DALLAS — The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is winding up its current season by paying tribute to former Maestro Eduardo Mata.
Mata opened the Meyerson Symphony Center 20 years ago. At that time, he selected Mahler's Symphony No. 2 as one of the pieces to inaugurate the concert hall.
Mata died in a tragic plane crash in 1995.
On Thursday evening, Musical Director Jaap Van Zweden, the orchestra, and the DSO Chorus paid tribute to Mata by again performing Mahler's Symphony No. 2.
Also known as the "Resurrection Symphony," Mahler wrote it during the late 1800s. It was first performed in 1895 in Berlin with Gustav Mahler himself at the baton.
"Resurrection" was one of Mahler's most popular works during his lifetime, marking the composer's own fascination with the beauty of afterlife.
Eduardo Mata was honored with a plaque inside the lobby of The Meyerson dedicated to his tenure as Music Director of the DSO from 1977 to 1993.