We live in interesting times which means we get to see a lot of interesting things. Case in point, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced an event on April 30 and May 1 that will not only include members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra but serve as a benefit for the Met Orchestra Musician fund and relief for Dallas-Fort Worth Musicians.
If someone told me 18 months ago that a large budget symphony orchestra would hold a benefit concert for musicians locked out at a peer orchestra, I would have said they were crazy. Nevertheless, this is where we are.
“We cannot overstate the impact this unprecedented collaboration will have on our members, both financially and artistically, after this long year of cultural famine,” said Brad Gemeinhardt, MET Orchestra Committee Chair. “We are profoundly grateful to the generous donors who are making these concerts possible, to the Board of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, to Maestro Luisi, to the musicians of the DSO and to the entire Dallas music community. Thank you for so warmly welcoming us into your home.”
“The members of the DSO are thrilled to welcome our colleagues from New York. It will be an inspiring and emotional event for all of us; especially performing such a monumental work,” said Alexander Kerr, Concertmaster of the DSO (Michael L. Rosenberg Chair). “We are honored and blessed to be a part of an organization that has been able to perform for live audiences throughout this difficult time and we are thankful to be able to share the experience with our friends, the wonderful musicians of The MET.”
According to the DSO, a video of the performance will be made available on the DSO’s website for free, on-demand streaming in early May.