Dallas Symphony releases revised December-March programming

With coronavirus infections surging again, and no end to the pandemic in sight, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has released revised programming for December through March 2021.

As in the fall, programs have been adjusted for compositions that can be performed by chamber-orchestra numbers of musicians, widely spaced on the Meyerson Symphony Center stage. Very limited audiences are selected by lottery from advance season subscribers, but most concerts will be subsequently available in video streams from the DSO website.

Most of the previously announced conductors and soloists still will appear, but some programs and dates will change.

Music director Fabio Luisi will conduct four programs, with pianist Alessandro Taverna and violinists Leonidas Kavakos and Alexander Kerr as soloists. The world premiere of Angélica Negrón’s En otra noche, en otro mundo (On another Night, In Another World) will remain on the Feb. 4-7 program.

Planned concert performances of Verdi’s Otello have been canceled, but a Feb. 25-28 program promises Erwin Stein’s chamber-ensemble arrangement of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony.

Former music director Jaap van Zweden won’t be able to lead what had been two December concerts planned to celebrate his 60th birthday (on the 12th) and Beethoven’s 250th (on the 17th). (The New York Philharmonic, which he’s headed since 2018, has canceled all performances through June 13, 2021.) In his place, Pinchas Zukerman, who led DSO summer concerts in the 1990s, will return to lead a revised all-Beethoven program.

For details, check mydso.com.

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