LEGENDARY SAXOPHONIST KENNY GARRETT COMES HOME FOR SPECIAL JAZZ PERFORMANCE THIS WEEKEND

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Pre-concert Jazz forum features Kenny Garrett and Terence Blanchard

Detroit, (January 28, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is pleased to welcome Detroit native and legendary saxophonist Kenny Garrett, who will bring a vigorous yet melodic and truly distinctive alto saxophone sound to the Orchestra Hall stage, along with his quintet. For one special Paradise Jazz performance, Garrett comes home in what is sure to be an unforgettable evening of music. The concert will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., January 30 at 8:00 p.m.

Prior to the concert, patrons are invited to attend the Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Forum for “A Conversation with Jazz Masters” at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Box. The forum will be moderated by Detroit Free Press arts reporter and 2012 Kresge Fellow Mark Stryker. Panelists include Terence Blanchard, trumpeter and Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Chair, as well as the legendary saxophonist himself, Kenny Garrett. This preconcert forum is free and open to the public.

About Kenny Garrett

Over the past 30 years, Detroit native Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. Garrett has a wide span of experience with his first gig being with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He has spent his time with an array of musicians including Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis.

Garrett’s album “Seeds From The Underground,” is a powerful return to the straight-ahead, acoustic and propulsive quartet format that showcases his extraordinary abilities. “Seeds From The Underground” features “Detroit,” an evocative, reflective composition about his hometown and a celebration of mentor Marcus Belgrave. His latest GRAMMY-nominated recording, “Pushing the World Away,” features a re-harmonized version of “ I Say a Little Prayer,” a Burt Bacharach hit and the intensely unique “A Side Order of Hijiki.” The album features many soulful and improvised compositions that show off the 30 years of experience Garrett has to offer.

Over the past few years, one of the most popular and acclaimed groups that he has been a part of is the GRAMMY award winning Five Peace Band, joining guitarist John McLaughlin, pianist Chick Corea, bassist Christian McBride and drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Brian Blade. As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer and is looking forward to re-visiting his hometown for this special performance.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Kenny Garrett range from $18-$99 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111.

Please note the DSO does not appear on this performance.

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 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when 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 unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit the newly updated dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2015-16 SEASON LINEUP

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Music Director Leonard Slatkin leads Brahms Festival (#Brahmsfest) featuring the composer’s complete orchestral repertoire

 Crowd-sourced work about Detroit, ‘Symphony in D,’ to receive World Premiere

 DSO principal musicians spotlighted throughout season

 British violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy returns to perform with Leonard Slatkin

Classical ticket prices remain unchanged

DETROIT, (January 22, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced programming today for its 2015-16 Orchestra Hall Classical, Pops, and Young People’s Family Subscription Series. The new season reflects absolutely no increases in individual ticket prices.

The DSO and Music Director Leonard Slatkin, who has extended his commitment to the DSO through 2017, will enter their eighth season of a partnership that has fostered the DSO’s triumphant return to Carnegie Hall, as well as the launch of the Live From Orchestra Hall webcast series and the advent of digital recordings on the DSO’s in-house label.

In continuation of the tradition begun by 2013’s incredibly successful February Beethoven Festival, next season’s Brahms Festival (#Brahmsfest) will be the third DSO Winter Music Festival. Unlike the outpouring orchestral repertoire by his peers, Brahms only composed 13 works for orchestra (exclusive of those with chorus), and the DSO will perform them all during the festival. Past iterations of the Winter Music Festival have featured Beethoven and Tchaikovsky (taking place next month).

A complete series of Live From Orchestra Hall webcasts will return for its fifth full season, offering a free broadcast of each classical program at dso.org/live. See concert listings below for a full schedule. Dates marked with an asterisk denote webcast concerts.

The DSO Classical Series is sponsored by PVS Chemicals Inc.

A MESSAGE FROM MAESTRO SLATKIN ABOUT THE SEASON

It is always such a joy to announce a new season and unveil the exciting programs we have been planning for months.

Building on the success of our Tchaikovsky and Beethoven festivals, I am very pleased to reveal our Winter Festival for the 2015-16 season featuring the music of Brahms. This is no ordinary project by any means. Over the course of three weeks, we will play virtually every work written by that composer for orchestra. Unlike his peers, who composed dozens of works in this capacity, Brahms wrote only four symphonies, four concerti, two serenades, two overtures, a set of variations and three Hungarian dances. It is more than likely that this is the first time all of these masterpieces have been put into one basket. Certainly these concerts are not to be missed.

We will also feature six world premieres, playing new pieces by Tod Machover, Mohammed Fairouz, Aaron Jay Kernis, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Gabriela Lena Frank and me. Several works by distinguished American composers dot the landscape as well.

As usual, our soloist roster is outstanding. We will welcome to the stage such audience favorites as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Hélène Grimaud, Joshua Bell and, in a long-anticipated return to the United States, Nigel Kennedy. In addition, members of the orchestra get solo turns, namely Concertmaster Yoonshin Song, Principal Bass Kevin Brown, Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly, Principal Clarinet Ralph Skiano and our new Principal Cello Wei Yu. Returning guest conductors include Hans Graf, Andrew Grams, Thomas Dausgaard, Giancarlo Guerrero, Peter Oundjian, Sir Andrew Davis and Bobby McFerrin. Making their classical subscription debuts are conductors Fabien Gabel, Case Scaglione, Nikolaj Znaider, Nathalie Stutzmann, and DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill.

There are large-scale events too, with Mahler’s Second Symphony and a concert presentation of Strauss’s Salome topping the list. Moreover, we will perform beloved masterpieces throughout the season, including Beethoven’s sixth and seventh symphonies, Debussy’s La mer, Handel’s Messiah and Ravel’s Boléro.

These are just a sampling of the treats we have in store for you next season. I encourage you to renew your subscription early to ensure that you get the best possible seats.

MAJOR SYMPHONIC WORKS

The DSO will tackle a host of major symphonic repertoire during the 2015-16 season that will both feature key guest artists and showcase the talent of DSO musicians. The line-up includes:

Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F (Oct. 2-3)

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 (Oct. 15-17)

Copland’s Symphony No. 3 (Oct. 23-25)

Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 (Nov. 6-7)

Debussy’s La mer (Nov. 12-14)

Dvořák’s Cello Concerto (Nov. 20-21)

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (Dec. 5-6)

Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 (Dec. 10-11)

Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 12-13)

Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, “Prague” (Jan. 16)

Ravel’s Boléro (Jan. 21-23)

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 (Jan. 29-30)

Brahms’ Symphony Nos. 1-4 (Feb. 11-21)

Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 (March 18-19)

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (April 2)

Stravinsky’s Petrushka (April 14-16)

Holst’s The Planets (April 22-24)

Elgar’s Violin Concerto (May 6-7)

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (May 20-22)

Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, “Emperor” (May 26-27)

Strauss’ Salome (June 3 & 5)

WORLD, AMERICAN AND DSO PREMIERES:

The DSO will perform six World Premieres and one U.S. premiere, all written by American composers.

On Oct. 23-25 the DSO will perform the United States premiere of the first Viola Concerto by acclaimed young American composer Nico Muhly. Since his debut in 2007, Muhly has gained international notoriety with multiple film credits, compositions for world-class ensembles and soloists, and a full-scale opera commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera.

Tod Machover’s “Symphony in D” featuring sound submissions from the people of Detroit, will receive its World Premiere (Nov. 20-21), making the DSO the first American orchestra to work with Machover on his “city symphony” series of works based on the what the citizens of a city believe their home sounds like.

On Dec. 5-6, the DSO will give the World Premiere of Leonard Slatkin’s Kinah, an elegy written for his parents. Slatkin’s father would have turned 100 in December, 2015.

Mohammed Fairouz’s Cello Concerto will receive its World Premiere on Jan. 16, infused with influences from the young composer’s Middle Eastern ancestry. Dedicated to bridging cultural gaps, Israeli cellist Maya Beiser (known for her modern approach to cello performance) commissioned this piece for premiere in the United States. These performances are sponsored by Peter Cummings.

The DSO will give the World Premiere of American composer Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto on Jan. 21-23 featuring renowned soloist Marina Piccinini.

The seventh winner of the Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Competition for Female Composers, Sarah Kirkland Snider, will come to Detroit April 14-16 for the World Premiere of a work that is yet unnamed.

On May 26-27, the DSO will give the World Premiere of a work by DSO Music Alive Composer in Residence Gabriela Lena Frank. The work is not yet titled.

The season will also feature five other works new to the DSO:

  • An arrangement of Shostakovich’s Violin Sonata No. 1 featuring Augustin Hadelich (Dec. 10-11)
  • John Williams’ Trumpet Concerto featuring DSO Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly, to be recorded for digital release through the NAXOS label (Jan. 21-23)
  • Brahms’ Sonata in F minor for Clarinet arranged for clarinet and orchestra featuring DSO Principal Clarinet Ralph Skiano (Feb. 27-28)
  • Stenhammar’s Serenade (May 20-22)
  • Strauss’ Salome, serving as the Classical Season Finale (June 3&5)

CLASSICAL DEBUTS & GUEST ARTISTS:

Leonard Slatkin will conduct the orchestra in 15 of 26 classical concert programs, including the entirety of the February Brahms Festival, as well as the World Premiere of his own composition, Kinah, written in honor of his parents who made up half of the Hollywood String Quartet and bathed his early life in musical influence.  His father, Felix Slatkin, would have turned 100 in 2015.

During the other weeks, the DSO will welcome back a number of conductors who have become both orchestra and audience favorites including Hans Graf, Andrew Grams, Thomas Dausgaard, Giancarlo Guerrero, Peter Oundjian and Sir Andrew Davis. Next season will also welcome world-renowned conductors making their Detroit debuts:

Nikolaj Znaider, who last performed with the DSO in 2007 as a violin soloist, will make his conducting debut Jan. 29-30 when he will also be featured performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1

Fabien Gabel (Nov. 12-14), Music Director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, will make his debut conducting the DSO Borodin’s Prince Igor Overture, Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto featuring DSO Concertmaster Yoonshin Song, Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Debussy’s iconic La mer.

Case Scaglione, Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, will make his DSO debut on Dec. 10-11 in a program featuring the DSO Premiere of Shostakovich’s Violin Sonata No. 1 performed by Augustin Hadelich, Mozart’s Symphony No. 25, Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Haydn’s Symphony No. 94.

Nathalie Stutzmann, French opera singer, will make her conducting debut Dec. 12-13 with performances of Handel’s Messiah.

Michelle Merrill (April 2), DSO Assistant Conductor, will make her Classical Subscription debut conducting a program starring DSO Principal Bass Kevin Brown performing Vanhal’s Double Bass Concerto, as well as Piston’s Ballet Suite from The Incredible Flutist, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6.

Soloists making their DSO debut in 2015-16:

  • Young American violist Nadia Sirota will give the United States premiere of Nico Muhly’s Viola Concerto on Oct. 23-25 with Leonard Slatkin conducting.
  • 18-year-old violin sensation Simone Porter will perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto with Andrew Grams conducting on Nov. 6-7.
  • Soprano Melissa Citro will make her DSO debut in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (Dec. 5-6)
  • Israeli cellist Maya Beiser will perform the World Premiere of Mohammad Fairouz’s Cello Concerto Jan. 16
  • Celebrated German-Japanese cellist Danjulo Ishizaka will join violinist Baiba Skride in performing Brahms’ Double Concerto during the February Brahms Festival (Feb. 13-14)
  • Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski will join the DSO in a performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (March 18-19)
  • Rising French piano star Lise de la Salle will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (April 14-16)
  • Lise Lindstrom, soprano; Jane Henschel, mezzo-soprano; Chris Merritt, tenor; and Daniel Sutin, baritone will all make their DSO debut as cast members of a concert version of Strauss’ Salome (June 3&5)

RECORDINGS

The DSO continues its project with the NAXOS label to release direct-to-digital releases of every John Williams concerto, starring DSO principal musicians. During the 2015-16 season, DSO Principal Trumpet Hunter Eberly will record Williams’ Trumpet Concerto, a DSO premiere.

The DSO will also record Copland’s Symphony No. 3 (Oct. 23-25) for future release, featuring Copland’s original ending, which Leonard Bernstein talked the composer out of using in the final published version. This will be the first recording of that passage.

