Destination DART: Garland Symphony Orchestra


Since March 1978, the Garland Symphony Orchestra has been dedicated to providing great orchestral music to Garland and its surrounding areas.  Over the years, the GSO has presented over 180 concerts featuring the music of more than 200 composers, including the premieres of new works by Texas composers.  The orchestra attracts an audience from Garland, Dallas, Richardson, Rowlett, Rockwall, and Sachse.

The orchestra’s first season was led by violinist James Gambino and the late Howard Dunn, former conductor of the Dallas Wind Symphony, took the podium for the following two seasons. Mischa Semanitzky led the GSO for the 1981-82 season, and was succeeded by Daniel Hornstein.

In 1986, the artistic reins of the Garland Symphony Orchestra were passed to the current music director, Robert Carter Austin.  Under Maestro Austin’s leadership, the orchestra made the transition from a group of highly dedicated volunteer musicians to a virtuoso ensemble of the finest professional instrumentalists in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  The growth to a prestigious, professional ensemble has created a solid orchestra, with a great deal of members who have been meeting new challenges and successes with the GSO for more than 10 years.

The orchestra is comprised of 93 professional musicians. More than 19 different nations are represented in the musician roster and this talent is complemented with internationally renowned featured soloists.

The GSO’s performance venue is the Granville Arts Center. The Granville Arts Center provides two elegant proscenium theaters with seating for 720. The main auditorium features a 55 foot fly loft with a counterweight system.  The Arts Complex also includes the Plaza Theater which is located at 521 W. State Street on the Square in downtown Garland.  The Plaza Theater has seating for 350.

Ticket information can be found here.

Visitors can take DART’s Blue Line to Downtown Garland where the Granville Arts Center is located adjacent to the rail station parking lot. Driving directions can be found by clicking this link.

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