BRITISH VIOLINIST NIGEL KENNEDY MAKES FIRST U.S. APPEARANCE IN 18 YEARS ALONGSIDE DSO

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Program to feature Kennedy’s Dedications, inspired by his personal music heroes

Detroit, (May X, 2016) – Virtuosic British violinist Nigel Kennedy will make his long-awaited return to the United States next week following an 18-year absence to perform exclusively with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). Music Director Leonard

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Slatkin will lead the DSO on the program, which includes Schumann’s Manfred Overture and William Schuman’s third symphony, followed by Kennedy’s original Dedications series, a celebration of the composer and violinist’s musical heroes. Performances will take place on Fri., May 6 and Sat., May 7 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

Charles Greenwell will present a pre-concert lecture about the program on Fri., May 6 and Sat., May 7 at 7 p.m.

The Legendary Nigel Kennedy will be webcast to a global audience via Live From Orchestra Hall free HD webcasts on Sat., May 7 at 8 p.m. EDT (GMT-4). Log on to dso.org/live to view the performance from your computer or download the free and easy DSO to Go mobile app for viewing on the move.

The DSO’s Classical series is generously sponsored by PVS Chemicals Inc.

With this concert, the DSO honors the memory of Ms. Charlotte Arkin.

 

About Nigel Kennedy

Born in Brighton, England, Nigel Kennedy learned at an early age that he would follow in the family’s musical footsteps. At 10 years old, he would pick out Fats Waller songs at the piano after listening to his stepfather’s jazz records.

From a young age, he was Yehudi Menuhin’s most famous protégé, studying first at the Menuhin School before moving to the Juilliard School of Music to study under celebrated teacher Dorothy DeLay.

For over 25 years, Nigel Kennedy has been recognized as one of the world’s leading violin virtuosos and is one of the most important violinists Britain has ever produced. His virtuoso technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives to both the classical and contemporary repertoire. He is the best-selling classical violinist of all time.

During his career, Nigel Kennedy has undertaken countless international tours, performing with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors throughout Europe, North America, Central and South America, South East Asia and Australia. He last performed in the United States in 1998.

 

Ticket Information

Tickets for The Legendary Nigel Kennedy begin at $15 and can be purchased at dso.org, through the free DSO to Go app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201), or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Did you know? Groups (10 people or more) can save up to 30% off the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts! Contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org for more information.

 

Performance

The Legendary Nigel Kennedy

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Nigel Kennedy, violin

Fri., May 6 at 8 p.m.

Sat., May 7 at 8 p.m.
SCHUMANN                                                  Overture to Manfred

W. SCHUMAN                                               Symphony No. 3

NIGEL KENNEDY                                       Dedications

“Jarek Smietana”

“Isaac Stern”

“Stephane Grappelli”

“Mark O’Connor”

 

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 as well as m-1rail.com. Woodward will remain open throughout the construction period, although from time to time the cross streets may be closed. Currently, Parsons and Selden Streets are closed at Woodward Avenue. When coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as is using Cass Avenue instead of Woodward Avenue whenever possible.

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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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. and Marjorie S. 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 dso.org.

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR DSO SUMMER SEASON

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SUMMER 2016 TO INCLUDE FIREWORKS AT SALUTE TO AMERICA, FORD HOUSE

TEDDY ABRAMS RETURNS TO CONDUCT DSO AT FORD HOUSE

(DETROIT, April 22, 2016) — Tickets are now on sale for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) summer season, which includes summer favorites “Salute to America” at Greenfield Village and the DSO’s seventh annual appearance at the historic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House.

Salute to America will welcome actor, conductor, and native Detroiter Damon Gupton to the podium, while performances at Ford House welcome back former DSO Assistant Conductor and Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra Teddy Abrams.

Other presentations include the sixth annual Heroes Gala (honoring John A. and Marlene L. Boll), John Williams Favorites and More, performances at Belle Isle and the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, tributes to U2 and David Bowie, classical concerts across Metro Detroit neighborhoods, and more.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to the below concerts may be purchased at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org/summer. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org.

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

Salute to America concerts at Greenfield Village

The 24th Annual Salute to America concerts will take place on Thursday, June 30 – Sunday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m. Bring the family to Greenfield Village in Dearborn and enjoy an evening of patriotic music and Hollywood favorites—plus everyone’s favorite grand finale, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture accompanied by authentic cannon fire and a spectacular fireworks display. Actor and conductor Damon Gupton, a Detroit native, will lead the orchestra in four concerts alongside a return appearance of the United States Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus. Performances are located in the Walnut Grove Historic District of Greenfield Village and begin at 8:30 p.m. with grounds opening at 6 p.m. for pre-concert entertainment. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and concert attendees are welcome to bring chairs and blankets to the concerts.

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

A native of Detroit and former student of DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, Damon Gupton held the post of Assistant Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony and has worked with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Princeton Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, the NHK Orchestra of Tokyo, the Orquesta Filarmonica de UNAM, the New York University Orchestras, the Kinhaven Music School Orchestra, The Vermont Music Festival Orchestra, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, The Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honors Orchestra, and the SPHINX Symphony. Gupton is also an accomplished actor, best known for his television work on The Divide, Empire, and The Player, and as a co-star in the Oscar-winning 2014 film Whiplash.

Salute to America Tickets:

Tickets for Salute to America at Greenfield Village range from $13.25-$75 and can be purchased at The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd; by calling (313) 982-6001; or online at thehenryford.org/Salute. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org. Children 4 and under are free.

