Amid blaring trumpets and a choir singing from above, the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts welcomed a well-dressed crowd to the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on Tuesday to announce its first annual series: the Brinker International Forum, whose six events each year will include performances, conversations, lectures and symposia featuring “internationally renowned performing and visual artists.”
Among the programs will be National Geographic Live! events that will bring to Dallas what officials called “the world’s leading scientists, explorers, filmmakers and photographers.”
The Brinker forum will begin next fall, a year before the official opening of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. One event announced Tuesday will be an appearance, on Oct. 14, 2008, by Beverly and Dereck Joubert, filmmakers and naturalists known for their work in the African wilderness.
And then on Nov. 25, 2008, Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank will appear, following such luminaries as Clint Eastwood, Mary Tyler Moore, Julie Andrews and Elton John, who made previous appearances on behalf of the center.