By pairing top international artists with Dallas' finest arts organizations, SOLUNA has been bringing culturally riveting acts to Dallas since its conception. Last year's festival featured a groundbreaking series of new commissions and world-premiere performances by several leading international, contemporary artists, performers and musicians.
This year, there are a few performances that really stand out:
1. Caravan: A Revolution on the Road | April 9
This one-night only performance will explore racial tension, injustice and healing. Award-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard will team up with choreographer Rennie Harris and Dallas-based visual artist Andrew F. Scott for a night of live music, dance and visual projections, sculpture and projection mapping to explore these larger societal issues and the role art has in the healing process. This event will take place at the Majestic Theatre.
2. Music and the Brain | April 17
This session has existed since SOLUNA began, but every year, new studies and information are available, so it just keeps getting better! Featuring world-renowned brain scientists and clinicians, Music and the Brain explores the fascinating impact music and art have on our brains and our ability to communicate with each other. This event will take place at Moody Performance Hall.
3. Fabio Luisi Conducts the Dallas Symphony Orchestra | April 18 and 19
Last year, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra named conductor Fabio Luisi as its music director successor to Jaap van Zweden. Best known for his work at the Metropolitan Opera, Luisi will make his inaugural podium appearance during this year's SOLUNA. The orchestra will be performing Beethoven's Seventh Symphony along with works by Frank Martin and William Grant Still.
4. Jennifer Hudson with the Dallas Symphony | April 20
And I am telling you... you need to go! A chance to hear the voice of a generation in collaboration with one of the country's best orchestras is not to be missed. During SOLUNA, the Grammy-and Academy Award-winning, Jennifer Hudson, will grace the Meyerson Symphony Center with a powerhouse program of her biggest hits.
5. Passport to the Park | April 27
Passport to the Park is a free event sure to immerse families in a full day of culturally diverse performances and activities in Klyde Warren Park. Arts groups from across Dallas, spanning numerous mediums: visual, dance, music – will be performing and interacting with members of the community.
If you are interested in attending more than a couple of events, I highly recommend checking out SOLUNA's festival pass options. This is the first year the festival has offered these options, so be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to save some money and experience more.
Header photo credit: Armando Conde