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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37TH ANNUAL DSO ‘CLASSICAL ROOTS’ CELEBRATION TO HONOR JUDGE DAMON KEITH, VIOLINIST JOE STRIPLIN

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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker’s Violin Concerto to be performed by son Gregory Walker 

Former DSO Resident Conductor, past Classical Roots honoree Thomas Wilkins returns to the podium 

DETROIT, (Feb. 18, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) 15th Annual Classical Roots Celebration will honor two men who have played important roles within the DSO family, as well as in Detroit since the era of the Civil Rights Movement: DSO violinist Joseph Striplin and the Honorable Damon J. Keith. The concerts will take place on Friday, March 6 at 10:45 a.m. and Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m. The black tie celebration is presented surrounding the Saturday performance only. The Classical Roots Celebration is presented by JPMorgan Chase.

“This year’s celebration is a brilliant demonstration of the DSO’s ongoing commitment to celebrate the legacy of African Americans in classical music,” said Ellen Hill Zeringue, event co-chair. “We are proud to honor Judge Keith and Joseph Striplin, two men who each in their unique way ushered in an era of social change in Detroit. While the City was protesting and marching, Joseph Striplin was quietly using his violin to defy the odds and pave the way for generations of African American classically trained musicians.”

In 1972, Joseph Striplin became the first African American musician to join the DSO. With a view from the stage dating from the Civil Rights Movement to today, Joe is in a unique position to share how African Americans’ role in classical music has changed in the last 40 years and what developments still need to take place. Today, he is still just one of three African Americans on the DSO roster.

Born in Detroit on July 4, 1922, the Honorable Damon J. Keith (past Classical Roots Honorary Chair and DSO board member emeritus) served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 1977. Prior to joining the Court of Appeals, Judge Keith served on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, at the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and as a member of the U.S. Army. For nearly 50 years, Judge Keith has persuasively and movingly defended the Constitution, helping communities enforce their civil rights.

Thomas Wilkins, Music Director of the Omaha Symphony and Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, will lead the DSO in a program featuring George Walker’s Violin Concerto performed by his son Gregory Walker, excerpts from Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige Suite, Adolphus Hailstork’s Symphony No. 1 and a selection of spirituals sung by the Brazeal Dennard Choir.

Wilkins is a past Classical Roots honoree and served as resident conductor of the DSO from 2001-2008. Since 1998 he has conducted the orchestra on nearly 200 occasions. This year he will conduct the Classical Roots concert for the first time since 2008.

George Walker became the first black composer to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1996.

Charlotte Blake Alston, master storyteller, will narrate “Come Sunday” from Duke Ellington’s, Black, Brown and Beige Suite. This piece is Ellington’s musical adaptation of the tale of 700 Haitians traveling to Savannah during the Revolutionary War.

The black-tie Classical Roots Celebration was founded to celebrate and raise awareness about the contributions of African-Americans to classical music and supports increased opportunities through special programs, such as the DSO’s African-American Orchestral Fellowship Program, a mentoring opportunity for young professional musicians.

Co-chairing the Classical Roots Celebration are Jason Tinsley and Ellen Hill Zeringue with the support of more than 30 other Detroit-area citizens and corporate leaders committed to the Classical Roots mission. Additional support was provided by Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Wm. Fisher, Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Frankel, A. Alfred Taubman and Family and Lear Corporation.

The Celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Max M. Fisher Music Center with a strolling dinner in The Music Box featuring performances by the DSO Civic Jazz Ensemble, followed by the “Classical Roots” concert at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall. Following the concert, guests are invited to a dancing and dessert afterglow in the Atrium and The Music Box.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for the DSO’s Classical Roots Concerts range in price from $15 to $50 with a limited number of box seats available for $100. Tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit); by phone at (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. For group ticket information (groups of 10 or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Classical Roots Celebration tickets, which include the reception and strolling dinner, the Classical Roots performance and the post-concert dancing and dessert, start at $175. All tickets include valet parking. Sponsorship opportunities ranging from $3,600-$10,000 are also available. For further information about individual tickets and sponsorships or to make a reservation, please contact Karly Sherwood at 313-576-5088 or ksherwood@dso.org.

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

CLASSICAL ROOTS:

Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Gregory Walker, violin

Brazeal Dennard Chorale

Charlotte Blake Alston, narrator

Friday, March 6 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, Mar. 7 at 8 p.m.

