One Symphony, Two Orchestras
October 29 @ 9:00 pm - October 31 @ 12:00 pm
Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 1
Conducted by DSO Music Director Fabio Luisi
Recorded April 30 and May 1, 2021 in Dallas, Texas
New TV Show Features Full Concert Plus Behind-the-Scenes Footage
Distributed by American Public Television
Airing on KERA-TV Friday, October 29 at 9:00PM and Sunday, October 31 at 12:00PM
Beginning this October, public television stations across the country will air “One Symphony, Two Orchestras”, a new television program featuring the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Distributed by American Public Television, this 90-minute program features the entire concert performance of Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 1 along with behind-the-scenes footage and documentary-style interviews chronicling the April and May 2021 concert performances, masterclasses and musical gathering that happened in Dallas. KERA-TV in North Texas will air the program on Friday, October 29 at 9:00PM and Sunday, October 30 at 12:00PM.
In April 2021, the Dallas Symphony welcomed members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to Dallas for a week of music-making and community. After three rehearsals, the two combined orchestras presented a historic performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 conducted by DSO Music Director Fabio Luisi (Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship) on April 30 and May 1 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The Dallas Morning News hailed the performance as a “sonic extravaganza” and full of “dazzling excitement.” A video performance of the event was called “fresh, vivid and cumulatively quite moving” by The New York Times.
This once-in-a-lifetime event benefitted the MET Orchestra Musicians Fund and the DFW Musicians COVID-19 Relief Fund and marked the first time many of the non-DSO musicians had the opportunity to perform for a live audience since the COVID-19 shutdown in March 2020.
The Dallas Symphony recorded this remarkable partnership in a concert video program that includes the full performance, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Fabio Luisi and members of both orchestras. The 90-minute program captures the excitement and emotion of the performances and the camaraderie between musicians.
Mahler’s First Symphony is a monumental work for 100-person orchestra. Its grand scale and large sound has been missing from the COVID-reality of smaller chamber orchestras and scaled-down programming. In addition, it is a positive and joyful piece that is a whole world; even with its moments of sorrow and reflection, the end is glorious, optimistic and triumphant.
This event was a reunion with the members of the Metropolitan Opera and Fabio Luisi. Prior to his appointment as Dallas Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Luisi was Principal Guest Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera for six years. He launched his tenure with the DSO at the start of the 2020/21 season, and his performances with the orchestra have been hailed as “elegant” and with “lively and vivid playing.”
“Our time with the Met Opera Orchestra Musicians was inspiring, emotional and full of memories that we all will hold dear for a very long time,” said DSO Ross Perot President & CEO Kim Noltemy. “Playing a Mahler Symphony to 500 audience members in the spring gave us all a feeling of hope and optimism that the classical music community will overcome this pandemic because music is integral to society. The DSO is honored to have welcomed our colleagues to Dallas and into our home for this historic concert.”