VIOLINIST PAUL HUANG JOINS DSO TO PERFORM SIBELIUS’ VIOLIN CONCERTO NEXT WEEKEND

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DSO Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank presents her first work on DSO Classical Series

Detroit, (May 12, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announces a new featured artist for next weekend’s performances. Due to medical reasons, Midori, who was originally scheduled to perform the Walton Violin Concerto, is unable to appear with the DSO. Violinist Paul Huang has graciously stepped in to appear in her place, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

Led by Music Director Leonard Slatkin, performances will also feature DSO Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank’s first DSO Classical Series contribution, Concertino Cusqueño, as well as a closing performance of Mahler’s poetic Symphony No. 1, “Titan.” These concerts will take place at Orchestra Hall on Thurs., May 21 at 7:30 p.m., Fri., May 22 at 10:45 a.m., and Sat., May 23 at 8 p.m.

In Orchestra Hall one hour prior to the Thursday and Saturday concerts, Frank will host a pre-concert presentation to discuss her Concertino Cusqueño.

The Saturday evening performance will be webcast to a live worldwide audience via a Live from Orchestra Hall free HD webcast. Log on to dso.org/live to view the concerts from your desktop or download the free DSO to Go mobile app for a portable concert experience.

Ticket Information

Tickets to the Mahler’s First! concerts at Orchestra Hall begin at $15 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org.  Detroit residents may reserve a ticket for $20 each in any section, excluding the box level, within two weeks of the performance. A valid photo ID with a Detroit address is required. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performance

Mahler’s First!

Leonard Slatkin, conductor 

Paul Huang, violin

Thurs., May 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., May 22, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat., May 23, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Gabriela Lena Frank               Concertino Cusqueño

Sibelius                                    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

I.  Allegro moderato

II.  Adagio di molto

III.  Allegro, ma non tanto

Paul Huang, violin

Mahler                                     Symphony No. 1 in D major

I. Langsam Schleppend

II. Kräftig bewegt

III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen

IV. Stürmisch bewegt

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DETROIT SYMPHONY WEBCASTS DIRECTLY TO CLASSROOMS ON MAY 14

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DETROIT, (May 11, 2015) –The Detroit Symphony Orchestra continues the educational expansion of its Live from Orchestra Hall free HD webcast series with the second Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition, available to students worldwide on Thursday May 14 at both 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. EST via dso.org/classroom. The first groundbreaking Classroom Edition, “An American Adventure,” reached nearly 50,000 students in November 2014, with 300 Detroit public and charter schools participating, along with 125 more schools nationwide.

The May 14 program – again hosted by actor (and Detroit native) Damon Gupton and led from the podium by DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle  Merrill – will debut an animated opening sequence showcasing famous Detroit landmarks using photo-real construction paper origami.  Entitled “Musical Tales,” the program includes music by Respighi, Copland, Debussy, Rossini and Mussorgsky, as well as John Williams’ “Harry’s Wondrous World” and Ari Pulkkinen’s Angry Birds theme. Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition is available to global audiences for live viewing or on an encore basis through the end of the week. Educational resources for the webcast, including curriculum enrichment materials, can be downloaded at dso.org/classroom.

The Associated Press interviewed a Classroom Edition participating educator after the first webcast last November: “This is ingenious,” said Jonathan Walker, dean of kindergarten through fourth-grade students at University Yes Academy in Detroit. “It broadens their horizons, and it exposes them to something that they’re typically not exposed to. I hope it sparks something – maybe one day they’ll want to join an orchestra.” Kristana Spearman, a 10th-grader at University Yes, said she usually listens to hip-hop and gets her classical from “elevators and restaurants.” But the performance gave her new perspective. “I really like how they’re combining different things… I didn’t know you could do all that,” said Spearman, 16, who previously “tried” to play sax and cello. “It never seemed to work for me, but I might try again.”

For years, the DSO’s popular Educational Concert Series (ECS) has bussed metro Detroit school children to the Max M. Fisher Music Center in midtown Detroit, exposing area youth to orchestral performance in historic Orchestra Hall. Now, with the development of Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition, select ECS performances will be adapted to provide an engaging classroom experience, complete with an interactive lesson plan archive aligned with national music education curriculum.

Developed with the help of nationally recognized music education consultants, including a content developer and research analyst who worked for both Sesame Street and 3-2-1 Contact, the program will focus on music that tells a story, whether through opera, film or video game, with curricular ties that emphasize language arts, and featurettes on instruments like flute, percussion and tuba. Teachers and students will also have the opportunity to interact with the DSO and other viewers through social media.

The DSO strives to become America’s Education Concert Provider, delivering webcasts to every classroom in Detroit and nationwide, for students in grades K-8. Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition is made possible by the support of the Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation, with the goal of providing music education to the children of Detroit.

About Live from Orchestra Hall

With the goal of becoming the “most accessible orchestra on the planet,” the DSO has repeatedly proven itself as a leader in technology and accessibility. Classroom Edition is an extension of the DSO’s weekly free HD webcast series Live from Orchestra Hall, which reaches a global audience of hundreds of thousands, with use of its state-of-the-art robotic camera production system.

The DSO launched the groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series in April 2011, becoming the first orchestra in the world to offer a series of free live webcasts for a global audience. Since then, Live from Orchestra Hall expanded to include mobile viewing via the DSO to Go mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Droid devices; partnerships with the world’s top cultural sites, including PBS.org, France-based Medici. tv, Russia-based Paraclassics.com and UK-based ClassicalTV.com.

