Dallas Symphony Orchestra 2023 Gala

Kim and Greg Hext, Gala Co-Chairs
Saturday, September 30, 2023
El Centro Sinfónico Morton H. Meyerson

Con la presentación de


2023 Honorary Gala Chairs
Diane & Hal Brierley

2023 Underwriting Co-Chairs

Keith Braley

Marena y Roger Gault

Maisie Heiken

Venise Stuart

2023 Gala Concert Sponsor
Capital Uno

2023 Gala After-Party Co-Chairs
Jane Humphrey
Samantha Wortley

2023 Gala After-Party Experience Featured Artist
Q The Band

Proceeds from the Extraordinary Evening of Music and Celebration Will Benefit the DSO’s Education and Community Initiatives

Table Information and Sponsorship Available at dallassymphony.org
Single Tickets Begin at $140

Dallas, Texas (July 31, 2023) – On September 30, 2023, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will present the annual DSO Gala, an evening of music and celebration that benefits the organization’s education and community initiatives. The Gala will feature a cocktail reception, elegant seated dinner and Gala Concert performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, followed by the Gala After-Party Experience with savories, desserts and dancing. This black-tie event is one of the Dallas Symphony’s largest annual fundraisers.

The Gala concert will feature Music Director Fabio Luisi and the DSO with special guest pianist Emanuel Ax and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard in her DSO debut. Leonard will dazzle in selections from Bizet’s beloved Carmen, and Ax’s fancy finger work will shine in works by Chopin. Luisi and the DSO will round out the evening with French flair in La Valse by Ravel. Following the concert, the Meyerson lobby will be transformed into the After-Party Experience with sounds by Q The Band. Patrons will enjoy cocktails and bites while dancing the night away.

The 2023 DSO Gala is Chaired by Kim & Greg Hext. The Hexts are considerably involved in Dallas charities. Kim Hext currently sits on the Board of Governors for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Texas Ballet Theater. She has served on the Board of Directors for The Dallas Opera, TACA (The Arts Community Alliance), Aging Minds Foundation and serves as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Development Committee of the Board of Directors for Hope Supply Co., the nation’s largest diaper bank serving homeless and at-risk children. She is a member of The Crystal Charity Ball Committee and has been named to the 10 Best Dressed Women of Dallas in 2021 and 2022. In 2018, Kim and Greg chaired the Dallas Zoo’s Zoo To Do raising over $1 million for the annual event, and they were Honorary Chairs for the 2002 Zoo To Do. Kim currently serves on the Dallas Zoo’s Board of Directors and Advancement Committee. In 2018, she was the Savor the Symphony Chair for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League.

Honorary Chairs Diane & Hal Brierley have been supporters and leaders of philanthropy and business in Dallas for decades. Dallas Symphony Board of Governors members Keith Braley, Marena & Roger Gault, Maisie Heiken, and Venise Stuart will be joining as Underwriting Co-Chairs, and Jane Humphrey and Samantha Wortley will serve as the evening’s After-Party Experience Co-Chairs.

Capital One will return this year as Gala Concert Sponsor. “Capital One is committed to investing in the communities where we live and work, and core to that is arts and education,” said Sanjiv Yajnik, President, Financial Services at Capital One. “Hundreds of children each year receive instruction and opportunities through the Young Strings program and the Kim Noltemy Young Musicians program with the DSO. It is both fostering a love of music and providing valuable real-world lessons beyond their instrument instruction. By empowering the youth with the knowledge, tools and resources they need, we all are nurturing the future leaders who will shape a dynamic and thriving tomorrow.”

With over twenty programs that span generations, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s education and community programs inspire and change lives. Over 700 children in grades 1-5 receive instruction through the DSO’s free after-school El Sistema-inspired Kim Noltemy Young Musicians orchestra program. The Young Strings program nurtures the talent of over 200 string students with free private lessons, performance opportunities and professional training at some of the country’s top instrumental programs. School-aged children from around the Metroplex enjoy the DSO’s Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts that are created specifically for young listeners. The DSO’s Teen Council provides musically curious high school students with the opportunity to meet others, volunteer in the community and take part in DSO performances and activities. Adult music lovers have enjoyed decades of pre-concert talks, Bach’s Lunch and Learns, insightful lectures and conversations. In the new DSO Cares program, musicians bring music and caring to residents of assisted care facilities and in hospital settings.

“We invite everyone to join us for these incredible festivities that support the work we do beyond the concert stage,” said Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony. “It will be a memorable evening of music and celebration that will kick off the 2023/24 season.”

Full-evening Gala tickets start at $1,250 each and include the pre-concert reception, dinner, premium concert hall seating and the After-Party Experience. For information about full Gala tickets, table purchases and Gala sponsorships, call Denton Bricker, Director of Events and Volunteer Services at 214.871.4011 or email at Gala@DalSym.com.

Concert and After-Party Experience tickets, which do not include the pre-concert reception or dinner, start at $140 and are available for purchase at dallassymphony.org o 214.849.4376.


The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Fabio Luisi, presents more than 150 orchestra concerts 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 multimedia presentations. As part of its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches hundreds of thousands of adults and children annually through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. The orchestra offers more than 200 outdoor chamber concerts in neighborhoods throughout Dallas each year, as well as continuing music lessons to more than 900 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. 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.

La DSO tiene una tradición que se remonta a 1900 y es una piedra angular del exclusivo distrito artístico de 118 acres del centro de Dallas, que alberga múltiples salas de artes escénicas, museos y parques, el mayor distrito de este tipo en el país. La DSO se financia, en parte, con fondos de la Oficina de Arte y Cultura de la ciudad de Dallas.

Contacto con los medios de comunicación:
Denise McGovern | Vice President of Communications & Media
214.718.7094 | d.mcgovern@dalsym.com