Mahler’s Fifth. A movement marked “tempestuously. With great vehemence” stands alongside the achingly beautiful Adagietto — a gift to his beloved wife Alma — scored for strings and harp alone, a kind of “resting place” before the grand drama of the finale. The legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan called the Symphony “a transformative experience.” Coupled with the world premiere of Anna Clyne’s visceral and arresting Piano Concerto, this concert will have the emotional depth and range of the DSO on full display.

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Brahms Requiem

Fabio Luisi leads all musical forces (including former DSO artist-in-residence Matthias Goerne) in Brahms’s inspiring work. Gone are the rafter-shaking Last Judgment and punishment for sinners; instead, this Requiem’s centerpiece is the gentle “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place,” comforting the bereaved and giving them the hope for eternal life. A balm for the soul. With English supertitles.

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Also Sprach Zarathustra

Millions of movie fans the world over have heard the grand fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra at
the beginning of Kubrick’s epic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. But if you’ve never heard it live, you’re in for a thrill — a multitude of brasses, the full orchestra, and the Lay Family Concert Organ, all hailing a primeval sunrise. To open the concert, Co-Concertmaster Nathan Olson solos in Britten’s fiendishly difficult Violin Concerto.

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