Now watched in more than 100 countries, the Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series is presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund and made possible by the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Watch free webcasts at dso.org/live, view concert highlights at youtube.com/detroitsymphony and connect with the DSO at facebook.com/detroitsymphony, as well as on Instagram and Twitter @DetroitSymphony with the hashtag #DSOLive.

“Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition”

Thursday, May 14, 10:30am and 11:45am EST

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Damon Gupton, host

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Michael Miller, baritone

Ballet Americana

Respighi: The Pines of Rome

Copland: “Hoe Down” from Rodeo

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Ari Pulkkinen: Angry Birds Theme

Rossini: “Largo al factotum” from The Barber of Seville

John William: “Harry’s Wondrous World”

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

About the DSO

Hailed by the New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season. Conductor, arranger and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor, while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s and Neighborhood Concerts and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically ideal concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to inspire and serve the community through music. For more information, visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app. Subscriptions can be purchased by visiting dso.org or calling the DSO’s Box Office at 313-576-5111. Students of any age can attend any Classical, Jazz or Pops concert at Orchestra Hall free all season long by purchasing a Soundcard for $25. More information is available at dso.org/soundcard.

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MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER OPENS HYPERSCORE EXHIBIT

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Partnership with Tod Machover and DSO’s Symphony in D project brings composition software to youth 

Composition submissions to be considered for inclusion in ‘Symphony in D’ November premiere

DETROIT, (May 7, 2015) – As of last week, visitors to the Michigan Science Center may compose their own musical creations using a brand new exhibit designed around composer Tod Machover’s Hyperscore software developed at the MIT Media Lab. The exhibit was inspired by Tod Machover and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) “Symphony in D” project, which invites Detroit residents to collaborate with Machover to make a sonic portrait of their city. “Symphony in D” is scheduled to premiere at Orchestra Hall on November 20-21, with an accompanying world-wide webcast at dso.org/live.

Machover will appear as a keynote speaker at the Science Center’s gala tomorrow, May 8 at 5020 John R St. Any media interested in attending should RSVP to Gabrielle Poshadlo at gposhadlo@dso.org.

“Detroit is the perfect muse for Tod’s first American-city inspired symphony,” said Michigan Science Center President and CEO Dr. Tonya Matthews. “Detroit is where music meets technology and where innovation meets art – and MiSci is delighted to partner with the DSO to share this with the world. Building the Hyperscore exhibit creates a space within MiSci where kids connect their computer science savvy with their artistic genius. We are excited to be part of this collaboration and look forward to more.”

The exhibit offers three workstations where visitors use the Hyperscore software to write a short piece of music (2-5 minutes) using colors and shapes. These compositions will then be submitted to Machover for consideration as part of a movement using only Hyperscore submissions. Looping video provided by Machover’s team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab (where he is a Professor of Music and Media) demonstrates the software’s capabilities. The equipment used in the space is on loan from MIT, however anyone can acquire the software at hyperscore.com and submit their compositions from home via email to detroit@media.mit.edu. Detroit residents also have a unique opportunity to access Hyperscore for free by submitting three or more original Detroit sounds via the Symphony In D mobile app. Click here for more information.

“I am so thrilled to be creating a new symphony about Detroit in collaboration with the people who live here,” says Machover. “Detroit is one of the most dynamic cities in the world, filled with history, cars and machines (both of which I love!), nature where you least expect it, very vivid people everywhere…and incredible sounds, musical and otherwise. I am especially delighted that the Michigan Science Center will make our Hyperscore composing software easily accessible through this new exhibit, so that anyone - regardless of musical training or background – can contribute a personal piece that captures some aspect of Detroit, and which I hope to be able to incorporate into Symphony in D.”

What does Detroit sound like? This project aims to find out. Announced in November, composer and Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab Tod Machover will write a collaborative symphony with sound submissions and conceptual contributions from the public. The project is made possible by a $315,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

In addition to Hyperscore, Detroit residents can also participate in “Symphony in D” by submitting sounds of their city using the Symphony In D mobile app, available for free download now in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

App users will need to create an account in order to upload sounds, which may either be recorded through the mobile app directly or by uploading an existing file. Users may also listen to sounds submitted by others, which are geo-tagged on an evolving “sound map” of Detroit, pinpointing where each sound was recorded. Contributors also have the opportunity to provide a description of what they’ve recorded, and tell Machover what their sound means to them personally.

Additionally, the Constellation app, designed by Media Lab graduate student Akito van Troyer, is a web-based app that allows anyone to hear the latest sounds collected and to combine them into personalized mixes. Constellation enables the user to explore and compose their own piece of music by arranging some of the first sounds that Tod Machover, his Media Lab colleagues, RingSide Creative and the people of Detroit have collected for Symphony in D.

In Constellation’s user interface, each dot represents one sound. The software takes large collections of sounds and organizes them based upon their similarity in quality, change over time, volume, and more. Dragging the mouse around the field of dots, you may even recognize an iconic Detroit sound. Moving the mouse slowly will allow you to hone in on individual sounds; moving the mouse faster will cause a greater number of neighboring samples to sound. When you’ve finished, you can save each constellation “mix” as an audio WAV file by clicking the Download button, which can then be shared with friends via email, social media, etc. The app also enables you to share your composition with Machover via the Upload feature. Your piece will go into a gallery, where you can also check out others’ submissions and leave comments.