DSO at Ford House

Former DSO Assistant Conductor and Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra Teddy Abrams will return to the podium for the DSO’s seventh annual appearance at the majestic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. The two-concert series places the Orchestra on the grounds of the elegant Grosse Pointe Shores estate, serenading audiences beside Lake St. Clair as the sun sets over the historic home. The series will open on Friday, July 8 with “Broadway Hits & More!” starring vocal duo Will and Anthony Nunziata.

Enjoy “An American Symphonic Celebration” the following evening, as the DSO performs music inspired by the beauty and wonder of America—including pieces from Bernstein, John Williams, Dvořák, and more.

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

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

An unusually versatile musician and former Assistant Conductor of the DSO, Teddy Abrams is a widely acclaimed pianist, clarinetist, composer, and conductor.  He currently serves as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor of the Britt Classical Festival. Abrams is also Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, which he first conducted in 2011.

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

Sponsorship support provided by Beaumont and Fifth Third Bank. Fireworks made possible through the generous support of The Cotton Family. Additional support provided by: The Nicholson Family, Ford Motor Company Fund, George R. & Elise M. Fink Foundation, The Ellis Family, Comerica, and Crest Lincoln.

DSO at Ford House Tickets:

Tickets for Detroit Symphony@Ford House are priced $12-50, with limited advance-purchase VIP tickets available for $200. To purchase VIP tickets, contact Ford House at (313) 884-4222. For more details, visit dso.org/summer. Children 4 and under are free.

 

Chamber Music with a View

Tue., Jun. 7 at 7 p.m.; Grosse Pointe War Memorial (32 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms)

DSO musicians Sharon Sparrow, flute; Monica Fosnaugh, oboe; Shannon Orme, oboe; Michael Ma, bassoon; and David Everson, horn will perform a recital of woodwind quintet classics in one of Metro Detroit’s most sumptuous lakeside destinations. This concert is sponsored by DTE Energy.

 

The Music of U2

Wed., Jun. 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Orchestra Hall

With more than 150 million records sold and 22 Grammy Awards—more than any other band in history—U2 has been dominating the rock world for 40 years. Hear Orchestra Hall rattle and hum as the DSO performs a one-night-only tribute to U2, directed by Brent Havens and featuring the vocals of Brody Dolyniuk.

 

John Williams Favorites and More

Fri., Jun. 10 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m., Sat., Jun. 11 at 8 p.m., and Sun., Jun. 12 at 3 p.m.; Orchestra Hall

The music of John Williams transports us to new worlds beyond our imagination. Be there as Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik leads the DSO in a program of John Williams favorites, including Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, E.T., and Star Wars.

 

SFJAZZ Collective

Fri., Jun. 17 at 8 p.m.; Orchestra Hall

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest jazz performers/composers of our day. After exploring the work of John Coltrane, Horace Silver, and Stevie Wonder, the Collective now takes on the material of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. Come and see “Blame it on the Boogie,” “Workin’ Day And Night,” and plenty of surprises!

 

Heroes Gala Honoring John A. and Marlene L. Boll: An Evening with Megan Hilty

Fri., Jun. 18; Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s sixth annual Heroes Gala and Benefit Concert is our opportunity to honor the remarkable men and women who impact the vision, values, and success of the DSO and our community. This year, we pay special tribute to John and Marlene Boll for more than 30 years of support. As homage to Marlene’s former career as a member of The Rockettes, the benefit concert will star Broadway and television sensation Megan Hilty performing selections from her role as Ivy Lynn in the hit series Smash, as well showstoppers from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and other Broadway favorites!

For decades, John and Marlene have generously given back to our community through their volunteer service and their philanthropy. Their support of the arts, education and health services has touched nearly every corner of Southeast Michigan and beyond. The DSO is especially grateful for John and Marlene’s longstanding support of our orchestra, and their unwavering commitment to improving the lives of others. Proceeds from the event will support the DSO’s commitment to transforming the lives of children and youth across our region through music education.

Please visit dso.org/heroes for more information. Gala packages, which include exclusive concert seating, dinner, and dancing, are available for purchase now by contacting Jacqueline Garner at (313) 576-5120 or jgarner@dso.org. Concert-only tickets are also available and on sale now.

 

Three of a Kind

Tue., Jun. 28 at 7 p.m.; Belle Isle Casino (1 Sunset Dr., Detroit)

DSO musicians Jeffery Zook, Sheryl Hwangbo and Peter McCaffrey perform beautiful works for flute and strings on Belle Isle, one of Michigan’s most elegant locations. This concert is sponsored by DTE Energy.

Visitors to Belle Isle must have a Michigan Recreation Passport or day pass. For more information, please call (517) 284-7275, email DNR-RecreationPassport@michigan.gov, or visit http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10365_55798—,00.html.

 

The Music of David Bowie

Sun., Jul. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Meadow Brook Amphitheatre (3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills)

Six months after the death of the rock and roll legend, the DSO will perform The Music of David Bowie at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre. Led by guest conductor Brent Havens and accompanied by a full rock band, the DSO will take you on a one-night-only symphonic odyssey that explores the incredible range of David Bowie’s musical genius.

 

Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto

Thu., Jul. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Congregation Shaarey Zedek (27375 Bell Rd., Southfield)
Fri., Jul. 15 at 8 p.m.; Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Twp.)
Sun., Jul. 17 at 3 p.m.; Seligman Performing Arts Center (22305 W. 13 Mile Rd., Beverly Hills)

Swiss pianist Louis Schwizgebel-Wang joins the DSO in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, directed by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

 

Beethoven’s First Symphony

Thu., Jul. 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Berman Center for the Performing Arts (6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield)
Fri., Jul. 22 at 8 p.m.; Village Theater (50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton)
Sat., Jul. 23 at 8 p.m.; Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church (1340 W. Long Lake Rd., Bloomfield Hills)
Sun., Jul. 24 at 3 p.m.; Our Lady Star of the Sea (467 Fairford Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods)

Karina Canellakis leads the DSO’s Neighborhood Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s inventive First Symphony. The group will also perform Stravinsky’s “Dumbarton Oaks” Chamber Concerto in E-flat, and soprano Jessica Rivera will join for Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

 

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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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. and Marjorie S. 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 dso.org.

