The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s multidisciplinary Soluna International Music and Arts Festival “will stage its fourth installment May 6–28,” reports Peter Simek in the May issue of D Magazine (Dallas). “When Soluna launched in 2015, it was a direct response to a DSO board edict to reach a younger audience…. Soluna is a festival where Israeli artist Naama Tsabar, hip-hop legend Nas, UT Southwestern doctors, and Wagner’s great-great-grandson can appear on the bill and the mash-up doesn’t feel forced. That’s because, at its core, the programing around Soluna engages with ideas about how music, art, science, and life share common roots or mutual inspirations…. The festival’s Array program, which will take place at The Bomb Factory and Canton Hall in Deep Ellum, accomplishes the symphony’s desired goal of expanding its reach outside of the Dallas Arts District, while simultaneously and thoughtfully blurring tired distinctions between high and low cultural expression…. Since the Arts District opened in 2009, the city has wondered about the possibilities created by collecting all of its major arts organizations into a single area. Soluna is one answer. It is a festival that uses geography as an excuse to cross-pollinate artistic missions. The DSO understands this potential.”

Posted May 3, 2018