More about Symphony in D

In order to create a musical portrait of the Motor City, the symphony for Detroit will evolve through electronic sound submissions, workshops and discussions throughout the city, original sonic creation, and back-and-forth musical sharing and shaping with Detroit residents and community institutions. Machover has developed technology that can collect and combine sounds and translate them into music. The snarl of a Mustang’s engine? Fair game. The chaotic din of Eastern Market on a Saturday morning? No problem. The DSO wants to discover what Detroit sounds like through its community. The process involves layers, interactions, associations and discoveries which will produce a work representing the heart and soul of Detroit’s past, present and future.

The DSO is the first American orchestra to work with Machover on a collaborative symphony – the composer has completed similar projects in Toronto; Edinburgh, Scotland; Perth, Australia, and is currently working on one for the Lucerne Festival 2015, where he will be Composer-in-Residence.

Residents may also make submissions online or via email. Additional information is, including instructions on how to submit, is available at dso.org/SymphonyInD.

ABOUT THE JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit KnightFoundation.org.

ABOUT TOD MACHOVER

Tod Machover has been called “America’s most wired composer” by the Los Angeles Times. He is widely recognized as one of the most significant and innovative composers of his generation, and is also celebrated for inventing new technology for music, including Hyperinstruments which he launched in 1986. Machover studied with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris. He has been Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, USA) since it was founded in 1985, and is Director of the Lab’s Hyperinstruments and Opera of the Future Groups. Since 2006, Machover has also been Visiting Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. CD and DVD recordings of his Pulitzer Prize-finalist “robotic” opera Death and the Powers will be released in early 2015. Six World and European premieres, including his seventh collaborative City-Symphony, will be presented at Lucerne Festival 2015 as part of Machover’s Composer-in-Residence appointment there. For more info please visit todmachover.com.

ABOUT MICHIGAN SCIENCE CENTER

The Michigan Science Center is a hands-on museum that inspires children and their families to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a creative, dynamic learning environment. The Science Center features five theaters, including Michigan’s largest screen at the Chrysler IMAX®Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium; the Toyota Engineering Theater; the DTE Energy Sparks Theater; the Chrysler Science Stage; a 9,800 square-foot Traveling Science Hall for special exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; Kids Town just for pint-size scientists; along with education and outreach programs. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website, www.Mi-Sci.org.

ABOUT THE DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

ABOUT THE MIT MEDIA LAB

Actively promoting a unique, antidisciplinary culture, the MIT Media Lab encourages an unconventional mixing and matching of seemingly disparate research areas. Since opening its doors in 1985, the Lab has pioneered such areas as wearable computing, tangible interfaces, and affective computing. Today, faculty members, research staff, and students at the Lab work in 23 research groups on some 350 projects that range from digital approaches for treating neurological disorders, to advanced imaging technologies that can “see around a corner,” to the world’s first “smart” powered ankle-foot prosthesis.  The Lab is supported by more than 70 sponsors, including some of the world’s leading corporations. These sponsors provide a majority of the Lab’s approximately $50-million annual operating budget. Research at the Media Lab is tightly coupled with the graduate academic Program in Media Arts and Sciences, which offers master’s and doctoral degrees. http://www.media.mit.edu/ Twitter: @medialab



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DSO TO PREMIERE AUGUSTA READ THOMAS’ THIRD CELLO CONCERTO FEATURING AMERICAN CELLIST LYNN HARRELL

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Hannu Lintu leads the DSO in Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony

Detroit, (May 5, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes back legendary cellist Lynn Harrell with a DSO premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s riveting, optimistic and bright Third Cello Concerto. The concert, led by guest conductor Hannu Lintu, will feature performances of Sibelius’ Pohjola’s Daughter, as well as a closing performance featuring Shostakovich’s triumphant Fifth Symphony. These performances will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., May 8 at 10:45 a.m. and Sat., May 9 at 8 p.m.

At 7 p.m., prior to the Saturday concert, composer Augusta Read Thomas will give a presentation about the premiere of his Third Cello Concerto.

The Saturday evening performance will be webcast to a live worldwide audience via a Live from Orchestra Hall free HD webcast. Log on to dso.org/live to view the concerts from your desktop or download the free DSO to Go mobile app for a portable concert experience.

About Lynn Harrell

As a consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher, Lynn Harrell has been placed in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists. His extensive discography of more than 30 recordings includes the complete Bach Cello Suites. Together with Itzhak Perlman and Vladimir Ashkenazy, Harrell was awarded two Grammy awards in 1981 for the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio and in 1987 for the complete Beethoven Piano Trios.

In June 2010, along with his wife violinist Helen Nightengale, Harrell founded the HEARTbeats Foundation, a 501(c) charity. Based in Los Angeles, the HEARTbeats Foundation strives to help children in need harness the power of music to better cope with, and recover from, the extreme challenges of poverty and conflict.

About Hannu Lintu

Hannu Lintu is a prominent Finnish conductor known for exploring neglected orchestral repertoire, as well as for promoting contemporary music. Trained in piano and cello at the Turku Conservatory and the Sibelius Academy, he studied conducting with Atso Almila, Jorma Panula and Eri Klas, and participated in master classes with Ilja Musin. He also received instruction from Myung-Whun Chung.

