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Top Stories: Dallas Symphony Orchestra Names Its First Woman President


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced its new president and CEO Friday morning. Kim Noltemy is the first woman to hold the position and joins a small but growing group of female symphony leaders around the country. Noltemy has been the Boston Symphony's chief operating officer, and will start in Dallas in January.

Other stories this evening:

  • This weekend, the Dallas Museum of Art throws a festival to celebrate Islamic art, with dancing, special demonstrations, and late-night hours. At the heart of the festival is the Keir Collection, the country's largest collection of Islamic Art. It's on loan to the museum for 15 years. Art&Seek intern Miguel Perez paid a visit to the work inspiring the festivities.                 

  • Despite the Dallas Symphony's new hire, classical music has a problem hiring women leaders. Across the country, there are almost no female conductors leading major orchestras. In State of the Arts this week, Keith Cerny, CEO of the Dallas Opera, sat down with Anne Bothwell, KERA's Vice President of Arts, to talk about a residency program designed to change that - and the success it's having. 

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