Texas Instruments is pleased to offer you a gift of classical music from the recent Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala, which features DSO Music Director Fabio Luisi conducting Don Juan, Op. 20, a tone poem for orchestra by German composer Richard Strauss.
Andy Smith, our company’s director of giving and volunteering and executive director of the TI Foundation, and his husband and TI retiree, Paul Von Wupperfeld, recently co-chaired the annual Gala to kick off the DSO’s 2021/22 season.
Rich Templeton, our company’s chairman, president and CEO and his wife, Mary, served as honorary Gala chairs. Funds raised during the Gala go toward the DSO’s education and outreach efforts, helping to support the Young Strings and Young Musicians program. Learn more here.
TI and the TI Foundation have played a vital role in the DSO’s ability to change lives through musical excellence for more than six decades. Our company’s support for arts organizations in Dallas began with its founders, who were avid and active patrons of many essential organizations, including the DSO.
In fact, when visitors walk through the Meyerson Symphony Center, the name of Eugene McDermott is displayed on the wall. McDermott, one of TI’s founders, and his wife, Margaret, were deeply involved in providing philanthropic support for the DSO, and their legacy of support reverberates today.
TI’s relationship with the DSO goes beyond monetary support, with many former and current company leaders and employees serving in key roles – patrons, board members and board chairs, and even as interim president. Krunali Patel, Vice President of ITS Design and Manufacturing Solutions, and retired TI Chief Legal Counsel Joe Hubach serve on the DSO board. Our company’s leadership involvement in this year’s DSO Gala exemplifies their hands-on commitment to the arts.