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Front Row: Samantha Sullivan, Elizabeth McIlyar, Aliz Lippincott, Lauren Schnitzer, Mindy Osler, Coco Murchison, Nicole Smith, Savannah Crow, Carly Cooper, Cassandra Polley, Mary Margaret Jaynes. Back Row: Kate Gioldasis, Kathleen Gamso, Ava Wall, Avery Davis, Emily Stone, Anna Robertson, Megan Molthan, Sally Wade, Elizabeth Reid, Natalie Groves. (Photo by James French)

 

 

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Introduces Debutantes at
33rd Annual Presentation Ball Announcement Weekend Events
 

 

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League introduced the 2018-19 debutantes during Announcement Weekend festivities May 31-June 2. The weekend marked the official start of a season of events culminating with the 33rd Presentation Ball, which will be held February 9, 2019.  

Announcement Weekend began with the announcement party at Stanley Korshak on Thursday evening, May 31. On Saturday, Stanley Korshak hosted a couture gown show featuring the gowns of designer Mackenzie Brittingham. To conclude the weekend, Croquet at the Club was held at the Maridoe Golf Club on Saturday evening. 

The Honorary Chairs for the 2019 Presentation Ball were announced and recognized at the Announcement Party: Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller. They are longtime supporters of the DSO and the Dallas community. Their daughter Niña was a debutante and their sons Alexis and Oliver have served as Honor Guards. 

The Presentation Ball Chair is Carla Leffert and DSOL President is Lisa Loy Laughlin. Both know well what to expect during the debutante season well. Carla has had two daughters make their debut and Lisa is a past Presentation Ball Chair. 

The formal announcement of the debutantes by Stan Gardner went flawlessly with the help of the many committee members who worked behind the scenes. Heather Moore coached the Debutantes and the Honor Guard in the back staging area while Kristin Cordiak and Kendra Averitt encouraged the girls as they made their walk down the runway. 

The 2018-2019 debutantes are:

Maddie Basso, Katy Callewart, Carly Cooper, Savannah Crow, Avery Davis, Katherine Fraser, Kathleen Gamso, Kate Gioldasis, Natalie Groves, Gracie Hunt, Mary Margaret Jaynes, Alix Lippincott, Georgia McGill, Elizabeth McIlyar, Megan Molthan, Caroline Mulligan, Coco Murchison, Hattie Newton, Mindy Osler, Cassandra Polley, Elizabeth Reid, Anna Robertson, Kristen Romano, Lily Schiff, Lauren Schnitzer, Livy Scott, Nicole Smith, Emily Stone, Samantha Sullivan, Sally Wade, Ava Wall, and Whitney Wheeler. 

Included in the attendees that evening were Tincy Miller, Tomima Edmark, Helen and Clint Murchison, Ken Schnitzer, Sarah Jo and Mark Hardin, Kim Noltemy, James Leffler, and Melissa Lewis

There were several second generation debutantes making their debut. Hattie Newton’s mother Mary Casey and aunt Donna Casey were debutantes for the inaugural ball held in 1987 and her aunt Lisa Casey was presented a few years later. Megan Molthan’s mother Heather and her aunt Wendy are both former debutantes.      

The Presentation Ball, which was first held in 1987, is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL. Over $11 million has been raised for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through the annual event, which was created with the vision of long-time League member Tincy Miller, who chaired the first ball. 

Founded in 1946, the mission of the DSOL is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising activities. Since 1998 the League has contributed over $16 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex. 

Group Photo by James French

All other photos by Deborah Brown

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Honorary Chair Pat Rayes, GDYO President Doug Haloftis, GDYO Executive Director Cathy Hernandez, Honorary Chair Linda Rayes.

 

Evening Featured Guest Speaker Scott Cantrell, Silent Auction, Buffet Dinner, Concert and Dessert Reception

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra celebrated the end of the season in style with a Mother’s Day Dinner & Spring Concert at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The evening included a buffet dinner and silent auction before the concert. Scott Cantrell, freelance classical music critic with The Dallas Morning News, was the guest speaker. A post-concert dessert reception was sponsored by the GDYO Guild. 

Honorary Chairs for the event were Linda and Pat Rayes who have been long time supporters of GDYO since the organization’s earliest days. Mr. Rayes served as a past officer and board member who championed the organization during tumultuous years. He has been committed to GDYO since that time and is being honored at this year’s gala.

The event was chaired by long time board member Wilma May. Doug Haloftis is President of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.