Lintu was the chief conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra from 1998- 2001, and served as chief conductor and artistic director of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra from 2002-2005. In 2009 he became chief conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2010 was named chief conductor designate of the Finnish Radio Symphony. Lintu is also the principal guest conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to the Lynn Harrell concerts at Orchestra Hall begin at $15 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org.  Detroit residents may reserve a ticket for $20 each in any section, excluding the box level, within two weeks of the performance. A valid photo ID with a Detroit address is required. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performance

Lynn Harrell

Hannu Lintu, conductor 

Lynn Harrell, cello

Fri., May 8, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat., May 9, 2015 at 8 p.m.

SIBELIUS                                    Pohjola’s Daughter, Op. 49

AUGUSTA READ THOMAS            Cello Concerto No.3, “Legend of the Phoenix”

Lynn Harrell, cello

SHOSTAKOVICH                           Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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RANDY NEWMAN TO JOIN DSO FOR BENEFIT CONCERT TO RAISE $1M

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Heroes Gala to honor Davidson/Gerson Family

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DETROIT, (April 29, 2015) – On Saturday, June 6, 2015, legendary singer, songwriter and composer Randy Newman will join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and his Los Angeles boyhood friend, Music Director Leonard Slatkin for one very special evening of music and storytelling. Concert-only and Gala Dinner packages, which also include tickets to this special concert, are available for purchase now at dso.org or by calling the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office at 313.576.5111.

“I’ve known Leonard since we were children,” said Newman. “One of us took the good road and one of us took the bad road.  He’s a great conductor, one of the best in the world.  His stick is so good and says so much that the orchestra actually watches him.  This is not always the case as I will prove at the concert.  It’s always a thrill and an honor to write for and conduct a symphony orchestra.  To work with Leonard, who is my good friend and the best musician I know, is as good as it gets for me.”

With a goal of raising $1 million, proceeds from the event will support the DSO’s commitment to transforming the lives of children and youth across our region through music education. Four decades of unforgettable songs, plus Newman’s evocative scores for hit movies like “The Natural” and “Toy Story” will come to life throughout this evening of music.

This evening is taking place in tribute to the Davidson/Gerson family. The DSO fondly remembers Bill Davidson’s passionate belief that full community engagement is not possible with concerts at Orchestra Hall alone. He proved his wisdom by funding domestic and international tours for the DSO, and his family has continued that legacy by supporting our travel to southern Florida and New York City. This season, the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert series has served thousands of families around metro Detroit, and we look forward to the continued evolution of that initiative.

“We look forward to honoring Bill’s incredible family, who carries his legacy forward,” said Parsons. We are so pleased to be able to pay tribute to their passions and commitment to our community and in particular celebrate Bill’s remarkable sister Dorothy. Mother of long-time DSO board member Ralph Gerson, she continues to be seen regularly enjoying DSO concerts in historic Orchestra Hall as well as in one of our seven Neighborhood venues.”

The celebration will include a gourmet dinner, dessert reception, late-night dancing, and other special activities, all taking place at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.

The DSO founded the Heroes Gala in 2010 in honor of the remarkable men and women who impact the vision, values, and success of the organization. Previous honorees are Jim Nicholson, President and CEO of PVS Chemicals Inc.; Lloyd Reuss, former President of the General Motors Corp; Barbara Van Dusen, beloved supporter of the arts in Detroit; Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures; and Matt Cullen,  President and Chief Executive Officer of Rock Ventures LLC.

TICKET INFORMATION

Packages for the fifth annual DSO Heroes Gala and benefit concert are available now from $1,000-$10,000 and can be purchased by calling 313-576-5088 or contacting ksherwood@dso.org. Concert-only tickets are available for $25-$75 and are available at dso.org, or by calling the box office at 313-576-5111.

ABOUT RANDY NEWMAN
With songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores, Randy Newman has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences.

After starting his songwriting career as a teenager, Newman launched into recording as a singer and pianist in 1968 with his self-titled album Randy Newman. Throughout the 1970s he released several other acclaimed albums such as: 12 Songs, Sail Away, and Good Old Boys. In addition to his solo recordings and regular international touring, Newman began composing and scoring for films in the 1980s. The list of movies he has worked on since then includes The Natural, Awakenings, Ragtime, all three Toy Story pictures, Seabiscuit, James and the Giant Peach, A Bug’s Life, and most recently, Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University, the prequel to Monsters Inc. (which he also scored).

Newman’s many honors include six Grammys, three Emmys, two Academy Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Additionally, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

ABOUT THE DSO

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter, Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall and the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO APPOINTS COMMUNITY CATALYST/DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

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DETROIT, (April 27, 2015) – This month the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes veteran musician, educator and nonprofit administrator Caen Thomason-Redus to the team as Community Catalyst/Director of Community Programs. Thomason-Redus succeeds Kareem George, who served as Managing Director of Community Programs.

No stranger to the DSO, his relationship with the ensemble began long before taking on this new role. He performed with the orchestra in the flute section for two years as the African American orchestra fellow and worked extensively with the Civic Youth Ensembles as a coach.

Thomason-Redus comes to the DSO from distinguished cultural partner, The Sphinx Organization, where he served as Director of Corporate Partnerships, responsible for regional, national and international corporate partnerships. Other management and artistic credentials include full and part-time professorships at Wayne State University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Evansville, Executive & Program Assistant for Early Music Now, and flute positions with the Central City Opera, Evansville Philharmonic, Hot Springs Music Festival.

