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Arts / Performing Arts

Dallas Symphony Maestro Bows Out With an Elegant Affair

No Worries About the Future?

BY // 03.02.18

What: Dallas Symphony Orchestra Maestro’s Dinner

Where: Meyerson Symphony Center

PC Moment: This February, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Music Director Jaap van Zweden hosted his final Maestro’s Dinner at the Meyerson Symphony Center (if you haven’t heard, he’s heading to the New York Philharmonic). The annual event treats Gold Stradivarius Patrons to a seated dinner on the stage of the performance hall, a musical performance, and words from the maestro himself.

Chair of the Dallas Symphony Association Board of Governors, Sanjiv Yajnik welcomed guests to the elegant affair with opening remarks. He celebrated the symphony’s growing accomplishments and thanked supporters, as well as van Zweden, who has led the symphony for the past decade.

“You have not only supported the Symphony financially, but you’ve invested in it through your time, your ideas and your passion,” said Yajnik. “Together we are going to climb to unbelievable heights, building on the foundation of your work.”

While there has been some uncertainty about the symphony’s future after van Zweden’s tenure, Yajnik expressed nothing but optimism for the organization’s next chapter.

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“My vision for the Dallas Symphony is that we are one of the greatest symphonies in the world, and I invite everyone in Dallas to share that vision with us,” he said.

He then introduced Kim Noltemy, the Dallas Symphony Association’s new President and CEO, who shared in his excitement.

“I can tell you the talk in the orchestra world is what is happening here in Dallas. It is a thrill to come down and be part of that excitement and energy and to grow this organization,” she said.

Following this, Concertmaster Alexander Kerr and Co-Concertmaster Nathan Olson performed two violin duo works for the audience.

Dinner was served center stage, and van Zweden brought the evening to a close with a few parting words.

“This is my last big dinner with you. It has been an incredible journey for me and my family,” the conductor said. “This organization and this orchestra are in top shape, and that is because of you. I’d like to thank you for all these years in Dallas.”

Who: Diane and Hal Brierley, Barbara and Don Daseke,Barbara and Steve Durham, Rebecca and Ronald Gafford, Marena and Roger Gault,Winnie and Davis Hamlin, Linda and Mitch Hart, Margaret McDermott, Colleen O’Connor and Joe Hubach, Margot and Ross Perot, Lisa and Bob Segert, Cece Smith and Ford Lacy, Barbara and Robert Sypult, Sarah Titus and Sherwood Noël Wagner.

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