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.  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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DSO TO PERFORM WORLD PREMIERE OF ANDRÉ PREVIN’S DOUBLE CONCERTO FEATURING HUSBAND/WIFE DUO JAIME LAREDO, SHARON ROBINSON

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Detroit, (April 8, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes Grammy nominated couple, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson, to perform the world premiere of André Previn’s Double Concerto. The concert, led by DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, will feature performances of Mozart’s Overture to Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), as well as the 1880 version of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 to close the program, which is recognized for its thematic finale sequence. These concerts will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., April 24 and Sat., April 25, both at 8p.m.

One hour prior to both performances a DSO Civic Youth Ensembles trio will perform the first movement of Beethoven’s Trio No. 1 in Orchestra Hall.

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 Jaime Laredo

Performing for over six decades before audiences across the globe, Jaime Laredo has excelled in the multiple roles of soloist, conductor, recitalist, pedagogue and chamber musician. Since his stunning orchestral debut at the age of 11 with the San Francisco Symphony, he has won the admiration and respect of audiences, critics and fellow musicians with his passionate and polished performances.

Recent works performed with his wife, acclaimed cellist Sharon Robinson, include the recently Grammy nominated “Prince of Clouds” by Anna Clyne and David Ludwig’s “Season’s Lost” with former student Jennifer Koh. Koh joined Laredo as part of their ambitious “2×4″ touring and recording project celebrating the amazing relationship between teacher and student through music. The tour includes performing the Bach Double Violin Concerto and Glass’ “Echorus.”

About Sharon Robinson

Winner of the Avery Fisher Recital Award, the Piatigorsky Memorial Award and a Grammy Nominee, cellist Sharon Robinson is recognized worldwide as a consummate artist and one of the most outstanding musicians of our time.

Revered for her chamber music performances, Robinson co-founded the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio 38 years ago. She collaborated with Rudolf Serkin and Alexander Schneider at the Malboro Music Festival and has appeared with some of the musical giants of our time, including Isaac Stern and Yo-Yo Ma. Her CDs include the Vivaldi Cello Sonatas on Vox and a Grenadilla disc of solo cello works by Debussy, Fauré and Rorem. Robinson received a Grammy nomination for the Two Brahms Sextets CD featuring husband Jaime Laredo.

Ticket Information

Tickets to the Bruckner’s Fourth 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

Bruckner’s Fourth

Leonard Slatkin, conductor 

Jaime Laredo, violin

Sharon Robinson, cello  

Fri., April 24, 2015 at 8p.m.

Sat., April 25, 2015 at 8p.m.

MOZART Overture to Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 [The Magic Flute]  

 

ANDRÉ PREVIN Double Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, violin
Sharon Robinson, cello
Intermission      

 

BRUCKNER
ed. Nowak
Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major, “Romantic”I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell

II. Andante – andante quasi allegretto

III. Scherzo: Bewegt

IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell

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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FRENCH MEZZO SOPRANO ISABELLE DRUET MAKES AMERICAN ORCHESTRAL DEBUT WITH RAVEL’S SHÉHÉRAZADE

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DSO takes audience on Exotic Adventures with music from Ravel and Ginastera

Detroit, (March 24, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes mezzo soprano Isabelle Druet for her American orchestral debut performing Ravel’s Shéhérazade. DSO Associate Concertmaster Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy will perform Ginastera’s First Pampeana for Violin and String Orchestra and pianist Simon Mulligan will join the DSO for Ginastera’s First Piano Concerto. Audiences can follow composers Ravel and Ginastera from their homes in France and Argentina respectively, through worldly travels of song and dance during Exotic Adventures at Orchestra Hall on Thurs., April 16 at 7:30 p.m. Fri., April 17 at 10:45 a.m. and Sat., April 18 at 8p.m.

One hour prior to the Thursday and Saturday performances, University of Michigan students will perform a vocal recital of songs by Ravel and other French composers of the time.

The Friday morning 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 Isabelle Druet

Isabelle Druet is a young and seasoned performer within the opera world who received a ‘Victoire’ in the French Classical Music Awards 2010 as the year’s most promising young opera singer.

The course Druet has followed is an unusual one. She began to explore the art of singing through various traditional and modern types of music. She  also  trained  as  an actor and is co-founder of the company ‘La Carotte’in Besançon, with which she has given many  shows  combining  theatre,  mime  and  music.  She graduated from the Paris Conservatoire summa cum laude in 2007. That same year she also received the Adami award as “Young classical singer of the year,” and in 2008 she won the Second Prize in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Music Competition.

About Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy

Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy began her study of the violin at the age of five in Dayton, Ohio. Her love of music became what undoubtedly would be her career as she pursued her studies at various institutions including four summers at the Aspen Music Festival on Fellowship where she was the Associate Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra and time at the University of Michigan with Paul Kantor. It was halfway through her senior year at Michigan in 1998 that her hard work paid off when she joined the first violin section of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Throughout her training, she won several prizes in competitions around the country including the Grand Prize in the National MTNA competition and the Harid Conservatory Concerto Competition where she performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Near to her heart is her passion for serving others through her music both at church and around the community.

About Simon Mulligan

British pianist Simon Mulligan began playing at the age of three and quickly established himself in the music world as a multi-faceted virtuoso. Following his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mulligan has enjoyed performance and recording engagements with the orchestras including Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Royal National Scottish Orchestra.

His worldwide participation on recital tours with Joshua Bell held performances at every major international venue as well as the Grammy Awards, for Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, and President Barack Obama. His collaboration on several projects with Michael Kamen features him as soloist on Decca’s The New Moon in the Old Moon’s Arms with the BBC Symphony under the DSO’s own Leonard Slatkin and on HBO’s award-winning television series Band of Brothers.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Exotic Adventures 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

Exotic Adventures

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Simon Mulligan, piano

Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin

Isabelle Druet, mezzo soprano

Thu., April 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., April 17 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat., April 18 at 8p.m.

RAVEL

  Overture de Féerie from Shéhérazade  
GINASTERA

 

  Piano Concerto No.1, Op.28

I. Cadenza e varianti

II. Scherzo allucinante

III. Adagissimo

IV. Toccata concertata

                        Simon Mulligan, piano

 

INTERMISSION

RAVEL

  Two Hebraic Melodies

Kaddisch (No.1)

L’Enigme eternelle (No.2)

 
GINASTERA

  Pampeana No. 1 for Violin and String Orchestra, Op. 16

                        Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violin

 
RAVEL

  Shéhérazade

I.  Asie [Asia]

II.  La Flûte enchantée [The Enchanted Flute]

III.  L’Indifférent [The Indifferent One]

                        Isabelle Druet, mezzo soprano

 
GINASTERA

 

  Four Dances from Estancia

I. The Land Workers

II. Wheat Dance

III. The Cattlemen

IV. Final Dance (Malambo)

 

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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KAREN GOMYO RETURNS TO ORCHESTRA HALL STAGE WITH MOZART’S FIFTH AND FINAL VIOLIN CONCERTO

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Cristian Măcelaru leads DSO in Schumann’s Fourth Symphony

Detroit, (March 13, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes the return of established violinist Karen Gomyo, who will perform Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto led by guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru. Making his DSO debut, Măcelaru will lead the orchestra in György Ligeti’s harmonically woven Concert Românesc, as well as Webern’s Passacaglia and Schumann’s Fourth Symphony. The concerts will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., March 27at 10:45 a.m. Sat., March 28 at 8p.m. and Sun., March 29at 3p.m.

DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will speak at pre-concert presentations one hour prior to the Saturday and Sunday performances.

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

In honor of his longtime friendship with the DSO, the weekend’s concerts are dedicated to the late Maestro Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, who was originally scheduled to lead these performances. Please note that Mahler’s First Symphony, which was originally scheduled for this program, has been rescheduled for concerts May 21-23.

About Karen Gomyo

Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008, violinist Karen Gomyo has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “A first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity,” and by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “captivating, honest and soulful, fueled by abundant talent but not a vain display of technique.”

Gomyo has established herself in recent years as a much in demand soloist internationally, performing with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra. Outside of the US, she has appeared with the Danish National Symphony, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony and Sydney Symphony.

About Cristian Măcelaru

Winner of the 2014 Solti Conducting Award, Cristian Măcelaru has established himself as one of the fast-rising stars of the conducting world. With every concert he displays an exciting and highly regarded presence, thoughtful interpretations and energetic conviction on the podium. Recently appointed Conductor-in-Residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mǎcelaru has conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in subscription concerts three times in recent seasons, including on his own January 2014 program and having stepped in unexpectedly to replace Jaap van Zweden in April 2013 and Pablo Heras-Casado in December 2013.  He came to public attention in February 2012 when he conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a replacement for Pierre Boulez in performances met with critical acclaim.

Ticket Information

Tickets to the Gomyo Plays Mozart 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

Gomyo Plays Mozart

Cristian Macelaru, conductor

Karen Gomyo, violin

Fri., March 27 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat., March 28 at 8p.m.

