This orchestra’s foundation began in Dallas,
Texas, with musicians who performed from 1890 as members of the Dallas
Symphony Club, which had been co-founded by the German conductor Hans
Kressig. They were confident
enough to perform a public concert under the conductorship of Hans Kressig
in 1900 and this concert led to a further five seasons of
The orchestra was named the Beethoven Symphony
Orchestra sometime before 1905 and the conductorship had been passed to
William Fried. In 1911 the
leadership was taken over by Carl Venth and the orchestra was officially
renamed the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Over the ensuing years, except for suspension of work
during WWI and again during WWII, it added more members, became an entirely
professional orchestra and started to gain a very good reputation. After the appointment of Antal
Dorati as its music director in 1945 it became known as one of the major
Since then it has been led by many acclaimed music
directors that include Georg Solti, Andrew Litton, Eduardo Mara and Max
Rudolf and in 2007 its 15th music director, Jaap
van Zweden, was appointed. It
has also counted as it members many respected musicians such the percussionist
William Kraft and the cellist Janos Starker to name just two of many.
It was temporarily suspended once more in 1974 due to
financial difficulties and the resignation of Max Rudolf, but it is now an
acclaimed orchestra that has achieved success through its live performances
and award winning recordings.
It bases itself at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas’s
Arts District and involves itself in music education projects such as the
DSO Kids Club.