The Dallas Symphony Orchestra traces its beginnings back to May 22, 1900, when a 40-member ensemble presented a concert under German-born conductor Hans Kreissig. Today, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is one of the nation’s largest orchestras, with a yearly budget in excess of $11 million.
A wide range of programs is played by the DSO throughout the year, including classical, pops, parks and summer Starfest concerts.
In May 1985 the DSO made its inaugural European tour playing 15 concerts in England, Wales. West Germany, France and Spain. The enthusiastic reception by critics and audiences alike made the tour an important milestone in the growth and development of the Orchestra.
The Dallas Symphony regularly plays concerts for school children at the Music Hall in cooperation with local school districts. Individual DSO musicians extend that outreach by taking their artistry to area schools through the Symphony’s Youth and Education Series (YES). Additionally, the DSO performs annual concerts for the handicapped at Bachman Recreation Center. Free tickets to other DSO series concerts are provided through the Symphony’s “Heartstrings” program for needy students and others who enjoy the Orchestra but are unable to afford tickets.
Now in its 88th season, the Dallas Symphony enjoys international acclaim as it awaits the new era which will begin with the premiere of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center this fell.