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November 21 - 24

President John F. Kennedy Memorial Concert

In honor of the JFK 50th, the Dallas Symphony, Jaap van Zweden and Joshua Bell pay tribute with Sibelius' noble Violin Concerto, and Beethoven's epic Symphony No. 3, the Eroica.

This concert is sponsored by Bickel & Brewer Foundation. The commission is supported in part with generous support from the Norma and Don Stone New Music Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts and TACA.

Watch as Maestro van Zweden talks about the concert, the composer and what Dallas means to him. The Maestro's Choice>>

THE DSO REMEMBERS: Dallas Symphony musicians recall November 22, 1963, and how a few minutes in Dallas changed everything.

Jaap van Zweden conducts
Joshua Bell, violin


CONRAD TAO The World Is Very Different Now (Commissioned in memory of John F. Kennedy) (Approximate duration 17 minutes)
Violin Concerto (Approximate duration 31 minutes)
Murder of a Great Chief of State (Approximate duration 4 minutes)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, Eroica (Approximate duration 47 minutes)


  • Conrad Tao

    The World Is Very Different Now

    The title is from Kennedy's inaugural address from January 1961. The piece is ultimately about memory. More>>

  • Sibelius

    Violin Concerto

    The orchestra has a subordinate role, generally ceding the spotlight to the soloist. More>>

  • Milhaud

    Murder of a Great Chief of State

    In this poignant elegy lasting barely more than three minutes, Milhaud expressed his own personal grief and the mourning of a shocked world. More>>

  • Beethoven

    Symphony No. 3, Eroica

    The Eroica is often played at funerals for heads of state, and ends on a positive note of hope and optimism. More>>


  • Jaap van Zweden


    Highly acclaimed for performances with the world's leading orchestras, Jaap van Zweden is in his sixth season as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony. More>>

  • Joshua Bell


    Often referred to as the "poet of the violin," Joshua Bell is one of the world's most celebrated violinists. More >>

  • Conrad Tao


    The only classical musician on Forbes' 2011 "30 Under 30" list of people changing the world, 18-year-old Chinese-American pianist Conrad Tao was in 2012 awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. More >>


The Maestro's Choice: Watch as Maestro van Zweden talks about the concert, the composer and what Dallas means to him.


  • Bickel & Brewer
  • NEA
  • TACA