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Texas Instruments Foundation Triples Its Previous Donation to DSO
by Jerome Weeks 29 Aug 2011

The gift of $300,000 to the Dallas Symphony will help cover general operating costs. It’s part of $1 million the foundation is giving to 13 different North Texas arts and culture groups.


The gift of $300,000 to the Dallas Symphony will help cover general operating costs. It’s part of $1 million the foundation is giving to 13 different North Texas arts and culture groups  — including the Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Zoo, the Richardson Symphony and the Turtle Creek Chorale.

The full release:

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Announces $300,000 Gift from Texas Instruments Foundation

TI Foundation gives more than $1 million in new grants to North Texas arts organizations

Historical commitment to DSO triples previous TI Foundation support

Dallas, TX (August 29, 2011) – The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today a monumental gift of $300,000 from the Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation. The gift, which triples the foundation’s historical gift to the DSO, will support the DSO’s general operating costs, which include everything from education programs and guest artist fees to staff. This comes as TI Foundation makes a commitment of more than $1 million to 13 different arts and culture organizations in North Texas.

“On behalf of the Dallas Symphony, we are deeply appreciative of the TI Foundation for this generous and significant gift,” said DSO Interim President David Hyslop. “Given the difficult economic climate faced by many arts organizations, this increase in funding shows TI Foundation’s steadfast commitment to the arts in our community.  The Dallas Symphony is deeply grateful for this invaluable support.”

“It is important for philanthropic communities to continue to support arts and culture organizations in good times and bad, and we believe that we’ve invested in an organization that is a cornerstone of Dallas,” said Ann Pomykal, executive director of the TI Foundation. “We give to the Dallas Symphony because the community has so much to gain from this wonderful orchestra and its outreach programs.”

Texas Instruments has been a long-time partner of the Dallas Symphony.  In addition to TI Foundation support, the company has been title sponsor of the DSO’s Texas Instruments Classical Series for 11 consecutive years.  TI Co-founder Eugene McDermott, for whom the McDermott Concert Hall was named, was also an ardent supporter of the Dallas Symphony and set the stage for on-going TI support, including continuous leadership on the DSO board of governors.

“TI values and encourages employee participation within the community,” said Joe Hubach, TI senior vice president, secretary and general counsel who serves as a DSO board member and annual fund committee chair.  “It is an honor to serve on the Dallas Symphony board of governors and to become more deeply involved in the orchestra’s exquisite artistry and impactful outreach programs.  I am pleased that Texas Instruments supports the DSO in so many different ways.”

Other recipients of this new round of TI Foundation grants are the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Chamberlain Performing Arts, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Opera, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Zoo, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and the Turtle Creek Chorale.