If you go to a classical concert in Dallas this month expecting to see 50 shades of gray hair in the audience and/or onstage, you'll likely be surprised. Several local organizations are gearing their programming towards younger crowds this March, wooing the under-40 set with more relaxed concerts in alternative venues and plenty of booze. Both the Dallas Chamber Symphony and The Dallas Opera are seeking out fresh, new talent, hosting open-to-the-public competitions for young pianists and vocalists. In fact, the majority of this month's most interesting concerts feature young performers. Here's the rundown:
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March 6: The Polyphony Foundation Presents Young Arab and Israeli Musicians Side by Side
Harmony: it's easier said than done when it comes to blending both sounds and cultures. The goal of the Polyphony Foundation is to teach young Arab and Israeli students to find common ground as they practice and perform classical music together. On Thursday, March 6, this group of talented young string players will perform at Southern Methodist University as part of their 2014 spring tour of American cities (other stops include Los Angeles and Washington D.C.). Tickets are $40 and the concert takes place in the Owen Arts Center's Caruth Auditorium. In addition to string quartet music provided by these inspiring students, Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza will perform. For tickets and more information, visit the Jewish Community Center of Dallas' website.
March 7: The Dallas Symphony's ReMix Series Returns
Last fall, the Dallas Symphony launched ReMix, a new series in a new venue with marketing clearly aimed at courting a younger crowd. This weekend the series returns for its second installment, again offering a concert in a smaller, less formal venue (Dallas City Performance Hall instead of the Meyerson Symphony Center), drinks you can sip during the show and an opportunity to hobnob with musicians post-concert. Tito Muñoz, a 30-year-old American conductor who made a name for himself working with the alternative music venue/club Le Poison Rouge in New York, will lead the orchestra in a concert that features Argentinian composer Astor Piazzola's electric "Four Seasons". For tickets, visit the orchestra's website.