 

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THOUSANDS OF DPS STUDENTS TO EXPERIENCE DSO IN THEIR CLASSROOMS APRIL 28

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‘Four Seasons of Music’ program teaches K-8 students about composers’ expression of seasonal memories through music 

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Detroit, (April 22, 2016) – In partnership with Detroit Public Schools and Wayne RESA, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s free educational HD webcast series Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition returns Thurs., April 28 at 10:30 a.m., bringing the live concert experience into every DPS K-8 classroom.

Next week’s webcast, Four Seasons of Music, will be available to students in Detroit and worldwide via dso.org/classroom. DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will lead the orchestra in a program exposing students to works both inspired by and evoking elements of the four seasons, like Winter and Spring movements from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. DSO’s Music Alive Composer in Residence Gabriela Lena Frank, a special webcast guest, captures the essence of Peru in her “Highland Harawi” from Three Latin American Dances for Orchestra.

As the home to America’s Educational Concert Series, the DSO is proud to deliver webcasts to  K-8 classrooms across Detroit and throughout the United States. 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.

Teachers can register for the webcast and view past programs at dso.org/classroom. Each registrant will receive a digital copy of the curriculum guide, materials that are available for download after the live concert. Teachers and students will also have the opportunity to interact with the DSO and other viewers through social media.

The program for Four Seasons of Music was designed to align with four fundamental content areas set by the National Association for Music Education – creating, performing, responding, and connecting. Through an interactive exploration of traditional classical masterpieces, contemporary compositions and more popular works, students will explore how composers use different sounds and melodies to create specific feelings that can represent different times of year. For this performance, students will utilize their body as an instrument, stamping feet, rubbing and clapping hands, and snapping fingers to recreate the sounds of a thunderstorm.

“We’re proud that our educational webcasts set the gold standard for interactive learning – aurally, visually and collaboratively,” said Paul Hogle, DSO Executive Vice President. “Our webcasts uniquely feature visual tools that enable students to engage in musical thinking as they listen. We’re honored to work with talented educators to strengthen music education in classrooms across Detroit and around the country.”

The Classroom Edition series began in November 2014 with a groundbreaking program that reached nearly 50,000 students, many of whom would not otherwise be able to see the performance. Three hundred Detroit public and charter schools participated, along with 125 additional schools nationwide. With the following May 2015 program, a total of more than 100,000 students were reached throughout Detroit and nationwide within Classroom Edition’s pilot year.

For more than 80 years, Detroit school children have experienced the DSO’s popular Educational Concert Series (ECS) now held in historic Orchestra Hall at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Midtown Detroit. With the development of this groundbreaking educational tool, select ECS performances are adapted to provide an engaging classroom experience, complete with an interactive lesson plan archive aligned with national music education curriculum, skill builders and writing prompts.

About Michelle Merrill

Michelle Merrill is currently in her second season as Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra where she helps plan and conduct over 30 concerts per season and makes her classical subscription debut in April 2016. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria (Syracuse), Orlando Philharmonic, Sacramento Philharmonic, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, where she formerly served as Assistant Conductor before coming to Detroit. In 2013, Merrill was awarded the prestigious Ansbacher Conducting Fellowship by members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the American Austrian Foundation, which enabled her to be in residence at the world-renowned Salzburg Festival. Born in Dallas, Texas, Merrill studied conducting with Dr. Paul C. Phillips at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, where she holds a Master of Music Degree in conducting and a Bachelor of Music in performance.

About D.J. Oliver

A Detroit native, D.J. Oliver attended Wayne State University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. D.J. has worked as a lead performer for Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines. In addition to his theatre and live performances, D.J. has appeared on many commercials and industrial films as well TV shows. His most recent credit was on the ABC show Detroit 187. He currently hosts the Detroit Public Television series “Detroit Performs.”

Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition

Four Seasons of MusicMichelle Merrill, conductor

Annelle Gregory, violin

D.J. Oliver, host

Gabriela Lena Frank, guest composer

Thurs., April 28 at 10:30 a.m. EDT

von Weber   “Jaegerchor” (Hunter’s Chorus) from Der Freischütz  
IVES   Country Band March  
PROKOFIEV   “Troika” (Sleigh Ride) from Lieutenant Kijé Suite  
VIVALDI   “L’inverno” from The Four Seasons  
    “La primavera” from The Four Seasons  
COPLAND   Suite from Appalachian Spring  
GABRIELA LENA FRANK   “Highland Harawi” from three Latin American Dances from Orchestra  
MASON BATES   Rusty Air in Carolina: Katydid Country  
GOULD   American Salute  
       

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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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. and Marjorie S. 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 dso.org.

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DSO CLARINETIST SHANNON ORME ONE OF FIVE ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS NATIONWIDE TO RECEIVE FORD MUSICIAN AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE

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(DETROIT, April 21, 2016) – Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Bass Clarinet Shannon Orme is one of only five exemplary musicians

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selected by The League of American Orchestras to receive the Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service. A new program made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, the award celebrates orchestra musicians and the essential work they do in their communities.

“I couldn’t have predicted the lasting effect working with the kids at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan has left on me,” said Orme, who hold the DSO’s Barbara Frankel and Ronald Michalak Bass Clarinet Chair. “Of course beforehand the benefits of music therapy on the patient had been explained to me, but I never anticipated the profound impact it would have on me and my music making.”

The DSO’s Neighborhood Residency Initiative was first implemented in 2011 with the launch of seven suburban subscription venues across southeast Michigan. Now known as the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series, these performances are accompanied by dozens of small ensemble engagements in libraries, community centers, places of worship and other unexpected venues. A long-term partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and American House Senior Living Communities soon emerged, welcoming DSO musicians to perform for patients, medical staff and residents throughout each season.

“When we first discussed engaging our community in new and personal ways, Shannon was one of the first and most enthusiastic musicians to step forward,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President & CEO. “In the years since, her dedication to providing healing experiences through music has inspired us all and transformed countless lives thanks to her passion and generosity.”

Orme’s work with pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan focused on collaboration with board certified music therapists during music therapy groups. Seated in a circle in the in-patient play room, patients and their families would engage in follow-the-leader style jam sessions with instruments like maracas, rhythm sticks and drums. As Shannon played familiar children’s tunes on her clarinet for name-that-tune games, it was a new and memorable experience for young people who many times had never seen an instrument like hers before. The session would often end with a soothing tune on the clarinet accompanied by the ocean drum. Many times patients would even ask for an autograph.

“These five musicians serve as models and mentors to the entire orchestra field,” said Jesse Rosen, the League of American Orchestras’ President and CEO. “Their commitment and dedicated work, whether by inspiring under-served students, bringing comfort in healthcare settings, or bridging cultures through their artistry, is on the leading edge of orchestras’ service to their communities. We are grateful to Ford Motor Company Fund for helping support this vital program and for enabling us to publicly acknowledge and share the important work of these musicians.”

”It is a pleasure to honor these dedicated musicians who bring the joy of music from the stage to the community,” said Yisel Cabrera, community relations manager, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “Thank you for taking the extra steps to entertain, educate and lift people’s spirits. Bravo!”

The award recipients and their orchestras are:

-       Penny Anderson Brill, viola – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Music and Wellness Program

-       Shannon Orme, bass clarinet – Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Neighborhood Residency Initiative

-       Jeffrey Paul, Principal Oboe – South Dakota Symphony Orchestra’s Lakota Music Project

-       Brian Prechtl, percussion – Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids

-       Beth Vandervennet, cello – Oakland Symphony’s Music for Excellence Program (MUSE)

The five orchestra musicians were selected by a panel of industry professionals through a competitive nomination process to receive the awards. They include a $2,500 grant to each musician, as well as an additional $2,500 grant to their home orchestra to support professional development focused on community service and engagement for its musicians.

The awardees and their orchestras will receive their awards at the League’s National Conference in Baltimore, June 9-11, 2016. The musicians will also participate in a Conference presentation and separate webinar, providing the orchestra field opportunities to learn from their experience.

Community work is defined as meaningful service through music: education and community engagement programs at schools, hospitals, retirement homes, community and social service centers, places of worship, and wherever people gather for civic, cultural, and social engagement. Those served may include low-income or at-risk populations, homebound elderly, immigrants, veterans, prisoners, and students of all ages, as well as members of the general public who may not otherwise have access to or are not traditionally served by orchestras.

The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service mark the League’s second partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, which was previously the title sponsor of Ford Made in America, the largest commissioning consortium in the country’s history.

Information on the Conference session featuring the award recipients

Information on how to register for the League’s National Conference

About Shannon Orme

In 2007, Shannon Orme was appointed Bass Clarinet of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Leonard Slatkin. Prior to joining the DSO, she was co-principal of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan. She has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony. Shannon spends her summers at the Grand Teton Music Festival, where she is also a frequent chamber musician.

Shannon enjoys the many facets of performances within the DSO family. She is a frequent performer in the community as part of the DSO Neighborhood Residency Initiative and is a dedicated educator and currently holding a studio at Wayne State University.

An advocate for contemporary music, Shannon is a member of New Music Detroit, where she has collaborated with today’s emerging composers, and has participated in the group’s annual 12-hour marathon, Strange Beautiful Music. Shannon also performed at the LucerneFestivalAcademy under Pierre Boulez for two seasons as well as the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.

Upon graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Shannon attended Northwestern University (B.Mus.) and University of Southern California (M.M.). Her principal teachers included Jean Miller, Richard Hawkins, J. Lawrie Bloom and Yehuda Gilad.

When Shannon is not performing, you may find her planning her next adventure–usually on a bicycle.

Shannon is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist.

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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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. and Marjorie S. 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 dso.org.

About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community and global partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 65 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life is free, interactive, hands-on safety training focused on skill development and driving techniques, while addressing inexperience, distractions and impaired driving.  Innovation in education is encouraged through Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Next Generation Learning and other innovative programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. The Ford Volunteer Corps enlists more than 30,000 Ford employees and retirees each year to work on local projects that strengthen their communities and improve people’s lives in more than 40 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.

The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of more than 2,000 organizations and individuals across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles, from conservatories to libraries, from businesses serving orchestras to individuals who love symphonic music. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform people around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit americanorchestras.org.

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JAZZ PIANIST ELIANE ELIAS TO MAKE DETROIT DEBUT

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Brazilian Singer-Songwriter brings Grammy Award-winning new album to Orchestra Hall

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Detroit, (April 14, 2016) – Brazilian jazz pianist, singer, songwriter, and arranger Eliane Elias will perform both Brazilian classics and new favorites from her Grammy Award-winning 2015 release Made in Brazil in a concert presented by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). Elias’ band includes Marc Johnson (bass), Rubens de La Corte (guitar), and Rafael Barata (drums and percussion). The one-night-only performance will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., Apr. 22 at 8 p.m.

