DFW Airport to Host a ‘Lone Star First’

DFW International
Airport’s
new International Terminal D will be the site of an historic
event even before it opens to millions of passengers. DFW announced today
that the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Fort Worth Symphony
Orchestra (FWSO) will join together on one stage for the first time ever
in their combined 180-year history as part of International Terminal D’s
dedication on June 13, 2005. International Terminal D will be the largest
international airline terminal opened anywhere in the world in more than
six years and will be one of the most business-friendly and
passenger-focused facilities ever built. “This historic musical collaboration will bring together two of the best
cultural organizations that Texas has to offer to dedicate and celebrate
this major transportation milestone that will bring thousands of jobs and
millions of dollars in new economic activity to North Texas from around
the globe,” said Jeff Fegan, DFW’s Chief Executive Officer. “It is another
great testament to the community spirit and cooperation that built DFW
into the economic engine of North Texas and a world leader in aviation.”

The announcement was made today inside of International Terminal D’s North
ticketing hall and attended by DFW International Airport board members,
executives of both orchestras and Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and Fort Worth
Mayor Mike Moncrief. A quintet composed of musicians from both orchestras
heralded the announcement today with a brass fanfare. Following its
dedication celebration, the new terminal will open to passengers in July.

The musical program arranged specially for this occasion will feature
All-American and international compositions. The program includes Aaron
Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and Jose Pablo Moncayo’s “Huapango”
to be conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Music Director of the Fort Worth
Symphony Orchestra. Andrew Litton, Music Director of the Dallas Symphony
Orchestra, will conduct George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.”

“The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to be a part of the celebration
opening the new International Terminal D. Our commitment to excellence and
to being at the highest echelon of American orchestras relates to being an
international city, and this opening at DFW again reinforces the
international importance of this region,” says Fred Bronstein, president &
CEO, Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “Also, the DSO has made creation of
collaborations and partnerships a ‘hallmark’ for the future. That’s why we
are so proud to team up with the Fort Worth Symphony—for the first time
ever—for this performance. Together we are one ever-expanding region
and it’s fitting that orchestras from both cities combine for this event
to support something that will serve all our communities.”

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to combine our musical talents
with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for the first time, in celebration of
the new international terminal at DFW, which will equally serve Dallas and
Fort Worth,” said Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Music Director of the Fort Worth
Symphony Orchestra. “Music is the universal language, and it speaks to
everyone. International Terminal D will bring people from all over the
world to enjoy our fair cities and the fantastic cultural events we offer.
It is especially appropriate, I believe, to have the first official event
in this wonderful new terminal be a concert of live symphonic music that
we can share with our community.”

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DFW’s new International Terminal D will include upscale shopping and fine
dining and a host of modern amenities for the international traveler. An
arrivals canopy roof will shield pedestrians from inclement weather as
they enter and exit the terminal. A Grand Hyatt Hotel will be integrated
in the terminal and a new state-of-the-art parking garage will not only
have ample spaces, but will aid travelers in finding open spots.

“International Terminal D will provide both comfort and convenience to
travelers from across the globe,” said Kevin Cox, DFW’s Chief Operating
Officer. “North Texas has long been an international destination for
business and tourism. Our additional amenities like the International
Terminal D, the Grand Hyatt, and Skylink position DFW and our region as a
premiere international gateway to the United States for many years ahead.”
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