Staff Feature…and Home & Garden Tickets on sale now!

Did you know that April is Dallas Arts Month? 🎵🎨🎬🎭💃📝 Join ONS as we share ways you can help advocate for the arts in our city, & celebrate the fantastic art our community has to offer all month long! Visit the official Dallas Arts Month website here for more information, including arts & culture event listings around the city, then join us at the Latino Cultural Center on Tuesday, April 17 for ARTS ADVOCACY DAY! 🎉

We are continuing the celebration with our Home & Garden Concert and our second Staff Feature below!

Thursday, May 10   6:30 pm
Home of Marsha & Michael Halloran

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Join ONS for this special event as the Hallorans graciously welcome us into their new Preston Hollow home for an intimate evening of wine, tapas, and Modern music with Trio Kavanah!

 Our Home & Garden concerts are intimate evenings of wine, tapas, exquisite ambiance & delightful company. And all that’s before the music! 

Wine, Tapas, & Valet Parking $60
Don’t wait – limited single tickets available now!
Buy your tickets online here or call our office at (214) 750-1492


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  • Tell us a little about yourself: I lived much of my adult life in Europe, based in Rome where I worked with Human Rights organizations and was involved in diplomatic circles, then in Madrid for many years working as a fitness director and also co-director of the Canadian Club/Cercle Canadien of Madrid. Always a culture vulture, I took advantage of the rich musical and arts offerings in these two cities, as well as traveling extensively in Italy, Spain and Portugal. I met Grover in Madrid during his research and performance time there and we subsequently got married and established ourselves in Dallas in 2008. Since then I completed a post graduate certificate in Gerontology, and started helping with the orchestra as a volunteer.
  • How long have you been with ONS: Since 2012 as part-time Marketing & Hosting Director. I started with arranging in-school mini concerts and moved into running out in-school lessons program about 4 years ago.
  • What do you enjoy most about your work with ONS: The variety, helping with translations and liaising with Italian and Spanish are and music sources, helping with research, co-hosting salon concerts, designing our posters with artist Michele Ward.
  • What has been your favorite ONS concert, memory, or experience: Some concerts stand out such as the beautiful operatic concert at the nefariously named Lee Park, the Iphigenia opera performed to perfection in Albuquerque, the trips we made with the whole orchestra to the hinterland of Bolivia, and the trip to the Cervantino Festival in Mexico, and the delightful Convivencia concert in Spring of 2017.
  • Favorite pieces and/or composers: I love great arias from the opera Semiramide, Norma, Tosca, and La Wally. I could listen to Callas forever. I also love Verdi’s Requiem and the whole range of flamenco music.

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Dallas Arts Month & Meet the Maestro!

Did you know that April is Dallas Arts Month?
Join ONS as we share ways you can help advocate for the arts in our city,
& celebrate the fantastic art our community has to offer all month long!
Click here to visit the official website for more information, arts & culture events, & join us at the Latino Cultural Center on Tuesday, April 17 for ARTS ADVOCACY DAY!

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“Dallas Arts Month, first launched by Mayor Mike Rawlings as Dallas Arts Week in 2013​​, is a city-wide celebration of Dallas arts, held annually in the month of April. Art​s Month is designed to build awareness and appreciation for the work of Dallas artists and organizations and foster creative learning and activity throughout the city.”

We are kicking off the month with our first Staff Feature & #maestromoment below!


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  • Tell us a little about yourself: Musician forever. Always have music in my head. Swimmer. Matinal. Resourceful. Curious. Iconoclast. Persistent. Finally married. Fascinated by languages, i.e. how we move between French/music/Spanish/programming/English in literatures of different ages. Do not suffer fools lightly.
  • How long have you been with ONS: All 30 years, since founding the Orchestra.
  • What do you enjoy most about your work with ONS: Performing music that others have ignored, having the liberty to interpret it without 3 centuries of patina having grown on it. Next, the actual discover part – going through the mess the find the hidden jewels.
  • What has been your favorite ONS concert, memory, or experience: The progression of operatic, theatrical works over the last 6 years has been deeply rewarding.
  • Favorite pieces and/or composers: Courcelle and Stravinsky are the composers that most fascinate me. From Courcelle, the Christmas/Epiphany Matins services. From Stravinsky, Oedipus Rex.

For Maestro Wilkin’s full bio, click here!

#ons #orchofnewspain #orchestra #baroque #dallas #dallasmusic #dallasartsmonth #meetthemaestro #maestromoments

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You are invited…to the 2018 Courcelle Gala Dinner!

