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Jaap van Zweden, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra music director, is heading to the New York Philharmonic.

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First the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra cancelled its 2016 tour to Spain for financial reasons. Now, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has postponed its 2016 European tour over security concerns.  It’s the only touring American orchestra to do so.

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA newsroom: East Texas home and business owners are asking the state to take the Marvin Nichols Reservoir out of Texas’ long-term water plan.

Bill Zeeble looks into today’s high school culinary programs – and it’s nothing like Home Ec. And Dallas Symphony music director Jaap Van Zweden and concertmaster Alex Kerr visited KERA today to talk about the symphony’s three-week Beethoven bonanza kicking off tomorrow. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a pregnant woman who's believed to be brain dead is forced to stay on life support; Texans really want the company that makes Sriracha hot sauce to move to the Lone Star state; Jaap van Zweden stars in a Dallas Symphony video, and more.

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The Dallas Symphony Orchestra premieres its composition in memory of John F. Kennedy on Thursday night. When the orchestra decided to commission an original piece for this 50th anniversary weekend, it didn’t turn to one of the graybeard composers with memories of that fateful day. It chose 19-year-old Conrad Tao, who was born three decades after the assassination.