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Shelby Foster

The partnership between NorthPark Center and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra reaches back exactly 49 years this month, to October 1966. The first performance of the DSO at NorthPark was a part of the “Friday Nighter” concert series, a free event that lasted four weeks and also included performances by the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet Company, Juvey Gomez with his New Quintet, and folk singer Miss Lu Mitchell.

The DSO kicked off the “Friday Nighter” series in SouthCourt, now between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Donald Johanos conducted the 40-piece string orchestra through Pergolesi’s Concertino No. 1, Mozart’s Serenade “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” Barber’s Adagio for String Orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.

Since 1966, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has played at NorthPark many times, so our anniversary celebration would not be complete without it. As a part of our Fifty Years of Art and Culture weekend, the entire 60-piece orchestra is performing in CenterPark Garden on Saturday, October 17 at 7PM. The performance is free admission and open to the public.

Jaap van Zweden and Karina Cannellakis will conduct the orchestra through popular selections from Bernstein, Gershwin, and two of the same composers played in 1966 – Mozart and Tchaikovsky. The orchestra will also play Beethoven’s famed Symphony No. 5.

For more information on NorthPark’s Fifty Years of Art and Culture weekend, click here