The world-renowned Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra has a full season of concerts during the 2014-2015 season. The top ensemble, the GDYO, brings together 115 of the DFW area’s best high school musicians. This season is particularly special because the ensemble is preparing for a 2015 tour of China. Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News has said “Dallas should be proud to have such ambassadors” and “...lucky are these kids to be initiated into symphonic music in so professional an environment. Even the ones who don’t go on to performing careers will be passionate and knowledgeable and demanding audiences of tomorrow.”
Family, Home, and Country
On October 26, 2014 at 7:30pm, join the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra as we open our 43rd season with special guest flute soloist Demarre McGill, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Principal Flute, performing Mozart’s Flute Concert No. 1 in G-major. Also on the program, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italian.
Angels and Shepherds
GDYO’s holiday magic concert on December 17, 2014 at 7:30pm is a time-honored holiday tradition for many music lovers in the community. Featuring the Youth Chorus and the Women’s Youth Chorus of the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, the concert repertoire will include holiday favorites and orchestral classics. Pieces to be performed include: Ola Gjeilo, Gloria; Rutter, The Shepherds Pipe Carol; Rutter, Angels Carol; and many more!
Young Virtuosos and Ancient Airs
On March 1, 2015 at 7:30pm, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra will feature a young virtuoso. Each year, the GDYO program offers concerto competitions for four of the ensembles, including the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. These competitions cultivate solo performance, encourage personal excellence, and acknowledge the high degree of talent and hard work exhibited by individual musicians in the program. Dallas area professional musicians will judge the orchestra members at their competition in early September, 2014. The winner of the competition will be featured on this concert, along with Barber’s Overture to the School for Scandal, Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances Set III, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9.
Cossacks, Gypsies, and a Scoundrel
The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras will present the season finale on May 17, 2015 at 7:30pm preceded by the Spring Gala. Pieces to be performed on the concert include Tchaikovsky’s Cossack Dance from Mazeppa (with the 2014-15 student conducting competition winner), Ravel’s Tzigane with violin soloist Maria Schleuning (of the Dallas Symphony and Voices of Change), Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9.
Season tickets are $32-$130. Single tickets are $10-$40. You can purchase season or single tickets by clicking here or by calling (214) 528-7747. Tickets are also available the night of the performance at the Meyerson Box Office. The Meyerson is located at 2301 Flora Street in Dallas.
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: https://www.mydso.com/m25