The public is encouraged to attend live concerts to be a part of DSO history as it is made.

DSO POPS SEASON

Acclaimed DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik returns with a Pops season full of classic American songbook, classic rock and classic movie scores. Anniversary concerts will celebrate the Sinatra Centennial (Oct. 9-11), Elvis’ 80th birthday (Nov. 28-29), and the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys’ groundbreaking album Pet Sounds (April 29-May 1). Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton returns, as well as a program celebrating John William’s iconic movie music. The legendary Doc Severinsen will trumpet Great American Standards, Home For the Holidays returns with conductor Thomas Wilkins and Santa Claus, The Music of U2 makes its DSO debut and more. (See full listing of DSO Pops programs at the end of this release.)

The DSO Pops Series is presented by MASCO Corporation Foundation and Greektown Casino Hotel.

SUPER SATURDAYS AT THE DSO

Super Saturdays at the DSO are presented by Macy’s, and offer two distinct programs geared toward every age group.

The Young People’s Family Concert series will feature thrills and surprises for young music lovers ages 6 & up. Halloween Spooktacular with Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill, complete with costumes on and offstage, the series will also feature “Santa’s Little Helpers” when the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform selections from The Nutcracker, “Wild Wild West” with Frank Oden’s Cowboy Jamboree and music of Copland and John Williams, plus an orchestral adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches.

The Tiny Tots series, geared toward children 2-6, will feature the Candy Band, a group of rockin’ Detroit moms, a sing-along with Gemini, Caribbean Christmas with the Gratitude Steel Band, and an interactive jazz presentation by Sean Dobbins incorporating the stories of Dr. Seuss. (See full listing of DSO YPFC and Tiny Tots programs at the end of this release)

 “DSO PRESENTS” SPECIAL SERIES

The 2015-16 offerings of “DSO Presents” special concerts will feature comedy piano-violin duo Igudesman & Joo (Oct. 19) and Holidays with The von Trapps (Dec. 15), a vocal performance by the great-grandchildren of Maria and Captain von Trapp. The DSO does not appear on these programs.

SUBSCRIPTION PRICES

Subscription packages for classical, pops, and Young People’s Family series are on sale now. The deadline to renew for all existing subscribers is March 13. As part of the DSO’s Patron-Minded Pricing Program, classical subscription ticket prices continue to reflect up to a 50 percent reduction from 2009 levels. For both classical and pops subscriptions, it’s like patrons receive at least one concert free with every package, excluding Box Level classical subscribers.

Students of any age can attend most classical, jazz or pops Orchestra Hall concert free all season long by purchasing a Soundcard for $25. More information is available at dso.org/soundcard. Some restrictions apply.

2015-16 Classical Season Subscription prices

Subscription packages will be sold in groups of 7, 9, 12, 17, 21.

  • 7 concert series prices will be $90 for Upper Balcony, $150 for Mid-Balcony and Main Floor B, $300 for Main Floor A and Dress Circle and $525 for the Box Level.
  • 9 concert series prices will be $105 for Upper Balcony, $175 for Mid-Balcony and Main Floor B, $350 for Main Floor A and Dress Circle and $800 for the Box Level.
  • 12 concert series will be $150/$250/$500/$840
  • 17 concert series prices will be $180/$300/$600/$1,400
  • 21 concert series will be $240/$400/$800/$1,800

2015-16 Pops Season Subscription prices—Eight concerts for the price of seven!

Subscription packages will be sold in groups of 8 for Coffee, Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday matinee concerts.

  • Coffee Concerts – 8-concert series prices will be $144 for Upper Balcony, $224 for Mid-Balcony, $304 for Main Floor B, $336 for Main Floor A, $352 for Dress Circle and $464 for the Box Level.
  • Friday nights, Saturday nights or Sunday matinee – 8-concert series prices will be $133 for Upper Balcony, $266 for Mid-Balcony, $336 for Main Floor B, $406 for Main Floor A, $476 for Dress Circle and $735 for the Box Level.

2015-16 Young People’s and Tiny Tots Subscription prices—Buy an adult YPFC subscription and your first child attends Free!

  • YPFC Concerts Adult price (incl.one child) – 4-concert series will be $52 for Main Floor B, $72 for Main Floor A, $96 for Dress Circle and $120 for Box Level
  • YPFC additional children (25% off) – 4-concert series will be $39 for Main Floor B, $54 for Main Floor A, $72 for Dress Circle and $90 for Box Level
  • Tiny Tots Series (General Admission in The Music Box) –4-concert series will be $40 per person

Subscriptions can be purchased by visiting dso.org or calling the DSO’s Box Office at 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 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.

2015-16 CONCERTS & PROGRAMS

All concerts at Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center unless otherwise indicated

Programs and artists subject to change.

* denotes webcast date

CLASSICAL SEASON

Opening Weekend – Thibaudet plays Gershwin!

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 at 8 p.m.*

BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture

GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F

DRUCKMAN Mirage

STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier Suite

 

Beethoven’s Seventh

Hans Graf, conductor

Ingrid Fliter, piano

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 at 8 p.m.*

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 at 8 p.m.

PROKOFIEV Classical Symphony

MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

 

Mozart’s “A Little Night Music”

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Nadia Sirota, viola

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 at 3 p.m.*

MOZART Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

NICO MUHLY Viola Concerto (U.S. Premiere)

COPLAND Symphony No. 3

 

Romantic Schumann

Andrew Grams, conductor

Simone Porter, violin

Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at 8 p.m.*

WILLIAM BOLCOM Commedia for “Almost” 18th Century Orchestra

BRUCH Violin Concerto

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2

 

Debussy’s sensuous “La mer”

Fabien Gabel, conductor

Yoonshin Song, violin

Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at 8 p.m.*

BORODIN Prince Igor Overture

KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto

DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

DEBUSSY La mer

 

Symphony in D—For Detroit. By Detroit.

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Wei Yu, cello

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at 8 p.m.*

RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite II

TOD MACHOVER Symphony in D (World Premiere)

DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto

 

Slatkin conducts Mahler’s “Resurrection” 

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Melissa Citro, soprano

Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 at 3 p.m.*

LEONARD SLATKIN Kinah (World Premiere)

MAHLER Symphony No. 2

 

Mozart & Beethoven

Case Scaglione, conductor

Augustin Hadelich, violin

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.*

MOZART Symphony No. 25

SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Sonata No. 1

BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture

HAYDN Symphony No. 94

 

Nathalie Stutzmann conducts Handel’s “Messiah”

Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 at 3 p.m.

HANDEL Messiah

 

Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Maya Beiser, cello

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at 8 p.m.*

DVOŘÁK Serenade for Winds

ELGAR Serenade for Strings

MOHAMMED FAIROUZ Cello Concerto (World Premiere)

MOZART Symphony No. 38, “Prague”

 

Slatkin conducts Bolero!

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Hunter Eberly, trumpet

Marina Piccinini, flute

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 at 10:45 a.m.*

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at 8 p.m.

BIZET Suite from Carmen

JOHN WILLIAMS Trumpet Concerto

AARON JAY KERNIS Flute Concerto (World Premiere)

RAVEL Boléro

 

Tchaikovsky with Znaider

Nikolaj Znaider, conductor,violin

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at 10:45 a.m.*

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m.

MOZART Violin Concerto No. 1

MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

 

Brahms Festival:

Symphony No. 4 / Violin Concerto

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Baiba Skride, violin

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at 8 p.m.*

BRAHMS Three Hungarian Dances

BRAHMS Violin Concerto

BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

 

Brahms Festival:

Symphony No. 3 / Double Concerto

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Baiba Skride, violin

Danjulo Ishizaka, cello

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 at 3 p.m.*

BRAHMS Tragic Overture

BRAHMS Concerto for Violin and Cello

BRAHMS Symphony No. 3

 

Brahms Festival:

Symphony No. 1 / Second Serenade

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at 10:45 a.m.* & 8 p.m.

BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture

BRAHMS Serenade No. 2

BRAHMS Symphony No. 1

 

Brahms Festival:

Symphony No. 2 / First Serenade

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 at 3 p.m.*

BRAHMS Serenade No. 1

BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

 

Brahms Festival:

First Piano Concerto with Grimaud

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Héléne Grimaud, piano

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at 10:45 a.m.*

BRAHMS Piano Quartet in G minor (arr. Schoenberg)

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1

 

Brahms Festival:

Second Piano Concerto with Grimaud

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Héléne Grimaud, piano

Ralph Skiano, clarinet

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 at 3 p.m.*

BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn

BRAHMS Sonata in F minor for Clarinet and Orchestra (arr. Berio)

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2

 

Classical Roots:

Bobby McFerrin!

Bobby McFerrin, conductor, vocals

Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m.*

Program TBD

 

Trpčeski plays:

Virtuoso Liszt

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

Simon Trpčeski, piano

Friday, March 18, 2016 at 10:45 a.m.*

Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8 p.m.

NIELSEN Helios Overture

LISZT Piano Concerto No. 2

SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1

 

Beethoven’s “Pastoral”

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Kevin Brown, double bass

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8 p.m.*

DVOŘÁK Carnival Overture

PISTON Ballet Suite from The Incredible Flutist

VANHAL Double Bass Concerto

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”

 

Ravishing Rachmaninoff

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

Lise de la Salle, piano

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8 p.m.*

SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER Lebenbom Premiere, title TBA (World Premiere)

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 1

STRAVINSKY Petrushka

 

The Planets

Peter Oundjian, conductor

Vadim Gluzman, violin

Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 3 p.m.*

MOZART Overture to Don Giovanni

SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 2

HOLST The Planets

 

Nigel Kennedy

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Nigel Kennedy, violin

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8 p.m.*

SCHUMANN Manfred Overture

W. SCHUMAN Symphony No. 3

ELGAR Violin Concerto

 

Jeremy Denk plays

Beethoven’s “Emperor”

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Jeremy Denk, piano

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3 p.m.*

DELIUS On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

STENHAMMER Serenade

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”

 

Joshua Bell

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Joshua Bell, violin

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 27, 2016 at 8 p.m.*

GABRIELA LENA FRANK Premiere (World Premiere)

LALO Symphonie espagnole

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5

 

Opera in Concert – Strauss’ sizzling Salome

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Lise Lindstrom, soprano

Jane Henschel, mezzo-soprano

Scott Ramsay, tenor

Chris Merritt, tenor

Daniel Sutin, baritone

Friday, June 3, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 3 p.m.*

STRAUSS Salome

POPS SEASON

Centennial Sinatra

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Steve Lippia, vocals

Friday, Oct. 9 at 10:45 a.m. & 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m.

Come fly to Orchestra Hall for a centennial salute to Old Blue Eyes – Frank Sinatra.  The Detroit Symphony is joined by the swingin’ voice of Steve Lippia for all your Sinatra standards.  It takes you back to the time when a great voice and a great song came together…and there was magic.

 

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.

A sold-out smash two seasons ago, Danny Elfman’s spine tingling scores for films of Tim Burton return to Orchestra Hall. Performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and just in time for Halloween!  “Batman,” “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and more!

 

Doc Severinsen

Doc Severinsen, conductor and trumpet

Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 10:45 a.m.

Heeeere’s Doc!  The Detroit Symphony welcomes back Doc Severinsen! Doc at his wildest.  His red-hot renditions of Great American standards – as only Doc can play them.   That unforgettable Big Band Severinsen sound!

 

Elvis at 80!

Terry Mike Jeffrey, vocals and guitar

Saturday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m.

Graceland’s favorite tribute artist, Terry Mike Jeffrey, joins the Detroit Symphony for his astonishing salute to Elvis Presley.  An 80th anniversary celebration fit for “The King”.   Every Elvis memory!   Slip on your blue suede shoes and slide on over to Orchestra Hall.

 

Home For The Holidays!

Thomas Wilkins, conductor

Alison Buchanan, vocals

Friday, Dec. 18 at 10:45 a.m. & 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m.

(There are two non-subscriptions performances on Sat., Dec. 19 at 3p.m. and Sun., Dec. 20 at 7p.m.)

Detroit’s favorite holiday musical tradition to share with family and friends. It’s a sparkling holiday celebration. And yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus!

 

Classic Broadway!

