DSO RETURNS FOR SIXTH ANNUAL APPEARANCE AT THE FORD HOUSE

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Two-concert series to feature “Broadway and Beyond” and “A Night at the Movies.” 

DETROIT, (June 23, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will return to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House for a two-concert series on July 10 and 11.

Taking place on the grounds of the historic Grosse Pointe Shores estate, the series will open on July 10 with “Broadway and Beyond,” with classics by Bernstein, Gershwin, and Cole Porter, alongside music from contemporary favorites like Mary Poppins and Wicked. The performance features Broadway sensation Ashley Brown.

The following evening, “A Night at the Movies,” stars Detroit-born soprano Kisma Jordan performing classical symphonic spectaculars immortalized by famous films. Take a trip down cinematic memory lane with works by Mozart, Puccini, Strauss, and more that were featured in films such as “A Room With A View,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “Fantasia.”

Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and former DSO Assistant Conductor Teddy Abrams, originally scheduled to conduct the series, has regretfully cancelled his upcoming appearances at the Ford House due to an injury. Damon Gupton, host of the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition webcast series and acclaimed conductor, has graciously stepped in to lead the orchestra in Mr. Abrams’ place.

Concerts take place on Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m. with a 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.

Ticket Information

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 admission.

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.

About Ford House

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.

ACTIVITIES

  • The entire grounds will be open to guests to walk or visit the gardens.
  • Picnics are allowed.
  • Food and beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase.
  • Alcoholic beverages may not be brought onto the grounds.
  • Folding chairs or blankets are welcome.


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DSO RETURNS TO GREENFIELD VILLAGE FOR 23RD ANNUAL SALUTE TO AMERICA CONCERTS

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United States Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus to join orchestra onstage

DETROIT, (June 18, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will return to Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford for the 23rd Annual Salute to America concerts, a classic family friendly Independence Day celebration. Four nights of performances led by DSO’s Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will take place on the lawn at Dearborn’s historic Greenfield Village on July 1, 2, 3 and 4 with gates opening at 6 p.m. and concerts to commence at 8:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to gather their blankets, picnic and lawn chairs to enjoy favorites such as The Star Spangled Banner, Armed Forces Salute and other patriotic favorites. Cannons will accompany Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture followed by a finale of fireworks.

The metro Detroit tradition will continue as 1st Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps parade the concert grounds at 6:45 p.m. followed by a prelude concert featuring the United States Army Field Band at 7:30 p.m. The United States Army Field Band Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus will join the DSO during the program, which features music from family films The Incredibles, Star Wars, Superman and more.

This year’s Salute to America concerts are dedicated to the memory of Don and Gloria Schultz, who shared a lifelong love for music and were regular patrons of the DSO and Greenfield Village. Before they passed away, they named the DSO as one of the several beneficiaries of their estate. While Don and Gloria are no longer with us, their legacy lives on.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Salute to America at Greenfield Village range from $13.25-$75. Tickets may be purchased by contacting The Henry Ford Village by calling (313) 982-6001 or online at thehenryford.com/salute. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org.

Performance

Salute to America

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Michelle Merrill, conductor

United States Army Field Band Concert Band* and Soldiers’ Chorus†

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Keene, Commander and conductor

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Bamonte, conductor

Sergeant Major Victor Cenales, vocalist

Wednesday, July 1 at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 2 at 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 4 at 8:30 p.m.

SMITH The Star Spangled Banner *†
SOUSA Washington Post March *
GOULD American Salute
COPLAND An Outdoor Overture
GINO VANNELLLI None So Beautiful *
WILLIAM STEFFE & JULIA WARD Battle Hymn of the Republic †
JOHN WILLIAMS “A Prayer for Peace” from Munich
Armed Forces Salute *†
Intermission
COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
JOHN WILLIAMS

Star Wars Suite for OrchestraThe Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)
MICHAEL GIACCHINO The Incredibles *
JOHN WILLIAMS Superman March” from Superman
SAMUEL AUGUSTUS WARD America the Beautiful *†
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture *† (Overture solennelle), Op. 49        

Fireworks

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.

About The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized cultural destination that brings the past forward by immersing visitors in the stories of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation that helped shape America. A national historic landmark with an unparalleled collection of artifacts representing the Archive of American Innovation, The Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators. More than 1.6 million visitors annually experience its five attractions: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus. In 2014, The Henry Ford premiered its first-ever national television series, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, showcasing present-day change-makers and The Henry Ford’s artifacts and unique visitor experiences. Hosted by news correspondent and humorist, Mo Rocca, this weekly half-hour Emmy-winning show airs Saturday mornings on CBS. For more information please visit our website thehenryford.org.

