Conductor Ruth Reinhardt led an imaginative Dallas Symphony program with authority and elegance

Ruth Reinhardt
The Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has had some gifted and skilled assistant conductors conductors, but I'd vote Ruth Reinhardt the best of my 19 years here. Her two-year contract expired last summer, but happily the DSO is keeping her on to lead a number of concerts this season.

Although she has filled in for former music director Jaap van Zweden, this week's concerts represent her official main-season debut at the Meyerson Symphony Center. As in her ReMix concerts at Moody Performance Hall, she has put together an imaginative program, with clever musical connections that don't immediately suggest themselves. And on Thursday night, she led with clear-headed and sensitive authority. 


It was Reinhardt, though, who stood out, not by overdoing anything, but by so fastidiously scaling, balancing and shaping the music. This was true throughout the concert: loving attention to detail without any fussiness, never allowing inherent urgency to slacken. The Hindemith and Kodály lacked nothing for flash and flair.

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