Meyerson 25th Anniversary Celebration

Hear the GDYO for the first time this season for free!
September 8, 6:30pm

Join the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra in celebrating the elegant, magnificent Meyerson Symphony Center. We are fortunate to play our concerts in such a sonically superior hall, one of the finest in the world. Our featured soloist, Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Principal Trumpet, Ryan Anthony, is one of the finest in America, with an impressive range of tone and technique. In working with the GDYO trumpet section, he brings the highest and latest musicality to our musicians. The music for the evening will include Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern works demonstrating the virtuosity of the GDYO musicians and the flexibility of the Meyerson as a performing space.

We are proud to be a part of the Meyerson’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. The RUSH HOUR Concert will feature Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance Op. 46 No. 8, Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat Major with soloist Ryan Anthony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet, von Suppe’s Poet and Peasant Overture, Copland’s Simple Gifts, and Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3. This is a free concert.  No tickets or reservations are required.

The Meyerson Symphony Center was opened to the public in September 1989. Designed by architect I.M. Pei with acoustics by Russell Johnson and Artec Consultants and owned and operated by the City of Dallas, the Meyerson Symphony Center was built as the new, permanent home for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The 25th Anniversary celebration will bring renewed interest to the concert hall acclaimed as one of the finest in America and allow new generations to rediscover the groundbreaking public-private partnership between the Dallas Symphony, the City of Dallas and leading philanthropists which made possible the construction of the concert hall.

There are many other events that week (concerts, tours, other activities), and many of them are free. You can find more details here:


Brian Zhao: winner of the 2014 Richard Giangiulio Artist Development Scholarship

The Richard Giangiulio Artist Development Scholarship provides support for a current GDYO ensemble member to attend a summer music camp or festival.  Participation in summer enrichment is very rewarding for motivated musicians. Applications are required with a deadline in February.  Applications are considered without knowledge of the student’s name.  An essay, written by the student, as well as letters of recommendation from music teachers, private teachers, and Maestro Giangiulio, are a part of the application package.

The award is based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated Passion, Participation, and Dedication for Music
  • Ability/Musicianship
  • Goals
  • Leadership
  • Recommendations

This year's recipient is GDYO cellist Brian Zhao.  Brian is currently an 11th grade student at Plano West Senior High School in Plano, Texas. Brian started his music studies with piano at the age of 7.  Two years later, he started learning cello. Since then, he has been studying cello with Mrs. Jungshin Lewis, the principal cellist of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. With extraordinary passion, dazzling performance and uncommon sensibility, in just a few years, he has won grand prizes in various competitions including the Fort Worth Symphony’s Young Artist Competition, Dallas Symphonic Festival Senior String Concerto Competition, Collin County Young Artist Competition, Vernell Gregg Young Artist Competition, and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition.