Dallas Symphony Orchestra © Sylvia Elzafon


Dallas Symphony Orchestra

03.06.24 - 16.06.24

about the tour.

For his first European tour as principal conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fabio Luisi is looking forward to making music with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and baritone Thomas Hampson.

Programm 1:
Angelica Negron: What keeps me awake (2008)


Sophia Jani: Flare für Orchester (2021)

John Williams: Konzert für Violine und Orchester Nr. 2


Peter I. Tschaikowsky: Symphonie Nr. 5 e-Moll op. 64


Peter I. Tschaikowsky: Symphonie Nr. 6 h-Moll op. 74 ("Pathétique")


Gustav Mahler: Sinfonie Nr. 5 cis-Moll in fünf Sätzen für großes Orchester (1901/03)

Programm 2:
Angelica Negron: What keeps me awake (2008)

Kurt Weill: Four Walt Whitman Songs (1942-1947)


Peter I. Tschaikowsky: Symphonie Nr. 5 e-Moll op. 64


Peter I. Tschaikowsky: Symphonie Nr. 6 h-Moll op. 74 ("Pathétique")


Gustav Mahler: Sinfonie Nr. 5 cis-Moll in fünf Sätzen für großes Orchester (1901/03)

Programm 3:
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Konzert für Violine und Orchester e-Moll op. 64 (1838-44)

Peter I. Tschaikowsky: Symphonie Nr. 6 h-Moll op. 74 ("Pathétique")






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Biography – about the orchestra.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Fabio Luisi, presents more than 150 orchestra concerts each year at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, one of the world’s top-rated concert halls. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. As part of its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 243,000 adults and children annually through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. The orchestra offers more than 200 chamber concerts in neighborhoods throughout Dallas each year, as well as music lessons to more than 1200 students as part of its Young Strings and Young Musicians programs. The DSO has a tradition dating back to 1900 and is a cornerstone of the unique, 118-acre Arts District in Downtown Dallas that is home to multiple performing arts venues, museums and parks – the largest district of its kind in the nation. The DSO is supported, in part, by funds from the Office of Arts & Culture, City of Dallas.

SEASON 2023/24


Fabio Luisi

Fabio Luisi © Sylvia Elzafon

GRAMMY® Award winner Fabio Luisi launched his tenure as Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) at the start of the 2020/21 season. In January 2021, the DSO and Luisi announced an extension of the Music Director’s contract through the 2028/29 season. A maestro of major international standing, the Italian conductor is in his seventh season as Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and in September 2022, he assumed the role of Principal Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. He previously served for six seasons as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and nine seasons as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera.

Luisi’s 2023/24 season with the Dallas Symphony will feature monumental works including Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Brahms’s “A German Requiem” and Liszt’s “A Faust Symphony”. He will also lead three world premieres: Jessie Montgomery’s “Snapshots”, Xi Wang’s “Year 2020” (featuring Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet, and Karen Gomyo, violin) and Anna Clyne’s Piano Concerto (featuring Jeremy Denk). Luisi’s season will conclude with the first two operas in Wagner’s epic Ring cycle, “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walküre”. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Luisi will continue the complete cycle in the 2024/25 season, marking the first time an American orchestra has mounted the full Ring in recent history.

In October 2023, Luisi and the DSO will release the second of their recording projects, Brahms’s Third and Fourth Symphonies. Available through the DSO’s in-house label, DSO Live, this album joins the Fall 2022 release of Brahms’s First and Second Symphonies to complete the cycle. During the 2023/24 season, the DSO and Luisi will record two projects for future album release – Franz Schmidt’s epic “The Book with Seven Seals” and Saint-Saens’s Symphony No. 3, “Organ” which features the mighty Lay Family Concert Organ.

Other highlights of the 2023/24 season include his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, concerts with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, his return to the podium of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra followed by a tour in Japan and Korea and several concerts with the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo). With the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, he will embark on a new recording series of the complete music of Aleksandr Scriabin for the renowned Deutsche Grammophon label in addition to the season concerts in Copenhagen.

The conductor received his first GRAMMY® Award in March 2013 for his leadership of the last two operas of Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen”, when Deutsche Grammophon’s DVD release of the full cycle, recorded live at the Met, was named Best Opera Recording of 2012. In February 2015, the Philharmonia Zurich launched its Philharmonia Records label with three Luisi recordings: Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, a double album surveying Wagner’s Preludes and Interludes, and a DVD of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Subsequent releases have included a survey of Rachmaninov’s Four Piano Concertos and Rhapsody on a “Theme of Paganini” with soloist Lise de la Salle, and a rare recording of the original version of Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No. 8. Luisi’s extensive discography also includes rare Verdi operas (“Jérusalem”, “Alzira” and “Aroldo”), Salieri’s La locandiera, Bellini’s “I puritani” and “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” with Anna Netrebko and Elīna Garanča for Deutsche Grammophon, and the symphonic repertoire of Honegger, Respighi and Liszt. He has recorded all the symphonies and the oratorio “Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln” by neglected Austrian composer Franz Schmidt, several works by Richard Strauss for Sony Classical, and an award – winning account of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony with the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Born in Genoa in 1959, Luisi began piano studies at the age of four and received his diploma from the Conservatorio Niccolò Paganini in 1978. He later studied conducting with Milan Horvat at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Named both “Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana” and “Commendatore della Stella d’Italia” for his role in promoting Italian culture abroad, in 2014 he was awarded the Grifo d’Oro, the highest honor given by the city of Genoa, for his contributions to the city’s cultural legacy. Off the podium, Luisi is an accomplished composer whose Saint Bonaventure Mass received its world premiere at St. Bonaventure University, followed by its New York City premiere in the MetLiveArts series, with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Chorus. As reported by the New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning and elsewhere, he is also a passionate maker of perfumes, which he produces in a one-person operation, FLPARFUMS.COM.



Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin

Anne-Sophie Mutter © Monika Höfler

Anne-Sophie Mutter is a musical phenomenon: for 48 years the virtuoso has now been a fixture in all the world’s major concert halls, making her mark on the classical music scene as a soloist, mentor and visionary. The four-time Grammy® Award winner is equally committed to the performance of traditional composers as to the future of music.

So far she has given world premieres of 31 works – Thomas Adès, Unsuk Chin, Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, Jörg Widmann and John Williams have all composed for Anne-Sophie Mutter. She dedicates herself to supporting tomorrow’s musical elite and numerous benefit projects. Furthermore, the board of trustees of the German cancer charity “Deutsche Krebshilfe” elected her the new president of the non-profit organization in 2021. Since January 2022, she joins the foundation board of the Lucerne Festival. In the autumn of 1997 she founded the “Association of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation e.V.”, to which the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation was added in 2008. These two charitable institutions provide support for the scholarship recipients, support which is tailored to the fellows’ individual needs. Since 2011, Anne-Sophie Mutter has regularly shared the spotlight on stage with her ensemble of fellows, “Mutter’s Virtuosi”.


Anne-Sophie Mutter’s concert calendar in 2024 features performances in Asia, Europe and North America, once again reflecting the musical versatility of the violinist and her unprecedented standing in the world of classical music. Numerous compositions dedicated to her will be part of these concerts; in many countries, they will be performed for the first time.

At the beginning of the year, Mutter gives the British premiere of the Violin Concerto No. 2, which John Williams dedicated to her, as well as the Hollywood legend’s film scores in London. Her musical partners are the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Jonathon Hayward.

At the end of January, concerts in Los Angeles follow, where she will play the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Pablo Ferrández, a fellow of her Foundation, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel’s baton.

She appears at the Mozart Week in Salzburg with two programmes: the Sinfonie Concertante will be performed with violist Michael Barenboim; Lahav Shani conducts the Vienna Philharmonic. For the four Piano Trios, she joins forces with pianist Lauma Skride and cellist Maximilian Hornung, an alumnus of her Foundation.