The concert is preceded by Civic Jazz Live! featuring the Civic Jazz Orchestra in the Music Box at 6:30 p.m.

The Paradise Jazz series is sponsored by MGM Grand Detroit.

Please note: The DSO does not appear on this performance.

About Eliane Elias

Born in São Paulo, Eliane Elias is described by Jazziz magazine as “a citizen of the world” and “an artist beyond category.” Her unique blend of Brazilian roots, a sensuous singing voice, and impressive instrumental jazz, classical, and compositional skills can be heard on 25 albums, the latest of which is Made in Brazil.

Made in Brazil is Eliane Elias’ first album created and recorded in her home country since 1981. An Amazon bestseller, it was met with universal acclaim and won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. Elias wears many hats on this project as a producer, composer, lyricist, arranger, pianist, and vocalist.

Eliane Elias began studying piano at age 7 and was teaching the instrument by 15. Her performing career began at 17, when she worked with Brazilian singer/songwriter Toquinho and the great poet Vinicius de Moraes. In 1981, she headed for New York to attend the Julliard School, and in 1982 she landed a spot in the acclaimed group Steps Ahead. Her first album, Amanda, was released in 1984.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Eliane Elias begin at $19 and can be purchased at dso.org, through the free DSO to Go app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201) or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Did you know? Groups (10 people or more) can save up to 30% off the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts! Contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org for more information.

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 as well as m-1rail.com. Woodward will remain open throughout the construction period, although from time to time the cross streets may be closed. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound side of Woodward. There is one northbound, one southbound and one turn lane open on this stretch. When coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue instead of Woodward Avenue whenever possible.

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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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. and Marjorie S. 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 dso.org.

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PETER OUNDJIAN RETURNS TO LEAD DSO IN HOLST’S ‘THE PLANETS’

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Renowned Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman performs Shostakovich’s final concerto

Detroit, (April 12, 2016) – Former Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Principal Guest Conductor and Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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Music Director Peter Oundjian will return to Detroit next month to lead Holst’s The Planets, with accompaniment from the UMS Choral Union. Appearing alongside Oundjian will be Ukrainian-born Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman, featured in a rare performance of Shostakovich’s dark and menacing second violin concerto. The program also features Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni. Performances will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., Apr. 22 at 10:45 a.m., Sat., Apr. 23 at 8 p.m., and Sun., Apr. 24 at 3 p.m.

DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will give a preconcert talk about the program on Sat., Apr. 23 at 7 p.m., and Sun., Apr. 24 at 2 p.m.

The Planets will be webcast to a global audience via Live From Orchestra Hall free HD webcasts on Sun., Apr. 24 at 3 p.m. EDT (GMT-4). Log on to dso.org/live to view the performance from your computer or download the free and easy DSO to Go mobile app for viewing on the move.

About Peter Oundjian

Born in Toronto, Peter Oundjian is best known as the current music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet throughout the 1980s and 90s. He began performing music while in England, studying the violin with Manoug Parikian at age 7 and later attending the Royal College of Music.

Oundjian went on to study with Ivan Galamian and Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School, minoring in conducting along the way. In 1980, he won First Prize at the International Violin Competition in Viña del Mar, Chile, and became the first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet.

After repetitive motion injuries shortened his performance career, Oundjian turned his focus towards full-time conducting, and went on to be appointed Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2003. He has since improved the orchestra in many ways, and has extended his contract through the 2016-2017 season.

About Vadim Gluzman

Vadim Gluzman was born in the Soviet Union to a musicologist mother and maestro father. He began learning the violin at age 7 and went on to study with Roman Šnē in Latvia and Zakhar Bron in Russia.

He and his family moved to Israel in 1990, where he became a student of Yair Kless and mentee of Isaac Stern. Gluzman furthered his studies at the Juilliard School and went on to win the Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award in 1994.

Gluzman plays the 1690 “Ex-Leopold Auer” Stradivarius violin and has performed with many leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and NHK Symphony. He has received a number of awards for his recordings, including the Diapason d’Or of the Year, Gramophone magazine’s Editor’s Choice, Classica magazine’s esteemed Choc de Classica award, and The Strad’s Disc of the Month.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Holst’s The Planets begin at $15 and can be purchased at dso.org, through the free DSO to Go app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201) or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Did you know? Groups (10 people or more) can save up to 30% off the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts! Contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org for more information.

Performance

Holst’s The Planets

Peter Oundjian, conductor

Vadim Gluzman, violin

Fri., Apr. 22 at 10:45 a.m. in Orchestra Hall

Sat., Apr. 23 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

Sun., Apr. 24 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

 

MOZART                                                       Overture to Don Giovanni

SHOSTAKOVICH                                        Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2

HOLST                                                           The Planets

 

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 as well as m-1rail.com. Woodward will remain open throughout the construction period, although from time to time the cross streets may be closed. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound side of Woodward. There is one northbound, one southbound and one turn lane open on this stretch. When coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue instead of Woodward Avenue whenever possible.

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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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. and Marjorie S. 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 dso.org.

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BROADWAY, TV STAR MEGAN HILTY TO HEADLINE DSO’S 6TH ANNUAL HEROES GALA HONORING JOHN & MARLENE BOLL

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Proceeds from ‘An Evening with Megan Hilty’ will support the DSO’s commitment to transforming the lives of children and youth across our region through music education

DETROIT, (April 12, 2016) – On Saturday, June 18, 2016, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will honor John A. and Marlene L.