The Community Catalyst is the DSO’s chief community engagement officer.  In this role, Thomason-Redus will develop, administer, and fundraise for engagement initiatives and performance opportunities intended to fulfil the DSO’s ambition to be a community-supporting orchestra.  He has been asked to build on current relationships and create new partnerships with communities and venues for concerts and concert series of the DSO and its ensembles. He’ll direct the operational aspects of the William Davidson Neighborhood Residency Initiative — offsite performances including the neighborhood subscription concerts, free community concerts, chamber music series, in-school performances, new music performances, educational partnerships, and other DSO products performed outside of the Max M. Fisher Music Center.  In addition to building partnerships and financial support for programs, Thomason-Redus will also coordinate musicians, programs and repertoire, and manage logistics, venue relationships, and production elements.

Thomason-Redus began his duties on April 13, 2015 and reports to General Manager & Artistic Administrator, Erik Ronmark. He can be reached at cthomasonredus@dso.org.

He holds music degrees from Rice University (TX) and the University of Redlands (CA) and did additional studies at the University of Michigan and the Mozarteum Akademie in Salzburg, Austria.  He loves living in metro Detroit with his wife and three young children.

About the DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app

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YOUNG SWISS PIANIST MAKES DSO DEBUT IN THREE VENUES ACROSS METRO DETROIT

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Former N.Y. Philharmonic Assistant Conuductor Joshua Weilerstein leads DSO in Mozart, Britten, Schumann, Arvo Pärt

Detroit, (April 24, 2015) – As part of the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will perform a program of Mozart and More in two metro Detroit venues in addition to Orchestra Hall. Swiss pianist Louis Schwizgebel, 28, will make his DSO debut performing Mozart’s Ninth Piano Concerto, while Joshua Weilerstein will lead the DSO in performances of works by Britten, Arvo Pärt and Schumann. These performances take place Thur., April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Fri., May 1 at 10:45 a.m. at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, and both Sat., May 2 at 8 p.m. and Sun., May 3 at 3 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

One hour prior to the Saturday and Sunday performances in Orchestra Hall, DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will host a pre-concert presentation to discuss the program.

The Sunday afternoon performance will be webcast to a live worldwide audience via a Live from Orchestra Hall free HD webcast. Log on to dso.org/live to view the concerts from your desktop or download the free DSO to Go mobile app for a portable concert experience.

The Bonnie Ann and Robert C. Larson Guest Pianist Fund helps the DSO deliver unsurpassed musical experiences by annually underwriting the performances of extraordinary guest pianists, such as Schwizgebel.

About Joshua Weilerstein

Joshua Weilerstein, who last year completed a three-year appointment as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, is artistic director designate of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and will begin his tenure in the 2015–16 season. Born into a musical family, his career was launched when he won the Malko Competition for Young Conductors in 2009. He has rapidly become one of the most sought-after young conductors in the world; with a repertoire ranging from Gesualdo to Rouse, he is committed to opening up the traditional classical repertoire to new audiences, enlivening and broadening concert-going and creating a natural dialogue between musicians and their public.

During his time as the New York Philharmonic’s Assistant Conductor he was heavily involved in Young People’s Concerts, and he also served as Concertmaster of Discovery Ensemble, a Boston-based chamber orchestra dedicated to presenting classical music to inner-city schools in Boston. While still in his teens he established a close link with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar (a product of the famed El Sistema music program in Venezuela) as the ensemble’s first non-Venezuelan guest violinist, and then as conductor in 2010 and 2012.

About Louis Schwizgebel

Born in Geneva in 1987, Swiss-Chinese pianist Louis Schwizgebel has been described as “already one of the great masters of the piano” by Res Musica (July 2014). At the age of seventeen he won the Geneva International Music Competition and, two years later, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In 2012 he won second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition and in 2013 he was announced as a BBC New Generation Artist.

Schwizgebel performs regularly in Switzerland, both in recital and with symphony and chamber orchestras; he has played at all the major festivals including Progetto Martha Argerich and Menuhin Festival Gstaad and in 2013 was one of five pianists invited to perform a Beethoven concerto at the Verbier Festival with Charles Dutoit. In August 2014 Louis made a hugely successful BBC Proms debut playing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Edward Gardner and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, which was broadcast on BBC TV. Louis studied with Brigitte Meyer in Lausanne and Pascal Devoyon in Berlin, and then later at the Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax and Robert McDonald, and at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Pascal Nemirovski.

Ticket Information

Single tickets for the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series can be purchased for $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets to the Mozart and More concerts at Orchestra Hall begin at $15. All tickets can be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Performance

Mozart and More

Joshua Weilerstein, conductor 

Louis Schwizgebel, piano

Thurs., April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Fri., May 01 at 10:45 a.m. in Ford Community & Performing Arts Center

Sat., May 02 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

Sun., May 03 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

BRITTEN

“Four Sea Interludes” from Peter Grimes, Op. 33aI. Dawn: Lento e tranquilloII. Sunday morning: Allegro spiritoso

III. Moonlight: Andante comodo e rubato

IV. Storm: Presto con fuoco

MOZART

Piano Concerto No.9 in E-flat major, K.271, “Jeunehomme”I. AllegroII. Andantino

III. Rondo: Presto

                        Louis Schwizgebel, piano

INTERMISSION
ARVO PÄRT

Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
SCHUMANN

Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 38, “Spring”
I.  Andante un poco maestoso – Allegro molto vivaceII.  Larghetto

III.  Scherzo:  Molto vivace

IV.  Allegro animato e grazioso

About The William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series

Since its launch in 2011, the series has experienced sold out concerts, beginning with its six metro Detroit performance residencies. In addition to traditional concerts, the Neighborhood Residency Initiative allows musicians to perform in intimate settings for suburban audiences. Throughout the season, DSO musicians perform in metro Detroit schools, hospitals, libraries, places of worship and myriad other unexpected places.

