The Dallas Chamber Orchestra performs intimate shows unlike those by larger orchestral ensembles. Since 1977, this small, conductor-less group has brought not only important music to Dallas, but also important equipment, such as instruments made by legendary artisans Stradivari and Amati. The DCO catalogue of music ranges from early Baroque to works by living composers, as well as the staples by familiar names such as Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, and Handel. Founder and musical director Ronald Neal, the group’s violinist, is joined by a group of other musicians on viola, cello, and bass that ranges in size from five to 25, and the DCO often welcomes guest musicians as programs dictate. In addition to performing, the orchestra offers outreach and master classes at magnet schools like Skyline and Booker T. Washington.