Ten Must-Hear Classical Music Shows in Dallas This Fall

Mark Graham
Jaap Van Zweden
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If you're like a lot of people I know, you'd love to go hear a classical music performance now and again. But saying you'd like to go hear some art music and actually remembering to do so are two different animals. Before you know it, Friday happy hour turns into Sunday brunch and you haven't made it to the grocery store, let alone the Meyerson Symphony Hall.

Dallas has some of the world's best performing arts venues (not to mention some crazy talented and hard working musicians) and, like any genre, classical music is best served live. The fall concert season is gearing up and there are a lot of great performances that are not to be missed. Here are my top ten picks for the next few months.

September 13: Really Old Music at SMU's Meadows Museum
Since this concert takes place in an art museum, it's basically a cultural doubleheader. SMU harpsichord and organ professor Larry Palmer will perform centuries old music on an incredibly rare instrument. The Oldovini single-manual organ was built in Portugal in 1762 by Pascoal Caetano Oldovini and it's the only Oldovini in extant outside the Iberian Peninsula. The concert is at 5:30 p.m., so you can catch it on your way home from work and check out the Meadows' renowned Spanish art collection as well. Oh, and the concert is free. More info here.

September 15: Sounds Modern's Music From Freud's London
Another twofer: If you haven't made it over to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's Lucien Freud: Portraits exhibit, September 15 would be a great Saturday to do so. The Sounds Modern series is presenting a musical counterpart to the Freud exhibit that features experimental and abstract music originally performed at the same time Freud was painting. While you'll have to pay for the art, the 2 p.m. concert is free and open to the public. More info here.

September 27-30: Garrick Ohlsson Plays the Rach 3 with The Dallas Symphony
Rachmaninoff's third piano concerto is generally considered one of the world's most technically challenging works. It's also stunningly beautiful. You might recognize it from when Geoffrey Rush played it over and over (and over and over) in the movie Shine. If an amazing pianist is playing it in your city, you should probably go hear it. Check out the DSO website for more info.

September 28: The Orchestra of New Spain's Authentic Salon
Traditionally, chamber music (played by small groups of two to ten musicians) was performed in intimate settings like small halls and wealthy patrons' living rooms. For $50, you can hear an authentic and intimate concert in a beautiful home in the Dallas area. Christopher Hammer will play on an original pianoforte, which predates the piano, and German flautist Dorothea Seel will join him in performances of music by Donizetti, Hummel, and Schubert. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and tapas and wine will be served. Kind of a steal for $50 when you consider the opportunity for voyeurism as you listen to music in a rich lady's house. Purchase tickets here.

Location Info


Meadows Museum

5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas, TX

Category: General

Times Ten Cellars

6324 Prospect Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

The Nasher Sculpture Center

2001 Flora St., Dallas, TX

Category: General

The Winspear Opera House

2403 Flora St., Dallas, TX

Category: General

Majestic Theatre

1925 Elm St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Dallas City Performance Hall

2520 Flora St., Dallas, TX

Category: General

The Modern Art Museum

3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, TX

Category: General

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I'm sure these will all be fine shows (although a couple of them really stretch the definition of "classical").  For my money though, Jaap van Zweden leading the DSO in a performance of The Pines of Rome this weekend tops them all, and I will most certainly be there.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

To economize this year, we went for the nosebleed section for Aida, Turandot, and the Aspern Papers.  I hope I didn't make an awful mistake.

Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Oct 5-7:  DSO - Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony    Bugs Bunny at the Symphony will spotlight Warner Bros.' animated characters and cartoons in a celebrated melding of classical music and classic animation.


Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @Sotiredofitall Disney's classical compositions in its animated features introduced me, as a kid, to the world of beautiful music.

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