Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra

DALLAS - The Dallas Symphony Orchestra today announced the appointment of Jaap (pronounced YAP) van Zweden (pronounced van ZVAY-den) as music director, beginning in September 2008.

Van Zweden will begin a four-year contract as full-time music director beginning with the 2008-2009 season. In his first year he will conduct 12 weeks, escalating to 15 weeks in years two, three and four. As music director designate next season (2007-2008), he will conduct two full weeks of the DSO's five-week Texas Instruments Classical Series Beethoven Festival, including Symphony No. 5 and Symphony No. 6 in October followed by Symphony No. 7 and Symphony No. 8 in November. Van Zweden returns in April 2008 to conduct the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the world-renowned Dallas Symphony Chorus in the Verdi Requiem. During that same season, he will oversee auditions to fill vacancies in the orchestra.

Jaap van Zweden's most recent appearance with the DSO was in February 2006, as part of the Texas Instruments Classical Series. Van Zweden won over the musicians, search committee and audience with his masterful interpretation of music by Brahms, Ravel and Wagenaar. Critics were also hugely impressed, with The Dallas Morning News critic Scott Cantrell commenting, "Sell the farm, mortgage the children, cancel the cruise. Do what you have to do to get to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's concerts this weekend."

Of this appointment, Fred Bronstein, president and chief executive officer of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, said, "Jaap's enormous musical intensity and depth, and striking chemistry with the orchestra was immediate and palpable. We are thrilled to be the orchestra that will introduce this very special talent to American audiences."

Jaap van Zweden said, "Although limited, my experiences in the United States have been wonderful, both musically and personally. Coming here to now lead a great American orchestra begins an exciting new chapter in my life and career. I am energized by the challenge and honored by the appointment."

Although famous in his native Holland, in the United States van Zweden is a relatively unknown conductor, having conducted only once in this country prior to his 2006 DSO guest engagement. Emanuel Borok, concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and member of the music director search committee, commented, "This appointment is a fantastic choice for this orchestra. Mr. van Zweden has the ability to shape the sound of the DSO and push it to a new level of excellence. His brilliance onstage is energizing."

Blaine Nelson, chairman of the board of governors, stated, "As a member of the search committee and on behalf of the board, I am truly thrilled with the choice of Jaap van Zweden, who we believe will not only invigorate the orchestra but the entire community of Dallas." The search for the music director was far-reaching and was conducted without a set timeline. Finding the best person for the position was paramount with key focus placed on each candidate's artistic excellence, leadership ability, unique vision for the orchestra and, most importantly, chemistry with the orchestra musicians. The search committee was also challenged to find a candidate that had the strength to bring his or her distinctive stamp to the sound of the orchestra.

Roger Enrico, chairman of the symphony's music director search committee, explains, "We went to great lengths to ensure that this search was conducted without any preconceived ideas and that we looked at each candidate based on the needs of our orchestra and our vision for the future. After careful study of van Zweden, it was clear that he was absolutely the best choice for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra."

Born in Amsterdam in December of 1960, Jaap van Zweden began his musical career studying the violin. Van Zweden entered The Juilliard School at age 16 as a student of Dorothy DeLay and, at age 19, was invited to join the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as concertmaster. Van Zweden, who spent the next 16 years as concertmaster at the Concertgebouw, began conducting part-time in 1994 and performed his last concert as a violinist in 1997. In 1996, he was named chief conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, a position he held until 2003. From 2000-2005, he also held the position of music director at the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague. Van Zweden has been a frequent guest conductor of many important orchestras in Europe, Asia and Australia, including the Royal Concertgebouw and Orchestre National de France; Munich, Rotterdam, Oslo, St. Petersburg, Tokyo and Hong Kong Philharmonics; England's London Philharmonic, Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; the West German Radio Symphony Orchestra of Cologne and the Danish Radio Orchestra, among others. With the Residentie Orchestra he has recorded all nine Beethoven symphonies for the Philips label. In addition to van Zweden's music directorship with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, he will retain his current positions as music director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Kamer Filharmonie (2005-2013), and principal conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgium (2008-2011).
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has a rich 107-year history of artistic excellence. Eminent music directors such as Antal Dorati, Paul Kletzki, Georg Solti, Eduardo Mata and Andrew Litton began laying the groundwork for important elements of today's DSO, including extensive touring and recording, special community and education concerts, and the building of the world-renowned Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, financial stability is a key element of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's success. Since inception of its 10-year strategic plan, A Bold Plan for Greatness, in 2003, the DSO has demonstrated three consecutive years of balanced budgets, growth in ticket sales and a rise in donations to their highest level ever, including a more than 50% increase in an endowment that now exceeds $110 million.
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Nation’s largest Christmas Show

