DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – On May 11 the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform in one of the world’s foremost concert venues – Carnegie Hall in New York City. It’s nearly every musician’s dream to play on the famous stage, and out of the entire DSO, there is only one musician who’s never been there before.
For 34-year-old Lucas Aleman, music and the violin have been a lifelong passion. “I just can’t get that sound out of my head,” Aleman says of the first time he heard someone play the violin. “The violin really soars, and really sings quite beautifully.”
Aleman, who grew up in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, began playing music at the age of seven. “I still remember practicing in a small room instead of going swimming, just dreaming that one day I will play at Carnegie,” he said.
He’s been with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for four years, and now, he’s finally getting the chance to fulfill his dream.
“This is my first time going to Carnegie, and oh, I’m so excited to go there,” he said. “In many ways I feel… not nervous, but there is this feeling of anticipation.”
The DSO is performing an original piece written by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky called August 4, 1964. The musical drama details a day in Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency when the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War collided in the Oval Office.
“We are proud to present a piece which is written so phenomenally well,” said Maestro Jaap Van Zweden, who is excited to bring the piece – which made its world premiere in Dallas – to the worldwide stage of Carnegie Hall.
His advice for Lucas Aleman as he takes his first step onto that stage for the first time is simple. “The only advice that I would say is to enjoy,” said Maestro Van Zweden. “Make music and enjoy.”
Aleman says he’s talked to everyone in the orchestra about his or her first time playing Carnegie. “They just keep saying the moment we start playing you’ll just feel calm.”
He jokes that after the performance, he’ll finally be able to answer the age-old question – How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
“Practice, practice, practice,” he said.