Archive for November, 2009

Conductor Andrew Litton to replace DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin in upcoming concert “The Planets”

David Krakauer Performs World Premiere of Marhulet’s Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet

DETROIT, (Nov. 25, 2009) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today that conductor Andrew Litton will replace Music Director Leonard Slatkin on the upcoming concert, The Planets. Guest artist David Krakauer is still scheduled to appear at these concerts featuring the world premiere of Wlad Marhulets’ Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet as well as Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Marhulets will be in attendance for these performances to provide insights into his work. Performances take place on Thur. Dec. 10 at 8:00 pm; Fri., Dec.11 at 8:00 p.m.; Sat., Dec.12 at 8:30 p.m.; and Sun., Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall. READ MORE



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Klezmer and Classical? Why not.

by Jim Boyle

Over the years as Jewish immigrants left Eastern Europe for American cities like Detroit, with them came their rich traditions. Musically, this often meant Klezmer, the sort of Eastern European, traditional folk-jazz sound that’s some times associated with Fiddler on the Roof and Jewish weddings. READ MORE



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DSO Delivers A Holiday Month Of Music Classics

Give the Gift of Music with Concerts for Every Musical Taste, Including Pops, Classical, Jazz and Family

Slatkin Leads a FREE Family Performance with Civic Holidays

DETROIT, (November 23, 2009) – As the hustle and bustle of the holidays approach, many yearn to pause and embrace the spirit, beauty and warmth of the season. With this desire in mind, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has created a versatile series of holiday performances for people of all ages and musical tastes. Concerts range from annual favorites (Home for the Holidays and The Nutcracker) to core classical masterpieces (Handel’s Messiah), from the warm holiday sounds of the Deep South (Preservation Hall Creole Christmas) to the beauty of majestic planets beyond our own (The Planets). There is even a free family concert, Civic Holidays with Leonard Slatkin, featuring the DSO Civic Youth Orchestra led by the DSO’s music director and five young finalists to our annual piano competition. READ MORE



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Music Director Leonard Slatkin and DSO explore the universe with Holst’s “The Planets”

David Krakauer Performs World Premiere of Marhulet’s Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet

DETROIT (Nov. 23 2009) -The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Music Director Leonard Slatkin and guest artist, clarinetist David Krakauer, join forces in a unique program featuring a well-known work from the classical canon, The Planets by Gustav Holst, as well as the World Premiere of Wlad Marhulet’s Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet. Marhulets will be in attendance for these performances to provide insights into his work. Additionally, concerts include the Symphony No. 67 in F Major by Franz Joseph Haydn. Performances take place on Thur. Dec. 10 at 8:00 pm; Fri., Dec.11 at 8:00 p.m.; Sat., Dec.12 at 8:30 p.m.; and Sun., Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall. READ MORE



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Conductors Andrew Grams, Arild Remmereit to Replace DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin in Upcoming Concerts “La Mer,” “South of the Border” and “Kalichstein Plays Mozart”

Leonard Slatkin Returns to United States Following Treatment in the Netherlands
DETROIT, (Nov. 12, 2009) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today that conductor Andrew Grams will replace Music Director Leonard Slatkin on the upcoming concerts, La Mer and Young People’s concert, South of the Border while Arild Remmereit will replace Maestro Slatkin on the Kalichstein Plays Mozart concerts. Guest artists Michel Camilo and Joseph Kalichstein are still scheduled to appear at these concerts. READ MORE


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Meet the Musician: Úna O’Riordan, Cellist

If the name Úna Fionnuala O’Riordan doesn’t tip you off that the DSO’s newest cellist is Irish through and through, her bright blue eyes and thick mane of wavy red hair should certainly do the trick. O’Riordan is, in fact, a first generation Irish-American whose parents moved to the United States when her father, an engineer, was transferred from Ireland to Chicago. Although she was born here, O’Riordan still has deep roots in her parents’ homeland. READ MORE



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Improved Subscriber Benefit for iPhone Users

DSO classical subscribers now have the ability to access the Naxos music library via iPhone or iTouch.

Beginning 12 November 2009, Naxos Music Library—the world’s largest collection of streaming classical, jazz, wind band, choral, and world music—owned by the world’s leading classical label—announced a new iPhone Application which will allow subscribers remote access to their personal and account playlists. To read the entire Naxos release click here.

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A Fun-Filled Blast from the Past

The second concert in the DTE Energy Foundation’s DSO Pops Series, Disco Days and Boogie Nights, opened this morning to a large and very enthusiastic crowd. I wasn’t quite sure at first how I felt about an entire concert of music from the’70s; however, after less than five minutes I’ll admit that I was hooked!

Conductor Jack Everly led the DSO, the male a cappella vocal group Chapter Six and singers Anne Beck, Farah Alvin and N’Kenge in a high-energy traversal of the decade that not only left no stone unturned, but also left this listener with an ear-to-ear grin for the better part of two hours. READ MORE



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Detroit Symphony Orchestra to Host 37/11 Membership Drive in November Offering New Members $5 Tickets for First Concert

DETROIT, (Nov. 4, 2009) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will hold a 37/11 membership drive in November with a special offer of $5 for the first ticket purchased to new members registering for the 37/11 program. 37/11 offers discounted tickets of $11 to those under the age of 37. Registration is free and can be completed at detroitsymphony.com/3711. This affordable program encourages a younger generation to experience and appreciate classical, jazz, and pops music performed by the DSO and its numerous acclaimed guest artists. Members also receive discounts at Ferndale boutique House of Chants and local restaurants Mudgie’s and the Majestic Café. The 37/11 membership drive is sponsored by Mr. Cyril Moscow. READ MORE



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Du Yun Named Winner of Annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers

DSO announces new partnership with Ucross Foundation

DETROIT, (Nov. 4, 2009) – Du Yun, an internationally acclaimed composer, has been awarded the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Fourth Annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers. Du Yun, who was chosen from over 50 applicants from the United States, China, Korea, Israel, Austria and the United Kingdom, will compose a new work that will receive its world premiere in the DSO’s 2010-2011 classical subscription series. In addition to performances of her work, Du Yun will receive a $10,000 prize and a one-month residency at the Ucross Foundation, an internationally known artist’s retreat located on the High Plains in northern Wyoming. The Foundation is the DSO’s new partner in recognizing and awarding exceptional female composers. READ MORE



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