In recognition of a generous support from the William Davidson Foundation, announced this fall, the series has been renamed in honor of philanthropist William Davidson, former president and CEO of Guardian Industries Corp. Davidson shared a long-lasting relationship with the DSO and his generous support helped to strengthen the organization in many ways, including support of the DSO’s domestic and international tours.

This season’s performances are scheduled through July 19. The Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by a generous gift from the William Davidson Foundation and the support of WRCJ 90.9 FM.

A full schedule of neighborhood concerts is available at dso.org/neighborhood.

About The DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR DSO SUMMER SEASON

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SUMMER 2015 TO INCLUDE FIREWORKS AT SALUTE TO AMERICA, FORD HOUSE 

TEDDY ABRAMS RETURNS TO CONDUCT DSO AT FORD HOUSE

(DETROIT, April 22, 2015) — Tickets are now on sale for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) summer season, which includes summer favorites “Salute to America” at Greenfield Village and the DSO’s sixth annual appearance at the historic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House.

The Salute to America Concerts will welcome DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill for her Greenfield Village debut, while performances at Ford House welcome back former DSO Assistant Conductor and Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra Teddy Abrams.

Other presentations include a festival in recognition of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a special gala and concert honoring Detroit’s Davidson/Gerson family, a Pink Floyd tribute, Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, classical concerts across metro Detroit neighborhoods, and more.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to the below concerts may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; online at dso.org/summer; or via the free DSO to Go mobile app. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

See below for a full schedule of events and ticketing information:

Salute to America concerts at Greenfield Village

The 23rd Annual Salute to America concerts will take place on Wednesday, July 1-Saturday, July 4 at 8:30 p.m. Bring the family to Greenfield Village in Dearborn and enjoy an evening of fireworks and patriotic music and everyone’s favorite grand finale: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture accompanied by authentic cannon fire and a spectacular fireworks display. DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will make her Greenfield Village debut leading the orchestra in four concerts alongside an appearance by the United States Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus. Performances are located in the Walnut Grove Historic District of Greenfield Village and begin at 8:30 p.m. with grounds opening at 6 p.m. for pre-concert entertainment. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and concert attendees are welcome to bring chairs and blankets to the concerts.

The Henry Ford is America’s premier history destination with five distinct attractions including Greenfield Village which offers 300 years of American history with access to 83 authentic, historic structures, including the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, the Wright brothers’ cycle shop, Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory and much more.

Rapidly rising conductor Michelle Merrill is the newly named Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  A passionate and dynamic artist, Merrill was awarded the prestigious Ansbacher Conducting Fellowship in 2013 by members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the American Austrian Foundation, which enabled her to be in residence at the world-renowned Salzburg Festival.

Salute to America Tickets:

Tickets for Salute to America at Greenfield Village range from $13.25-$75 and can be purchased at The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd; by calling 313-982-6001; or online at thehenryford.org/Salute. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

DSO at Ford House

Former DSO Assistant Conductor and Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra Teddy Abrams will return to the podium for the DSO’s sixth annual appearance at the majestic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. The two-concert series places the Orchestra on the grounds of the elegant Grosse Pointe Shores estate, serenading audiences beside Lake St. Clair as the sun sets over the historic home. The series will open on Friday, July 10 with, “Broadway and Beyond,” starring Broadway star Ashley Brown.

The following evening, “A Night at the Movies” features Detroit-native vocalist Kisma Jordan performing classical symphonic spectaculars immortalized by your favorite films. Take a trip down cinematic memory lane with Mozart, Puccini, Strauss, and more!

Concerts take place on Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m. with a thrilling fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m.

The grounds of Ford House will open at 6 p.m. to allow attendees the opportunity to explore the gardens, stroll along the lake and Bird Island – a small peninsula on the premises that is a well-known stopping place for migratory birds and enjoy pre-concert music performed by area students.

An unusually versatile musician, Teddy Abrams is a widely acclaimed conductor, as well as an established pianist, clarinetist, and composer.  He currently serves as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and was recently appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Britt Classical Festival. Abrams is the former Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony, tenure which concluded with the 2013-14 season. Additional appointments include Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, which he first conducted in 2011.

Since 1978, Ford House has been inspiring visitors from all over the world through interpretive tours, lectures, exhibits, classes, special events and programs. The historic estate engages visitors through exploration of its unique connections to art, design, history and the environment while celebrating family traditions and community relationships.  For more information about Ford House, go to fordhouse.org or call (313) 884-4222. Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores.

DSO at Ford House Tickets:

Tickets for Detroit Symphony@Ford House are priced $12-50, with limited advance-purchase VIP tickets available for $200. To purchase VIP tickets, contact Ford House at (313) 453-2031. For more details, visit dso.org/summer. Children 4 and under are free.

A Musical Tale of Two Cities: Motown Meets The Big Easy

June 2-4 at Orchestra Hall

A three-day festival exploring renewal in Detroit and New Orleans through performance and cultural exchange and how these two cities have used their legacy of unique musical and artistic culture to heal and renew themselves after economic and natural disaster.

  • Mix @ The Max performance by New Orleans-based Big Sam’s Funky Nation (June 2) in The Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center
  • Screening of Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke” (June 3) paired with a panel discussion providing a platform for dialogue around Detroit and New Orleans and their shared experiences, as well as the role music can play in coping with and rebounding from tragedy.