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Michele Ragusa, vocals

John Cudia, vocals

Friday, Jan. 8 at 10:45 a.m. & 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 10 at 3 p.m.

Showstopper after showstopper, the Detroit Symphony plays your Broadway favorites. From Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” and “South Pacific.”   Hits of George Gershwin and Irving Berlin.  Plus, classics from “The Music Man,” “West Side Story,”  “Chicago,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” and so many more.   One enchanted evening of classic Broadway!

 

St. Patrick’s Celebration with Cathie Ryan

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Friday, March 11 at 10:45 a.m. & 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m.

Irish eyes will be smilin’ when Detroit native Cathie Ryan (formerly of Celtic favorite “Cherish the Ladies”) sings Celtic classics.   Celebrate the wearin’ o’ the green in this concert of favorites from the Emerald Isle.  “Danny Boy” and more!

 

Mary Wilson of The Supremes: Motown Memories

Mary Wilson, vocals

Friday, April 8 at 10:45 a.m.

Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m.

In the 1960’s, the music of Motown almost at once became legendary. Mary Wilson of The Supremes reunites with the Detroit Symphony, the orchestra heard on all those Motown classics.  “Baby Love,” “Love Child”, “Stop in the Name of Love” and more.   You’ll hear a symphony!

 

The Beach Boys Sound – “Pet Sounds” Turns 50!

Bob Bernhardt, conductor

Papa Doo Run Run, band

Friday, April 29 at 10:45 a.m. & 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m.

The sun-melt harmonies – and all the good vibrations!   Papa Doo Run Run presents the music of The Beach Boys.   Every endless summer smash hit, including a 50th anniversary tribute to their path-breaking “Pet Sounds” album.  

 

The Music of U2

Brent Havens, conductor

Brody Dolyniuk, vocals

Wednesday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.

More than 150-million records sold. 22 Grammys, more than any other band in history.   In a special tribute, the Detroit Symphony celebrates three decades of U2’s multi-platinum hits.   Rattle and hum to all your U2 favorites, backed by the full force of the Detroit Symphony!

 

John Williams Favorites…& More!

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Friday, June 10 at 10:45 a.m. & 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 12 at 3 p.m.

The music of John Williams has transported us beyond our imagination.  To new worlds.  Through heart-pounding adventures.    Be there as Jeff Tyzik leads the Detroit Symphony in all your John Williams favorites:  “Superman,” “Harry Potter,” “E.T.,” and “Star Wars.”  Plus, extra Sci-Fi surprises!

DSO PRESENTS SERIES

Igudesman & Joo: And Now Mozart

Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7:30pm

In the tradition of Victor Borge and Dudley Moore, the uproarious piano-violin duo Igudesman & Joo have left audiences on both sides of the Atlantic laughing!  “And Now Mozart” gets you giggling as their classical comedy tears into Mozart and more! The DSO does not appear on this program.

 

Holidays with The von Trapps

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 7:30pm

Orchestra Hall comes alive…with the sound of music!  The von Trapps, the great-grandchildren of Maria and Captain von Trapp, are the world’s favorite singing family.  Be there for this concert of favorite family holiday harmonies from around the world as The von Trapps sing a few of your favorite things! The DSO does not appear on this program.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S FAMILY CONCERTS

Halloween Spooktacular featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 11 a.m. in Orchestra Hall

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Grab your favorite costume, join us for some symphonic tricks and treats and spooky surprises, and welcome Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill as we begin another great YPFC season at the DSO! It’s guaranteed fun for the entire family!

 

Santa’s Little Helpers featuring the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra

December 12, 2015 at 11 a.m. in Orchestra Hall

Michelle Merrill, conductor

‘Tis the season for everyone’s favorite holiday music!  We’ll celebrate this magical season with selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, festive carols, a sing-a-long with the Detroit Children’s Choir, and a surprise visit from jolly Old Saint Nick!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the DSO! The Detroit Symphony Orchestra does not appear on this program.

 

Wild Wild West

Featuring Frank Oden’s “Cowboy Jamboree”

January 23, 2016 at 11 a.m. in Orchestra Hall

All aboard the DSO express, we’re headed on a tour of the American West! Poet and actor Frank Oden will join the DSO for this musical exploration to include great works by American composers John Williams, Aaron Copland and more!

 

Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches

Music by Lorenzo Palomo, Text by Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

April 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. in Orchestra Hall

Michelle Merrill, conductor

Are you a Star-Belly Sneetch or a Plain-Belly Sneetch? This timeless favorite comes alive in this musical production of the Dr. Seuss Classic with a full orchestra, narrator, images projected above the stage and much more. It’s sure to be a hit with children of all ages!

 

TINY TOTS CONCERTS

Rock O’Ween with The Candy Band

October 24, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the Music Box

Our favorite metro Detroit moms return for a rockin’ good time! Children will love this concert of popular nursery rhyme songs set to a rock n’ roll beat. It’s sure to be jamming with action, audience participation, and fun! Don’t forget to wear your favorite Halloween costume!

 

Gratitude Steel Band’s Caribbean Christmas

December 12, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the Music Box

Pack your bags and get ready to head to the sunny Caribbean for a holiday concert with island flair. This rhythm-driven steel band will transport you to the tropics with their blend of steel drum classics, salsa, soca and contemporary music―you won’t be able to sit still through this upbeat performance!

 

Gemini Presents Good Mischief — A Musical Celebration for Children and Families

January 23, 2016 at 10 a.m. in the Music Box

Twin-brother musicians Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits feature rousing sing-alongs, hand motion tunes, and original, sparkling songs about the everyday experiences of childhood and growing up. Kids and adults will love this dynamic show

 

Sean Dobbins and Friends − Jazz Meets Dr. Seuss

April 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. in the Music Box

Back by popular demand! Sean Dobbins and friends return to the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss! There is fun to be done as we explore the rhyming and rhythm of Dr. Seuss through the world of jazz music.

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DSO CONCERTMASTER YOONSHIN SONG PERFORMS PROKOFIEV’S FIRST VIOLIN CONCERTO

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Robert Treviño leads the DSO in Stravinsky’s 1919 Suite from ‘The Firebird’

Detroit, (January 20, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) acclaimed concertmaster Yoonshin Song performs Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto led by conductor Robert Treviño, making his DSO debut. Treviño will also lead the orchestra in performing Strauss’ Don Juan and one of Stravinsky’s most popular pieces, The Firebird suite of 1919. The Firebird! concerts will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., January 30 at 10:45 a.m. and Sat., January 31 at 8 p.m.

Preceding the Saturday performance in Orchestra Hall at 7 p.m., DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will host a question and answer session with DSO Principal Cellist Wei Yu. Yu joined the DSO this month after performing in the cello section of the New York Philharmonic for the past eight years.

Firebird! will be webcast to a global audience via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series during the Saturday performance at 8 p.m. EST (GMT-5). Go to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or download the DSO to Go mobile app to view the concert from your mobile device anywhere in the world.

About Yoonshin Song

Acclaimed as “a wonderfully talented violinist… [whose] sound and technique go well beyond her years,” violinist Yoonshin Song, was born in South Korea where she began her musical studies at age five. Making her orchestral debut at age 11, she has since built a successful performing career throughout Korea, the United States and Europe. Song earned her Master’s degree and Graduate Diploma under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory and recently completed the Artist Diploma and Professional Study programs at Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Robert Mann and Glenn Dicterow.

Winner of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition, Song earned many prestigious prizes throughout her career. Some highlights include prizes in the Young Concert Artists International Competition in New York, Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy, Henry Marteau International Violin Competition in Germany, Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland and Ima Hogg International Competition in Houston. In her native South Korea, Song has won virtually all the major national competitions.

Song currently plays on a 1707 Vincenzo Rugeri violin on loan to her by a generous sponsor in Michigan.

About Robert Treviño

Robert Treviño burst into the international spotlight with unprecedented success at the Bolshoi Theater in December 2013, when he led a new production of Verdi’s Don Carlo substituting for Vasily Sinaisky. The enthusiastic audience and Russian press praised Treviño, a native of Fort Worth, Texas by saying “There has not been an American success of this magnitude in Moscow since Van Cliburn.”

In summer 2011, Treviño was selected by James Levine to be the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he led Mark Morris’ production of Milhaud’s Trios Operas Minutes. Treviño has spent a month with the Helsinki Philharmonic as a Conductor-in-Residence, at the invitation of Music Director Leif Segerstam, assisting on the complete cycle of Sibelius symphonies. His mentors also include David Zinman, Michael Tilson Thomas and Louis Langree, with whom he has been working closely during his tenure as Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Last year Treviño became the Principal Conductor of the Shippensburg Music Festival.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Firebird! begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performance

Firebird!

Fri., Jan. 30, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat,, Jan. 31, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Robert Treviño, conductor

Yoonshin Song, violin

STRAUSS

  Don Juan, Op. 20  
PROKOFIEV

  Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, Op.19

I. Andantino

II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo

III. Moderato

                        Yoonshin Song, violin

 
Intermission      
GUILLAUME CONNESSON

  Cosmic Trilogy

Aleph

   
STRAVINSKY

  Suite from The Firebird (1919 version)

I. Introduction and Dance of the Firebird

II. Dance of the Princesses

III. Infernal Dance of King Kastchei

IV. Berceuse

V. Finale

 

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 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when 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 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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BEATRICE RANA MAKES DSO DEBUT WITH BARTÓK’S THIRD PIANO CONCERTO

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Conductor Jun Märkl leads Berlioz’ beloved Symphonie Fantastique

Detroit, (January 13, 2015) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes sensational young Italian pianist Beatrice Rana for her Detroit debut performing Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto. Guest conductor Jun Märkl also leads a DSO premiere by contemporary Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa and Berlioz’ beloved Symphonie Fantastique. Concerts will take place at Orchestra Hall on Thurs., January 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., January 24 at 8 p.m. and Sun., January 25 at 3 p.m.

One hour before the start of each performance, DSO Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill will give a pre-concert presentation about the program.

Symphonie Fantastique! will be webcast to a global audience via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series during the Sunday performance at 3 p.m. EST (GMT-5). Go to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or download the DSO to Go mobile app to view the concert from your mobile device anywhere in the world.

About Beatrice Rana

Twenty year-old Beatrice Rana has shaken the international classical music world already and aroused admiration and interest from concert presenters, conductors, critics and audiences in many countries. In June 2013, she won Silver (2nd Prize) and the Audience Award at the prestigious Van Cliburn competition, bringing her to yet a new level in her already very promising career. She had attracted international attention at 18, winning 1st Prize and all special prizes at the Montreal International competition in 2011.

About Jun Märkl

Jun Märkl conducts the world’s leading orchestras, such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. He has long been a highly respected interpreter of the core Germanic repertoire from both the symphonic and operatic traditions, and more recently for his refined and idiomatic Debussy, Ravel and Messiaen.

He was Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon from 2005-11 and of the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig until 2012.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Symphonie Fantastique! begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performance

Symphonie Fantastique!

Thurs., Jan. 22, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 24, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 25, 2015 at 3 p.m.

Jun Märkl, conductor

Beatrice Rana, piano

TOSHIO HOSOKAWA  Blossoming II
BARTÓK  Piano Concerto No.3I. Allegretto

II. Adagio religioso – Poco più mosso – Tempo I

III. Allegro vivace

                        Beatrice Rana, piano

Intermission    
BERLIOZ  Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14I. Reveries and Passions: Largo – Allegro agitato e

appassionato assai

II. A Ball: Waltz – Allegro non troppo

III. In the Country: Adagio

IV. March to the Scaffold: Allegretto non troppo

V. Dream of the Witches’ Sabbath: Larghetto – Allegro

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 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when 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 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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CELEBRATING DIVERSITY IN DETROIT: 18th ANNUAL SPHINX COMPETITION

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Nation’s top young Black and Latino musicians compete for performances, $50,000 cash and other prizes

Bagpiper Cristina Pato, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra to perform at Orchestra Hall

(January 7, 2015— Detroit, MI) The 18th Annual Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino String Players presented by the DTE Energy Foundation and hosted by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Max M. Fisher Music Center will bring 18 of the country’s top young Black and Latino string players to Southeast Michigan. For the past 18 years, Sphinx artists have made more than 250 solo appearances with orchestras around the country, engaged 100,000 young people in schools and community centers nationwide, and reached 5 million in broadcast audiences. This year’s guest artist is Cristina Pato, Galician bagpiper and member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.