The world-renowned Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra had a full season of concerts during the 2017-2018 season. Scott Cantrell has said that “Dallas should be proud to have such ambassadors” and “...lucky are these kids to be initiated into symphonic music in so professional an environment. Even the ones who don’t go on to performing careers will be passionate and knowledgeable and demanding audiences of tomorrow.

The event celebrates GDYO families and patrons and raises critical funding to grow and support music education and performance opportunities for the talented and dedicated area youth.  Each season, GDYO serves more than 450 musicians, ages 6-18, from more than 50 communities in Dallas and North Texas.

The evening’s performance featured the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Richard Giangiulio, with guest organist, Bradley Welch performing Francis Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani. The orchestra performed Johann Sebastian Bach's Passacaglia in C-minor as transcribed for orchestra by Respighi and Camile Saint-Saens powerful Symphony No. 3the Organ Symphony where the orchestra was once again accompanied by Bradley Welch on the famed Lay Family Organ.

The funds raised from this event support the Scholarship Fund and International Tour Fund, allowing deserving students a chance to not only experience the GDYO program, but also to be further enriched by experiencing new cultures while traveling and performing with their peers. Each year, young musicians in GDYO receive $20,000 in scholarships, and that number doubles in a tour year.

About GDYO


The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra was founded in 1972 by parents, educators, and members of the Dallas music community.  In 46 years it has grown to include:  The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, the Philharmonic, the Wind Symphony, the Sinfonietta, the Dallas String Ensemble, the Young Performers Orchestra, the Flute Choir, and the Jazz Institute.

The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program offers training to 480 talented youth musicians, ages 8 to 18.

In addition to performing at the Meyerson the GDYO tours internationally which have included China, Germany and the Czech Republic.

The GDYO is funded in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA, and the Texas Commission on the Arts, with funding from the State of Texas and the National Endowments for the Arts.

For additional information please call the GDYO office at 214.528.7747 or email at info@gdyo.org.

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Greg Hext and Event Chair Kim Hext with Honorary Chairs Diane and Hal Brierley.

 

  

DSOL Savor the Symphony Gala Benefits Music Education Programs

 

Evening Dedicated to the Memory of Margaret McDermott

 

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League was excited to bring back the very popular Savor the Symphony which began in 2000. The event was held on May 3 at The Ritz-Carlton, bringing together Symphony patrons and business leaders for an evening with a lavish three-course wine-paired dinner, live and silent auction and a private performance featuring the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor and Grammy Award Winner, Jeff Tyzik, along with guest performers, Soprano Camille Zamora and dancers from Tango Caliente.  

The Honorary Chairs were Diane and Hal Brierley. The Brierleys are longtime supporters of the DSO and the Dallas community. They have been donors and subscribers to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1986 and Diane has been a member of the DSOL since 1992. 

Kim Hext was the event chair and Mari Epperson is the DSOL President. 

The elegant night began with a cocktail reception featuring a music duo from the Dallas Symphony Young Strings, one of the programs that will benefit from the proceeds of the evening. The guests had the opportunity to bid on individual bottles of wine and other items in the silent auction, preview the live auction packages and to purchase wine through the Wine Pull.  

The live auction included Dallas Symphony packages, a beautiful Michele Deco Diamond Bracelet Watch, a 1989 bottle of Petrus red wine and a vacation package to Vail.  

When announcements were made from the stage, Kim Hext dedicated the evening to the memory of Margaret McDermott, an underwriter for the event and a longtime symphony and arts patron. News of her passing had been made the morning of the gala.

The event was made possible in part by sponsors including The Ritz-Carlton, The Park Cities News, Jimmy’s Food Store,  SusieCakes, and Fossil.  

Underwriters included Diane and Hal Brierley, Eugene McDermott Foundation, Kim and Greg Hext, Sharon and Maurice Ballew, Allison and Brett Brodnax, Lisa and Clay Cooley, Angela Fontana, Caroline Rose Hunt, and Penny Reid and Tom Nolan.  

Guests in attendance included Kim Notelmy, Michelle Miller Burns, Lisa and Clay Cooley, Lynn and Allan McBee, Barbara and Don Daseke, Amy and Michael Meadows, Cathy and Michael Haynes, Caroline Rose Hunt and Robert Brackbill. 

The proceeds from the evening will benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids and Young Strings. A Sponsorship of the Red Violin Program provides a financial gift to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Strings through the Innovators of the DSOL. Children are provided with the sponsored instrument and receive lessons and performance opportunities.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is an organization of volunteers who support the Dallas Symphony Association through service, education and fundraising activities.