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Join the Orchestra of New Spain in CELEBRATING BAROQUE! 

 Enjoy an elegant evening of champagne, dinner, and music overlooking stunning 360 degree views of Dallas at the annual COURCELLE GALA DINNER! 🍽
 Sunday April 22, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 pm
 DoubleTree by Hilton – Campbell Centre, 21st Floor Skyline Ballroom located at 8250 N. Central Expressway

Ladies, don your favorite gala attire! Black tie optional for gentlemen. Free self-parking; visit or call our office at (214) 750-1492 for tickets! We hope you will join us!  

Funds raised support the Orchestra’s musical and educational initiatives including our annual Summer Strings camp, in-school lessons program, & the 2019 production “Rise of Flamenco” in collaboration with Albuquerque’s National Institute of Flamenco.

Your ticket includes:
🍾 Champagne Reception
🍽️ Fine Gourmet Dinner & Wine
 Special Performances by Harpsichordist Evan Clarner & Dallas ISD Students
 Silent Auction featuring luxurious items, cultural experiences, & more!
$150 Individual Tickets (separate from Season Subscription)

Did you know there are still sponsorship packages available for our 2018 Courcelle Gala Dinner? 

Dress Circle Table $2,500
Premier Seating, Program & Powerpoint Recognition with Logo, 1 year Website Recognition, Four Home & Garden tickets

Gold Sponsor Table $1,500
Premier seating, Program & Powerpoint Recognition with Logo, Two Home & Garden tickets

Individual Silver Sponsor $250
Reserved seating at corporate table & Program recognition

MORE PACKAGES AVAILABLE – contact or call (214) 750-1492 for more info & tickets!

Many thanks to our 2018 Gala Courcelle Dinner Co-Chairs:
Bobette Dunn & Fran Maples
#ons #orchofnewspain #orchestra #baroque #dallas #dallasmusic#dallasevents #courcellegala18 #doubletreecampbellcentre

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What is early music?

Early Music in a sense is any music that is not new now. Mostly, though, the term refers to music in the western tradition originating in times far earlier than our own—from Gregorian chant, say, up until some time in the early part of the nineteenth century (the point at which “mainstream” classical music takes over), a span of about a thousand years. The repertories, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, have needed to be rediscovered, reinterpreted, and reperformed.

A certain attitude to music-making is integral to Early Music. Some might call it letting the music speak for itself. Performers seek to find the sounds that Queen Elizabeth heard, that Bach preferred, that resounded in the Sistine Chapel. To do so requires the right hardware—period instruments and vocal techniques—and the right software: performance style, improvisatory skills, understanding of traditions and conventions. At its best Early Music is the perpetually-new creation of sound-worlds of beauty and excitement.” – Thomas Forrest Kelley, Early Music America

Rainy days in Dallas call for a good book! Want more recommended reading on early music?

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What better time to revive this blog than EARLY MUSIC MONTH! Did you know that March is dedicated to early music? Here are some articles you can read to learn more!

Courtesy of Early Music America 

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One week until our next concert!

For our next concert, All-Hallows-Even to Halloween, we’re exploring how ghosts, magic, death, and the afterlife were addressed by four Baroque composers.  Halloween has become a fun-filled holiday with costumes, candy, jack o’lanterns, and scary decorations, but it started as something vastly different.  Certainly in the 17th and 18th centuries, it had quite a different meaning.

This morning, our friends at KERA had a wonderful commentary by Paula LaRocque discussing the evolution of this holiday from its Celtic origins through to today’s trick-or-treat spookfest.  If you didn’t catch it on the radio, it’s a delightful read and provides some background for what you’ll hear next Friday night, November 4, at Zion Lutheran Church.

Do you have your tickets yet?

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Upcoming performances!

Thank you to all who came to the Home and Garden concert on September 30.  It was a truly lovely concert.

If you missed it – or not! – there are more opportunities to spend some time with the Orchestra in the coming weeks.

First up, four of our musicians will be playing music of the Italian Baroque for the opening of the new exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum, Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome, on Sunday, October 16.  The concert will also be broadcast live on WRR (click here for all of the pertinent info).  The first 101 visitors get in free, and they will be giving away ONS tickets.

Next, the Orchestra’s second season concert is on November 4.  All-Hallows-Even to Halloween will explore Baroque composers’ take on otherworldly matters – perfect for the Halloween season!  The concert is at 7pm at Zion Lutheran Church, and we hope that you will join us for post-concert treats and hot chocolate.  Keep reading for the full concert details. Continue reading

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