The Sphinx Competition, to be held January 28-February 1, 2015 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center will feature performances and professional development opportunities for all participants. Selected from a national pool of applicants, the 18 Semi-Finalists will compete for more than $100,000 in prizes, performance opportunities with major orchestras across the country, and full- tuition scholarships to leading music institutions. This year’s semi-finalists range in age from 14 to 25, and hail from 11 states. Each year, young Black and Latino string players from around the country audition for the competition, which has awarded more than $1 million in prizes and scholarships since 1998.

Junior Division Laureates will compete for first place at the Honors Concert on Friday, January 30th, at 12:00PM in the Max M. Fisher Music Center’s Music Box, in partnership with the University Musical Society. The Senior Division culminates in the Finals Concert Sunday, February 1st at 2:00PM in historic Orchestra Hall. Both the Honors and Finals Concerts will feature the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra led by young American conductor Andrew Grams. The all-Black-and-Latino Sphinx Symphony Orchestra brings together renowned professional musicians from around the country.

Tickets to the Finals Concert are available at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave.), at DSO.org or 313.576.5111. Ticket prices range from $10-$20. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy. The Foundation directs its contributions and involvement to support initiatives dedicated to developing the human and economic potential of the communities it serves.

The Sphinx Organization transforms lives through the power of diversity in the arts.  Learn more at SphinxMusic.org



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ANNUAL MEETING: DSO MAKES MAJOR INVESTMENT IN FUTURE OF LEARNING, ENGAGEMENT IN DETROIT AND NATIONWIDE

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Modest surplus achieved for second consecutive year with increases in annual giving, donor base and subscription sales

Three multi-million dollar gifts ensure expansion of DSO classical music education and outreach programs into Detroit neighborhoods

DSO artistic and executive leadership extend commitments through 2016-17 season

DETROIT, (December 11, 2014) – At today’s annual meeting of the Governing Members, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced that Fiscal Year 2014 achieved a second consecutive modest surplus, in line with Blueprint: 2023, the organization’s 10-year plan. This achievement owes in large part to annual contributions of $17.4 million, exceeding budgeted goals. This is the third consecutive year of increased individual giving ($5.4 million), donor base (10,350 donors) and subscription sales growth (13,760 subscriptions). Fiscal Year 2014 concluded on August 31, 2014 and represents the 2013-14 concert season.

The meeting opened with videos featuring DSO musicians reflecting on favorite DSO memories and what the organization means to them. Chairman Phillip Wm. Fisher brought the meeting to order by recounting Fiscal Year 2014’s biggest accomplishments. Some 250 DSO Directors, Trustees, Governing Members, Volunteer Council members, community leaders, orchestra musicians and staff members were in attendance.

“When I personally reflect on 2014, my second full year as Chairman of the Board of Directors, I’m incredibly proud of your role, the DSO’s resilience and our ability not just to meet, but exceed the ambitious goals we set for ourselves last December,” said Fisher. “I am constantly inspired by the many stakeholders that comprise our oneDSO family.”

Following a musical performance by DSO musicians, Fisher introduced three presentations from volunteer leadership who oversee task forces formed during FY 14.

  • Josh Linkner, Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners and DSO Trustee leads the Branding Taskforce and presented a brand narrative toolkit. Based on the foundational phrase “We Move You,” the toolkit included key messages for consideration in marketing, recruitment, advertising and more.
  • Shirley R. Stancato, President and CEO of New Detroit, Inc. and former DSO director, leads the Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce, and spoke about a shared framework for shaping a more diverse DSO, from the audience, to the staff, to the stage.
  • Arthur T. O’Reilly, Partner at Honigman and DSO Officer-at-Large and Secretary, leads the Re-Visioning Taskforce and in partnership with Vinicius Gorgati, a representative from Boston-based planning and design firm Sasaki, presented renderings depicting the possible shape the Max M. Fisher Music Center campus could take in the future, envisioning how the DSO might set the pace for the next generation of an evolving Midtown and Detroit.

Assistant Conductor Michelle Merrill, who began her tenure with the DSO in the fall, gave the Keynote address on the future of learning and engagement at the DSO. An introduction to many new initiatives, highlights included:

  • A seven-figure, multi-million dollar grant from Clyde and Helen Wu to found the Wu Family Academy for Learning and Engagement (read more about this initiative later in the press release)
  • a non-profit incubation lab made possible by the Ford Foundation that fosters administrative and programmatic capacity building as collaborators with prestigious partners like the Sphinx Organization and Detroit Children’s Choir
  • activities governed by our Next Gen committee of young professionals including Mix @ the Max, Om @ The Max (yoga classes with live music accompaniment) and Assemble @ The Max (speaker series)
  • Tod Machover’s Symphony in D project in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Live From Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition supported by the Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation
  • Knight Arts Challenge project: A multi-day festival exploring music’s role in the revitalization of two cities in peril: Detroit and New Orleans
  • Outreach work: small ensembles and individual DSO musicians delivered more than 400 community engagement services throughout our city last season; music therapy, hospital lobby concerts, master classes and sectionals for aspiring musicians, chamber music recitals, special performances for seniors, featured appearances at major civic events, and more

“We are a world-class orchestra, we are a community of musical lovers, and we are an epicenter of artistic expression where established and emerging partners feel at home,” said Merrill. “We are revolutionizing how a city experiences music and we are an educational powerhouse dedicated to changing lives.”

The membership unanimously elected Judge Gerald E. Rosen to the DSO board of directors alongside the renewal of 13 directors for additional terms of services. Rosen was nominated by President George Bush to the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in November, 1989 and was invested in March 1990. Judge Rosen became Chief Judge of the Court January 1, 2009.

President and CEO Anne Parsons closed the meeting with remarks about where the DSO is headed, and how important behavior and values are to that work.

“Projecting ourselves as welcoming, inviting and inclusive, we aspire to serve as a magnet, a beacon or standard, open, available, transparent, even porous; a cultural and community destination that is sticky in the most attractive sense of that word, reaching out as much as welcoming in.”

The Annual Meeting was immediately followed by a meeting of the DSO Board of Directors, who completed the following items of business:

The Board of Directors

  • Appointed new directors emeriti to honor their distinguished service. See the full list later in the press release
  • Appointed two new officers of the Board of Directors. See the full roster later in the press release
  • Recognized the distinguished service of three retiring officers: Chacona Johnson, Bruce Peterson, and Arthur Weiss
  • Appointed three new trustees. See their names later in the press release

Fisher closed the meeting by announcing that Anne Parsons, president and CEO, and Music Director Leonard Slatkin have both extended their commitments to the DSO through the 2016-17 season.

“Nothing makes me happier than to continue the working and personal relationship with Anne Parsons,” said Slatkin. “Together, we have made incredible strides in putting the DSO on solid finical and artistic paths.  Solidifying the future for the next several seasons is yet another step in the ongoing growth for the Detroit Symphony family.”

2013-14 At-a-Glance                                                                                                             

  • 2013-14 season = second consecutive operating surplus
  • Subscription sales – in terms of revenue, units sold, and households subscribing – grew across every product for the third consecutive season
  • $17.4 million in fundraising supported operations with an additional $5.6 raised toward endowment
  • 500,000+ = total audience across metro Detroit and around the world via Live From Orchestra Hall webcast series
  • 765= number of applicants, from across the globe, for 10 orchestra auditions
  • $1.2 million=amount raised at the 2013 Heroes Gala honoring Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen following a performance conducted by John Williams and narrated by Steven Spielberg

Blueprint 2023                                                                                                                                   

Recapitalization

Revealed at the 2012 Annual Meeting, Blueprint 2023 is the DSO’s industry-leading 10-year plan for recapitalization. Conceived by the Recapitalization Task Force (a collaborative team representing DSO stakeholder groups), the plan posits that more concerts in more venues across our community coupled with rebuilding audiences, sustaining a thriving annual fund and slowing the growth rate of expenses is a winning formula for recapitalization.  The framework for a sustainable, viable future for the DSO is predicated on four, interconnected considerations:

  1. Build and maintain an impactful audience size
  2. Nurture a robust, realistic and sustainable level of annual giving
  3. Across all expenditures, prioritize the investment in people
  4. Achieve adequate long-term capitalization in terms of net endowment

FY 14 represented Year 1 of Blueprint 2023 and progress was measured monthly using eight “dashboard metrics” correlated to annual goals and based on levels needed to reach 2023 targets.

Year-end dashboard metrics:

 

Actual

Goal

Contracted musicians

72

85

Cash on hand

$2.2 million

$4 million

Ticket sales

$6.45 million

$6.71 million

Classical subscribing households

4,521

4,500

Individual donors

7,227

7,000

Digital Media audience

YTD webcast audience

YouTube Subscribers

Facebook fans

Twitter followers

500,000*

3,000

33,750

13,150

250,000

55,000

Rental, Retail, Food/bev revenue

$634,000

$630,000

Education

CYE roster

Student audience

Soundcards

746

20,566

952

1,100

20,000

1,200

*includes live and encore audiences

Governance

Blueprint 2023 also called for a rethinking of the DSO’s governance structure, resulting in three leadership spheres of influence, all existing within the context of one DSO culture with lines of communication, inspiration and innovation intertwined.

  • Board of Directors—fiduciary cohort, charged with issues of accountability, strategic thinking and cultural stewardship. Blueprint ideal size: 18 to 25 members.  FY2014 result: 40

Judge Gerald Rosen was elected to the Board of Directors at the meeting, to serve in that capacity for a term of one year.

The following officers were elected to lead Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Inc. for the term of one year:

Phillip Wm. Fisher, Chairman

Mark Davidoff, Vice Chair, Treasurer

Herman Gray, Vice Chair

Michael Keegan, Vice Chair

Arthur O’Reilly, Officer-at-Large, Secretary

Glenda Price, Vice Chair

  • Board of Trustees—tasked with fostering and nurturing innovation, creativity and organizational learning. In its second year, Trustees Chairman Matt Lester has grown the group to more than 60 and has formed taskforces in the areas of next generation, digital initiatives, programming, branding, re-visioning and diversity. Blueprint ideal size: 50-75 members. FY2014 result: 62

The following individuals were elected to the Board of Trustees at the meeting:

Leslie Green

Robert Gillette

  • Governing Members — voting members who elect members of the board of directors and dedicate themselves to outreach, advocacy and philanthropy. Blueprint ideal size: unlimited. FY2014 result: 400

Governing Members Chairman James C. Farber announced his goal to recruit 100 new volunteers to the program over the next year, a plan he calls the “Road to 500.”

One DSO Culture

In recognition and appreciation of longstanding, distinguished service to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, in 2013 the Board established the office of “Director Emeritus.” Emeritus status is a title of privilege that entitles the bearer to have continued leadership association with the DSO. The honor is based on the quality of service demonstrated as a Board member rather than time served; it is a clear recognition of distinguished service. The following individuals were announced as new Directors Emeriti at the Annual Meeting:

Dr. Melvin Lester

Marjorie Saulson

Arthur Weiss

These individuals join a distinguished group of chairmen and directors emeriti:

Robert A. Allesee

Floy Barthel

Mrs. Mandell L. Berman

John A. Boll, Sr.

Richard A. Brodie

Lois and Avern Cohn

Peter Cummings, Chairman Emeritus

Marianne Endicott

Sidney Forbes

Mrs. Harold Frank

Barbara Frankel

Herman Frankel

Stanley Frankel, Chairman Emeritus

Paul Ganson

Alfred R. Glancy, III, Chairman Emeritus

Mort and Brigitte Harris

Gloria Heppner, Ph.D.