Since 1946, the DSO League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts.  Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $20 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of music to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex.

 

Photos by Chuck Clark

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Hosts Ray and Faith Stazzoni, AB Aston, founders Betsy and Clyde Jackson.

 

Foundation raises funds for girls school in Africa


Girls lives changed with education received

 

Friends and supporters gathered in the Park Cities home of Faith and Ray Stazzoni for a reception and presentation on the Imbirikani Girls High School (IGS) in Kenya given by the Neema-Huruma Foundation in Dallas. In Swahili, Neema-Huruma means grace and mercy.

The foundation raises funds for the school which was founded by Clyde and Betsy Jackson in 2006 to provide education to Maasai children living in the Imbirikani Group Ranch area of southwest Kenya. 98% of girls in the area do not have educational opportunities after primary school so they enter into early marriages at ages 14-15 and are subjected to a life of child bearing and hard physical labor carrying wood and water. Continuing education for these girls provides a promising future. The school which is owned and operated by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) opened with 40 students and now has capacity for 300.

“Our goal is to elevate the girls’ lives,” said Jackson. “The Imbirikani Girls High School provides the education that is desperately needed by the young women of the Maasai tribe and other tribes. Parents from as far away as Kisumu, Nairobi, and Mombasa are sending their daughters now to IGS for its reputation for excellent academics and Godly character building.”

While donations for any amount are appreciated, there are immediate areas where help is needed. $750 would cover a one year scholarship for a girl’s tuition, room and board and a uniform. The Foundation provided photos and biographies of individual girls that could be “adopted” and several guests made donations to cover the one year cost.

The public is also encouraged to support the Imbirikani Girls High School. Donations can be made by mail or online. By Mail: Make checks payable to: Highland Park Presbyterian Church-Kenya School or to Neema-Huruma Foundation and mail to: Clyde Jackson – 600 N. Pearl, Suite 650, L.B. 149 – Dallas TX 75201. Donate online via secure server: www.nhkenya.org. Click on the “Donate Now” button.

Neema-Huruma Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Donations will be processed through HPPC or directly through the Dallas offices at Neema-Huruma Foundation. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent.   

Further information about the Imbirikani Girls High School and the Neema-Huruma Foundation is available at www.nhkenya.org.

Photos by Deborah Brown

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Judy Pollock

Judy Pollock has been named Director of Development for 4word Women, a national non-profit organization based in Dallas serving professional Christian women by narrowing the gap in resources facing every woman serious about her career, relationships, and faith.

“Judy brings a twenty-five year career as a development professional to 4word Women,” said 4word Founder and President Diane Paddison. “4word Women has huge aspirations to bring our mentor program, local groups, and digital community to women in the workplace globally so that we can help them reach their God-given potential with confidence so that they can share Christ’s love. Judy’s ability to bring large individual gifts and foundation grants to 4word Women will take 4word to the next level. We are honored to have her join our team.”

Ms. Pollock is a native of San Francisco and a graduate of the University of Illinois where she earned both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Education and an M. Ed. in Counseling Psychology. She served as President of Rebmar, Inc., a subsidiary of Pier One, Inc. and as President and Owner of Magnum Designs, building it into a multi-million-dollar company with more than 100 employees.

After a successful career as a corporate executive and entrepreneur, Ms. Pollock has been responsible for helping to raise more than $35M for nonprofit organizations. Included are the Graduate Institute of Linguistics, Redeemer Seminary, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty Trust, Americans for the Arts, Jonathan’s Place, the Hope Center Foundation, Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation and The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.  

Ms. Pollock served as Chair of the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Dallas and as a member of The Dallas Soars! Task Force, Dallas Urban Design Advisory Committee, Texas Small Business Advisory Council, Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition, Texans for the Arts, and the Governor’s Small Business Advisory Council for the State of Texas. As a volunteer, she served in a variety of roles from that of President to co-founder of organizations and support groups that include the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center and the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League. 

“It is an honor to join the dynamic 4word team and to have this opportunity to help women achieve their highest potential in all areas of their life,” said Ms. Pollock. “I look forward to sharing new and exciting ideas that will enhance and expand the opportunities for 4word to continue its impact on a national and global level.”  