JOHNSON “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”
TRADITIONAL Arr. Damon Dandridge “I Know I’ve Been Changed”
TRADITIONAL Arr. Moses Hogan “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord”
CHARLOTTE BLAKE ALSTON Trilogy of Loss
ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK Symphony No. 1

Lento

GEORGE WALKER Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Intermission  
DAWSON Negro Folk Symphony

O Le’ Me Shine, Shine like a Morning Star!

ELLINGTON Black, Brown and Beige Suite

     Brown-Come Sunday

STILL Symphony No. 3, “The Sunday Symphony”
   

CLASSICAL ROOTS CELEBRATION

Max M. Fisher Music Center

Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase

Sat., Mar. 7, 2015

5:30 p.m. Reception and Strolling Dinner

8 p.m. Classical Roots Concert

10:30 p.m. Dessert & Dancing Afterglow

Black Tie Event

About Thomas Wilkins

Thomas Wilkins is Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.  He has held a titled position at the Hollywood Bowl since 2008 when he was named Principal Guest Conductor; in the spring of 2014 became Principal Conductor.

He also serves as Music Director of the Omaha Symphony, a post he has held since 2005.  In the fall of 2013 he renewed his contract with the Omaha Symphony through the 2017/2018 season.  He also holds the Germeshausen Family and Youth Concert Conductor chair with the Boston Symphony.  Past positions have included resident conductor of the DSO and the Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay), and associate conductor of the Richmond (VA) Symphony.  He also has served on the music faculties of North Park University (Chicago), the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Devoted to promoting a life-long enthusiasm for music, Thomas Wilkins brings energy and commitment to audiences of all ages.  He is hailed as a master at communicating and connecting with audiences.  Following his highly successful first season with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Globe named him among the “Best People and Ideas of 2011.”  In 2014, Wilkins received the prestigious “Outstanding Artist” award at the Nebraska Governor’s Arts Awards, for his significant contribution to music in the state.

About Gregory Walker

Since his critically-acclaimed Philadelphia Orchestra debut, praised by the American Record Guide as a performance of “precision and rapturous immediacy,” violinist Gregory Walker has gained international recognition for his “beautifully calibrated phrasing,” “ravishingly beautiful” tone ,and the “sheer virtuoso force” of his delivery. While developing unique collaborations with Poland’s Filharmonia Sudeka and the Encuentro Musician de los Americas in Havana, Cuba, as well as the Colorado Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Brekenridge Festival Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, Yaquina Chamber Orchestra, and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, he has appeared at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, the Centro Mexicano para la Musica y las Artes Sonoras, and at the U.S. Library of Congress.

Walker has been featured on National Public Radio, in Strings magazine and on the cover of International Musician. Praised as an “excellent soloist” by The New York Times, he recorded the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker’s Violin Concerto in Warsaw with the Sinfonia Varsovia for Albany Records. Equally comfortable with conversational solo recitals or the interactive educational presentations he has developed for Young Audiences, Inc., Up Close and Musical and the Chicago Sinfonietta, Walker is committed to bringing the art of the violin to a 21st century audience.

An American Academy of Arts and Letters fellowship-winning composer, University of Colorado Denver professor, and sometime guitar hero profiled in Guitar for the Practicing Musician, Dr. Walker’s eclectic charisma is displayed in the Chuck Fryberger documentary, Song of the Untouchable. Also an official NC Design and Zeta electric violin artist, his discography includes critically-acclaimed releases from the Newport Classic, CRI and Leonarda record labels. He has performed with pop star Lyle Lovett and, as past concertmaster of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, appeared with Mstislav Rostropovich and Itzhak Perlman as well as Doc Severinsen and the Marcus Roberts Trio.

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STAR-STUDDED 2015-16 PARADISE JAZZ SERIES SEASON FEATURES ROSTER PACKED WITH GRAMMY WINNERS, MACARTHUR ‘GENIUS’ FELLOWS

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Terence Blanchard returns as DSO Erb Jazz Creative Director

DSO musicians to appear on jazz series for 3rd consecutive season

DETROIT, (February 17, 2015) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Paradise Jazz Series will return in October 2015 for the 2015-16 season beginning with the world-renowned bassist Christian McBride’s Grammy-winning Big Band with special guest Edgar Meyer, followed by appearances by Detroit-born violinist Regina Carter and pianist Kenny Barron, pianist and composer Billy Childs, the return of the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour with Terence Blanchard, Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias’ Detroit debut and the music of Michael Jackson adapted by the SFJAZZ Collective. Five-time Grammy Award winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard returns next season as the DSO’s Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair.

