The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is hitting the streets for the holidays with the help of “The Concert Truck.”
Baltimore-based pianists Susan Zhang and Nick Luby created the venue-on-wheels in 2016, looking for ways to take their passion for chamber music outside of the concert hall.
“So, Nick came up with this concept actually to convert a box truck into a mobile venue,” Zhang said.
Since then, the 16-foot Concert Truck has presented shows in city streets and at schools, parks and neighborhoods across the country.
All Zhang and Luby have to do is park and play.
“We have lights, sound system and a source of energy, if we need it,” Zhang said. “Then, usually we’ll do a short sound check that often piques people’s interest to see what’s going on over there. Then, we play our show.”
The duo will be performing concerts across the city with musicians from the Dallas Symphony and other local groups through December. Their first stop is at the Potter’s House Church on November 21.
Zhang said the experience offers classical musicians a chance to share their work with a wider audience.
“We are going to people in their own spaces. I think that, in and of itself, is a different kind of relationship than having people come to a space. You almost have to feel like you’re invited in.”
Each concert is free and will be about an hour long. The Dallas Symphony says more dates and locations will be added, including appearances at the Mexican Consulate, One Arts Plaza and the Dallas Arboretum.
Here’s the schedule so far:
November 21 – The Potter’s House Church
November 22 – The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza at 2:00PM
November 23 – Medical City Dallas Hospital at 6:30PM
December 2 – The Ronald McDonald House at 5:30PM
December 3 – 4 – NorthPark Center at 6:00PM in the Neiman Marcus Garden
December 5 – The Sound at Cypress Water at 3:00PM
December 6 – NorthPark Center at 4:00PM in the Neiman Marcus Garden
December 8 – Booker T. Washington HSPVA at 3:30PM
December 9 – UT Southwestern Medical – Clements Hospital at 12:00PM
December 9 – Klyde Warren Park at 5:30PM
December 10 – HALL Arts Hotel – Urban Garden at 6:00PM
December 11 – Booker T. Washington HSPVA at 3:30PM
December 11 – Klyde Warren Park at 6:00PM
December 12 – Location TBC at 12:30PM
December 13 – The Nasher Sculpture Center at 12:00PM
December 13 – Meyerson Symphony Center (on Flora Street) at 3:30PM
December 14 – Greiner Middle School at 10:30AM
December 15 – Eduardo Mata Elementary School at 9:00AM
December 16 – The Landon at Lake Highlands at 3:00 PM
December 17 – Methodist Hospital Dallas at 2:00PM
December 17 – St. Paul United Methodist at 7:00PM
December 18 – Trinity Basin Prep School, Ledbetter Campus
December 18 – Klyde Warren Park at 6:00PM