4word Women is the only national organization serving professional Christian women, narrowing the gap in resources facing every woman serious about her career, relationships, and faith.  Their mission is to connect, lead, and support professional Christian women in the workplace to achieve their God-given potential. Relationships are fostered in 25 local groups throughout the United States and through the 4word Mentor Program. For further information:  www.4wordwomen.org

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A partnership controlled by Dallas based real estate developers Roger Gault of Gault Company and Robert Gunby with RTG Capital LLC has purchased an office building located at 5757 Alpha Road for an undisclosed amount. Formerly known as Alpha Tower, the North Dallas office building has approximately 170,000 square feet and sits on 4 acres of land. It is located near the Northwood neighborhood and Northwood Country Club and will be renamed Northwood Tower. 

The location is across from the former Valley View Mall which will eventually be developed into a mixed-use project consisting of office, retail, restaurant, multi-family and hotel uses. 

The area around the Galleria is being redeveloped with new and upgraded projects and is expected to continue eastward between Alpha Road and LBJ towards the Preston Road Corridor. 

The building, which is currently 32% leased, was built in 1983 and has functional floor plans. The renovation will include enhanced landscaping, lighting, signage, lobby and common area upgrades, along with a new HVAC system and elevator upgrades.  GFF Architects and SMR Landscape Architects, Inc. have been retained to design these improvements.  

“The building has “good bones”, a fully secured parking garage, and is in a location that will only get better over the next several years,” said Roger Gault. “We have plans to substantially improve and enhance Northwood Tower while still offering some of the lowest office rents in this submarket.”  

“This building has tremendous visibility from 360 degrees,” Robert Gunby added. “You can see downtown and north Plano/Frisco from the upper floors. This provides a great option for larger tenants who would prefer not to pay the higher rents required in Preston Center or Frisco, but still receive quality amenities and finish out.  The height and location, near LBJ and the North Dallas Tollway, also allows for great building signage that can be seen from all directions, which is rare.” 

The renovation completion is slated for year-end 2018.

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Bradley Welch, guest organist

 

 

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Mother’s Day Dinner & Spring Concert
With Guest Organist Bradley Welch

Event Will Feature Silent Auction, Buffet Dinner, Concert and Dessert Reception

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra will celebrate the end of the season in style with a Mother’s Day Dinner & Spring Concert at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The evening will include a buffet dinner and silent auction before the concert with post-concert dessert reception, sponsored by the GDYO Guild. 

Honorary Chairs for the event are Linda and Pat Rayes who have been long time supporters of GDYO since the organization’s earliest days. Mr. Rayes served as a past officer and board member who championed the organization during tumultuous years. He has been committed to GDYO since that time and is being honored at this year’s gala.

The event is chaired by Wilma May. Doug Haloftis is President of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.

Scott Cantrell, freelance classical music critic with The Dallas Morning News, will be the guest speaker.

The world-renowned Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra had a full season of concerts during the 2017-2018 season. Scott Cantrell has said that “Dallas should be proud to have such ambassadors” and “...lucky are these kids to be initiated into symphonic music in so professional an environment. Even the ones who don’t go on to performing careers will be passionate and knowledgeable and demanding audiences of tomorrow.

The event celebrates GDYO families and patrons and raises critical funding to grow and support music education and performance opportunities for the talented and dedicated area youth.  Each season, GDYO serves more than 450 musicians, ages 6-18, from more than 50 communities in Dallas and North Texas.

About the Concert
The evening’s performance features the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Richard Giangiulio, with guest organist, Bradley Welch performing Francis Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani. The orchestra will also perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Passacaglia in C-minor as transcribed for orchestra by Respighi and Camile Saint-Saens powerful Symphony No. 3the Organ Symphony where the orchestra will once again be joined by Bradley Welch on the famed Lay Family Organ.

Benefit
The funds raised from this event support the Scholarship Fund and International Tour Fund, allowing deserving students a chance to not only experience the GDYO program, but also to be further enriched by experiencing new cultures while traveling and performing with their peers. Each year, young musicians in GDYO receive $20,000 in scholarships, and that number doubles in a tour year.

Tickets

Individual tickets are $150 each or $250 per couple and includes dinner and concert ticket. Host Tables are available for a $1500 donation and includes a table for ten, preferred seating for the concert, and recognition in Spring program. Mother’s Day Dinner & Spring Concert tickets must be purchased in advance.

Concert tickets are $10-$40 and can be purchased on the GDYO website or by calling 214-528-7747. Tickets are available the night of the performance at the Meyerson Box Office. The Meyerson is located at 2301 Flora Street in Dallas. 