“I have had a blast hosting the series and am delighted to return to Detroit in the fall with some of the biggest names in jazz today,” said Blanchard. “Their artistic excellence is a great fit for Detroit’s long and esteemed legacy as a place to hear great music. Can’t wait to kick off the fun!”

Available as an add-on to subscription packages is a one-night-only performance by trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, a protégé of Blanchard.

In a rare cross-over performance, a DSO string quartet will appear with 2015 Grammy-winner Billy Childs on January 29, 2016 to present a heartfelt tribute to singer-songwriter, Laura Nyro. Nyro’s songs became iconic hits for Barbra Streisand, Blood Sweat and Tears, Three Dog Night and The Fifth Dimension.  

Blanchard is the only jazz chair in the history of the series that has committed to making special guest appearances throughout the season. His first appearance on the 2015-16 season will be Friday, March 18, 2016 when he teams up with the Monterey Jazz Festival all-stars on their 58th Anniversary Tour.

This June Blanchard will return to cap off the current jazz season with “A Musical Tale of Two Cities: MoTown meets The Big Easy,” a festival exploring renewal in Detroit and New Orleans through performance and cultural exchange. Made possible in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the festival 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.

On June 4, 2015, the DSO will perform 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. To shape the festival experience beginning June 2, other activities will include a screening of Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke” with a panel discussion with Blanchard and other special guests, lectures by jazz historians, and jam sessions featuring musicians from Detroit and New Orleans.

The Paradise Jazz Series is sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit.

Ticket Information

Subscriptions to the 2014-15 Paradise Jazz Series are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (313) 576-5111 or visiting dso.org/jazz. Single tickets will go on sale August 2015.

6-concert series are $90 for Upper Balcony, $150 for Mid-Balcony, $200 for Main Floor B, $260 for Main Floor A, $300 for Dress Circle and $495 for Box Level.

Special Jazz add-on featuring Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet – $25 General Admission in Music Box. A limited number of VIP tickets, which include priority seating and a complimentary beverage, are available for $49.

PARADISE JAZZ SERIES

Christian McBride Big Band

w/ special guest Edgar Meyer

Friday, October 23, 2015 at 8 p.m.

A force of nature, bassist Christian McBride fuses the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman. Powered by the relentless energy of swing, McBride has become one of the most requested and recorded figures in music today.  He embraces musical diversity, collaborating with everyone from Chick Corea and Kathleen Battle to D’Angelo and Sting.  Now, McBride makes his Paradise Jazz Series debut as a leader with his Grammy-winning Big Band. Plus, a special duo performance with bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, a MacArthur Genius Fellow, to kick off the evening!

Regina Carter & Kenny Barron Duo

Friday, November 20, 2015 at 8 p.m.

“Regina Carter [MacArthur Genius Fellow] creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz,” exclaims Time magazine.  Kenny Barron’s unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms inspired The Los Angeles Times to name him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world.” The two come together in an intimate duet setting here in Regina’s hometown!

Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Billy Childs

Feat. Becca Stevens, Alicia Olatuja and DSO String Quartet

Friday, January 29, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Best known for his ability to fuse the jazz and classical music genres, pianist and composer Billy Childs and his ensemble join forces with a Detroit Symphony Orchestra string quartet in a heartfelt tribute to singer-songwriter, Laura Nyro. With her blend of aching ballads, jazz rhythms and intimate, relevant lyrics, Nyro’s songs became iconic hits for Barbra Streisand, Blood Sweat and Tears, Three Dog Night and The Fifth Dimension. The evening also includes Childs’ own material, all in the acoustic intimacy of Orchestra Hall.

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour

featuring Terence Blanchard, Patti Austin, Ravi Coltrane and the Gerald Clayton Trio

Friday, March 18, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Monterey’s “traditional-untraditionalist” attitude, jazz-with-a-purpose exuberance is reflected in this 58th Anniversary Tour. All the spontaneous joy that continues to be the hallmark of the festival to this day. A once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience this all-star band led by DSO Erb Jazz Director Chair Terence Blanchard, a celebration of the world’s longest running jazz festival!

A Night in Brazil

Eliane Elias, vocals, piano

Friday, April 22, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Her sensuous, alluring voice.  That seductive Brazilian beat.  Pianist, singer and songwriter Eliane Elias makes her Detroit debut performing the hottest cuts from her latest release, Made in Brazil. “Elias is among the major jazz pianists of our times” hails the San Francisco Examiner.  Elias’ originals and sizzling  interpretations of  Brazilian classics will fill your heart, and stir your soul.  

SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Michael Jackson

Miguel Zenón, (as); David Sánchez, (ts); Avishai Cohen, (tp); Robin Eubanks, (tb);

Warren Wolf, (vib); Edward Simon, (pn); Matt Penman, (bs); Obed Calvaire, (ds)

Friday, June 17, 2016 at 8 p.m.

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest jazz performers/composers of our day. “A superbrain for what serious jazz sounds like now,” raves The New York Times. After exploring the work of John Coltrane (2005), Horace Silver (2010), and Stevie Wonder (2012), the Collective now takes on the material of The King of Pop. “Blame it on the Boogie,” “Workin’ Day And Night,” and many more surprises!

DSO Presents/Jazz Add-on (not on Subscription):

Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7 p.m.

in the Music Box

A forward-thinking musician and one of Terence Blanchard’s protégés!  In his young but remarkable career trumpeter and Blue Note recording artist Ambrose Akinmusire has already staked his place at the vanguard of jazz expression.  Recently voted Artist of the Year in the JazzTimes Readers’ Poll and winner of the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, Akinmusire now stands as one of the most vital, blazing trumpeters of his generation.

 

About Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians and film score masters of his generation, a member of a jazz legacy that has shaped the contours of modern jazz today. With more than 31 CDs to his credit, Blanchard is a five-time Grammy Award winner and has received multiple Grammy nominations as well as a Golden Globe nod.

Blanchard recently completed work on Lucasfilm’s, Red Tails starring Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr., Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and Emmy Award winner Bryan Lee Cranston. In addition to composing the music for the Broadway remake of A Streetcar Named Desire, he was also commissioned by the Opera St. Louis for a project that premiered in 2013.

As a film composer, Blanchard has more than 50 scores to his credit and received a Golden Globe nomination for Spike Lee’s 25th Hour. Blanchard’s music was also recently featured in Spike Lee/HBO’s If God is Willing and Da’ Creek Don’t Rise, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster and the sequel to the critically-acclaimed 2006 film, When The Levees Broke. The film shows the current state of Blanchard’s native New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina, and follows the lives of several individuals and their families in the aftermath of one of the worst disasters to occur in U.S. history.  Blanchard won a Grammy for his 2007 CD A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), which included tracks from Levees.

Blanchard has served as artistic director at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and currently serves as Artistic Director of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

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DSO CONTINUES TCHAIKOVSKY FESTIVAL WITH MIX OF BELOVED WORKS, RARELY PERFORMED PIECES

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Pianist Olga Kern returns for Tchaikovsky’s third and final piano concerto

Detroit, (February 16, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) continues its second week of Tchaikovsky Festival concerts with Music Director Leonard Slatkin conducting Tchaikovsky’s well-known  Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Suite from Swan Lake, as well as his rarely heard Third Symphony, “Polish.” Concerts will take place in Orchestra Hall on Fri., February 20 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The weekend concerts feature the return of celebrated pianist Olga Kern performing Tchaikovsky’s third and final piano concerto. Slatkin will lead the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Overture to The Voyevoda and beloved Fifth Symphony. Concerts take place in Orchestra Hall on Sat., February 21 at 8 p.m. and Sun., February 22 at 3 p.m.

Free Tchaik Chats will also be held in Orchestra Hall one hour before the start of the evening and afternoon performances. Friday at 7 p.m. Beth Genné, Professor of Dance at the University of Michigan, will lecture on Tchaikovsky’s ballets. Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., Oriol Sans, DSO’s Artistic Director of Live from Orchestra Hall Webcasts, will explain the process for creating the #DSOLive webcasts.

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. Olga Kern’s performances are sponsored in part by Gwen and Richard Bowlby. Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn, LLP is the weekend sponsor, supporting the Symphony No. 5 concerts. 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 Hallbegin 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: Romeo & Juliet

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Fri., Feb. 20 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.*

Tchaik Chat: Friday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.—Beth Genné, Professor of Dance at the University of Michigan, will lecture on Tchaikovsky’s ballets

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY Suite from Swan Lake
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 3, “Polish”

 

Tchaikovsky Festival: Symphony No. 5

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Olga Kern, piano

Sat., Feb. 21 at 8 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.*

Tchaik Chat: Saturday, Feb 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.—Oriol Sans, DSO’s Artistic Director of Live from Orchestra Hall Webcasts, will explain the process for creating the #DSOLive webcasts

TCHAIKOVSKY Overture to The Voyevoda
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.3
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5

 

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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