Dallas Symphony Offers Chance to Win Private Concert (Including a Turn at the Podium)

Classic Arts News   Dallas Symphony Offers Chance to Win Private Concert (Including a Turn at the Podium)
George W. Bush isn't the only civilian who'll get to step up and conduct a professional orchestra in the middle of a concert this month. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is running a contest offering one lucky person among next season's subscribers a crack at the orchestra's podium — during a special concert for the winner and 100 of his or her closest friends.

Each individual who purchases a 2007-08 Dallas Symphony subscription — to either the Texas Instruments Classical Series or the Deloitte Pops Series — will be automatically entered in a drawing to win a private DSO concert.

The Performance of a LifetimeSM, as the DSO is calling the grand prize, will be a performance given exclusively for the winner and up to 100 guests at Meyerson Symphony Hall. Dallas Symphony assistant conductor Danail Rachev will lead the orchestra in a program of light classical favorites including (among others) the overture to Rossini's Barber of Seville, Dvoršk's Slavonic Dance No. 1, the Valse triste by Sibelius, Brahms's Hungarian Dance No. 6 and a suite from Richard Rodgers's score for The Sound of Music. The winner him/herself will get a chance to conduct the orchestra in Sousa's Washington Post March. The event also includes a pre-concert reception and a post-concert meet-and-greet with DSO musicians.

The deadline for subscribing in order to enter the contest is 12:00 noon on Friday, May 18; the winner's name will be drawn at random later that day. The lucky one's Performance of a LifetimeSM begins at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22. For details and contest rules, and to enter, visit www.dallassymphony.com.

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