Dallas Symphony Orchestra Presents 2019 SOLUNA Festival

SOLUNA Terrence Blanchard
Terrence Blanchard photo by Roxanne Minnish

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) presents the 2019 Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival. Opening on April 4 and running through April 28, the festival will take place at venues in the Dallas Arts District and throughout the city. Tickets are on sale online.

SOLUNA will present performances and installations by an expansive range of contemporary artists working across multiple mediums. In its fifth year, the festival continues a compelling collaboration with the Dallas arts community, engaging both local and international talent to present singular and unique programming for all audiences. Throughout the course of the festival, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will stage performances that share innovative classical music with new audiences, reinforcing the vital role that the orchestra plays within contemporary American culture.

DSO President & CEO Kim Noltemy

“Over the course of several weeks, the festival will highlight the richness of the Dallas arts scene and pair great music with artists, dancers and performers to create a hub of cross-disciplinary thinking,” said DSO President & CEO Kim Noltemy. “The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is proud to have founded SOLUNA.”

“SOLUNA is reimagining what an orchestra can be for its community, and it underscores Dallas’s cultural vitality,” said Sanjiv Yajnik, Chairman of the Dallas Symphony Association Board of Governors. “SOLUNA is just one way that the DSO is drawing in new and diverse audiences while creating a lasting impact in our community.”

Acadamy Award & Grammy Award-winning Actress/Singer

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Academy Award- and GRAMMY® Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson as the headlining performance for the 2019 SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival, POWERED BY CAPITAL ONE. Hudson will appear with the DSO in a special, one-night-only event April 20, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Tickets range from $50-$350 and may be purchased at mydso.com or by calling DSO Guest Services Center at 214.TIX.4DSO. Hudson and the DSO will be led by Guest Conductor Sarah Hicks.

“We are honored and thrilled to perform with Jennifer Hudson,” said Kim Noltemy, President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “She is inspirational, and her soulful and powerful voice will ensure an unforgettable evening at the Meyerson. The Dallas Symphony will bring a unique perspective to her sound.”

Jennifer Hudson

Hudson’s appearance underscores the collaborative quality of SOLUNA, pairing different genres and disciplines to create new work. Previous SOLUNA collaborations with pop artists include St. Vincent (2015), Pharrell (2016) and Nas (2018). This special event is sponsored by Capital One, a generous corporate partner of the DSO for five years.

Terrence Blanchard At Majestic Theatre

April 9, GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, internationally renowned choreographer Rennie Harris and Dallas-based visual artist Andrew Scott combine talents for an interdisciplinary world-premiere performance at the Majestic Theatre. With live music, dance, visual projections, sculpture and projection mapping, Caravan: A Revolution on the Road will examine the ability of art and music to bring about conversation, empathy and healing. This cornerstone event will be preceded that afternoon by a community discussion about activism and the arts, featuring Blanchard, Scott, Dallas-born dancer My’kal J. Stromile and activist Collette Flanagan and will be moderated by artist Vicki Meek. This event is a recipient of a grant from the TACA New Works Fund.