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November 15th, 2016, 8PM, Dallas City Performance Hall

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

An evening of magnificent music written for string orchestra awaits as principal musicians Margaret Fischer and Jack Unzicker take center stage, delivering gorgeous solos by Hanson and Hindemith.

Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night is a romantic and hauntingly beautiful mainstay of the chamber repertoire. Upon first hearing, one might never suspect the composer’s penchant for the avant-garde (or his twelve-tone serialism to come), but make no mistake, this music was written by a man ready to go off the deep end.

Richard McKay, conductor
Margaret Fischer, flute
Jack Unzicker, double bass

Main Event at 8:00 PM

Edward Elgar: Serenade for Strings

Allegro piacevole

Howard Hanson: Serenade for Flute, Harp and Strings

Margaret Fischer, flute

Paul Hindemith: Trauermusik

Ruhig bewegt
Choral “Für deinen Thron tret ich hiermit“ – Sehr langsam

Jack Unzicker, double bass


Arnold Schoenberg: Transfigured Night

String Orchestra Version (1917, rev. 1943)


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

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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


Margaret Fischer, flute

margaret-fischerLos Angeles native Margaret Fischer is an active freelancer in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex who has appeared as flutist and piccoloist with the Dallas Symphony and Fort Worth Symphony and as a frequent guest principal flute with the Dallas Winds. She is currently the principal flutist of the Dallas Chamber Symphony and the acting piccoloist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra for the 2015-2016 season.

Dr. Fischer was the first place winner of the inaugural Ervin Monroe Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Southeast Michigan Flute Association in 2009, and also took top prizes at the 2006 Michigan State University Honors Competition, 2003 Texas Music Teachers Association Instrumental Solo Competition and the 2002 Sigma Alpha Iota Competition at the Chautauqua Institution, where she was featured with the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra in a performance of the Ballade by Frank Martin the following year. She has also been a prizewinner in the National Flute Association’s Orchestral/Masterclass Competition and was a three-time recipient of a Los Angeles Philharmonic Fellowship for Excellence in Diversity for Orchestral Performance.

Dr. Fischer received her bachelor’s degree in flute performance from the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Jim Walker, her master’s degree from the University of North Texas under Terri Sundberg where she received a Toulouse Fellowship, and her doctorate from Michigan State University under Richard Sherman, where she was the recipient of the Cobb Fellowship. She maintains a private studio in Plano and Frisco.

Jack Unzicker, double bass

jack-unzicker-headshot-2016Dr. Jack Unzicker, Assistant Professor of Double Bass at the University of Texas at Arlington, is an active educator, orchestral and chamber musician, and soloist. In addition to heading the double bass studio, Dr. Unzicker has also taught Music History, Music Literature, Music in Film, Beginning and Advanced String Music Education, Ear Training, and Music Appreciation at the University of Texas at Arlington. Previously, he has served on the faculties of Texas Tech University, Tarleton State University, Texas Woman’s University, North Texas Double Bass Camps, and Hong Kong Youth Music Camp. He has performed, adjudicated, and presented at the International Society of Bassists, American String Teachers Association, and Texas Music Educators Association Conventions and is featured in articles on playing and teaching the double bass in The Strad and Strings Magazine.

Dr. Unzicker is currently the principal double bassist of the Dallas Chamber Symphony and Plano Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as principal of the AIMS Festival Orchestra (Graz, Austria), Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Classical Ballet. He also performs regularly with the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Dallas Opera. Dr. Unzicker is an ardent and sought after chamber musician, performing with Amici di Corde San Marco, Caminos Del Inka, Chamber Music Festival Saugatuck, Gyros String Quintet, Orqesta Divertimento (Costa Rica), and Santa Fe Pro Musica. Dr. Unzicker’s recent concerto performances include three seminal works of Giovanni Bottesini, Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Passione Amorose, and the Gran Duo Concertante.

Dr. Unzicker received his DMA and MM from the University of North Texas and BMus from Western Washington University.

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