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FIFTH ANNUAL DSO HEROES BREAKS FUNDRAISING RECORD, RAISES $1.4M FOR REACHING AREA YOUTH

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DETROIT, (June 8, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Fifth Annual Heroes Gala on Saturday was the highest grossing fundraising event in the institution’s history, surpassing the previous record set by the Grand Opening of the Max M. Fisher Music Center. The event raised more than $1.4 million in support of the DSO’s commitment to transforming the lives of children and youth across our region through music education.

The benefit concert, featuring legendary singer, songwriter and composer Randy Newman performing with the DSO, preceded a gala celebration honoring the Davidson/Gerson family. More than 1,500 guests were in attendance that evening, when DSO Board Chairman Phillip Fisher, President and CEO Anne Parsons, and two Civic Youth Orchestra students presented the award to Karen Davidson, Ethan Davidson, Dorothy Gerson, and Ralph Gerson on behalf of the family. Governor Rick Snyder gave congratulatory remarks following video greetings from Mayor Mike Duggan and DSO Director Emeritus Bill Berman.

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.

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.

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 IN-HOUSE RECORDING LABEL DEBUTS ON ITUNES WITH TCHAIKOVSKY CELEBRATION

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DETROIT, (May 27, 2015) – In celebration of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 175th birthday, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has released a digital live album of the great Russian composer’s complete six symphonies conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin. As an extension of the DSO’s series of free live webcasts, this is the debut album on the orchestra’s own in-house “Live From Orchestra Hall” label.

Available globally, “Tchaikovsky: The Six Symphonies (Live)” launched exclusively on iTunes for $24.99 USD and includes a digital booklet featuring liner notes by Charles Greenwell, co-host of Live from Orchestra webcasts. Available for pre-order since May 12, 2015, the album has already appeared in the Top 5 on iTunes Classical charts.

The symphonies were recorded live in Detroit’s acoustically renowned Orchestra Hall during the DSO’s February 2015 Tchaikovsky Festival, part of Slatkin’s annual Winter Music Festival concept designed to attract new audiences during Michigan’s most frigid month.

“Over a period of three weeks, the DSO performed and recorded the six numbered symphonies of Tchaikovsky, works that spanned almost the entire creative output of the composer’s life,” said Slatkin. “Focusing on one composer gives all of us the opportunity to examine how Tchaikovsky grew and changed in his approach to writing in the most formal of musical structures.”

Produced and Mastered for iTunes by Grammy winners Blanton Alspaugh, Dirk Sobotka and Mark Donahue, the album is the first of the complete Tchaikovsky symphonies released by a major American orchestra in more than a decade.

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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. 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 embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DSO TO CLOSE 2014-15 SEASON WITH PUCCINI’S TOSCA IN CONCERT FEATURING SOPRANO PATRICIA RACETTE

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Detroit, (May 26, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) concludes a successful season with its first ever performance of Puccini’s masterwork opera in concert, Tosca, starring world-renowned soprano Patricia Racette singing the role of Tosca, great American tenor James Valenti as Cavaradossi and internationally-acclaimed American bass-baritone Raymond Aceto as Scarpia. Music Director Leonard Slatkin will lead the DSO alongside the UMS Choral Union and Michigan State University Children’s Choir. The season finale concerts will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., May 29 at 8:00 p.m. and Sun., May 31 at 3 p.m.

Due to complications from a lingering illness, Eric Owens, who was originally cast to sing the role of Scarpia, regretfully had to withdraw from this performance. Internationally-acclaimed American bass-baritone Raymond Aceto has graciously stepped in to perform in his place.

One hour prior to each performance, DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will host a preconcert presentation in Orchestra Hall 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.

Ticket Information

Tickets to the Season Finale: Tosca in Concert performances 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

Season Finale: Tosca in Concert

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Patricia Racette, soprano 

James Valenti, tenor  

Raymond Aceto, bass-baritone

Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone  

Corey Crider, baritone 

Christopher Bozeka, tenor  

Tyler Zimmerman, bass-baritone

Christopher Besch, bass-baritone

Abraham Frank, boy soprano

UMS Choral Union, chorus 

Michigan State University Children’s Choir, children’s choir

Fri., May 29, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Sun., May 31, 2015 at 3 p.m.

Puccini                                    TOSCA

Tosca ……………… Patricia Racette, soprano

Cavaradossi …….. James Valenti, tenor

Scarpia …………… Raymond Aceto, bass-baritone

Angelotti ………… Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone

Sacristan ………… Corey Crider, baritone

Spoletta ………….. Christopher Bozeka, tenor

Sciarrone ………….Tyler Zimmerman, bass-baritone

Jailer ………………..Christopher Besch, bass-baritone

Shepherd Boy ….. Abraham Frank, boy soprano

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 ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, the DSO is dedicated to touching lives around us by regularly visiting neighborhood concert venues, schools, senior living facilities, libraries, places of worship, and endless other intimate settings. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, 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, which now reaches tens of thousands of children with the new Classroom Edition expansion. 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 embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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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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