Hungarian Highlights

Liszt & Ligeti

Jamie Martin takes us on a tour of Hungarian music from the original rockstar, Franz Liszt, to the modern avant-garde genius of György Ligeti, whose 100th anniversary of his birth we celebrate in 2023.

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Pinchas Zukerman

Pinchas Zukerman

Pinchas Zukerman reigns as one of today’s most sought-after and versatile musicians. He is renowned as a virtuoso, admired for the expressive lyricism of his playing, singular beauty of tone and impeccable.

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Mendelssohn's Lobgesang

Mendelssohn’s “Lobgesang”

Paul McCreesh joins the DSO to conduct a grand spiritual concert including vocal soloists, the Dallas Symphony Chorus and the Lay Family Organ. Also known as his Symphony No. 2, Mendelssohn described the work as a “symphonic cantata.” Bearing a superficial similarity to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, it begins with three instrumental movements although on a much smaller scale and closes with a cantata-like structure for chorus, solo voices and orchestra.

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Brahms Symphony No 3

Brahms Symphony No. 3

Although Brahms was just 50 when he wrote his Third Symphony, he looked back to younger days with the musical quotation of the motto Frei aber froh (“Free but happy”).

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Shostakovich Symphony No 4

Shostakovich Symphony No. 4

Known for his interpretations of Shostakovich, Jukka Pekka Saraste leads the Fourth Symphony, a dark and emotionally charged, groundbreaking work brought about by great suffering of the Stalin-era in the Soviet Union.

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Grimaud Plays Brahms

Hélène Grimaud Plays Brahms

Wildlife conservationist, activist, writer and virtuosic pianist, Hélène Grimaud returns to Dallas to perform Brahms’ First Piano Concerto, the composer’s first performed orchestral work. Grimaud’s thoughtful and tenderly expressive music making will ignite our emotions.

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Influences from Spain and Latin America

Ravel & Debussy

Two of Spain’s most beloved exports – distinguished conductor Juanjo Mena and soloist Javier Perianes – take the stage to celebrate Spanish and Latin contributions to classical music.

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Perry, Schumann and Farrenc

Lise de La Salle Plays Schumann

Leading into our Women in Classical Music Symposium, we invite you to explore the work of three female composers who dared to make a difference in the world of classical music. The lesser-known, but no less deserving, Julia Perry and the great Clara Schumann and Louise Farrenc were highly educated and internationally trained musicians.

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Bruckner Symphony No 4

Nicola Benedetti

Benedetti’s innate musicianship and spirited presence makes her one of the most sought-after violinists today, coupled with the pre-eminent Scottish composer of his generation, James MacMillan’s music combines rhythmic excitement, raw emotional power and spiritual meditation. The Guardian described MacMillan as, “…a composer so confident of his own musical language that he makes it instantly communicative to his listeners.”

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