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A CENTURY OF SONG

DALLAS — The Dallas Symphony Orchestra was feted with a glamorous 100th anniversary gala last month that brought out the city’s music lovers clad in designer dresses and tuxedos.
Guests paraded down Flora Street to the entrance of the grand Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, whose stark profile by I.M. Pei edges the periphery of the Dallas skyline.
“I’m impressed,” said Terri Camarillo, a local custom clothing designer. “People look very sophisticated.”
Inside, the cream limestone building with soaring windows was lit by hundreds of white candles that lined window ledges and low walls. After a superb three-course dinner of lamb and delectable cheeses, guests strolled into the elegant concert hall for the main event of the evening: a performance by cellist YoYo Ma, who played three movements of a Dvorak symphony. Following an intermission, singer Vanessa Williams and her band joined the symphony in playing a series of pop tunes.
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