“When the Dallas Symphony Orchestra plays its June 9 concert, it will be personal,” writes Johnathan Silver in last Tuesday’s (4/30) Dallas Culture Map. “The concert will support the recently created Hardship Fund, which helps orchestra and staff members manage unforeseen hardships. Ruth Reinhardt will conduct … such audience favorites as Stravinsky’s The Firebird: Suite; Copland’s ‘Saturday Night Waltz’ from Rodeo … and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending for violin and orchestra, featuring Emmanuelle Boisvert on violin. ‘Many of our closest friends and colleagues have found themselves dealing with unexpected health emergencies and hardships,’ Kim Noltemy, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s president and CEO, says in a release…. Struggling orchestra and staff members can apply for grants from the fund to ‘reduce financial stress as their families deal with serious illnesses,’ the organization says, adding, ‘[t]he most visible of those are health emergencies where the difference between the funds provided by long-term disability and financial obligations can be substantial.’ In keeping with the spirit of the concert, the orchestra also will honor two of its musicians with new titles. Ryan Anthony will become the Principal Trumpet Emeritus, and Dwight Shambley will become the Young Strings Founder, Artistic Director Emeritus.”

Posted May 8, 2019