Archive for December, 2009

Ring in the New Year at The Whitney

while supporting one of Detroit’s most
treasured institutions…

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Enjoy sumptuous, signature Whitney fare accompanied by live music, showcasing musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, plus an exclusive after party featuring a dance band in the Great Hall on the 1st floor and a DJ in the Ghostbar of the iconic Whitney mansion.

Five course dinner with wine pairings served at 9:00 p.m., plus exclusive party access, champagne toast, premium bar and hors d’oeuvres, $150 per person.
Five course dinner with wine pairings served at 7:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m., $100 per person.
Party access only, includes champagne toast, premium bar and hors d’oeuvres from 10:30 p.m. – 4:00 a.m., $65 per person.

To RSVP please call: (313) 832-5700

Click here to view The Whitney NYE 2010 flyer

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Classical Roots in the 21st Century

Billy Childs’ Violin Concerto with Regina Carter
Anchors Groundbreaking Music Program

By Marilou Carlin

Classical music written by African-American composers has been at the heart of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s “Classical Roots” concerts since the series was introduced 32 years ago. During this time, the concerts have presented brilliant works by celebrated 20th century composers including William Grant Still, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Ulysses Simpson Kay and Duke Ellington, to name just a few. READ MORE

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Meet the Musician: Geoffrey Johnson

Oboist Geoffrey Johnson, the newest member of the DSO, is also the winner of the Orchestra’s 2009-10 African-American Fellowship.  As a DSO Fellow, Geoffrey will perform with the DSO for period of one to two years. Previously, Geoffrey was an oboe fellow with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he played as a member of the oboe section during the 2007-08 season.  He also won a two-year fellowship with the Music Masters Orchestra (MMCK), in Tokyo, Japan and most recently he was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. READ MORE

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From the Archives: 4 Months & 90 Years

by Paul Ganson

This season marks the 90th Anniversary of the opening of Orchestra Hall.  Ninety years might seem like a long time ago–a great distance into the past; but the closer we look, the more vivid and inspiring that time becomes. READ MORE

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Led by Conductor Thomas Wilkins, Releases New Naxos CD: Hannibal Lokumbe’s Dear Mrs. Parks

On December 15, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) releases a new recording on the Naxos label, the second in four months. The CD features a single composition, a stirring oratorio by Hannibal Lokumbe inspired by Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks titled Dear Mrs. Parks. It is led by Thomas Wilkins, who was DSO Resident Conductor at the time of the recording, and features the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, the Rackham Symphony Choir and vocal soloists Janice Chandler-Eteme (soprano), Jevetta Steele (mezzo-soprano), Kevin Deas (baritone) and Taylor Lee Gardner (child soprano).

 The work was commissioned and premiered by the DSO in 2005 and was recorded in live performances of the DSO’s annual “Classical Roots” concerts at Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in 2009. Funding for this recording was provided in part by JPMorgan Chase with additional support from the Classical Roots Circle of Friends and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dear Mrs. Parks was made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).


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Clarinet on Fire

Tonight’s performance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra offered Holiday treats for everyone: a rarely-heard English masterwork (Elgar’s Cockaigne Op. 40 “In London Town”), a world-premiere (Wlad Marhulets’ Klezmer Concerto for clarinet and orchestra) and an audience favorite (Holst’s symphonic suite The Planets). Maestro Andrew Litton was at the helm this evening in Maestro Slatkin’s absence. READ MORE

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DSO’s “Classical Roots” Concerts Present Regina Carter in World Premiere of Billy Child’s Violin Concerto

“Classical Roots” Gala Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Honors Composer Olly Wilson

DETROIT, (December 11, 2009) – Detroit native, MacArthur Fellow and world-renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter will give the World Premiere of a Violin Concerto written by William “Billy” Childs, the Grammy Award-winning composer and jazz pianist who received a Guggenheim Fellowship last spring. The work will be one of three compositions by contemporary African-American composers to be performed at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s 2010 “Classical Roots” concerts, which take place on Fri., Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 30 at 8:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Conducted by DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, the program will also include Lumina by celebrated composer Olly Wilson, and Beyond Rivers of Vision by James Lee III, a 34-year-old native of St. Joseph, Michigan. Additionally, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, directed by Augustus Hill, will sing a set of a-cappella selections, and the performances will open with “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” by John Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson. READ MORE

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Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony Featured on Musically Divergent Program at Orchestra Hall

John Williams Violin Concerto Has DSO Premiere

DETROIT, (December 11, 2009) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Music Director Leonard Slatkin and Concertmaster Emmanuelle Boisvert present a program featuring composers of three diverse periods in musical history, with a work by a living composer experiencing its DSO premiere, in Beethoven’s “Eroica.” Performances also include music by 17th century composer Henry Purcell (transcribed in the 20th century by Benjamin Britten) and John Williams, who is better known for his popular film scores. Concerts take place on Thursday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, January 15 at 10:45 a.m.; Saturday, January 16 at 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, January 17 at 3:00 p.m. READ MORE

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Start the New Year Swingin’ with Sinatra and Dorsey

DETROIT, (Dec., 11, 2009) – Feel the magic of 1940′s swing era music and ring in the New Year with the DSO as they team up with conductor Jeff Tyzik, vocalist Steve Lippia, trombonist Jim Pugh and percussionist Dave Mancini to bring the velvety smooth hits of Frank Sinatra and the big band sound of Tommy Dorsey to the stage in Swingin’ with Sinatra and Dorsey. The performances, part of the DTE Energy Foundation Pops Series, take place Thurs., Jan. 7 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 8 at 8:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 9 at 8:30 p.m.; and Sun., Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. in Orchestra Hall. READ MORE

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Seasonal Warmth Awaits You at the DSO’s Annual “Home for the Holidays” Performances

Holiday Favorites and New Classics Will Be Celebrated with Music, Song and Dance!

DETROIT, (Dec. 4, 2009) – The DSO and conductor Thomas Wilkins welcome the Holiday Season with the annual Home for the Holidays Pops Concerts. Part of the DTE Energy Foundation Pops Series, these performances are family-friendly, heartwarming and capture the essence of the season by featuring familiar holiday tunes as well as engaging new melodies over the course of six celebratory and joyful performances. Joining Maestro Wilkins and the orchestra are guest soprano and Detroit native Kisma Jordan, the combined choral forces of the Andover High School Choir and the Grosse Pointe South High School Pointe Singers, the Andover High School “Jills” and the Grosse Pointe South Santa Tappers. Performances take place in Orchestra Hall on Thurs., Dec. 17 at 10:45 a.m. & 8 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 18 at 8:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and Sun., Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. Other attractions include a holiday Lego display of landmark Detroit buildings along with holiday refreshments in The Music Box. READ MORE

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