The Ten Best and Worst Moments from Dallas Classical Music in 2012
6. Highlight: The Dallas Opera Looks Ahead
In May, The Dallas Opera announced an exciting commission. Sexy British composer Joby Talbot, who dons skinny ties and sports black-rimmed glasses and a beard (with just enough gray), will try his hand at opera for the first time with Everest, a one-act work detailing the harrowing experiences of a group of climbers during a 1996 high-altitude disaster. The opera will premier in February of 2015.
7. Lowlight: Marvin Hamlisch, the DSO's Principle Pops Conductor, Dies.
If awards reflect talent, Hamlisch had both in droves. A multiple Grammy, Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner as well as Pulitzer Prize recipient, Hamlisch is most often remembered for his movie scores ("The Way We Were", "Ordinary People" and "Sophie's Choice" to name a few). The DSO's website remembered him as "a consummate musician and composer who in many ways revolutionized theater music, film scoring and popular song."
8. Highlight: Dallas Gets a Chamber Symphony
A big gap in Dallas' classical music scene was filled in 2012 when the Dallas Chamber Symphony kicked off its inaugural season this fall. While still working out some freshman kinks, there is a lot of reason to hope that the DCS, lead by artistic director Richard McKay, will bring variety and innovation to Dallas' symphonic offerings.
9. Highlight: Dallas City Performance Hall Opens
City Performance Hall
2012 brought the completion of a much-needed venue to Dallas' increasingly attractive arts district. Located at the corner of Routh and Flora, this 750-seat auditorium is comfortable, accessible, and the perfect space for a new chamber symphony. With better-than-average acoustics, the space is ideal for dance, chamber music and solo recitals.
10. Highlight: Grammy Nod
Earlier this month, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced that Steven Stucky's concert drama, August 4, 1964 has been nominated for a Grammy. The piece, which was nominated in the "Best Contemporary Classical Composition" category, was a Dallas Symphony Orchestra commission that was recorded by the DSO live in May of 2011. So what does all that mean? It means our city's orchestra paid a guy to write a piece of music and the Grammy nominating committee digs the music.