Archive for August, 2009

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin Announce Six Free Concerts in September with DSO Community Series & Open House

DSO to visit Beverly Hills, Dearborn and Detroit and host an Open House at Max M. Fisher Music Center

DETROIT, (August 31, 2009) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Music Director Leonard Slatkin present a week of free concerts with the DSO Community Series: Your DSO in Your Community from Sept. 14-18 and a special DSO Open House on Sept. 20. READ MORE



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Macy’s Super Saturdays Return to the DSO with Young People’s and Tiny Tots Concerts That Excite Kids, Explore Music

DETROIT, (August 31, 2009) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) presents an exciting 2009-10 season family series with Macy’s Super Saturdays @ the DSO. Each Saturday includes arts and crafts for children, the Marshal Music petting zoo as well as the MASCO Corporation Foundation Young People’s Concerts (YPC) and The Henry Ford II Fund Tiny Tots Series. Performances for both YPC and Tiny Tots take place on Sat., Oct. 31, Nov. 21, Dec. 19 and Mar. 13 with an additional FREE bonus concert featuring Leonard Slatkin and the DSO’s Civic Orchestra on Dec. 12. The YPC performances begin at 11 a.m. in Orchestra Hall, last approximately 70 minutes and are recommended for children ages six and up. The Tiny Tots performances begin at 10 a.m. in The Music Box, last approximately 45 minutes and are recommended for ages 0-6. READ MORE



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DSO Recordings Available Now in the DSO Shop

August 25th marks the release of two new recordings by the DSO.

First, E1 Music will release the new compact disc The Melody of Rhythm: Triple Concerto and Music for Trio. Recorded live in Orchestra Hall in Jan. 2009, this disc features the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Music Director Leonard Slatkin, along with internationally-renowned virtuosi and composers Bela Fleck, banjo; Edgar Meyer, double bass; and Zakir Hussain, tabla.

The centerpiece and catalyst for the album, featuring the DSO and Slatkin, is The Melody of Rhythm: Concerto, a beautiful and haunting three-movement composition for banjo, double bass and tabla, which melds Indian classical music with rhythmic American roots-derived melodies. A composition created for three such disparate instruments as banjo, double bass and tabla (a pair of drums of North India) occupies a unique position in the classical repertoire. Also featured on this disc are Bahar, Out Of The Blue, Bubbles, Cadence, In Conclusion and Then Again.

Then, the DSO makes its recording debut on the Naxos label with Michael Daugherty’s Fire & Blood. Led by Music Director Emeritus Neeme Jarvi and highlighting guest violinist Ida Kavafian as well as percussionist Brian Jones, this recording celebrates three works commissioned and premiered by the DSO during Daugherty’s four years as Composer-in-Residence, including Fire & Blood (2003) for violin and orchestra, MotorCity Triptch (2002) and Raise the Roof (2003) for timpani and orchestra.

Fire & Blood was inspired by the Mexican modernist artist Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals, commissioned in 1932 by Edsel Ford. Rivera, who came to Detroit with his wife Frida Kahlo, spent two years creating murals that eventually spanned four large walls of the inner courtyard at the Detroit Institute of the Arts.

To place an order for these recordings for pick up at the DSO shop, please contact Paul Yee at (313)576-5115 or pyee@dso.org.



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The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin Featured On Groundbreaking CD The Melody of Rhythm Along with Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain – Release Date August 25

DETROIT, (August 21, 2009) – E1 Music will release the new compact disc The Melody of Rhythm: Triple Concerto and Music for Trio on Aug. 25. Recorded live in Orchestra Hall in Jan. 2009, this disc features the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Music Director Leonard Slatkin, along with internationally-renowned virtuosi and composers Béla Fleck, banjo; Edgar Meyer, double bass; and Zakir Hussain, tabla. READ MORE



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The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Led by Music Director Emeritus Neeme Järvi, Makes Naxos Recording Debut with Michael Daugherty’s Fire & Blood

DETROIT, (August 21, 2009) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) makes its recording debut on the Naxos label on Aug. 25 with Michael Daugherty’s Fire & Blood. Led by Music Director Emeritus Neeme Järvi and highlighting guest violinist Ida Kavafian as well as percussionist Brian Jones, this recording celebrates three works commissioned and premiered by the DSO during Daugherty’s four years as Composer-in-Residence, including Fire & Blood (2003) for violin and orchestra, MotorCity Triptch (2002) and Raise the Roof (2003) for timpani and orchestra. READ MORE



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Detroit Symphony Orchestra Lifts Curtain On 2009-10 Classical Season with Midori and Sparkling Repertoire from Leonard Slatkin

DETROIT, (August 12, 2009) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) returns to Orchestra Hall with the first performance of the 2009-10 season’s classical concerts featuring Music Director Leonard Slatkin at the podium and world-renowned violinist Midori center stage in Midori Plays Sibelius. Performances take place on Fri., Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 12 at 8:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall. READ MORE



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