Dallas Chamber Symphony Presents Spectacular Season Finale, Featuring Beethoven’s Second Symphony and Sight of Sound Selections, April 29th

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DALLAS – As the Dallas Chamber Symphony completes its sophomore season, the chamber orchestra serves up a mix of old and new, pairing traditional presentations of works by Beethoven, with a varied selection of short pieces, set to new independent films, in the culmination of the Chamber Symphony’s new Sight of Sound Film Competition launched in January 2014.

While Dallas Chamber Symphony has become renowned for its innovative concerts which pair classic silent movies to newly commissioned musical scores, its new Sight of Sound International Film Competition explores the opposite of this creative cinematic process. The Chamber Symphony has called on all types of filmmakers from around the world to create new, short, silent films for selections of classical music. Participating filmmakers are eligible for cash prizes, and the Finalists have their films screened in concert, with the orchestra performing live. Complete information about Sight of Sound can be found at www.sightofsound.org.

Sight of Sound, to some concertgoers, may seem reminiscent of Disney’s Fantasia, but with a novel and strict adherence to the complete performance of a composer’s original musical work. Pieces are not altered for their film; rather, participating filmmakers create new visual works that are designed to the music. Filmmakers will introduce dramatic narrative, explore abstract visualizations and animation, providing their complementary music selection a creative modern twist.

The orchestra will also serve up traditional fare as it performs selections by Beethoven. The Creatures of Prometheus is the composer’s only ballet score, and its overture is his earliest to remain in the standard concert repertoire. The Symphony No. 2 in D Major is also a relatively early work of Beethoven’s, ironic for its joyful and youthful exuberance throughout, it is seemingly without sign of the composer’s personal struggle and tragedy in coming to terms with advanced hearing loss.

The performance will be held on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201). It will begin at 8:00 p.m. Individual tickets are available for $19-$49 each, $12 for students. For event information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.dallaschambersymphony.org/portfolio-item/concert-4-season-finale/ or call (214) 449-1294. Ticketholders are welcome to join DCS musicians for the after-party at Jorge’s Tex-Mex, across the street at One Arts Plaza.


Launched in September 2012, the Dallas Chamber Symphony is the newest professional performance ensemble in North Texas. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor Richard McKay, it is comprised of close to 40 musicians, all dedicated to building a chamber orchestra whose mission is to perform a balance of programs that include underrepresented and standard repertory, contemporary music, staged works, and pieces with extra-musical elements, such as film, actors, dancers, and narrators. The DCS performs at the state-of-the-art Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District. The DCS also provides educational and community programming, including an International Piano Competition at SMU, the Sight of Sound Film Competition, a free App for mobile devices in the App Store, and free pre-concert conversations. For more information, visit www.DallasChamberSymphony.org.

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