March 23, 2010

WFAA Presents a Half-Hour Local Television Special Broadcast in Prime Time on April 7, Spotlighting "The Man and The Music: Jaap van Zweden and The Dallas Symphony Orchestra"

Dallas, Texas - He is known as an international "rock star" among the world's most illustrious orchestras, with a name mentioned in the same breath as one of his earliest and most significant influences, the legendary Leonard Bernstein.

Wednesday evening, April 7, at 7 p.m. WFAA takes viewers behind the baton and into the life of the man known as the Maestro: the distinguished music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden.

News 8 performing arts reporter and movie critic Gary Cogill takes viewers beyond the glare of the stage lights and international glitz with a candid one-on-one discussion with the Dutch-born van Zweden in his Dallas home, as well as an interview with Morton H. Meyerson for his thoughts on the extraordinary north Texas concert hall that bears his name.

As he prepares for his third season with the DSO, learn about the beginnings of van Zweden's illustrious road to success as a young violinist, the current working relationship between the conductor and the orchestra as well as ambitious future plans and aspirations for the DSO. Plus WFAA cameras take an unprecedented look at the Dallas Symphony in rehearsal, as well as rare glimpses backstage.

"The Man and the Music: Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra" is another in a continuing series of local television specials focusing on north Texas' critically-acclaimed performing arts scene produced and broadcast by WFAA.

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