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The Inevitable Joke About Practice, Practice: The DSO Will Play Carnegie Hall


by Jerome Weeks 9 Apr 2009

But not for two years. Spring for Music, a new independent annual festival of North American orchestras, has invited the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of their inaugural festival May 6-14 — in 2011. Two cool things about their appearance, though: It will be conductor Jaap van Zweden’s Carnegie debut. […]

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But not for two years.

Spring for Music, a new independent annual festival of North American orchestras, has invited the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of their inaugural festival May 6-14 — in 2011.

Two cool things about their appearance, though: It will be conductor Jaap van Zweden’s Carnegie debut. And it will also be the New York debut of Steven Stucky’s August 4, 1964, the oratorio with a libretto by Gene Scheer that was commissioned by the orchestra to commemorate the centenary of Lyndon B. Johnson’s birth last year.  The DSO debuted it last September at the Meyerson.

Olin Chism wrote for Art & Seek: “Stucky has done something rather unusual in contemporary music. He has composed a lengthy work for large orchestra and very large chorus, plus four vocal soloists. There must have been several hundred people on the stage and choral terrace of the Meyerson Center. This could have been a group gathered to sing and play the Verdi Requiem. … Devoting an entire concert to a single, brand-new work takes guts. It’s becoming clear that Van Zweden isn’t your ordinary music director.”

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