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Dallas Symphony performances are conducted by Jaap van Zweden. They are regularly hailed by The Dallas Morning News as “exhilarating,” “revelatory,” “intensely dramatic,” and “as electrifying as you’ll hear anywhere.” The Dallas Symphony, has performed Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, Richard Strauss’s Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, Steven Stucky’s Elegy and Korngold’s Violin Concerto (with soloist Hilary Hahn) in Eindhoven, Amsterdam, Vienna, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Hannover. The Dallas Symphony also enjoys its summer residency at the Bravo! Vail festival in Colorado, and in performs in special performances. Jaap Van Zweden was named Musical America Conductor of the Year 2012 in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony and as a guest conductor with the most prestigious U.S. orchestras.
The Dallas Symphony performs in the McDermott Concert Hall, a European "shoebox" style music chamber, establishing intimacy between performer and audience.
The Hall features reverberation space around the top concealed by thick concrete doors. These chamber doors can be opened and closed to increase or reduce reverberance.
In addition, 56 acoustical curtains within the concert hall and reverberation chamber help to diminish sound vibrations, depending on the use of the hall.
A system of canopies is suspended above the stage and can be raised, lowered or tilted to reflect the sound throughout the audience chamber.