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Boll for more than 30 years of support at its sixth annual Heroes Gala. As homage to Marlene’s former career as a member of The Rockettes, the benefit concert will star Broadway and television sensation Megan Hilty performing selections from her role as Ivy Lynn in the hit TV show Smash, as well showstoppers from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and other Broadway favorites! Gala packages, which include exclusive concert seating, dinner and dancing, are available for purchase now by calling 313.576.5120 or emailing jgarner@dso.org. Concert-only tickets are on sale now on dso.org, via phone at 313.576.5111 or in person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave.).

“I think it was our good friend Sam Frankel who first introduced me to John Boll, and I will never forget how warmly the Bolls welcomed me and my entire family from our first days in Detroit. Coming from the New York City Ballet, I immediately bonded with Marlene over the power of music and dance to transform, uplift and educate,” said Anne Parsons, DSO President and CEO. “John and Marlene generously and selflessly give to so many, leading from their hearts, truly committed to making our world a better place for all. We are thrilled to be recognizing them and acknowledging their incredible legacy of community support.”

Proceeds from the event will support the DSO’s commitment to transforming the lives of children and youth across our region through music education. The DSO’s Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement is proud to serve thousands of area youth each season through youth ensemble training, educational concerts in Orchestra Hall, and in-school programming. Now, thanks to the bi-annual Live From Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition webcast series supported by the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation, tens of thousands of students in Detroit and across the U.S. can experience a live orchestra concert from their own classroom. Supporting our community’s youth is also key to the mission of The Boll Foundation, recently exhibited by their support of a new state-of-the-art athletics facility at the University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods.

John and Marlene are a study in contrasts: he a rugged construction worker, as comfortable on a bulldozer as in a boardroom, and she a graceful and elegant dancer by profession, schooled in and appreciative of culture and the arts. Together the Bolls have created a legacy devoted to improving the quality of life for the communities that they love. In addition to their generous support of the DSO, the Bolls’ are proud supporters of countless institutions and causes across metro Detroit and beyond. Locally, they led efforts to build the John and Marlene Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit and spearheaded the expansion of the St. John Hospital & Medical Center.

The celebration will include a gourmet dinner, dessert reception, late-night dancing, and other special activities, all taking place at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Guests are encouraged to channel the Golden Age of Broadway with their Black Tie attire. Sparkles recommended, glamour required.

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:

  • 2010: Jim Nicholson, President and CEO of PVS Chemicals Inc.
  • 2012: Lloyd Reuss, former President of the General Motors Corp
  • 2013: Barbara Van Dusen, beloved supporter of the arts in Detroit
  • 2014: Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures together with Matt Cullen,  President and Chief Executive Officer of Rock Ventures LLC
  • 2015: The Davidson/Gerson Family, prolific Detroit philanthropists and supporters of the DSO’s William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series

TICKET INFORMATION

Sponsorships and VIP ticket packages for the sixth annual DSO Heroes Gala and benefit concert start at $1,000. For details, call the DSO Advancement office at 313.576.5120 or email jgarner@dso.org. Concert-only tickets are also available for $19 to $68 at dso.org.

ABOUT MEGAN HILTY
In a few short years, Megan Hilty has gone from understudy on Broadway to a star of stage, screen, and music. Her impressive accomplishments have made her one of the fastest rising talents in the entertainment world.

Megan was born in Bellevue, Washington on March 29, 1981. Drawn to music at a young age, she explored a career in opera before deciding to pursue musical theatre. After graduating from the Washington Academy of Performing Arts Conservatory High School in Redmond, Washington, she moved to Southern Oregon and spent two years waiting tables and working odd jobs while performing in shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Hello Dolly!, and My Fair Lady. She then enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she performed in a variety of college and regional productions. She graduated from CMU in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre.

Upon graduation, Megan was offered the role of “Glinda” standby for the Broadway company of Wicked. She made her Broadway debut in the fall of 2004 opposite Tony winner Idina Menzel, and was asked to take over as principal Glinda in May 2005. After a year on Broadway, Megan performed the role on tour and in the 2007-2009 Los Angeles production.

During her years with Wicked, Megan was work-shopping the role of “Doralee” in 9 to 5: The Musical, Dolly Parton’s adaptation of the popular film. In 2009, Megan starred in the show on Broadway alongside Allison Janney and Stephanie J. Block. She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Musical, a Drama League Award, and an Ovation Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

During this time period, Megan made guest appearances on many television shows, including Bones, The Closer, Desperate Housewives, and Ugly Betty, while also providing the singing voice for Snow White in Shrek the Third. She also made concert appearances around the U.S. in the Meg an’ Sho Show (alongside Shoshana Bean) and with a solo cabaret show called Megan Hilty Sings the Blondes.

In 2011, Megan joined the cast of NBC’s Smash as “Ivy Lynn,” an actress who is desperate to land the lead in a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe. Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker said of her work: “Hilty has built a character who feels like a real Broadway diva: sexy, funny, ambitious, insecure, at once selfish and giving.” The show aired from 2012-2013 and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Outstanding Musical or Comedy Series, while also offering Megan the opportunity to record both covers of popular hits and original songs from the musical within the show, “Bombshell.”

During her hiatus between Smash‘s first and second seasons, Megan starred in the New York City Center production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as Lorelai Lee, a role made famous by Carol Channing and Marilyn Monroe. Megan received rave reviews for both the production and its cast recording. Ben Brantley of The New York Times called the opening performance “…one of those single, golden nights, so cherished by theatergoers, that thrust its leading lady into the firmament of musical stardom.”

In 2013, Megan released It Happens All the Time, her first solo album with Portrait (an imprint of Sony Masterworks), and also made her Carnegie Hall debut. Megan also returned to TV with NBC’s Sean Saves the World starring Sean Hayes.

