Dallas Symphony Orchestra Names Enrico Lopez-Yañez Nancy A. Nasher & David J. Haemisegger Principal Conductor, Dallas Symphony Presents

Three-Year Appointment Begins in the 2023/24 Season


DALLAS, TEXAS (May 16, 2023) – The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announces the appointment of conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez to the newly created position of the Nancy A. Nasher & David J. Haemisegger Principal Conductor, Dallas Symphony Presents. In this role, he will conduct at least three programs in the 2023/24, 2024/25 and 2025/26 seasons. In the 2023/24 season Lopez-Yañez will lead the DSO in two concerts with vocalist Lila Downs (September 15 & 16, 2023), accompany Troupe Vertigo (April 19-21, 2024) and helm the YP Gala on June 22, 2024.

Dallas Symphony Presents programs feature a range of genres from popular song and jazz to Latin music and Broadway stars. In recent seasons, DSP concerts have included two nights with Terence Blanchard, the annual Día de los Muertosconcert, selections from El Cascanueces, the Dallas premiere of Gabriela Ortiz’s Yanga and the popular Movies-in-Concert.

“We are thrilled to welcome Enrico Lopez-Yañez as the Principal Conductor of Dallas Symphony Presents,” said Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony. “His exceptional musicianship, passion for connecting with audiences and commitment to community engagement will make him a dynamic addition to the DSO’s artistic team.”

“I am honored to join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in this newly created role,” said Lopez-Yañez. “I am excited to collaborate with the incredible musicians of the Dallas Symphony and to further connect with the vibrant arts community in Dallas.”

Enrico Lopez-Yañez is the newly named Principal Pops Conductor of the Pacific Symphony commencing in the 2023-2024 season. In addition, Lopez-Yañez is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony where he leads the Symphony’s Pops and Family Series. Lopez-Yañez is quickly establishing himself as one of the Nation’s leading conductors of popular music and becoming known for his unique style of audience engagement. Since working with the Nashville Symphony, Lopez-Yañez has conducted concerts with a broad spectrum of artists including Nas, Patti LaBelle, Itzhak Perlman, Stewart Copeland, Kenny Loggins, Toby Keith, Leslie Odom Jr., Megan Hilty, Tituss Burgess and more. Lopez-Yañez also conducts the annual Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th fireworks show which was first televised on CMT in 2019 reaching millions of viewers across the nation.

In the upcoming season, Lopez-Yañez will appear with the Baltimore Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Philadelphia Orchesrea, Phoenix Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Seattle Symphony as well as make return appearances with the Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Omaha Symphony.

As Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Symphonica Productions, LLC, Lopez-Yañez curates and leads programs designed to cultivate new audiences. An enthusiastic proponent of innovating the concert experience, his exciting education, classical, and pops concerts are performed by orchestras across the United States.

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 multi-media presentations. As part of its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 243,000 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 700 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.


Denise McGovern | Vicepresidenta de Comunicación y Medios | Orquesta Sinfónica de Dallas
214.718.7094 | d.mcgovern@dalsym.com