Dallas Fort Worth Performing Arts

Dallas Fort Worth Performing Arts Guide for the entire DFW Metroplex.  Whether you're seeking the Opera, Musicals, a Symphony Orchestra, Broadway shows, or a Ballet, we hope you'll find our guide useful in locating that perfect venue.


Dallas Opera - The Dallas Opera is committed to producing opera and music theater of outstanding artistic quality on an international level. We present masterpieces of the standard and nontraditional repertoire, thereby enriching the life of our diverse community. A forty-eight-year tradition of artistic excellence and community service has made The Dallas Opera a major contributor to the national and international reputation of Dallas and a major factor in the economic impact of the arts in North Texas. The Dallas Opera has presented many international stars in their American debuts, including Dame Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé, Jon Vickers, and Plácido Domingo, and designer/director Franco Zeffirelli. A champion of new work, The Dallas Opera has also presented the American premieres of five operas and two world premiere operas. The Dallas Opera performs at the Music Hall at Fair Park.
.Dallas Summer Musicals -  is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the very best of American musical theatre and Broadway shows to Dallas, Texas. We have produced a summer season of entertainment since 1940 in the Music Hall at Fair Park, and are now also presenting the Broadway Contemporary Series in the winter at the Majestic Theater.  The Majestic Theater as shown on the right is of the architectural style of the Renaissance Revival and it was gracefully restored 1983 after being donated to the City of Dallas in the late 1970's.  It is the last remaining downtown movie palace of the 1920's and was the flagship facility of the "Interstate Theatres" chain.  Listed in the National Register.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra - At home in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 100th anniversary in the year 2000.  The Orchestra's beginnings can be traced to May 22,1900, when a 40-member ensemble performed under the direction of German-born Conductor Hans Kreissig. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is the sixth oldest in the nation. Backed by the finest talent and a world renowned symphony, the mission of the Dallas Symphony Association is to make the excitement and inspiration of classical music available to all citizens. Our objective is not only to ensure that the community feels a sense of ownership for the Orchestra, but also has pride in its artistic success. The Dallas Symphony is dedicated to becoming a catalyst for arts education, using technology to broaden the musical horizons of current and future audiences.

Dallas Bach Society
Since its founding in 1982 by Paul Riedo (1982-1994), the Dallas Bach Society has been the Metroplex's primary resource for Baroque music on original instruments. Under the direction of James Richman, the Society unites the finest vocalists and instrumentalists in lively and informed performances of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell, Monteverdi, Couperin, and Schuz. The Orchestra and Choir are joined each season by recognized soloists from the Metroplex, New York, The United States and Abroad. The Southwest’s primary resource for Baroque music on original instruments, the Dallas Bach Society unites the finest vocalists and instrumentalists in lively and informed performances of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell, Monteverdi, Couperin, and Scütz: the full collection of great music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, both familiar to music lovers, and awaiting their discovery.  The typical season structure of the Dallas Bach Society’s consists of ten concerts. See website for details

Fort Worth

Bass Performance Hall - Fort Worth, TX Performing Arts Fort Worth, Inc. is a  Non-Profit Corporation formed in 1992 to manage the design, construction, and operation of the $65 million, 183,000 square foot Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, which is a 2,054 seat multipurpose concert theater which opened May 1, 1998. The mission of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is to serve as a permanent home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth and as a premier venue for other attractions so as to enhance the range, quality, and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public; to promulgate arts education; and to contribute to the cultural life of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the region.

Constituent Users

  • Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra - The predominant performing ensemble at the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra attracts more than 8,500 season subscribers and 100,000 single ticket buyers to downtown Fort Worth annually. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is a cultural resource to the entire state, performing in more Texas communities than any other orchestra and serving more than 25,000 people outside the Fort Worth area.