Megan currently makes frequent concert appearances, both with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and in solo concert at smaller venues. She also regularly performs in a variety of special events, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or Christmas in Washington. Megan maintains an active voiceover career, providing the voice of “Rosetta” in the Disney Fairies series and the “China Doll Princess” in the animated feature Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.

Megan and her husband, Brian Gallagher, were married in November 2013. Their first daughter, Viola, was born in September 2014.

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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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. and Marjorie S. 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 dso.org.

 

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PIANO VIRTUOSA MAKES DSO DEBUT WITH RACHMANINOFF CONCERTO

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Guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero returns to lead piece by Lebenbom Award-winner

Detroit, (March 31, 2016) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes French pianist Lise de la Salle in her DSO debut as

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she performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Under the baton of Nashville Symphony’s Giancarlo Guerrero, the DSO will also perform Stravinsky’s Petrushka and the world premiere of 2014 Lebenbom Award-winner Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Something for the Dark. Performances will take place on Thurs., Apr. 14 at 7:30 p.m., Fri., Apr. 15 at 8 p.m. and Sat., Apr. 16 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

There will be pre-concert performances of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s In Two Worlds and a chat with the composer on Thurs., Apr. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Apr. 16 at 7 p.m. The University of Michigan Contemporary Directions Ensemble, directed by Oriol Sans, will give both preconcert performances.

Ravishing Rachmaninoff will be webcast to a global audience via Live From Orchestra Hall free HD webcasts on Sat., Apr. 16 at 8 p.m. EDT (GMT-4). Log on to dso.org/live to view the performance from your computer or download the free and easy DSO to Go mobile app for viewing on the move.

The DSO’s Classical series is generously sponsored by PVS Chemicals Inc.

About Lise de la Salle

Born in Cherbourg, France in 1988, de la Salle began her career in performance at a young age, performing on Radio France at age 9 and winning First Prize of the Seventh International Contest of Ettlingen, Germany at 12. At 13, she made her concerto debut with Beethoven’s second concerto.

From 1997-2004, de la Salle won numerous competitions, including First Prize in the 2004 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. She was a student of Pascal Némirovski from 1998-2006 and also attended the post graduate cycle at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris.

Her 2011 recording Liszt received an outstanding review from the International Record Review and was awarded the Diapason d’Or, ARTE “CD of the Month,” and Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award.

About Giancarlo Guerrero

A native of Costa Rica, Guerrero is the music director of the Nashville Symphony – a position he has held since the 2009-2010 season – as well as principal guest conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency since 2011. Known as a firm advocate of new and contemporary music, Guerrero has partnered with and supported a number of composers, including John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, and Michael Daugherty.

Guerreros’s first recordings with the Nashville Symphony featured Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony and Deus Ex Machina, and won a number of Grammy Awards, including Best Orchestral Performance. His 2010-2011 season was exceptionally busy, with guest conducting appearances in Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America.

In recent years, Guerrero’s orchestral appearances include the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Houston, and the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as return performances with the Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Detroit symphony orchestras.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Ravishing Rachmaninoff begin at $15 and can be purchased at dso.org, through the free DSO to Go app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201) or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Did you know? Groups (10 people or more) can save up to 30% off the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts! Contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org for more information.

Performance

Ravishing Rachmaninoff

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

Lise de la Salle, piano

Thurs., Apr. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

Fri., Apr. 15 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

Sat., Apr. 16 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

 

SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER                               Something for the Dark

RACHMANINOFF                                                   Piano Concerto No. 1

STRAVINSKY                                                          Petrushka       

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 as well as m-1rail.com. Woodward will remain open throughout the construction period, although from time to time the cross streets may be closed. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound side of Woodward. There is one northbound, one southbound and one turn lane open on this stretch. When coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as is using Cass Avenue instead of Woodward Avenue whenever possible.

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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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. and Marjorie S. 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 dso.org.

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DSO TO PAY TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE WITH CONCERT AT MEADOW BROOK AMPHITHEATRE JULY 10

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TICKETS ON SALE SATURDAY, MARCH 26

Detroit, (March 22, 2016) – Six months following the death of the rock ‘n’ roll legend, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Music-of-david-bowie-1000x1000will perform The Music of David Bowie at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on Sunday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. The Orchestra, led by guest conductor Brent Havens and accompanied by a full rock band will take you on a one-night-only symphonic odyssey that explores the incredible range of David Bowie’s musical genius.

Tickets at $75, $55, $35 and $25 in the pavilion, $20 on the lawn and four-packs at $60 on the lawn go on sale this Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. at dso.org, Livenation.com, Palacenet.com, The Palace Ticket Store and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets are also available by phone at 313.576.5111.

“My concept for The Music of David Bowie was to take the music as close to the originals as we could and then add some colors to enhance what Bowie had done,” says Havens. “The wonderful thing with an orchestra is that you have an entire palette to call upon.  The band is reproducing what Bowie did on the albums, verbatim, and then having an orchestra behind the band gives the music a richness, a whole different feel, a whole different sense of power.”

The two-plus hour concert features approximately 18 David Bowie tunes, including “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “Heroes,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fame,” “China Girl” and more.

Conductor Brent Havens states: “David Bowie’s unique life and musical sensibilities provide a wide range of different sounds and elements that’s quite different from what Windborne has done in the past.  Bowie’s influence abounds within not only the rock community, such as his work with Queen and John Lennon, but also crosses into multiple genres including his work with Pat Methany or his contribution to a soundtrack with Giorgio Moroder. That introduces a whole new set of challenges and opportunities for us to stage a show that’s unique in its own right but stays within the confines of what we are known for as a presenter.”

The symphonic rock hybrid has met with approval on both sides of the podium.

