Event / Program Detail

March 26th, 2013 at Dallas City Performance Hall

2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201 (map it)

Main Event at 8:00 PM

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 in G Major

Adagio cantabile
Scherzo. Allegro
Allegro molto, quasi Presto

Pärt: Psalom & Summa

R. Schumann: String Quartet No. 3 in A major

Andante espressivo – Allegro molto moderato
Assai agitato
Adagio molto
Finale: Allegro molto vivace


Convenient parking for $5 is available across the street at One Arts Plaza.

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Reserved Seating: $19-49

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What People Are Saying

  • "McKay and the musicians wove through the complex textures and often counter-intuitive wanderings of this score with admirable devotion and precision."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "...the Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Bruce Wood Dance Company...make an ideal cultural ambassador for the city to major urban centers in the United States and beyond."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "McKay and the musicians wove through the complex textures and often counter-intuitive wanderings of this score with admirable devotion and precision."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "Best Way to Watch A Silent Film 2014: ...they showed us that there’s nothing quite like watching a movie to the sound of a live orchestra."

    The Editor D Magazine
  • "The mostly young ensemble of two dozen strings responded with performances as eager and expressive as they were accomplished."

    Scott Cantrell The Dallas Morning News
  • "For this symphony the educational outreach is far-reaching."

    Teresa Frosini CBS 11 News
  • "…the orchestra here demonstrated a continually improving precision and comfort in a room that can be unforgiving. The Warlock Suite provided ample opportunity for McKay to show off a wonderful ability to evoke the special atmosphere, at once modern and archaic, that the composer created here."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "Renaissance harmonies abounded, tinged with just the right spice of 20th Century dissonance and bi-tonality. It was brought out at just the right level by McKay."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "The pointed intentionality of last night's programming, which initially looked like a musical mishmash, was to breathe new life into the old. And the structure of it was brilliant: 'Here's something you'll know. Here's something you should know. And here's something fun, so you leave feeling elated.'"

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "The Dallas Chamber Symphony is nothing if not ambitious."

    Katie Womack Dallas Observer
  • "This combination of old and new elements helped transport the audience to a different time and place without over-doing musical clichés."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "The audience was drawn into the film from the start, bursting into laughter and interacting with the story audibly."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "On Tuesday night, the Dallas Chamber Symphony proved they know exactly how to create a well-executed, interactive and entertaining live music/film screening experience."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "They have some incredible talent in their midst."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "There were a lot of excited whispers and shoulder grabs as people stood up to leave. I rarely see crowds so invigorated after classical productions."

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "If we want to keep classical music relevant, we need to fuse it naturally with our other passions. It should be an accompaniment to our lives, not just a fancy auditory meal gobbled up occasionally while wearing fine clothes. The Dallas Chamber Symphony is making that happen."

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "Shows like this reinforce that I'm on board; I'll see anything this group and its artistic director Richard McKay tries…"

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "Dallas Chamber Symphony has, along with the presentation of a fresh and widely varied repertoire of standard and non-standard works, carved a notable niche on the local scene…"

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "The orchestra and conductor McKay deserve hearty accolades for this ongoing silent cinema project, with hope that it will continue to enrich the local scene in upcoming seasons."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "McKay had a great sense for the tempo and character of the piece, which was clearly chosen to show off Takagi's technical and artistic skill."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "As they had been all night, phrases were beautifully shaped. Throughout the performance there was palpable emotion in the playing and ultimately that intangible -- artistic sensibility -- is what made this concert a success."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "The conductor’s long-term vision is precisely the kind of eclectic and occasionally challenging classical group Dallas really needs."

    Peter Simek D Magazine
  • "Everything from the first note was locked in rhythmic precision, and difficult passages were clear, focused, and musical..."

    John Norine TheaterJones
  • "The ensemble is extremely adroit in their presentation as well as programming."

    John Norine TheaterJones


Michael Shih, violin

Since 2001, Violinist Michael Shih has been Concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) and has performed throughout North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. He currently plays a 1710 Antonio Stradivari violin, which is generously on loan to the FWSO Association, by Mr. and Mrs. William S. Davis. An avid performer of chamber music, he has collaborated with such artists as Leon Fleisher, Sharon Isbin, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Tree, and Charles Wadsworth. He is a former graduate quartet-in-residence at the Juilliard School where he earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, and he is currently a Distinguished Guest Professor of Violin at Texas Christian University, a position he has held since 2011.

As a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, he was a winner in the Naumburg International Violin Competition and Artists International’s Auditions, which led to his New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1992. He has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Little Orchestra Society at Avery Fisher Hall, the Williamsburg Symphonia, the Abilene Philharmonic, the New York Youth Symphony, the San Pedro Sula Symphony in Honduras, the Taipei Symphony at Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, and with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Fort Worth, Hartford, and New Amsterdam.

