If Anna-Sophia van Zweden had tried to make the SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival into the coolest festival in Dallas, she couldn’t have succeeded better. Anna-Sofia’s father, Jaap van Zweden, conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, is the talent behind Soluna, but Anna-Sofia is the brains behind the operation. Though the question of what will become of Soluna when the elder van Zwede assumes his new position as director of the New York Philharmonic in 2018, Anna-Sofia is prepared and talks about the vision of Soluna and how it’s becoming known for commisioning great collaborative art. Van Zwede has done it again with the sensational world premiere two days ago of Daniel Arsham and Jonah Bokaer’s RULES OF THE GAME with its original score by Pharrell Williams (and arranged by David Campbell). This amalgamation of art, dance and music scored rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. The divine Nancy A. Nasher and the David J. Haemisegger Family present this multi-disciplinary music and art festival, through June 5. The festival showcases internationally-acclaimed guest soloists, visual artists and performing artists alongside leading Dallas-based companies and ensembles in Dallas.
Tonight, the Winspear Opera House plays host to two musical superstars – Itzhak Perlman, the reigning virtuoso of the violin, and Poland’s extraordinary Emanuel Ax, pianist.
Remix: Orchestral Myth & Legend Karina Canellakis conducts a program of evocative and colorful orchestral gems to ignite the imagination and transport listeners to faraway lands. Along with Anne-Marie McDermott on piano, New York-based artist Anton Ginzburg will present a new video Turo set to the live performances of Jean Sibelius’ symphonic poem Pohjola’s Daughter and Richard Wagner’s “Waldweben (Forest Murmurs)” from Siegfried. Arrive early to enjoy a performance by the Booker T. Washington High School Jazz Combo.
Saturday brings us Music and the Brain, a seminar on creativity and healing featuring world-renowned doctors from UT Southwestern Medical Center exploring the emerging science behind music and the human brain.