  • Texas Ballet Theater
    Founded in 1961, Texas Ballet Theater is the premier resident professional Ballet Company of North Texas. Under the direction of artistic director Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., the ballet brings unprecedented talent, beauty and artistic expression to the stages of Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall, Dallas' Music Hall at Fair Park and the historic Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. Texas Ballet Theater will become the resident ballet company for the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts when it opens in 2009. Season sponsors include Star-Telegram, American Airlines, Steinway Hall of Fort Worth, KTVT Channel 11, The Dallas Morning News, Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, TACA and Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. For more information, go to www.texasballettheater.org 

  • Fort Worth Opera - One of the 14 oldest opera companies in the entire nation, Fort Worth Opera has also served as a catalyst in the creation of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, and Casa Mañana. In all, Fort Worth Opera has presented more than 180 productions. But longevity, although impressive, tells only part of the story.  Fort Worth Opera combines vocal, choral, and orchestral music with drama, dance, costumes, sets, and lighting to create the glorious synthesis of sight and sound that can only be found in opera, and can only be experienced at the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall. Here, the true grandeur of opera is unleashed, and the magnificence of Fort Worth Opera is realized.

  • Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and Van Cliburn Concerts - The Foundation is a chartered, non-profit organization formed to sponsor the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. This Competition, widely considered to be "the most prestigious classical piano competition in the world" (Chicago Tribune, Feb. 1996) was created by a group of Fort Worth music teachers and other volunteers in celebration of Van Cliburn's sensational victory at the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958. Since the first gold medal was awarded in 1962, the Van Cliburn Competition continues, every four years, to identify outstanding young artists and open doors for them by providing two years of concert management services and hundreds of engagements around the world. These winners bring the highest quality of music and musicianship to audiences everywhere.

  • Casa Manana - Offers Broadway shows and provides children's classes during the winter.

  • The Rose Marine Theater - At the Rose Marine Theater, for the Latin Arts Association's 2005– 06 season, we hope you come to enjoy the Hispanic arts through music, dance, theater, visual arts, and film! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mariachis in the plaza! Revel in the Latin tradition of Carnival. Discover Teatro de la Rosa, Fort Worth 's only Hispanic theater! For more detailed information about each series, including Teatro de la Rosa, Cine de Colores, Viva Musica or the Latin Arts Festival click on our Calendar of Programs. Be transformed through the arts! 

  • The Box Theatre
    The Box Theatre performs both original and interpretive plays for the Fort Worth, Texas, live theatre community. The Box Theatre Performs at the Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre, 1300 Gendy Street, in The Fort Worth Community Arts Center Complex.

Kids who Care (Fort Worth, TX) - Kids Who Care is an international theatre & performing arts organization created to encourage & empower kids of all ages to discover and fully develop their talents and potential to be positive members of society. Through outreach, education & performance, KWC offers unique opportunities to enhance self-esteem, & promote leadership.

Ballet Concerto (Fort Worth, TX) - Ballet Concerto is a non-profit ballet company that is best known for their Christmas Holiday performance and Summer Dance Performance. They also go into public schools and promote the art of ballet.


Irving Symphonic Band - The Irving Symphonic Band is Irving's own community started band, made up of volunteer musicians. The organization began in 1989 under the city's leadership and has flourished over the years to become a premier performing group in the Metroplex.  Under the direction of Jay Bach, the Irving Symphonic Band is a group of Metroplex professionals and amateurs dedicated to performing the best wind band literature and favorite light classic transcriptions from the orchestral repertoire.


The Living Opera - The Living Opera is a nonprofit corporation organized to make opera accessible, affordable and appealing to a broader spectrum of the community by offering high-quality performances, providing education and outreach programs and promoting the development of emerging artists and artisans. TLO produces and presents multiple productions each year. The summer productions are usually performed at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, while the "Intro to the Opera" touring production is performed in local venues all around North Texas. TLO is almost entirely funded by donations, grants, and underwriting. In this way, ticket prices are kept to a minimum and opera becomes much more accessible to local audiences.

Repertory Company Theatre - Repertory Company Theatre is a non profit, professional theatre serving the North Dallas, Richardson, Plano area for 22 years. Each season RCT presents Broadway Musicals, Classic Plays and Special Presentations preformed by our acclaimed REP Company. RCT School of Musical Theatre provides year round training in theatre arts for ages 2-17 years. Repertory Company Theatre is located in the Promenade Theatre (650 N Coit). The theatre houses a 120 seat theatre and a 60 seat black box performance hall.


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