Panelists:

  • Lolis Eric Elie (moderator) – writer and story editor for “Treme,” HBO’s award-winning drama series that chronicles the struggles of a diverse group of residents as they rebuild their lives and their city post-Katrina
  • Rodrick Miller – Detroit Economic Growth Corp, President & CEO and Former President of the New Orleans Business Alliance
  • Terence Blanchard – DSO Erb Jazz Chair and jazz trumpet legend
  • Performance of Blanchard’s “A Tale of God’s Will” featuring Blanchard’s Quintet and musician’s from the DSO. A lecture with an historian will preceded the concert in Orchestra Hall, and a jam session will follow, joining New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) students with DSO Civic Jazz students in the Sculpture Garden off Parsons Street.

Heroes Gala Honoring the Davidson/Gerson Family

Saturday, June 6

The annual DSO Heroes Gala and Benefit Concert is our opportunity to honor the remarkable men and women who impact the vision, values, and success of the DSO and our community. This year, we pay special tribute to the Davidson/Gerson family. We fondly remember Bill Davidson’s passionate belief that full community engagement is not possible with concerts at Orchestra Hall alone. He proved his wisdom by funding domestic and international tours for the

DSO, and his family has continued that legacy by supporting our travel to southern Florida and New York City. This season, the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert series has served thousands of families around metro Detroit, and we look forward to the continued evolution of that initiative. With a goal of raising $1 million, proceeds from the event will support the DSO’s commitment to transforming the lives of children and youth across our region through music education.

Gala concert guest artist to be announced at a later date. Gala tickets and tables on sale now at dso.org/heroes. Single concert tickets will go on sale Wednesday, April 29.

Dark Side of the Moon

Wednesday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

The rock. The sound. The music of Pink Floyd. Zebra’s Randy Jackson, a rock band and the full sonic force of the Detroit Symphony, perform The Music of Pink Floyd. The biggest hits from one of rock’s most powerful super-groups. “Comfortably Numb”, “Us and Them” and more!

Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess

Friday, June 12 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, June 14 at 3 p.m.at Orchestra Hall

Jeff Tyzik leads the very best of George Gershwin with the Detroit Symphony. Hear the most glorious moments and magnificent melodies from the heart of Porgy and Bess.

An Evening of Chamber Music

June 19 at 7 p.m. at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center (15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn)

DSO musicians take center stage in an intimate evening of chamber music. Program details to be announced soon.

General Admission; $15 adult; $10 children under 18 and students

Dvořák & Grieg

Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (27375 Bell Road, Southfield)

Friday, June 26 at 8 p.m. at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Twp.)

Sunday, June 28 at Seligman Performing Arts Center (22305 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills)

Brazilian-born conductor Marcelo Lehninger, Music Director of the New West Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles and Associate Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will lead a program featuring Dvořák’s cheery Symphony No. 8, written on the occasion of his admission to the Prague Academy. Young American pianist Andrew von Oeyen will perform Greig’s only piano concerto on the program that begins with Beethoven’s iconic Coriolan Overture.

General Admission; $25 adult; $10 children under 18 and students

Concert of Colors

Sunday, July 12 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall

A string quartet from the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix on Sunday July 12th at 8:00pm at Orchestra Hall on behalf of the Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue at Concert of Colors.

The Concert of Colors is metro Detroit’s free annual diversity music festival. It is produced by the Arab American National Museum with partners Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS, Midtown Detroit Inc. and University of Michigan – Detroit Center. The goal of this five-day festival is uniting metro Detroit’s diverse communities and ethnic groups by presenting musical acts from around the world. Over its 22-year history, the festival has become a beloved highlight of metro Detroit’s summer festival season, and one of the few free-admission music festivals remaining locally.

Mozart and Vivaldi

Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts (6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield)

Friday, July 17 at 8 p.m. at Village Theater at Cherry Hill (50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton)

Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m. at Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church (1340 W. Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills)

Sunday, July 19 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea (467 Fairford Road, Grosse Pointe Woods)

Grammy-nominated violinist and conductor Andrés Cardenes will lead the DSO in a program featuring Mozart’s final symphony, No. 41, “Jupiter.” Following Rossini’s Overture to La Scala di seta, Cardenes will perform Vivaldi’s Violin Concertos from La Stravaganza.

General Admission; $25 adult; $10 children under 18 and students

City of Detroit Sister City Initiative

Thursday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

In partnership with the City of Detroit Sister City initiative the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform a joint performance with the Toyota Junior Orchestra from Toyota City, Japan. This in celebration of the 55th Anniversary of the relationship between the City of Detroit, USA and Toyota City Japan. This performance will be internationally webcast.

DSO at Chene Park

Friday, August 14 at 8 p.m. at Chene Park (2600 Atwater St, Detroit 48207)

DSO returns to Chene Park for special collaboration on Detroit’s majestic water front. Concert details will be revealed with tickets will go on sale on May 1. Stay tuned for more details.

Mix @ The Max: Lily & Madeleine

Thursday, August 27 at 7 p.m. in The Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center

“The thing that flags them as extraordinary is their sibling vocal blend, deep and seamless and relaxed.” -New York Times

These dynamic performers uphold a breathtaking folk sound, graced by charming harmonies. When the two sisters come together in ecstatic and seamless “blood harmony,” it’s a sound that continues to haunt long after the songs are sung, leaving an electrical charge behind like a sparkling tracer in the air. Still equally distinctive as soloists, Lily’s warm, smoky alto is the counterpoint to Madeleine’s crystalline, bell-like soprano.

