The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s “A Holly Jolly Celebration” will raise money for the orchestra’s education activities, including its Young Strings (in photo) and Young Musicians programs and Southern Dallas Residency.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic spread through North Texas … this year, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra faced a serious conundrum: How do you make a concert season happen when the world is turned on its head?” writes David Buice in Wednesday’s (12/16) Dallas Morning News. “The leadership and staff of the DSO … devised and implemented a number of innovations [that include building] a state-of-the-art video studio, complete with robotic cameras, to record performances at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. New performances are released every Friday…. The DSO redesigned the 2020/21 season to perform music better suited for smaller ensembles…. Steps to protect the health of in-person attendees during the 2020/21 season include … requiring everyone to wear masks … and limiting in-person attendance…. The DSO has restructured its outreach and donor benefits to [include] special performances at corporate partners’ offices or donors’ homes (distanced, of course), Zoom calls and digital happy hours with musicians…. The annual Women in Classical Music Symposium … was available in-person in Dallas and virtually…. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s ‘A Holly Jolly Celebration: A C-Suite Christmas’ goes nationwide in a televised special this year, from Dec 18 through Christmas week.”