For more information go to www.gdyo.org  or email info@gdyo.org.

About Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch

A native of Knoxville, TN, Bradley holds the Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Musical Arts, Master of Music degrees, and the Artist Diploma from Yale University where he studied with Thomas Murray and Martin Jean.  He also holds the Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from Baylor University where he studied with Joyce Jones.

Dr. Welch is the 2003 First Place winner of the Dallas International Organ Competition and was also awarded the Audience Prize for the  second time, having previously won it in 2000. He was Director of Music & Arts at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX from 2009 to 2014 and currently devotes his full-time attention to a thriving solo concert career. Between his concert and recording  engagements, Dr. Welch serves as Artist-in-Residence as Christ Church (Anglican) in Plano, TX--one of the largest Anglican churches in the United States. In addition to these duties, he performs approximately 20 concerts annually under the exclusive artistic management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, Hartford, CT.

His premier recording is the first solo organ recording of the Cliburn Organ at Broadway Baptist Church.  Bradley is married to Kara Kirkendoll Welch, a flutist in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Adjunct Professor of Flute at Southern Methodist University. They have a son, Ethan Hunter Welch, and a daughter, Avery Kristine Welch.

 

About GDYO

The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra was founded in 1972 by parents, educators, and members of the Dallas music community.  In 46 years it has grown to include:  The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, the Philharmonic, the Wind Symphony, the Sinfonietta, the Dallas String Ensemble, the Young Performers Orchestra, the Flute Choir, and the Jazz Institute.

The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program offers training to 480 talented youth musicians, ages 8 to 18.

In addition to performing at the Meyerson the GDYO tours internationally which have included China, Germany and the Czech Republic.

The GDYO is funded in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA, and the Texas Commission on the Arts, with funding from the State of Texas and the National Endowments for the Arts.

For additional information please call the GDYO office at 214.528.7747 or email at info@gdyo.org.

 

 

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Bull-Luv-Able Paws and Chi Wawas pet rescue and The Pet Divas pet care service will co-host the first annual Dog Dayz Of Dallas Cinco de Mayo Style on May 5, 2018.  Held at White Rock Lake’s Flagpole Hill, the festival and fundraiser featuring pet adoptions, live music, contests and food trucks will run from 10 AM until 4 PM.

Over 55 local vendors, pet rescues and area shelters are expected to showcase their adoptable pets, wares and services. Dogs of all breeds and sizes will be ready to meet their future families.

Pets and their people can compete head to head in a variety of contests, including a “salsa eating” competition, a Pawrent and pup look-a- like contest and a Mexican jumping bean game. Proceeds from each game’s $5 entry fee will go towards a grant to be awarded to one of the participating rescue organizations. Event organizer Missy Redding said, “Our ‘Paw It Forward’ grant will be Bull-luv- able Paws’ way of giving back to a sister rescue that works hard all year long.”

Rounding out the day’s action-packed entertainment schedule will be live music from three artists with Dallas roots: The Voice season 11 contestant Josh Halverson, Brent Engel and Tori Sloan.

Founded in 2011, Bull-Luv-Able Paws & Chi Wawas Rescue (BPR) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit, shelterless, foster based, all-breed (centered on  Bully breeds and Chihuahuas) rescue group headquartered in North Texas. For additional event information, visit https://www.facebook.com/DogDayzofDallas/

 

Name: Missy Redding

Cell: 817-793-2885

Email and for press kit: thepetdivas@gmail.com

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Greg and Kim Hext with Hal and Diane Brierley.

Patrons for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Savor the Symphony sipped wine and tasted hors d’oeuvres while previewing the live auction items that will be available at the fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 at The Ritz-Carlton.  

Savor the Symphony is an elegant evening with a three-course wine-paired dinner, silent and live auctions, and a private performance featuring the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor and Grammy Award Winner, Jeff Tyzik, along with guest performers, Soprano Camille Zamora and dancers from Tango Caliente.  

The Honorary Chairs are Diane and Hal Brierley. The Brierleys are longtime supporters of the DSO and the Dallas community. They have been donors and subscribers to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1986 and Diane has been a member of the DSOL since 1992. 

Kim Hext is the event chair and Mari Epperson is the DSOL President. 

The proceeds from the evening will benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids and Young Strings. A Sponsorship of the Red Violin Program provides a financial gift to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Strings through the Innovators of the DSOL. Children are provided with the sponsored instrument and receive lessons and performance Opportunities. 