Sun., March 29 at 3p.m.

GYÖRGY LIGETI   Concert Românesc  
MOZART   Violin Concerto No.5 in A major, K.219

I. Allegro aperto

II. Adagio

III. Rondo: Tempo di menuetto

                        Karen Gomyo, violin

 
INTERMISSION  
WEBERN   Passacaglia, Op. 1  
SCHUMANN   Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

I.  Ziemlich langsam – Lebhaft

II.  Romanze:  Siemlich langsam

III.  Scherzo: Lebhaft

IV.  Langsam – Lebhaft

 

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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MIT, DSO RELEASE TWO FREE ‘SYMPHONY IN D’ APPS FOR UPLOADING, MIXING CITY SOUNDS

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Symphony in D mobile app now available at Apple App Store and Google Play for iOS and Android devices

Web-based Constellation app allows users to create personalized sound mixes

DETROIT, (March 3, 2015) –The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), in partnership with Tod Machover at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, has released two free apps allowing citizens of Detroit and beyond to submit sounds and personalized mixes for the Symphony in D project; a symphony about Detroit, for Detroit and essentially by Detroit. Submissions will be considered for inclusion in the final work, entitled Symphony in D, set to be premiered by the DSO at Orchestra Hall in Detroit on November 20, 2015.

The mobile app, Symphony In D, is available for free download now in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

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.

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.

As part of the project’s community outreach program and educational workshops, another computer software program developed by Machover and his team, Hyperscore, will allow young people to compose their own musical portraits of Detroit by drawing with lines and colors that Machover can then translate into orchestral impressions. Hyperscore is available for download via hyperscore.com.

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 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 CLOSES TCHAIKOVSKY FESTIVAL WITH FAMOUS FOURTH SYMPHONY, 1812 OVERTURE

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Violinist Julian Rachlin, cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan featured as soloists

Detroit, (February 20, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) concludes the final week of Tchaikovsky Festival concerts next week with respected conductor and violinist Julian Rachlin performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Led by Music Director Leonard Slatkin, the DSO will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Polonaise from Eugene Onegin and well-known Fourth Symphony. These concerts take place in Orchestra Hall on Thurs., February 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Fri., February 27 at 8 p.m.

The weekend closes with seasoned, yet young cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan performing Variations on a Rococo Theme and Nocturne for Cello and Orchestra. Slatkin will also conduct Symphony No.2, “Little Russian.” The festival will conclude with cannons and cymbal crashes during the 1812 Overture, one of Tchaikovsky’s most revered compositions. The final concerts take place in Orchestra Hall Sat., February 28 at 8 p.m. and Sun., March 1 at 3 p.m.

Free Tchaik Chats will also be held in Orchestra Hall one hour before the start of each performance. The Thursday and Friday performances will feature recitals of songs by Tchaikovsky and contemporaries. Preceding the Saturday and Sunday performances, a lecture will be led by Wayne State University Associate Professor Janine Lanza who will provide the history of the 1812 Overture.

Other features throughout the festival include Russian vodka drink specials at all Orchestra Hall performances and a special Russian-inspired menu in the Paradise Lounge.

Each Orchestra Hall program will be webcast to a live worldwide audience via Live from Orchestra Hall free HD webcasts. Log on to dso.org/live to view the concerts from your desktop or download the free DSO to Go mobile app for easy portable viewing. Concert dates marked with an asterisk in the below event listings will be webcast.

For related videos and a full schedule of Tchaikovsky Festival events, visit dso.org/TchaikFest.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Greektown Casino-Hotel is the Tchaikovsky Festival’s official hotel sponsor. The Tchaikovsky Festival concerts are part of the DSO’s Classical series, which is generously supported by PVS Chemicals, Inc.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to the Tchaikovsky Festival 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.

FESTIVAL EVENTS

Tchaikovsky Festival: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Julian Rachlin, violin

Thurs., Feb. 26 at 7:30 pm

Fri., Feb. 27 at 8 pm*

Tchaik Chat: Recitals of songs by Tchaikovsky and contemporaries

TCHAIKOVSKY Polonaise from  Eugene Onegin
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

 

Tchaikovsky Festival: 1812 Overture!

Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Sat., Feb. 28 at 8 pm

Sun., Mar. 1 at 3 pm*

Tchaik Chat: Janine Lanza, Associate Professor from Wayne State University, will provide a historical context to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.2, “Little Russian”
TCHAIKOVSKY Nocturne for Cello and Orchestra
TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

 

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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