Dallas Symphony Orchestra to Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

To honor the late Supreme Court Justice, the orchestra will perform the world premiere of a work by American composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich on October 7, 2021

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Co-commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Zwilich’s work “Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” includes texts by Lauren K. Watel and pays homage to Justice Ginsburg on the first anniversary of her passing.

The piece will be performed by the DSO, GRAMMY award-winning mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, and pianist and project coordinator Jeffrey Biegelwho devised the commission.

Zwilich’s outlook includes five symphonies and several concertos commissioned and performed over the past 20 years. She was also the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1983. 

The concert will be held at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center as part of DSO’s 2021/2022 season and marks Zwilich’s compositional debut with the orchestra.

“Writing this has been a moving experience for me as I traveled metaphorically on the passionate voyage of her life,” Zwilich wrote in the program notes.

“We are thrilled to present this important work here in Dallas to honor Justice Ginsburg,” said Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot President and CEO of DSO. “It is our honor to bring this piece to life at the Meyerson and remember the trailblazing legacy of this incredible woman.”

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