General Admission; $15 in advance; $25 at the door; $49 VIP reserved seating with complimentary beverage

About the DSO:

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO TO EXPLORE DETROIT, NEW ORLEANS RENEWAL THROUGH CULTURAL EXCHANGE DURING JUNE FESTIVAL

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A Musical Tale of Two Cities: Motown Meets The Big Easy offers rare DSO jazz performance,

 film screening, panel discussion, more 

DETROIT, (April 16, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will stage a three-day festival June 2-4 exploring renewal in Detroit and New Orleans through performance and cultural exchange. The festival, entitled “A Musical Tale of Two Cities: Motown Meets The Big Easy,” will examine how these two cities have used their legacy of unique musical and artistic culture to heal and renew themselves after economic and natural disaster.

The project is made possible in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

On June 4, the DSO and Music Director Leonard Slatkin will make a rare appearance on the Paradise Jazz Series performing Terence Blanchard’s “A Tale of God’s Will” to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. This concert will serve as a centerpiece to the project, designed to create dialogue around the cities and their shared experiences, as well as the role music can play in coping with and rebounding from tragedy. The performance will also be webcast to a worldwide audience on dso.org/live.

To shape the festival experience beginning June 2, other activities will include the following:

  • Mix @ The Max performance by New Orleans-based Big Sam’s Funky Nation (June 2) in The Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center
  • Screening of Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke” (June 3) paired with a panel discussion providing a platform for dialogue around Detroit and New Orleans and their shared experiences, as well as the role music can play in coping with and rebounding from tragedy.

Panelists:

  • Lolis Eric Elie (moderator) – writer and story editor for “Treme,” HBO’s award-winning drama series that chronicles the struggles of a diverse group of residents as they rebuild their lives and their city post-Katrina
  • Rodrick Miller – Detroit Economic Growth Corp, President & CEO and Former President of the New Orleans Business Alliance
  • Terence Blanchard – DSO Erb Jazz Chair and jazz trumpet legend
  • Performance of Blanchard’s “A Tale of God’s Will” featuring Blanchard’s Quintet and musician’s from the DSO. A lecture with an historian will preceded the concert in Orchestra Hall, and a jam session will follow, joining New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) students with DSO Civic Jazz students in the Sculpture Garden off Parsons Street.

“As a New Orleans native, the son of an opera singer, music is in my DNA,” Blanchard said. “Detroit and my hometown are evidence that cultures steeped in music breed strong-willed, perseverant populace.”

“The arts are an important lens, and music a wonderful vehicle, for examining critical community issues. We’re excited by this partnership, the resulting concert and how it can bring Detroiters together to reflect on the city’s future,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president of arts for Knight Foundation.

Blanchard, the DSO’s Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair, assisted in developing the concept of a cultural exchange after programming “A Tale of God’s Will” as the finale to the 2014-15 Paradise Jazz Series.

The Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge funds ideas that engage and enrich Detroit through the arts.  Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit KnightFoundation.org.

For ticket information and festival updates please visit dso.org/motownbigeasy.

Festival Schedule

Tuesday, June 2

8 p.m. – Mix @ The Max featuring New Orleans-based Big Sam’s Funky Nation in the Music Box

Opening act: New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) Quartet

Wednesday, June 3

5 p.m. – Erb Master Class/Cultural “Exchange” with NOCCA Quartet & DSO Civic Jazz Ensemble

6 p.m. – Film screening: When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts [Acts 1 & 2]

8 p.m. – Panel Discussion/Q&A with Terence Blanchard, Lolis Eric Elie, Rodrick Miller and other special guests to be announced

9 p.m. – Film screening: When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts [Acts 3 & 4]

Thursday, June 4

5 p.m. – Cultural Exchange with DSO and NOCCA Quartet (TBC)

6:30 p.m. – Pre-concert lecture with historian/radio host in Orchestra Hall

8 p.m. – “A Tale of God’s Will” – Terence Blanchard Quintet with DSO in Orchestra Hall

10 p.m. – Jam Session with NOCCA & DSO Civic Jazz in Sculpture Garden off Parsons Street (weather permitting). Rain location is Max M. Fisher Music Center Atrium.

ABOUT THE DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

 

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DSO SIGNS 21-YEAR-OLD JUILLIARD STUDENT TO PRINCIPAL OBOE CHAIR

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DETROIT, (April 10, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has signed Alexander Kinmonth, 21, to its Jack A. and Aviva

Robinson Principal Oboe Chair. After completing his senior year at The Juilliard School in May, Kinmonth with join the DSO roster at the beginning of the 2015-2016 season. His first concert on stage at Orchestra Hall will be Friday, Oct. 2 for Opening Weekend.

Kinmonth succeeds Donald Baker, who held the Principal Oboe position for 41 years and retired in June 2014 playing his final concert at Meadow Brook Music Festival, commemorating the DSO’s first concert at the venue 50 years prior. He also performed his first concert with the DSO at that venue in 1973. Kinmonth was invited to fill the role following the successful completion of two trial weeks during the current classical season.

“From the moment he played his first few notes with the orchestra, it was clear that Alex was exactly who we were looking for,” said DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “His sound, intonation and musicianship are extraordinary. Detroit listeners are in for a real treat and we all look forward to welcoming him to the DSO family.” READ MORE



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