For the second time Kim Noltemy, President and CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, graced our podium on December 9th to bring us a status report on the symphony's activities. Like all enterprises,public and private, COVID 19 has brought about dramatic changes.
Upon her arrival from "The Hub Of the Universe" Kim was able to negotiate needed modifications, including getting the City to undertake needed renovations and repairs to the Meyerson.
The orchestra under the direction of Maestro Fabio Luisi suddenly became unable to perform its scheduled concerts but interesting and novel innovations followed. The DSO was the first company to reinstate live performances, albeit with large reductions in performers and audiences. The music also tended to lean toward chamber size pieces. Backstage the company dealt with emergencies such as getting waivers to allow artists to enter the country.
Symphonies will be performed on line. Members have given lessons to high school students and the company has distributed instruments to 500 students in South Dallas. 90 impromptu mini performances have taken place on driveways, cul de sacs and open spaces around the county. All of these unique endeavors have been met with enthusiasm  by performers and audiences alike.
Optimism for the future is heighted by The EMMY the company received for last year's Christmas performance. Thank you Kim for your guidance and commitment.