Remembering I.M. Pei (1917 – 2019)

I.M. Pei, world-renowned architect and Meyerson visionary is dead at 102

IM Pei at Meyerson Opening Ceremony

Dallas, TX (May 15, 2019) – The Dallas Symphony Orchestra mourns the passing of architect I.M. Pei.

Pei’s vision gave the City of Dallas the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, a cultural icon that stands at the heart of the Arts District. Its distinctive curvilinear windows, central box design and stark, gleaming limestone and marble welcome thousands each week to take part in music-making of the highest caliber. The Eugene McDermott Concert Hall remains a benchmark of modern concert halls due to Pei and acoustician Russell Johnson’s partnership in design.

Erected almost 30 years ago, the Meyerson stands as a monument to the forward thinkers of Dallas, those who wanted the city to have a symphony center that would last generations. We are forever grateful to Pei for his contributions to the city.


The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents the finest in orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, regarded as one of the world’s premier 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 211,000 adults and children through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. The DSO’s involvement with the City of Dallas and the surrounding region includes an award-winning multi-faceted educational program, community projects, popular parks concerts and youth programming. The DSO has a tradition dating back to 1900, and is a cornerstone of the unique, 68-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 Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas.