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Dallas Chamber Symphony’s Nov. 7 concert to feature new principal cellist

The Dallas Chamber Symphony will present Jesús Castro-Balbi, DCS principal cellist, and cello professor at Texas Christian University, Tuesday, Nov. 7, in an evening of music for classical chamber orchestra and strings. The performance begins at 8 p.m.

Haydn’s cello concerto written sometime between 1761 and 1765 during his earliest years with the Esterházy family and at the time he was composing his first symphonies, is noted for its distinct baroque flavor. Lost for nearly two centuries before it was rediscovered in 1961, the work is regarded as a masterpiece and Haydn’s most successful in the genre. 
 
The orchestra also will perform Gershwin’s “Lullaby” for strings.  One of Shostakovich’s works, “Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a” will complete the program. 
 
 
PROGRAM
George Gershwin: Lullaby for strings
Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major
Intermission
Dmitri Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony Op. 110a in C Minor, arr. Barshai
 
Tickets and Event Listing
The performance will be Tuesday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m. at Moody Performance Hall (formerly Dallas City Performance Hall) located at 2520 Flora St.

Individual tickets are available for $25-$54 each, $15 for students, and seniors save 25 percent. Discounted subscription packages are available online, or by phone at 214-214-449-1294.

Jesús Castro-Balbi is a performing artist and teacher of international standing. His artistic activities encompass critically acclaimed performances and broadcasts in the U.S., Asia, Europe and throughout Latin America as a soloist with, among other orchestras, the Dallas and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, the China Philharmonic, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (Denmark), the Leipzig MDR radio orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra (Peru). 

A professor at Texas Christian University School of Music in Fort Worth, he has developed since 2003 a select studio of undergraduate and graduate cellists from the U.S. and abroad. He is the founding artistic director of the TCU Cello Ensemble and of the TCU Cellofest, led the Faculty & Friends Chamber Music Series for 11 years and received the College of Fine Arts Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar. His commitment to the university extends to service on various forums advancing the institution’s mission ranging from the Faculty Senate to institutional strategic planning.

 

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