 

Live Auction Packages

Gold Stradivarius Membership

Signed music score by Wagner's Die Walküre  by Maestro Jaap van Zweden
and four tickets to Wagner's Die Walküre concert and dinner for four at Opus

DSO Gala Tickets

Michele Deco Diamond Bracelet Watch

Celebrate with Wine  -  A 1989 Petrus, red wine from Pomerol France

Escape to Vail  for 2019 Bravo!Vail Music Festival

 

Sponsorships for the event are $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500. Underwriting tickets with Patron benefits are $500 and $350. A limited number of $250 Individual tickets will be available. Additional donations “in honor/memory of” may be made in any amount and will be listed in the Savor the Symphony program. 

Visit the website at www.dallassymphonyleague.com. For more information, contact Kim Hext at kim@hextfamily.com or 214-244-5765.   

Mission Statement: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is an organization of volunteers who support the Dallas Symphony Association through service, education and fundraising activities. 

History: Since 1946, the DSO League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts.  Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $20 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of music to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex.

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Pat and Linda Rayes

 

Linda & Pat Rayes Named Honorary Chairs for
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra 
Mother’s Day Dinner & Spring Concert

Event Will Feature Guest Organist Bradley Welch and Include Silent Auction, Buffet Dinner, Concert and Dessert Reception

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra will celebrate the end of the season in style with a Mother’s Day Dinner & Spring Concert at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The evening will include a buffet dinner and silent auction before the concert with post-concert dessert reception, sponsored by the GDYO Guild. 

Honorary Chairs for the event are Linda and Pat Rayes who have been long time supporters of GDYO since the organization’s earliest days. Mr. Rayes served as a past officer and board member who championed the organization during tumultuous years. He has been committed to GDYO since that time and is being honored at this year’s gala.

The event is chaired by Wilma May. Doug Haloftis is President of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.

Scott Cantrell, freelance classical music critic with The Dallas Morning News, will be the guest speaker.

The world-renowned Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra had a full season of concerts during the 2017-2018 season. Scott Cantrell has said that “Dallas should be proud to have such ambassadors” and “...lucky are these kids to be initiated into symphonic music in so professional an environment. Even the ones who don’t go on to performing careers will be passionate and knowledgeable and demanding audiences of tomorrow.

The event celebrates GDYO families and patrons and raises critical funding to grow and support music education and performance opportunities for the talented and dedicated area youth.  Each season, GDYO serves more than 450 musicians, ages 6-18, from more than 50 communities in Dallas and North Texas.

About the Concert
The evening’s performance features the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Richard Giangiulio, with guest organist, Bradley Welch performing Francis Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani. The orchestra will also perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Passacaglia in C-minor as transcribed for orchestra by Respighi and Camile Saint-Saens powerful Symphony No. 3the Organ Symphony where the orchestra will once again be joined by Bradley Welch on the famed Lay Family Organ.

Benefit
The funds raised from this event support the Scholarship Fund and International Tour Fund, allowing deserving students a chance to not only experience the GDYO program, but also to be further enriched by experiencing new cultures while traveling and performing with their peers. Each year, young musicians in GDYO receive $20,000 in scholarships, and that number doubles in a tour year.

Tickets

Individual tickets are $150 each or $250 per couple and includes dinner and concert ticket. Host Tables are available for a $1500 donation and includes a table for ten, preferred seating for the concert, and recognition in Spring program. Mother’s Day Dinner & Spring Concert tickets must be purchased in advance.

Concert tickets are $10-$40 and can be purchased on the GDYO website or by calling 214-528-7747. Tickets are available the night of the performance at the Meyerson Box Office. The Meyerson is located at 2301 Flora Street in Dallas. 

For more information go to www.gdyo.org  or email info@gdyo.org.

About GDYO

The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra was founded in 1972 by parents, educators, and members of the Dallas music community.  In 46 years it has grown to include:  The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, the Philharmonic, the Wind Symphony, the Sinfonietta, the Dallas String Ensemble, the Young Performers Orchestra, the Flute Choir, and the Jazz Institute.

The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program offers training to 480 talented youth musicians, ages 8 to 18.

In addition to performing at the Meyerson the GDYO tours internationally which have included China, Germany and the Czech Republic.

The GDYO is funded in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA, and the Texas Commission on the Arts, with funding from the State of Texas and the National Endowments for the Arts.

For additional information please call the GDYO office at 214.528.7747 or email at info@gdyo.org.