“When we first came on stage, the audience gave us polite, almost classical applause,” says Havens. “Then we hit the first note and they realized it was a rock show.”

The Music of David Bowie with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre is part of the Belle Tire Concert Series.

About Brent Havens

Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and television. His TV work includes movies for ABC, CBS and ABC Family networks, sports programs for ESPN, commercials and even cartoons. He conducted the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Bash, attended by more than 150,000 fans.

In addition to many concerts with the Houston Symphony, Havens has worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; the Minnesota Orchestra; the Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras; the San Diego Symphony; the Buffalo Philharmonic and countless others. He has conducted the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra for the Music of Michael Jackson and the Music of Led Zeppelin.

Havens recently completed the score for the film Quo Vadis, a Premier Pictures remake of the 1951 gladiator film. In 2013, he worked with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens to arrange and produce classical and rock music for the Thanksgiving Day halftime show for the game between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Brent Havens is arranger/guest conductor for 13 symphonic rock programs— Music of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Eagles, Queen, Michael Jackson, The Who, Whitney Houston, The Rolling Stones, U2 and, most recently, two new programs for 2016 with both Elton John and David Bowie. He premiered an orchestral show for Lou Gramm: The Voice Of Foreigner with Gramm singing out front.

Ticket Information

Tickets for The Music of David Bowie at Meadow Brook Ampitheatre are $75, $55, $35 and $25 in the pavilion, $20 on the lawn and four-packs at $60 on the lawn. All tickets are available for purchase at dso.org, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201) or by calling (313) 576-5111.

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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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. and Marjorie S. 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 dso.org.

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DSO ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR MICHELLE MERRILL MAKES SUBSCRIPTION DEBUT

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Principal Bass Kevin Brown performs solo debut with Vanhal’s Double Bass Concerto

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Detroit, (March 17, 2016) –Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will make her subscription series debut in three venues March 31-April 2, conducting a program featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral.” On the same program, DSO Principal Bass Kevin Brown will make his solo debut with a rare performance of Czech composer Johann Baptist Vanhal’s Double Bass Concerto; just the third time the work has appeared on a DSO season in the orchestra’s 129-year history.

The program also features Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and Piston’s Suite from The Incredible Flutist. Performances will take place on Thurs., Mar. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Fri., Apr. 1 at 8 p.m. at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts and Sat., Apr. 2 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

Stephen Whiting, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at University of Michigan, will give a free lecture on the program with a focus on Beethoven. Whiting teaches courses in the history of European art music from the late 18th to early 20th centuries.

Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony will be webcast to a global audience via Live From Orchestra Hall free HD webcasts on Sat., April 2 at 8 p.m. EDT (GMT-4). Log on to dso.org/live to view the performance from your computer or download the free and easy DSO to Go app to your mobile device for viewing on the move.

This DSO’s William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series is made possible by the William Davidson Foundation and powered by WRCJ 90.9 FM. DSO Classical Series concerts in Orchestra Hall are generously sponsored by PVS Chemicals.

About Michelle Merrill

Born in Dallas, Michelle Merrill has served as Assistant Conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2014. She studied conducting with Dr. Paul C. Phillips at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, receiving both a Master of Music Degree in conducting as well as a Bachelor of Music in performance. She served as Assistant Conductor at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic prior to coming to the DSO.

As the Assistant Conductor, Merrill helps plan and conduct over 30 concerts per season, as well as give pre-concert lectures and engage with students in Metro Detroit. She will officially make her classical subscription debut at Orchestra Hall in April 2016.

Merrill was recently named one of three Cultural Organization Leaders to Watch by Hour Detroit Magazine, and her DSO debut – an educational webcast – has reached over 100,000 students in classrooms throughout the country.

About Kevin Brown

A native of Minnesota, Kevin Brown began playing the double bass at age 3. He has since gone on to perform with esteemed ensembles across the United States and Europe, in an expanding career that now leads him back home to the Midwest as principal bassist of the DSO, the Van Dusen Family Chair.

Kevin began his collegiate studies with Peter Lloyd at the University of Minnesota, but ultimately completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Rice University as a student of renowned pedagogue Paul Ellison. Upon completing his degrees he went on to work with David Moore at the University of Southern California.

While a student at Rice, Kevin performed extensively with the Houston Symphony, and joined them on tours to New York and Moscow. In 2009 he won the International Society of Bassists Orchestral Competition, which earned him a week in the bass section of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and in 2011 he was selected to give a solo performance at the Kennedy Center as part of their Conservatory Project. Before his appointment to the DSO, Kevin also appeared as Guest Principal Bass of the Atlanta Symphony.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the Thursday and Friday performances of Beethoven’s “Pastoral” at William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series venues are general admission; $10 for students and $25 for adults. Tickets for the Saturday performance at Orchestra Hall begin at $15. All tickets are available for purchase at dso.org, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit 48201) or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Did you know? Groups (10 people or more) can save up to 30% off the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts! Contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or dwilson@dso.org for more information.

Performance

Beethoven’s “Pastoral”

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Kevin Brown, double bass

Thurs., Mar. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Fri., Apr. 1 at 8 p.m. at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Sat., Apr. 2 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

DVOŘÁK                                                      Carnival Overture

PISTON                                                        Suite from The Incredible Flutist

VANHAL                                                       Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra      

BEETHOVEN                                             “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6              

M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 as well as m-1rail.com. Woodward will remain open throughout the construction period, although from time to time the cross streets may be closed. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound side of Woodward. There is one northbound, one southbound and one turn lane open on this stretch. When coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue instead of Woodward Avenue whenever possible.

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 high profile artists from Steven Spielberg 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. and Marjorie S. 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 dso.org.

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