Media credits include NPR’s Performance Today, NBC’s Today Show, Japan’s NHK Television, and Taiwan’s Public Television. He has studied with Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Chiu-Sen Chen, Masao Kawasaki, Shue-Tee Lee, and Margaret Pardee. He was on the violin faculty at the Lucy Moses School for Music and Dance in New York City from 1995 to 2001. In 2013, he was a Visiting Professor of Music at the East China Normal University.

Adriana Voirin DeCosta, violin

Originally from San Ramon, Costa Rica, Oscar Garcia-Montoya joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as a full time musician in the trumpet section in 2008. In 2013 Oscar joins the Dallas Chamber Symphony as Principal Trumpet. Prior to coming to Texas, Mr. Garcia- Montoya held a two-year position as Principal Trumpet with the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra and Miami City Ballet Orchestra.

Mr. Garcia-Montoya completed in 2006 a prestigious three-year intensive orchestral training program with the New World Symphony Orchestra, under the charismatic artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Other artistic engagements have been as guest Principal Trumpet with the Fort Worth Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Palm Beach Opera Orchestra in Florida. Oscar has made his way and performed at various Summer Music Festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Cantieri Internazionale di Musica in Italy, American Wind Symphony, and Youth Orchestra of the Americas (FOSJA) in Puerto Rico.

Mr. Garcia-Montoya has been invited in 2014 to perform, as Principal Trumpet with the New Hampshire Summer Music Festival Orchestra. As a soloist, he has been featured with the New World Symphony Orchestra and Brampton Symphony Orchestra. He has won first place at the National Trumpet Competition USA, 2006 (ensemble category) and the “Medalla de Oro” 1996, Soloist Competition in San José, Costa Rica. In addition to his orchestral work, Oscar is an avid chamber music musician and has performed with the New World Symphony Brass Quintet and the Baylor University Faculty Brass Quintet as well as his current group Iridum Brass Quintet.

He has a Master’s degree in music Performance from Rice University and a Music Performance Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. His Trumpet teachers and mentors have included Armando Ghitalla, James Wilt, Michael Sachs and Marie Speziale. Oscar in his free time, enjoys playing league amateur Soccer.

Laura Bruton, viola

Violist Laura Bruton is the Principal Violist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO), and has been part of the orchestra since 1985. In 1988 she won the title of Principal Viola and has performed as a featured soloist with the FWSO. A native of North Carolina, Laura received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and attended the St. Louis Conservatory of Music for graduate school on a full scholarship. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and has her own private teaching studio.

Laura was a student of renowned violist Michael Tree of the Guarneri String Quartet, and studied chamber music with Jaime Laredo and George Silfies. In addition to her work with the Wyeth String Quartet, Laura has performed extensively with many of north Texas’ chamber music groups such as the Van Cliburn Foundation’s “Cliburn at the Bass” and “Cliburn at the Modern” series, the Fine Arts Chamber Players, Texas Christian University’s “Piano Texas” and “Faculty and Friends” series, the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, The Spectrum, the Hall Ensemble and the Basically Beethoven Festival. Laura recorded the complete piano quartets of Johannes Brahms with the Clementi Quartet on the Encore label. In 1995 Laura was invited to perform as Principal Viola for the Dallas Opera’s production of “Elektra” by Richard Strauss. She has also performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra and Chorus of St. Louis, the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, the Piedmont Chamber Orchestra, the Piedmont Chamber Players and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Bruton served as Principal Viola of the Breckenridge Music Institute Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Leda Dawn Larson, cello

In 1987, Leda Dawn Larson joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO), and in 2006 won the position of Associate Principal Cello. Leda earned her Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst while also studying at Boston University. She later received a Master’s degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She taught cello privately and coached chamber music groups at Sam Houston State University and the University of Texas at Arlington. Leda continues to enjoy teaching privately in addition to her responsibilities with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Wyeth String Quartet.

Leda’s musical life has allowed her to participate in many music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West and Blue Hill Chamber Music Festival. Additionally her travels include performances in Heidelberg, Germany and Switzerland. Chamber music performances with the Wyeth String Quartet include the Van Cliburn Foundation’s “Cliburn at the Modern” series, the Basically Beethoven Festival, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Apex Arts League, Arborlawn United Methodist Church, and University of Texas in Arlington. Some of Leda’s former coaches and instructors include Leopold Teraspulsky, Robert Sylvester, Gabor Rejto, Leslie Parnas, Yehuda Hanani, Claus Adam, Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz, and Gregor Piatigorsky. Upon graduation from Eastman, Leda performed in the Shelbourne String Quartet, in a professional residency program based in Great Falls, Montana. After moving to Texas, Leda served on the faculty of two universities.

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