In March, Mutter tours Asia, where she rings in the 36th year of her musical collaboration with pianist Lambert Orkis. The programme includes works by Mozart, Respighi, Schubert and Clara Schumann. The two exceptional musicians will also perform this programme in Europe during the second half of the year.

Williams’ Violin Concerto No. 2 will also have its first performance in Israel: in April in Haifa and Tel Aviv; in both cities, Mutter will also perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Witold Lutosławski’s death, in Warsaw Mutter will perform the orchestral version of the “Partita”, a work dedicated to her, as well as the Polish composer’s “Chain 2” and “Interlude”. Andrzej Boreyko conducts the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lutosławski’s “Partita” will also be performed in Leipzig and in London, where it is combined with Tomas Adès’ “Air” – Homage to Sibelius, which the composer dedicated to the violinist and which will have its German and British premieres. In Leipzig, Andris Nelsons conducts the Gewandhaus Orchestra; in the British metropolis, Thomas Adès conducts the London Symphony Orchestra.

During her June tour of Europe, Williams’ Violin Concerto No. 2 is once more the focus of attention, and Mutter will perform it with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Luisi.

She will also perform film themes by Williams during the “Klassik am Odeonsplatz” event in Munich – with the Munich Philharmonic under the baton of Lahav Shani.

The Brahms Violin Concerto is on the programme during the second half of the year in Europe with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. During another European tour, Mutter will play the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto together with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its music director Manfred Honeck.

Mutter concludes her 2024 concert year with Williams’ Violin Concerto No. 2 as well as selected film themes – together with the Hollywood legend at the helm of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


In June 2023, Anne-Sophie Mutter received the Prize of the Ruhr Piano Festival, and the Royal Philharmonic Society honoured her with its Gold Medal. The Krzysztof Penderecki Music Academy in Cracow bestowed an honorary doctorate on her in March 2022. In 2019, Anne-Sophie Mutter was honoured to receive the Praemium Imperiale in the music category; in June she received the Polar Music Prize. Poland awarded the Gloria Artis Gold Medal for Cultural Achievements to Anne-Sophie Mutter in 2018, making her the first German artist to receive such an honour. In February 2018 the violinist was named an honorary member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Romania awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of a Grand Officer to Anne-Sophie Mutter in 2017; during the same month France honoured her by presenting her with the insignia of a Commander of the French Order of the Arts and Literature. In 2016, the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports awarded her the “Medalla de oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes” (Gold Medal for Merits in the Fine Arts). In 2015 Anne-Sophie Mutter was named an Honorary Fellow of Keble College at the University of Oxford. In 2013 she became a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, after winning the medal of the Lutosławski Society (Warsaw) in January. In 2012 the Atlantic Council bestowed the Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award upon her. In 2011 she received the Brahms Prize as well as the Erich Fromm Prize and the Gustav Adolf Prize for her social activism. In 2010 the Technical-Scientific University of Norway in Trondheim bestowed an honorary doctorate upon her; in 2009 she won the European St. Ulrich Award as well as the Cristobal Gabarron Award. In 2008 Anne-Sophie Mutter was the recipient of the International Ernst von Siemens Music Prize as well as the Leipzig Mendelssohn Prize.

The violinist has been awarded the German Grand Order of Merit, the French Medal of the Legion of Honour, the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, and numerous other honours.


Thomas Hampson, Baritone

Thomas Hampson © Jimmy Donelan

Long recognised as one of the most innovative musicians of our time, American baritone Thomas Hampson has received countless international honours for his singular artistry and cultural leadership. His operatic repertoire is comprised of more than 80 roles, and his discography includes more than 170 albums, with multiple nominations and winners of the GRAMMY Award, Edison Award, and the Grand Prix du Disque.

Hampson opened the 2023/24 season performing Walton's “Belshazzar's Feast" with Klaus Mäkelä and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms which had The Guardian writing his "ever compelling" singing. He goes on to perform the piece with The Cleveland Orchestra and Klaus Mäkelä later this season. Hampson sings Mahler's “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with Jaap van Zweden as well as with the Athens State Orchestra and joins the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi on their European Tour. Hampson also reunites with the Janoska Ensemble for a New Year's Eve Gala at the Wiener Konzerthaus.