Hon. Damon J. Keith

Richard P. Kughn

Harold Kulish

James B. Nicholson, Chairman Emeritus

Robert E.L. Perkins, DDS

Marilyn Pincus

Robert Steven Miller, Chairman Emeritus

Lloyd E. Reuss

Jack Robinson

Alan E. Schwartz

Jean Shapero

David Usher

Barbara Van Dusen

2013-14: A Year in Review                                                                                                   

Operating Results at a glance

  2014

Actual

2014

Budget

2013

Actual

2012

Actual

Ticket Revenue +$6.45 +$6.71 +$6.26 +$5.30
Other Earned Revenue +$1.30 +$1.37 +$0.97 +$1.33
Contributed Revenue +$17.06* +$17.23 +$18.31 +$12.37
Endowment Draws +$2.77 +$1.94 +$2.32 +$3.44
Total Revenue $27.58 $27.25 $27.86 $22.44
Expenses -$27.52 -$27.25 -$27.84 -$25.25
Net Surplus/(Deficit) from Core Operations $0.06

-

$0.02 ($2.82)
  (dollars in millions)

*Exclusive of funds raised for activities outside the operating budget

The 2013-14 season resulted in an operating surplus of $60,000, representing the DSO’s second consecutive year in the black.

Earned Revenue

While reported national trends reveal waning orchestra subscription rates and a greater reliance on  single ticket sales, the DSO finished its 2013-14 season with its third consecutive year of subscription growth across all product lines. In the aggregate, 86 percent of the classical, pops, and jazz series subscribers renewed for the 2014-15 season.

Inclusive of subscriptions and single tickets, Classical ticket revenue increased by 15 percent ($360,000), driven by special sold-out appearances by Yo-Yo Ma and Lang Lang. This result was achieved with the addition of 12 classical performances since the 2012-13 season but without raising ticket prices.

After seeing an average capacity in FY13 of 81 percent, the DSO added an additional subscription series to the Pops program last season. With the new Friday evening series, total revenue grew 16 percent and total paid attendance grew 28 percent. Single ticket revenue grew an impressive 59 percent.

With box office revenues exceeding $425,000 and more than 10,000 tickets sold, 2013’s “Home for the Holidays” concerts set the box office record for the annual concert event. The previous record was set in 2012 with over $365,000 in revenue and 8,657 tickets sold, and prior to that only the 2007 shows came close with $354,000 in revenue and 8,133 tickets sold. Led by conductor Thomas Wilkins, Broadway vocalists Gary Mauer and Beth Southard joined the DSO and choirs from Bloomfield Hills High School and Grosse Pointe South High School to perform holiday favorites from “Sleigh Ride” to “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

In Terence Blanchard’s second season as Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Chair, the Paradise Jazz Series saw a remarkable 33 percent increase in single ticket revenue and a 30 percent increase in single tickets sold. The jazz subscriber base and subscription revenue each grew by 9 percent.

Last summer’s Salute to America concerts achieved an all-time sales record during the 22nd year of the DSO’s collaboration with Greenfield Village. With $611,524 in ticket sales, the revenue goal was surpassed by 16 percent and topped the standing record from 2010 of $572,340. Nearly 29,000 fans attended the concerts on July 2-5, achieving the third-highest attendance figure in the event’s history.

The DSO returned to Stony Creek Metro Park for the first time in four years and achieved a total attendance of nearly 3,300, grossing nearly $50,000 in revenue.

In its first full season, @ the Max activities had a total attendance of 3,000. This new product line generated gross revenue of $45,000 in un-budgeted funds.

Family subscriptions (Young People’s Family Concerts and Tiny Tots) saw a 14 percent increase in subscription base in Teddy Abrams’ final season as Assistant Conductor with revenue up 27 percent. Overall revenue family programming was up 42 percent.

In an effort to activate The Max 365 day a year, rentals are an important part of the DSO’s earned revenue. Partners during FY14 included the 22nd annual Concert of Colors, the Sphinx Organization Honors Concert and Competition, The Arab American Museum Gala, Neighborhood Legal Services Dinner, Karmanos Race for The Cure, Heroes of Breast Cancer, DSA Graduation, Promusica, Oakland Symphony Orchestra Concert, Deloitte Impact Day Reception, Midtown’s Noel Night & DLECTRICITY, Avanti’s finale concert, WSU’s MLK Celebration, WSU Medical School Orientation, WSU Mondays @ The Max Concert Series and Forgotten Harvest Fundraiser with Detroit’s own Tim Allen.

New partners included Detroit Medical Center and Chamber Music Society of Detroit, and new events included Teach for America Gala, East English Village High School, Cody High School and Henry Ford Academy graduations, WSU School of Medicine Alumni Luncheon, Tuesday Musicale of Detroit Concert, Valeo and Ernst & Young Receptions, MI Entrepreneurial Showcase, New MI Media Dinner, Detroit Jazz Festival and WMU School of Music Concerts.

We also welcomed back MI Minority Business Development Council  Awards Event, Rhonda Walker’s Empowerment Brunch, Lawrence Tech Auto Show Preview Awards Party, Crain’s Automotive News Awards, MI Sports Hall of Fame, Habitat for Humanity Detroit Oscar Viewing Awards Party, Grosse Pointe North High School Concert, Gilda’s Club Big Night Out, Motor City Tap Fest, Chief’s Cooking for Kids, Honda’s Holiday Party, The Lincoln Motor Company, James Tatum Concert, The Tillman annual Holiday Concert, Detroit Regional Chamber, United States Artists Dinner  and Accelerate MI Awards.

Contributed Revenue

In fiscal year 2014, the DSO raised $17.4 million in annual, event and project contributions, exceeding its ambitious goal annual fundraising goal of $17.23 million. The success in individual giving, which saw an increase in every constituency, is owing to the generosity of 10,350 donors who represent the fourth consecutive year of donor base growth.

  • Board member annual fund giving grew by 10 percent for a total of $2.3 million with an average gift of more than $22,000
  • The Governing Members, the DSO’s voting body, grew for the fourth consecutive year reaching 317 members who contributed more than $2 million to the FY14 Annual Fund. In addition, 84 board members contributed at the Governing members level, for a total of 400 individuals
  • Under the leadership of Janet and Norm Ankers, the Gabrilowitsch Society ($10,000+ giving club) in its second year secured more than 50 members giving a total of $1.125 million to the annual fund, a 15 percent increase over FY13. Some 50 board members also give at this level
  • Corporate support came in at $1.8 million
  • Foundation grants totaled $3.4 million, which included payments from multi-year commitments from the William Davidson Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Ford Foundation
  • Every donor at every level played a critical part! With individual gifts ranging from $1 to $1 million, the median gift was $100
  • Under the leadership of President Debbie Savoie, the DSO Volunteer Council generated roughly $200,000 in support through events, activities, and staffing the DSO retail operations, 63 percent increase over FY13

The DSO continues to count among its most substantial, consistent and extraordinarily generous donors Mrs. Marjorie S. Fisher/the Fisher Family/Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. James B. Nicholson/PVS Chemicals Inc. and Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Frankel/Samuel and Jean Frankel Foundation.

Significantly generous and enduring philanthropic support of the DSO mission was given by the The Kresge Foundation, the William Davidson Foundation and Danialle and Peter Karmanos.

Finally, very generous leadership annual support, project grants, and event sponsorships were received by the GM Foundation, the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Family Foundation, the Chrysler Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Hon. and Mrs. Avern Cohn, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond M. Cracchiolo, Julie and Peter Cummings, DTE Energy Foundation, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, Mrs. Marjorie S. Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Wm. Fisher, Emory M. Ford Jr. Endowment, the Ford Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Ruth and Al Glancy, the GM Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Morton E. Harris, Hudson-Webber Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, Mrs. Bonnie Larson, the McGregor Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MASCO Corporation Foundation, National Endowments for the Arts, the Polk Family, Bernard and Eleanor Robertson, Mrs. Richard C. Van Dusen, the DSO Volunteer Council, and Clyde and Helen Wu and the Wu Family.

Largely inspired by the DSO’s dedication to modernizing the role of a 21st century orchestra through digital and community outreach, FY14 saw extraordinary generosity from several major new donors.

  • The William Davidson Foundation gave $3.75 million in support of the Neighborhood Concert Series, which has experienced sold out concerts since its launch in 2011 with six metro Detroit performance residencies. The grant will support the series of concerts throughout metro Detroit (now at seven venues) as well as additional activities outside of Orchestra Hall, over the next three years
  • Ruth and Al Glancy, the Ford Motor Company Fund and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation contributed a collective $150,000 to open and furnish the Alfred R. Glancy III Control Room, from which the Live From Orchestra Hall webcast control team mans a group of six robotic cameras
  • The General Motors Foundation contributed $400,000 toward a 10-day tour of Southern Florida during which the DSO played to sold-out audiences in West Palm Beach, Miami, Vero Beach, Sarasota and Naples

The DSO continued its innovative Community Support Month initiative in FY14. At year end, the first concert-based fundraising initiative in DSO history has raised $5 million over its three-year run.

Special events like the one-night-only performance with John Williams and Steven Spielberg, Heroes Gala and Classical Roots grossed a total of $1.4 million, with a 35 percent increase in event revenue.

DSO staff contributed to the Annual Fund with 100 percent participation in response to an anonymous $250,000 challenge grant. Likewise, DSO musicians contributed with an unprecedented, collective leadership gift to the Heroes Gala honoring Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen.

The DSO is proud to be a community-supported orchestra, and strives to also be community supporting. In celebration of the generous support that makes programming possible at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, around metro Detroit and across the world through global webcasts, in FY 2014 DSO board, staff and musicians donated approximately 5,000 hours of service to the community through a company-wide Day of Service, in-kind event services and engagements at hospitals, schools, libraries and the like.

Endowment Results

The DSO benefits from endowment funds held by the organization as well as by third parties. The DSO’s beginning endowment fund balance on Sept. 1, 2013 was $29.9 million.  After earnings, contributions, and customary draws in support of the DSO mission, the ending balance across held and third party funds on Aug. 31, 2014 totaled $38.8 million. Of this amount, $15.7 million represents the DSO-held endowment.

Changes in Endowment Investments

(millions of dollars)

 

 Beginning

 Net Growth

 Distribution

 Ending

         
Owned & Controlled

 $8.8

 $7.0

 $(0.3)

 $15.5

Third-Party Controlled for DSO Benefit

$21.1

 $3.0

 $(1.0)

 $23.1

Grand Total

 $29.9

 $10.0

 $(1.3)

 $38.

The owned and controlled endowment saw net growth of $6.9 million, the result of $5.6 million in new gifts and $1.4 million in growth on existing assets against draws of $0.3 million. These draws included earnings on the portfolio to fund operations.

Third-party controlled endowment assets are invested and distributed by the third parties in accordance with their established policies.

Artistic Excellence

In January 2014, the DSO and its musicians ratified a new three-year contract an unprecedented eight months before the expiration of the previous agreement. The new agreement resulted from a remarkably constructive series of as few as nine bargaining meetings, described by Joint Negotiations Committee members as “respectful,” “honest” and “transparent.” Key terms provide for a contingent of 87, including 2 librarians and 36 weeks of performances plus 4 weeks of vacation time. Total orchestra compensation, inclusive of salary and all benefits, fits within the parameters set forth in Blueprint 2023: over the life of the new contract, the total investment in the musicians of the DSO will increase 5.3 percent over the previous, three-year agreement. The Integrated Media Agreement, which allowed the DSO to become the first orchestra in the world to offer a series of free live webcasts in 2011, remains in force.

The classical season began with a three week celebration of Chinese artists and composers, which included a DSO performance of Songs of the Earth: The Symphonic Landscapes of Xiaogang Ye at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, a one-night-only performance by Chinese piano sensation Lang Lang, the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Violin Concerto and an appearance by Chinese piano prodigy Conrad Tao performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Throughout the 21 classical programs at Orchestra Hall, the orchestra performed with venerable guest artists and conductors with whom the DSO maintains longstanding relationships, such as Gil Shaham, Conrad Tao, the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Hila Plitmann, Anne Akiki Meyers, Hilary Hahn, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yefim Bronfman, and others. Last season also saw the DSO subscription debut of several faces new to the Orchestra Hall stage: Teddy Abrams, Giancarlo Guerrero, Thierry Fischer, Mei-An Chen, Daniil Trifonov, Augustin Hadelich, Zuill Baily, just to name a few.

In February, the DSO headed south for the winter thanks to a $400,000 grant from the GM Foundation. The Orchestra, led by Slatkin, performed with Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Olga Kern and Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn during a tour of Southern Florida that took place from February 25 to March 4, 2014. Slatkin and the orchestra previously toured Florida in 2010 with acclaimed cellist Sol Gabetta.

