Dallas Symphony Orchestra cancels, Oak Cliff parties anyway


The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas park department canceled the annual free outdoor concert at Kidd Springs Park due to “rain-saturated fields.” That was a puzzling decision since the high ground where the concert normally takes place was dry Wednesday.

Turns out, Oak Cliff doesn’t need an orchestra or permission from the city to have a party in the park.

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Neighbor Rob Shearer had promised his daughter, who turned 3 Wednesday, that she would have an orchestra for her birthday. So he found a public address system and downloaded a playlist of songs performed at previous DSO performances at Kidd Springs Park to his iPod. Then he spread the word via social media that the show would go on.

About 150 people brought their blankets and picnics to hear Shearer’s non concert.

“I love Oak Cliff,” he says. “We’ll take any reason to party.”

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