Early last week, Scott Cantrell reported on the Dallas Morning News‘ Arts Blog that the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s long-time organist, Mary Preston, was leaving the orchestra after 18 years. According to an unnamed member of the DSO who spoke with Cantrell, musical director Jaap van Zweden “keeps wanting her to play more quietly.”
But hold the presses. Now, in a sudden change of fate, Preston is staying with the DSO. According to a release, she will continue to perform in the symphony’s classical series, and van Zweden has aggreed to feature Preston in an upcoming concert, work and performance date TBD.
Here’s the release:
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Statement Regarding Resident Organist Mary Preston
Dallas, TX (June 4, 2012) – The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today that Mary Preston, Resident Organist holding the Lay Family Chair, will return in that capacity for the 2012-2013 concert season. Preston will play the Lay Family Concert Organ during Texas Instruments Classical Series, Christmas Celebration, and other concerts with the DSO at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
DSO Music Director Jaap van Zweden also announced his intention to feature Preston playing an organ concerto with the DSO in a future Texas Instruments Classical Series season. The work and performance dates are still to be determined.
Preston was named resident organist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1994, and is curator of the Lay Family Concert Organ, Op. 100, built by C.B. Fisk, Inc. in the Meyerson Symphony Center. In addition to performances with the DSO, Preston will perform solo recitals and organ demonstrations on the Lay Family Concert Organ, and continue to supervise the instrument’s care and tuning.
Preston also serves as Organist and Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church and School in Dallas.
Image: Preston’s home base, The Lay Family Concert Organ at the Meyerson Symphony Center, designed by C.B. Fisk, Op. 100, 1991-92 (via)