2012-2013 marks the 41st season of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras. The world-renowned GDYO has a full season of concerts. Hot off their European tour this summer, the top ensemble, the GDYO, brings together 105 of the DFW area’s best high school musicians, and their four concerts at the Meyerson will be the showcase of the season.
The season opener kicks off the year on October 28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Meyerson. The GDYO will perform Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in g-minor, Op. 63 with special guest soloist Nathan Olson, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Co-Concertmaster, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D-major, Op. 43.
The annual “Holiday Magic” on December 12, 2012, 7:30 pm features over 200 youth on the stage of the Meyerson. Along with the Youth Chorus of Greater Dallas, the GDYO will perform works for Chorus along with Prokofiev’s Troyka from Lieutenant Kijé and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 in g-minor, “Winter Dreams” (selections from) and more!
On March 3 at 7:30pm, the youth orchestra will present its Symphonic Spectacular, featuring Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A-major, Copland’s Suite from Billy the Kid, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in e-minor, Op. 98.
The grand finale of the 41st season is Sunday, May 19 at 7:30pm. Featured on this program will be Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Op. 96, a yet to be determined concerto performed by the 2012-13 GDYO Concerto Competition Winner, Wagner’s Arrival of the Guests at Wartburg from “Tannhaeuser”, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, featuring Elizabeth Racheva, soprano.
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Welcome to the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras’ new website! To provide the best possible communication and resources for our musicians, families, donors, and general public, we completely redesigned our website. Here you will find all the great news and information that you are used to seeing from GDYO. However, we have taken some time to streamline our menus, add new photos, add some additional pages, and more!
Just to walk you through the new site, let's start with the front page. You are now able to find all important information on the front page. At the top of the front page you'll find our contact information and office hours. Important upcoming events are displayed in our newsflash slideshow. All menus are at the top of the page (instead of finding additonal menus on other pages). We are very excited about the main aspect of the front page--news articles. We have put up a few articles below so you can see how these artciles will work as we continue to post more news. A fun new feature of the website is its compatibility with Facebook and other social media. You’ll be able to “like” and "share" these articles on your individual Facebook page, Twitter account, or Google+. Try it out by “liking” this article! Also notice that at the right-top of the front page are links to GDYO social media. To the right of the news articles you'll find an easy way to donate (!!), a quick link to upcoming concerts, registration for announcements, and GDYO's Twitter feed.
Take some time to explore the new site. We think you will find it very user-friendly (and super cool)!
Be sure to check out:
- Concerts (and explore the Schedule too)
- Alumni Page
- Press Page
Current Members, be sure to check out your ensemble’s page! (Your existing login is now used as both your login and password.) You can find the LOGIN button at the very top of the page.
It is the summer of 1972. The Godfather, Dirty Harry and the Last Picture show are playing at the movies. Abba, the Eagles and John Lennon top the charts. Terrorist attack at the Olympics, there is scandal in the Whitehouse (Watergate), earthquakes and hurricanes rock the earth and Bobby Fisher becomes the World Chess Champion. Hawaii Five-O and the Brady Bunch are on T.V. and a group of parents in Dallas, Texas join together in a living room to form the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.
That year a small student orchestra of around 30 members would perform two concerts under the direction of Yves L’helgoual’ch. Their repertoire included Wagner, Sibelius, Bizet and more.
There are no programs and very few pictures of that first season but one can only imagine what it must have been like for those 30 students to walk into rehearsal on the first day at St. Mark’s school. They were handed the same music that a professional symphony performs and asked to read it on sight.
There is a brochure that shows these young people sitting in rehearsal with the conductor. They are all posed waiting for him to lift his baton and on the back side of the brochure you see them in different poses, holding their instruments, smiling. How exciting it all must have been.
By year-end they had reached a membership of almost 60 students. These kids came from Highland Park, Richardson, Dallas, Mesquite, Garland and Denton and were 10th-12th graders. They paid $30 as part of a participation fee. There was a board of directors made up of parents, volunteers and musicians. When you plant a seed and give it water, it will grow.
As the next season began, things begin to progress for the small band of musicians. They performed at fairs, gardens, retirement homes, a Christmas concert and a spring concert. It had to have been thrilling to see what was happening, to be around that energy. Looking at the program for May of 1975, it is a full orchestra of strings, winds, brass and percussion performing Copland, Beethoven, Bartok and more.
By the Fall of 1975 the GDYO was now beyond stopping. The Spring before they had held the first annual concerto competition and now were gearing up for auditions, offering seats to 9th-12th graders. They were even thinking about a European Tour. They hired musicians from the DSO (Richard Giangiulio was one of those) to coach sectionals for winds and brass, a contest was held to design a logo and the first GDYO staff member was hired, a woman by the name of Joann Mintz who would stay with the organization for 12 years.
And like most organizations on a path of growth, things changed. Maestro L’Helgoual’ch retired in 1977, an affiliation with the DSO began which included coaching and a side-by-side concert, weekly rehearsals began at SMU, the ensemble began performing five concerts each season, and a weekend music camp began.
By the end of the decade, Richard Giangiulio would take over as music director. They had over 80 musicians in the orchestra and a full concert season ahead. It was going to be another exciting ten years.
And what is truly amazing about this first decade, is that all this communication and energy was done without computers, internet or cell phones. It was word-of-mouth, type-written letters and lots of drive.
Kingfishers Catch Fire:No birds were harmed in the making of this concert. It's what happens when sunlight catches a kingfisher's wings, and the catchy name of another delight by John Mackey. Also, Ottorino Respighi's The Fountains of Rome. plus a really big finale with the Lay Family Organ, the DWS, and the GDYO Wind Symphony pumping out Polka & Fugue from Schwanda by Jaromir Weinberger.
Tickets are available through the Dallas Wind Symphony website: http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?presenter=DALLASWS&eventId=483069