Slatkin’s penchant for new music by contemporary composers was on display last season with a number of World and North American premieres. Bright Sheng’s Zodiac Tales and David Del Tredici’s Dum Dee Tweedle received their world premieres, DSO Principal Harp Patricia Masri-Fletcher performed the World Premiere of Allan Gilliland’s Harp Concerto on a program with seven other DSO soloists and the final World Premiere of the season featured a work by Chinese-American composer Wang Jie, winner of the DSO’s sixth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers.

Jeff Tyzik put together his first Pops season as DSO Principal Pops Conductor, which garnered a 28 percent increase in paid attendance for the series. Highlights of the 2013-14 season included the music of John Williams, a tribute to Led Zeppelin and three sold out presentations of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony,” which featured Looney Tunes scores performed alongside the cartoons on a screen.

The orchestra’s summer season included the first appearance at Stony Creek Metropark in four years, which drew a crowd of some 3,300. The ensemble also returned to Meadow Brook Music Festival for a rare appearance to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the DSO’s first performance at the venue that was built in 1964 as the orchestra’s summer home.

At the completion of his second season as Assistant Conductor, Teddy Abrams was hired as Music Director of The Louisville Orchestra, where he began his tenure at the start of the 2014-15 season. Abrams’ final season with the DSO saw him on the podium throughout the Young People’s Family Concert series, which saw an 14 percent increase in subscriptions. At the outset of the current season, Michelle Merrill signed a one-year contract as DSO Assistant Conductor, during which time will she will act as cover conductor for all classical series concerts, as well as conduct DSO’s Young People’s Family Concerts, Education Concert Series programs, and occasional Pops series programs.

Paradise Jazz Series

Five-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard curated his second season of the Paradise Jazz Series as the DSO’s Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Chair, which resulted in a 30 percent increase in single ticket sales for the series and featured Blanchard himself on stage for half of the six presentations. The season began with a performance by former Erb Jazz Chair Branford Marsalis and his quartet and also included a holiday tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington by Grammy Award-winning vocalist Patti Austin, a collaboration between Terence Blanchard and DSO musicians to present the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans, an appearance by Blanchard’s quintet featuring Ravi Coltrane and Lionel Loueke and McToy Tyner performing music from his Grammy-winning album “Illuminations” with Blanchard. Eddie Palmieri, who was scheduled to close the program, had to reschedule his performance for March 2015, but Pancho Sanchez was able to fill in at a moment’s notice.

Each Paradise Jazz Series concert was preceded by a Music Box Performance of Civic Jazz Live, which added to the overall experience for DSO jazz audiences and provides incredible performance opportunities for our Civic Jazz students.

Auditions and new hires

Nine musicians joined the distinguished ranks of the DSO in the last year: Kevin Brown, Principal Bass; Jeremy Epp, Principal Timpani; Will Haapaniemi, violin; Hae Jeong Han, violin; Andres Picardo-Rosenthal, Assistant Principal Percussion; Alexandros Sakarellos, violin; Ralph Skiano, Principal Clarinet; Scott Strong, Third Horn; and Mingzhao Zhou, violin. FY13 saw an extensive and well attended audition schedule, with 10 auditions held, a rare volume among orchestral peers. Auditions attracted a total of 765 applicants from both national and international backgrounds. Joshua Jones, percussion, also joined the DSO as African American Orchestra Fellow.

Recordings

During the 2013-14 season, the DSO released two discs on the Naxos label: a pairing of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 and Symphonic Dances (the final installment in a three-disc series) and Cindy McTee’s Symphony No. 1: Ballet for Orchestra. The orchestra recorded Copland’s Three Latin American Sketches and Hear Ye! Hear Ye! last season for the second in a three-disc series on the Naxos label of Copland’s complete ballets. David Buck, Principal Flute and Dennis Nulty, Principal Tuba recorded John Williams’ Flute and Tuba concerti (respectively) for a digital Naxos compilation of John Williams’ complete concerti. To accompany the Florida Tour, the DSO released a commemorative disc featuring Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.

The Most Accessible Orchestra on the Planet

A chief DSO goal is to “mean more to more people.” As a community-supported orchestra, the DSO acknowledges its dependence not only on those community members who regularly give generously to the orchestra, but also on each individual who attends a concert. Becoming the most accessible orchestra on the planet is paramount to achieving a deeper meaning among a broader audience base. In the 2014 fiscal year, the DSO was successful in this regard on several fronts.

  • Day of Service—On the afternoon of November 15, 2013 the Max M. Fisher Music Center was  closed for the First Annual Detroit Symphony Orchestra Day of Service. Some 80 DSO musicians, board and staff spent the afternoon serving three Detroit organizations as a show of gratitude for the support the Orchestra receives daily from its community. The activity was repeated this last fall with a significant increase in participation.
  • 37/11—37/11 is the DSO’s reinvigorated social and professional network for our next generation of patrons. For just $37 per year, members receive benefits like $11 tickets to Classical, Pops and Jazz Series concerts and exclusive opportunities to interact with DSO musicians, guest artists, conductors and more!  This program was re-launched in the 2012-13 season and currently maintains a membership of 143, nearly doubling in the last year.
  • @ the Max—In order to build on Mix @ The Max (a monthly concert series geared toward young professionals launched in 2012), in FY14 the DSO focused on developing new and unexpected ways to activate The Music Box within the Max M. Fisher Music Center in partnership with our Next Gen committee made up of young local professionals and entrepreneurs. Om @ The Max pairs a traditional yoga instruction with live chamber music for 200-student classes in The Music Box. Assemble @ The Max brings speakers from around the world to facilitate discussions on pertinent topics like urban planning and public transportation. Including Mix concert audiences, the total attendance across all Next Gen events was 3,637.
  • Community Week—Following a review of 15 self-nominated finalists, the DSO selected four community venues to review free concerts in September 2013, powered by the DTE Energy Foundation. Taking into consideration 14,000 votes from the pool of nominees, the DSO performed for sold-out crowds at the Lakeview High School, Greater Grace Temple, Clawson High School and the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center.
  • Soundcard—inspired by Leonard Slatkin, in 2011-12 the DSO introduced Soundcard—the $25, all-access student pass for Classical, Pops and Jazz concerts at Orchestra Hall. During the 2013-14 season, 952 Soundcards were issued to students who used them to attend concerts 2,376 times throughout the season, a 27 percent increase in usage over the previous year.
  • Detroit Rush Initiative—anyone with a Detroit address may purchase a ticket to any classical or jazz concert two weeks out for just $20. In the 2013-14 season, 1,092 Detroit residents took advantage of this program.
  • Patron-minded pricing—reduced ticket prices for classical concerts were retained last season to maintain accessibility. Prices reflect that of 1999 levels, allowing patrons to attend an Orchestra Hall concert for as little as $15 with half the seats at $25 or less.

Digital Initiatives

Ever since the first Live From Orchestra Hall webcast in 2011, the DSO has continued to increase its investment in digital technology and remain in the vanguard of 21st century orchestra innovation. During the third full season of webcasts, we implemented a state-of-the-art, six-angle robotic camera system in Orchestra Hall. A new web interface was also developed, simplifying online donations and purchases. Special attention to social media engagement has resulted in a significantly increased fan base across each medium.

Live from Orchestra Hall webcasts – For the 2013-14 Live from Orchestra Hall season (presented by the Ford Motor Company and made possible with the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation), the DSO presented 25 webcasts reaching 500,000 viewers worldwide, assisted last season by a partnership with PBS Digital Studios to deliver our webcasts to more music lovers nationwide via PBS.org and the PBS app. We also began a program with Oakwood Healthcare, which delivers DSO concerts on-demand in patient rooms.

In March, the DSO debuted a new state-of-the-art robotic camera production system during a performance by Jean-Yves Thibaudet performing the DSO premiere of James MacMillan’s Piano Concerto No. 3, making the DSO the first American orchestra to adopt technology of this kind.

While many American orchestras have made forays into web streaming, The New York Times said “…the cutting edge for the phenomenon in this country lies here, where the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has the most ambitious free web-streaming program of any major American orchestra…”

The cameras, roughly the size of a small coffee maker, are controlled remotely via a joystick in the Alfred R. Glancy III Control Room located in the basement of the Max M. Fisher Music Center. As a score reader calls out instrument sections or individual musicians to focus on, a director and team of engineers execute a list of hundreds of pre-programmed shots.

The cameras were purchased with generous support from Alfred R. Glancy III, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Live From Orchestra Hall is presented in partnership with Detroit Public Television, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

In an era when travel and commercial recording opportunities are less prevalent, Live from Orchestra Hall has helped the DSO maintain an international presence and share Maestro Slatkin’s artistic vision, the musicians’ virtuosity, a stellar collection of guest artists, and important artistic initiatives like:

  • a live webcast and weeklong encore of piano superstar Lang Lang’s performance with the DSO that reached over 25,000 (and was his first live webcast with a US orchestra)
  • the world premiere of David Del Tredici’s only opera, Dum Dee Tweedle

New Website— In August a new dso.org was launched featuring simplified navigation, responsiveness down to a tablet level and customized experiences for various DSO constituent groups. Governing Members now have unique privileges when logged in to the site including waived ticket fees and a special interface to reflect an executive atmosphere, as well as a hub for exclusive event invitations, updates and digital publications.

In addition, Soundcard holders and young professionals with 37eleven memberships can redeem tickets online at free or discounted membership prices. After login, members are welcomed by a personalized greeting, a custom site look and feel and an improved, searchable events calendar that highlights performances eligible for applicable member prices.

The new website was created by local metro Detroit internet services firm Media Genesis, which works with more than 300 companies and nonprofit organizations, including Chrysler, the Girl Scouts, SEE Eyewear, The Whitney and Focus: HOPE. Improving its web presence over a short timeline, the DSO’s website was last updated in 2010, preceding the 2011 launch of its HD webcasts, DSO to Go mobile app and first digital album.

Social Media—Participation on Facebook increased by more than double to 36,200 followers. Thanks to the international reach of the DSO’s recordings and Live from Orchestra Hall webcasts, 35 percent of the Facebook audience comes from abroad, including fans in Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, and Venezuela. Nearly 20,000 people follow the DSO on Twitter, a 25 percent increase over last year. Launched in July of 2012, the DSO’s Instagram account currently has 2,167 follows, a competitive number when compared to peer orchestras across the nation. The DSO’s Tumblr account was launched during the Florida Tour last season, and has gained more than 700 followers in under a year, the majority of whom first engaged during the tour thanks in large part to a Tumblr feature. The DSO’s YouTube channel has served as an important tool for Live From Orchestra Hall, where encore webcasts receive thousands of views. Our YouTube channel garnered half a million views this past year, with nearly 60 percent of traffic from International audiences. Subscription to our channel has doubled, with growing reach in Central and South America in addition to a strong presence in Canada, Japan, and across Europe.

Wu Family Academy

With the support of a seven-figure, multi-million dollar gift from Clyde and Helen Wu, the DSO will expand its music education initiatives to benefit the Southeast Michigan region, identifying and responding to the needed resources of all eight of our Neighborhood Residency Initiative communities including Detroit.

By offering the services of our highly trained mentors and instructors to teaching artists in public schools in each of these neighborhoods, the DSO will cultivate relationships with students and their families to inspire and captivate students of all ages.

The DSO will advocate for local arts education programs and support the success of music educators while simultaneously establishing meaningful educational engagement opportunities for DSO musicians.

In honor of the legacy of Dr. and Mrs. Clyde and Helen Wu, the academy takes the DSO’s already thriving educational offerings and further connects individuals and communities to the resources of the DSO. Through live and digital partnerships the organization will provide hands-on music education and training in classrooms, communities, and virtual settings, cultivating relationships that will change lives today and, thereby, the trajectory of our community tomorrow. We envision Music Learning Centers where hundreds of children in each neighborhood learn to play an instrument or are captivated by the joy of singing. Our work in the eight DSO neighborhoods will support the success of music teachers, reinforce local arts education programs, and strive to bring needed resources to community partners. In the early months of FY15 this new commitment was signaled by the pilot launch of Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition, which delivered the DSO’s school time performance of An American Adventure direct to over 30,000 Detroit students, and a total of over 50,000 students nationwide, in their schools.  Live from Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition is made possible by generous support from the Mandell and Madeleine Berman Foundation.