Further highlights include performances of Weill’s “Four Walt Whitman Songs” with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Alan Gilbert, and a semi-staged production which Hampson also directs, of Mozart’s famous opera “Così fan tutte” with the Orchestre National de Lyon and Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider. Thomas Hampson will once again return to the stage with Evgeny Kissin to perform “Address Unknown” at the Marylebone Theatre, London. In recital, he will appear in Kronberg, Krün, Heidelberg and Schloss Elmau with pianist Wolfram Rieger. Thomas Hampson will also return to Waiblingen for the annual Internationale Opernwerkstatt, where he leads masterclasses, and he returns for the sixth edition of Schubert Week at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. Hampson continues as Director of Heidelberger Frühling Liedakademie which supports singers and pianists from all over the world.

Last season also saw him return to the opera stage, where Hampson made his role debut as Richard Nixon in Adams' “Nixon in China” at Opéra national de Paris, led by Gustavo Dudamel. His debut received critical acclaim, with Res Musica hailing, "The casting, dominated by Thomas Hampson's noble, luminous voice, calls for nothing but praise." Hampson starred as Creonte in a concert version of Haydn’s last opera “L’anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ed Euridice” together with Cecilia Bartoli at the Salzburger Festspiele. In concert, he opened the season with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, led by Daniel Hope, and joined Martha Argerich for a performance in Lucerne.

He is an honorary professor of Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg and an honorary member of London’s Royal Academy of Music. In addition to several Honorary Doctorates, he is the Kammersänger of the Wiener Staatsoper and Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France. In 2017 he received the Hugo Wolf Medal, together with Wolfram Rieger. He is the co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Lied Academy Heidelberg, in 2003, he founded the Hampsong Foundation, through which he uses the art of song to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding. His international master class schedule is a continuing online resource of Medici.tv, the Manhattan School of Music, and The Hampsong Foundation livestream channel. Additionally, he serves as an Advisor for Opera for Peace.

SEASON 2023/2024

James Ehnes, Violin

James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega

James Ehnes has established himself as one of the most sought-after musicians on the international stage. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism and an unfaltering musicality, Ehnes is a favourite guest at the world’s most celebrated concert halls.

Recent orchestral highlights include the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony, NHK Symphony and Munich Philharmonic. Throughout the 23/24 season, Ehnes continues as Artist in Residence with the National Arts Centre of Canada and as Artistic Partner with Artis–Naples. During this season, he will make debuts with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tonhalle Zurich, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Alongside his concerto work, Ehnes maintains a busy recital schedule. He performs regularly at the Wigmore Hall (including the complete cycle of Beethoven Sonatas in 2019/20, and the complete violin/viola works of Brahms and Schumann in 2021/22), Carnegie Hall, Symphony Center Chicago, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Ravinia, Montreux, Verbier Festival, Dresden Music Festival and Festival de Pâques in Aix. A devoted chamber musician, he is the leader of the Ehnes Quartet and the Artistic Director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society.

Ehnes has an extensive discography and has won many awards for his recordings, including two Grammy’s, three Gramophone Awards and eleven Juno Awards. In 2021, Ehnes was announced as the recipient of the coveted Artist of the Year title in the 2021 Gramophone Awards which celebrated his recent contributions to the recording industry, including the launch of a new online recital series entitled ‘Recitals from Home’ which was released in June 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closure of concert halls. Ehnes recorded the six Bach Sonatas and Partitas and six Sonatas of Ysaÿe from his home with state-of-the-art recording equipment and released six episodes over the period of two months. These recordings have been met with great critical acclaim by audiences worldwide and Ehnes was described by Le Devoir as being "at the absolute forefront of the streaming evolution".

Ehnes began violin studies at the age of five, became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin aged nine, and made his orchestra debut with L’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal aged 13. He continued his studies with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and The Juilliard School, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his graduation in 1997. He is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, where he is a Visiting Professor.


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