Nation’s largest Christmas show will host seminars, events and tree decorating competition winners—

DALLAS — October 9, 2007 — Holiday & Home Expo, the nation’s largest Christmas show and the only tradeshow devoted exclusively to permanent floral, seasonal décor and related decorative accessories, will feature thousands of new products, trend and design seminars and the announcement of the winners of the National Christmas Tree Competition. The show is set for January 16-22 at Dallas Market Center, the world’s largest wholesale merchandise resource. Temporary exhibits will be open January 17-21.

The show, produced by Dallas Market Center and endorsed by the American Floral Industry Association (AFIA), offers nearly 500,000 square feet of exhibit space in the International Floral & Gift Center® (IFGC) and adjoining Temp Expo area as well as additional showrooms in the adjoining World Trade Center and Trade Mart buildings.

Two showrooms will double in size. Reliant Ribbon will move to the second floor into 2F428 and Kel-Toy will expand into 1F432 next to his current showroom of 1F435. New exhibitors in the Temporaries will include Icy Craft, Hook It Up, Creative Display, Christmas Source and North Star.

AFIA spokesperson J M.H. Schwanke AIFD, PFCI, AAF will open his series of Live Demonstrations on the IFGC Fountain Stage with a seasonal color trends program and then will reveal his Top Ten selections for Santas, ornaments, wall décor, wreaths, stems, pre-mades, decorative accessories and holiday novelties. J will also lead several Discovery Tours on Christmas trees, merchandising, trends and temporary exhibit offerings. He will deliver a special program, “Money Grows on Trees – Christmas Trees!” at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 19 in the Hall of Nations, World Trade Center.

Talmage McLaurin AIFD will present “The American Floral Trends Forecast 2008-2009” at noon on Thursday, January 17 in the Seasons Gallery. Gerard Toh AIFD will present his notions of a contemporary Christmas, “Noel on the Edge” at noon January 18 and Matt Wood AIFD, PFCI will show “Designs that Transition from Harvest to Holiday” at 5 p.m. Friday. Buyers will take a trip back to the 18th century with “Christmas in Williamsburg,” presented by Williamsburg Stylist Cindy Cragg and Brad Schmidt AIFD. Admission of $10 will include a Williamsburg tavern lunch.

The three top winners of AFIA’s National Christmas Tree Competition will be revealed during the celebration “It’s Time to Party!” which will be in the IFGC Front Lobby from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 17. First place winner will win $2,500, 2nd place will win $1,000 and 3rd place winner will win $500 – and all three finalists will receive a paid trip to the Holiday & Home Expo show. Those interested in submitting an entry may log on to Deadline for entry is December 15.

In addition to Christmas products, Holiday & Home Expo exhibitors will be showing a comprehensive collection of silk, dried and preserved flowers and foliage, trees, containers, baskets, ribbon, floral supplies, wedding decorations, pre-made arrangements, display props and fixtures, garden décor, home accents, party decorations, packaging and gift wrap and accent furniture.

Holiday & Home Expo will be held in conjunction with the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market (January 16-22), which includes multiple markets held simultaneously so that buyers may select from more than 25,000 lines of product including lighting, floral, gifts, home décor, home textiles, gourmet food, fashion accessories and children’s merchandise. The F!NDS Temp Show, presenting products in 13 categories, will be January 18-21.

Showrooms will be open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with participating showrooms offering extended hours until 8 p.m. Friday. Visit for the most up-to-date special events and market information. Attendees may contact the Dallas Market Center in-house travel agency, Market Travel®, for substantial travel and hotel discounts by calling 1-800-DAL-MKTS.

About Dallas Market Center
Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s largest wholesale merchandise resource. Within its marketplace of nearly seven million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men's, western, women's and children's apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 84 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. As a result, more than $7.5 billion in estimated wholesale transactions are conducted annually within the Dallas Market Center complex. The Web site is available at

Saturday, July 08, 2006

To the Residence of Dallas, Texas

To the residence of Dallas, Texas,


This effort is to assist openning to doors to the greater world of who you are as well as others through Inter - Cultural Communications via the internet.This blog and the associated website is based upon the principle of cultural democracy. What this means is that you the community - online ( because your are now using a computer to read this ) user has the means to impact your community with others through your contribution to what is being published on the internet about your community.

A community has many voices, and those who are not aware of either your community or the diversity among your very own people should be likewise known.This is a mirror reflection of us all, and depicts the very differences each community has, which then becomes the very scoiocultural richness and valuable assests we need to maintain a rich an full life -individually. Moreover, this effort was started as a result when suggestions were offered by two Cornell student's emails - right after I place Ithaca Night Life ( NightLife ), NY online. Since then I have cover many other communities, and have enlisted help from the very same communities I have covered in my Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC series of blogs, journalsites and websites. Emails come in daily.Instructions:

First go the main Hub - Website :

Then go to these following websites:National and International Social Dance Registry to register your community's weekly socials. Offer suggestions to Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC Art Gallery - Galleries, Artists and Art Studio Guides, Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC - Night Sport Clubs - Nite Spots Guide, and suggest listings and others items not being covered.Please note the links below. They are intended to open a portal in which you may also offer suggestions, or comments. Everything will be reviewed.

Well thats all for now. I will do some addtional posting, as well as post some of your emails - with you permission of course.


Roger M. ChristianIthaca,
New YorkLinks:The Ithaca Cultural Directory .Cultural Democracy an Evolving Essay .

International Section:

World of Dance Visions.Central New York's only International Dance E-Zine. All style of dance are included, as well as National and International events are also posted.The International Cultural Fiesta Movement.A movement based upon the artisitic implementation of Intercultural communications to assist American students at institutions of higher education about cultures of the world by International Students-Scholars themseleves.The International Students / Scholars Intercultural Resources Network .The network operation of the International Cultural Fiesta Movement.The International Dance Resources.A central resource on dance - which also has service links to other site by International service organizations who services specifically the International Student-Scholar.The National and International Social Dance Registry. Do you know of a weekly social dance anywhere in Europe ? Then goto this WebSite and report it in. Thank you RMC/Editor.Israel Information Center IthacaCultural Zionism's WebSitePro Israel - Pro Peace: This is a balanced perception in as much as you can not be for one and not the other. After 9/11, I started to implement several actions to develop a renewed environment from which International safety of a free - people can be possible. On you right is The Israeli Information Center Ithaca WebSite [ A Cultural Zionist WebSite ]. Below is the Foundation for Arab Israeli Reconciliation-Ithaca, New York which is based on developing an ehtnographic perception of commonality within the peoples of the region itself. This is to assist those within the private sector who know both Israeli and Arab alike in the mediation of establishing positive relationships between them...and only that. Whether it is talking, or debating on soccur, dating, coffee or the latest computer solf-ware. This is far more important, in as much as it establishes the human assests necessary for the success of a peace treaty when it comes.

Mr. Roger Meredith Christian.

In addition: The Foundation For Arab - Israeli Reconciliation-Ithaca, New York [ Hub - WebSite ], and to join one of the most important MSN discussion groups @ [ MSN - GroupSite ]. The Israel Information Center Ithaca [ Hub - WebPage ], and to join this MSN Cultural Zionism discussion group @ [ MSN - GroupSite ]. .Indymedia dot org ~ Cultural Democracy in Action by Roger M. Christian w/ Paris Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC .The Central [ WebSite ] " For " Cultural Democracy: An INTERNET tool in the facilitation of the development of The Center for Cultural Democracy, Ithaca, New York. For those who are aware of this contemporary termenology goto ...Cultural Democracy, An Evolving Essay by Roger M. Christian.

Indy Media Article on Cultural Democracy in Action.Foundation for Arab - Israeli ReconciliationIthaca, New YorkWhy This ?A general consensus is first needed to bring about the importance of private individual efforts to construct better ethnographic center relationships between the peoples of the Middle East, in very small, but very significant steps to achieve real security

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Weclome to Dallas Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC

Welcome to Dallas Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC

A supporting blog for Dallas Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC an Inter - City Cultural Communications website program between the cities of Dallas, Texas and Ithaca, New York. The focus of which is to exchange cultural information via the internet medium about the nightlife, dance, theatre life, art, artist, entertainment, accomodations, restaurants, and dance scene.

The second stage is to include the regional communities under the sociocultural and socioeconomic influences of the city of Dallas. This add depth, and brings the online user into the very national environment of each selected city within the growing network of Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC. More importantly, it allows a greater field of participation from the community online users to convey their interests and contributions to this cultural democracy initiative.

The selected region communities of Dallas, Texas are :

De Soto .

There is more to come in the specific cultural areas which each city interculturally shares.


Mr. Roger M. Christian
Ithaca, New York


AOL Hometown ~ Dallas Night Life ( NigthLife ), RMC