According to The College Entrance Examination Board, students participating in the arts for at least four years score 59 points higher on the verbal section and 45 points higher on the math section of the SAT. Furthermore, according to Americans for the Arts, students who regularly participate in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and to win an award for writing an essay or poem and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.

This data provides compelling proof that quality arts education today is a necessity for changing the cultural and economic landscape of Detroit tomorrow. The goal of The Wu Family Academy of Learning and Engagement is to provide programming that expands the understanding and appreciation of the arts for all, empowering them to have confidence in their creative decisions and to spark a passion that will last a lifetime. The goal of the Wu Family Academy is to expand the understanding and appreciation of the arts for the youth of Detroit, empowering them to have confidence in their creative decisions and sparking a passion that will last a lifetime. The results are a generation of leaders capable of shaping a brighter future for us all.

The launching of the Wu Family Academy springboards from the success of all education programs produced at Orchestra Hall over the past 45 years.

The DSO’s Civic Youth Ensemble program, which now operates under the umbrella of the Wu Family Academy, is one of the preeminent and most comprehensive youth training programs in America. The CYE training programs encapsulate classical, jazz, wind and choral studies, as well as chamber music—training some 1,000 young people per week at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. The CYE program offers more than 20 ensembles and opportunities to train with CYE’s highly specialized faculty and DSO musicians.

High-Profile Public Events

Heroes Gala

The Fourth Annual Heroes Gala in June honoring Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen was among the institution’s most successful fundraisers of all time, grossing some $1.2 million. The gala followed a one-night-only concert featuring movie music by John Williams, conducted by the composer himself and narrated by film legend Steven Spielberg. Tickets for the concert sold out within 15 minutes of going on sale, with many fans camping outside the box office along Woodward Avenue in order to get the best seats.

Classical Roots

The Classical Roots Concert and Celebration took place on Saturday, March 8 with world-renowned soprano Kathleen Battle headlining the 36th annual event.  Founded to recognize the contributions of African-Americans to classical music, the Celebration honored long-time Detroit arts patron and DSO Emeritus Director Dr. Robert E.L. Perkins and University of Michigan Professor Emeritus of Voice, Dr. Willis C. Patterson.  Led by Ellen Hill Zeringue of the Detroit Tigers and Janice Cosby Bridges of St. John Providence Health System, the event raised over $175,000.  We saw a rebuilding of gala and concert audiences to levels not seen since 2008.  Over 310 people attended the gala dinner with nearly 2,000 patrons at the concert, rendering both spaces near capacity.

Neighborhood Residency Initiative (NRI)

This fall the DSO received a $3.75 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation in support of its popular Neighborhood Concert Series, renaming the series the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series. The grant will support the series of concerts throughout metro Detroit, as well as additional performance and education activities outside of Orchestra Hall, over the next three years.

The series is named in honor of philanthropist William Davidson, former president and CEO of Guardian Industries Corp. Davidson shared a long-lasting relationship with the DSO and his generous support helped to strengthen the organization in many ways, including support of the DSO’s domestic and international tours. Last season grew the series from six neighborhoods to seven, taking a total of 29 performances to Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and West Bloomfield Township. The newest venue, the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton, was added in FY14 and sold out on subscription in its first season. In the series’ third season, 13,063 tickets were purchased with an average house fill rate of 74 percent. Total ticket revenue earned for the entire neighborhood series was $320,645, an increase of 16 percent compared to the previous season. The total number of attending households including subscribers and single ticket purchasers was 2,798, a 15 percent increase from FY13. The season closed with 1,965 subscriptions sold to 1,003 households, 324 of which were new to the series.

792 of the households that attended a neighborhood performance during FY14 had no previous history with the DSO. Of these new households, 14 percent went on to attend one or more concerts at Orchestra Hall. In our analysis, not one patron has cancelled an existing Orchestra Hall subscription in favor of the neighborhood series. In fact, 13 percent of Neighborhood Concert Series subscribers added the series to an existing Orchestra Hall subscription, becoming multiple series subscribers to the DSO.

The Neighborhood Concert Series is fully and generously sponsored by the William Davidson Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The series is presented by WRCJ 90.9 FM.

Life Enrichment and Education Programs

Bringing people to the DSO also means finding them where they are. Our Neighborhood Residency Initiative engages our DSO musicians with metro Detroit schools, hospitals, care centers, senior living communities, libraries, community centers, places of worship and myriad other unexpected places. As various small ensembles and individual artists your DSO musicians delivered more than 400 community engagement services throughout our city last season: musical therapy, hospital lobby concerts, master classes and sectional for aspiring musicians, chamber music recitals, special performances for seniors, featured appearances at major civic events and more. And this commitment runs deep with participation from nearly all DSO musicians. In FY14, these initiatives reached over 12,000 citizens. In the wellness sector alone DSO musicians made 120 appearances for more than 3,500 citizens.

This deeply impactful work is made possible through several generous philanthropists and committed partners like the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, DTE Energy Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras, American House Senior Living Communities, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Oakwood Healthcare, All Seasons West Bloomfield and Detroit Public Schools.

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FORMER DSO MUSIC DIRECTOR NEEME JÄRVI RETURNS TO LEAD STRAUSS’ EPIC ZARATHUSTRA

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Swedish Pianist Per Tengstrand performs DSO premiere of Stenhammar’s First Piano Concerto

Detroit, (December 8, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Music Director Emeritus Neeme Järvi returns home to lead a spectacular program. Following Brahms’ powerful Tragic Overture, Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand will perform the DSO premiere of Swedish composer Stenhammar’s romantic Piano Concerto No. 1. The DSO will also perform Strauss’ epic Also sprach Zarathustra, most commonly known from the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Concerts will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., December 12 and Sat., December 13, both at 8 p.m.

One hour before the start of each performance, Jason Geary, Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Michigan, will discuss the concert’s program in Orchestra Hall.

Zarathustra! will be webcast to a global audience via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series during the Saturday performance at 8 p.m. EST (GMT-5). Go to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or download the DSO to Go mobile app to view the concert from your mobile device anywhere in the world.

About Per Tengstrand

Per Tengstrand has firmly established himself as one of today’s most exciting pianists. He has been described by the Washington Post as “technically resplendent, powerful, intuitively secure,” and by the New York Times as “a superb Swedish pianist” whose recital “was rewarding, both for its unusual programming and for his eloquent, technically polished performances.” He is the subject of a highly acclaimed Swedish documentary entitled Solisten (The Soloist), which was featured at the International Festival of Cinema and Technology in New York City. In 2005, he was decorated by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden with the Royal Medal Litteris et Artibus for outstanding service to the arts, the youngest recipient ever to be so honored. His busy 2014-15 season includes concerts and recitals on both sides of the Atlantic. In Sweden he plays Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2, Brahms’ Concerto No. 2 and Stravinsky’s Piano Concerto; and the Tengstrand-Sun Piano Duo performs an adaptation of The Rite of Spring before returning to the US, where he continues his recital series at Scandinavia House in New York City. He was recently named artist-in-residence at the new Spira Concert House in Jönköping (Sweden).

About Neeme Järvi

The head of musical dynasty, DSO Music Director Emeritus Neeme Järvi is one of today’s most highly respected maestros. He conducts the world’s most prominent orchestras and works alongside soloists of the highest calibre. A prolific recording artist, he has amassed a discography of nearly 500 recordings.

Over his long and highly successful career he has held positions with orchestras across the world. Last season he took up his tenure as Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He is also currently Artistic Director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Emeritus of both the Residentie Orkest and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which he led from 1990 to 2005. He also holds the titles of Principal Conductor Emeritus of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Recent and future seasons include engagements with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Wiener Symphoniker, as well as the major orchestras in the USA, and regular engagements with the NHK and Singapore Symphony orchestras. He also continues his regular relationships with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (for a number of recording and concert projects).

Ticket Information

Tickets to Zarathustra! begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performance

Zarathustra!

Fri., Dec, 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Dec, 13, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Neeme Järvi, conductor

Per Tengstrand, piano

BRAHMS   Tragic Overture in D minor, Op. 81  
STENHAMMAR

  Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Op.1

Molto moderato e maestoso – Sostenuto e tanquillo – Agitato

Vivacissimo

Andante

Allegro commodo – Andante con moto

                        Per Tengstrand, piano

 

Intermission    

 
STRAUSS   Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30  

 

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 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when 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 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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DSO OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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Detroit, (December 4, 2014) – Starting this weekend, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) offers music that will inspire the holiday spirit in people of all ages with performances ranging from swingin’ jazz to Christmas classics, a much-anticipated visit from Santa and the chance to watch a favorite holiday movie accompanied by the DSO.

Tony Award-winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater brings A Swingin’ Christmas to Orchestra Hall on Fri., December 5 at 8 p.m. to perform seasonal favorites along with her band and kick off her Billie Holiday centennial celebration. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón makes his DSO Paradise Jazz Series debut opening for Bridgewater. Patrons attending the Paradise Jazz concert can also catch the Civic Jazz Orchestra performance at 6:15 p.m. in the Music Box for free. That evening, the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra performs The Nutcracker at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn at 8 p.m., as well as on Sat., December 7 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

This holiday-filled weekend also includes a performance and activities at the Max M. Fisher Music Center for the 42nd Annual Noel Night in Midtown on Sat., December 6 from 5-10 p.m. The DSO will host entertainment in the Atrium and feature a performance by Holly Miranda with Ambrosia Parsley and Chris Maxwell at 8 and 9 p.m. performing music from their current Christmas CD.

Five-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Michael Feinstein’s Swingin’ in the Holidays on Sun., December 14 at 3 p.m. features carols and classics, as well as standards and surprises to spread holiday cheer throughout Orchestra Hall.

Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible for two later programs in the month, which are expected to sell out. One of the most beloved holiday films of all time, Home Alone, featuring renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score, will be projected on the big screen in stunning High Definition accompanied by the DSO and led by Sarah Hicks at Orchestra Hall on Wed., December 17 at 7:30 p.m. Then welcoming a very special Christmas guest, Santa Claus makes his appearance at the DSO’s Home for the Holidays concerts led by DSO Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik on Fri., December 19 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Sat., December 20 at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sun., December 21 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

To top off the holiday season, patrons can ring in 2015 when, for the first time in its 127-year history, the DSO will host a televised black tie New Year’s Eve extravaganza in partnership with Detroit Public Television. Led by Tyzik, the orchestra will perform New Orleans jazz, Motown and Viennese favorites, featuring the legendary Byron Stripling on trumpet and vocals and Bobby Floyd on B3 Hammond organ and piano. The concert will begin at 10 p.m. in Orchestra Hall on Wed., December 31. When the clock strikes midnight, guests will be invited to sing along with a full orchestral performance of Auld Lang Syne. Those interested can also purchase tickets for the New Year’s Eve Gala following the concert, including dinner, drinks, dancing and more.

Tickets may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performances

A Swingin’ Christmas*

Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocalist

Raul Midón, singer-songwriter, guitarist

Fri., Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

*The DSO does not appear on this program.

Tickets for A Swingin’ Christmas range from $18 to $60 with a limited number of box seats for $99.

About Dee Dee Bridgewater

As a sparkling ambassador for jazz, Dee Dee Bridgewater was immersed in it before she could walk. Her mother played the greatest albums of Ella Fitzgerald, whose artistry provided an inspiration for Bridgewater throughout her career and her father was a trumpeter who taught music. Bridgewater made her New York debut in 1970 as the lead vocalist for the band led by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, one of the premier jazz orchestras of the time. These New York years marked an early career in concerts and on recordings with such giants as Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach and Roland Kirk.

In 1974 she jumped at the chance to act and sing on Broadway in the role of Glinda the Good Witch in The Wiz. This began a long line of awards including her “Laurence Olivier” Award nomination as Best Actress for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day. On NPR’s JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, she presents today’s best jazz artists in performance on stages around the world.

 

Civic Jazz Live!*

Civic Jazz Orchestra

Kris Johnson, conductor

Fri., Dec. 5 at 6:15 p.m.

*The DSO does not appear on this program.

Tickets for Civic Jazz Live! are $15. Those who purchase a DSO Paradise Jazz ticket to A Swingin’ Christmas also get a complimentary ticket to the Civic Jazz Live! performance.

