Special Appearances by the Dallas Symphony Chorus
Hailed by the New York Times as an "excellent" choir with a "robust sound" and a "dramatic edge", the Dallas Symphony Chorus is proud of its string of successful Carnegie Hall performances. In December of 1988 and 1990, Skitch Henderson invited the Chorus to sing Christmas favorites with the New York Pops. Then in January 1999, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performed Walton's Belshazzar's Feast at the revered New York music hall for their first joint appearance in this venue under the baton on Andrew Litton. The Dallas Symphony Chorus has also appeared four times at Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York - in May 1998 performing Donizetti's Poliuto, in April 1999 to sing Halevy's La Juive, in May 2002 to sing Donizetti's Marino Faliero, and most recently Poncielli's La Gioconda in April 2004, all under the direction of Eve Queler and featuring some of the newest voices of the New York opera scene. Members of the Chorus were also invited to join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra when they spent several summers at the Vail (Colorado) Music Festival, performing there first in July 2000, again in July 2002, then in July 2005.
In July 1996, on its second international tour (the first tour took place in 1985 to Vienna, Salzburg, Ingolstadt and Leipzig), the chorus performed Mahler's towering Symphony No. 8 in Jerusalem as part of that city's 3000th-year celebration at the invitation of Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. The Dallas Symphony Chorus received excellent reviews and audience response from its six 1996 performances of the Mahler "Symphony of a Thousand" with the Israel Philharmonic, directed by Zubin Mehta. The chorus also gave a special 4th of July performance at the home of American Ambassador Martin Indyk for such dignitaries as Israeli President Ezer Weizman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In July 1997, the DSC performed Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem at the Texas Choral Directors' Association in San Antonio, Texas. The success of that performance led the Chorus to a concert of Mozart's Great Mass in C and Puccini's Messe di Gloria with the combined Dallas and Austin Chamber Orchestras as a "featured chorus" at the American Choral Directors Association's (ACDA) biennial National Conference in San Antonio in March 2001.
The 25th Anniversary Concert Season of the Chorus saw a gala concert on September 10, 2002 with selections from many great choral works including Carmina Burana, Cavalleria Rusticana, and Die Meistersinger, as well as a performance of the Berlioz Requiem in May 2003 and a triumphant third international tour to Europe in July 2003 with concerts in Munich, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest (Click on a city name to see the respective concert poster). The Chorus returned to Carnegie Hall with the Dallas Symphony on April 8, 2005 for a performance of Carl Orff's iconic Carmina Burana. In June 2006, the Chorus took its fourth international tour, this time to South America for the first time, with performances of the Brahms Requiem in Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. The Chorus returned to Carnegie Hall for the ninth time in January 2008 to sing selections from Porgy & Bess with Maestro Andrew Litton and the New York Pops. For its 10th performance at Carnegie Hall the Chorus, along with the DSO, presented the New York City debut of Steven Stucky’s August 4, 1964 at the inaugural Spring for Music Festival in May 2011, which, incidentally, was Maestro Jaap Van Zweden’s Carnegie Hall debut as well.
In March 2013, the Chorus was once again invited to participate as a “featured chorus” by ACDA at their National Conference, however, the Chorus didn’t have to travel at all - performing Britten’s War Requiem on their home stage at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas under the baton of Dr. Craig Jessop to more than 4000 ACDA conference attendees over two concerts.
The Chorus completed its fifth international concert tour in June 2014, performing the Mozart Requiem to packed venues in Lleida and Barcelona, Spain and Aix-en-Provence, France.