Fabio Luisi opens the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO)’s 2019-20 Texas Instruments Classical Series season on September 12–15, when he takes the podium for performances of Richard Strauss’s monumental Alpine Symphony and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, with Cliburn prizewinner Beatrice Rana as piano soloist. Launching the Grammy-winning conductor’s first full season as Music Director Designate of the orchestra, the program also showcases the Dallas premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s Aureole, a highlight of the DSO’s “Women in Classical Music” initiative.
The September concerts mark the first of the five programs Luisi looks forward to leading over the course of the DSO’s new season, before inaugurating his music directorship there next fall. In early 2020, he conducts concert performances of Richard Strauss’s Salome, starring Lithuanian soprano Ausrine Stundyte, and the Dallas premiere of Fountain of Youth by Pulitzer Prize-winner and DSO Composer-in-Residence Julia Wolfe. Then, in the spring, Luisi returns for the long overdue Dallas premiere of Franz Schmidt’s The Book with Seven Seals (“Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln”), at the DSO’s SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival, and accounts of Brahms’s Second Symphony that will be recorded for future release on the orchestra’s own DSO Live label.