The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is an American orchestra based in Dallas, Texas. Its principal performing venue is the Meyerson Symphony Center in the Arts District of downtown Dallas.
The orchestra traces its origins to a concert given by a group of forty musicians in 1900 with conductor Hans Kreissig. It continued to perform and grow in numbers and stature, so that in 1945 it was in a position to appoint Antal Doráti as music director. Under Doráti, the orchestra became fully professional. Several times during the history of the orchestra it has suspended operations, including periods during the First and Second World Wars from 1914 to 1918 and from 1942 to 1945, and more recently in 1974 due to fiscal restraints. Subsequent music directors have included Georg Solti and Eduardo Mata. Andrew Litton was music director from 1992 to 2006. In 2007, Jaap van Zweden was named the DSO’s 15th music director, to begin full-time with the 2008-2009 season, with an initial contract of 4 years.
In October 2009, the orchestra announced the extension of van Zweden’s contract through the 2015-2016 season. In November 2013, the orchestra announced a further extension of van Zweden’s contract through 2019. In January 2016, the orchestra announced the re-scheduled conclusion of van Zweden’s tenure as music director after the 2017-2018 season, after which time he is scheduled to become the orchestra’s conductor laureate, for the period 2018-2021.
The 2004 recording of the four Rachmaninoff piano concerti and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Stephen Hough during live performances has been compared to the recordings by the composer himself. The orchestra was awarded the Gramophone Awards 2005 Editor’s Choice; CD of the Week and Record of the Year 2004 from The Sunday Times; and Classical Brit Award 2005 Critics’ Choice.