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Event / Program Detail

Copland + Serenade

November 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Moody Performance Hall

2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201 (map it)

Main Event at 7:30 PM

Two late-romantic orchestral works bookend this program – Gustav’s Mahler’s gorgeous Adagietto from his Symphony No. 5 and Josef Suk’s joyful Serenade for Strings. Jonathan Jones, the DCS’s principal clarinetist, will impress on Copland’s concerto, which is known for its fearsome technical challenges and bittersweet lyricism.

Richard McKay, conductor
Jonathan Jones, clarinet

Concert Duration: 90 minutes (with intermission)


Gustav Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5

Aaron Copland: Clarinet Concerto

Slowly and expressively
Rather fast

Jonathan Jones, clarinet


Josef Suk: Serenade for Strings Op. 6

Andante con moto
Allegro ma non troppo e grazioso
Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo presto

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What People Are Saying

  • "McKay and the musicians wove through the complex textures and often counter-intuitive wanderings of this score with admirable devotion and precision."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "...the Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Bruce Wood Dance Company...make an ideal cultural ambassador for the city to major urban centers in the United States and beyond."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "McKay and the musicians wove through the complex textures and often counter-intuitive wanderings of this score with admirable devotion and precision."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "Best Way to Watch A Silent Film 2014: ...they showed us that there’s nothing quite like watching a movie to the sound of a live orchestra."

    The Editor D Magazine
  • "The mostly young ensemble of two dozen strings responded with performances as eager and expressive as they were accomplished."

    Scott Cantrell The Dallas Morning News
  • "For this symphony the educational outreach is far-reaching."

    Teresa Frosini CBS 11 News
  • "…the orchestra here demonstrated a continually improving precision and comfort in a room that can be unforgiving. The Warlock Suite provided ample opportunity for McKay to show off a wonderful ability to evoke the special atmosphere, at once modern and archaic, that the composer created here."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "Renaissance harmonies abounded, tinged with just the right spice of 20th Century dissonance and bi-tonality. It was brought out at just the right level by McKay."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "The pointed intentionality of last night's programming, which initially looked like a musical mishmash, was to breathe new life into the old. And the structure of it was brilliant: 'Here's something you'll know. Here's something you should know. And here's something fun, so you leave feeling elated.'"

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "The Dallas Chamber Symphony is nothing if not ambitious."

    Katie Womack Dallas Observer
  • "This combination of old and new elements helped transport the audience to a different time and place without over-doing musical clichés."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "The audience was drawn into the film from the start, bursting into laughter and interacting with the story audibly."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "On Tuesday night, the Dallas Chamber Symphony proved they know exactly how to create a well-executed, interactive and entertaining live music/film screening experience."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "They have some incredible talent in their midst."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "There were a lot of excited whispers and shoulder grabs as people stood up to leave. I rarely see crowds so invigorated after classical productions."

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "If we want to keep classical music relevant, we need to fuse it naturally with our other passions. It should be an accompaniment to our lives, not just a fancy auditory meal gobbled up occasionally while wearing fine clothes. The Dallas Chamber Symphony is making that happen."

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "Shows like this reinforce that I'm on board; I'll see anything this group and its artistic director Richard McKay tries…"

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "Dallas Chamber Symphony has, along with the presentation of a fresh and widely varied repertoire of standard and non-standard works, carved a notable niche on the local scene…"

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "The orchestra and conductor McKay deserve hearty accolades for this ongoing silent cinema project, with hope that it will continue to enrich the local scene in upcoming seasons."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "McKay had a great sense for the tempo and character of the piece, which was clearly chosen to show off Takagi's technical and artistic skill."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "As they had been all night, phrases were beautifully shaped. Throughout the performance there was palpable emotion in the playing and ultimately that intangible -- artistic sensibility -- is what made this concert a success."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "The conductor’s long-term vision is precisely the kind of eclectic and occasionally challenging classical group Dallas really needs."

    Peter Simek D Magazine
  • "Everything from the first note was locked in rhythmic precision, and difficult passages were clear, focused, and musical..."

    John Norine TheaterJones
  • "The ensemble is extremely adroit in their presentation as well as programming."

    John Norine TheaterJones


Jonathan Jones, clarinet

Jonathan Jones is known as “a passionate and virtuosic musician, responsible for all-out playing,” (The Dallas Morning News, Cantrell). A Dallas native, Jonathan grew up in Duncanville, TX and attended Southern Methodist University to study clarinet under master teacher Paul Garner of the Dallas Symphony. Jonathan holds positions as Principal Clarinet for the Dallas Chamber Symphony as well as the Las Colinas Symphony and plays regularly with the Fort Worth Symphony and Dallas Opera.

An accomplished competitor, Jonathan was awarded the Prestigious Gold Medal from the President of Italy along with the Grand Prize at the International Music Competition Citta di Valentino in Castellaneta, Italy. State side, in Colorado, he was the first clarinetist in 52 years to win the Grand Prize at the Fort Collins Symphony International Artist Competition!

An innovative clarinet soloist, Jonathan made his mark being featured as Orpheus in Ricky Ian Gordon’s stage work: Orpheus and Euridice. As a complete performer, playing 70 minutes from memory while acting and even dancing, he has been featured on stage at the Fort Worth Opera, Birmingham Opera, Dallas Voices of Change, Santa Fe New Music and European Premiere in Italy.

A classically trained virtuoso with a wide musical taste, Jonathan has found a niche applying his limitless technique and malleable tone to any genre with creative improvisation solos where his ultimate musicianship is expressed. He has toured the globe playing all kinds of music on clarinet and a plethora of other specialty instruments like the Sumatran saranaui, Chinese hulusi and the slide didgeridoo. Jonathan has performed at prominent world music festivals in China, Sumatra, Bali and Java as well as appearances in popular jazz festivals in Italy such as the Jazz in Campo Festival in Campo di Pietra, Molise. In 2018, Jonathan was featured as a soloist with the Taipei Chinese Orchestra in Taiwan. He has performed with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Idina Menzel, Balawan, Mohsen Namjoo, Mike Block and Poovalur Sriji as well as with Ehsan Matoori in their world music group Horoscope.

He does not stop there as Jonathan is an avid music producer, composer and DJ known as Jon Jonez. He has made appearances throughout the states as well as Sumatra and Italy showcasing his ability to DJ while playing clarinet, saxophone or his Electronic Wind Instrument. His projects includes Apollos Flight, Electronic Instrument/DJ Duo with Marek Eneti, and Drum N Wind, Electro/Acoustic duo with Jamal Mohamed.

Jonathan is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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