About Kris Johnson

A passionate educator, Johnson is a full-time jazz lecturer and director of the Art Blakey Jazz Combo at the Ohio State University. He has a Master’s (2007) and Bachelor’s (2005) degree in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University and is an endorsed artist of CarolBrass instruments. He is also the director of DSO’s Civic Jazz Orchestra, which features some of Detroit’s most promising youth. His private students have received scholarships to various music programs and colleges including Manhattan School of Music, MSU, Interlochen Fine Arts Academy and Camp, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Johnson has also served as a jazz artist in residence at Troy High School since 2009.

As a trumpet sensation, Kris Johnson has appeared on an impressive list of albums including two Grammy Nominated releases: Tony Bennett’s “A Swingin’ Christmas” and Karen Clark Sheard’s “All In One.” Johnson tours internationally with the Count Basie Orchestra and is proud to be one of 24 Detroit-based artists to be selected as a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow.

 

42nd Annual Noel Night*

Holly Miranda with Ambrosia Parsley and Chris Maxwell

Sat., Dec. 6 at 8 and 9 p.m.

*The DSO does not appear on this program.

Tickets are free for this performance in the Music Box, and there will be entertainment in the Atrium from 5 to 10 p.m.

About Holly Miranda

Holly Miranda is a musician from Detroit who spent a decade cutting her teeth in Brooklyn, New York and now resides in Joshua Tree/Los Angeles, CA. She is trained in piano and a self-taught guitar player, and fakes it on many other instruments. She has been writing songs for herself for over a decade, in recent years Holly has begun writing songs for other artists and collaborating on songs. She released her last solo album with XL records in 2010. Prior to that she also released two albums with The Jealous Girlfriends. Her newest solo record is set to drop in 2014 on Federal Prism. Stay tuned.

 

The Nutcracker*

Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra

Kris Johnson, conductor

Fri., Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

*The DSO does not appear on this program. Program will be hosted at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.

Tickets for The Nutcracker range from $15 to $26 and may be purchased by calling 313.943.2354 or visiting dearborntheater.com.

 

Swingin’ in the Holidays*

Michael Feinstein, piano & vocals

Sun., Dec. 14 at 3 p.m.

*The DSO does not appear on this program.

Tickets for Swingin’ in the Holidays range from $30 to $65 with a limited number of box seats for $100.

About Michael Feinstein

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.

More than simply a performer, Feinstein has received national recognition for his commitment to celebrating America’s popular song and preserving its legacy for the next generation. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. Michael serves on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board, an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s sound recording heritage.

 

Home Alone

Sarah Hicks, conductor

Wed., Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for Home Alone range from $30 to $65 with a limited number of box seats for $85.

About Sarah Hicks

Noted in the New York Times as part of “a new wave of female conductors in their late 20′s through early 40′s,” Sarah Hicks’s versatile and vibrant musicianship has secured her place in “the next generation of up-and-coming American conductors.” In October 2009 she was named Principal Conductor, Pops and Presentations of the Minnesota Orchestra; in addition to conducting most Pops and Special Presentations, she has been instrumental in creating new Pops productions while also heading the innovative classical series, “Inside the Classics” with which she recently completed a Microcommission Project with composer Judd Greenstein. Hicks concurrently holds the positions of  Staff Conductor of the Curtis Institute of Music . Throughout her career she has collaborated with diverse artists, from Jamie Laredo and Hilary Hahn to Josh Groban and Smokey Robinson; during the summer of 2011 she was on a two-month tour with Sting as conductor of the final leg of his Symphonicities Tour. In June of 2012 she conducted the opening concert of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and program featuring Dmitri Hvrostovsky, Sumi Jo and Jackie Evancho.

 

Home for the Holidays

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Andrés Pichardo-Rosenthal, xylophone

Hadiya Knight, violin

Samuel Murphy, cello

Santa Claus

Detroit Children’s Choir “Midtown Concert Chorale,” Lauri Hogle, artistic director

Bloomfield Hills High School Chamber Choir & The Jills, Jessica Riley, director

Grosse Pointe South High School “The Pointe Singers,” Christopher D. Pratt, director

Fri., Dec. 19 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.

Tickets for Home for the Holidays range from $19 to $68 with a limited number of box seats for $105.

About Jeff Tyzik

Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America’s most innovative and sought after pops conductors. Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. This season, he began a new role as Principal Pops Conductor of the Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and The Florida Orchestra. In August 2013, Jeff Tyzik was named to The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor’s Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In the 2013/14 concert season, Tyzik will celebrate his 20th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and continues to serve as Principal Pops Conductor of the Oregon Symphony. Highly sought after as a guest conductor, Tyzik has appeared with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Milwaukee Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Tyzik made his UK debut in 2010 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released his recording of works by Gershwin with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the RPO which stayed in the Top 10 on the Billboard classical chart for over 3 months. Alex Ross of The New Yorker, called it “one of the snappiest Gershwin discs in years.” Committed to performing music of all genres, Tyzik has collaborated with such diverse artists as Chris Botti, Matthew Morrison, Wynonna Judd, Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, Dawn Upshaw, Marilyn Horne, Arturo Sandoval, The Chieftains, Mark O’Connor, Doc Severinsen, John Pizzarelli and has created numerous original programs that include the greatest music from jazz and classical to Motown, Broadway, film, dance, Latin and swing. Tyzik holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music.

 

New Year’s Eve Concert and Gala

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Byron Stripling, trumpet & vocals

Bobby Floyd, B3 Hammond organ & piano

Wed., Dec. 31 at 10 p.m.

Concert tickets for New Year’s Eve range from $40 to $50. Gala tickets are also available at dso.org/nye.

 

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 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when 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 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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DSO PERFORMS MUSSORGSKY’S PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION LED BY RUSSIAN CONDUCTOR ANDREY BOREYKO

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Pianist Behzod Abduraimov makes DSO debut with Prokofiev’s challenging Third Piano Concerto

Detroit, (November 26, 2014) – Dynamic Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko will return to Detroit next weekend to lead the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in Mussorgsky’s magnificent Pictures at an Exhibition on an all-Russian program. Young piano sensation Behzod Abduraimov will make his DSO debut performing Prokofiev’s finger-tangling Third Piano Concerto in performances that also feature Alexander Raskatov’s A White Night’s Dream. Concerts will take place at Orchestra Hall on Thurs., December 4 at 7:30 p.m., Fri., December 5 at 10:45 a.m. and Sat., December 6 at 8 p.m.

One hour before the performance on Dec. 4, the Michigan State University Trombone Quartet will perform a free concert in Orchestra Hall, including a piece by Saskia Apon, a transcription of a chorale from Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony and works by Debussy and Bach.

Pictures at an Exhibition! will be webcast to a global audience via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series during the Friday performance at 10:45 a.m. EST (GMT-5). Go to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or download the DSO to Go mobile app to view the concert from your mobile device anywhere in the world.

About Behzod Abduraimov

Behzod Abduraimov’s captivating performances have won him high critical praise, most recently from the Washington Post (“I’m not sure I could give higher praise – keep your ear on this one”) and the Boston Globe (“impressive poise and immediacy – a talent to watch”).

An exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, Abduraimov has worked with the London Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia orchestras to name a few.

He has collaborated with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev, Krzysztof Urbański, Vasily Petrenko, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Jurowski and Pinchas Zuckerman.

About Andrey Boreyko

Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko is one of the most exciting and dynamic conductors to emerge from Eastern Europe in recent years. In addition to his post as Music Director of Orchestre National de Belgique, he begins his tenure as Music Director of the Naples Philharmonic in Florida this season. He also holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi.

A passionate advocate for less widely-known works, Boreyko conducted the much anticipated world premiere of Górecki’s Symphony No.4 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra last season. He will conduct the US premiere of the work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2015. Other highlights of the current season include appearances with Orchestre National de France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Pictures at an Exhibition! begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performance

Pictures at an Exhibition!

Andrey Boreyko, conductor

Behzod Abduraimov, piano

Thurs., Dec. 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 5, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.

Sat., Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.

ALEXANDER RASKATOV   A White Night’s Dream  
PROKOFIEV

 

  Piano Concerto No.3 in C major, Op.26

I. Andante – Allegro

II. Andantino

III. Allegro ma non troppo

                        Behzod Abduraimov, piano

Intermission    

MUSSORGSKY
Orchestrated, Maurice Ravel
  Pictures at an Exhibition

Introduction:  Promenade

I.  Gnomus

II.  Il vecchio castello

III.  Tulleries

IV.  Bydlo

V.  Ballet of Little Chicks in their Shells

VI.  Two Polish Jews

VII.  Limoges

VIII.  Catacombae – Cum mortius in lingua mortua

IX.  Baba-Yaga – The Hut on Hen’s Legs

X.  The Great Gate of Kiev

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 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when 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 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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FINNISH VIOLINIST ELINA VÄHÄLÄ MAKES DSO DEBUT WITH CORIGLIANO’S CINEMATIC ‘RED VIOLIN’ CONCERTO

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Maestro Slatkin leads American musical classics, Detroit premiere of Copland’s Grohg

Detroit, (November 24, 2014) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä as she makes her Detroit debut with John Corigliano’s cinematic “Red Violin” concerto. DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin will lead American musical classics, such as Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture, plus the DSO premiere of Aaron Copland’s one-act ballet, Grohg. Performances will take place at Orchestra Hall on Fri., November 28 at 8 p.m., Sat., November 29 at 8 p.m. and Sun., November 30 at 3 p.m.

Grohg will be the final piece recorded by the DSO for a three-disc project with Naxos Records featuring all six ballets by Aaron Copland.

One hour before the start of each Copland & Bernstein performance, a presentation will be hosted in Orchestra Hall by Mark Clague, Professor of Musicology at University of Michigan. Clague will speak about the University of Michigan Gershwin Initiative, which is an ongoing scholarly examination of the Gershwins’ music, in which scholars in collaboration with peers from across the globe document and analyze works featuring music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin, including Porgy and Bess as well as the celebrated instrumental works by George Gershwin.

Copland & Bernstein will be webcast to a global audience via the DSO’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” series during the Sunday performance at 3 p.m. EST (GMT-5). Go to dso.org/live to view the concert from your computer or download DSO to Go to view the concert from your mobile device anywhere in the world.

About Elina Vähälä

Born in the US and raised in Finland, Elina Vähälä made her orchestral debut with Sinfonia Lahti at the age of twelve and was later chosen by Osmo Vänskä as the orchestra’s ‘young master soloist’. Since then, her career continues to expand the international stage, winning praise from audiences and musicians alike. Elina has appeared with orchestras throughout Europe and the US and toured extensively in UK, Germany, China, Korea and South America. She has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Carlos Kalmar, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Okko Kamu, Jakob Hrusa, Thierry Fischer and Leif Sergerstam.

About Leonard Slatkin

Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon, France. During the 2013-14 season, he conducted at Krzysztof Penderecki’s 80th birthday celebration in Warsaw, recorded with Anne Akiko Meyers and the London Symphony and appeared with the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. He also toured China and Japan with the Orchestre National de Lyon and led the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in concerts across southern Florida

Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have won seven Grammy awards and earned 64 nominations. With the Orchestre National de Lyon, he has embarked on recording cycles of the Rachmaninoff piano concerti featuring Olga Kern and the symphonic works of Maurice Ravel and Hector Berlioz. With the Detroit Symphony, he has released a digital box set of the Beethoven symphonies and plans to offer the concerti and symphonies of Tchaikovsky in the future.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Copland and Bernstein begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

Performance

Copland & Bernstein

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Elina Vähälä, violin

Fri., Nov. 28, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 29, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 at 3 p.m.

BERNSTEIN                            Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

                                                The Great Lover

                                                Lonely Town (Pas de deux)

                                                Times Square

 

JOHN CORIGLIANO              Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, “The Red Violin”

Chaconne

Pianissimo Scherzo

Andante Flautando

Accelerando Finale

Elina Vähälä, violin

INTERMISSION

 

COPLAND                              Grohg, ballet in one act

 

 

GERSHWIN                            Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture
Arranged, Robert Russell Bennett

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 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the north bound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the southbound side of Woodward. There is one north bound, one south bound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when 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 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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