The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Project Unity announce a public concert to honor those who have lost their lives to racial violence and injustice – most recently, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Dallas’s Botham Jean. The November 11 concert is a fundraiser for Project Unity, an organization founded by Pastor Richie Butler of St. Paul United Methodist Church. Project Unity works to unify Dallas by implementing community-building programs to help heal race relationships between law enforcement and Dallas citizens. The DSO and Project Unity partnered in 2019 for the inspiring Gospel Goes Classical concert.
The program will include musical and dance performances and remarks from prominent Dallas leaders. The DSO will commission a new work for the occasion from Quinn Mason, a Dallas-based black composer currently studying at SMU, to be premiered at the event. Students from the DSO’s Young Strings program, a 28-year old education initiative designed to increase diversity in America’s orchestras, will also perform.
Tickets will go on sale in August, and all social distancing and CDC guidelines will be in practice for this concert, both on the stage and in the audience.