Archive for December 4th, 2009

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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Come Swing in the Holiday Season with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s “Creole Christmas”

DETROIT, (Dec. 4, 2009) – The Big Easy’s musical treasure, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, swings into Orchestra Hall on Tues., Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. with a Creole Christmas. Part of the Bank of America Paradise Jazz Series, this annual must-see production for New Orleans families was begun in 2005, and 2009 marks the first year this venerable group has taken their infectious holiday spirit on the road. Seasonal favorites will be performed as well as jazz classics such as Basin St. Blues, Bourbon Street Parade and What a Friend We have in Jesus. READ MORE

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From Orchestra Hall to Carnegie Hall?

DSO Hosts Student Piano Competition; Five Winners Perform with Conductor Charles Burke And Civic Orchestra in Free Family Holiday Concert

DETROIT, (Dec. 4, 2009) – Student pianists who have always dreamed of performing on Orchestra Hall stage will now have that opportunity this holiday season. Between October and November, the DSO’s Music Director Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Youth Education department, in conjunction with an advisory council made up of regional piano teachers, hosted a talent search for the second year in a row. Middle school piano students were invited to compete for a coveted spot performing with the Detroit Civic Youth Orchestra (CYO), the most advanced of the DSO’s Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE), in a Free Civic Holidays family holiday concert conducted by Charles Burke, Director of Education and Artistic Director of Civic Ensembles on Saturday, December 12 at 11 a.m. READ MORE

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