The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League and the Showhouse Committee welcome you to our annual spring celebration. This is the Symphony League’s fifth Showhouse, and it promises to be twice as wonderful: two houses, two shops, and double pleasure for you! The Symphony League, founded in 1946, is the service organization of the Symphony family and exists to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with volunteer work and fund raising. The Showhouse is organized by the Symphony League as a cooperative effort to raise monies for our Symphony. The League is grateful to be joined in this effort by the Junior Group of the League in the planning, staffing, and managing of The Black Swan Restaurant located in our lakeside tents by the Contemporary Showhouse. The Innovators of the League, whose membership is generally working professionals, staff the Showhouses with docents on weekends as well as for the evening Patron Parties.
The Symphony Showhouse is open for 23 days, April 23 to May 15, for the general public to enjoy. Special events are scheduled every day at 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. on Sundays. This year the popular Symphony Giftshop, located in the contemporary house garage, is joined by a new Collector’s Shop, a potpourri of found treasures located in the traditional house garage. The Showhouses offer exceptional excitement this year in that both are new custom houses built to be Dallas Symphony Orchestra Showhouses. The Interior Designers, selected by a Design Council of international reputation, have worked with our builders, Bob Thompson and Associates Inc. and J.H. Darnell and Sons, to produce houses of superb taste and appeal.
As a major project of the Symphony League, the Symphony Show-house requires well over eighteen months in planning and organization. Our purpose in the Showhouse is to serve our community with an enjoyable, festive, and instructive event, open to the public, which also benefits our Symphony. The first $150,000 of Showhouse revenue this year will go to the Orchestra’s General Operating Fund with all additional profits going into Orchestra Endowment. With our new Meyerson Concert Hall nearing completion, Dallas has every reason for pride in and commitment to its Symphony Orchestra. This Symphony Showhouse is made possible by the work, planning, enthusiasm, and generosity of literally thousands of volunteers, community businesses, and loving friends and supporters. We thank each of these, especially The Downs of Hillcrest, our Sponsor for 1988, for making these Showhouses possible, and the designers who have given so willingly of their time and talents. And we thank everyone who visits our Symphony Showhouse and supports our Black Swan Restaurant, our shops, and our special events. Thank you all for your invaluable friendship for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.