The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center was created as a response to the citizens of Dallas desiring a major facility for cultural activities and gatherings, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s need for a new home. A public/private partnership ensued between the City of Dallas and the Dallas Symphony Association, which led efforts to raise a major portion of the needed funds. In September 1989 a new era in the cultural life of Dallas began with the opening of the Meyerson Symphony Center.
The Meyerson Symphony Center is an optimal space for concerts, meetings, lectures, receptions, weddings, and similar events. The Center is owned and operated by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and is named fo Morton H. Meyerson, the former president of Electronic Data Systems (EDS). EDS founder Ross Perot offered a major gift to ensure the building met the high standards set by its internationally renowned design team: architect I. M. Pei and acoustician Russell Johnson of Artec Consultants. Perot chose to honor his friend and colleague by naming the building for Meyerson, who chaired the original building committee and was instrumental in making the Center a reality. The concert hall is named for Eugene McDermott, co-founder of Texas Instruments. The designation was given in response to a significant gift from the Eugene McDermott Foundation in honor of his memory.