The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will finally get the acclaim it deserves.
Despite the musical success, however, the symphony has been struggling through its toughest financial times in recent memory (though a generous $20 million gift is helping). One of the more prominent ways this belt tightening has manifested is with the cancellation of a planned 2010 tour of Europe. That means—besides the summer residency the symphony takes up in Vail, Colorado—to hear van Zweden and the DSO, you had to be in Dallas.
In 2011, that changes. The orchestra travels to New York to perform Steven Stucky’s searing, soulful “August 4, 1964” at Carnegie Hall in May. It’s an attention-grabbing setup: a Texas ensemble tackling a piece set during a turbulent day in Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency. And so, on one of the world’s biggest music stages, van Zweden and the DSO will prove that they deserve to be considered among the nation’s best. —PETER SIMEK