Talk about an announcement that rocked the performing arts world: Starting with the 2018–2019 season, Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s music director, Jaap van Zweden, will take up the same reins with the New York Philharmonic. It’s bittersweet news for all who have been thrilled by van Zweden’s intense, passion-filled conducting style and the excitement that the Amsterdam-born maestro has injected into the DSO since his first season in 2008.
The move from the Meyerson to Lincoln Center won’t happen overnight: van Zweden will serve as conductor laureate of the DSO for the 2020-2021 season, coming to town for a series of select performances. Dallas is abuzz: Who will fill van Zweden’s shoes at the rostrum?
His tenure and bright future set the standard quite high. Will van Zweden’s globetrotting daughter and the founder of the DSO’s inventive Soluna music festival (May 16 through June 5), Anna-Sophia van Zweden, make the move from Texas to NYC, too? (We’d miss her style and her smarts.)
One thing is certain: It all seems the perfect plot for a real-life Mozart in the Jungle. Information and tickets mydso.com.