Dallas Symphony Orchestra announces spring tour

March 2023 Performances Mark the First Appearances of the Orchestra with Music Director Fabio Luisi on the East Coast

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson Will Join in New York and Boston for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2

DSO and Luisi to Perform What keeps me awake by Composer-in-Residence Angélica Negrón and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony

Carnegie Hall Appearance Marks Luisi’s First New York Performance Since 2016

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Dallas, Texas (January 13, 2023) – The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Ross Perot President & CEO Kim Noltemy and Music Director Fabio Luisi (Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship) today announced an upcoming three-city tour of the U.S. East Coast. In March, the DSO and Luisi will visit Boston’s Symphony Hall (March 24); New York’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall (March 26); and Woolsey Hall on the Yale University Campus in New Haven, Connecticut, performing Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and opening the program with What keeps me awake by DSO’s composer-in-residence Angélica Negrón (March 28). In Boston and New York, Garrick Ohlsson will join the DSO for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The Dallas Symphony’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall appearance is generously supported by Linda and Mitch Hart.

Tickets will be available on Friday, January 13, 2023, and may be purchased on the venues’ websites.

“I am very excited to present our orchestra to audiences in Boston, New York and New Haven,” said Luisi. “We have done incredible work together here in Dallas since the beginning of my tenure in 2020, and I look forward to sharing the sound we have developed with music-lovers outside of our home.”

“We are thrilled to perform in these incredible venues and bring the music we enjoy week after week in Dallas to audiences in Boston, New York and New Haven,” added Linda Hart. 

Marking the first time the orchestra has toured since spring of 2013, the East Coast tour dates also represent the first time the DSO has appeared under Luisi’s direction outside of North Texas. The Carnegie Hall performance will be Luisi’s first in New York since 2016 and the first time the DSO and Luisi have appeared at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

“These appearances mark the return of the DSO’s touring activities,” said Noltemy. “We are thrilled to have performances planned nationally and internationally in the upcoming seasons.”


Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Fabio Luisi, conductor
ANGÉLICA NEGRÓN What keeps me awake
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 | Garrick Ohlsson, piano (Boston and New York)
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E minor

Friday, March 24, 2023, at 8:00 PM
Symphony Hall | Boston, Massachusetts

Sunday, March 26, 2023, at 8:30 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall | New York, New York

Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at 7:30 PM
Woolsey Hall | New Haven, Connecticut

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Fabio Luisi, presents world-class orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, one of the world’s top-rated concert halls. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 243,000 adults and children annually through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. During the pandemic, the Dallas Symphony was one of a few major U.S. orchestras to present socially distanced concerts with live audiences throughout the 2020/21 Season. Furthermore, the orchestra has offered more than 200 outdoor chamber concerts in neighborhoods throughout the Metroplex since the summer. The DSO continued online music lessons to more than 300 students as part of its Young Strings and Young Musicians programs.

The Dallas Symphony has used digital and broadcast media to share music beyond its geographic boundaries and has become a leader among American orchestras in digital distribution. In 2021, the DSO presented a three-concert broadcast series with Bloomberg Media, reaching over 4 million viewers globally. In October 2021, PBS stations across the country began airing One Symphony, Two Orchestras, a program that documented the historic concert of Mahler’s First Symphony with the DSO and the musicians of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in May 2021. That program was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in May 2022. The DSO also captures and streams concert performances for distribution online through its Next Stage Digital Concert Series, Presented by PNC Bank. Programs are available on the DSO’s website at watch.dallassymphony.org.

The DSO has a tradition dating back to 1900 and is a cornerstone of the unique, 118-acre Arts District in Downtown Dallas that is home to multiple performing arts venues, museums and parks – the largest district of its kind in the nation. The DSO is supported, in part, by funds from the Office of Arts & Culture, City of Dallas.

GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor Fabio Luisi launched his tenure as Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) at the start of the 2020/21 season. In January 2021, the DSO and Luisi announced an extension of his contract through the 2028/29 season. A maestro of major international standing, the Italian conductor has embarked on his sixth season as Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and in September 2022 he assumed the role of Principal Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. He previously served for six seasons as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and nine seasons as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera.

In September 2022, Luisi and the Dallas Symphony released their first recording project together, Brahms’s First and SecondSymphonies, which is available through the DSO’s in-house DSO Live label. Fabio Luisi’s ongoing 2022/23 programs in Dallas and for the DSO’s Next Stage Digital Concert Series will feature performances of the music of beloved classical composers, a continued examination of American music, and large-scale choral and orchestral works. Highlights include performance concert program of three female composers – Julia Perry, Clara Schumann and Louise Farrenc – that preceded the fourth annual Women in Classical Music Symposium last fall; Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, which marked the first time during his tenure that Luisi had presented Bruckner; and the upcoming world premiere of DSO composer-in-residence Angélica Negrón’s new work, Arquitecta featuring Colombian singer Lido Pimienta.

Other highlights of the 2022/23 season include several concerts with the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo) in his first season as Principal Conductor; a new production of Verdi’s I vespri siciliani at La Scala (Milan); and the continuation, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, of his recorded series of Carl Nielsen’s symphonies for the renowned Deutsche Grammophon label.

The conductor received his first GRAMMY® Award in March 2013 for his leadership of the last two operas of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, when Deutsche Grammophon’s DVD release of the full cycle, recorded live at the Met, was named Best Opera Recording of 2012. In February 2015, the Philharmonia Zurich launched its Philharmonia Records label with three Luisi recordings: Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, a double album surveying Wagner’s Preludes and Interludes, and a DVD of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Subsequent releases have included a survey of Rachmaninov’s Four Piano Concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with soloist Lise de la Salle, and a rare recording of the original version of Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No. 8. Luisi’s extensive discography also includes rare Verdi operas (Jérusalem, Alzira and Aroldo), Salieri’s La locandiera, Bellini’s I puritani and I Capuleti e I Montecchi with Anna Netrebko and Elīna Garanča for Deutsche Grammophon, and the symphonic repertoire of Honegger, Respighi and Liszt. He has recorded the oratorio Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln by neglected Austrian composer Franz Schmidt, as well as that composer’s complete symphonies; several works by Richard Strauss for Sony Classical; and an award-winning account of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony with the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Born in Genoa in 1959, Luisi began piano studies at the age of four and received his diploma from the Conservatorio Niccolò Paganini in 1978. He later studied conducting with Milan Horvat at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Named both Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana and Commendatore della Stella d’Italia for his role in promoting Italian culture abroad, in 2014 he was awarded the Grifo d’Oro, the highest honor given by the city of Genoa, for his contributions to the city’s cultural legacy. Off the podium, Luisi is an accomplished composer whose Saint Bonaventure Mass received its world premiere at St. Bonaventure University, followed by its New York City premiere in the MetLiveArts series, with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Chorus. As reported by the New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning and elsewhere, he is also a passionate maker of perfumes, which he produces in a one-person operation, flparfums.com.

Denise McGovern | Vice President of Communications and Media | Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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