According to Dallas Symphony Orchestra League President Venise Stuart,
“We are kicking off an exciting year ahead for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League! We are 76 years old with a proud history of music, fundraising and fun! Over the last several years we have contributed to the Dallas Symphony $21 million which goes towards the community and educational outreach programs in the Dallas area.
“We are fortunate as league members to continue supporting the education and outreach programs of the Dallas Symphony. Programs include Young Musicians, Young Strings, My DSO Concert, and the Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts which help develop the talents of exceptional and underrepresented youths in music. Not only do we as members provide financial support, we have opportunities during the year to volunteer in these areas.
“Over the last several years, we have staffed several competitions held in the Dallas area. The Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, Juanita Miller Competition and Friedlander Competition for Young Strings which highlight the talents of young high school musicians who want to further their educational future. These competitions enable students to compete for college scholarships and the winners are invited to perform on large stages throughout the Texas region.
“Members are also invited to serve on committees or attend the fundraising activities we hold during the year: our runway Fashion Notes on Thursday, October 21; our prestigious Junior Symphony Ball on Saturday, January 29; our signature 36th Annual Presentation Ball on Saturday, February 12; our wine dinner Savor the Symphony and exceptional musical evenings with DSO visiting artists or conductors ‘A’ Noteworthy Night on Tuesday, October 12, Wednesday, February 2 and Wednesday, May 25. Members will receive invitations to all these events. We hope you will be involved!
“Additional benefits for DSOL members are three General Membership Meetings – a Fall Tea on Wednesday, October 6; a Winter Tea on Wednesday, February 16; and the Encore Luncheon, which is also our Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 7. You will receive invitations to attend evening events to hear various Dallas Symphony musicians with a glass of wine, attend lunch at our famous Orchestra Appreciation Luncheon, have a chance to work in the DSO Symphony Store on concert days and several other social opportunities over the coming year. We provide up-to-date information on the DSOL website and you’ll also receive league information via our newsletter and constant contact.
“As you can see, membership in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League provides many benefits. Member meetings are always fun and educational, where you can network with friends and associates, while at the same time learn about the arts in the City of Dallas and our world renowned Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
“I hope you will join us for the exciting year ahead! For further information or to pay for your membership online, go to www.dallassymphonyleague.com. Membership Chair Claire Catrino is available at 214.354.5658 or email [email protected].”
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